A great big bag of news!

 In Apps, Gear

A lot of cool stuff happened over the past few weeks. I was working long hours, and didn’t have the chance to post about it… until now!  So, here’s some stuff I missed, that you may have missed too.

Stu Maschwitz (of ProLost) posted a great article describing how he uses an iPad app called Penultimate, along with custom designed ‘paper’ templates, to sketch out storyboards. Not only does he describe his process, but he also gives away all the templates you’ll need to get started! I’ve been using this app since it was first released over a year ago, and it’s awesome.

Mashable mentioned a new Apple patent that could prevent you from using your iPhone’s video (and still) camera in certain venues.  It was just a matter of time.

Cult of Mac reported on the BBC’s decision to create a custom news-gathering app for its field reporters. The new app would allow reporters to record and upload news items (videos, stills, etc.) directly to the BBC servers. Looks like the rest of the world is catching on to what we already knew — the iPhone is the best news camera because it’s always with you.

iLounge offered readers a first look at the new ModulR case for iPad 2 (We covered the first modulR case back in February). In addition to iPad 2 support, it looks like modulR has made some design improvements, including the ability to add some customization.

OffHollywood gave a ‘quick tease’ of a new iPhone app called Rig Control from Element Technica. They’ve been beta testing it, and seem pretty damn excited about it. Check out the video.

Mashable revealed how animator Shawn Harris used his iPad and an app called Brushes to create an amazing music video for the group Blush (featuring Snoop Dogg). You can watch the finished video, as well as the ‘making of.’

Cult Of Mac posted a thorough review of the Habbycam iGrip, a new camera mount for your iPhone.  I’ll cut to the chase — don’t get it.

And finally… Hand Held Hollywood (that’s us) released version 2.0 of our own iOS Filmmaking App Directory. The new version features up-to-date prices and descriptions (since it’s now pulling it directly from the app store), and allows users to view only recent additions, and our recommendations. As a bonus, it also loads a little faster… usually.  Check it out and spread the word!

Here are the apps mentioned in this posting:


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The best digital handwriting on iPad. Penultimate combines distraction-free, natural handwriting and sketching with the power of Evernote’s sync and search. Take class or meeting notes, journal your thoughts, or outline your next big idea—in the office or on the go. From the first stroke, Penultimate makes the experience of pen and paper more productive.

Notes and drawings look spectacular in black or colored ink. Our inking technology produces pen strokes that look natural, and Wrist Protection prevents stray marks for writers of all grips. Choose from a number of paper styles, or import an image to create personalized paper.

We worked closely with Adonit to create the stylus we've always wanted: the Jot Script Evernote Edition, the first true precision-point stylus. Penultimate integrates tightly with the stylus and together they make digital handwriting the experience it should be. It’s like writing with your favorite pen. Available now in the Evernote Market.

Penultimate lets you work on any part of the page effortlessly. To zoom in on a location on the page, simply pinch in and start writing. With Penultimate's Drift feature enabled, the page will move along with you, automatically adjusting to the pace you are working at.

Sign in to your Evernote account in the Penultimate app to organize your Penultimate notes in notebooks, separated by topic, project, or category. Your Penultimate notes are synced to Evernote automatically, so you can find and share them across all of your devices.

No matter how you prefer to organize your work, Penultimate makes it easy to find the notes you need. Penultimate processes your notes so you can search for handwritten text in the app. Save and browse your work in notebooks and insert, delete, duplicate, and reorganize pages any way you like within them.


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