Apps that Wow

At this week’s Lunch & Learn: 40 Apps in 40 Minutes, you’ll get a quick introduction to 40 must have apps for your iOS or Android device. We’ll cover library apps, apps for productivity, photography, health and wellness, and apps for fun and games. The program takes place on Thursday, January 19th, from 12:00 PM –1:00 PM, and you can register on our events calendar.

Below are two of my favorite new apps that I’ll be discussing. 

Photoscan logoPhotoScan by Google Photos
Free. iOS and Android.
As the PhotoScan website states, this app lets you do more than “just take a picture of a picture.” Instead, you’ll “create enhanced digital scans, with automatic edge detection, perspective correction, and smart rotation”—all with your smartphone. With the app open, hold your phone above the photograph and take a picture. The app then guides you through the process of taking four pictures of the photograph’s corners, which it stitches together to remove glare and correct perspective. Once the scan is stitched together, you can adjust the corners if needed, rotate the image, and save it to your phone. You can also back your scans up to Google Photos, which provides free, unlimited storage for photos and videos up to 16 megapixels and 1080p HD.

Man and boy looking through card catalog.
I used PhotoScan to scan this photo, taken at the old Withers-Jessamine Public Library.


QuiverQuiver app logo
Free, with in-app purchases. iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire.
The Quiver app combines old-school coloring with 3D augmented reality to bring your coloring pages to life. This app wowed all the adults and teens I showed it to. To use the app, you first download and print the Quiver coloring pages, either from the app or the Quiver website. Many of the coloring pages are free, but you can also purchase premium content as in-app purchases. Once you’ve colored a page, open the app and center your page in the frame. Then watch as your creation becomes a 3D animation. Check out the video below to see the app in action.