Best New iPad Apps: Decorate the office, monitor security cameras, organize with Weave and use Breadcrumb for POS

December 28, 2012

Fine Art America can virtually decorate your office

Augmented reality is becoming big news on smartphone and tablet apps, and the technology is now being used by photo resource website Fine Art America for its innovative new iPad app (free, iTunes).

The app houses over four million images, which can be purchased for framed, canvas or acrylic prints, but what is more impressive about the application is that you can see how it would virtually look in your office or house using the iPad’s camera.

On opening up the application, you can scroll through these images by keywords, size, collections and favorites. On selecting your preferred image, you can change the image size and currency and then get a feel of how it would look in a room by tapping ‘Wall View’.

Monitor security cameras remotely using OnVu360

Oncam Grandeye, a self-proclaimed innovator in 360 degree camera surveillance, has released OnVu360, a mobile iPad app that lets users view live HD video recordings right from their tablet.

Having downloaded the application (free, iTunes), users can stream footage from Oncam Grandeye's cameras over WiFi, 3G and 4G and at up to 5MP. Users can also pinch to zoom to get a closer view of what is happening.

The app has a few demos running on launch but companies looking to purchase their cameras will need to buy the products in-app. 

The app supports iOS devices running iOS 5.0 or later or so can run on the iPad, iPad mini and iPhone 5.

Life organizer Weave now offers support for the iPad and iPad mini

Intuit’s personal organizer iOS app, Weave, has been available since October but recently updated to version 1.17, which brings about native support for the iPad and iPad mini.

So, what does Weave do? Put simply, the app (free, iTunes) is designed to keep you organized on everything in your life from what’s happening with your business and hobbies to upcoming trips and chores.

Using Weave, you can plan a trip, collaborate on projects with business partners and employees, and share household chores with members of your family. You can also set reminders to doing certain tasks, like paying the rent or doing the weekly shop.

Data can be synced between iPad and iPhone by creating an optional account, while Weave enables you to keep up to date with each task and how long you’re spending on it. These to-do tasks can also be prioritized to increase productivity.

Groupon’s Breadcrumb POS gets an update

Breadcrumb, the point-of-sale provider now owned by Groupon, has updated its POS iPad app (free, iTunes) to enable easier sign-on and access to card payments, as well as the ability to split check payments evenly.

The latest version of the app, now on version 1.2, is designed to be “faster and easier to use”. For instance, employees now must sign on using a four-digit pin (as opposed to having a username and password before).

Other features now allow a bill to be split among four or five credit cards automatically with just one touch, while swiping credit cards will instantly bring up a table’s check.

Larger venues will be glad to learn that employees can sign into various locations using a single username and password, while another new feature, ‘Quick Save’, can set-up or save to an existing tab in seconds.

Breadcrumb starts from $99 a month for one iPad with an unlimited number of users and free updates.

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