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APR 2016

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Ann Sacks Literature WHAT IT IS: A free app that allows users to access Ann Sacks' entire in- teractive digital literature collection. WHAT IT DOES: Users can fnd a library of Ann Sacks interactive literature in this app. The app's bookshelf organizes all of the current pieces of literature with a table of con- tents browsing tool, and the user can either stream the literature with Wi-Fi or download it for ofine use. The app will also push new literature to the user's device automatically so that there's no need to constantly search for updated material. Through the app, users can also fip through pages, pinch to zoom and click on products to buy them. WHO IT'S FOR: Designers, contractors and homeowners WHY KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGNERS NEED IT: If using Ann Sacks products when designing a kitchen or bath, designers can easily pull up pictures and product information for the client. Additionally, if the client selects a product, the designer can purchase it on the spot via the app on a mobile device. AVAILABLE SINCE: 2013 WHO MAKES IT: Kohler Co. PLATFORM: iOS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch WHERE TO FIND IT: On the iTunes Store Snapseed WHAT IT IS: Snapseed allows users to edit photos with the power of professional photo editing soft- ware from a mobile device. WHAT IT DOES: Photos can be professionally perfected, adjusted and changed with the touch of a fnger. Features include RAW Develop, which adjusts exposure and white balance, fne-tunes shadows and highlights, and adds structure; Tune image, which auto adjusts for instant fxes and uses the Ambience tool to create depth and vibrancy; Details, which enhances selected details with sharpening or the Structure control that makes a photo's subject stand out, and Selec- tive adjust, which makes defned selections and augmentations to certain areas of photos in seconds with U Point technology. WHO IT'S FOR: Designers who want to be able to edit and create photos from mobile devices. WHY KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGNERS NEED IT: This tool is good for fxing pictures with a professional-grade photo editing app on the go. It allows designers to change pho- tos of their work or of pictures taken minutes ago in meetings with clients in order to convey their vision. AVAILABLE SINCE: June 2011 WHO MAKES IT: Nik Software, a subsidiary of Google, Inc. PLATFORM: iOS, Android OS WHERE TO FIND IT: On the iTunes Store and on Google Play Grohe Spa F-Digital Deluxe WHAT IT IS: An app that allows the user to set up and manage Grohe Spa F-Digital Deluxe collection modules for a unique and personal "spa" experience in one's own home. WHAT IT DOES: Designed to be used with the Grohe Spa iPod touch 4G docking station and/or a Bluetooth adapter for an Apple device, the app, when used with an Apple device, can select difer- ent combinations of music, lighting and steam to allow users to create their own unique "spa" experience in the comfort of their own bathroom. Individual sound, light and steam modules from the Grohe Spa F-Digital Deluxe collection need to be installed in the shower area and arranged to the user's liking. Users can select a playlist or album from their iTunes library to play in the background. The app allows for adjusting the volume of the shower speakers or even getting a colored light show going with LED light modules, including changing the colors and intensity of the light as well as putting on a random light setup. The app also enables users to more fully enjoy the steam shower experience, turning the steam on or of, selecting a maximum steam temperature and choosing a duration for the steam shower. WHO IT'S FOR: Homeowners looking to enjoy a "spa" experience in their own bathroom with the ease of using an app to set it up. WHY KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGNERS NEED IT: The app allows designers to show their clients how to better enjoy their Grohe Spa collection products by using an app to customize their experience AVAILABLE SINCE: January 2016 (in the U.S.) WHO MAKES IT: Grohe AG PLATFORM: iOS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch WHERE TO FIND IT: On the iTunes Store FOR MORE INFO: Visit New Apps Improve Interactive Experience 22 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2016 WHAT'S APP DESIGN, BUSINESS & PRODUCT APPS FOR KITCHEN & BATH PROS

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