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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

IconMemo - App Review



Do you still use Post-it notes, or are you totally digital?

This App appears to allow you to have a foot in both camps.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
You start by having a large choice of colours for your first Post-It; pick one of these and you are taken, via Safari, to add it to your home screen. Having done that, tapping your home screen will take you directly to the site, where you can input the text that you want. At the same time you can change font, line spacing, pen colour, background colour (as well as personalising a gradient); you can even e-mail the text to whoever you want.

You can choose to synchronise your note with Evernote. It appears that you need to set this when you initially create a note; it cannot be set later.

You will now see an icon which looks like a Post-it on a page of your home screen.

Tapping on the icon allows you to go back and edit it.

It's as simple as that.

Cost
The App costs $2.

Indispensability
The greatest (IMHO) aspect of this App is the The greatest (IMHO) aspect of this App is the Evernote synchronisation; you can effectively edit the text on your iOS device home screen, directly from any device that is connected to your Evernote account; this is amazingly powerful and slightly hidden under a bushel.

If you rely on your iOS device, and you love Post-its then, this could be right up your street. If you are an Evernote fan as well then, you almost have to try it.

Dependability
You need an Internet connection to be able to create a memo in the first place but can view and edit it thereafter, regardless of connection.

To make the App extra useful, I would suggest that if you only need one Post-it then, place it at one of the corners of your first home screen, or even in the bottom tray, so that it is accessible from all home screens. If you use lots of Post-its then, consider reserving a whole home screen for them.

Security
The updating to Evernote involves sending some information to enable this to happen.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Editable Post-its.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get IconMemo here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sally Park Pro - App Review



Have you ever parked and gone over the allotted time?

Have you ever parked and had difficulty finding your vehicle?

This App sets out to be a cure to both those ailments.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The App basically has four graphical buttons which cover the following:

Park
This allows you to save the parking spot (see Location)

Note
This allows you to enter some text (parking bay number, floor), and add a photo of where you are parked

Time
This is a really lovely graphical interface, very much like an old style parking meter. You scroll the disc to the number of minutes, as well as being able to tap to add 5, 10, or 30 minutes.

Location
This indicates the geographical location of where you are parked (set when you hit the Park button), so that you can guide yourself back.

The settings allow you to set sounds and reminders (5, 10, 15, 20 minutes) of when your time will be up, as well as metric or imperial measurements. There is also the option to remove notes and photos when you save a new location.

Cost
The App is supported by advertising, on the form of a splash screen that appears when you open the App; there is no charge for the App itself.

Indispensability
If you have problems remembering when and where you parked, try it.

Dependability
The accuracy is variable but, you will be guided to (at least) the parking lot, and potentially far better, especially if it is in an open space (and hence on one floor). The taking of a photograph and entering a note will make your life easier in other circumstances.

Security
Your information is not shared.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Never get another parking fine (maybe).

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Sally Park Pro here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Scanner with OCR - App Review



Sometimes, you see some text that you would rather have as text, rather than simply save it as a photograph. This App uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to do just that.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
It starts off with you either taking a photo of some text, or using one from your library.

The editor offers you three tools:

Crop, so that you can just 'translate' the area that you want (obviously not necessary if your photo covers all the text)
Flag, pick the language that you are scanning. There is a truckload (sorry, no lorry) from which to choose.
Tick, to confirm that you have made your choice

Having touched the 'tick', the engine will use OCR to render your photograph into text.

You can now share your text using different Apps, including Mail, Message, Facebook, Twitter, Word...

Cost
OCR for $2 has got to be good value. Just be careful of data usage in a metered situation.

Indispensability
Being able to take text and treat it later is great, as is the ability to photograph something in small text, OCR it, and then have it in larger text. This is not the same as simply blowing up a photograph of text.

Dependability
Although the OCR is not 100% accurate it is excellent. The one consistent 'error' seems to be when a word is hyphenated at the end of a line, it appears hyphenated within the OCRed text.

An Internet connection is required to be able to carry out the OCR, although you can obviously take a photograph without and carry out that step later.

Security
Be careful if you Facebook, or Twitter material that is subject to copyright.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Almost perfect OCR for $2

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Scanner with OCR here and support for the App here.


Friday, 4 July 2014

Data Monitor - App Review



So just how much data do you use, or to be more precise, download.

This becomes more of a pertinent question when you have a limited data plan... perhaps especially when you are roaming.

This App gives you the information to manage the situation.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
In order to get the best out of the App, it starts by guiding you through a 'First Run Set-up'. This includes your billing day (which is usually, but not always, especially with pay as you go plans) the 1st, your current data usage and your plan limit. There is a helpful reminder that entering *3282# can get you the information, but only from certain carriers.

As soon as you have completed this simple process, you're up and running. The very clear display shows both cellular and wi-fi usage, both as absolute values, as a bar and also the projected value for the billing cycle.

You can quite happily leave things at that but, the settings menu allows you to set other parameters:

Background monitoring (best left on otherwise you need to have the App running)
Data display units; MegaBytes, KiloBytes, GigaBytes
Icon Badge: None, cellular or wi-fi percent of quota
Cellular and/or wi-fi data settings: you can change the billing cycle, quota and alerts

Cost
The basic App (as tested here) is free and supported by advertising which is in the form of a fairly discrete line at the bottom of the screen. There is an in-App purchase $3.

Indispensability
If you are concerned that you might go over a predetermined data allowance, this App could be just what you have been looking for.

Dependability
The App seems to work fine and the good graphics make you even more aware of your data usage. It would be worthwhile to initially check that the usage is similar to that being suggested by your provider; you never know but you may be being overcharged.

Security
There is no information sharing, thereby not opening up that particular can of worms.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Better than constantly checking your usage on your provider's website.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Data Monitor here and support for the App here.


Monday, 30 June 2014

Stock Alerts Pro - App Review



How do you keep tabs on your investments when limits are breached? Many people don't and just rely on someone else to 'look after it for them'; bad move.

This App allows you to easily set alerts when values outside your range, either upper or lower.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Adding a stock is a breeze. Simply tap the stocks icon and then the '+' and enter either the symbol or the company name and let the App find it for you. You can also easily enter multiple stocks by separating the symbols with spaces (a great time saver).

Having added your stocks, you can then set alerts for all or any of the following:

Price Target (low, high, and Price trigger)
% Change (drops below and rises above)
Volume (absolute or % above average)

Tapping the 'i' button on any stock will give you access to lots of information, including:

Open
High
Low
Volume
Average Volume
Market capitalisation
Charts (1, 5 days; 1, 3, 6, 12 months).

The Settings will allow you to configure how alerts are delivered and, in my view, very importantly, whether an alert is repeated each time any given limit is breached.

Cost
The App is absolutely free.

Indispensability
If you need share/stock information to be timely, and act as a reminder, this is simple and effective.

Dependability
The App only supports shares quoted on NYSE and NASDAQ.

The App is designed for the smaller screen of the iPhone but also works well on an iPad in 1x and 2x modes.

Security
This App allows you to receive but not share data, so there are no issues.

ACIDS Test Rating:

A good tool for the investor.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Stock Alerts Pro here and support for the App here.


Monday, 23 June 2014

Moves - App Review



If you're thinking of getting fit, there are a numbers of was that 'gadgets' (or necessities as some of us call them) can help. Although it is true that the advent of iOS 8 promises more integration with external devices, and no doubt more health and fitness Apps, at the moment there is an App available that will get you on the road to achieving your goals.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
You are invited to open an account (free) which involves giving an email address. Although this is not compulsory, it is a good idea as it would enable you to retrieve your data, should you lose your iPhone.

If all you want to do is track your steps then, you don't actually need to do anything else. On the other hand, you can achieve far more with the App.

Moves will estimate your calorie usage, provided you enter your gender, year of birth, height, and weight. This is based on an algorithm based on population averages but does take into account the 'physicality' of your activity; running 1,000 steps, or walking 1,000 steps do not burn the same number of calories; the App reflects this difference.

Your activities (walking, running, cycling, swimming...) are neatly displayed in graphical format, together with a timeline, as well as maps.

You can elect to receive not only daily notifications but also weekly summaries.

The next clever part of this App is that it links to many other lifestyle Apps so you can add data to your existing system.

Cost
The App is free.

Indispensability
If you are determined to get (or stay) fit then, you probably need some encouragement. For those of us who do not have a personal trainer on tap, 24/7, this is a good alternative... and just think of the money you will save.

Dependability
As the App only works when it is with you, it is rather more useful on an iPhone than an iPad. Like all hardware devices that measure steps, it is not 100% accurate but, is as accurate as it needs to be. There are a few pointers in the hints section to improve matters.

Security
In order for the App to give you sensible information, you need to share information (which may be sensitive) with the developer. This is the usual Catch 22 situation; you need to be aware of it.

ACIDS Test Rating:

No excuse to not get fit.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Moves here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Clear - App Review



There's no need to repeat my view on lists... so here is another contender for your attention.

'Clear' is based on gestures which will either be right up your street, or you will seem like a complication. Fortunately, we are not all the same so, it's worth a try.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
On an iPad, your lists are down the left and the items in your chosen list on the right.

Whether you are dealing with list, or an item on a list, the gestures are identical:

Pull down to create an item/list
Swipe right to mark complete
Swipe left to delete (if you are dealing with a list, there is a reminder to check that you really ant to delete the whole list)
Tap and hold to move the item/list up or down in the pecking order
Pinching two rows apart allows you to enter an item directly between 2 others (beautiful graphical implementation); you might find it easiest to use two thumbs.
Pinching together collapses the list so that only the list is shown (on an iPhone)
Swiping right from beyond the screen opens up a whole other bag of tricks on an iPad.

There is a very useful 'Welcome Guide' with the App. This is very useful as, unless you are a confirmed 'I'll try anything and see what happen' type of person, you might not otherwise guess all the neat tricks this App offers. this, together with the settings, is accessed by a swipe to the right from the edge.

Cost
The App is in the premium price range at $5.

Indispensability
A list manger of some sort is indispensable. Clear could be the one for you if you prefer gestures to commands.

Dependability
Being gesture driven takes a little getting used to but, once you have got the hang of it, it's very easy to use.

The App behaves differently on an iPad to an iPhone (where only one list is shown). On the smaller screen you need to 'pull down' to switch lists, which is pulling down to the 'pull/release to create an item', and keep going.

Security
You can choose to synchronise your lists through iCloud.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Possibly the list maker for those who don't like lists.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Clear here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 22 May 2014

Stock Ratings - App Review



If you actively invest in stocks, you will know that it is essential to get accurate information on a timely basis. The downside to this is that you can rapidly drown in information overload.

This App only deals with limited information and provides it in an easy to digest manner.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The home screen displays analyst upgrades, downgrades, and initiations, as well as dividend and earnings announcements. The screen clearly displays the number of announcements in each category.

The real usefulness of the App comes in using the 'My Stocks' option so as to create notifications specifically for the stocks you are interested in (and avoid information overload). Intelligently, the App displays positive information in green, negative in red, and neutral in a white background. This makes it easy to get a feel for sentiment in an instant.

News for your stocks is further highlighted by indicating the number of new reports.

Cost
The App is absolutely free.

Indispensability
If you are looking for 'headlines', without being able to link directly to the full story, this App is great.

Unfortunately, the App 'only' gives access to information on stocks quoted in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada.

Dependability
The App works very well and tested information confirmed the headlines.

Security
The App relies on incoming information; you do not share information with others.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy to read stock headlines.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Stock Ratings here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Convertizo 2 - App Review



Converting units (whatever they are currency or something else), can be a bit of a chore.

This App makes it easy and you don't need to remember constants.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The home screen contains 14 icons, as well as change theme cog. You can choose from the following sections:

Angle
Area
Currency
Data
Energy
Flow
Length
Power
Pressure
Speed
Temperature
Time
Volume
Weight

Tap any of these and you are taken to the calculation screen for your chosen conversion.

They are all similar in that the top left allows you to choose the 'from' category and the next line the 'to' category. Use the large keys on the calculator to enter the 'from' units and see the conversion appear instantly. There is a key to quickly have the calculation ion the opposite direction, keeping the selected number as the source.

Cost
The App costs $3.

Indispensability
This is a very useful App, rather than one you are likely to use every day.

Dependability
The App works as expected. The only proviso is that (only for currency calculations), you need an internet connection to update exchange rates.

Security
This is a standalone App with no hidden vices.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Very useful tool.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Convertizo 2 here and support for the App here.


Saturday, 17 May 2014

Private Camera Pro - App Review



Are you concerned that people might snoop through your private photographs and videos?

If you are then, this App will be of interest.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
When you start the App you are guided by a set-up wizard.

The first thing is to choose your desktop type, picking between a keyboard and a gesture-controlled layout.

You then enter your password (numerical, plus a,b,and c), or run your fingers between the points.

Having done this you are invited to enter an email address where you will receive a confirmation message that this is the address to use to enable password alteration.

You then need to ensure that your iCloud settings allow for Documents and Data to be stored for the App 'Private Camera Pro'.

The last thing that remains, in order to ensure your photos are secure, is to import any you want to protect and then delete the originals.

Cost
The App is free and there is an in-App purchase for $3 to enable additional functionality.

Indispensability
Until iOS delivers better security, this is a great way to protect your visual media.

Dependability
The App works as suggested.

Security
This is an App to increase security, rather than be a cause of leaks.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Snoopers beware... your days are numbered.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Private Camera Pro here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 15 May 2014

Word Lens - App Review



This is a translator with a difference, in fact a big difference.

Rather than enter text, you point your iOS device at a sign or some text and get it translated.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The App is pretty intuitive to use.

Touch the bar at the top of the screen to define the translation to be effected.

You can choose from:

Reverse words and erase words; these are really to get you familiar with the App and convinced that it actually works; it does.

English to and from any of:
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

Simply point your device at the text. The device can be angled in either landscape or portrait mode, as well as being locked into either of these modes.

Pressing the play button enables you to translate as you pan; pressing pause allows you to click on any particular word and check it in the dictionary.

Cost
The App is free but you need to pay for the individual dictionaries through in-App purchases.

On the plus side, the App does not need an Internet connection once it has been downloaded.

Indispensability
This isn't an App you are going to use every day but, it does come in useful at times. One particular use is to understand road signs with text... obviously, there are very many more (menus for example... although the translation might put you off trying some exotic sounding dish).

Dependability
The ability to pause and check individual words increases your chances of a contextually correct translation. The App is a definite help although, like all translators/dictionaries, it is not foolproof.

Security

ACIDS Test Rating:

Escargots; not going to try them then!

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Word Lens here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Actions for iPad - App Review



Wouldn't it be pleasant (at least sometimes), to control your PC just as you would your iPad.

This App makes that possible.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first thing you need to do is to download the desktop companion; this is free and painless. Having done this, and allowed Actions Server to launch on your PC, you can go back to the App.

Provided your PC and App are on the same network, you should see your PC in the 'Select a Computer' list. The App will generate a four digit key which you now need to enter on your PC.

I would suggest that the next step is to experiment with the icons that you will see on the App screen, whilst sitting in front of your PC.

Having noticed that it was easy to press a key (experimentation stage) and then want to press escape to get rid of a window, I found no pre-programmed icon. If you want to write a new button, it couldn't be easier... here's how to get that escape key:

Press the pencil icon
Press create
Type a name for the action 'Escape'
In the shortcut dialogue press the ellipsis (...) and then touch the 'ESC' key on the displayed keyboard
Pick an icon and a colour

That's it.

Cost
The App costs $4 and there is an in-App purchase for $3 to enable 'macros'.

Indispensability
It's one of those Apps that you never knew you needed but, one used, can become addictive.

Dependability
The App works as suggested. Be careful when creating your own buttons that they do what you expect.

Security
The App shares your Wi-Fi network but uses a key to allow mischievous access.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Addictive; you have been warned.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Actions for iPad here and support for the App here.


Saturday, 10 May 2014

Math Duel - App Review



Mathematics is great for mind training, quite apart for being an essential part of everyday life.

This App enables you to pit your wits against your iPad, or use it in two player mode and challenge someone else.

It is also great at helping the younger generation.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start off by deciding whether the 'game' is for one or two players.

The settings allows you to set many parameters, including the largest possible number, the number of terms, as well as which operations are to be tested (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). There is also the ability to set a timer.

Once you press the 'done' button, it's game on.

In my opinion, the real beauty of this App is the two player mode where the parameters do not have to be the same for each player. This way, people of different abilities/ages can pit their wits one against the other, in a handicap style.

Cost
The App costs $3, which makes it considerably less expensive than other forms of entertainment.

Indispensability
If you ever have to look after 2 children of school age, you would give your eye teeth for this App. It is also excellent on journeys to keep youngsters distracted, at least for a while.

Dependability
The App works and has been well though out.

Security
This is a standalone App and no issues were detected.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Training and peace for kids...

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Math Duel here and support for the App here, as well as follow on Twitter @ElliesGames


Thursday, 8 May 2014

Poetics - App Review



If you take poetics in its literal sense of the art of writing poetry then, this App takes the definition into the 21st century.

We are no longer limited to words in a constraining (even if not artistically) form.

This App is a breath of fresh air, very much a blank canvas.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
Life starts with a blank screen, excepted a few icons at the bottom; this is where you start.

The camera icon will take a photo (no surprises there), and then allow you to retake or use the image for the next step.

The 'move and scale' function is a little confusing at first as it only really moves the window a tiny bit; the 'use' function actually takes you to the enhance, effects, adjust, sharpness, and focus functions.

The text icon allows you to use the keyboard and enter text onto a label. This label can then easily be moved (one finger) or rotated (two fingers).

Should you wish to use an existing photograph then, use the 'duplicate' icon, having first allowed the App access in your Privacy Settings.

Once you are content with the outcome, use the send icon to save your masterpiece to your camera roll or share it via email, Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or send a postcard.

Cost
The App costs $2 and the sending of a postcard involves the use of a Sincerely account, which is free to set up but needs credits to operate (Sincerely gives you access to some brilliant cards).

Indispensability
Sure, this App could not really be described as indispensable but, it really is liberating.

Dependability
No problems encountered during testing.

Security
The ability to easily share via email, Facebook,Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram is the usual double-edged sword.

ACIDS Test Rating:

You might not be Aristotle but, you've got a better tool than he ever had.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Poetics here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Air Scanner - App Review



This App enables you to transfer whatever is being captured by your iOS camera lens directly to a PC (including one running large screen presentations).

There are no wires or additional purchases required.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
This App could hardly be easier to use.

To start ensure that your iOS device and PC (or whatever) are on the same wi-fi network .

Having launched the App, you will see whatever your iOS device is pointing at on the screen, as well as a url (possibly 192.168.0.189:8082), a padlock icon and a flash icon.

Just enter the url in a browser on your PC, Mac, or Linux box and see the image.

If you want to project a still then press the padlock icon.

If you want more light, press the flash icon.

It really is as simple as that.

Cost
The App cost $5 but, compared to hardware solutions to the same 'problem', it is almost free.

Indispensability
This App has more uses than you can shake a stick at!

The developer mentions presenting hardcopy materials from books, magazines, or physical objects as part of your lectures or meetings; that's just the start.

How about explaining to someone how to complete an intricate task (where 2 heads are not better than one, as the second one just gets in the way), or even as a monitor.

Just use your imagination.

Dependability
Air Scanner works with Firefox, Explorer, Safari, and Google Chrome... and should work with other browsers as well, although these were not tested.

The App is designed for the iPhone sized screen but works fine in 1x and 2x modes on an iPad.

Security
Anyone who has access to the url, and is on the same network, also has access to your screen content.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Now, if only I could project... well, now you can.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Air Scanner here and support for the App here.


Saturday, 3 May 2014

Alarm Clock Radio - Sonio Pro - App Review



How do you wake up in the morning? I'm not thinking about your mood but, the method you use to ensure that you get out of bed. This App allows you to use a radio station, instead of the more usual methods of generating 'noise'.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
You start off by giving the App access to your current position, so that it can get you the appropriate weather.

The screen now changes to a clock with a 4 day weather forecast. Tapping on the screen repeatedly dims the background, until the darkest setting when the screen springs back to its brightest setting.

You now need to press on the 'i' at the bottom right on the screen to get access to the settings. These include whether or not the alarm is on, and then (this is the differentiator for this App) pick a radio station from the list; you can also use music, nature sounds, or a 'buzzer' (sounds like the pips on an old-fashioned speaking clock). One can also personalise the background either to one of the persist, or use one of your photographs.

Cost
The App is absolutely free, and at that price you cannot complain.

Indispensability
An alarm clock of some sort is indispensable; waking up to a radio station can be a pleasant alternative to others.

Dependability
The weather forecast seems to come from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute; no doubt an august body but, perhaps, not best placed for all local weather forecasts.

It takes a while between pressing the 'i' for settings for the screen to change; not a problem as such but, you might think that something is not working.

Security
This is a self-contained App so, there are no apparent issues.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Much better than the 'standard' alarm.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Alarm Clock Radio - Sonio Pro here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Grid Diary - App Review



It's said that it's a good discipline to keep a diary every day; I can vouch for that.

The important word is 'discipline'; it's great to put the day's events behind you and into perspective but, actually doing it is another matter.

This App helps you get there.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
As you'll have gathered from the name, this App involves a Grid. This grid , by default, contains 8 questions... from 'how much money did I spend today' to 'what matters of interest happened today'.

You can easily customise these questions to make them most appropriate for your personal requirements, either by moving them around the screen or by making up your own. There are also neat icons to add weather and moods descriptors to your day.

Tap the 'magic wand icon' and get a whole new set of questions. Any day that has had some information input will have a dot in the monthly calendar, thereby making it very straightforward to know if you have entered something.

The reading mode makes it more elegant to view your entries.

Cost
The App will set you back $3.

Indispensability
This is a great tool to help you at least start the discipline of keeping a diary; if that interests you, this is a good place to start.

Dependability
There were no problems with the App during testing.

Security
It is very easy to share a diary entry via Twitter, which has a default text of 'My diary (date) #GridDiary!, to which is attached a screen shot. At least you have the possibility of changing your mind about sharing your experiences with the Twittersphere.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Start a diary...

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Grid Diary here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

PageStudio - App Review



Creating a website from scratch on an iPad isn't for the faint hearted, especially if you are going to use HTML. There are, however, many times when you need to make an amendment, or insert a similar page on a website; this App enables you to do that with ease.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The default screen is HTML coding down the left of the screen and the resultant output on the opposite side, in landscape mode.

The editor contains very useful undo and redo commands, as well being able to download existing files from Dropbox or directly from a URL. This latter option is extremely useful if you need to make a change or copy/paste in an existing website.

Your amended file can be saved to Dropbox, as well as being emailed. Crucially, your amendments can also be sent directly to your hosted site and your log-in details maintained in a 'Saved FTP Accounts' listing.

There are icons for creating links, inserting pictures, creating style sheets, and (obviously) text.

Cost
If you ever need to make a modest amendment to an existing webpage and only have your iPad, you would willingly part with many times the $2 that the App costs.

Indispensability
Obviously this depends on how much web work you do.

Dependability
This App requires iOS 7.1 or later, as well as an iPad; the smaller screen of other iOS devices just wouldn't cut the mustard.

The App works very well but has a little quirk in that the change of display from code/display to either code or display is effected through the 'Menu' option (you just need to remember this when you want to change it back).

Security
The App is not password protected; you need to be aware of this as you could have entered passwords that will allow anyone to access our websites and alter them.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Great way to edit websites on the move.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get PageStudio here and support for the App here.


Saturday, 26 April 2014

Magnificent - App Review



A magnifying glass is always useful. Now, I know that you can take a photograph with your iOS device and then zoom it but, this App works differently.

Magnificent works the other way round, in that it allows you to use your device and then take a photograph (if you want to, that is).

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Initially you have a split screen with the bottom (or right if you are in landscape mode) showing the area being magnified and the other screen the result of the magnification. You can easily toggle to full screen view by flicking left or up (depending on the orientation of your device). Flicking in the opposite direction will restore the split screen view.

You can use either the forward or rear facing camera lens, and easily turn on the flash in poor lighting conditions.

There is also an image stabiliser button when using the rear-facing lens.

Once you have whatever interests you magnified, you can easily tap the camera icon to save a photo.

Cost
Cheaper than a 'real' magnifying glass at $1.

Indispensability
This one of those Apps that will be useful on occasions but won't get used every day.

Dependability
The App works very much like a real magnifying glass, so you will have to adjust the distance between your iOS device and the subject, in accordance with the focal length of the lens.

Security
There are no security issues with the App... unlike a real magnifying glass you can't even accidentally burn yourself when using it in the sun.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Why not?

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Magnificent here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 24 April 2014

LogMeIn - App Review



Not wishing to reinvent the wheel, here is the promise straight from the horse's (OK, developer's) mouth:

'LogMeIn Pro gives you fast, easy remote access to your PC or Mac from your browser, desktop and mobile devices. Premium features like file transfer, file sharing and remote printing help you stay connected and productive wherever you go. As an added benefit, phone support is available for Pro users 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.'

So, how do they deliver?

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first thing you need to do is open a free account with LogMeIn. You need only provide an email address and password to open your account. You need to also download the software to your PC which is also a painless install.

Having done this you will see the PC (or more than one) named on the screen of the App. Tapping the icon invites you to enter the user name and password that you use on your PC. Having done this, you will see your PC user screen on your iOS device. It's as simple as that. There are a myriad of settings for you to play with and personalise.

The system is very fast (try it with your iOS device and PC both in front of you), and has a great mouse on the iOS screen.

This service also works from one PC to another, as well as from an Android device (not tested).

Cost
The App is free of charge. After the initial free trail, the service costs $99.00 per year for up to 2 computers, with further packages for larger set-ups.

Indispensability
Having access to your PC remotely is something we have all needed, or wished for, at some time.

Dependability
The system works and frankly, is very impressive.

Security
Whenever you share information, there is a risk. Although no security issues were detected, you need to be aware of what you are doing.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Remote access to your entire PC, easily.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get LogMeIn here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Swipy - App Review



There seem to be more note taking Apps than the square of the letters in the alphabet (that's 676 if you check).

Swipy allows you to easily update notes to Evernote, Dropbox, or post to Twitter.

It is this immediate access to a variety of sharing options, together with the ability to swipe (the clue's in the name) to make access to them even quicker.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There's nothing special about the note entry and editing screen, which is just the way I like it; nothing to distract from the task at hand. There is a small panel on the left with the note titles and then the whole rest of the real estate is left for you to enter notes.

There is the option to set a preference for the task to be accomplished when swiping right (post to email, Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter), in addition you can also post directly to Facebook.

That's pretty much all there is to it, which is just what you want for sharing notes seamlessly.

Cost
This is an inexpensive $1 App.

Indispensability
Note taking is something one just does (doesn't one?). This neat App allows you to use the same interface, regardless of where you want to share it.

Dependability
Keeping the App simple also means that it is bereft of luxuries. This means, for example, that there is no option of which folder to put your note into. The note is also simply titled as a smiley and a clover.

Security
The ease with which one can transfer information to, especially, Facebook and Twitter, means that you need to be careful. You wouldn't want to instantly Tweet a private memo.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easily share your notes wherever you choose.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Swipy here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

My Dashboard - App Review



Think of this App as giving you the ability to have lots of information, from different sources, on one screen.

If you ever used the now sadly departed 'Google Desktop' then, think of this App as that, on steroids.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App comes pre loaded with a default home screen; this gives you a taste for what it can do.

To set things up, just as you like them, go to 'Screen 1' (and rename it on an iPad) to see the options. Pressing any of the '+' buttons will bring up the options of exactly what information can be displayed in any panel. Choose from: RSS Feed, Facebook, Twitter, Calendar, Time, Instagram, Flickr, Photos (from your cameral roll), Youtube, Weather, or Custom (this gives you access to many others, or you could even create your own).

You can easily resize and move panels in layout mode. The content within individual panels can be customising by accessing the 'cog' and setting your preferences.

What you end up with is a screen containing the information you need in a layout that suits you.

Cost
This is a lot of customisation for your $1.

Indispensability
You don't get anything you don't already have, or have easy access to. What changes is that you have one screen with all that information.

It is possibly best on an iPad, with the extra screen size.

Dependability
There seems to be a problem with using Facebook, in that the App needs to be given access to your account through settings (this is standard) but, the App is not listed so cannot be granted access.

Security
This is more a data centre for what you have, rather than an instantaneous posting medium. You need access to each of your accounts to be able to post, thereby avoiding the easy 'oops, didn't mean to post that there syndrome'.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Neat information control centre.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get My Dashboard here and support for the App here.