Apps to enhance your journey
Before you hop a plane, train or load up the car this summer, consider adding apps that canmake your vacation a little easier or atleast more fun.
Name: Replay Video Editor Works with: iOS What it does: Assembles travel videos into Holly wood-style movies with your choice of visual style and soundtrack (for instance, there’s an old-time movie look with a ragtime soundtrack). You choose a theme and select stills and video clips fromyour iPhone or iPad and Replay does the rest. Other tools let you fine-tune your flick if you want to spend more time editing. Free with a limited numberof features or $9.99 for all features. Name: Action Movie FX Works with: iOS What it does: Superimposes a spaceship, a spider attack or other mayhem effects on a short video. Clips can be saved to your camera roll to create a longer actionmovie. Free; you can buy evenmore effects once you have the app.
Photo tools Name: Phramed Works with: iOS What it does: “Frames” a single picture or helps you craft a collage with up to five images. Free. Name: Google+ Work with: iOS, Android What it does: Plugs you into the Google+ social media network and gives you cool photo tools including Auto Backup and Auto Awesome, which generates photo stories after a trip or special event. The app grabs your best photos and videos and crafts them into a story. All you do is adda narrative. Free. Name: Google Photos Works with: iOS, Android What it does: Gives you cool photo tools including Assistant, Auto Backup and editing tools that make Apple’s photo editor obsolete. It includes tone adjustments similar to those on Instagram, and its auto fix automatically tweaks light or color sowell that youmay not need to do anything other than crop your shot. Assistant works overtime creating collages and animated GIF files fromyour photos. You decide whether to save a project. Assistant also generates photo stories after a trip or special event by grabbing your best photos and videos and crafting them into a tale. All youdo is adda narrative. You can hit a “+” to create a new album, movie, story, animation or collage. The only shortcoming: a less elegant display than Mylio’s (see next). Free. Name: Mylio
Work with: iOS, Android version in development What it does: Organizes and backs up your photos and videos across multiple devices. It has photo editing tools similar to those in Light room but lacks a video editor. Free for three devices and1,000 photos. Paid plans offer additional storage and tools and start at $4.17 amonth.
Travel apps Name: Google Maps Works with: iOS, Android What it does: Now responds to verbal commands and lets you generate offline maps to find your way without using cellular data. Free.
Entertainment Name: Beats Music Works with: iOS, Android and Windows phone
What it does: Creates custom playlists for streaming music based on your tastes or mood. Free trial, then $9.99 amonth or $99 a year. Name: StubHub Music Works with: iOS What it does: Uses your phone’s GPSto provide the lowdown on concerts. It scans your music library to create a list of your favorite artists and their coming engagements. Free.
ADD spiders or other effects to video with Action Movie FX.