From the Desk of Bob Caldwell
Recently I’ve discovered two iPad apps that most people in our industry will find useful: ShowYou and HomeSnap.
Think of ShowYou as Instagram for video. It allows for easy, if menial, video tweaking (by comparison, iMovie, which is Apple’s consumer version of the professional editing suite Final Cut, gives you much-more functionality). Perhaps more importantly, however, is that ShowYou is about social video sharing—getting your videos views! And likewise, being able to find videos from friends and others that are relevant to your own liking. I expect this to grow in popularity over time, as a real alternative to YouTube and Vimeo for those trying to share video.
HomeSnap is very similar to an Android program called “Google Googles.” Using the “Google Googles” program, one can take photos of barcodes, famous places, and consumer products—among other things—and if the photo is good enough for the software to recognize it as similar to a photograph in their database, the software is able to tell you everything it can about the particular subject of the photograph. The software is quite accurate and Google’s database is quite extensive.
HomeSnap gives consumers and real-estate professionals alike similar capabilities: you snap a picture of a home (whether it’s on the market or not) and based off of your picture, your location, and metadata within the app (i.e. median home values in a certain area), you get an estimate of the home’s value, along with estimates on probable square footage and even the amount of rooms (not as sure about the tech behind this feat).
These are two iPad apps that—as I mentioned earlier—further empower both consumers and professionals alike.