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POETRY gets a rave review in The New York Times!

Posted by melissa | July 31, 2014

PERSONAL TECH

Looking for Inspiration? Rejoice, O Mobile Poet!

By Kit Eaton

FEAR not, fans of poetry: The app world has not left you behind. Some will even help you write your own poetry.

Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, free for iOS and Android, is my favorite way to read poems digitally. It includes thousands of poems, from Shakespeare to modern-day poets. While most are text entries, some are also available as audio recordings.

The app’s main purpose is to help you discover new poems. When you fire it up, whirling graphical dials spin automatically to select two categories at random, perhaps “worry” and “youth” or “humor” and “life.” Then you see a list of all the poems that fit these categories.

Tapping on a poem in the list takes you to a page where you can read the poem’s text or, if available, listen to an audio file. Tapping on a poet’s name will take you to a page about the poet’s life and work and other interesting details.

The size of text can be increased so you don’t have to strain your eyes trying to read on small smartphone screens. And you can mark poems as favorites or share your discovery over Twitter, Facebook or email.

If you prefer poetry of a particular type, you can sort by mood, subject or poet. Or you can search by title, poet’s name or the first line — particularly useful if, like me, you remember how a poem starts but forget its title.

I love the interface, but some poems don’t look and maybe don’t even read the same in the app’s digital text format.

If Shakespeare is your main poetry fixation, Shakespeare by PlayShakespeare.com, free for Android and $10 for the full iOS version, is for you. The app contains all 154 sonnets, and you can either browse through them or search for a word or phrase if you can’t remember the whole poem.

It also contains all of Shakespeare’s plays, and detailed information on him and his works. The $10 iOS edition contains much more, of course. If you prefer to try before you buy there is a free iOS version, though many reviewers complain that it nags you to rate it.

If you are interested in writing a poem rather than reading one, a great place to start is Haiku Poem, for iPads and Android devices. This app coaches you to write haikus by counting each line’s syllables, suggesting words you could include and offering you artwork to decorate your poems. It is aimed at schools, but if you’ve not written a poem in years, this offering’s gentle, cheerful style may help you get back in the groove.

For writing poetry in a longer style, Poet’s Pad may do the trick. It’s $10 for the iPad and $5 for Android (though it was on sale for $2 this week), and acts as an interactive writing platform.

The app has several tools for writing poems, including word and phrase suggestions, a built-in dictionary and a rhyming words generator. It organizes your poems by stanza, lets you export your words as a standard .txt file by email, and it has an audio recorder if you want to test your poetry performance skills.

Sometimes the interface is a little clunky, and the Android edition was last updated in 2010, but it is still a useful tool for writing poems and storing your creations in one place.

Finally, for an example of how to make poetry really work on mobile devices, Touch Press’s The Waste Land for iPads is well worth its $14 price. The app displays T. S. Eliot’s poem in its traditional format as well as images of the original manuscript, marked with edits in pen. There is also a video of a complete reading of the poem, as well as audio readings from Mr. Eliot himself and actors like Viggo Mortensen synchronized to the text so you can read along.

If you have never read the epic poem (shame on you!), this app is an incredible introduction.

Quick Call

The shoot- ‘em-up game series Hitman has arrived on Android shortly after iOS in a new format: Hitman Go, a strategy-based board game. You play your way across the game grid, avoiding enemies before hitting your target. Clever, and just $5.

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Game yourself into good habits

Posted by jamie | October 10, 2012

Habit ListIf you want to maintain good habits or break unhealthy ones, check out Habit List, a beautiful (and effective) new iPhone app developed by our very own Gerard Gualberto.

The app — which is iOS 6 and iPhone 5 ready — “turns your desired habits into a game you play against yourself, and it works!” (twelvetyVA, a happy customer)

Using streaks, reminders, progress tracking and other nice features, the app is really intuitive and fun to use.

In the App Store, Habit List receives high marks and has been ranked as the #3 productivity app in recent months. Download it today and start becoming the better person you know you want to be.

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ASME Digital Ellies Finalist: POETRY App

Posted by melissa | February 28, 2012

Digital ElliesThe Poetry Foundation’s POETRY iPad app — designed and built by Tierra — is a finalist in this year’s Digital Ellies, sponsored by ASME (The American Society of Magazine Editors).
We are thrilled to be in such good company in the Utility App category along with Cooking Light, EW.com, New York and Time.

If you haven’t already, we invite you to join over a quarter of a million people who have taken the POETRY iPad app for a spin.

Congratulations to our clients and longtime collaborators at The Poetry Foundation!

 

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POETRY now for Android and iPad!

Posted by jamie | July 13, 2011

We’re really excited to announce that the award-winning POETRY app is now available on Android and an enhanced iPad version. Tierra designed and developed the super-popular iPhone version in collaboration with The Poetry Foundation last year.

The iPhone app was also substantially upgraded when we launched the iPad version in late May to include streaming audio, text-size scaling, poet bios, hundreds of new poems and more. The iPad version includes a big bonus: free PDF downloads for the four most recent versions of Poetry Magazine, the Foundation’s flagship publication.  The Android version has all the same great features as the iPhone app too.

We’re also honored that the POETRY app has been recognized with multiple awards over the past year, including winning in HOW + Print Magazines’  Color in Design 2011 Awards, an Appy Award nod, and others.

So download your favorite version from the App Store or Android Market and check out the “essential app” that hundreds of thousands of others are raving about.  Soon you’ll be reciting poetry aloud in the subway, whispering to your betrothed by candlelight, or simply pondering the wonders of beautiful verse. Enjoy!

POETRy iPad and Android

 

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App Launch: China Investment Monitor

Posted by melissa | May 6, 2011

Rhodium CIM

During our kickoff meeting with the smart guys at Rhodium Group, Trevor Houser leapt from his seat, grabbed a marker and started sketching out his idea for an interactive map…on the window.

Our collaboration resulted in the successful launch of Rhodium Group’s China Investment Monitor, a web app that accompanies the publication of a major study, An American Door? Maximizing the Benefits of Direct Investment from China, written by Daniel H. Rosen and Thilo Hanemann of The Rhodium Group.

The app gives users an interactive view of Chinese investment in the United States by state, year, industry, investment type (greenfield or acquisition) and ownership (private or government).

The report has been featured in numerous articles, including The New York Times (“As China Invests, U.S. Could Lose”), The Wall Street Journal (“U.S. Warns China Is Closing Up Again”) and The Washington Post (“US: Restrictions on foreign investment are barrier to improving US-China commercial relations”).

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