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Friday, 13 January 2017

Pocket Earth - App Review



At the simplest level, if you haven't got an unlimited data plan, and are interested in maps then, this App is great. But, that would be to sell this App far short of its capabilities.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The home page has a map of the world where you are invited to drop a pin, which you can name, colour, iconise (all right to all you pedants, that's not really grammatically correct but, you know what I mean).

In order to do this you will need to press on the map briefly to mark a location (which can also be used as a point on a route later), and you can then personalise it to your heart's content. Part of the information that you get are the co-ordinates to 5 places of decimals, which makes it easy to share with others, although the App itself goes one step further in allowing you to directly share the location and information by e-mail (automatic link created for viewing in any browser, as well as the App), Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, or even Facebook Messenger.

Enter a starting point and a destination and get a route prepared (driving fastest/shortest, cycling, or walking).

You have the option to use the All Online, WiFi Only (no mobile data usage), or Off-line.

The Settings will blow your mind... in a good way.

As such a fully-featured App deserves, there is a built-in Manual which is clearly written and comprehensive.

This really is a very complete map and route App.

Cost
The App Costs $5.

Indispensability
If you're happy with iOS Maps and Google Maps then, either you are easily satisfied or, you need to experience more to see what you're missing.

Dependability
No complaints on this score; you are even made aware of the memory usage for off-line maps.

Security
In order to make your life easier, it is best to allow the App access to your location, as it will save you having to enter it (if it's a starting/end point). You can, optionally, enable synchronisation so as to have the information from your favourites available across multiple devices (so long as you are using the same Apple ID).

ACIDS Test Rating:

To paraphrase the developer: Have fun NOT getting lost with PocketEarth

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


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


Monday, 9 January 2017

TextGrabber - App Review



How many times have you seen some text that you wanted to share, perhaps putting it into context? The fact is that sharing whole articles often bores the recipient, and tediously copying the desired content is time-consuming for the sender.

This App claims to effectively resolve the issue, as well as, obviously, being useful in a plethora of other circumstances.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Here's an example of how to use the App, having downloaded it.

Simply press the button, having aimed it a newspaper article. This will create an image which you can easily crop and then watch the App scroll down the image and turn it into text. As soon as this happens (and it is very fast), you are presented with the option to translate the text into another language (with excellent results).

This can then be copied and pasted wherever you want, as when as shred directly from the App with Twitter, Facebook, Evernote (nice one), E-mail, or Message.

It really is as easy as that.

Cost
The App Costs $5.

Indispensability
If you want to share information, and edit it, this is an App for you.

Dependability
The App recognises 61 languages; they weren't all tested but the four I did worked fine.

The only irritation is that a solid carriage return is put in at the end of each line but, this is easily dealt with.

Security
The App needs access to your camera and photos.

ACIDS Test Rating:

The call's yours, boredom, time wasting, or appropriate content.

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


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



Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Smart Office 2 - App Review



If you deal in documents, be they Excel, Word, Powerpoint, PDF (any many others), you've probably also got a whole load of Apps to view and edit them. Smart Office 2 might be your one-step solution.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The start-up screen gives immediate access to new, existing, and recent documents of all the flavours mentioned above, and plenty more. These documents can be on your iOS device or on Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.

Opening any of them will take you straight into an viewer and editor (for editable documents). A nice touch is that documents start in a sort of thumbnail view and then a touch on them brings them to editable size.

Cost
The App Costs $10.

Indispensability
Being able to edit your documents is almost certainly indispensable, the beauty of this App is that it brings them all together.

Dependability
The App works very well although not all types of documents are editable (hardly surprising really).

Security
The App needs access to your cloud storage accounts if you want to use this facility.

ACIDS Test Rating:

View, edit, and reduce the number of Apps you need.

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


You can get Smart Office 2 here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Shopping List Shoppylist - App Review



I hate shopping (just thought I'd get that out of the way first). If you prefer to have things done in an orderly fashion, this will help.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start off by creating and naming a list, and then tap the icon at the bottom right of the screen to add an item. The thing that differentiates this App from mere lists (and many other so-called shopping lists) is that there are categories.

Once you've got your list together, you can sort it various ways but, the one that makes all the difference is 'Sort List by Category'. This means that you can save time when making your purchases as they are grouped the same way as in the shop (hopefully anyway).

Tapping any item will move it to the Bought list so as to make things clearer.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Shoppylist can be added to the Notification Center which is a useful addition... as long as you don't overload the Notification Center.

Dependability
The App works as expected.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Speed up your shopping... more time for other things.

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


You can get Shopping List Shoppylist here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 22 December 2016

V Creator - MLM - App Review



If you're into Multi-level marketing (MLM) then, this App could help you stay organised.

In fairness, it could also be helpful if you are in any sales proactive sales type environment.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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It all hinges around contacts (but you knew that already). So, you start by adding contacts. Rather helpfully these can be sourced from your iOS address book, as well as being input manually. Apart from seeing the telephone and contact details, there is the helpful function of entering notes and of a one tap action to send an e-mail.

Contacts are then assigned various attributes, such as new contact, customer, affiliate, rejector, or even dream stealer.

These act as filters which can be turned on/off with a tap.

You also add your 'dreams' which can include images as well as text. If you're not into MLM, think of this as targets (although not necessarily numerical ones).

Cost
The App Costs $10, which isn't cheap but, does provide a tidy way to keep on top of your prospects/contacts.

Indispensability
If you're into MLM (or any sales environment), you need structure to be able to carry out the follow-ups required. This is an option (the App, not the discipline, that is a must).

Dependability
The App really is very simple to use and intuitive.

Security
Apart from the (optional) need to access your contacts, the App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front.

ACIDS Test Rating:

A great MLM follow-up tool.

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


You can get V Creator - MLM here and support for the App here.


Friday, 16 December 2016

Multiple Exposure - App Review



It's strange how things which used to happen 'accidentally' are now sought-after. For those of you who had a 'wind-on' camera in the good old days of film, how often did you forget to advance the film and ended up with an irritating (albeit sometimes amusing) double exposure. This App enables you to achieve a similar effect on purpose.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The basic screen has two buttons , a small button to expose a photo, and a larger to expose a photo and save it photo to your photo library.

There are adjustments for exposure and colours that will allow you to refine your effects.

For those of you who would like some help in how to create appealing effects, there is a very good site here.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
If you're looking for a simple way to create multiple exposure images, this is easy to use.

Dependability
The App works although, don't expect a fully-featured 'Photoshop' solution... and especially, it would be unreasonable to expect it at this price.

Security
The App needs access to your camera and photos.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Recreate those accidental effects but, so much better.

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


You can get Multiple Exposure here and support for the App here.


Monday, 12 December 2016

Meteor Notes - App Review



If the basic 'Notes' App that comes bundled with iOS ticks all the boxes for you then, this App is just for everybody else. On the other hand, if you are looking at organising your notes, as well as many other features then , take a look at Meteor Notes.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first, very obvious, difference with plain vanilla Notes is that you have folders, so your notes can be organised. All you need do is create a folder and choose where you want it in your folder hierarchy.

When you create a note (just by using the +) you at the same time choose which folder it should be stored in.

You can also easily create folders for photos.

Folders and files can be moved by pressing and holding, selecting Move and then pressing and holding the destination and choosing between Insert Before/Insert After/Cancel Move.

It is also straightforward to manage bulleted lists. Just type a bullet, hyphen or asterisk to start a list and the App will use that as the template.

To find a note simply use the magnifying glass icon and enter what you are looking for.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
A note taking App is absolutely essential; if you are looking for a little bit more then, this App is well worth a second look.

Dependability
The App worked as expected.

Security
You can easily backup and import your notes from Dropbox, as well as broadcasting over HTTP.

The App needs access to your photos if you intent using these in your notes hierarchy.

ACIDS Test Rating:

More than just unstructured notes.

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


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


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Alarmy (Sleep if U Can) Pro - App Review



Do you have difficulty getting up in the morning, despite using an alarm?

This is another App that takes a slightly different approach to just making noise.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There is a tutorial when you first use the App which could well be worthwhile investing the few moments that it will take you to complete.

You start by adding an alarm... and this is where you will notice the different approach as the alarm types include 'take a picture, shake, and math problems'.

You can, of course, choose repeating alarms, as well a number of different (and I mean different) sounds.

There are also settings for length of time the alarm runs... up to 9 hours.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
This all depends on whether or not traditional alarm clocks cut the mustard for you.

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

The developer advises that 'due to a bug in iOS 10.0.x, you might experience incorrect alarm notification sound. If this happens, please reboot your iPhone once after installing this app'.

In fairness, this was not noticed in testing.

Security
The App needs to be able to send notifications to your iOS device, and optionally access your location (to enable weather forecasts).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Wake up!

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


You can get Alarmy (Sleep if U Can) Pro here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Nonagon Pro - App Review



Do you sometimes feel that your brain is getting rusty?

Try this App to confirm that you're probably right (or better still, wrong) and then do something about it.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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When you start, you are faced with the choice of 4 modes: normal, timer, negation, and impossible... it's probably best to start with 'normal'.

The basic idea is to match the displayed number with the target number. The 'number pad' displays various numbers (that was fairly obvious). The top of the screen displays the number of turns left, target, and the current 'go'. The base of the screen has the four operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide).

It starts off fairly easy and rapidly becomes a real exercise in mental arithmetic... if you start with the times version, you have my admiration.

You cannot use any tile more than once (some numbers are repeated), and the operator remains constant until changed. A used tile changes colour so, that is one less thing you need to worry about.

PS A nonagon is a polygon with 9 sides.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
I'm sure you're thinking 'I don't need this'... try it and you could well become addicted.

Dependability
Don't worry about the App not working, it's your brain you need to be concerned about.

There doesn't seem to be a way to leave the App, except to close it.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

A great pastime, and better for you than solitaire.

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


You can get Nonagon Pro here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 24 November 2016

dB Decibel Meter - App Review



According to the US National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD): 'long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the amount of time it takes for NIHL to happen.'.
'Turn it up, I can't hear it...'
'Turn it down, it's too loud...'
... so which is it?
This handy App enables you to take a rather more scientific approach to sound/noise levels.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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For those of us who aren't too au fait with noise level measurements, the App can be extremely simple to use.

Simply press the large Start button and the screen will display the current reading, as well as the Maximum and Average values.

There is further tweaking available by low/high (quiet and loud environment) and slow/fast response options.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Unless you are in the business of measuring noise levels (and you'll probably have dedicated, calibrated equipment) then, this is probably a very useful App to be able to 'prove a point'.

Dependability
In testing, slightly different values were obtained by using different devices. This could, of course, be caused by cases used so, beware (unless you want to bias your results).

Be careful when hitting the Start not to tap it with a nail as that will provide a high reading.

The only way I found to reset the App was to close it completely.

Security
The App needs access to your iOS device's microphone.

ACIDS Test Rating:

The argument between 'Turn it up, I can't hear it...' and 'Turn it down, it's too loud...'... settled by an impartial App

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


You can get dB Decibel Meter here and support for the App here.