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Desktop Software and Mobile Apps: Photography

iOS Tip


Scanning with Notes (iOS)
The Notes app that comes with the iPhone and iPad has scanning abilities. Follow the steps below to use the scanner:

  1. In Notes, open a note or create a new note.
  2. Tap the camera icon and then tap Scan Documents.
  3. Place your article in view of the camera on your device.
  4. If your iPhone or iPad is in Auto mode, your article will automatically be scanned. If you need to manually capture a scan, tap one of the Volume buttons.
  5. Drag the corners to adjust the scan to fit the page, if needed. Tap Keep Scan.
  6. You can add additional scans to the document or tap Save when you're done.


Note: if your iOS devices does not have Notes, you can download it for free at




Adobe Photoshop for iPad
Focuses on core compositing and retouching tools designed to work best on the iPad with Apple Pencil and touch. Documents are automatically saved to Adobe’s cloud as you work and available on any device running Photoshop. iOS (Note: Adobe Creative Cloud subscription required).
This app brings DSLR-like photography to your mobile device with beautiful bokeh effects. Focos takes photos with shallow depth of field, without manually painting or making selections. It allows you to import existing photos and customize the bokeh effect. A cool feature is the ability to add multiple lights in a 3D space, and adjust the color brightness, and more for each light. iOS (Note: some features may require an in-app purchase).
Create beautiful movies and watch them on all your devices in iMovie Theater. Make Hollywood-style trailers using from 14 trailer templates. The app has 8 unique themes with matching titles, transitions, and music. Movies can be enhanced with slow motion, fast forward, pictur-in-picture, and split-screen effects. Create a soundtrack using built-in music and sound effects, songs from your music library, and your own narration. iOS
PhotoScan by Google Photos
This is a great app that lets you scan and save your favorite printed photos using your phone's camera. Features include: glare-free scans, automatic cropping, straight rectangular scans with perspective correction, and smart rotation. 
Android | iOS
A complete and professional photo editor developed by Google. The app has 29 tools and filters, including: healing, brush, structure, HDR, and perspective. The RAW Develop feature allows you to open and tweak native camera files and also allows you to save non-destructively or export as a JPG. Free and highly recommended! Android | iOS

Note: Descriptions are based on iOS features. The features in the Android version may be different.

News and Reviews

All About Android
This show is available on the Netcast Network. It covers the latest Android news, hardware, and apps.

This site is a good resource for discovering new iOS apps. AppAdvice provides news on apps and provides detailed reviews of apps.

iOS Today
This show is available on the Netcast Network. It highlights best new apps, helpful tools, tricks, and news about iOS.

A good site for finding out what apps have gone free, what are on sale, and what is new. I check it out daily.

Tech Advisor - App Reviews
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This netcast provides over 30 hours of programming each week covering digital technology. Popular shows include: All About Android, This Week in Technology, iOS Today, MacBreak Weekly, The Tech Guy, and Windows Weekly.

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