Are Your Pictures Lost in the Cloud?

the cloud search engine spider colour blind

The Cloud and the Blind Librarian

The Cloud to the rescue. I do like to store my photos and paintings somewhere off site in case my house burns down. Where better than The Cloud?

Trouble is, there are many Clouds and I can never remember which cloud I’ve put things on.

Another thing.  After a limited number of gigabytes, the guardians of Cloud storage start to charge you or cut down the size of your images. Flickr – aka Yahoo – offers the best deal I’ve found, with a terabyte of free storage.

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The New Notes in iOs 9

Nonsense in the new Notes in iOs 9

Sad face finger painting in Notes iPhone app
Sad Face Finger Painting in the new Notes

The new Notes in iOs 9 on my iPhone now sports two dozen colours, 3 brushes, an eraser and a ruler, in place of bald black and white text.

Granted, using Notes as a painting kit instead of a colour coded shopping list is destined to be a minority occupation. Nevertheless I found this new version of the app quite handy for a finger scribble.

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Are These the 8 Best Painting Apps?

Suffering from App Overload, I decided to limit myself to just 4 of the best painting apps for my iPhone 6+ and Android Galaxy Note 4.

Paintings of carrots in my 8 best mobile painting apps
8 Imaginary Carrots Show Off My 8 Best Mobile Painting Apps

Were the apps I chose the best painting apps for my purposes? I was surprised by how much I learned just by daubing an imaginary carrot in each app.

In the picture the top row were painted on iPhone 6+ in (L – R):- Procreate Pocket, Sketchbook, Art Rage and Photoshop Touch. Bottom row were created on Galaxy Note 4 in:- Painter Mobile and the Android versions of Sketchbook, Art Rage and Photoshop Touch.

One thing I learned was that I had paid too little attention to the size of these images. Displaying all eight at 100% and taking the screen shot you see, I found my paintings often failed to take advantage of the actual maximum megapixel size each app is capable of.

Photoshop Touch for both Apple and Android will make images up to 9 megapixels. (I tested up to 3000×3000 pixels and Photoshop Touch will probably take more). Painting my carrot on the iPhone I missed that advantage. The image was too small for much detail at 400×600 px.

On the other hand, Art Rage for iPhone 6+ is a really cut down version, yet I puffed up my imaginary vegetable right to the maximum size that Art Rage for iPhone can manage: 0.7 megapixels (640×1136 px).

Art Rage is more versatile for the Galaxy Note. It will make you images at 4.2 megapixels (2048×2048 px). I only went up to 480×853 px. Smaller than the ArtRage-for-iPhone version.

Ah well.

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