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RawConverter for iPad

Putting RAW photos on your iPad using the Camera Connection Kit doesn't work very well, since you apparently see a large image of the thumbnail. This application will convert most Nikon NEF, Canon CRW/CR2, Olympus ORF, Panasonic RW2, Sony ARW (not SR2), FujiFilm RAF, Pentax PEF and Leica RWL files to TIFF, PNG and/or JPEG directly on your iPad. A list of supported cameras can be found here. You will not need Internet access for it. The intended use is for photographers on a plane, in the field or on vacation, who put RAW photos onto their iPads using the Camera Connection Kit. Internet access is either impossible or impossibly expensive in these situations.

What it is

This is a raw converter, not a photo editor. There are several good photo editors for the iPad, and you should use one as part of your workflow. The conversion itself is based on DCRaw, which is the most popular and widely used open source converter around.

Devices

You will need an iPad 2+ running iOS 5+ to run this app.

Supported cameras

A list of supported cameras can be found here.

Internet access

You will not need Internet access for the app.

Location services

To use this app, you have to enable Location Services for it. This is an Apple requirement. The app does not use your location data.

Autolock

You will also have to turn Auto Lock to Never in Settings->General. This is also due to Apple. Remember to turn it back afterwards.

Selecting files for conversion

The app will tell you the type of each input file. If you choose a bunch of non-RAW photos, or RAW photos that are not supported, then an alert will tell you so.

Batching conversions

You can batch conversions. Just select more than one image.

Output files

The output files are written to the Camera Roll. Your original RAW files will not be affected.

Controls

You can control the JPEG quality, highlight detail vs brightness and speed/memory for batches of size at least 2. The high speed, high memory setting will only work on the new iPad (iPad 3).

Credits

This software is based on DCRaw without the restricted functions (no license) and ELCPickerController (MIT license).

Support

If you have questions, the support address is on the main screen of the app. We prefer that you contact us first. Most problems are easily resolved.

Latest version

The latest version is RawConverter2 2.6.

Availability

Available in the Apple App Store here.

Programming for Kids

This is the first in a series of versions aimed at communicating basic Computer Science concepts to a child. The age will depend on the capabilities of the child. The target age is 5 years old.

Version 1.0

This version contains an introduction to loops and conditionals. Every attempt has been made to keep the programming and the user interface simple so as not to confuse the child. There will be more versions down the line that will include more advanced concepts. This version involves no privacy issues because it does not communicate with anything. Not a phone, not a server, not anything. All it stores on the phone is a score, which your child can reset at any time. Scores are problematic. This app is not a test. It's supposed to be fun for a little while. When the concept is grasped (how long depends on the child), then the next version should improve the fun and the learning.

Extended Circle for iPhone

Create a private social network directly on your iPhone. Your data goes directly to recipients using email or SMS, so the privacy concerns inherent in a server are no longer there. Share your groups of contacts with others via email, and they can re-share with others. Share your entire database with colleagues via your corporate web site.

Uses

Here are some uses of the app.

Privacy

Your database and communications are sent directly through email or SMS, and never pass through our servers. Therefore, they are as secure as your ordinary email and SMS.

Sharing

You can share a contact group or your entire database in three ways.

Email

From within the app, you can email a single contact group (a file with the extension .ff) or your entire database (export.csv) to anyone with the app. The recipient will be prompted to install when he or she opens the attachment. Note that export.csv subsequently needs to be imported from within the app.

Web

You can put a single contact group (a file with the extension .ff) or your entire database (export.csv) on your corporate database. Anyone downloading the file in Safari will be prompted to install. Note that export.csv subsequently needs to be explicitly imported from within the app.

iTunes File Transfer

You can transfer a contact group (a file with the extension .ff) or your entire database (export.csv) to and from a computer using iTunes File Transfer.

Availability

Available in the Apple App Store here.

Diabetic Diary for iPhone

This app is for you to record your progress with diabetes. It permits you to enter information manually, and also interfaces with the PC software for the following families of meters: FreeStyle, Precision, OneTouch, Contour and iBGStar. The app is free.

Features

This app allows you to record and view blood sugar, long-lasting and sliding scale insulin, pills taken, exercise, food and notes. The entries can be saved for future use. It permits you specify a time interval and view the trend for that period. It permits you to specify a time interval and email a CSV file of your data to your physician. This CSV file can also be imported to your computer using iTunes. The CSV file can be input to any spreadsheet (e.g. Excel), and graphed and/or analyzed using the spreadsheet. You can import data from the PC software for the Freestyle, Precision, OneTouch, Contour and iBGStar meters. See this link for details

Listen to your health care provider

This app is not meant as a substitute for any procedure or process prescribed by your health care provider. It is for informational purposes only.

Availability

Version 1.1 is available at the Apple App Store here. Version 1.2 has been submitted to Apple.

Daycare Communicator for iPhone and iPad

This app is a customer relationship aid for the management and staff of day care centers (for human beings and pets). It permits you to maintain a database of your clients and communicate with them via SMS or email. You can also communicate with the rest of your staff (read about tags below). The email functionality permits you to add photographs and/or videos from your library. The app is usable for any small business. Just ignore the photo attachment button on the email page.

Records

The basic unit of information is a record, which is a bundling of contact information for the parents/owners of children/pets in your care from your address book. The records can also be for your colleagues (see tags below).

Tags

Records can be tagged, e.g. MWF, half time or the name of the primary handler. You can search by a conjunction of tags, e.g. "Give me all the records for half-time dogs handled by Marc" or "Give me all the records for my colleagues who work on Mondays".

Sharing

Records can be emailed to colleagues from within the app. The Apple mailer understands the file extension and will permit the receiver to install the record in the app. Email and SMS is grouped into batches of 10, so if you are sending email to more than that the send window will come up more than once. Email is sent as BCCs so that no client knows about any of the others. You can also transfer the records to your desktop using iTunes file sharing, put them on a website and your colleagues can install using Safari, which also understands the file extension. Email and SMS are subject to the terms of your contract with your provider(s).

Database export and import

The entire database can be exported into and imported from csv files and shared with colleagues as above. Databases append only and do not delete records, so that you can merge databases from different people. Note that a database import replaces records when the new records match the email addresses or phone numbers of the old records. It is advisable to export the database and copy it to your desktop computer using iTunes, so that you can use it as a backup. An entire database needs to be imported into the app and then explicitly imported from within the app, unlike individual records where you just click on the attachment (email) or link (server). In both cases, you need to go back to the main screen of the app before you can see your imports.

Global operations

There are global operations on records. For example, when records are imported from a colleague, sometimes there are missing fields. The app will make an attempt to match those records with entries in your address book and flesh out the contact information if you tell it to. You can also globally replace email signatures using tags. Note that for large address books, global operations can take a long time.

Documentation

Each button is explained on the information screen inside the app.

Devices

This app will work on iPhones and iPads running iOS 5+.

Portability

The records you create are completely portable, meaning that you can create or use these records on either an iPhone or an iPad.

Privacy

We do not store or transmit any of your personal information. We do not use Location Services.

Problems

If there are problems, please contact us first, at support (at) photopurify (dot) com. A link is on the main screen of the app.

Availability

The free version with ads can be found at the Apple App Store here.

Quilt Puzzle for iPhone

This is an adaptation of a jigsaw puzzle. You can draw something or choose a picture from your camera roll. Since your new drawings are saved to your camera roll, that might be a drawing that you previously constructed in this app. Then you choose the difficulty of the puzzle, and your app will break your picture into rectangles. You can share this puzzle with friends using email. Although it is intuitively simpler to use rectangles than jigsaw-shaped pieces, the puzzle is more difficult because you don't have shapes to work with.

The puzzles seem simple. There are a few less simple ones here. Please download them (Safari on your device understands the file extension) and try for yourself.

Sharing

Puzzles can be emailed to friends from within the app. The Apple mailer understands the file extension and will permit the receiver to install the puzzle in the app. Email is grouped into batches of 10, so if you are sending email to more than that the send window will come up more than once. Email are subject to the terms of your contract with your provider(s).

Devices

This app will work on iPhones running iOS 5+.

Privacy

We do not store or transmit any of your personal information. We do not use Location Services.

Problems

If there are problems, please contact us first, at support (at) photopurify (dot) com. A link is on the main screen of the app.

Availability

The paid version is available in the app store here. The free version is available in the app store here.

Fido's Log for iPhone

This app allows you to record, view and communicate events with your dog, such as vet visits, heartworm medicine taken, flea and tick medicine taken, food and walks. It is flexible so that you can enter something that happens often (e.g. a walk) once, and then just select it in the future. You can use the same mechanism to handle multiple dogs. You can also send the data to anyone else who has the app, or send a CSV file with any date range to your vet or anyone else. The CSV can be imported into any spreadsheet, e.g. Excel.

Devices

This app will work on iPhones running iOS 5+.

Privacy

We do not store or transmit any of your personal information. We do not use Location Services.

Problems

If there are problems, please contact us first, at support (at) photopurify (dot) com. A link is on the main screen of the app.

Availability

This app is available in the app store here.

Other iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps

Our apps for Milnaa, Inc. can be found here, here and here.