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Friday, 26 August 2016

SA Contacts - Export/Import contacts to/from Excel - App Review



If you run more than one iOS device, or also have contacts on a PC or MAC... how many times have you been convinced that you updated a contact, only to find that the update is missing?

This App provides you with a safeguard.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Initially you need to access Settings so as to set where you would like to place your file (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box), together with other parameters. These include whether you will use all fields, photos, assign a filename (you could therefore use more than one), set the order, and how you will deal with duplicates and erasing.

When you Export/Import, you can choose all, and/or individual groups.

You now have a backup of your contacts.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
If you rely solely on iCloud to keep your contacts synchronised, on your head be it.

Dependability
The iPad version display is either iPhone screen size or you can use the 2X button to fill the screen.

To import from iTunes, the file needs to be on the SA Contacts App list, so that it can be synchronised.

Security
The App, obviously, needs access to your contacts.

There is the option of protecting your file with a password; this is highly recommended.


ACIDS Test Rating:

Backup, backup, backup or cry, cry, cry; the choice is yours.

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


You can get SA Contacts - Export/Import contacts to/from Excel here and support for the App here.


Monday, 22 August 2016

Approach Guides Wine for iPad - App Review



Wine; whether you're a connoisseur or neophyte, you could always know more.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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In order to be able to fully use the App, you need to open a (Free) account but, the App is perfectly usable without this.

You can find wines by grape type, appellation, or food pairing.

having found what you are looking for, you have a fairly detailed description of the appellation, or of the grape as grown in a particular country, including appropriate appellations.

This is certainly a worthwhile introduction.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
This is probably more aimed at the neophyte as there are no tasting notes and very limited producers listed.

Dependability
The App is very easy to navigate and works as expected.

The App only works in landscape mode.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front. If you sign up then you are obviously providing a name and e-mail address.

ACIDS Test Rating:

All useful information for a wine lover.

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


You can get Approach Guides Wine for iPad here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

deGeo Camera - App Review



If you thing that sharing a photo with someone means that you are sharing just an image, think again.

The Exif which your iOS device uses includes a multitude of information (check out just how much and start worrying); just one aspect of this data refers to the GPS location... so share your photo and (potentially unwittingly) share the location.

Although this may well be benign most of the time, there are occasions where this could lead to unwelcome snooping.

This App does not store the GPS location, so you can't accidentally divulge it either.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Before starting actually using the App, take a look at the settings wheel. This allows you to choose whether to save basin metadata (time stamp) and also set gestures (swiping left/right/up/down) . These can be assigned to e-mailing the last photo, open photo browser, switching camera, or taking a photo (there is also the ubiquitous button to do this).

You now have a 'normal' camera to use as you would any other.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Although it may well be indispensable, you should consider your security when sharing images.

You could also turn off location sharing in your settings on your iOS device.

Dependability
Having run checks, there is no location information on photos taken with the App, unlike those taken with your iOS camera

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front. This App is about increasing your security, although it needs access to your photos file.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Gesture driven is a bonus.

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


You can get deGeo Camera here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

TripRider - App Review



The developer says "Plan your trip with absolute freedom. Organise your travel plans, document your journey, share your trip and keep all trip details in one place. Easy to use. Works off-line. Your travel companion on the go".

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first thing to do is create a new trip. This is easily done by choosing the scooter icon and then entering information: start and end dates, destination countries, base currency and budget, as well as other currencies (and the App automatically gets a current exchange rate).

You can now add information to your trip such as travellers (either manually or from your contacts), trip plan for each day (accommodation, including adding PDF like your confirmation booking), and estimated cost, add maps, packing list, wallet (this is to store your credit card, documents, tickets, and any other items).

Cost
The App Costs $5.

Indispensability
It's great either for travellers who need to get organised, or those who want to ensure that they have all the information they need.

Dependability
The exchange rate is the official rate; you won't get the same for notes.

Security
You can add an optional password for your wallet. Your information can be backed up to Dropbox.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Complete travel planning (and you can then edit to remember what really happened).

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


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


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Super Sharp - App Review



And now, for something completely different... a game... and different to anything I've ever seen before.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The cop out would be to say that it is so unlike anything else that it's too difficult to explain! The truth is that you use a finger movement to cut pieces from a form (think of it as a pair of very sharp scissors)... and the piece that drops off needs to hit a small cube (or more). As you hit the cubes you progress.

It might sound silly but it is very clever and highly addictive (you have been warned).

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Games are not indispensable but sometimes (just sometimes mind) you need to concentrate on something 'else'.

Dependability
At first you might think that the App does not work; it does, it just takes a little getting used to.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Government health warning: this is an addictive game... but more importantly you need to concentrate so it is great to relax.

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


You can get Super Sharp here and support for the App here.


Friday, 29 July 2016

Fonteer - App Review



Your iOS comes ready to use with a few pre-installed fonts (remember when that used to be written 'fount'). These may be adequate but, sometimes more are required.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You simply start by touching the '+' and entering a collection name; don't worry too much about the name (at least if you're at the experimental stage), as this can easily be changed later. You can now download fonts from Google, or ones you already have.

Once you have done that, simply follow the detailed instructions which include tapping 'Install Fonts', e-mailing the profile to yourself. Check your inbox and you will find an e-mail that includes a mobile.config file. By clicking on this you will be led to install the profile.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Wouldn't you like to be able to change the font in your e-mails... well, we're not there yet. The App supports the Microsoft Office Apps, as well as Pages and Numbers and a few others.

Dependability
Installing new fonts is not something you are likely to do every day, so the inconvenience of having to scroll through a long list (that's the downside to a lot of choice) without a search box shouldn't be too time-consuming.

Security
Deleting a font from the App does not delete it from your iOS device. In order to do this, go to Settings/General/Profiles and then delete whichever file you wish (named Fonteer - the name you gave the collection).

ACIDS Test Rating:

More personalisation; can't be a bad thing.

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


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


Monday, 25 July 2016

Toast - App Review



This is an App to edit your photos.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Simply choose a photo from your iOS storage and then apply many different effects:

Filters - choice of many
Mix - choice of many
Texture
Bokeh - these effects used to be created 'accidentally'
Splash
Stickers - many, which can easily be resized and rotated
Frames - choice of 15, including one which resembles a postage stamp
Text - choose font, colour, speech bubble, alignment, positioning and size
Rotate
Crop

Just hit Apply after each change.

Cost
The App Costs $3 although there can be free versions as well.

Indispensability
If you like to 'touch up' your photographs, this is a fairly complete and easy to use solution.

Dependability
The App works and saves a copy to your camera roll.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy to use photo editing tool.

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


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


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Advanced Data Usage Tracker - App Review



The name of the App gives a strong clue as to its use... but it actually does quite a bit more.

Although ensuring that you do not go over your data usage if you are not on an unlimited plan, how about checking that nobody is piggy backing onto your wi-fi...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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In order to monitor and receive automated alerts on your mobile (2G/3G/4G) you will need to enter the type of data plan you have, including the data limit (or the 'free' allowance), as well as the plan renewal periodicity and data. Usefully, you can also enter the amount you have already consumed (get the info from Settings/Mobile Data/Mobile Data Usage (Current Period); obviously this will only work if you are diligent enough to reset your usage to zero at the end of each period (it's so much easier to let the App take over afterwards).

Settings within the App allows you to set regular and emergency data usage alerts.

That's for the textual part; the fact is that the App is visually pleasing, giving weekly or monthly usage graphs, as well as trends.

In addition to this there is a speed test which measures your connection for latency and upload/download speeds, and then keeps an historical record for reference.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
If you are on an unlimited data plan then, you probably won't need the App, although it still supplies very interesting information.

Dependability
There is no reason to suspect that the information supplied is inaccurate (although somewhat difficult to check on a review).

A word of caution (and not a reflection on the App), when measuring wi-fi connection speed, the values may well be throttled by your iOS device, rather than the router.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Never get a surprise mobile usage bill again.

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


You can get Advanced Data Usage Tracker here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Phoetic - App Review



Fancy creating a word cloud based on a photo?

This is just what you've been looking for.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There are 4 easy steps to creating your word cloud:

1. Create or choose a shape
There are quite a number of shapes that come with the App (including animals, people, and travel) or, you can create your own or even use a photo (those with plenty of contrast work best).

2. Choose a word list
This can be from text (simply copy and paste from another App and choose a font), from a list, or manually. The words can also be edited.

3. Adjust the settings
Change colour, detail, orientation, as well as word placement (spacing, maximum size, maximum number of words, orientation.

4. Generate your word cloud
This is fully automated, just touch the button.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
This is an easy way to create word clouds and have a lot of control over the final outcome.

Dependability
The App works as described, although some clouds can take a little time to generate (up to about a minute), although simpler ones are very quick.

Security
The App needs access to your photo library if you choose to use this function. Clouds can be shared directly to Facebook and Twitter.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Word clouds made easy.

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


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


Thursday, 7 July 2016

OSnap! Pro - App Review



To quote the developer: 'Create quick and easy time-lapse and stop motion projects using built-in presets; or customise your projects with a multitude of options'; that sums up the App perfectly.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start by either by creating a new project or using a preset (includes Instagram, Vine, Rapid shot, daily portrait, group photo, or onion skin).

Once you have taken the shots, the App will play the results and you can play back your recording (some require a little processing time).

You can also add music, or record anything you want and subsequently render a video with your choice of frames per second.

There are masses of parameters that you can set to really get exactly the output you require, as well as the ability to edit.

Cost
The App Costs $4.

Indispensability
If you like (or need to) speed things up, or slow them down, and easily create a video then, take a look at OSnap.

Dependability
The App seems to work perfectly although the usual issues of lighting and shake are your responsibility.

Security
The App (fairly obviously really) needs access to your camera.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Time-lapse for the rest of us... and also for people who know what they are doing.

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


You can get OSnap! Pro here and support for the App here.