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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

GoodCounter - App Review



Anybody out there remember the days when airline stewardesses used to go up and down a plane with a clicker to confirm the number of passengers?

It always struck me as a bit of an inefficient exercise, as the number of seats was fixed so it would have been far quicker to count empty seats.

Anyway, this App reminds me of those days; it is a counter.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Press the + to create a new counter, assign it a name, number of 'steps' (count) per click, pick a colour (from a choice of 6), set an initial value (default is 0000), and choose whether or not to show in the Today widget. Now press Save and you're good to go.

The best thing is to scroll the counter left to right and pick the option Fullscreen.

Having done that, anytime you press anywhere near the middle of the screen, the counter will increment by the value you set, together with a reassuring click sound.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
If you need a counter (or multiple counters) that reply on manual input, this is very easy to configure and use.

Dependability
Works perfectly.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Click, there goes another one (whatever 'it' might be).

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


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


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

GoldenHour.One - App Review



If you're a photo pro, you already know but, if you are a mere amateur and just take snaps then... why is it that some are very good and others not so much... lighting makes all the difference.

This App enables you to get the best chance of being in the right place at the right time.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App starts with a very useful 9 page tutorial. This explains in detail when the Golden and Blue hour occur, anywhere.

The home screen contains four buttons at the bottom:

Clock
This shows the current time, as well as the Golden Hour and Blue hour for lighting conditions, as well as the sky and light indices. Scrolling left to right (or vice versa) will show you other days than today. You can set a reminder from this screen.

Map
This shows your current location and lines for Golden/Blue periods, as well as allowing you to set a reminder. Again, the date can be scrolled, although with a marker.

Weather
Choose Sky or Light index and see 6 days at a glance.

Reminders
Here you can see any reminders you have set and delete any with a right to left swipe.

Cost
The App Costs $4.

Indispensability
If you are interested in taking better photos then, this will help you achieve just that.

Dependability
The App works very well, obviously the vagaries of weather forecasting need to be taken into account.

Security
The really needs access to your location, in order to be able to calculate the position of the sun. You can optionally allow the use of notifications (essential if you are going to rely on reminders).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Better photos... almost guaranteed.

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


You can get GoldenHour.One here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Audio spectrum analyzer and dB - App Review



The developer says : 'Spectrum Analyzer is a powerful real-time audio analysis app. Ideal for room tuning or speaker tuning, this app provides precision audio measurement and visualisation that fits in your pocket!'.... couldn't have put it better myself.

There are also other applications like finding out why a noise is irritating.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The main screen provides realtime analysis of the sound in your environment.

There are a number of controls at the bottom of the screen:

Play/Pause
Does exactly what you would expect.

Peaks
Here you can choose whether or not to mark individual peaks.

FFT Size
Choose between 512, 1024, 2,048, 4,096, 8,192, and 16,384

Scale
Choose between linear and logarithmic.

Graph
Choose between line or bars.

The exact options change as you vary between Octave and FFT Plots.

Options

Cost
The App Costs $4.

Indispensability
This is one of those Apps that you will use rarely, unless sound is your business/hobby, in which case it will rapidly become a mainstay of your iOS Apps armoury.

Dependability
Without access to calibrated equipment to effect a comparison, we'll assume that it works.

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

The App needs access to your microphone in order to operate.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Sound analysis (pun intended, apologies).

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


You can get Audio spectrum analyzer and dB here and support for the App here.



Friday, 5 May 2017

Cheetah Note - Watch & Widget Note - App Review



Some of us take notes all the time (guilty as charged) but, accessing them can be a bit of a pain.

Cheetah Note allows you to access your notes from the Today widget on your iOS device, as well as from your Apple Watch.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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It couldn't be simpler really.

Press the + to add a note and then use the keyboard to enter your text. The note can then easily be edited by simply touching it.

In Settings you can set the font size, as well as allowing you to export your database in a variety of ways.

Where this App differentiates itself is that you can view your notes directly from the Today widget (scrolling through them in order), and, most importantly, can do the same on Apple Watch.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Notes are indispensable and if you want quick access, this could be what you have been waiting for.

The App would be further improved by allowing editing on the Apple Watch (please).

Dependability
The App is simple and simply works, just how we like it.

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

The App will allow you to export the contents for backup purposes.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Simple notes, easily accessible.

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


You can get Cheetah Note - Watch & Widget Note here and support for the App here.


Monday, 1 May 2017

PDF to Word Converter - Convert PDF to Word - App Review



Those of you who have been kind enough to follow these reviews for a while will know that I am an absolute fan of PDF documents. This App enables conversion from PDF to Word.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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What this App purports to do is convert a PDF document (it could be on your iOS device, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, Google Drive, Box, or a web page) directly into a PDF document (and other formats are available with a separate Business Extension).

It's probably simplest to take an example and work through it... and it's very straightforward.

Open the App and then choose from one of the sources to locate the file you want to convert. The file will immediately open and all you now need to do is pick Convert to at the top left of the screen and then choose Word. The file will now appear on the home screen of the App with a Word document, complete with a '.docx' suffix.

Choosing your newly created Word document from the list will open it and enable you to easily rename the document, as well as share it by any of the methods your iOS device allows. One example would be to e-mail it to yourself.

Another way of using the App is to open any PDF document in its native App and then use the share icon in your App and choose 'Copy to PDF to Word'. This converted file will appear on the list in exactly the same way as above.

Cost
You can get this App absolutely free but, if you are a serious user, there is a $10 investment (well worth it).

Indispensability
If you use PDF documents and want to be able to edit (not just annotate or highlight) them, this is an absolute must have.

Dependability
The conversion will handle text but not images, and any diacritical marks are ignored.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front. However, obviously, the App will need to have access to any of Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, Google Drive, Box from which you wish to import documents.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Edit PDF text to your heart's content

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


You can get PDF to Word Converter - Convert PDF to Word here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Context Camera - App Review



The developer states; 'Context Camera helps you to collect critical information by stamping your photos with direction, location, time and address information, as well as user comments. Never question where/when/why a photo was taken again'.

It's interesting that there are so many Apps to delete, and edit photo data; here's one with a difference, it enables you to add information.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The screen shows the image detected by your camera with additional information.

At the top of the screen are the direction, position (latitude and longitude), as well as an estimate of accuracy.

At the bottom of the screen are icons to search existing photos (stored within the App), an edit so that you can enter up to 2 comments, as well as changing the overlay (location, comment size, all info).

In the middle, and unmissable, is the button to capture the image.

There is a button for setting flash on/off/automatic.

The settings have a myriad of options from formats for location, direction, distance, altitude, date/time, text background, as well as an easy e-mail set-up for sharing annotated photos.

Cost
The App Costs $8.

Indispensability
There are lots of uses for this App, including when you take similar photos in order to explain variations... without the comments it might not be too obvious.

Depending on your intended use, it's not an App you will use every day but very useful when you need to explain images.

Dependability
Just think of this as a camera with extra bits; it works.

Security
You are invited, optionally, to send analytics back to the developer with an aim of improving the App. The App requests access to your location and your camera (obviously).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Never forget why you took a photo... let alone where or when.

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


You can get Context Camera here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

GoMark 2.0.1 - App Review



This is an updated review for an App that has been improved in a new edition and, especially as this effects the rating, has been reassessed. Please note that some of the content of this review is repeated and updated.

Having reviewed an App which allowed you to remove information embedded in your photos, here's one that does exactly the opposite (it's horses for courses after all).

This App allows you to add location, weather, date, time, and altitude, all with some style.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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When you point your iOS device as a camera and take a photograph with the App, you will see a number of icons at the bottom of the screen. These allow you to choose to include weather conditions, location, time, date, altitude, and each of these with a variety of options to make it even more personalised. What's new is a Custom item which is a photograph (it could be of text) which is another item which can be included, and edited.

The location of individual items can be further edited by a simple press and hold to move mark, pinch to scale mark, and double tap to edit location.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

Indispensability
Your camera is probably indispensable but the additional information probably isn't... at least until you have a particular point to make about your exact shot (like snow with a high temperature...).

Dependability
The edit function allows you to change the location.

Security
The App needs to access your location and camera so that it can add relevant information.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Same photo, much more detailed info.

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


You can get GoMark 2.0.1 here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Commander Compass - App Review



THE Maps App which comes bundled with your iOS device and Google Maps are very good for helping you find places, especially where there are road names involved but, for the free spirit, a compass is 'de rigueur'.

This App provides a stunning compass.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The top left corner of the screen shows the date and time, together with a heading.

The top right shows your current location, as well as altitude.

The settings allow a multitude of variations to the display, including a 'car mode' which, instead of displaying the heading shows you your course (and speed) instead of azimuth; very useful.

To change the colour of the On Screen Display just slide a finger across the screen to scroll through a variety of colours. If you slide a finger diagonally across the screen the outer ring of the compass is highlighted. Sliding upwards will alter the screen background.

The centre displays an analogue-looking compass as well as inclination.

Cost
The App Costs $4.

Indispensability
If you need a compass and you have an iOS device then, this is much less expensive that a 'genuine' compass.

Dependability
In testing, the information provided seemed accurate.

Security
The App needs access to your location... you could have guessed that.

Access to your photos is optional.

ACIDS Test Rating:

A truly beautiful and accurate rendition of the ubiquitous compass.

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


You can get Commander Compass here and support for the App here.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks - App Review



Lists, lists, lists everywhere... well, take a look at Wunderlist as it fixed all the issues.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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I suggest heading over to www.wunderlist.com and creating an account. Although this is not essential, you will get the best out of the App by doing it this way.

Having done this, your Wunderlist(s) can be created and modified either on an iOS device, or a PC (and there are advantages to having a real keyboard, promise).

Simply tap the + Create list to do exactly what it says. You can decide who is a member of the list (and can edit) and also in which folder the list is stored.

Having done that you are ready to add a to-do; this can be starred to give it additional prominence within a list.

The list can be sorted alphabetically, due date, creation date, assignee, or priority (Stars).

Your list can be shared with any of your contacts, e-mailed, or printed.

You can be notified of activity on 'your' lists (where you are described as the owner), as well as starting a conversation to discuss a list.

The real beauty is that your list can be amended by whoever you agree to share it with.

Cost
The App Costs $4, for the Pro version, although there is also a free version to tray and which could even be sufficient for a single user.

Indispensability
Are you kidding; how can you live without lists?

Just think that if you forgot your hand-written list; you're stuffed. And even forget your iPhone but someone else has an iOS device... you still have access to your list.

Dependability
The only real risk is that people you have trusted then abuse that trust with your lists; that's life.

Security
The web version is https.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Never lose a list, and get input from others; brilliant.

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


You can get Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks here and support for the App here.


Monday, 3 April 2017

EleVte - App Review



Do you want to know where you are (Latitude and Longitude), as well as your elevation?

This is what this App offers, with the unique (as far as I am aware) possibility of putting altitude on the Apple Watch face as a complication.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App is simplicity itself. The home, indeed only, screen offers the choice of choosing to have altitude displayed in Feet or Metres, as well as the update speed (Fast and Faster).

The display then informs you of the altitude in the chosen measurement, together with an estimate of accuracy, as well as Latitude and Longitude to 9 (!) decimal places (even Maps only shows 4).

The App on the Apple Watch fairly mirrors this information; it is obviously preferable to have it in the Dock so that it is quicker to access (when needed).

The real beauty is that the Altitude can be displayed as a complication directly on the Apple Watch face.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Especially if you have an Apple Watch, and are interested in your altitude, this is your only choice to not have to mess about with at least a button.

Dependability
There is a good article on the accuracy of GPS here.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Altitude as an Apple Watch complication - unique.

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


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