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Monday, 25 July 2016

Toast - App Review



This is an App to edit your photos.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Simply choose a photo from your iOS storage and then apply many different effects:

Filters - choice of many
Mix - choice of many
Texture
Bokeh - these effects used to be created 'accidentally'
Splash
Stickers - many, which can easily be resized and rotated
Frames - choice of 15, including one which resembles a postage stamp
Text - choose font, colour, speech bubble, alignment, positioning and size
Rotate
Crop

Just hit Apply after each change.

Cost
The App Costs $3 although there can be free versions as well.

Indispensability
If you like to 'touch up' your photographs, this is a fairly complete and easy to use solution.

Dependability
The App works and saves a copy to your camera roll.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy to use photo editing tool.

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


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


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Advanced Data Usage Tracker - App Review



The name of the App gives a strong clue as to its use... but it actually does quite a bit more.

Although ensuring that you do not go over your data usage if you are not on an unlimited plan, how about checking that nobody is piggy backing onto your wi-fi...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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In order to monitor and receive automated alerts on your mobile (2G/3G/4G) you will need to enter the type of data plan you have, including the data limit (or the 'free' allowance), as well as the plan renewal periodicity and data. Usefully, you can also enter the amount you have already consumed (get the info from Settings/Mobile Data/Mobile Data Usage (Current Period); obviously this will only work if you are diligent enough to reset your usage to zero at the end of each period (it's so much easier to let the App take over afterwards).

Settings within the App allows you to set regular and emergency data usage alerts.

That's for the textual part; the fact is that the App is visually pleasing, giving weekly or monthly usage graphs, as well as trends.

In addition to this there is a speed test which measures your connection for latency and upload/download speeds, and then keeps an historical record for reference.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
If you are on an unlimited data plan then, you probably won't need the App, although it still supplies very interesting information.

Dependability
There is no reason to suspect that the information supplied is inaccurate (although somewhat difficult to check on a review).

A word of caution (and not a reflection on the App), when measuring wi-fi connection speed, the values may well be throttled by your iOS device, rather than the router.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Never get a surprise mobile usage bill again.

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


You can get Advanced Data Usage Tracker here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Phoetic - App Review



Fancy creating a word cloud based on a photo?

This is just what you've been looking for.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There are 4 easy steps to creating your word cloud:

1. Create or choose a shape
There are quite a number of shapes that come with the App (including animals, people, and travel) or, you can create your own or even use a photo (those with plenty of contrast work best).

2. Choose a word list
This can be from text (simply copy and paste from another App and choose a font), from a list, or manually. The words can also be edited.

3. Adjust the settings
Change colour, detail, orientation, as well as word placement (spacing, maximum size, maximum number of words, orientation.

4. Generate your word cloud
This is fully automated, just touch the button.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
This is an easy way to create word clouds and have a lot of control over the final outcome.

Dependability
The App works as described, although some clouds can take a little time to generate (up to about a minute), although simpler ones are very quick.

Security
The App needs access to your photo library if you choose to use this function. Clouds can be shared directly to Facebook and Twitter.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Word clouds made easy.

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


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


Thursday, 7 July 2016

OSnap! Pro - App Review



To quote the developer: 'Create quick and easy time-lapse and stop motion projects using built-in presets; or customise your projects with a multitude of options'; that sums up the App perfectly.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start by either by creating a new project or using a preset (includes Instagram, Vine, Rapid shot, daily portrait, group photo, or onion skin).

Once you have taken the shots, the App will play the results and you can play back your recording (some require a little processing time).

You can also add music, or record anything you want and subsequently render a video with your choice of frames per second.

There are masses of parameters that you can set to really get exactly the output you require, as well as the ability to edit.

Cost
The App Costs $4.

Indispensability
If you like (or need to) speed things up, or slow them down, and easily create a video then, take a look at OSnap.

Dependability
The App seems to work perfectly although the usual issues of lighting and shake are your responsibility.

Security
The App (fairly obviously really) needs access to your camera.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Time-lapse for the rest of us... and also for people who know what they are doing.

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


You can get OSnap! Pro here and support for the App here.


Friday, 1 July 2016

Track Kit Pro - App Review



If you're an outdoor adventurer who enjoys keeping track of where you've been, or share the information, or remember it and add your own photos, then this is for you.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You choose your map type (Satellite, Standard, or Hybrid, as well as access to lots of alternatives), then just set off.

The App automatically keeps track of elapsed time, distance covered, current altitude, and actual speed.

You also have access to a myriad of information, such as sunrise, sunset, weather, as well as a forecast.

Photographs of where you are easily added from within the App and could be used to create a travel blog.

To plan a route all you need do is get the map up and touch the screen to add way points.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
This is an App for outdoor types but useful for everyone else as well.

Dependability
During testing, tracking was absolutely spot on.

Security
The App asks for permission to use your location. You can optionally register (free) in order to safeguard your tracks, as well as share your information.

The App could be used for keeping track of anyone (with approval, of course); very useful.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Great tracker both for self and to share location.

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


You can get Track Kit Pro here and support for the App here.


Monday, 27 June 2016

Klaser - App Review



This App could 'simply' be described as a database but the developer (far more evocatively) describes this as 'release your mind from remembering details'.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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One starts by creating 'Collections'; these could be items you wish to catalogue, medicines you take, things that interest you, places you have/want to visit, books, DVDs, absolutely anything really.

Having created a 'Collection', you add items by simply using the +. Here you give the item a name, and additional information if needed (serial number, registration...), then add tags (to further group items). The really neat part is that you can also add a photo of the item (either one you have saved or take one within the App).

To find anything simply hit the Magnifying Glass and you are presented with the results.

Cost
The App Costs $0, which is absolutely stunning for an App as useful as this one.

Indispensability
If you catalogue anything, you need a system.

Dependability
The App works and is extremely fast.

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

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

A database for free... things don't get much better than that.

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


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


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

MadNotes - App Review



If you take notes and want them as a list, rather than individual Post-Its then, take a look at MadNotes.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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This App has a totally uncluttered interface... in fact all you have is a blank page.

Swipe down to enter a note.

Swipe left on a note to delete it.

Swipe right on a note to move it to the top.

That's all folks.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

Indispensability
If you need an clean, uncluttered, and simple note taker, this is it.

Dependability
It's simple and it works.

Security
Your notes are accessible on other devices using the same account via iCloud.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Looney Tunes note taker (guess that's why it's called MadNotes)

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


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


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Procraster - App Review



Never put off to tomorrow what you can put off to next week... if that's your motto then continue to achieve little. On the other hand if you need a bit of help in not putting things off then Procraster offers to help you overcome procrastination.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The Inbox is where you put your ideas, and then check what you intend doing with them.

Each of these can have various attributes assigned, including tags, area of responsibility, delegation, as well as the usual task attributes (start and due dates, repetition). You can also very easily add free text notes to the individual ideas.

The App also gives you graphical stats (very useful).

To be honest a detailed review would probably be more confusing than helpful, so here are two very useful tools to help you get started, a Video and a User manual.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
If you need more than a simple list, and perhaps lack motivation, this could be right up your street.

Dependability
The App works... make sure you do too.

Security
The App can back up to iCloud and, very importantly, also to Dropbox.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Let Procraster help you expedite, rather than delay.

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


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


Thursday, 9 June 2016

The Time Zone Converter App - App Review



My first reaction to this App was... why bother, one can use the Clock App that comes with iOS. In fact this was an absolutely incorrect assumption...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App has an extremely simple screen which contains your local time,and a number of places (the default is San Francisco and Tokyo).

To Add another City, simply press the + and pick a city. To delete an existing one, simply swipe left.

Now the smart part about this App is that you can touch any of the times and change the time, which will automatically update all the other clocks (you can't do this with iOS Clock. An additional nicety is that the App will also display 'next day' where appropriate.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

Indispensability
If you arrange meetings across time zones, especially with multiple zones, this App will save you a lot of time.

Dependability
The Time Zone Converter is an iPhone App which works in 1x and 2x modes on an iPad. It is extremely simple to use and reliable.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

So obvious... and so useful.

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


You can get The Time Zone Converter App here and support for the App here.


Friday, 3 June 2016

MosaLingua - App Review



Many people who speak English as their native tongue seem to believe that the world will understand them. Although they are right in very many cases, it's amazing how much more enjoyable it is for everyone if one makes a little effort to speak another language. Apart fro business opportunities, and travel will be enhanced by a little effort on your part and a helpful App.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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MosaLingua will help you learn French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or even English.

The basic App consists of a learning space (where you will probably spend most of your time), and additional areas including dialogues and specific categories (if you need to target a specific area) and bonus material that unlocks as you progress (this is free, it's your aptitude that unlocks it, not your wallet).

You start by defining your objective and can, optionally, take a level test to start in the right place (if you're a total novice, skip the test).

Once you start learning you are given words which you listen to before pronouncing yourself, and comparing. There is then a memorisation routine followed by writing and self-evaluation.

You then each day have a list no go through again, until you are perfect.

You can optionally join a league table confidentially and assess your progress compared to others.

Cost
The App Costs $5 which is absolutely nothing compared to other methods.

Indispensability
If you are stuck in 'I speak English so everyone can understand me' mode, don't bother... and miss out on enormous pleasure (both for yourself and others).

Dependability
The App not only works but you also receive additional material (or at least links to it), all for no additional cost.

Security
You can synchronise your work across different iOS devices, just by logging in to your account.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Makes visiting a 'foreign' country a much more fulfilling experience.

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


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