Todd’s Apps

A monthly review of must have, worthy of looking or just plain interesting apps that are relevant to the design industry.


Trying to save time travelling to meetings but still value the face-to-face meeting experience? Want to gauge body language, put faces to names, have free flowing meetings but without the travel? Then maybe it’s time to take another look at web cams. Or Conference Cams. Logitech Connect is definitely one of the better ones allowing you to have a video conference call in a face-to-face environment with good sound and video quality, even share screens and record the meeting. Packed full of quality features with a very intuitive interface the Logitech offering provides an excellent user experience both in terms of its technical capability as well as the visual and physical feedback you get from it. Specifically, the lighted base tells you whether the system is on Active or Mute mode via different colours. The remote control also neatly flips around and becomes a cover for the camera, so you never feel like someone is watching you if you’re not using the device.


Ok so you’ve raced out and bought a new conference cam and you want to start using it. Depending on what phone or device you own you’re probably used to using WhatsApp, Skype or Facetime for video conferencing. All good offerings; but some, like Facetime, are only possible to use with Apple devices. Enter Zoom a cross platform compatible with virtually all devices. As with most apps download, sign in and off you go. Zoom allows content sharing, multiple participants, send texts, voice messages, files and images. So whether you’re in an office using conferencing equipment or in the field using a handheld device Zoom will connect with anyone, anytime and allow as much collaboration as any other platform without the need for brand specific OS or equipment.


Yes, I know there are heaps of camera apps available. I guess cameras are one of the most commonly spruiked features of the modern mobile phone these days; so maybe not surprising there are so many apps to support the constantly improving camera tech. Oilist is just a feel-good app that essentially turns normal photos into oil paintings. Lots of settings as you’d imagine, but the results are soft and warm oil style pictures from your library or straight from the camera. Not sure you’d be using it for headshots in your LinkedIn profile but there may be other uses.


If any other members use or know any new or interesting websites, tech or apps, please feel free to drop us a line and we will share it with the other members.