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Monday, 30 May 2016

Scoring - Scorer For Sport, Table, Card Games Score - App Review



Many people are keen on card games (and others) but finding a 'volunteer' to keep score can be a bit more difficult. This App does it for you.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start by adding a game (just give a name) and then adding the players, to each of whom you can assign a background colour (makes it even easier to tell one from another).

Then pressing Add allows you to enter a score for each player and the App automatically keeps a running total.

You can easily edit any value (but not the total) by simply tapping it and entering a new value.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Sure, you can use the tried and trusted (not to mention ancient) system of pen and paper but this way, nobody will argue about your adding up.

Dependability
The App is simple and works.

Security
The App allows you to post to Twitter the names of players as well as the running total and your location (optional).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Takes the pain out of keeping score.

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


You can get Scoring - Scorer For Sport, Table, Card Games Score here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Sit ups 0 to 200 Sit-ups - App Review



Keeping fit and trim seems to be getting more and more of an issue. Anything that helps you achieve your aims must be worth a look. If sit-ups are on your 'to-do' list then, take a look at this App.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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If you want to get stuck in straight away than hit the LET'S GO button and follow the instructions.

All exercises start with a stretching period, followed by the exercises being split into smaller units, and again end with stretching. If you're unsure about the best way to do sit-ups (and avoid injury), take a look here.

It is recommended that you only exercise every other day.

The App has lots of neat little 'extras', at no additional charge. These include inspirational pictures and words, as well as accompanying music.

You confirm that you have completed each workout and earn badges along the way.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Exercise is very important for your well-being; the important thing is that the exercise is appropriate and, if it is, then that you are loyal to your programme.

Dependability
The App works as expected, and if you accidentally touch a 'Done it' by accident then all you need do is do the exercise again.

Security
You can optionally join the club, either via your Facebook log-in, or with an e-mail address.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Keep fit... here's just the encouragement you might need.

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


You can get Sit ups 0 to 200 Sit-ups here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

NoteLedge Cloud – Omni Notebook for Journal with Multimedia and Sketching - App Review



If you're looking for a simple way to take text notes, you're probably better off giving this App a miss but, if you want to make notes with pictures, drawings, sound, and movement then, this is the one for you.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You basically get a canvas that covers the vast majority of the screen with plenty of tools (and much more if you upgrade).

Just one of the great details (and, let's face it, that is what differentiates most of the better Apps) is that you can define the palm rest area on the screen, just how you want it.

Cost
The App Costs $0 but, in order to enjoy the advanced features you will spend $9.99 per month or $59.99 per annum. There is a free trial which even includes 500MB of free Kdan Cloud storage.

Indispensability
If you work in a collaborative environment where artistry (or indeed creativity) is on the menu, take a look; you won't be disappointed.

Dependability
The App works as described but really relies on the sharing aspects.

Security
In order to take full advantage of the App you need to allow notifications, and be able to share your work with others (the usual double-edged security sword).

You can share notes to NoteTube where anyone can see your work.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Collaborative Notes on steroids.

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


You can get NoteLedge Cloud – Omni Notebook for Journal with Multimedia and Sketching here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 12 May 2016

Pronto — Timer App - App Review



Are you looking for a countdown timer?

Now for the ACIDS test:

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This App looks good... just thought we should get that out of the way first... and is very easy to use.

Just turn the marker to the number of minutes (going through 00 again will keep racking up the hours) and press the big green Start button to set the timer ticking.

Basically, it's as simple as that. In addition there is rapid access to recently used timers and settings for the type of alarm, as well as a shake to reset function.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

Indispensability
If you would like a more graphical timer than the one included in iOS, this is an alternative.

Dependability
The App works.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Neat (in all senses) timer.

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


You can get Pronto — Timer App here and support for the App here.


Friday, 6 May 2016

trivago Hotel deal comparison from over 250 booking sites - App Review



Do you ever feel like you are being stitched up over hotel prices? You might blame yourself for not having the time to trawl the Internet for the best rate, or lack the language skills to attempt talking a booking clerk into a better rate... this App might be the answer.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You can easily start by comparing prices, maybe even (like me) check out a booking in the future that you have already made.

Enter a town and then your arrival and departure dates (this is straightforward, although the dates are not specifically labelled but, pretty obvious).

The chances are that you now have a truckload of options so go to the icon at the top left of the screen to access the filter settings. You can apply filters by stars, satisfaction, price, distance, type of lodging, hotel/room facilities. These can then de ordered by popularity, rating, price, or distance.

The map icon will allow you to visualise on a map, very handy for locating a hotel near to a particular are, without being aware of all the street names.

Once you have found what you are looking for, you can book directly from the provided link.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

When I ran a test comparing a booking, using the App would have saved me €123.44 for a 3 night stay, for the same hotel, same dates, same room type, and same payment option.

Indispensability
Well, I thought that I was a fairly savvy traveller... I'd try this at least once before you book your next hotel.

Dependability
If you have a 'favourite' booking site, you may or not use it again; this isn't a problem as such, provided you are getting a better rate.

Security
Until you start the booking process, the only information you are inputting is dates and preferences.

ACIDS Test Rating:

If you've got money to burn, don't use this App.

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


You can get trivago Hotel deal comparison from over 250 booking sites here and support for the App here.


Monday, 2 May 2016

Sync.ME - Caller ID & Spam Block - App Review



Do you get irritated with pesky telemarketers, or other people you would rather didn't attempt to phone you? This App will help that feeling, as well as some rather pleasant by-products.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first thing you need to do is register your own number through the App. This is in order to enable you to synchronise your contacts on Sync.ME (one of the by-products).

Having done that, you can synchronise your Facebook, Linkedin, and Google+ contacts. This means that when you are called by one of them (or look at their contact details), you will see their mug shot in all its glory.

By accessing the settings option you can set your Sync.ME record and any change will be reflected to any other contacts using the system (very useful for a change of address or phone number).

The settings also allow you to detect spam and telemarketers from Sync.ME's database, so you could be sure that the unknown (to you) number calling isn't worth replying to.

There is also a reverse number look-up feature which is useful, although (not unexpectedly) not totally comprehensive.

Cost
The App Costs $0, although there is also a premium feature to unlock additional numbers.

Indispensability
If you really want contact photos or better call screening, this App covers both.

Dependability
The App can obviously only check against the Sync.ME database and your social network contacts who have the same information as on your contact details.

Security
You need to share your mobile number and then access to your contact details. The social media information you receive should only be the publicly available information.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Very useful in more than one way.

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


You can get Sync.ME - Caller ID & Spam Block here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Weafo - App Review



Have there ever been times when all you anted to do was transfer a file from one iOS device to another? This App aims to resolve that simple, but sometimes frustrating procedure.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Check that both iOS devices are on the same wi-fi network.

Press Start on the first device. At the top of the screen will appear two addresses. The first is in the form http://192.168.x.xxx and the second http://name_of_your_device.local.

Enter the address in a web browser (such as Safari) on the second device.

The first device will now ask for confirmation that you are allowing access to your device.

On the second device add the items that you wish to transfer. These will automatically be listed on the first device.

Tap Start and it's done.

Cost
The App Costs $0. This includes the transfer of 3 files per week. You can purchase additional bandwidth via an in-App purchase.

Indispensability
This is a simple way to transfer files, and knowing that the file you transfer is also the one received and not whatever iOS e-mail decides to do.

Dependability
The App works.

Security
This obviously needs to be used with care as you are giving access to your data.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy file transfer between iOS devices.

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


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


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Digits, the calculator for humans - App Review



Oh no, yet another calculator for iOS... maybe not.

For those of you old enough to remember calculators with tally rolls, this is much more like that but, editable.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The calculator part is pretty much as you would expect, although with the additional possibility of customising colours, and various other bells and whistles. It's not that we're playing down these items but, the real differentiator is on the left of the screen...

The tape is what will make you able to confirm that your calculation is correct. You can see the values and operators entered and check their accuracy.

The real magic is that by touching on any of these values, you can edit them; this can save you an awful lot of time.

Cost
The App Costs $4.

Indispensability
A calculator, for sure. One where you can check and edit calculations; probably depends on how you are going to use it.

Dependability
The App is very easy to use and reliable.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Back to the old days with all modern convenience; great App.

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


You can get Digits, the calculator for humans here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Fuel - App Review



If you are keen on maintaining fuel consumption records for your vehicles, this App could be right up your street.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start off by adding a vehicle, to which you assign a name, type, fuel type and optional comment.

The Settings screen allows you to pick units kilometre or miles, as well as the consumption type (litres/100 kilometres, or miles per gallon); handily these are set independently so you can mix imperial and metric units.

Now, net time you stop at a petrol station you can use the Fill ups option.

You can then have access to information to consumption and costs.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Obviously you can use a spreadsheet for this information but, this is a neat alternative.

Dependability
Fuel is an iPhone App which works in 1x and 2x modes on an iPad. It is extremely simple to use and reliable, although you need to have a certain amount of data before it becomes truly useful.

Security
You can copy your data to Dropbox (Dropbox/Apps/FuelApp), as well as e-mail a csv file.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Keep a track of your vehicle consumption with ease.

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


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


Friday, 8 April 2016

Text Crafter 2 - App Review



TextCrafter is a notes app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. It is much more than the built-in iOS Notes App; if you need more, take a look at this.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App has a few helpful hints when you get started; spent the short minute reviewing this, it will be worthwhile.

Writing a note is as simple as you would imagine, which is a good thing.

The real power of the App is in the Settings menu. Here you can have access to:

Editing Theme - set the font, size and light/dark
Link Shortening Service - choose from is.gd, BitLy, TinyURL, TinyCC
Note Tags - choose from coloured points or icons

Editing notes includes the ability to change the appearance of the text, and your notes can be arranged with colourful tags (rather than the ubiquitous text).

There are other great little bits like easy access to special characters, and snippets (so much used items are easy to paste into text).

Cost
The App Costs $6.

Indispensability
A Note App is essential; if the built-in App doesn't have enough bells and whistles then, give this a go.

Dependability
The App works.

Security
It is easy to share via e-mail, iMessage, or social networks; the usual double-edged sword.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Notes on steroids.

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


You can get Text Crafter 2 here and support for the App here.