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Friday, 17 November 2017

Good Woofy - App Review



Good Woofy - Train your dog when you're not there.

Apart from not annoying neighbours, this App should also give your pet a calmer existence when you leave.

This works by the dog hearing your commands to both desist and praise.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App starts with an invitation to record a command that will (should/could) get your dog to be quiet. In order to do this you need to choose Settings. Here you can record both a command, as well as praise.

Additional settings allow for picking sensitivity (low/normal/high). In addition you can record audio only, so can later listen to 'what happened', or data, in which case you will only have the number of times that the App was set off.

You can also set the delay between the command and praise.

Now when you leave, tap on Good Woofy and set the start delay between immediate and 5 minutes, and leave the iOS device (not in silent mode, obviously) somewhere your pet will hear but cannot touch.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Although the App is aimed at dogs, it could also be used in other situations.

Dependability
You'll have to ask your pet for that... seriously, it works.

Security
The App needs to access your microphone (so that you can record the command/praise).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Something different, even if you do need a dog to make it work!

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


You can get Good Woofy here and support for the App here.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Pocket - App Review



The developer says: "The next time you find an article, video or link you want to read or watch later, just save it to Pocket. It’ll sync across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can come back to it whenever and wherever you’d like, even when you’re off-line".

Read on...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You know how it is, you come across an interesting article but haven't got the time to read it so... you usually forget about it.

Pocket allows you to store the article, and the best bit is that you can store it from pretty well anywhere, including a browser on your device (or PC) such as Safari, Firefox etc., as well as via e-mail, and other apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

Then, when you use the App, all those articles are ready for you to read in My List. Additionally, you can, optionally, have access to recommended articles (which is based on you choosing from various feeds).

There are various settings for choosing how pages are viewed.

Cost
The App is absolutely free, although there is also a premium version for those of you who want more bells and whistles; such as a Library to keep a backup, Full-Text searching, and Suggested Tags (the free version allows tags but you enter them).

Indispensability
Absolutely brilliant for catching up on your reading.

Dependability
Works flawlessly, except when a web page includes protection.

Security
To get recommendations you can, optionally, connect your address book, Facebook, and/or Twitter. You can also turn on notifications to be informed when a 'friend' shares an item.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Why read a newspaper when you can read just the best bits of many.

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


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



Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Noteworthy Notes - App Review



Oh no... not another note taking App... but, it needs a closer look.

The point of this one is that, especially for people who enjoy colours and personalisation, it beats the iOS Notes App hands down.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Hit the + (top left of screen) and start entering your first note.

You will be prompted for a title and then a large coloured area to enter your text. Towards the bottom of the screen are icons to set Priority (Very High, High, Medium, Low, Very Low), Alarm (on or off selected with a slider), and a paintbrush. This is the one that really makes this App stand out as you can select from 21 solid colours for each note.

In addition to this the Settings Cog allows for the setting of various parameters:

Notes Size - choice of 5
Alignment - Left, Centre, Right
Organise - by priority, or alphabetically, and both in either direction
Text size - anything from 9 to 40 point
Text font - choice of 12 different ones
Text colour - black or white
Red Badge Icon - this allows you to pick up to 20 colour to be shown as options
iCloud Sync - toggle on/off
Password - you can, optionally, set an password; if the character is on the keyboard then, it can be used.

Cost
The App Costs $0; it's absolutely free.

Indispensability
If you want something different to the iOS bundled 'Notes' then, take a look at this App.

Dependability
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Security
The App requests permission to send Notifications.

The Password is much more secure than a 4/6 character numerical code.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Great notes at a great price.

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


You can get Noteworthy Notes here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Pluskey - Mini Calculator Keyboard - App Review



If you don't want to be swapping from an App to your calculator App then, this could be for you; an alternative keyboard, and it includes some icons.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Before doing anything, go to Settings/General/Keyboard/Keyboards/Add New Keyboard, and choose Pluskey.

Now, whatever App you are in that uses a keyboard, tap the Globe (normally just to the left of the space bar) until you see Pluskey. You immediately have access to a simple calculator, as well as some icons (8 in portrait mode and 12 in landscape).

If you want to add the result of your calculation to the text, simply tap on the black line, and for any of the icons, just tap on them, as you would any keyboard charter.

Changing back to a 'normal' keyboard just needs a swipe right.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

Indispensability
It's useful to have access to a calculator within another App, as well as a few icons.

Dependability
The App works, as expected.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front, although you will notice the warning when adding the keyboard that the keyboard can access all the data you type.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Neat in-App keyboard and calculator.

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


You can get Pluskey - Mini Calculator Keyboard here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

NiteFan - App Review



The developer states: "Do you FANcy falling asleep to the sound of a fan? Well that’s FAN-tastic! The sound of a fan is calming and blocks out other sounds in the room to help you fall asleep. You probably FANtasize about being about to take your fan with you when you travel, don’t you? Sometimes that’s just not possible. But never fear! If you’re a fan FANatic, this app is for you!"

FANciful or true?

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The screen has four fans with slightly different sounds. These can be turned on either individual, or in any combination you choose.

There are also buttons for clicks, rainfall (possibly quite soothing), and an 'electric wobble'.

In addition there is a sort of 'all off' button which is very useful.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
If you are used to the sound of a fan at home and find it difficult to fall into the arms of Morpheus when away, this could be the answer to your prayers.

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

You can lock your iOS device and the sound will continue, without further distractions.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

FANciful, maybe but definitely different!

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


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


Friday, 20 October 2017

Wifi Widget - See, Test, and Share Wi-Fi - App Review



The developer says: "Save time and frustration with the fastest way to see, test, and share your wi-fi, without even unlocking your iPhone".

So, how does that pan out?

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App opens up initially with detailed instructions on how to install the widget (in notification centre Today view, scroll to bottom and tap edit, then scroll to Wi-Fi (the App) and tap the +, and then tap Done.

Using the App or widget is also very simple.
You can use the App (by pressing the icon) or the Widget to see the currently connected network and then detect the speed (or latency, chosen through the Menu).

If you save the password in the Widget then, this can also then be shared via Message or other Apps.

Cost
The App is Free.

Indispensability
Apart from speed testing, this is a very easy way to share passwords for Networks.

Dependability
The App requires iOS 10.1 or later.

Security
The passwords you enter in the App are stored in your own iCloud Keychain account. Passwords are not transmitted to the developer.

ACIDS Test Rating:

The easiest way to share wi-fi passwords and check speed.

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


You can get Wifi Widget - See, Test, and Share Wi-Fi here and support for the App here.


Monday, 16 October 2017

LeechTunes - App Review



The developer says:

"Love Apple Music? Enhance the experience with LeechTunes! Add all your favourite music via Apple Music then enjoy them with LeechTunes.

LeechTunes is the fresh new way to enjoy your music. Now you can listen to your music with great ease and style. LeechTunes features customised gesture controls in a skinned interface that shouts out your personality.

LeechTunes is perfect for in-car use for safer music control. No need to look away from the road while changing track & playlist. Also great while doing other tasks like jogging, working-out or just general listening."

Now for the ACIDS test:

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At first use you are invited to see the gesture controls; I suggest you accept the invitation. Although, here's a handy list for you:

Fast forward - 2-finger right
Next playlist - 2-finger down
Next track - swipe left
Pay/Pause - tap
Play all media - 2-finger tap
Play current artist - tap and hold (very neat)
Previous playlist - 2-finger up
Previous track - swipe right
Repeat mode - triple tap
Rewind - 2-finger left
Shuffle - double tap (very handy)
Shuffle - shake
Tweet - tap and hold
Volume - swipe up/down

In addition to this there are a lot of links such as rating, lyrics, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, the artist's site (nice touch).

There are also a number of skins that can be chosen to be set as a background.

So now you have a very enjoyable, as well as rather different, way to listen to your music.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
You're bound to want to play music with your iOS device, even if it's not your main use (or maybe it is).

Dependability
The App works, just like we want them to.

Security
The App needs access to Apple Music.

There are a lot of direct links, including Facebook and Twitter.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Dare to listen to music differently.

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


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


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

OrasisHD - App Review



The developer states:

"OrasisHD is a 1-shot HDR app. It takes a SINGLE image and automatically transforms it to a well-exposed, natural-looking photo, simulating the way your eyes perceived the scenery at the moment the photo was taken.

Based on a decade of academic research, OrasisHD uses a proprietary image processing algorithm: dark and bright image regions are enhanced, revealing information that was not visible previously. More importantly though, well-exposed areas are not affected! To the best of our knowledge this is a unique feature not offered by any other app in the industry."

Now for the ACIDS test:

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once you have taken a photo with the App, or imported one from your photos, nearly the whole screen is taken up by that picture, leaving controls at the edges; visible but unobtrusive.

You can view it, as taken (original), Auto (the App adds excellent correction), or Manual (where you can edit various values).

You can have access to bright areas, dark areas, and tonal width, all of which are 'corrected' via a slider control.

In addition you can add effect (including cartoon, sepia, gloomy, grey, and a multitude of others), as well as changing the colour saturation, brightness and contrast.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you decide whether or not you are satisfied with photos as taken by your iOS device.

Dependability
The App woks as described.

Security
The App needs access to your camera and/or library, and optionally your location, in order to attach GPS data to your photos.

You can share your photos via e-mail,Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Get more vibrant photos with one click, or let those creative juices flow...

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


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


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Classicalc Music - piano sound playing calculator - App Review



For those of you who remember Monty Python, "...and now for something completely different"...

The developer says: "Classicalc is a unique, the most classy calculator app on the App Store. It's designed to be beautiful and simple, but also… to sound amazing! Each colour theme has its own, actual Grand Piano major scale! It's Chopin-awesome! Underneath it beautiful simplicity, there's some serious technology powering Classicalc".

So let's see how it stacks up.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App opens as a calculator, with a numeric keypad (kind of essential), the four basic operators, and brackets, a percentage key (which divides the figure in the display by 100), and a delete key which deletes the rightmost figure.

So, it's a pretty basic calculator but, there is a lozenge at the top left, move that and you change the background colour (quite pleasing) but also change the scale.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
A calculator is indispensable... here you can add 'music' to your calculations. As each key is a different note, this could also avoid you making mistakes.

Dependability
The App works, although the lozenge always returns to its starting position (otherwise it would interfere with the result display).

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Be different: 'hear' your calculations and detect mistakes!

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


You can get Classicalc Music - piano sound playing calculator here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Earthlapse - App Review



The developer says:

"Turn your iPad or iPhone into a window aboard the International Space Station. Experience stunning views of Earth captured by NASA astronauts. Touch the views and control the planet with your finger. A truly amazing one-of-a-kind experience.".

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Tap the screen to bring up the options, and most importantly settings (the ubiquitous cogwheel). Here you can make a number of choices:

Display
There are on/off toggles for motion effect, show weather (pick your desired location), show clock, show title, keep display on (if plugged in or battery level above 15%), and zoom live view. In addition you can set the transparency and info transparency through slider controls.

Sound
Again, there are on/off toggles for sound effects and ambient sounds (pick from 9 different ones), and a slider for volume

Display
At the bottom of the screen choose from 8 different view types, including a live view from the International Space Station.

Cost
The App is Free.

Indispensability
Unless you use the App on a spare device as an interesting diversion, it is more likely to come in for occasional use.

Dependability
The App is best viewed in landscape mode.

The live view from the International Space Station can be black; this is not an error, as there's not much to see on the dark side of the earth!

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Free views from ISS, and more.

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


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