November 18, 2018

Guide to Traveling with a Medical Condition

If you have a medical condition, there’s no need to give up traveling. There’s plenty of places to see and inspire your recovery.

The people at insurancewith.com put together a handy guide to help with the planning and preparation on traveling with any type of medical condition

Great Tips from the Guide

The guide offers helpful travel advice and information, such as:

  • Some of the common problems associated with travelling abroad with a health condition.
  • How to plan and pack for a holiday if you have a disability or certain health issues.
  • Vaccinations and visas, and taking medical supplies through customs.
  • Other useful tips and resources to help you travel safely.

Insurance With
https://www.insurancewith.com/medical-conditions

Five Things I Learned about the Travel Advice Site

InsuranceWith is a UK based organization, but a lot of the travel tips certain apply to anyone that travels around the world.

Information is well organized into several chapters so you can get right to the information you are looking for.

There’s a checklist of what you should be aware of before you travel with a medical condition.

Great tips on getting your medical supplies through customs (Chapter 3)

Did you know that If you have a heart condition, you should avoid traveling to locations that are over 2,000 meters. (Hey, I actually learned something new!)

Read Before Traveling

The Guide to Traveling with a Medical Condition is very useful and certainly worth reading before any traveling. I would recommend reading it while your planning hotels/airlines.

Even if your an expert in traveling, this guide can be a refresher on how to make the most of your vacation.

November 17, 2018

Dynamic Drive

Dynamic Drive has all sorts of useful tools for Web Developers, including Image Optimizer, Button Maker, Image to Base64 and lot more.

There is a section of the site where you can download script files, such as creating a dynamic calendar, snow or rain effect, the Matrix Text Effect, Mouse and Cursor effects and many more. It's a great place to get a code and some unique ideas to help spice up any webpage.

Description from the site

Welcome to Dynamic Drive, the #1 place on the net to obtain free, original DHTML & Javascript to enhance your web site!

Dynamic Drive
http://dynamicdrive.com/

Sample Content Listing

Check out some of these cool effects

It's Snowing - Decorate your webpage with this great animated document effect! Watch as snow gently trickles down the page, then disappear. Cool DHTML Tooltip - This is a practical, elegant DHTML tooltip script. Use it to display additional information about a link or any other element when the mouse moves over it. Tic-Tac-Toe - Entertain your visitors to a quick game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Comes with artificial intelligence and the ability to keep score. It's a good way to increase webpage time, which is a way to help SEO score. Online Image Optimizer - Image Optimizer lets you easily optimize your gifs, animated gifs, jpg, and png, so they load as fast as possible on your site. You get a preview of each quality and pick the image that works best for you.

November 16, 2018

Convert Multiple markdown to HTML

MultiMarkdown is now showing up in more an more applications. It's an easy way to write content when you just want to focus on the content. It's also popular because you copy the content to different applications and keep the layout/formatting intact.

Easiest Way to Convert Markdown to HTML

Brett Terpstra wrote an excellent Service tool to make it easy to convert Markdown to any style that you want. Here's his description of the tool:

The Markdown Service Tools are a collection of OS X Services designed to make writing Markdown text that much easier. Services work in any Cocoa-based application (which is most of the apps on your Mac). The Services are prefixed with "MD" to keep them grouped in your Services menu.

Installation of the tool is pretty simple, and Brett does a good job explaining how to use it on the Markdown Service Tool page.

What's nice is that once you install the service tool, you can assign your own universal keyboard shortcut to trigger the service with the select text.

Keyboard Shortcut
Easy to configure a shortcut, and use it where ever and whenever you need it!

What about Utility Applications?

There are many applications that can also convert Multiplemarkdown to HTML, and they may be a better option if your day-to-day job depends on converting then an application might be a better long-term solution. One of the "downsides" to Brett's Service tool is that is works based on the selected text. So if you're converting a bunch of Markdown file, this may not be the best choice for you.

Notion and Bear

This tool is very useful if your writing blog content in Notion or Bear, and need to convert it to HTML before posting it.

November 15, 2018

Engine 33 and Ladder 15

At the corner of Boylston and Hereford Street, is a picturesque building that houses one of the busiest firehouses in the city of Boston.

Engine33 Ladder15

Seven Things I Learned About this Fire House

This firehouse first opened on February 20, 1888, when Engine Company 33 and Ladder Company 15 were organized in this new firehouse.

Boston's Great Blizzard of 1888 happened on March 11, 1888 - it's one of the worst snow storms that hit the Northeast.

The Firehouse was designed by city architect Arthur H. Vinal in the Richardsonian Romanesque style.

This is Bostons Oldest Firehouse.

Engine 33 responds to approximately 4,100 incidents per year, making it one of the most active firehouses in Boston. That comes out to 11 calls a day.

Ladder 15 responds to approximately 3,800 incidents per year. That's about 10 calls per day.

This firehouse is part of the Boston Fire Department District 4 Unit

Four Plaques on the Firehouse

There are four plaques on the firehouse to remember those that have died at the line of duty: Cornelius J. Noonan (d. 1938), Richard F. Concannon (d. 1961), Richard B. Magee (d. 1972), and Stephen F. Minehan (d. 1994).

These only represent a small group of the fire fighter's who have died in the line of duty.

Fire Fighters Killed in the Line of Duty from this firehouse.

Engine 33 (5)

Lt. Michael D. Greene - Killed on the Line of Duty January 13, 1913.

Cornelius J. Noonan - Killed on the Line of Duty February 10, 1938.

Malachi F. Reddington - Killed on the Line of Duty November 15, 1942.

Richard B. Magee - Killed on the Line of Duty June 17, 1972.

Lt. Edward Walsh - Killed on the Line of Duty March 26, 2014.

Ladder 15 (4)

Will C. Swan - Killed on the Line of Duty September 28, 1922.

Richard Concannon - Killed on the Line of Duty January 23, 1961.

Stephen F. Minehan - Killed on the Line of Duty June 24, 1994.

Michael Kennedy - Killed on the Line of Duty March 26, 2014.

November 14, 2018

ProCam 6

ProCam is yet another popular third-party application on Apple's iOS. It offers a lot of features to expand the basic capabilities of taking photos and videos using your iPhone.

Pro Cam Photo Menu
ProCam Photo Menu give users a lot more control than the standard Apple Camera App.

Five things I like about ProCam

  1. Slow Shutter - You can control how long the shutter should stay open. It's a great way to get a lot more light when it's very dark. It's just as powerful as the Slow Shutter iOS app ($1.99). I would recommend skipping the Slow Shutter iOS and using ProCam as you have more functionality.
  2. Date/Time/Location Stamps - Useful when you need to let people know where/when you are. You can control the size of the stamp.
  3. Editing Effects - There are all sorts of cool photo effects that can be added such as Tilt-Shift, Tiny Planet, Social Colors, Scratches, Grain and Prospective Adjustment.
  4. Extracting Stills from Video - Very useful when you want to send a picture from a video. Much easier than watching the video and taking a screenshot. In addition, you get the full frame size, not the iPhone frame size.
  5. Over Exposure Warning - Don't get caught with a bad picture because parts of it are way out of focus. The Over Exposure Warning can let you know if you need to change your point of view to get a better photo. It's a great way to play it safe when you want a good photo.

4k Pro Cam Screen Shot
Actual video screen shot capture from a 4K 24 fps video. I used Pro Cam capture feature, it looks as good as if it was a regular picture!

3D Photos

One of the camera modes that are unique to ProCam is the ability to take 3D Photos. This is a creative way to use both cameras on the iPhone XS Max.

You take a picture in landscape mode. ProCam takes a photo with both lenses at the exact same moment. Then align one of the photos. When you click 'Done' you get a shifting photo. You can save the photo as a GIF, JPEG + GIF, Video + GIF.

This isn't something that I would use on a regular base but does add a cool effect to post on Facebook or Twitter.

Getting ProCam

ProCam 6 is not free as it cost $5.99 from the iOS store. I would recommend checking out the Tutorials on ProCamapp.com to see all the features of the application

November 13, 2018

Turkey Shape Butter

Keller's Creamery Turkey Shaped Salted Butter is now available at Walmart, Hannaford, Wegmans and Stop and Shop. We did not see any in Market Basket or Whole Foods.

Kellers Turkey Shaped Butter

We had this last year, and it was a hit at the Thanksgiving table.

They make a Christmas Tree and a Bunny Shape Butter too. The Christmas Tree is available in December and the Bunny is available in March.

We recommend getting two, that way there's no issue with cross contamination if you have regular rolls and gluten-free rolls. (Or get one and put it next to the gluten-free rolls to encourage people to take the gluten-free rolls.)

Remember Kids Butter

November 12, 2018

Check My Links

If you're testing a new set of pages, it's a good idea to make sure all the links are working correctly. This is especially needed when a site had been sitting in a particular environment for a long time.

The worst case scenario is the CEO reporting broken links right after release.

The Chrome Tool, Check My Links, makes it super easy to find any broken links on any page. Simply click on the extension icon in Chrome and it goes through all the links on the existing page.

Description from the Developer

Check My Links is a link checker that crawls through your webpage and looks for broken links. 'Check My Links' is an extension developed primarily for web designers, developers and content editors.

'Check My Links' quickly finds all the links on a web page and checks each one for you. It highlights which ones are valid and which ones are broken, simple as that.

HTTP response codes and full URLs of broken links are published in the Console log (Found in: 'Chrome > Tools > Javascript Console' or Ctrl+Shift+J).

Google Link Checker2
Lots of links on Google.com - No broken ones! QA approves!

Notes about the Check My Links Tool

As mention above, any broken links appear in the console log. When I first started using the tool I got confused to how to find the broken links.

QA best practice is to have the Chrome console log open when testing a web application.

You can exclude URL checking by putting it in the extension option sections, simply right-click on the extension icon and select options.

If you have a lot of links on a page, Consider using HEAD as the method of request since its quicker.

If your busy regression testing, it might be useful to turn on Cache and AutoCheck. That way 'Check My Links' will run every time the page loads. By enabling cache, you'll only get real requests from new URLs on a page.

Did you know that there are 32 links on Google.com? There are no broken links!

November 11, 2018

Streaming Hallmark Channel

If you just switched to Hulu, one of the channels that you'll notice that is not available is the Hallmark Channel. Normally this isn't a big deal, but at Christmas people like to watch their holiday shows.

Unfortunately you can't watch Hallmark unless you have a subscription via a cable network.

Hallmark Channel 2018

Available Options

There are only a few online networks that carry the live Hallmark Channel stream - fuboTV, Philo, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, or DIRECTV NOW.

We wanted something cheap since Hulu meets all of our TV viewing needs. We also didn't want a long-term commitment since we'll likely unsubscribe after the new year.

What about the Hallmark Now Service?

The Hallmark Movies Now subscription service, which is available for $5.99 a month or $59.99 annually, is not a good option for us. They don't show this Christmas seasons movies.

If you want on demand from last year it would be fine - but chances are people you know will be talking about this season shows.

Package Options

These are the cost that you would need to get the full Hallmark Experience. (On Playstation Vue you can just get the basic Hallmark Channel for $44.99/month.)

Philo 43 Channels $16/mo 7-day free trial
fuboTV 85+ Channels $39.99/Month 7-day free trial
Sling 43 Channels $30/Month 7-day free trial
Playstation Vue 85 Channels $59.99 7-day free trial
DirectTV Now 65+ LIVE Channels $40/MONTH7-day free trial

Philo Wins

After exploring all the options we went with Philo. For $16 a month you get 43 channels including Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

There is a lot of overlap of channels with Hulu, but this was the cheapest option to watch Hallmark via OnDemand.

Maybe in 2019 there will be more options to watch Hallmark Channel - including YouTube TV.

November 10, 2018

Cheatography

Single page reference sheets - often called Cheat Sheets - are good reference guides to common tasks. Most developers have used them when researching the latest CSS styles or figuring out the proper regular expression.

A great online resource is the Cheatography website - they have a huge selection of cheat sheets in various topics. If you think you can do better than what they have, you can also create your very own cheat sheet.

Description from their site

Cheatography is a collection of 4,488 cheat sheets and quick references in 25 languages for everything from business to food!

Cheat Sheet
https://www.cheatography.com/

Cheatography Content

The five most popular Cheat Sheets:

  1. Regular Expressions Cheat Sheet
  2. Linux Command Line Cheat Sheet
  3. EQ tips Cheat Sheet
  4. JavaScript Cheat Sheet
  5. Python Cheat Sheet

November 9, 2018

Delicious Library

Having a lot of DVDs and Books can be overwhelming. You may not what books you have and where they are - what is in the box in the basements or attic?

Delicious Library 3 solves that. It super easy to track inventory and find the books that you have.

Delicious Library3
Create Smart Group Shelves and always know which books you have!

Seven Things I learn about Delicious Library

  1. iOS Scanner App is a quick way to scan books in a library. If you have a lot of out-of-date books Delicious Library may not have an image for it.
  2. In Delicious Library, you can set up shelves to where the books are located. This is how you can separate books in the attic and the basement. You can also create ‘ virtual shelves’ so you can have a quick view of all your business books.
  3. There is a ‘ Charts’ feature so that you can see your current inventory levels. Here’s where you can find the items that are worth the most on the market.
  4. Delicious Library is useful to determine what should be sold at a yard sale (in a $5 box) and what should be sold on eBay.
  5. The Wishlist is a good feature to track things that you may want for the birthday, simply drag items from Amazon.
  6. You can share shelves with friends, so they know what you have and can borrow books your not reading.
  7. Delicious Library isn’t just for books and DVDs, you can tag tools, which is great when you're looking for a blade for a particular saw.

Not Free - But Worth the Cost

Delicious Library cost $39 and worth the money in time savings. Also, you may find that you have some valuable books that could easily offset the cost of application.

Not sure if it’s right for you? Try the demo and see how useful it is to digitally organize all your stuff.

November 8, 2018

Love Locks on Massachusetts Ave

When you walk on the Massachusetts Ave overpath of the Massachusetts Turnpike you may notice some locks on the fence. This is called the Locks of Love. Its a way for couples to show their love for each other.

Nobody knows why the Massachusetts Ave bridge was selected as the location for the Love Locks.

Boston Locks of Love

Five Facts on the Locks of Love in Boston

The Boston tradition appears have started in the summer of 2013, when three heart shape locks appears for the death of DOMA.

This is a tradition that has been going on for years in other countries, it began in Paris on the Pont Des Arts bridge.

New Residential towers are expected to be built next to Massachusetts Ave Green Line and will result of the removal of the Love-Lock fence.

The Massachusetts Ave bridge is the most common place where you'll see the love locks. There is no indication on where people may put locks once construction starts for the new residential towers.

The Locks on the bridge are removed by the city as they fear for the safety of the bridge. The locks are destroyed and can not be claimed.

November 7, 2018

Camera2 Plus

In May, the team at Snap Snap Pro updated Camera+ to Camera2 Plus. This is the first major update in

Some New Features in Camera2 Plus

  • Original Camera+ didn’t have a night mode. Slow Shutter was introduced in Camera2 +
  • There’s no more in-purchase add-ons! You don’t need to purchase Analog Filter Packs or the Hollywood Filter Packs, it’s all built into Camera2.
  • Better Manual Controls
  • RAW Capture - when you want more control on what the iPhone XS Max camera captures. You can edit on the phone, or use Photoshop, Photoscape or Affinity Photo to edit.
  • and a lot more.

Five Things I like about Camera+ 2

  1. Clarity -This is a cool tool in the editing Box. It a quick way to touch up any photo. Works better than Apple’s Auto-Enhance functionality. When Apple’s Auto-Enhance doesn’t work you should try Camera2 + Clarity.
  2. Siri Shortcuts - You can take pictures quickly via Siri. you don’t need to unlock the screen! Simply set up a Siri action and a picture gets taken. There are 9 Siri Shortcut actions available within Camera2 +. Simply record your voice to the action. Then later when Siri hears you say it, it will perform the action. I would recommend setting up a Selfie Siri Action, to make taking selfie pictures even easier.
  3. Frames - Hidden in the Editing toolbox are 27 overlay frames. These add a nice mockup type of effect on images - which would standout when posting on Instagram or Facebook. For example, you can add a film around an image to give it neat effect.
  4. Smile Mode - Easily take a selfie by smiling.
  5. Focus Highlighting - No more trying to guess on what's the camera is focused on. Makes it easy to know what the camera is actually looking at.

Clarity Example

SideBySide_thumb.jpg
Click on image for a larger version.

The above shows the power of the Clarity functionality in Camera2 Plus. You can see more of the train station when the Clarity filter is applied.

Two Annoyances

  1. The Slow Shutter functionality is a bit hard to configure/understand how it works. There isn’t really any documentation.
  2. The Camera2 Plus update didn’t include any Apple Watch functionality. The old version did have a simple Apple Watch App.

Getting Camera2 Plus

Camera 2 Plus is available to purchase in the iOS store. Currently it's only $2.99.

I think it's worth the investment for the five points that I mentioned above. The Clarity filter comes in handy when you want a quick touchup to any photo and don't have time/resources to touch the image on the computer.

November 6, 2018

Benevento

Boston's North End is the best place to go to get Italian food. There are lots of great restaurants to choose from and the food is excellent. Certainly worth visiting if you're coming to Boston for business for vacation.

If you're eating Gluten Free, you may think your best to stay away. You would be wrong. There are some restaurants that offer excellent gluten-free meals - Benevento is one such restaurant.

Benevento Gluten Free
Gluten Free Garlic Bread and Alfredo Pasta

Nine Things We Learned visiting Benevento

We found Benevento via the Find Me Gluten Free ios App, it got a very good rating from other guests.

We made reservations for five at Benevento and ended up sitting in the basement. It was nice because it was quiet, but we were sitting next to the cleaning kitchen. (Not sure why we were put in the basement if we had a reservation.) You're much better off eating at street level since they have an open kitchen.

There is a TV downstairs where you can watch the latest Boston Sports. (I believe that there's one upstairs too.) There is no cellular service downstairs - so no chance of checking in. (You shouldn't be using the phone in a restaurant anyways.)

The downstairs bathroom was flooded and it took a while for it to get clean.

The server brought regular bread to the table even though we indicated that two people in our party needed to eat gluten-free. They did make some gluten-free garlic bread which is one of the appetizers. They don't have gluten-free bread as a regular table offering.

My daughter didn't really like the garlic bread. I think this is the first time that she tried Garlic Bread. It was a nice treat for her. I tried some and thought it was good. It was gluten-free flatbread that had garlic sauce on it.

We order my daughter the Alfredo Pasta, which is to her is just a different type of Mac & Cheese. She did enjoy it and ate a fair amount. I think she was saving her appetite for some dessert at Mikes Pastry. I also tried some of the pasta and thought it was good.

The other meal that was served gluten free was Puttanesca. It looked exactly like regular Puttanesca and tasted just as good. The person was planning on saving some of it for the next day but ended up eating the whole thing because it was so good.

We did take home the Alfredo Pasta and my daughter didn't really like it a couple of days later. She said that it tasted better at the restaurant. I asked if she wanted to go back to Benevento, and she said yes.

Finding Benevento

Benevento is located on 111 Salem Street, in the North End of Boston. It's about a block away from Bova's Bakery. They have their menu posted online so you can see all the gluten-free options.

We would go back, as we love visiting Boston's North End. Next time we'll ask her to eat more otherwise we wouldn't go to get ice cream at Mike's Pastry.

November 5, 2018

QA October Graphic Files

October was a pretty quiet month for using Memes in the Slack channel. Most of the images were already in the library, but I did come up with five new ones. Hopefully, this is a reoccurrence for the rest of Q4.

Be sure to check out the library for all the QA Graphic files.

Best Can Do
That's the Best You can Do?
http://www.cryan.com/qa/graphics/BestCanDo.jpg

Hows Automation
How is Automation going?
http://www.cryan.com/qa/graphics/HowsAutomation.jpg

Failed Testing Sticker
Failed Testing Sticker
http://www.cryan.com/qa/graphics/FailedTestingSticker.jpg

November 4, 2018

Flickr Price Changes

Last Week Flickr announced some major changes with the Flickr service. Basically, the FREE plan is going to get limited. Here's the information from Flickr website:

Free accounts will soon be limited to 1,000 photos or videos. Flickr isn't Flickr without the contributions and participation of our free members, and we remain committed to a vibrant free offering.

If you are a free member with more than 1,000 photos or videos, you will have ample time to upgrade to Pro (for 30% off your first year) or download your photos and videos.*

Free members have until January 3, 2019, to upgrade to the Pro Plan. After that date, if your Free account has more than 1,000 photos you will not be able to add anything. On February 5, 2019, Flickr will start removing files.

Slight Problem For My Account

flickr Account

Currently I have 209,701 images in my Flickr account! This is using about 60% of my 1TB allowance.

I haven't decided if it's worth spending $49.99 to save 208,701 files. I did check out some of the other services such as iCloud and Google Drive and Flickr is at the right price point.

It's possible that I might purchase the Flickr Pro Plan just to buy some additional time to back up the files and find a good long-term solution.

My primary usage on Flickr is sharing daily photos that I take of my daughter. I have albums created each month to highlight her going to school every day.

Cloud Pricing

Some of the current cloud pricing.

November 3, 2018

Snipplr

Wouldn't it be great if there was a resource to get awesome code snippets, so you don't have to re-invent the wheel for an HTML5 Starter Template or a PHP function to properly trim strings or any bit of code. Fortunately there is such a site it's Snipplr.

At Snipplr you can search for any code bits for just about every active programing language. There even a useful HTML Test Page so you can see how your style sheet works with all the active HTML elements.

Description from the Website

Snipplr was designed to solve a simple problem. We had too many random bits of code and HTML scattered all over our computers. We'd hunt and dig around for five minutes looking for the couple lines of code we wrote four projects ago just so we wouldn't have to retype them. We're lazy. We needed a way to keep all of our stuff organized. Snipplr is our solution. Now, all of our code snippets are stored in one place. Best of all, the other guys at work have access to each others' code library.

With Snipplr you can keep all of your frequently used code snippets in one place that's accessible from any computer. You can share your code with other visitors and use what they post, too.

Snipplr
https://snipplr.com/

November 2, 2018

Add Signature in Preview

Did you know that you can electronically sign PDF documents? Simply add your signature to Apple's Preview application and you can sign off on documents without having to print them!

Adding Your Signature

You don't need fancy software or hardware to add your signature, this can be done using your camera and a plain white piece of paper.

  1. Get a clean white paper (any size) and sign your name as you would regularly do. Use a dark pen or pencil for your signature.
  2. Open up the Preview Application
  3. Go to Tools, Annotate, Signature, Manage Signatures then click on Create Signatures
  4. Follow the instructions on the Manage Signatures dialog box. Tip: I would recommend putting another while sheet of paper behind the signature sheet so that you get a nice clean scan of your signature.

The whole process is very quick and probably takes longer to brew a cup of Nespresso coffee than it takes to create your signature file.

You can add as many signatures as you want. For example, you can have a professional business signature and a regular signature.

Manage Signature

Adding a Signature to a PDF Document

To add your signature to any PDF document:

  1. Open up the PDF Document
  2. Go to Tools, Annotate, Signature and pick your signature (There is no Keyboard Shortcut)
  3. Drag your signature to the correct location.
  4. Save your file.

Note: You should save your file as a different name, for example, expense-signature.pdf. That way you know which documents have a signature file.

Set it and Forget it

Take a few minutes to do this now and you won't need to think about it in the future. This is because your signature image is saved in the Cloud. So when you log into your iCloud drive, you'll always have access to the signature.

How cool is that?

November 1, 2018

The Midtown Hotel

The Midtown Hotel, a small hotel located opposite the Christian Science Center in the Back Bay, is on the market. It was officially placed on the market this past summer.

Nearby two new luxury condos high-rise were recently put up. It's expected that whoever purchases the hotel property will tear it down and put up yet another a high rise.

Midtown Hotel

Seven Fun Facts About the Midtown Hotel

Open in 1961 and cost $2.5 million to build

There are 157 guest rooms on 3 levels.

According to various sources the hotel has a 80% occupancy rate.

This year, the Midtown Hotel hosts 36 Northeastern students. Last Spring, was the first semester that Northeastern used the hotel for occupancy.

One of the Midtown bell captain, Kevin O'Leary has been there 35 years.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist currently owns the land on where MidTown resides. They are the same owners who sold the land where 1 Dalton Street is now being built.

Some estimates have the one-acre site going for as much as $80-million.

October 31, 2018

ProCamera

Apple's Camera is a pretty cool tool, it gives users the basic camera functionality. It's fast easy to use and easy to access with the simple swipe of the lock screen.

Why Buy a Camera Application?

While the Camera is good, there's still a lot of power that users have with the Camera. That's the advantage of using a third party application.

One of the applications that I have been using for years is the ProCamera App. I have been using it since version 5, the current version is 12.0.1. It's a great application to use to help take really good pictures with the camera.

Five Things I like About ProCamera

Apple Watch App - ProCamera Apple Watch App lets you take to preview the camera view before taking pictures. You can also switch between modes and set focus. To see the current camera viewfinder click on the ProCamera icon on the bottom left. (This is different than Apple's Watch as the viewfinder is on by default.)

Flash Torch - Great for when you want a picture in a dark situation and want to see/focus on the picture before taking it. For example, if you're trying to take a picture of a product info on an equipment in a dark area. (This is where the Apple Watch can come in handy too!)

ProTimer - If you like GorillacamPro, you'll like this feature. You'll have the ability to set a number of photos to take after the Self-Timer gets activated. This is also a good way to take multiple pictures and then combine them later.

Lens Selection - You can actually take a picture with both lenses on the iPhone XS Max. You don't necessarily get a better picture, but it's pretty cool to have that functionality.

Videos - The nice thing about having a third party app for videos is that it can have different settings. I can switch between the Apple Camera and ProCamera depending on what I am doing. The AudioMeter is great to have a visual of the video audio track, it's a good way to know if the audio that I am capturing is loud enough.

Couple of Notes

If you ever find yourself without the bottom row and unable to switch modes or see the Camera Roll, it's because you are viewing the Light Version of the "On Screen Display Mode." To fix this simply click on the Control Panel, the three lines on the bottom right, then the Display icon, the bottom right icon that looks like a rectangle. Use Standard Mode if you want complete control of all the elements.

If you want to change what modes appear on the camera switcher, simply swipe all the way to the left until you see the three dots. Click on it. Now you can rearrange the photos modes and hide functionality that you don't plan on using.

Getting ProCamera

You can purchase ProCamera on the iOS App Store for $5.99. There is no trial. If your still curious about it, I recommend reading the short manual to learn about the capabilities of ProCamera.

Other Posting