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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

abcNotes - App Review



I can hear you saying 'oh no, not another notes App'.

This one is different in that it is really a sticky notes App with lots of options and synchronisation.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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If you start off by pressing the + to create your first note, you will see how easy it is to use.

Set the colour, font, and an excellent slider to set the font size. There is then a slight glitch in that you need to go to Settings/Notifications/abcNotes and allow notifications.

Your notes can be scaled and rotated (using 2 fingers), moved by dragging, you can even have usable check boxes.

The real power of this App is that by allowing iCloud synchronisation, you can see your notes across multiple devices. Note contents can also be easily be e-mailed.

Cost
The version tested is the free 'lite' version; there is a fuller offering at $3.

Indispensability
If you use this App, it will rapidly become your de facto sticky notes App.

Dependability
The App is simple to use and simply works.

Security
There isn't the option of a password, which would be a good addition.

ACIDS Test Rating:

If you use(d) Post-It notes, you must have this App.

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


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


Thursday, 19 March 2015

My Measures & Dimensions - App Review



How many times have you measured something, written the dimensions on a scrap of paper and then... lost the paper, forgotten which dimension is which, couldn't read your writing...

This App could well do away with all that frustration.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start by tapping the + icon and taking a photo of whatever it is you want to measure.

At the bottom of the screen you will see icons; only the Arrow will work in the free version (although it does far more than just create arrows). Pinch to show the item you are measuring, then add dimension, change the colour, choose the units, access tools, add text, show angles, erase (delete an object).

You can create folders which easily lets you organise work into projects.

The fact is that instead of a scrap of paper, you have an annotated photo/drawing, and confusion is avoided.

Cost
The App costs $9.

Indispensability
If your business needs a foolproof way of sharing measurements that are not always of similar items (so that you know your 'system' for recording the information) then, this App is probably what you have been waiting for.

Dependability
The App works but it is obviously down to you to get accurate measurements.

When sharing your projects, the process seems a little slow but, it works.

Security
There are no apparent issues as this is a standalone App.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Great for retaining pictorial records of measurements; avoids confusion.

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


You can get My Measures & Dimensions here and support for the App here.


Friday, 13 March 2015

Who Uses My WiFi? - App Review



The App names says it all... well nearly, there is another arrow to this particular bow.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The main screen contains two main items:

Network Monitor
Press this and bring up your current connection point, as well as past connection points. tap on this and get a list of connected devices, together with their IP and MAC addresses (previously connected devices are in pale text).
It's a good idea to check the IP address of your used devices (Settings/Wi-Fi on iOS devices) and then give them a friendly name. You will now be left (or hopefully not) with connections that you haven't authorised.

Key Generator
This is the 'other' part of the App, which is an excellent way to generate keys; you'll not have to think about avoiding obvious passwords.

Cost
The App costs £1.

Indispensability
If you are concerned about who is, or might be, piggybacking onto your wi-fi, this is a simple way of checking it out.

Dependability
You need to hit refresh to check on current connections and are then informed of how long ago the last update took place.

Security
This App serves to enhance your security, rather than the other way round, as is so often the case.

ACIDS Test Rating:

A very useful tool.

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


You can get Who Uses My WiFi? here and support for the App here.


Monday, 9 March 2015

E-mail for Business - App Review



Don't let the App name put you off... it is not only for business.

If you are looking to create E-mails that look good, contain the information you want to share, then take a look at E-mail for Business.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first thing you need to do is enter your 'standard' data. This includes: name, job title, company, slogan, e-mail address, web site, logo, portrait (your picture), signature, social media addresses (Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, Twitter), Physical Address, contact numbers (business, Fax, Free, Mobile. You don't need to complete each item, and you can create multiple profiles, which you then name.

You can also elect whether or not you choose to advertise for the developer by turning a footer message on or off (more straightforward that Apple's pre-emptive 'sent from my iPhone/iPad).

You are now ready to send either a letter or note.

Simply pick one of these and then choose one of the standard layouts. You can then simply edit the default content. Your personal details will be taken from the profile that you have chosen.

It's as easy as that and you can then e-mail or print your document.

Cost
The App costs $5.

Indispensability
Obviously, you've been sending e-mails and letters for years but, this App allows your text to stand out.

Dependability
The App works just as described. A small niggle is that if you use a field then, you cannot change its name; this is particularly relevant to 'cell' and 'toll free' where the US versions cannot be altered.

Security
Apart from the ability to post to Facebook and Twitter to promote the App, it is standalone.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Helps make your communications stand out.

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


You can get E-mail for Business here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Stock Grader - App Review



The developer states 'Stock Grader is personal analyst in your pocket. Using nearly a dozen financial criteria and advanced computer algorithms, Stock Grader digs deep into your stocks, automatically grading them to help you make confident, informed investment decisions'.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There is a + at the top right of the screen to 'add' a symbol. Simply press this and enter the ticker symbol.

You will then be presented with a list of potential results; pick one of the these to get to the meat.

The screen gives you an overall rating, with subsidiary ratings and details for:

Profitability (Profit Margin %, 5 Year predicted EPS Growth %)
Efficiency (Return on equity %, Return on assets %)
Liabilities (Debt ratio, Debt/equity)
Valuation (P/E, P/B, P/S)

Cost
The App costs $2.

Indispensability
The App indeed gives you a quick grading for the stock. Unfortunately, you cannot store stocks, so you can only investigate one at a time.

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

Not every stock is covered so you might get the warning message: 'not all necessary data is available for [Ticker] at this time. Stock Grader graded [Ticker] based off data it was able to fetch'.

Security
There are no apparent issues as this is a standalone App.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Perhaps a first pass filter.

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


You can get Stock Grader here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Character Pad - App Review



Inserting characters (such as fractions, Greek letters, icons, proper roman numerals, numbers in circles, arrows, music notes, and others) is something we all need sometime... this App gives you access to quite a few.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There are 7 screens containing a 9x9 grid of characters (567 in total). To pick any one, just touch it and it is copied to the clipboard. To use the character, just paste it into whatever application you want to use.

There is also a front screen that holds your most recently used characters for easier access.

Cost
The basic App is free (the first 3 screens) and you can obtain more characters via an in App purchase for $1.

Indispensability
This is one of those Apps where when you want to write a symbol exactly as it should be, will prove indispensable.

Dependability
It's simple and it works, just the way we like it.

Security
There are no apparent issues as this is a standalone App.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Very useful and very inexpensive (or even free).

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


You can get Character Pad here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 19 February 2015

Getodo - App Review



Being organised isn't an option, it's a necessity.

If you haven't already got a system in place, this App might be the one for you.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You don't have to set up an account but, if you do, you will be able to synchronise across different devices.

The basic input screen couldn't be much simpler (just what we like to concentrate on the matter in hand). There is a + to add new entries, access to a calendar to see where you are, a sync facility (provided you are logged in and created an account), and a settings icon.

The best way to start (apart from reading the tutorial, of course), is to tap the + and add an item. This allows you to colour code the item and add an optional alarm.

The whole App is then gesture driven:

Edit - double tap
Complete - swipe right (it goes green and then goes to the foot of the list as strikethrough)
Delete - swipe left
Move order - press and hold to drag
Sub Task - drag and drop at the right of another task
See sub tasks - only those tasks which have children will have a number at the right of the row; press it to see the sub tasks
Assign a task to someone by starting it with @nameofperson

Cost
The App costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
An organiser is essential; which one depends on your preferences.

One of the great advantages of this App is the availability of sub lists, which means you can split tasks without having lists so long that you get depressed.

Dependability
The App works very well.

Security
The ability to store information in the cloud and access it on multiple devices is the usual double-edged sword.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy to use and powerful

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


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


Friday, 13 February 2015

Over - App Review



Do you want a simple and effective way to add text and some graphics to photos? This could be the App you're looking for.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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After allowing the App access to your photos, these are to the left of the screen. Pick one to get started then add text or a graphic.

Press done and then further edit the item using the nifty wheel to the right of the screen.

You can change font, move, edit size, save, and share your creation.

Cost
The App costs $2 and you can then spend by adding more graphics at $1 per package.

Indispensability
Do you want to add text to photos?

Dependability
The App works as expected, although you may need to start afresh when you want to edit.

Security
The App allows direct sharing with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, E-mail, Pinterest, Message, Sincerely, and Path.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy to use and effective.

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


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


Monday, 9 February 2015

Seedio - App Review



Party time!

No decent audio speakers (or interface to your iOS device)?

No problem... use Seedio.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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To appreciate how this works, you'll actually need at least 2 iOS devices, one will be the 'Seed' and the other(s) will 'Receive'.

First set up your 'Seed' by toggling the switch at the top right of the display. Next step is to add music, done by touching the button and then adding from music, YouTube, history (obviously not the first time). Once you've done that, you can hit the icon at the bottom and start sharing.

The 'Receive' devices will see the 'Seed' and will display the track playing, as well as allowing you direct access to iTunes to purchase the song, and, most importantly, you can hear the track.

The beauty of this is that you can get some decent volume just with a number of iOS devices; great fun.

Cost
The free version allows you to receive unlimited songs but only broadcast for 10 minutes per hour. The App costs $1, and you can add additional sources (SoundCloud, URL Support) as in App purchases.

Indispensability
If there's a bunch of you, this is great fun.

Dependability
It seems that many songs cannot be added due to 'DRM, iCloud, or audio format issues'. This is a great shame as it really detracts from the usefulness of the App.

Security
The potential breach of DRM (Digital Rights Management) rules seem to be covered (over enthusiastically) by the App.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Decent volume without additional outlay.

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


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


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Guest List Organizer - App Review



Do you run events, either as one-offs, or on a routine basis?

This App might be of use to you.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You are first invited to add a new event. Enter the name of your event and an optional location, followed by the date and time, as well as any notes you may wish.

Your event is now set up and you can start adding guests. These can be added from contacts, Facebook, other events, or manually.

Each invitee can then be shown as invited, confirmed , and attended, with the contact details readily available.

You can create reports of guests invited/not invited, confirmed/not confirmed/declined, attended/no-show, male/female/child.

Cost
The App costs $5.

Indispensability
The App would be so much more indispensable if it colour coded (or by means of icons), the status of invitees. You can however very easily select the status and then only have those people displayed.

Dependability
The App works as expected.

Security
If you want to use Facebook as a source of contacts then, you need to give the App access to your account.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Simple (but effective) invitation tracker.

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


You can get Guest List Organizer here and support for the App here.