Archive | August 21, 2009

Quickutz In Settlement Talks Over Lawsuit

According to a motion filed today in United States District Court, Quickutz is in settlement talks with the supplier who filed suit against them on July 15th, alleging Quickutz owed them over $700,000 and had committed fraud in their business dealings.

Today’s motion to extend the time that Quickutz has to respond to the lawsuit was filed jointly by Bai-Win and Quickutz, stating that the companies “are currently engaged in settlement discussions, and the parties are hopeful that such discussions may lead to a resolution of this matter and an early dismissal of this case.” Currently Quickutz has until August 25th (Tuesday) to respond to the lawsuit. The motion to extend by the companies asks for the deadline to be extended until Friday, September 4th to provide more time for a settlement to be reached.

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Scrapbooks Etc Hits iPhone With Scrap App

While at CHA, I got to take a sneak peek at the new iPhone/iPod Touch application from Scrapbooks Etc. The application, called Scrap App, is now available to the public in the iTunes store for $1.99. Here is what you will get.

The home page of the app is frankly uninspiring in design, being filled with banner ads that are really too small to read, and text link ads to various BHG partner products. There is promise that in the future this page might contain “exclusive product freebies, deals and contests”, but at the moment it is underdeveloped and looks spammy in a paid application.

Scrap App 1The major feature of the app that is being marketed is the “Page Builder” that lets you build a basic scrapbook page (essentially a background with a single picture and text whose placement you can’t control) to use as your device’s wallpaper. Although it has some talented designers contributing backgrounds to it, this feature needs some development, such as the ability to crop photos and move the text box around, before it will be satisfying at all to most scrapbookers.

Scrap App 4That said, there are some nice features hidden in this app that aren’t being heavily marketed. The first is the Page Layout Sketches library. This section of the app contains thumbnails of page sketches displayed four at a time on your screen. Touch the thumbnail that interests you and you get a full-screen version of it, with the option to download the image into your device’s phone library. Currently there are only 25 sketches in the app’s library but if it is added to with regular updates that are promised for the app, this could become a very valuable reference for using when scrapping on the go at a crop. It is a pain to haul along a whole book of sketches for inspiration, but who doesn’t almost always have their phone with them?

Scrap App 5A second useful reference feature of the Scrap App is the color palette reference tool. Stumped for what to coordinate with those summer beach pictures? Scroll through the sample six-color sets to find inspiration for your project. The palettes include color codes to use if you are a digital scrapbooker, and can be downloaded to your photo album for quick reference to your favorites just like the sketches.

Scrap App 7I hope that Scrapbooks Etc will continue to add content to these two sections of the app to expand their usefulness to users.

Scrap App is currently a fun little tool to play with, but is probably somewhat overpriced at $1.99 for its current capabilities. It has a lot of future potential if Scrapbooks Etc continues to release updates and new content for it. Hopefully it will live up to its possibilities and grow into an app worthy of its price tag and the Scrapbooks Etc name.

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