Polamatic gives your photos some Polaroid flair

While transitioning to the Studio, Polamatic has a slick animation that emulates a photo developing and printing. While this adds a few moments to the overall process, it is part of the charm. Editing in the Studio gives you six options along the bottom toolbar: Crop, Film, Effects, Adjust, Borders, and Text.


There are two ways to get an image into Polamatic: a new direct capture or import from your Photo Library. If you choose to import, you can do so with multiple images at once, since they get pulled into Polamatic’s image gallery first. The gallery features thumbnails that show the full orientation of images, rather than just squares. When you want to edit an image, just tap on it to view, then select the “edit” option — it takes you to the Studio.


Polamatic sports a simple and clean design that is reasonably straightforward. The app’s black background puts the focus on your images, and there is a thin and understated rainbow line at the top. Navigation is easy and intuitive, though Polamatic relies heavily on button tapping — it would have been better to implement swiping gestures for going back and forth between screens. The editing tools are neatly laid out for fast access, so anyone can just pick this up and use it.


When I was younger, I had a lot of fun with disposable and instant cameras. It was always fun to snap a picture and not know how it turns out until it printed. While I love digital photography, it just isn’t the same feeling as the good old days. That’s why I enjoy vintage photo editing apps on the App Store. When I saw Polamatic, I had to check it out.


Polamatic by Polaroid ($0.99) by Dana Shakiba is the official app of Polaroid, and brings nostalgia back to your photos. If you grew up with the Polaroid cameras of yesteryear, then you’ll feel right at home with Polamatic.

The Best and Apps for Time Management

It is not important who you are or how you make money, you probably have problems with time management. Even people who try to run their lives by a certain schedule can have a difficult time staying on task, showing up promptly and remembering their day-to-day goals. There are numerous reasons for this. The biggest reason for it is that, due to tablets and smart phones, we have many distractions at our fingertips that are just begging for our attentions each day. In the following article we’re going to teach you how to use your iPhone or iPad as a powerful tool for time management rather than as a time management unit of destruction.

Download Instapaper. Instapaper is an app that works with smart phones, tablets and on computers too. It is a “read later” application that could save you a lot of time. In the daytime how often do you come across a bunch an article or a site that you really want to get into but lack the time to do so properly? How frequently have you thrown off your whole schedule by reading or taking a look at it anyway because you knew you will not remember it later on? Instapaper can be incorporated with Twitter and a number of other apps and save all of the links you want to explore for a later time. All the links you save are saved in one primary account. It means that you can use any gadget (cell phone, tablet, and personal computer) to catch up on your reading when you’ve got the time.

Wunderlist is one of the better programs. It’s a basic to-do list app but it’s not bogged down by a lot of complex interfaces or graphics. Every day it is possible to sit down to this application and then enter all of the things that you would like to do during the day. The program costs nothing. You could synchronize it to several devices and it is really simple to use. All you must do is train yourself to check this application as often as you check your email and you will see just how simple it is to stay on task.

Evernote is really great and handy. It’s a central place to organize just about all: your emails, downloads, pics, notes, thoughts, and so forth. It isn’t just syncable between devices (like your desktop computer) you’ll be able to use it with your other applications (like Wunderlist) as well. The only real drawback to this application is that it’s not absolutely free. Your monthly subscription can be paid either each month at $5 each or every year for $45 a year.

Agenda is a must have calendar application. This is true for all kinds of different reasons but the main reason you need this is you can sync it both to iCalendar (the calendar Macs and Apple products use) and Google calendar. This makes managing a calendar a lot easier for folks who have PCs and iPhones because they’re going to only have to key in their information into one place and it is readily available on all of their devices. It is also really pretty.

The variety of time management programs available for downloading is huge. We think these are the best but if you do a bit of homework you are going to find lots of others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author