Category: Apps

Columbia Sportswear app: It’s like Path for offroad journeys

If you build outdoor gear for exploring the wilderness, you kind of want your customers out exploring that wilderness. Not simply tromping around the urban jungle.

And that’s why Columbia Sportswear has built a mobile app. To get you off the beaten path. Read More

Who’s snapped Instagram photos of where you’re sitting right now? Get an Instalook

If you own an iPhone, it’s highly likely you’ve dabbled with Instagram, the photo app that allows you to quickly snap a shot, apply a filter, and share it with friends. They’ve captured the essence of what people want to do with their phone photos.

What’s more, Intagram offers an API for folks to build cool stuff with their data. No really. One example was Gramfeed from Portland’s Rakshith Krishnappa. Well guess what? He didn’t stop there. Meet Instalook. Read More

Need a multibeat metronome? There’s an app for that

John Nastos is a very talented musician. And he’s completed an incredibly a really interesting music project. As if that weren’t enough, John also happens to be a very talented developer.

So what’s a guy to do with musical talent and development talent? Combine them, of course. Introducing Metronomics, a metronome for iOS. Read More

What if you could see through your iPhone like a heads-up display? With MegaReader you can

If you’ve spent any time walking and reading on your iPhone, you’ve got the bruises to show for it. It’s inevitable that—with your gaze focused on your device—you’ve run into a few friends, cars, and posts.

If only there were some way to see where you were going. Like if there were a camera that… hey wait a second. There is a camera. And Portland-based MegaReader came up with a really interesting way to use it. Providing a heads-up display for seeing right through what you’re reading. Read More

Without Taplister, your iPhone is only a glorified beer coaster

Because your educated palate is about to get a whole lot more intelligent. All thanks to Taplister’s latest upgrade to its iPhone app and RateBeer.

So it’s no secret that people in Portland are quite fond of beer. Quite fond. Especially on Friday. And while some folks might categorize that fondness as “snobbery,” we like to think of it as more of an “educated palate.” So much so, in fact, that we talk about beer, tweet about beer, and carry Portland-built iPhone apps like Taplister on our phones. Just to help us better understand what beer is available where.

Well, get ready to be happy. Because your educated palate is about to get a whole lot more intelligent. All thanks to Taplister’s latest upgrade and RateBeer. Read More

Haven’t seen any good design lately? Grab your iPad and check DesignScene

Meet DesignScene, a new “real-time inspiration” app that’s designed to provide iPad users with a bevy of interesting imagery. All delivered by a pre-selected group of design sites.

With Portland’s growing mobile development scene, I get a lot of chances to write up iPhone apps that work equally well on an iPad. But it’s not often that I get to talk about a pure iPad app.

Meet DesignScene, a new “real-time inspiration” app that’s designed to provide iPad users with a bevy of interesting imagery. All delivered by a pre-selected group of design sites. Read More

Keeping the baggage handlers on the tarmac: TSAzr gives you all the TSA info you need for security checkpoints at every airport

anyone with an iPhone or iPad can record their experience with the TSA, good or bad, and we’ll all benefit from the shared reviews. Meet TSAzr.

If there’s one government entity that people love to hate, it’s the IRS. Wait. I mean, if there’s another government entity that people love to hate, it’s the Transportation Security Administration—affectionately known as the TSA. From travel delays to inappropriate searches to just general ineffectiveness, it seems that everyone has a gripe or two about the people in charge of keeping our airports secure.

Well now—thanks to Vancouver’s Elguji Software—anyone with an iPhone or iPad can record their experience with the TSA, good or bad, and we’ll all benefit from the shared reviews. Meet TSAzr. Read More

Want to stay informed about your flight in midair without wifi? Your iPhone is your WindowSeat

Get ready to take your WindowSeat. An interesting new iPhone app from Portland-based AppOven designed to keep you informed about your flight and what you’re passing over—whether you have an Internet connection or not.

Every once in a while, an app comes across my desk that I have to wait a while to try. Because it requires me to be somewhere in particular to really get a feel for what it does. This latest one, required me to be about 35,000 ft up in the air.

Get ready to take your WindowSeat. An interesting new iPhone app from Portland-based AppOven designed to keep you informed about your flight and what you’re passing over—whether you have an Internet connection or not. Read More

Like old flicks, cheesy B movies, and classic television? Grab your iPhone or iPad and wander into the Movie Vault

Like those classic flicks of yesteryear and those horrible yet addictive cheesy b movies. If only you could stream those on your iPad or iPhone. Well, now you can, with Movie Vault.

As soon as Apple decided to add the ability to watch movies to the iPod, folks have been staring at little screens watching their favorite modern flicks and television shows. With the advent of the iPad, Netflix streaming augmented the whole mobile movie viewing experience.

And yet, something was still missing. Like those classic flicks of yesteryear and those horrible yet addictive cheesy B movies. If only you could stream those on your iPad or iPhone. Well, now you can, with Movie Vault. Read More

Love Instagram for iPhone photography? Well, here’s another reason to love it, Portland

You know Instagram, that wickedly popular photography app for the iPhone? Yeah, well they’ve got a Portland connection too. Meet Josh Riedel, community manager for Instagram.

[HTML3]Now for as much as I love the Portland startup scene and all of our homegrown goodness, I have to admit that I take a certain pleasure in the random Portland connections to other popular Web stuff. Like the fact that the creator of LiveJournal went to high school in Aloha. Or that ReadWriteWeb employs a good chunk of Portlanders. Or that the community manager for Vimeo lives here.

Well, here’s another one to add to the list. You know Instagram, that wickedly popular photo app for the iPhone? Yeah, well they’ve got a Portland connection too. Read More

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