29th October 2007

iToner Review

Yes, the newest release of iToner by Ambrosia Software DOES work with the latest version of iPhone’s OS update, 1.1.1, and iTunes 7.4.2, and it works very well.

Anyone with an Apple iPhone knows by now that iTunes sells ringtones, and that iTunes version 7.4.2 made all the previous tricks for adding ringtones for free obsolete, and I know there are plenty of iPhone owners who don’t want to “jailbreak” their precious iPhones (I don’t) and risk winding up with a brick when Apple udpates the iPhone software.

Enter iToner – a terrific and affordably priced ($15) app for Mac users that makes it simple – and hack-free – to add unlimited ringtones to your iPhone at no extra charge. If you only want to add a couple of ringtones, you may be better off to just buy them through iTunes, but if, like me, you enjoy having a custom ringtone for most of your family and friends, then iToner is a better choice.

You’ll still have to create your ringtone first, which you can do simply and easily using iTunes to crop and copy a song to a ringtone snippet (see my previous post on creating ringtones – the instructions about using iTunes to create the ringtone still applies) however, this method doesn’t give you any fancy fade-in/fade-out options. If you really like a fade in to your ringtone, you can either use GarageBand (part of the iLife suite) or another nifty tool, Fission from RogueAmoeba ($32, but I find Fission to be much easier to use than GarageBand), or my personal favorite, the very simple-to-use WireTap Studio ($30) from Ambrosia Software.

Once you have a ringtone created, it’s as simple as drag and drop to use iToner to put the new ringtone onto your iPhone. You don’t need iTunes open to sync your new ringtones, and they appear sorted alphabetically along with all of your stock ringtones. No fuss, no muss, no problems. For that I give it 5 paws.

Rating: ★★★★★

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14th October 2007

Another WordPress Plugin for iPhone

Thanks to one of my favorite sites (Weblog Tools Collection) I found a truly nifty WordPress Plugin designed for iPhone- and iPod Touch-owning WordPress bloggers, although according to the plugin authors it also works for other mobile phones as well.

WPhone wordpress plugin for iPhoneThis cool plugin, WPhone, gives you a simplified admin interface for managing all aspects of your WordPress blog, including writing posts and pages. It does a beautiful job of paring down all the pretty fluff to present you with a very clean, easy to navigate menu structure and a simple form for entering posts or page content. WPhone also smartly recognizes your phone’s capabilities, and gives iPhone and iPod Touch users an interface utilizing full javascript and animation support – other mobile phone users get a “lite” version that doesn’t use javascript.

What’s amazing is that the plugin authors wrote this tool without actually owning an iPhone or iPod Touch – and the only bug I could find after extensive testing is a simple style issue that needs tweaking.

Although it’s already a simple matter to post an entry from your iPhone or other mobile phone using email, any WordPress blogger who occasionally finds themselves needing to login to manage other aspects of their blog will really benefit from this plugin.

Helpful Links:
Download the Plugin from WordPress
Plugin/Author Homepage

Rating: ★★★★★

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