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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Presence: Free smart home motion sec… - App Review



The App is marketed as a security device which will monitor a presence, alert on motion detection, 2-way communication, and is especially useful as a way of recycling 'old' iPhones.

There is so much more to it than that.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There is a little video for you to watch as a new user and then you'll need to sign up, which involves an e-mail address and a password.

The next thing you need to do is agree to the terms and conditions (considering of how it might be used, a bit of backside covering seems only reasonable).

And before the fun starts, you need to decide whether the device you are holding is to be used as remote control, or camera. This is whether it is sending or receiving an image.

We'll set up something extremely simple so that you get the hang of it. Run the Presence App and choose to use your (old) iOS device as a camera. Now Click here (the address is https://app.presencepro.com/signin.html) on your PC, and sign in using the account you have just set up.

You can now see whatever you point the iOS device at on your PC.

This is just to give you a small idea of what this App and indeed system, are capable of.

You can just as easily use another iOS device as a the 'viewer', and can have more 'cameras'.

Cost
The App Costs absolutely nothing, although there are in App purchases for additional functions.

Indispensability
I can't believe that I only recently found out about this App! It's absolutely brilliant (this review is clearly being written back to front); just get it.

Forget about security (you know what I mean), just think of the countless ways it could be used. I recently used it to find the source of a water leak at an inaccessible location (with the help of some duct tape and a ski pole (haven't got a selfie stick); the possibilities are endless.

Dependability
If you've followed the instructions, you are already convinced.

Security
This App is about security!

It does need access to your camera (essential) and microphone, otherwise there's no real use in having it.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Brilliant and indispensable.

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


You can get Presence: Free smart home motion sec… here and support for the App here.


Friday, 10 February 2017

Loud - App Review



Developer Shad Deen says: "An alternative music player for your Apple Music and iTunes Match libraries giving you the best music experience on your iOS device. Never miss a scrobble with flawless Last.fm integration and caching. 'Love' your tracks on Last.fm and sync your 'Now playing' status. You can easily add songs to your queue with Play Next feature. Look no further for the perfect alternative music player and scrobbler for iOS."

So how does it live up to that?

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There are number of neat tricks, such as pre loading artist images, and choosing whether or not to group by album artist, as well as not showing all music.

Personally, I find the interface much cleaner than the standard iOS version, which makes it a winner already.

This is superbly easy to use.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
This is another way to play music but well worth taking a look at.

Dependability
It works... and you can't say better than that.

Security
The App needs access to your Apple Music and Media Library (otherwise there's no point having it, obviously).

The neat part is that by pressing and holding any item you can 'play next', or 'play after next', so it is easy to set up music ion the order you want.

Open a last.fm account and make it even better.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Same music, better interface.

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


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


Monday, 6 February 2017

NoLocation - App Review



When you send/share a photo, you are giving up much more than just an image. The EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) information that is part of the file includes many parameters, including location (where the image was taken).

This is a simple App for removing that one parameter.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The screen you see gives you option to use either Camera or Photos.

If you pick photos you will then have access to your photos. Pick one and then you can share by e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and plenty of other methods.

The point is that the location where the image was taken has been removed.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
There may be times when discretion is the better part of valour.

Dependability
This is an iPhone App which works in 1x and 2x modes on an iPad.

Security
The App needs access to your camera and/or photos (fairly obvious really).

This App should add to your security.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy to be a bit more discreet.

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


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


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Blood Pressure Companion - App Review



As we all seem to be becoming more health conscious, one of the parameters we want to monitor is blood pressure and heart rate.

This App does not measure any of the above but does enable you to monitor your 'progress'.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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First, a bit of housekeeping which means crating a (your) profile. This includes date of birth, gender, weight, height, as well as optional goals for blood pressure, heart rate, and weight. These are all optional but, especially if you are monitoring more than one person, very useful. At this stage, you can also set colour ranges for when the values are graphed. If your physician hasn't advised anything specific, you're probably best advised to leave the suggest values.

You now need to measure systolic and diastolic pressures, as well as heart rate. There are plenty of (fairly) accurate monitors at reasonable prices which will enable you to do this., All you then need do is enter the values.

Over time the built-in graphing function will easily enable you to monitor progress on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
You could use an Excel worksheet (or anything else for that matter) to store your readings but, this does make life easy.

Dependability
The readings will, of course, only be as accurate as the measurement instrument you are using.

When viewing summary information by day/week/month, the App uses the appropriate average.

This is an iPhone App which works in 1x and 2x modes on an iPad.

Security
The App can be protected with a four digit passcode.

The App can use notifications to send you reminders.

The App can back up directly to your PC, as well as via Dropbox and iCloud.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easily store heart pressure/rate recordings.

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


You can get Blood Pressure Companion here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

RadioApp - App Review



Am and FM radio still exist, although who knows for how long. The fact is that as we go more towards DAB (and DAB+), there are fewer receivers.

This handy App allows you to tune in to the masses of available content, wherever you are.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start with the invitation to 'Slide to find a station'. By sliding the ribbon, you change the wavelength, which is also displayed digitally above. When you find a station its name is displayed.

You can also enter a station name in the search box.

Having tuned into a station, apart from, obviously, listening to it, you can also use it as an alarm, or add a new country, and save as a favourite.

It is also possible to share the station you are listening to with a very attractive equivalent of a photo of an iPhone with the display.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
The real plus is to tune into AM and FM stations while being nowhere near a transmitter.

Dependability
This is an iPhone App which works in 1x and 2x modes on an iPad.

Security
The App uses your location, although this is optional.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Am, FM, anywhere (with Internet access)

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


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


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Cardiograph Classic - App Review



Are you interested in measuring your heart rate, without actually physically taking your pulse. This is a simple way to do it.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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This is one of those great looking Apps; it always gives pleasure to use such an item.

The home screen has a lovely looking graph readout, complete with nib; love it.

Press the Start/Stop button to get a measurement and then place your index finger on the camera lens. Now just wait as the heart icon 'fills up', and then displays a tick, then you're done.

The App records your history, and enables you to manage several profiles.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
There is a clear warning in the App that this is not a medical instrument and that it does not replace your physician; obvious but noteworthy.

Dependability
This App is requires iOS 8.0 or later. The App works as suggested, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, although I had problems using it on an iPad running 9.3.5, possibly due the absence of a flash.

Security
The App needs access to your camera in order to function. The App can also, optionally, be given access to your location.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy guide to heart rate.

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


You can get Cardiograph Classic here and support for the App here.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Pocket Earth - App Review



At the simplest level, if you haven't got an unlimited data plan, and are interested in maps then, this App is great. But, that would be to sell this App far short of its capabilities.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The home page has a map of the world where you are invited to drop a pin, which you can name, colour, iconise (all right to all you pedants, that's not really grammatically correct but, you know what I mean).

In order to do this you will need to press on the map briefly to mark a location (which can also be used as a point on a route later), and you can then personalise it to your heart's content. Part of the information that you get are the co-ordinates to 5 places of decimals, which makes it easy to share with others, although the App itself goes one step further in allowing you to directly share the location and information by e-mail (automatic link created for viewing in any browser, as well as the App), Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, or even Facebook Messenger.

Enter a starting point and a destination and get a route prepared (driving fastest/shortest, cycling, or walking).

You have the option to use the All Online, WiFi Only (no mobile data usage), or Off-line.

The Settings will blow your mind... in a good way.

As such a fully-featured App deserves, there is a built-in Manual which is clearly written and comprehensive.

This really is a very complete map and route App.

Cost
The App Costs $5.

Indispensability
If you're happy with iOS Maps and Google Maps then, either you are easily satisfied or, you need to experience more to see what you're missing.

Dependability
No complaints on this score; you are even made aware of the memory usage for off-line maps.

Security
In order to make your life easier, it is best to allow the App access to your location, as it will save you having to enter it (if it's a starting/end point). You can, optionally, enable synchronisation so as to have the information from your favourites available across multiple devices (so long as you are using the same Apple ID).

ACIDS Test Rating:

To paraphrase the developer: Have fun NOT getting lost with PocketEarth

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


You can get Pocket Earth here and support for the App here.


Monday, 9 January 2017

TextGrabber - App Review



How many times have you seen some text that you wanted to share, perhaps putting it into context? The fact is that sharing whole articles often bores the recipient, and tediously copying the desired content is time-consuming for the sender.

This App claims to effectively resolve the issue, as well as, obviously, being useful in a plethora of other circumstances.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Here's an example of how to use the App, having downloaded it.

Simply press the button, having aimed it a newspaper article. This will create an image which you can easily crop and then watch the App scroll down the image and turn it into text. As soon as this happens (and it is very fast), you are presented with the option to translate the text into another language (with excellent results).

This can then be copied and pasted wherever you want, as when as shred directly from the App with Twitter, Facebook, Evernote (nice one), E-mail, or Message.

It really is as easy as that.

Cost
The App Costs $5.

Indispensability
If you want to share information, and edit it, this is an App for you.

Dependability
The App recognises 61 languages; they weren't all tested but the four I did worked fine.

The only irritation is that a solid carriage return is put in at the end of each line but, this is easily dealt with.

Security
The App needs access to your camera and photos.

ACIDS Test Rating:

The call's yours, boredom, time wasting, or appropriate content.

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


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



Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Smart Office 2 - App Review



If you deal in documents, be they Excel, Word, Powerpoint, PDF (any many others), you've probably also got a whole load of Apps to view and edit them. Smart Office 2 might be your one-step solution.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The start-up screen gives immediate access to new, existing, and recent documents of all the flavours mentioned above, and plenty more. These documents can be on your iOS device or on Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.

Opening any of them will take you straight into an viewer and editor (for editable documents). A nice touch is that documents start in a sort of thumbnail view and then a touch on them brings them to editable size.

Cost
The App Costs $10.

Indispensability
Being able to edit your documents is almost certainly indispensable, the beauty of this App is that it brings them all together.

Dependability
The App works very well although not all types of documents are editable (hardly surprising really).

Security
The App needs access to your cloud storage accounts if you want to use this facility.

ACIDS Test Rating:

View, edit, and reduce the number of Apps you need.

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


You can get Smart Office 2 here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Shopping List Shoppylist - App Review



I hate shopping (just thought I'd get that out of the way first). If you prefer to have things done in an orderly fashion, this will help.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start off by creating and naming a list, and then tap the icon at the bottom right of the screen to add an item. The thing that differentiates this App from mere lists (and many other so-called shopping lists) is that there are categories.

Once you've got your list together, you can sort it various ways but, the one that makes all the difference is 'Sort List by Category'. This means that you can save time when making your purchases as they are grouped the same way as in the shop (hopefully anyway).

Tapping any item will move it to the Bought list so as to make things clearer.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Shoppylist can be added to the Notification Center which is a useful addition... as long as you don't overload the Notification Center.

Dependability
The App works as expected.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Speed up your shopping... more time for other things.

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


You can get Shopping List Shoppylist here and support for the App here.