The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a spectacularly great iPad eBook and app. So much for review verdict spoilers eh? I couldn’t help it – this is just a fantastic and charming app. One that I already love, and one I know my daughter will love equally – and I can’t wait to show it to her.
Here’s a bit of the developers’ description of the app:
Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a new narrative experience that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
A great iPad photo editing app can transform a lousy photo into a very good one. Or refine and enhance an already good shot. Most of the best photo editing apps for iPad can also add some incredible effects to your photos.
The iPad is now my favorite place to do photo editing and adding effects to images – because of the excellent apps available for this purpose. If you use an iPhone for taking some or all of your photos, the iPad is an attractive option for getting photo editing done – as it’s very easy to transfer your images from iPhone to iPad with the Camera Connection Kit, an online file sync service like Dropbox, or via the excellent Photo Transfer App.
Luckily, this is a category where we are spoiled for choice, with a very large number of quality apps around for photo editing and effects. Hit the break for a rundown of the four (plus one honorable mention) that I think are the very best iPad photo editing apps …
Video Time Machine is my pick for today’s Best iPad App Ever. Hands down. This is one of those very rare apps that grabs you from the first moment that you open it, and just keeps you gripped and fascinated on every visit to it. It’s the equivalent of a great book you can’t put down, you just keep wanting more.
As the app title states, it’s a video time machine, from the guys who created the YouTube Time Machine (YTTM) website. It contains over 10,000 hand-picked videos – from 1860 right up to 2011. So if you want to see a John Kennedy campaign ad from 1960, it’s easy to find. Or you want to watch Michael Jordan drop 63 points on the Celtics in the 1986 NBA Playoffs, oh yeah, that’s just as easy.
I love the backstory for how the website came to be, with a couple of friends out for beer and pizza and a fantastic idea fleshed out on a napkin. Here’s just a piece of the About page for the app on this:
Following many a beer (and PIZZA!) I was regaling him with the tale of my previous night, in which I had been up very late watching Michael Jordan videos from 1996. It made me feel so awesome deep down inside … like it was Sunday afternoon, and I was 14, sipping on a milkshake and watching my fav team play. That Jordan-fest lurched into a 4 am search for Primal Rage videos, and countless other mid-90s stuff.
I realized then, that it wasn’t specifically Jordan or Primal Rage videos I was searching for … it was 1996 … the feeling of being in 1996 … As I was lost, in the mists of time, Del broke me out of my ponderous silence and said ‘DUDE! THAT SHOULD BE A WEBSITE!!’ I said ‘YES!’ he said ‘YES!’ – and then we probably high 5’ed. …
It’s been a great first year for the iPad. Great iPad apps have contributed a lot to making it the magical device it is. Here are my picks for the Best iPad Apps of 2010.
2010 is nearly done and boy does it feel like it flew by. Amongst other things, it feels like just a short while ago that the iPad launched and I was waiting in a line to buy one in the wee hours of the morning. It’s been over eight months though – and my high expectations for the iPad have been exceeded, and continue to be every day.
Great iPad apps play a big part in making it such a fantastic device. I’ve tried out scores of iPad apps across just about all categories this year. Some are terrible, some mediocre, some good, and happily some are superb. So I thought I’d share my picks for the Best iPad Apps of 2010 here.
Hit the break to see all my picks …