Layers, art on the go for the iPhone

For a while I’ve been looking for something like Layers which could be as good as NinerPaint for the Palm, and I’m hoping that Layers will really do the job. What I’m especially impressed with is the mac desktop app that allows you to create quicktime movies from you exported iPhone art.

I think I’m going to give this a go and see how I get on with it.

Layers at the app store:

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What a crock!

Having written about two Basic apps for Palm OS (Garnet) today I noticed this. But sadly, you’re not going to see it anytime soon as Apple in their infinite wisdom have decided that it is a ‘platform‘!!!

I can’t see how that can be true, but there you have it. Sad isn’t it.

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iziBasic 7 released

Aldweb has released iziBasic 7.0 at long last. I only found out as I opened the site by accident! A quick look at the manual shows a bunch of new stuff including IR and http functionality. Nice.

So now I just have to wait to see if I get my copy via email sometime soon.

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Anyone help Nimlet?

Nimlet has posted this comment on RecTools08:

hi this goes out to jalcide mainly but anyone can help!

I’ve rectools08 and the alesis protrack.

I can record audio in but i cannot monitor it or here the click track etc. I’ve tried plugging headphones into the iphone socket and the protrack socket.

any help would be amazing!


Anyone help out? I don’t have a protrack so can’t advise.

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Whisper free

Whisper is now free at the app store if you’re interested in trying it out.

Whisper at the app store:

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ZoozBeat Pro is here

I hadn’t noticed that this app had come out (rants about lack of decent categories on app store) and I’ve been waiting for it for ages. Amonst other things this app allows you to work in multi-player mode. I have no idea how it will work but I think I might have to give it a go.

Zoozbeat Pro at the app store:

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Yonac: Steel Guitar

Yonac do it again and announce the release of Steel Guitar. Steel Guitar utilizes several features to empower the guitarist including::

  • Slide guitar emulator with “pedal” bending and multiple instruments
  • 4 instruments:
  • Lap Steel (6-String)
  • Eight-String
  • Nashville (10-String with E9 tuning)
  • Texas (10-String with C6 tuning)
  • 4 different tones per instrument:


  • Easy fretboard scrolling
  • Built-in common tunings and/or pedal-hookups for each instrument
  • Volume/pitch bend pedals hooked up with 4 axes of the iPhone/iPod Touch Accelerometer
  • Adjustable fret width, pickup height and string spacing
  • Chorus/Vibrato effect
  • Compatible for iPod play along
Here’s what Yonac have to say about the app:

CEO and Steel head designer James Yonac remarks:

“The Guitar has always been my first love…after working on a good deal of musical apps, [one] gets to know
the iPhone interface inside and out. For some time, we have been working on emulating an instrument that
would fit the iPhone interface like the proverbial glove. One of my personal favorites is the pedal steel. The
most interesting thing about [the iPhone] is how well it is suited to emulate something like a lap or a pedal
steel. You control the actual instrument with a so-called ‘bar’, with which you slide from fret to fret, and use
your dominant hand to pluck, and pretty much take it from there. It’s much easier than attempting to play a
conventional guitar on such a small screen, and in my opinion, much more musical. This carried over very well
to the iPhone platform, and I think we hit the spot with how we implemented the emulation. This also sets Steel
Guitar apart from most of the guitar apps out there: it’s something unique in this arena of instrumentation, and
not something you’re going to see many likes of.”

Another great app from Yonac, and a direction that I wasn’t expecting from them. I think I’ll have to give it a try.

Yonac Steel Guitar at the app store:
Steel Guitar

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FastBasic for Palm OS

I stumbled over this at 1src. I’ve not heard of this version of basic for the palm before, but it looks quite good.

I’ve only started the app for a minute or two, but I did find play wave and play MIDI commands which are very interesting indeed.

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Could the Zii give the iTouch and iPhone a real run?

The Apple Blog has this post on the Zii Egg, which has some really impressive hardware features, especially when you compare it to the iPhone.

Whilst I think it is probably a good thing for there to be some competition I wonder whether developers will have the appetite for a new device where there is currently no definitive OS as the Zii can run Android and Zii Plaszma, both of which are open source, but I know nothing about Plaszma at all.

It’ll be interesting to see if the hardware goes anywhere, and if it can gain some ground. Lots of good hardware projects don’t get off the ground because of market entry problems and I hope that this doesn’t suffer in the same way.

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New Yonac site

Yonac software have a brand new web site, plus they’ve set up on Facebook and started a blog too. As if that wasn’t enough they’ve also released a new app called Steel Guitar, more of that later.

Yonac at the app store:

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