Interlacer 1.3 – Now With Postcards!

It’s a pleasure to announce that Interlacer version 1.3 is now available in the app store. Interlacer is proud to be a launch partner with the Sincerely Ship Library.

You can now send your photos as real printed postcards. This functionality is provided by Sincerely (the makers of Postagram and PopBooth), and the postcards have the same great quality you have come to expect from them. Sending a card is integrated into Interlacer, so you don’t have to open another app.

You can also send photos via email or send them directly to another app, like Instagram or Camera+.

This version also adds a much requested feature: auto-scale images. If you enable auto-scale, Interlacer will use the first image as the target size and automatically scale any additional images to the same size.

Interlacer is available now on the App Store.

If you are an iOS developer and would like to integrate printing into your own application, check out the Sincerely Ship Developer Page. The gang at Sincerely has made it very easy to add this feature to your app, and they are great people to work with.

Video Voice Mail

Yes, I waited in line yesterday morning for my iPhone 4. And again in the evening to get my wife’s iPhone 4. Was it worth it? Absolutely!

The display is stunning. I know you have probably heard this a million times by now, but really you have to see it. It is immediately obvious. The text renders amazingly crisp and sharp. It’s really beautiful.

Another feature that some people are excited about is FaceTime, which is basically videoconferencing over WiFi. After playing with FaceTime for a bit, it struck me that this would be a really cool thing to integrate into Visual Voicemail. What if you could leave a video message for someone rather than just voice? What if the video appeared right alongside the other messages in your Visual Voicemail screen?

I think we will probably see something like this in the not-too-distant future. What do you think? Is this something you would use?

iPhone 4.0 Wishlist

If you follow any tech blogs, you have probably seen the news that Apple is hosting an event on Thursday that is billed as “a sneak peek into the future of iPhone OS”. Of course, there is much wild speculation about what this might mean, with predictions of multi-tasking abounding.

First, please stop saying that the iPhone OS does not multi-task. Yes, it does. It has from the beginning. Ever wondered why your phone can check mail and play music and sync your calendars while you are playing a game? Ah, I see the light of realization dawning in your eyes! “But, why can’t I listen to Pandora while I am in Safari then?”, you ask. Simple. The ability to run apps in the background (multi-task), is not available to third party developers.

The non-ability of apps to run in the background has probably been the number one criticized point about the iPhone, and now the iPad. But why is this? Personally, this is not one of the things that really bothers me about the iPhone. It would be nice to have the option to listen to Pandora when doing other things, and to set alarms in my own iPhone app, but it’s not my number one most wanted feature.

My number one, most wanted, must have feature for the iPhone is:

Allow me to set custom sounds for incoming SMS messages!

I follow a lot of people on Twitter. I get literally hundreds of SMS messages every day. Because of this high volume, I keep my phone on silent mode. It would be very, very helpful to be able to set SMS messages from Twitter to vibrate, but messages from other people to use an audio alert. And not just those same old alerts that we have had since OS 1.0. Those have become stale. I want to use my own sounds for SMS alerts.

So Apple, if you are listening, how about it? Can we please get custom, assignable SMS alerts for iPhone OS 4.0? Pretty please?

How about you, readers? What is your number one most wanted feature for the iPhone?