Just in time for organizing holiday get-togethers comes Tasty, a new app by the Vancouver-based Etosi.
Tasty shares some features of other dine-out apps, such as social-media sharing, photos and ratings.
But what sets it apart is “events,” a feature that lets you organize restaurant outings with friends. You can choose the restaurant on your own or find one that both you and your friends like - the app lets you vote on your favourites - and you can send out invitations. If you’re not sure which restaurant to choose, the Tasty app lets your friends help. Your invitees RSVP and the event is automatically booked on their iPhone calendar. There’s a Yelp link for restaurants listed in the app, as well as their Google Places listing and Foursquare.
There’s also the option of linking Tasty to your Twitter, Face-book or Foursquare account. The app has launched across Canada with plans to expand to the United States.
Now you’ve gathered your friends at a restaurant, how about giving them a disposable camera to share? Remember those little cameras people used to leave on tables at wed-dings to encourage guests to take photos?
The San Francisco-based iOS developer Synthetic has released its newest app, which creates a virtual version of the disposable camera. After you down-load the app, you can create a camera that has 24 shots. Then you share the camera among friends, specifically Facebook friends you invite to snap photos on the virtual disposable camera. And you can customize the camera with its own name. It’s much like handing around a disposable camera and getting everyone’s view of the event, although the snapshots are collected via their iPhones.
You don’t see the results until all 24 photos have been shot, at which point the people sharing the camera get a notification the photos can be shared on Face-book, Twitter and Instagram.
I downloaded the app and created a camera but you need to have Facebook friends using the app to share it with, and so far none of my friends are using it.
I’m hoping my ski pals will see this column and get the app on their iPhones so we can create some holiday albums with our virtual disposable cameras.
The newly released ArtRage for iPhone is based on the art-painting software ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro for Apple and Windows computers. Whether you’re a budding Picasso or you’d just like to do something more creative than playing Angry Birds on your iPhone when you’re killing time, ArtRage delivers all the tools, from brushes to a palette knife and pencil. You tap a tool and drag your finger across the screen to sketch, choosing colours and adding layers. The app tracks how much paint you’re using, so you can blend with the brush. You can also take photos with the app or upload ones to the app for tracing. Once you complete your creation, you can send it to photos, to iTunes, email it or print the painting.