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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Nonagon Pro - App Review



Do you sometimes feel that your brain is getting rusty?

Try this App to confirm that you're probably right (or better still, wrong) and then do something about it.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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When you start, you are faced with the choice of 4 modes: normal, timer, negation, and impossible... it's probably best to start with 'normal'.

The basic idea is to match the displayed number with the target number. The 'number pad' displays various numbers (that was fairly obvious). The top of the screen displays the number of turns left, target, and the current 'go'. The base of the screen has the four operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide).

It starts off fairly easy and rapidly becomes a real exercise in mental arithmetic... if you start with the times version, you have my admiration.

You cannot use any tile more than once (some numbers are repeated), and the operator remains constant until changed. A used tile changes colour so, that is one less thing you need to worry about.

PS A nonagon is a polygon with 9 sides.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
I'm sure you're thinking 'I don't need this'... try it and you could well become addicted.

Dependability
Don't worry about the App not working, it's your brain you need to be concerned about.

There doesn't seem to be a way to leave the App, except to close it.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

A great pastime, and better for you than solitaire.

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


You can get Nonagon Pro here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 24 November 2016

dB Decibel Meter - App Review



According to the US National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD): 'long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the amount of time it takes for NIHL to happen.'.
'Turn it up, I can't hear it...'
'Turn it down, it's too loud...'
... so which is it?
This handy App enables you to take a rather more scientific approach to sound/noise levels.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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For those of us who aren't too au fait with noise level measurements, the App can be extremely simple to use.

Simply press the large Start button and the screen will display the current reading, as well as the Maximum and Average values.

There is further tweaking available by low/high (quiet and loud environment) and slow/fast response options.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Unless you are in the business of measuring noise levels (and you'll probably have dedicated, calibrated equipment) then, this is probably a very useful App to be able to 'prove a point'.

Dependability
In testing, slightly different values were obtained by using different devices. This could, of course, be caused by cases used so, beware (unless you want to bias your results).

Be careful when hitting the Start not to tap it with a nail as that will provide a high reading.

The only way I found to reset the App was to close it completely.

Security
The App needs access to your iOS device's microphone.

ACIDS Test Rating:

The argument between 'Turn it up, I can't hear it...' and 'Turn it down, it's too loud...'... settled by an impartial App

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


You can get dB Decibel Meter here and support for the App here.


Friday, 18 November 2016

Fotoffiti - App Review



To be honest, I think most graffiti is akin to visual pollution, and as such, a nuisance. It is however also difficult to pretend that some wall art is just that, art.

This App is really atypical of the normal reviews but, to budding Banksys out there, it is worth a look.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There are various settings that you can effect:

Wall - choose from painted or raw brick, wooden plank, or cement
Effect - select paint and background colours, as well as contrast

Having done this, you are ready to shoot (or you can do it the other way around).

The picture can now be resized and rotated, as well as having various shapes added.

It's as easy as that to create non-invasive graffiti.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
If you need to choose between defacing someone's property and doing it electronically, please do not hesitate; use this App.

Dependability
This App is really very easy to use and the effects created are very realistic.

Security
The App needs access to your camera and photos to be able to operate.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Truly realistic graffiti.

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


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


Monday, 14 November 2016

BlackCam - Black & White Camera - App Review



Sometimes a black and white (not to mention all the shades of grey) photograph adds much more than removing colours. This App enables you to take advantage of this.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App allows you to set brightness and contrast by means of slider controls, as well as a circular filter.

The really clever part is that the black and white (and there is a choice of classic, vintage (and deep), noir, gleam, various contrasts, and plenty more) can all be set before taking a photo.

Somehow, knowing that you took a photo and did not touch it up afterwards is so much more satisfying.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
If you're into black and white photography, this App is well worth looking at.

Dependability
The App worked perfectly under testing.

Security
The App needs access to your camera, and optionally your photos.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Create real black and white photos.

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


You can get BlackCam - Black & White Camera here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Kiwake Alarm Clock - App Review



Do you have difficulty getting up in the morning, despite using an alarm?

This App takes a different approach.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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To start with you set an alarm (fairly obvious really). Apart from the time, day(s) and sound, there are additional parameters (exactly what makes this App different).

The first one is a 'cooldown' time; view this as how long you can stay in bed after the alarm has chimed.

Next you need to enter reference pictures. These are objects that you cannot see from your bed (don't cheat). The alarm will ask you to take a photo of a picture which will have to match.

Now you need to select a game (falling tiles, memory tiles, shapes and colours, shell, or timing ring). You can choose more than one and there will then be a random choice, as well as a level of difficulty and recurrence.

You can also add goals to remember why you need to get up.

Now just press Set night mode and sleep soundly.

The next think you will get is a pleasant alarm and a big button to Start the process. Yo can skip the cooldown but not the rest of your routine.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
If you have difficulty getting up in the morning (or whenwever it is you need to get up) then, give this App a try.

Dependability
There's no snooze button... and that's the good news

Security
The App needs access to your location, camera, and pictutes to be able to function correctly.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Never snooze lazily again.

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


You can get Kiwake Alarm Clock here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Over There - App Review



This App allows you to share your location without needing Internet access.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The screen looks a bit like a DVD, where the map is displayed. Around this be found:

Time and time zone (can be turned on/off)
GPS accuracy in percent (and the type or co-ordinates can be chosen in settings)
Current speed (choose between mph, kph, and knots)
Altitude (choose between metres and feet)

But, most importantly, there is a button to Add the address to a contact, and even more so, a Share button. This enables you to show whoever you choose exactly where you are by e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
It's great for either saving exact locations, or sharing with others.

Dependability
In testing, the accuracy was stunning.

Security
The App needs access to your location in order to function. This is an iPhone App which works in 1x and 2x modes on an iPad.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Let others know EXACTLY where you are, easily.

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


You can get Over There here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 27 October 2016

Car Camera DVR - App Review



Here's an App that offers to do only one thing; record HD definition videos while driving.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You'll need some way to get your iOS device affixed to your windscreen (there are plenty of cost-effective solutions). From then, all you need do is press the large Rec button and (optionally) set the focus lock. That's all there is to it, which makes it very easy to use.

There are a number of parameters that can be set (please make sure you do this before setting off:

Audio recording (on or off)
Resolution (640x480, 1280x720, 1920x1080)
Compression (low, medium, high)
Time (display on or off) - this is almost certainly best left on
Available memory - there is a neat page showing usage and availability on your iOS device.

Cost
The App Costs $4.

Indispensability
It's a bit like an insurance policy; you don't need it until you do and then, hope that you are covered. Clearly this would help your case if you were involved in an accident (hopefully at least).

Dependability
The App works very well, just ensure that the device is properly affixed.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front, although obviously you will need to manage recordings otherwise your memory will become saturated.

ACIDS Test Rating:

If you don't have it, you'll wish you did.

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


You can get Car Camera DVR here and support for the App here.


Friday, 21 October 2016

Image to Excel - App Review



Now you might be wondering why you would want an App to add an image to Excel... the App's full moniker is actually 'Image to Excel Converter - OCR - Convert photos of tables and spreadsheets to Excel documents - Excel Scanner'. A bit much of a mouthful but, more accurately reflects what this App is all about.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The basic screen is simplicity personified; choose between Camera and Photos and (once you have taken a photo or imported one, a list of files.

Pick a file and you will see your image as a table, then go to Share at the bottom left of the screen and pick Copy to Excel..

Your photo now appears as a fully editable Excel spreadsheet, ready for you to do whatever you want with it.

It's as easy as that.

Cost
The App is absolutely Free. In order to remove the delay in conversion, you can upgrade for $10.

Indispensability
If you are an avid Excel user and frequently need to manually enter data that is already in tabular format, this App will save you many hours of time-consuming copy typing.

There are also many instances where you could obtain tabulated data and then be able to manipulate it in Excel (screen grab being a very obvious one... and not necessarily your screen).

Dependability
The App definitely works best when handling tabular information, although will also handle more haphazard layouts. The quality of the OCR is amazingly good.

Security
The App needs access to your camera, and/or photos, as well as an Internet connection to carry out the conversion.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Image to Excel without pain.

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


You can get Image to Excel here and support for the App here.


Monday, 17 October 2016

Red Dot Camera - App Review



We're all getting so used to just pointing and clicking (or touching) to get a photo that the art (and science) of photography is rapidly disappearing.

This App enables you to set parameters as in the good old days (and with click wheels at that) so that the photograph you take is defined before you hit the shutter, and not touched up afterwards (although you could still do that).

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Apart from the click wheels (we'll come back to those shortly), the other obvious area on your iOS device are a couple of rectangular boxes. theses represent the equivalent of what your shot would look like using a 35/28 mm lens; you can also, optionally, hide these lines, which you probably will after a bit of use.

The click wheels allow you to set the ISO (30-1,600) so as to compensate for different levels of lighting, shutter speed (1/4 TO 1/8,000) to allow you to be especially creative where there are moving objects (or even people), and exposure compensation (-3 TO +3) to ensure colours are well defined (only available if at least one of the other wheels is set to automatic).

You also have access to a timer (2, 10, and 309 seconds), as well as flash on/off/automatic.

The chosen settings are beautifully confirmed at the bottom of the screen.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
Of course, it's your call, as your iOS device already has a camera but, it's worth a bit of effort.

Dependability
It's great to be able to see the effect that changing settings will have on the exposure; very much the best of both worlds.

Security
In order to get the full benefit of the App, it needs to have access to your photos and location.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Control photos before taking them.

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


You can get Red Dot Camera here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

MetaMoji Note - App Review



Oh no, another note taking App... yes but this one is nothing like the iOS bundled 'Notes'. If you're looking for something with more oomph then, this might be just what you've been waiting for.... but if all you want is just to type in a bit of text then, this would be overkill.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first thing to note is that the developers have kindly stored some samples in a folder titled 'Sample for iOS'. Take a look at some of the documents that have been created and you will immediately appreciate that this is much more than another simple note taking App.

If you tap the '+' and start to create your first note, the first choice is the type of paper. Once you have got that you are in possession of a 'plain' sheet on which you can enter text (or not).

Each item of text is individual and can be moved around the page, as well as defining the font, size, colour, bold, underline, and even strikethrough.... and can then be erased just as in the traditional way.

There is also a freehand drawing tool where you can choose colour and thickness, as well as a very evocative pen/brush stroke.

Your note can, of course, be shared in many ways including (most unusually),as a preview of a PDF document.

Cost
The App Costs $8, although there is also a 'lite' version.

Indispensability
A note taking App is absolutely indispensable. Only you know what it is that you need.

Dependability
The App simply works, just as you would expect.

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:

Comprehensive note taker and idea grabber.

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


You can get MetaMoji Note here and support for the App here.