New (and free!) apps worth exploring


Early this month, the Smithsonian Channel released a free app that allows viewers to explore their extensive video collection. Users can watch short clips to long documentaries on topics ranging from conservation work at the Smithsonian to dinosaurs. The app includes a feature called Story Space where viewers can find subjects that interest them and then create their own channels based on these topics. Requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

Another interesting app is Art Swipe. This app was developed by LACMA and released in connection with their exhibition “In Wonderland.” The free app for iPad and iPhones allows users to mash-up details from the exhibition to create a digital composite or collage inspired by the works viewed at LACMA. Artist Jody Zellen designed the app with the surrealist game “exquisite corpse” in mind. To read more about Art Swipe and what inspired Zellen, go to LACMA’s blog UNFRAMED.

Mixel is a social art-making tool and “game-changing” app according to Hrag Vartanian of the Hyperallergic blog. Hrag loved its attractive packaging, its simplicity and how social it was. On the other hand, he was concerned about the potential privacy and copyright issues. Click the here to read his complete review.

AS IT IS AGAIN, by Artist JoAnn Verburg, is perhaps the first artist’s book designed to be experienced on an iPad. Requirements: iOS 4.3 or later.

Still in beta, Clibe is an app that allows iPad users to create digital journals in the cloud. Journals can easily be published from the iPad and added to the Clibe library. The Clibe library can be browsed and subscribers can post their additions and request feedback and comments from other subscribers.

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