Light Meter - As its name implies.
Blux Pro - Take full control of your camera with manual controls.
Lucid - Hands down the best program for quickly adjusting photos.
The Photographers Ephemeris - A great tool for outdoor photography. Know when and where the sun or moon will be at a given time.
Yeah, I've got a copy of Stellarium on my work Macbook, which is good for finding the location of any celestial object. I don't really do astrophotography (telescopes are too much money to justify), other than the occasional Milky Way photo, but when you find yourself in a part of the world with minimal light pollution (great spot - Indian Lake, NY) it's an opportunity to grab. I was just thinking of going back there, to climb Snowy Mtn at twilight and do that the right way this time...
Lisa has Stellarium (or some derivative of it, not sure the name) on her iPad...
Stay away from Saranac Lake, the lake is still covered in ice and there is still snow on the ground.
Yes, and the lake monster eats cars and people on a regular basis. I get it.
No, you are thinking of Champy, the lake monster of Lake Champlain. The man from Mars was the one who eats cars, after eating you first.
You eat Cadillacs, Lincolns too
Mercury's and Subaru's
And you don't stop, you keep on eatin' cars
but eventually, you only eat guitars, get up!
Was just talking to somebody about the camping/canoeing there. I've never been, personally.
Sorry, I had to dance a bit to the Blondie reference. She is 70 btw, so don't feel old or anything.
If this is not just an iOS area, I thought I would throw in a couple of Android items:
Termux - great terminal program that is both a great terminal program with the ability to install other Linux apps as tools without having root:
- code if you are a do it yourself-er:
The long press help is the saving grace for me in the "oh crap, how do I type ctrl-c" sort of moments at 2 am.
The other one is one you all probably know (iOS as well, but I have not run it on one of those)...
I have used this one in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and Iceland and have found the maps and data to be exceptional from a pre-planning standpoint. It even got me over driving on the left hand side of the road in Jamaica. Can't recommend this one enough if you are thinking a map and a rental car and some brief explanation of a Air-bnb rental that your significant other might have made online.
P.S. The data for Jamaica is excellent as well, but I can only state that you may want to stay on the "A" roads, unless you want to pay extra for tire damage (or in our case, are willing to argue for 20 to 30 minutes withe the car rental service).
I noticed that Sky Map has started to receive updates again. Sky Map is very similar to Night Sky. I always liked Sky Map although I didn't use it much.
LS - I'll make some further into the Adirondack suggestions for you for
climbing and photography. Indian Lake is a good start though..
The night sky view from Indian Lake was absolutely, incredibly gorgeous, the last time I was there.
Man, I miss having a view of the night sky that is unencumbered by copious amounts of light pollution.
Some of you are probably familiar with "FoxFi" and "PDAnet" -- two apps which allow you to tether your Linux/Windows/Mac computer to your phone without requiring a tethered data plan. It seems that in recent versions, these two apps have now merged into one.
I've got an insanely good 4G connection where I am right now and it's giving me wireline speeds. Incredible.
What's particularly nice is that you can do USB, Bluetooth, or Wifi hotspot all from the same app.
We have installed "Life360" on all of our phones. It allows you to create a circle (typically, your family/household) and keep track of everyone's locations.
I decided to start this practice after my son took the car out and forgot to "check in" upon arrival. This makes it a lot easier. You can see where everyone is, even someone like the IGlet who will absolutely not touch his phone while driving but the sound of incoming alerts would be a stressor anyway.
Apps like this have been around for a while, but this is the first one that seems to balance the free and paid features in a sensible manner. The free version gives you location, and an alert when anyone arrives/leaves home or completes a trip. The paid version adds multiple check-in points (places other than home for example), driving performance reports, and a few other goodies.
Best of all, it's a standalone service that doesn't tie into a million Google or Apple services just to work.
I know you said it doesn't tie in with Google, but don't you already have Google maps on your phones? Location sharing is (now) part of Google maps.
Google has had some form of location sharing for years. But, they keep messing around with it because, I guess, they're nervous about the whole Big Brother Is Watching You thing.
I've used Life360, though... as recently as this weekend when my sister came to visit (so I tracked her progress to ensure she was okay along her way).
These sorts of things definitely have their uses. But, they do feel a tad stalker-esque.
Life360 seems to get it just about right. It shows the location of everyone in your circle, and delivers an alert whenever someone begins or ends a trip.
They were also clever enough to include reporting of everyone's battery charge, allowing you to determine when someone probably ran out of battery instead of they suddenly went off the air and maybe are in trouble.
As with any free/paid hybrid, the nags are annoying, but they're not unbearable, and the paid features do appear to have some value.