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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

iFont - App Review



Are you fed up with either having to type text and choose various fonts to compare, or make do with the drop down font pickers that merely have their name?

If you need alternative fonts but aren't sure which to pick, this tool could be right up your street.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The home screen shows you the included 77 (that's seventy seven) included font families (some have up to a dozen variations such as Bold, Italic, Light...).

Picking any one of these fonts will give you access to a scratchpad where you can type in some text to see what it would look like, with a one button option to change the font variant. This option also gives access to the Advanced setting which displays information on the chosen font. This information contains no less than 26 parameters (more than you can shake a stick at) and includes such items as the manufacturer, trademark, copyright, and metrics.

The Settings allow you to change the default comparison text of 'Hello World' to whatever you want as the text to be displayed.

The real difference is in the Compare option. Here you select a number of fonts (just by touching the +. You can now easily compare your text directly in neat boxes and, as the individual texts can also be changed you can see how the fonts would work together.

If the 77 fonts aren't enough (or you have a particular favourite that isn't included), you can easily import it from DropBox or iCloud drive.


Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1 if you want to get rid of the (fairly discreet) adverts, otherwise, it's free.

Indispensability
This is just such an effortless way to compare fonts without cutting and pasting; much easier.

Dependability
The App works; no issues.

Security
You can send your text in your chosen font by e-mail, complete with a reference to the App (as it's free, that seems fair).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Compare actual text in different fonts with ease.

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


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


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Voice Recorder - App Review



If you're looking for an App that is ultra simple and does exactly what its name implies, read on...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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It really couldn't be cleaner, the screen is filled with a microphone with two buttons: Record (Start/Stop) and another to access recordings.

Once you have a recording, you can add a label, either one of the prepared ones, or anything of your own choice.

You can also play recordings as well as one tap send them by e-mail.

Cost
The App Costs $0; it is currently Free.

Indispensability
If you want a really simple recorder, this is worth a look.

Dependability
It works!

Security
The App needs to have access to your microphone (obviously).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Simple, no frills recorder.

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


You can get Voice Recorder here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

RBL Status - App Review



Do you need to check your hosts against multiple Domain name System (DNS) blacklists?

Are your e-mails inexplicably not getting through to their destination?

This is a handy App for doing exactly that, and much more.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Just enter a new host in the first screen. The first part (name) can be anything that makes it easy for you to remember, and then enter the host name as text, or an IP address.

There are then 22 Real-time Blackhole List (RBL) checkers; simply tick as many, or few, as you want.

Now hit Done.

If all is well the checker remains green, if not it turns red.

The extra bits are simple (but very comprehensive bits of information which, by simple press of the i will give you complete WHOIS information for the domain (which can also be copied or emailed) as well as Reverse Host name information.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Although there are various online resources for checking blocking status, this neat App allows you to save your names for easy subsequent checking, as well as the ability to save and share the information.

Dependability
The App certainly works.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy to check if your host has been blacklisted (and you didn't even know).

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


You can get RBL Status here and support for the App here.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Animation Background GIF - App Review



Spice up your messages with GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) animated pictures... maybe.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There are a number of images from a jug pouring water, a car and its animated reflection, a thunderstorm, jumbling numbers, and very many more., the Chelsea football team (or at least part of it), a snow scene... quite an array.

These are chosen by using the forward/backward buttons.

The image can then be sent by e-mail.

Cost
The App is absolutely Free, although pressing the More will get you to download more associated items (like background GIFs).

Indispensability
This is a bit of fun.

Dependability
Apple notice: 'The developer of this App needs to update it to improve its compatibility'.

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

The recipient of your e-mail will only get a static image, and clicking on 'Funny Animation Gif' will take him to iTunes to download the App.

Security
The App needs access to your photos.

ACIDS Test Rating:

A bit of fun but not shared in full.

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


You can get Animation Background GIF here and support for the App here.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Photo Transfer 3.0 wifi - share and back… - App Review




Now for the ACIDS test:

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Having given the App access to your photos, there are thumbnails on the home screen. Just pick any one(s) and a pop-up appears asking where you want to send them: iOS device, computer, Dropbox, Google Drive, or Flickr.

You will then be given an IP address to enter into any web browser. On a PC you simply choose 'Download Photos' and that's all there is to it.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
This is a fairly painless way to transfer photos, without running the risks sometimes associated with public sharing.

Dependability
The App works but, obviously, you need to enter the correct address in your browser.

Security
The App needs access to your photos.

The App allows you to link to Dropbox, Google Drive and Flickr accounts, as well as sharing via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.

The devices (iOS / Computer) need to be on the same network.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Share without cables, or using social media.

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


You can get Photo Transfer 3.0 wifi - share and back… here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Brainess - App Review



Instead of playing some mind numbing game, why not take those spare few minutes to test your brain?

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The basic screen gives you a choice between:

Brain Test
The first test shows fruits dropping into the basket, and you then have to answer a question which will test your memory and eyesight (I won't say what it is so that it's a level playing field). If you play again, you won't necessarily get the same series. Once you have completed the challenge you receive a score which also reflects the time taken and degree of precision.

The next test is one where you choose the correct sign to obtain a given result, the following test is where you need to confirm a colour...

Workout
This is where you can practice on any one of the given tests: dice, numbers, signs, equations, fruits (the first test), and colours.

Memoji
Here you have to remember and match pairs of cards.


Scores
Here the Game Centre allows you to see not only your score but also how you match up to other players.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Of course the App is not indispensable but, it does get the grey matter ticking over.

Dependability
The App works fine.

Security
Your results can easily be shared on Facebook or Twitter.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Try not to get addicted!

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


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


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Work Time - App Review



Rather than leave your iPhone on your desk displaying nothing, this App allows you to have a handy clock and calendar on display.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The top half of the screen displays the time, outside temperature, and a monthly calendar. The lower portion of the screen contains upcoming appointments.

You can easily personalise the display as the settings allow access to the following options:

Theme - choice of colour schemes from the subdued to the garish
Calendars - choose which of your iOS calendar to display
Location - either where you are, or choose another
Leading zero - for the hours
Colon - on or off to separate hours from minutes on the clock
Seconds - self-explanatory
Clock Type - 12 or 24 hour formats
Temperature - Fahrenheit or Celsius
Forecast - by hour, day, or week
Font - choice of 3

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
This is a handy desk clock; nothing more, nothing less.

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

It's probably more restful not to turn the seconds on, as the display tends to move a bit.

Security
The App needs to access your location in order to display temperature.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Make the space taken up by your iPhone on your desk a bit more useful.

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


You can get Work Time here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Presence: Free smart home motion sec… - App Review



The App is marketed as a security device which will monitor a presence, alert on motion detection, 2-way communication, and is especially useful as a way of recycling 'old' iPhones.

There is so much more to it than that.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There is a little video for you to watch as a new user and then you'll need to sign up, which involves an e-mail address and a password.

The next thing you need to do is agree to the terms and conditions (considering of how it might be used, a bit of backside covering seems only reasonable).

And before the fun starts, you need to decide whether the device you are holding is to be used as remote control, or camera. This is whether it is sending or receiving an image.

We'll set up something extremely simple so that you get the hang of it. Run the Presence App and choose to use your (old) iOS device as a camera. Now Click here (the address is https://app.presencepro.com/signin.html) on your PC, and sign in using the account you have just set up.

You can now see whatever you point the iOS device at on your PC.

This is just to give you a small idea of what this App and indeed system, are capable of.

You can just as easily use another iOS device as a the 'viewer', and can have more 'cameras'.

Cost
The App Costs absolutely nothing, although there are in App purchases for additional functions.

Indispensability
I can't believe that I only recently found out about this App! It's absolutely brilliant (this review is clearly being written back to front); just get it.

Forget about security (you know what I mean), just think of the countless ways it could be used. I recently used it to find the source of a water leak at an inaccessible location (with the help of some duct tape and a ski pole (haven't got a selfie stick); the possibilities are endless.

Dependability
If you've followed the instructions, you are already convinced.

Security
This App is about security!

It does need access to your camera (essential) and microphone, otherwise there's no real use in having it.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Brilliant and indispensable.

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


You can get Presence: Free smart home motion sec… here and support for the App here.


Friday, 10 February 2017

Loud - App Review



Developer Shad Deen says: "An alternative music player for your Apple Music and iTunes Match libraries giving you the best music experience on your iOS device. Never miss a scrobble with flawless Last.fm integration and caching. 'Love' your tracks on Last.fm and sync your 'Now playing' status. You can easily add songs to your queue with Play Next feature. Look no further for the perfect alternative music player and scrobbler for iOS."

So how does it live up to that?

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There are number of neat tricks, such as pre loading artist images, and choosing whether or not to group by album artist, as well as not showing all music.

Personally, I find the interface much cleaner than the standard iOS version, which makes it a winner already.

This is superbly easy to use.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
This is another way to play music but well worth taking a look at.

Dependability
It works... and you can't say better than that.

Security
The App needs access to your Apple Music and Media Library (otherwise there's no point having it, obviously).

The neat part is that by pressing and holding any item you can 'play next', or 'play after next', so it is easy to set up music ion the order you want.

Open a last.fm account and make it even better.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Same music, better interface.

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


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


Monday, 6 February 2017

NoLocation - App Review



When you send/share a photo, you are giving up much more than just an image. The EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) information that is part of the file includes many parameters, including location (where the image was taken).

This is a simple App for removing that one parameter.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The screen you see gives you option to use either Camera or Photos.

If you pick photos you will then have access to your photos. Pick one and then you can share by e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and plenty of other methods.

The point is that the location where the image was taken has been removed.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
There may be times when discretion is the better part of valour.

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

Security
The App needs access to your camera and/or photos (fairly obvious really).

This App should add to your security.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy to be a bit more discreet.

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


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