I’ve started to use the excellent iPhone app Next to keep track of my expenses. My bank has a utility that automatically tracks every purchase I make, but for me, being a notorious money spender, it’s kind of a therapeutic thing to be forced every time I buy something to actually acknowledge the expense and not just buying without thinking. It’s also a great way of keeping track of what kind of things I spend my money on.
Some of these apps are really good. And they’re free!
Overcast makes it fun to listen to Podcasts again
After reading a lot about a new podcast app called Overcast created by Marco Arment, famous for creating Instapaper I downloaded the app just to check it out. I love Instapaper, an app that really has made me appreciate long form journalism, so I thought I’ll try to see if Overcast could make me interested in listening to podcasts again, something I haven’t done in a while.
Tools for filming on iPhone
It’s pretty amazing the kind of video quality you can get from a simple iPhone. With the iPhone 4 you can film in 720P and with the iPhone 4S you get up to 1080P! But to get the optimal quality, you are going to need some tools to help you. The first example I found was when the iPhone 4 was released some guys made this film, all made with the iPhone, including the editing. Soon after the release of the iPhone 4S, this example showed up on Vimeo. This is also a good example of the kind of quality you can achieve with just good lighting and some creativity.
But to be able to get good quality out of your phone, you need some tools to help you.
The filming capability of the iPhone is getting better and better. The quality is getting good enough to do some serious projects with it cheaply. But the right tool for the job is not the built-in software for filming. It’s using an app called FiLMIC Pro that is available in the App Store. You will even be able to make high-quality films like this one.