PhoneView: New Look For Messages Mode


We just posted a PhoneView update v2.9.3 with a great new iOS 7-style appearance for Messages mode.  We hope you like it.  The update also includes some nice fixes and performance improvements.


Retrieving Text Messages and Other Data From iPhones

Today we heard from customer Tracy Rhodes of Tracy Rhodes Attorney at Law who finds that she is using PhoneView in 75% of her cases, to retrieve important information from clients’ iPhones. She says on her blog:

Most people now rely primarily on their smartphones for telephone numbers, addresses, passwords, grocery lists, and all manner of daily life minutiae. These bits of information can be pure gold in discovery and at trial.

Instead of spending hours looking over screenshots of texts, and reviewing voicemails recorded on tape, she now uses PhoneView for Mac to easily save out the text messages and voicemails from client iPhones. Text and media messages are exported as PDF files and voicemails are saved as audio files to the mac.

Thanks for sharing this with us Tracy!

Read more about it here: Tracy Rhodes — Georgia Family Law Blog — Tips For Litigators, Part 1: Retrieving Text Messages and Other Data from iPhones


Joseph DeRuvo and Photographers Workplace

Today we’re featuring Printopia customer Joseph DeRuvo.  Joseph, an accomplished photographer and educator, teaches a class in fine art iPhone Photography!

"The whole process from capture to editing, tweaking and printing are all done on the iPhone itself. Some might scoff at this premise but I believe there is a value and advantage to having such a tactile experience with the process, not unlike the time spent in the darkroom moving prints from tray to tray," says Joseph. 

In Joseph’s classes, students print their photos directly from their iPhones.

But how to print to a color managed printer from an iPhone? Enter Printopia.  By configuring Printopia’s Color Matching panel, Joseph was able configure the necessary ICC and ColorSync Profiles so that the final printed images would look their best.

"For the average user or office environment something like ICC Profiles is not a normal concern but for photographers this is the language that will interpret the final image," DeRuvo explains.

Printopia, which runs on a Mac, manages the communication between the iPhone and the printer, adding limitless flexibility and possibilities to the digital workflow that photographers like Joseph and his students rely on.  Once it’s set up, the process is automatic and magical. Joseph adds,

Students have found it unbelievable that they can print to a Color Managed printer directly from there iDevice (thanks to you all).

Read more about Joseph’s workflow on his blog, The Photographers Workplace


Ecamm’s Water Project

Back in 2011, Ecamm participated in Gaucho Software's fantastic Apps For Water charity event.  Developers discounted their apps for one day and agreed to give every penny of the proceeds to charity:water.

Ecamm sold freakishly large amounts of software on that day, and we managed to raise enough money to sponsor an entire “water project”, meaning our donation would bring clean water to a village somewhere in the world, in the form of a well, catchment or filtration system.

We’re pleased to report today that we received a nice surprise in the mail— a detailed update on Ecamm’s water project.  A tube well has been completed in the small community of Dakatpara Ghatpara in Bangladesh.  Before this well was constructed, this community spent hours collecting dirty and unsafe water. Now they have improved access to clean water, sanitation and a water committee trained in promoting best hygiene practices.  Charity:water also included a nice photo of the project for us, complete with Bangladeshi villagers pumping water.  


Dakatpara Ghatpara, Bangladesh

A big thanks to charity:water for sending us this delightful update, and for Mike at Gaucho Software for dreaming up Apps for Water.  We hope to do more events like this in the future!


Adjust exposure and more with iGlasses 3.4

I’m really happy to have finished another great iGlasses update.  iGlasses 3.4 just went live. If you’re an iGlasses user, run Check for Updates and grab it now. If you’re new to iGlasses, grab the demo!

In addition to fixing a conflict with a recent Skype update, iGlasses 3.4 adds awesome new features.

You can now lock and adjust your webcam’s exposure and white balance with a slider.  This works great with the built-in iSight (FaceTime camera) on your new MacBook, MacBook Pro, AirBook or iMac. This can be really useful for three reasons:

Reason #1) Sometimes the automatic exposure just doesn’t cut it.  If you’ve got the sun or a bright light source at your back, the webcam will turn the exposure way down, putting your face into darkness. iGlasses will let you turn the exposure back up, properly exposing your face.  

Reason #2) There are situations where you want to set the exposure but don’t want it to automatically adjust.  For example, if you’re making a stop-motion movie with an app like iStopMotion, you never want the exposure (or white balance and focus) to change between snaps.  Another situation where you need to lock these automatic adjustments is when you’re doing a chroma-key (green screen.) Changes in exposure can throw off your keying.

Reason #3) Sometimes you want to use your iSight or FaceTime camera in a really dark room, and the auto exposure only goes so far. Your camera is capable of much more. iGlasses lets you crank the exposure and get a brighter picture in a dark environment.  You might notice the frame rate decrease as the shutter speed slows to let in more light.

So how does it work? It’s really easy.

Simply install iGlasses on your Mac, and open up your favorite video app like Skype, FaceTime or even a web-based chat like Google Hangout.  Select “iGlasses” as your camera.  

The iGlasses window should appear, and on the bottom of the Adjustments section, you’ll see toggle switches and sliders for Exposure and White Balance.  Support for this feature varies by webcam. For example, you’re using a webcam that supports focus, like the Logitech C920, you’ll see a focus slider too.

To switch to manual adjustment, toggle the switch to Manual. You can now adjust your exposure, white balance or focus.

We have a few more interesting features in this update too.  

iGlasses can now be AppleScripted!  Check out the Scripting Dictionary for more information on how to control iGlasses with AppleScript.  This can be really cool if you’re automating a security camera. 

For example, some customers have requested the ability put iGlasses’s exposure control on a timer, so that the exposure of their security camera can change to compensate for night and day conditions. So for example, you can send an AppleScript command to set the exposure like this:

tell application “iGlasses” to set the value of hardware parameter “Exposure” of the selected video device of first renderer to 0.5

You could also use AppleScript to change between multiple cameras on a schedule or do many other things. It’s only limited by your imagination!

The third new feature in this update is remote control support! You can use your Apple Remote to control the digital pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ).  

If you have a Mac with an IR receiver, just try out your remote when iGlasses is active to see the magic!  The center (Play) button zooms in, and the Menu button zooms out.

So, that’s about it for this update!  Much more to come in the next update so keep an eye out and keep the ideas coming!


Product News: PhoneView and iOS 7

We’re happy to announce that Ecamm plans full support for Apple’s upcoming iOS 7 release.  PhoneView v2.9.1, posted earlier today, adds some preliminary support for our iOS 7 beta users.  Be sure to drop us a line if you notice anything out of the ordinary.


Workflow: Convert a file to PDF on the iPad using Printopia, Dropbox and PDFPen


Here’s a nice little workflow I just worked out to print to PDF on the iPad.

  1. On the Mac set up a Dropbox folder to print to in Printopia

  2. In PDFPen for iOS set up to sync to that folder in Dropbox

  3. On the iPad print to that folder

  4. Open PDFPen on the iPad and sync. The new PDF file will be there ready to be opened.

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