Tech Talk Thursday: Apps for New Year Goal-Setting

Tech Talk bannerIt’s officially 2016 and we all know what that means: New Year’s resolutions. This year don’t fall into the trap of setting unattainable goals only to find yourself discouraged and unmotivated to make positive changes in your life for the coming year. We’ve compiled a list of apps that can help you set and achieve your goals, and most importantly, keep those New Year’s resolutions.

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Apps & Gadgets: Bonus Edition!

If you’ve RSVP’d to attend today’s HSL Info Expo Summer Technology Symposium, you’ll be hearing me talk about some exciting apps and gadgets for summer in our new segment, “Apps & Gadgets.” There are so many cool tools out there that it was hard to narrow it down to just a handful for a 10-minute segment. Instead of leaving some on the cutting room floor, we decided to share them with you here.

This is Apps & Gadgets: Bonus Edition!

Here are a few things you might want to check out before the summer is over.

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Say “Cheese!”: Apps for photo fun!

Do you enjoy taking pictures with your smart phone or tablet? Are you looking for a way to spruce up those pictures? Here are some FREE apps that allow you to add filters, frames, and other fun effects to jazz up your pictures.

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Text added with Phonto

Phonto
FREE for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android

Phonto allows you to add text to your pictures. Choose from over 200 fonts, change your text size, color, stroke, gradient, shadow, and more. You can also add balloons or callouts, crop your image, and choose from various themes (e.g., black and white). Share you photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, via email, or simply save to your device. You can choose one of your existing photos from the photo album(s) on your device, or use the camera function to take a new picture.

 

Filters and overlay made using Pixlr-o-matic

Filters and overlay made using Pixlr-o-matic

Pixlr-o-matic
FREE for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android

Pixlr-o-matic is a popular app with social media users, and the mobile version of the Pixlr web photo editor. This app allows you to add various effects, borders, and overlays to achieve different looks including grunge and retro. Add glitter, sparkles, light streaks, and more! The “Noloroid” border option creates a familiar Poloraid picture look. Use pictures already on your device or take a new picture with the camera option, and share your pictures via email, Facebook, Dropbox, or Flickr.

 

Made using Pic Stitch

Made using Pic Stitch

Pic Stitch
FREE for iOS (iPhone, iPad)

Pic Stitch allows you to combine multiple pictures into one. This can be fun for before and after shots, or various angles of the same object. Pic Stitch also allows you to order prints from your local Walgreen’s store. Share pictures via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email. The app has over 230 layouts and 11 different aspect ratios.  You can also rotate, pan, and flip your images, add stickers, text, and other effects, or change saturation, contrast, brightness, or sharpness. You can also freeform draw on your images.

 

Made using Pic Collage

Made using Pic Collage

Pic Collage
FREE for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android

Like Pic Stitch, Pic Collage allows you to creatively combine multiple pictures. Create collages with borders, stickers, text, filters, cutouts, and more. You can choose either free-form collages or premade collage borders depending on the number of pictures you are using. Import pictures from your photo albums, Instagram, or Facebook. You can also share via email or various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. The free-form collage function allows you to use touch gestures to rotate, move, resize, and delete images. Choose from several backgrounds and stickers.

 

X-ray effect added using FX Photo Studio HD

X-ray effect added using FX Photo Studio HD

FX Photo Studio HD
FREE for iOS (iPhone, iPad); Not available for Android

If you are looking for an impressive selection of photo effects and filters, then FX Photo Studio HD is the app for you! Choose from over 190 effects, including pencil sketch (both black and white and color), vintage, grunge, black and white, and more. You can also add filters to your entire picture, or just a portion of it.  Adjust your hue, saturation, contrast, and exposure. Share your images via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, or email.

 

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