Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 8: Fotopedia Paris, Geom-e-Tree, 3frames

Apr 8, 2011
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Travel to Paris without ever moving (or tour it while you’re there), use math to create art, or use your device’s camera to make your own animated .GIF image files with today’s list of Fresh Apps. Fotopedia Paris is like having the entire city in your pocket, complete with 4,000 photos of Paris and a […]

Travel to Paris without ever moving (or tour it while you’re there), use math to create art, or use your device’s camera to make your own animated .GIF image files with today’s list of Fresh Apps. Fotopedia Paris is like having the entire city in your pocket, complete with 4,000 photos of Paris and a lot more information besides. Geom-e-Tree takes your numerical and touch input to create trees out of fractals using nothing but geometry most of us can’t remember ever learning. And 3frames lets you snag multiple still frames to quickly convert into goofy image files you can share with others.

Fotopedia Paris (iPhone, iPad) Free

There are more than 4,000 photos of Paris in Fotopedia’s app that lets you explore the city without ever leaving your home. With Fotopedia Paris, you can take virtual trips around the city to see sights both well-known and not so well-known. The app is basically your own tour guide to Paris, whether you’re in the city or not.

Apart from the virtual tours available in Fotopedia Paris, the app will help you set up real-live tours to help shape a vacation abroad. It’s also filled with text descriptions about different locations and social media capabilities that let you share what you’re seeing and learning with others.

Geom-e-Tree (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

I never really got a handle on fractals in school, but you don’t need to know much about geometry to enjoy Geom-e-Tree, an app that lets you input a few parameters and find art in math. Entering numbers and touching the screen creates fractal “trees,” which change based on what information you give the app and how you interact with it.

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As you create your fractal trees, you have several options of what to do with them. First, you can save them and create an “arboretum,” where you can access the trees later and alter them as you see fit. You can also upload trees to your device’s camera roll, or share them online through Facebook and other means.

3frames (iPhone, iPad 2) $2.99

Use your iPhone or iPad 2’s camera to create animated GIFs from your own videos with 3frames. The app instantly converts footage or stills into moving, looping .GIF image files that you can post to the Internet for the enjoyment of yourself and others.

You get a lot of control over the final product with 3frames. You can shoot photos with “burst mode” to grab multiple frames of fast actions to use to make GIFs, and manipulate the speed with which frames progress in the file to affect how it looks to observers. The app also supports geotagging for your animated GIFs and lets you easily share them on Facebook and Twitter.

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