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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Hypelight - App Review



Oh no, not another camera... well yes but, the developer states: "Here comes the only app that can shoot, edit, and save in one go. With its convenient interface, never-before-seen editing tools, and powerful Dropbox-supporting album, 'HYPELIGHT' is the newest arena to unleash your passion for creativity".

Ambitious claims.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The best way to test an App is to use it, so just tae a photo with the big red button on the screen. You can of course choose either front or rear facing camera. Zoom is set with a slider control, rather than pinching the screen.

Having taken a photo (also can be set before), you can apply:

Filter - more choices than you can shake a sick at, and even then create your own
Crop, Flip, and Rotate (even though this is in 90 degree increments, there is than a straighten tool for fine adjustment)
Transform - change the perception of depth, as well as a distort function
Light, Colour can be played with to your heart's content
Replace colour - this is brilliant as you can even use a wheel to check both the source and destination colours

... and plenty more.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Even if you're not a camera buff, I'm sure there was at least once you wished you could easily change a colour.

Dependability
The App seems to work perfectly on an iPhone but not so happily on an iPad.

Security
The App really needs access to your camera and photos.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Much more than another camera.

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


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


Friday, 23 September 2016

Approach Guides Wine for iPhone - App Review



Wine; whether you're a connoisseur or neophyte, you could always know more. This iPhone version means that the information will always be with you.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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In order to be able to fully use the App, you need to open a (Free) account but, the App is perfectly usable without this.

You can find wines by grape type, appellation, or food pairing.

Having found what you are looking for, you have a fairly detailed description of the appellation, or of the grape as grown in a particular country, including appropriate appellations.

This is certainly a worthwhile introduction.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
This is probably more aimed at the neophyte as there are no tasting notes and very limited producers listed but, being an iPhone App means that there is a good chance that you can check a wine 'on the fly'.

Dependability
The App is very easy to navigate and works as expected.

The App only works in portrait mode.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front. If you sign up then you are obviously providing a name and e-mail address.

ACIDS Test Rating:

All useful information for a wine lover and always on hand.

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


You can get Approach Guides Wine for iPhone here and support for the App here.


Monday, 19 September 2016

mycl - my current location - App Review



What this App does is tell you where you are... to be honest, when I first saw this App, I couldn't really think of a use... that's because one has preconceptions.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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It really doesn't get much cleaner than this. The home screen has 5 options:

My Current Location (this is the business end)
Apple Watch & Notification Center
Contact (E-mail the developer)
Rate this application
Information (version and copyright information).

Press on My Current Location and up pops the address where you are. Apart from seeing the information, you can add it to an existing contact, or copy it to the clipboard.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

Indispensability
Although the App can clearly be a time saver in copying an address, it is also very useful in situations where you cannot see a road name.

Dependability
The App proved remarkably accurate in testing, although an Internet connection is needed.

Security
You need to give the App to your location (obvious really). The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front.

ACIDS Test Rating:

It's free and very useful.

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


You can get mycl - my current location here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

hyperPad - App Review



The developer says "Developing Apps has never been so easy! Create mobile games or media rich interactive apps like books, prototypes, and more with no coding.

Intrigued? Read on...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Having set up your account, hit the button at the top right of the screen to create a new project (or you can opt to start with a sample instead; probably a good idea).

The screen has various icons which are or the project menu, scene properties, global properties, run current scene, undo, redo, and help
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You grab objects from the dock and place them on the canvas (objects come from your asset library). The layers are about the same as sprites used to be.

The whole project revolves around items (visual and audio) that you import onto the canvas.

Cost
The App Costs $5, although there is also a free (limited) version, as well as an even fuller version for $10 per month or lifetime for $150.

Indispensability
If you want to create a bespoke game, or an interactive App, this is a good starting point.

Dependability
The App only works in landscape mode.

Security
In order to get started you need to create a free account that will necessitate you giving a valid e-mail address (so that you can validate the address).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Use your iPad to be creative, differently.

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


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


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Clutter Cam - App Review



Do you keep taking photos and then wonder why you did, or just find that your camera roll is getting hopelessly full?

This little App helps keep things tidier.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App works as a standard camera (front and rear facing).

Having taken a snap, you can either retake or use photo. In the latter case the photo is only stored in the App.

You can also import photos from your camera roll and then either delete them from the photo storage and have them filed in the App, or have them in both places.

Individual photos can be selected to easily message, e-mail, and all the other usual actions, including saving the image (in which case it will be in your camera roll).

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
If you are, for example, just taking a photo so that you can send it to someone (and have to wish to keep a copy) then, this App saves your valuable storage space.

Dependability
The App is designed for the iPhone but works fine on an iPad in 1x and 2x modes and works exactly as expected.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front, although photos are very easily shared in the normal way.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Useful space saver.

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


You can get Clutter Cam here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 1 September 2016

Matcha 3 - App Review



If you're looking for a proper word preocessor, rather than a simple note taking App, take a look at Matcha 3.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App includes a few 'here's one I prepared earlier' documents (just like a cooking programme) which gives you an idea of the quality of results that can be obtained.

To add content (text, photos, tables, or other items), simply touch the appropriate icon on the menu bar. As text you can also add tags

If you add a photo (and have used other Apps and got frustrated) then, the availability of commands such as Crop/Scale, Fit, Full Screen will be a wonderful experience.

Something completely different is the Zen writing mode where non text items fade into the background and you are left to concentrate on wordsmithing. This mode also allows for easy style changes by just swiping the relevant paragraph; left gives access to paragraph styles; swiping right gives bulleted, numbered, or check box lists.

Having created an item you can also morph it into a 'to-do' by simply swiping the file and then adding a date and time; neat.

Text can be pinched and it will then resize, without affecting the underlying font parameters.

Cost
The App Costs $10.

Indispensability
If all you need is a simple note taking App, this is overkill but, if you are looking to prepare professional looking documents then, this is right up your street.

Dependability
Everything works really well, although the crop feature takes a little getting used to.

Security
Your documents can be synchronised with iCloud, Dropbox or Evernote; or you can just keep your documents on your iOS device.

ACIDS Test Rating:

If you want well-presented documents.

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


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


Friday, 26 August 2016

SA Contacts - Export/Import contacts to/from Excel - App Review



If you run more than one iOS device, or also have contacts on a PC or MAC... how many times have you been convinced that you updated a contact, only to find that the update is missing?

This App provides you with a safeguard.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Initially you need to access Settings so as to set where you would like to place your file (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box), together with other parameters. These include whether you will use all fields, photos, assign a filename (you could therefore use more than one), set the order, and how you will deal with duplicates and erasing.

When you Export/Import, you can choose all, and/or individual groups.

You now have a backup of your contacts.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
If you rely solely on iCloud to keep your contacts synchronised, on your head be it.

Dependability
The iPad version display is either iPhone screen size or you can use the 2X button to fill the screen.

To import from iTunes, the file needs to be on the SA Contacts App list, so that it can be synchronised.

Security
The App, obviously, needs access to your contacts.

There is the option of protecting your file with a password; this is highly recommended.


ACIDS Test Rating:

Backup, backup, backup or cry, cry, cry; the choice is yours.

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


You can get SA Contacts - Export/Import contacts to/from Excel here and support for the App here.


Monday, 22 August 2016

Approach Guides Wine for iPad - App Review



Wine; whether you're a connoisseur or neophyte, you could always know more.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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In order to be able to fully use the App, you need to open a (Free) account but, the App is perfectly usable without this.

You can find wines by grape type, appellation, or food pairing.

having found what you are looking for, you have a fairly detailed description of the appellation, or of the grape as grown in a particular country, including appropriate appellations.

This is certainly a worthwhile introduction.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
This is probably more aimed at the neophyte as there are no tasting notes and very limited producers listed.

Dependability
The App is very easy to navigate and works as expected.

The App only works in landscape mode.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front. If you sign up then you are obviously providing a name and e-mail address.

ACIDS Test Rating:

All useful information for a wine lover.

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


You can get Approach Guides Wine for iPad here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

deGeo Camera - App Review



If you thing that sharing a photo with someone means that you are sharing just an image, think again.

The Exif which your iOS device uses includes a multitude of information (check out just how much and start worrying); just one aspect of this data refers to the GPS location... so share your photo and (potentially unwittingly) share the location.

Although this may well be benign most of the time, there are occasions where this could lead to unwelcome snooping.

This App does not store the GPS location, so you can't accidentally divulge it either.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Before starting actually using the App, take a look at the settings wheel. This allows you to choose whether to save basin metadata (time stamp) and also set gestures (swiping left/right/up/down) . These can be assigned to e-mailing the last photo, open photo browser, switching camera, or taking a photo (there is also the ubiquitous button to do this).

You now have a 'normal' camera to use as you would any other.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Although it may well be indispensable, you should consider your security when sharing images.

You could also turn off location sharing in your settings on your iOS device.

Dependability
Having run checks, there is no location information on photos taken with the App, unlike those taken with your iOS camera

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front. This App is about increasing your security, although it needs access to your photos file.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Gesture driven is a bonus.

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


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


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

TripRider - App Review



The developer says "Plan your trip with absolute freedom. Organise your travel plans, document your journey, share your trip and keep all trip details in one place. Easy to use. Works off-line. Your travel companion on the go".

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first thing to do is create a new trip. This is easily done by choosing the scooter icon and then entering information: start and end dates, destination countries, base currency and budget, as well as other currencies (and the App automatically gets a current exchange rate).

You can now add information to your trip such as travellers (either manually or from your contacts), trip plan for each day (accommodation, including adding PDF like your confirmation booking), and estimated cost, add maps, packing list, wallet (this is to store your credit card, documents, tickets, and any other items).

Cost
The App Costs $5.

Indispensability
It's great either for travellers who need to get organised, or those who want to ensure that they have all the information they need.

Dependability
The exchange rate is the official rate; you won't get the same for notes.

Security
You can add an optional password for your wallet. Your information can be backed up to Dropbox.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Complete travel planning (and you can then edit to remember what really happened).

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


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