I posted earlier today about the arrival of my Radian. Finally after a long day I got the chance to dig into the box. I received the following:
micro-USB cable for charging
Cable for Canon (N3)
the t-shirt which I can only hope to wear someday
A nice mesh bag to carry the unit and accessories
tiny bubble level
some rubber feet
My first impressions of the unit is that it seems to be solidly put together. The base feels solid, and is made of metal. The top portion is made of a plastic type material but feels good. it’s smooth, and doesn’t seem to flex under the gentle pressure of handling like with some products.. In other words – it doesn’t feel cheap. I followed the instructions, and used the micro-USB cable to charge off my computer, and am about to tear into the manual that came with the unit. I also got a Radian sticker with the unit, and a nice card from the Radian Team thanking the supporters for backing the product.
I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the Radian app in the App Store so I can begin to play. I checked on the manufacturer’s website, and their support section states the iOS app is awaiting approval. The Android app is already available.. The iOS app is now available. It must have went live as soon as I wrote this post.
If you have an iPhone or iPad, and would like to tweak your photos easily then check out Snapseed. It is the free app this week in Apple’s App Store. I have it on the iPad, and iMac, and love it. It’s free for the iPhone, and iPad this week, but usually costs $5.
For those of you familiar with Nik Software’s other desktop photo editing tools you will see the similarities in Snapseed. The desktop filters for Lightroom, and Photoshop allow you to select points in the image to base your edits on using slider controls to change the image. Snapseed is very similar although it streamlines the process a bit for the iOS version, and of course no other software is required as Snapseed is a stand alone app.
I wrote about it in a previous post if you would like to get an idea of the dramatic changes you can make to your photos.
I happened to come across some free apps yesterday in the Apple app store for the iPad that have stunning photos on several topics. I downloaded several of the free apps. I haven’t gone through all of them yet, but figured I would grab them all since they were free. They also have some functionality where you can save trip/travel ideas like Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck On Earth app (which is worth a look too). Check them out. These are the apps I nabbed:
National Parks – gorgeous images of our National Parks
North Korea – an interesting collection of images from North Korea
France – some gorgeous shots of France with many aerial shots.
I’ve been playing with the new iPad, and Apple TV for 4 days now, and continue to be impressed. Last night I purchased Nik Snapseed for the iPad. It was released for Windows, and OS X in the past, and a version for Android is on the way. I thought that an app like this would be most handy in a mobile setting on my tablet so I refrained from getting it for Windows last month. I thought that I would hold off for the Android version, and run it once my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was upgraded to Android 4.0 – aka Ice Cream Sandwich. The surprise twist was that I ended up getting the iPad on Friday. I’m glad I waited. (Backstory – I became an Apple computer, and tablet convert in the past 5 weeks)