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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

SkyWidgets - App Review



Wouldn't it be great to add some useful widgets to your iOS Notification Centre?

This App promises exactly that.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Having installed the App, you need to access the Notification Centre (from any screen, scroll your finger from the very top of the screen downwards). Pick Today and at the bottom of the page you will see the ability toEdit. Pick this option and you will see 5 new items that you can now include (or not) in the Notification Centre. You will recognise these by the icon for the App.

Address
This detects your current location and gives you the detailed address, with a very neat 'Copy to Clipboard' function which enables you to paste it somewhere useful.

Barometer
You'll need an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or iPad Air 2 to see the pressure and relative altitude.

GPS Status
Gives you an indication of the quality of the signal.

Movement Information
This gives you your altitude, speed, heading, latitude, and longitude. Again there is the facility to copy this information directly to the clipboard.

Stopwatch
This is displayed to one tenth of a second. Simply Hit Start to beginning timing and Stop when you are finished.

Go to the App itself to set units to imperial or metric.

Cost
There is a nominal $1 charge for the App.

Indispensability
This is a useful addition to the notification centre.

Dependability
The Address widget pastes the location as one continuous line of text in what could be described as reverse order (country first, street address last).

Security
This is a standalone App.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Useful and inexpensive.

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


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


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Geekbench 3 - App Review



The name gives a strong hint of what you are letting yourself in for.

If you want to know more about your iOS device, here's an App for you... you'll probably even get answers to questions you wouldn't think to ask.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The interface is very uncluttered; just 3 buttons:

Run Processor Benchmark
Hit this then sit back for a few minutes while your iOS device is analysed. You will get masses of information, not only the overview of exactly which iOS device you are using, but also speed ratings for various rests (split between single and multi-core).

Run Battery Benchmark
Again, hit this and wait, but this time, until your battery is 100% charged. You will then get a rating of your battery's health status.

Previous Benchmarks
... no explanation required.

Cost
The App costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
If you feel something might be amiss, this is a great way to put your mind at rest, or get the ammunition do do something about it.

Dependability
To be honest, I have no way of checking that the tests are accurate but, I can vouch for 100% accuracy in detecting many different iOS devices.

Security
You can share your results by e-mail, as well as share the information on the primatelabs.com website.

ACIDS Test Rating:

More results than you could shake a stick at.

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


You can get Geekbench 3 here and support for the App here.


Friday, 15 May 2015

DayEntry - App Review



Do you keep a diary, or even just notes?

Do you attempt to be organised?

If you answered no to both those questions, there's no point reading on.

Still here? Then, if you don't have Evernote get it now and then try DayEntry.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first thing you need to do is allow DayEntry access to Evernote.

In my opinion, there are only 2 types of user interfaces that work; those that are totally uncluttered, and those that have everything to hand (usually for those who know what they want and where they expect to find it); DayEntry falls into the former category.

The screen has the 7 days of the week, starting with Monday, and their respective dates. The bottom of the screen has only three icons: DayEntry, Alarm Clock, and an Evernote green arrow.

Tap the screen and start typing; it's as easy as that. At its simplest, that's all you need to do and then hit the Evernote green arrow at the bottom right of the screen.

You can however get much more sophisticated by tapping DayEntry, this brings up a number of icons that allow you to personalise the process:

Keyboard (the same as if you had just tapped the screen)
Notebook (choose the notebook in Evernote to which you would like your note(s) added, rather than the default 'DayEntry'.
Tags - this is Evernote, after all
Camera - take a photo to add to your entry
Recent (recent photos) or Library (all photos on your iOS device)
Check Box - these are so useful in lists and, most importantly, Evernote correctly displays those boxes that are ticked, or not. Those of you who have experience of other systems will know that this is more the exception than the rule
Bullets - only as bullets, not numbered
Copy All - fairly obvious but also very useful if you are sending information to Evernote and also want to duplicate it somewhere else
Undo and Undo - no explanation needed but so useful
Settings - Although the default settings are pretty good, this enables you to further customise the use of the App. Just an example of the thought that's been put into building the App... there's even the time when yesterday is still today (default is 3 am); brilliant.

Cost
The App costs $3. Whether you are using Evernote for free, or have a premium account, the sum of the parts is definitely worth the modest investment.

Indispensability
If you use Evernote for anything other than web clipping, this is an absolute 'must have'.

Dependability
The diary page doesn't have the month name at the top so, you need to be a bit careful that you are on 'today'. In practice, this is easily ensured as dates before today are highlighted in grey, dates after in green, and today is in purple.

Security
The fact that you can enter a note, tap the green Evernote icon at the bottom of the screen and whoosh, your note is sent, stored in Evernote and, you are back to a blank screen; this is brilliant for keeping your notes from prying eyes.

Sure, you need to share your information via Evernote but, this is a calculated risk that you are taking anyway.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Evernote without DayEntry is like writing notes while handcuffed!

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


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


Friday, 8 May 2015

Bulk Delete - App Review



Deleting multiple photos used to be a chore. If you are still running an older iOS version then, this is an ideal App to get rid of all those photos that you no longer need (or don't even remember taking).

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Before you do anything (having downloaded that App), go to Settings and scroll down to 'Bulk Delete' and then allow Bulk Delete access to Photos. If you do not do this, the App will not work.

There are very few controls, making the App easy to use. At the bottom left of the screen you can choose one of two thumbnail sizes.

You can now either select photos by time (last 1, 24 hours, 7, 30 days), everything, or individually select them from the thumbnails.

Having done that, press the trash icon and , job done.

Cost
The App costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
If you have an old version of iOS and cannot choose items for deletion from the Photo App then, this is a great time saver.

Dependability
The App works, as described.

Security
This is a standalone App so there are no concerns in that respect.

You obviously need to be careful of which images you delete.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Ideal for older iOS.

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


You can get Bulk Delete here and support for the App here.


Monday, 4 May 2015

Shortcuts Keyboard - App Review



How many times do you type the same phrase?

This is an App that should reduce the tedium.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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In order for the App to work you need to let it have access. In order to do this, just go to Settings/General/Keyboard/Keyboards/Add New Keyboard/Shortcuts Keyboard. You are now set to make use of the App.

You can now go back to the App and choose the + to enter your first phrase, to which you can also assign a colour.

It is now simplicity itself to access the keyboard through the 'globe' to the left of the space key. Your phrase will be entered into your document, be it a message, or whatever.

Cost
The App costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Sure, the App isn't indispensable but, if you frequently use phrases, it will save you a lot of time, not to mention the frustration sometimes caused by predictive text.

Dependability
The App works as described.

Security
This is a standalone App so there are no qualms in that respect.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Great and very easy to use time saver.

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


You can get Shortcuts Keyboard here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Workflow - App Review



We all do repetitive tasks... we (nearly) all waste an enormous amount of time on them.

Workflow is described as your personal automation tool... it could save you countless hours.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The developer states (and I can confirm) that 'Workflow includes over 100 actions, including those for Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera, Reminders, Safari, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, and iCloud Documents, to name a few'. Combine theses with actions and rules, and you have access to almost unlimited efficiency.

The simplest way to explain the power and ease of use of Workflow is to create a task from scratch (even if it is one that already exists).

We are going to add an icon to the home screen that will call a particular person.

As in all good (or indeed not so good) cookery programs, we'll use one that I baked earlier (well, actually it is available as a free download).

At the top of the screen, tap on Gallery and then pick Speed Dial, then tap on 'Get Workflow'. The process will have been added to your Workflow (when you create one from scratch, you move the actions from the left of the screen onto your instruction zone). Add the number that you want to use and then tap the settings wheel at the top right of the screen. This will allow you to add an icon and colour, and then tap on 'Add to Home Screen'. This will guide you through the last simple steps. Et voilà ... you can tap the icon and dial the person without opening the phone App, or picking the contact.

When you create your own Workflows from scratch, you can share them with the community.

Cost
The App costs $3.

Indispensability
There are two wasteful parts to repetitive tasks: the amount of time you spend doing the same thing time and time again, and the enormous amount of time one wastes in figuring out how to do something one has already done in the past. This App minimises both those drains on your precious time.

Dependability
You need to be logical in setting up your workflows... which is hardly surprising.

Security
You obviously need to grant access to any other Apps or services that you intend to use in conjunction with the App.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Unlimited efficiency; automation for the masses.

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


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


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Often Type - App Review



Do you repeatedly type the same thing?

This could reduce the tedium.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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It's great to see an App that starts you off by getting straight to the subject matter.

Hit the + to add your first key.

There are a number of icons that cover: e-mail, contacts, address, telephone, message, signature, company, and security. Pick any of these to continue. Enter your often used information and you're almost set.

All that remains is to add the Often Type keyboard which is done by going to Settings /General/Keyboard/Keyboards/Add New Keyboard. Then choose Often Type and use Allow Full Access.

You're done. In any App, when using the keyboard just hit the globe and get your shortcuts.

Cost
The cost is a nominal $1.

Indispensability
You are limited to 8 shortcuts and although the name is customisable, the icon is not; in some ways this is a benefit, in others a restriction.

Dependability
Often Type is an iPhone App which works in 1x and 2x modes on an iPad. It is extremely simple to use and reliable.

Security
To check on the privacy used by the developer, check out here.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Saves you time

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


You can get Often Type here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 16 April 2015

AirPlay Intercom - App Review



Do you need to broadcast (your voice) from your iOS device?

If you do, this is an App for you.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There is a very simple and clear screen.

It looks somewhat like a handheld microphone, with an easily adjustable level control at the top of the screen.

There is a large AirPlay button (an idea that other developers could well learn from) where you can select which device you want to broadcast to (for example Apple TV or a sound system).

All you then need to do is press and hold the Talk and use your device as a microphone; it will be broadcast to the device you chose through AirPlay.

Cost
The App costs $4.

Indispensability
If you can think of a use for the App then, it may well become indispensable.

Dependability
The App works as expected although, obviously, your 'speaker' needs to be turned on.

Security
Make sure you don't allow a mischievous person access to this App, unbeknown to you... it could prove embarrassing.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Find a use and use it.

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


You can get AirPlay Intercom here and support for the App here.


Friday, 10 April 2015

Satellite Safari - App Review



Are you interested in knowing about all those satellites orbiting our planet (assuming you are on earth reading this)?

That is exactly what this App offers.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first thing that is likely to amaze you is the number of satellites up there; more than you could shake a stick at.

The App has Sky, Orbit, Satellite, Ground, Search, Info, Center, Settings, Time, Night, and Help (essential for an App as comprehensive as this one).

The sophistication and sheer volume of information in this App means that for this overview, it is best to simply go to search and pick a satellite (these a neatly arranged into sections). This will then give you masses of information on your given choice; press center and you now see where the orbit is. Just play with it and be truly amazed.

Cost
The App cost $3. On the basis of the sheer amount of detailed information, let alone the graphics, this makes the App excellent value.

Indispensability
If you're a satellite buff, you probably already have the App; if not, this could well get you hooked.

Dependability
I honestly cannot attest to the information actually being correct but, people much more knowledgeable than I are confident of the accuracy.

Security
Apart from needing your current location (optional), no issues.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Truly amazing information.

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


You can get Satellite Safari here and support for the App here.


Monday, 6 April 2015

Calendoodle - App Review



This could be the calendar App for those who do not want to type.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There's a calendar that fits the whole screen (basically a good month at a time).

Touch any date and a clean page opens. You have the choice of 8 colours, and 4 pen thicknesses, as well as an eraser.

Use your finger or touch screen pen to write, draw, doodle, whatever you want, and press Back when you have finished. You will now be back to the monthly view with a thumbnail of the information you just entered.

Cost
The App costs a modest $2.

Indispensability
A calendar App (even if it's the one delivered with iOS) is an absolute 'must have'. This App makes data entry very simple and fun.

Dependability
This is one of those simple Apps that does exactly what one would expect.

Security
This is a standalone App, which is great for security but, the inability to share your calendar across devices is a drawback (if you are using more than one device).

ACIDS Test Rating:

More like a real diary than any other calendar App.

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


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