Apps to en­hance your jour­ney

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL - By Terry Gard­ner

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.

Catharine Hamm Los An­ge­les Times

ADD spi­ders or other ef­fects to video with Ac­tion Movie FX.

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