Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 21: UScapeit, Vlix, 8tracks Radio

Apr 21, 2011
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Photos, video and music — experience all of them in a new way with today’s crop of Fresh iPhone Apps. The photos are covered by UScapeit, an app that lets you shoot and create 360-degree panoramas, share them with others, and put multiple panoramas together to capture events and places visually. Vlix handles video by […]

Photos, video and music — experience all of them in a new way with today’s crop of Fresh iPhone Apps. The photos are covered by UScapeit, an app that lets you shoot and create 360-degree panoramas, share them with others, and put multiple panoramas together to capture events and places visually. Vlix handles video by allowing you to shoot and add effects to your footage, as well as check out clips created by other users. And finally, the music is provided in various user-created mixes by 8track Radio, an Internet radio/music discovery app that’s sure to bring new acts to your attention.

UScapeit (iPhone, iPad 2) Free

Build panoramas out of your iPhone photos with UScapeit, a free app that lets you knit photos together to make full 360-degree images. The app is designed to help you capture the 360 degrees around you and then view them on your iDevice in full, as well.

UScapeit lets you send your panoramas straight to Facebook after it processes them remotely for you, or you can create the app’s signature “Scapes,” or panorama collections meant to give an observer a real sense of a particular place or experience. The app will even teach you how to best shoot panoramas, too.

Vlix, video effects and sharing (iPhone, iPad) Free

With Vlix, you can shoot videos and play with visual effects to create a specific and unique look for them. The app features 15 visual effects that let you adjust the look of your video, and you can instantly preview what you’re making and quickly switch between effects to get exactly what you want, without a lot of waiting.

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Much like other photo- and video-sharing services, Vlix lets you upload what you’ve shot and edited to Facebook and YouTube, and view other users’ comments about what you’ve made. You can also move check out the videos of other users using the app’s video feed function, and leave comments of your own.

8tracks Radio (iPhone, iPad) Free

Your fellow users are DJs of Internet radio with 8tracks Radio, an app that lets you stream music on lists that have been created and curated by other 8tracks Radio owners. A music discover app, 8tracks lets you search for your favorite artists or by tags and find all kinds of different music mixes, allowing you to experience a wide variety of new stuff.

8track is all about mixes, and you can browse through hundreds of them to find cool new music to catch your fancy. The app allows you to “Like” your favorites so you can find them again in the future, and finding new mixes is as simple as pouring over the various tags to find something that sounds interesting. The app also supports Apple’s AirPlay service, so you can stream music around your house and listen to it on your stereo.

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