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 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.
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.
November is Maker Month at the library, and we’re highlighting all of the library resources that can help you improve your creative skills. One of our favorite resources for makers is Zinio for Libraries.
With Zinio for Libraries, you can checkout digital magazines from the library and download or stream them to your computer or mobile device. In addition to popular magazines such as Martha Stewart Living and Field & Stream, our Zinio collection includes many specialized hobby and craft magazines that can inspire you, teach you a new skill, or even provide patterns.
Unlike our print magazines or eBooks, Zinio digital magazines can be checked out by multiple users at the same time. Plus, once you download the magazine, it’s yours to keep. There’s no need to return it or worry about late fees, which means you can turn all your energies to making.
To get started, visit the eLibrary page on our website and click on the Zinio link. You’ll need to create an account from the Zinio page. Once you’ve completed that step, download the Zinio for Libraries app for iOS, Android, or Kindle HD/HDX.
To begin using JCPL’s Creative Space and Recording Studio, you’ll need to complete both parts of our Creative Space training. But you can supplement that in-person training—or even prepare for it—with lynda.com.
lynda.com is an online learning resource that helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. JCPL provides this service to you for free.
In addition to videos on basic home computing, you’ll find video courses on the technology and software used in our Creative Space and Recording Studio, including 3D printing…
…and audio recording….
These videos are just a small sampling of the many tutorials that can help you become an expert maker.
To watch the complete courses, click the title link below each video and sign in to the library’s lynda.com web page with your library card number and PIN. If you haven’t already, you may want to create a lynda.com account with your name and email address. Your personalized account will let you create video playlists and view your history, bookmarks, and Certificates of Completion.
lynda.com is an online learning resource that helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. The site offers a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. Course topics include:
- 3D Animation
- Home Computing
- Web Design
lynda.com is a subscription service that normally costs users from $19.99 per month and up. However, JCPL is providing this service to you for free.
To get started, visit JCPL’s lynda.com login page, and sign in with your library card number and PIN. You’ll need to create an account with your name and email address. Your personalized account will let you create video playlists and view your history, bookmarks, and Certificates of Completion.
Sign in today, and start learning!
Whether you’re concerned about environmental impact, sweatshops, fair trade, or buying local, trying to shop ethically can be overwhelming. During our February Lunch & Learn, we explored the best websites and apps for finding socially responsible companies and products. To see the complete list of resources, scroll through the Padlet below or open it in a new window. Or, download the handout for a short description of each resource.
If you’d like to try out the apps, stop by our Appy Hour for Adults on Tuesday, February 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The apps will be pre-loaded to several JCPL iPads. Enjoy a cup of coffee and try out new apps in the library.