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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.


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Lockscreen Wallpaper Designer - App Review



Do you want to change the wallpaper on your iOS device?

If you want to do more than just use a picture from your camera roll, this App might fit the bill.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Once you have granted the App access to your photographs, you can pick an image, and 'pastry cutter' it with one of the supplied shapes, as well as move the image within the shape.

Once you are happy with the result, just save the image to your device.

As with any other image, this can then be used as wallpaper.

Cost
The App costs $2.

Indispensability
If you are looking for the limited functionality of this App then, it is what you are looking for!

Dependability
Apart from not being able to place the image with great precision within the cut-out.

Security
This App is wholly downloaded and self-contained.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Simple but limited.

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


You can get Lockscreen Wallpaper Designer here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Phone Doctor Plus - App Review



Do you sometimes wonder why your iPhone is slow, or whether it is working properly.

This App helps you sort things out and improve matters, as well as being a check (or bargaining ploy) when buying a used iPhone.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App is basically divided into 4 separate screens, each with its dedicated purpose:

Overview
This gives you information about hardware (external/internal devices, sensors, wireless), battery (time for which you can use based on current (ouch) usage and level of charge), storage, CPU, and Network.
Although there is a lot of information, albeit very neatly presented, all you really need to concentrate on are the 'thumbs up' or 'green tick' symbols (all's well) and and numbers in a red box. The latter indicate an area for improvement; just press the warning and you will be shown the solution, and how to carry out the operation.

Check-up
This area allows you to perform basic tests on a vast number of areas, each of which just needs a tap and then follow the clear instructions. These cover: multitouch, touch screen, display, earphones/microphone, speaker/microphone, headphone jack, camera, flash, home button, volume control, sleep/wake button, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, call function, storage, memory, specification (you need to enter the iPhone model but, if you get it wrong, the App lets you know), CPU, vibrator, GPS, cellular network, wi-fi, and Bluetooth.

Usage
Here is displayed memory, CPU, and network usage, all in real time.

Battery
Apart from, again, showing the time remaining, this shows you how to reduce consumption, as well as maintenance.

Cost
The App sells for a mere $1.

Indispensability
This is one of those Apps that you should have in your armoury, not necessarily for everyday use but, as a useful tool.

Dependability
Although I cannot guarantee that the information displayed is correct, I have every faith that it is.

The think to marvel at is how much technology is actually inside your iPhone.

Security
The 'More' screen allows you to bring the App to the attention of others by Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, or E-mail; there is sharing of information as such.

ACIDS Test Rating:

An indispensable tool.

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


You can get Phone Doctor Plus here and support for the App here.


MindMash - App Review



The developer describes the App as 'a canvas for your ideas'... that just about sums it up but, you need to try it to understand.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You are presented with a blank sheet and three icons:

Text
Type text and then hit save. The text is now on your canvas and can be moved or deleted (big white X on a red background).

Image
This can be an image from your iOS device, or take a photograph. The image can be resized by pinching, or moved with one finger.

Pen/Pencil
This allows you to draw rectangles, circles, straight lines, and free drawing.

You can create plenty of individual sheets, as well as undo actions.

Cost
The App is free.

Indispensability
This really is a great way of dealing with ideas, where the structure is up to you, and the uncluttered interface makes your ideas the centre of attention.

Dependability
The only issue seems to be that once you have committed an item, it cannot be resized (it can be moved), so you might need to delete it and create another of the correct size.

Security
You can share your creations on Facebook and Twitter.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy to use and very powerful.

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


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


Monday, 12 January 2015

Breathe Sync - App Review



How many times have you heard that 'stress is a killer'.

This App aims to reduce stress by getting your breathing and heart in sync.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start off by entering some basic information about yourself (age) and for how long, and at what time you want to be reminded of the exercise.

The instructions are very straightforward: 'Gently place your index finger over the camera lens and flash', and you will also need to allow the App access to your camera.

You then need to concentrate on the circles displayed on the screen, breathing in as they increase in size, and exhaling when they diminish.

The App will display your WQ (Well-being Quotient). The publisher gives guidelines as to where you should be and how to improve (over 100 is where you want to aim).

You can track this information and hope to improve.

Cost
The App costs $5.

Indispensability
By nature, I am very sceptical but, this App seems very useful.

Dependability
The App works better without a cover on the iPhone (particularly a thick one). Finger placement seems to be fairly critical with the clue being: if there's no music, it's wrong.

Security
This is a standalone App so, no issues there. Be careful not to get too relaxed when you're breathing and drop your iPhone.

ACIDS Test Rating:

I'm hooked!

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


You can get Breathe Sync here and support for the App here.