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Monday, 27 June 2016

Klaser - App Review



This App could 'simply' be described as a database but the developer (far more evocatively) describes this as 'release your mind from remembering details'.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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One starts by creating 'Collections'; these could be items you wish to catalogue, medicines you take, things that interest you, places you have/want to visit, books, DVDs, absolutely anything really.

Having created a 'Collection', you add items by simply using the +. Here you give the item a name, and additional information if needed (serial number, registration...), then add tags (to further group items). The really neat part is that you can also add a photo of the item (either one you have saved or take one within the App).

To find anything simply hit the Magnifying Glass and you are presented with the results.

Cost
The App Costs $0, which is absolutely stunning for an App as useful as this one.

Indispensability
If you catalogue anything, you need a system.

Dependability
The App works and is extremely fast.

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

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

A database for free... things don't get much better than that.

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


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


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

MadNotes - App Review



If you take notes and want them as a list, rather than individual Post-Its then, take a look at MadNotes.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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This App has a totally uncluttered interface... in fact all you have is a blank page.

Swipe down to enter a note.

Swipe left on a note to delete it.

Swipe right on a note to move it to the top.

That's all folks.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

Indispensability
If you need an clean, uncluttered, and simple note taker, this is it.

Dependability
It's simple and it works.

Security
Your notes are accessible on other devices using the same account via iCloud.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Looney Tunes note taker (guess that's why it's called MadNotes)

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


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


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Procraster - App Review



Never put off to tomorrow what you can put off to next week... if that's your motto then continue to achieve little. On the other hand if you need a bit of help in not putting things off then Procraster offers to help you overcome procrastination.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The Inbox is where you put your ideas, and then check what you intend doing with them.

Each of these can have various attributes assigned, including tags, area of responsibility, delegation, as well as the usual task attributes (start and due dates, repetition). You can also very easily add free text notes to the individual ideas.

The App also gives you graphical stats (very useful).

To be honest a detailed review would probably be more confusing than helpful, so here are two very useful tools to help you get started, a Video and a User manual.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
If you need more than a simple list, and perhaps lack motivation, this could be right up your street.

Dependability
The App works... make sure you do too.

Security
The App can back up to iCloud and, very importantly, also to Dropbox.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Let Procraster help you expedite, rather than delay.

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


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


Thursday, 9 June 2016

The Time Zone Converter App - App Review



My first reaction to this App was... why bother, one can use the Clock App that comes with iOS. In fact this was an absolutely incorrect assumption...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App has an extremely simple screen which contains your local time,and a number of places (the default is San Francisco and Tokyo).

To Add another City, simply press the + and pick a city. To delete an existing one, simply swipe left.

Now the smart part about this App is that you can touch any of the times and change the time, which will automatically update all the other clocks (you can't do this with iOS Clock. An additional nicety is that the App will also display 'next day' where appropriate.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

Indispensability
If you arrange meetings across time zones, especially with multiple zones, this App will save you a lot of time.

Dependability
The Time Zone Converter is an iPhone App which works in 1x and 2x modes on an iPad. It is extremely simple to use and reliable.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

So obvious... and so useful.

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


You can get The Time Zone Converter App here and support for the App here.


Friday, 3 June 2016

MosaLingua - App Review



Many people who speak English as their native tongue seem to believe that the world will understand them. Although they are right in very many cases, it's amazing how much more enjoyable it is for everyone if one makes a little effort to speak another language. Apart fro business opportunities, and travel will be enhanced by a little effort on your part and a helpful App.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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MosaLingua will help you learn French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or even English.

The basic App consists of a learning space (where you will probably spend most of your time), and additional areas including dialogues and specific categories (if you need to target a specific area) and bonus material that unlocks as you progress (this is free, it's your aptitude that unlocks it, not your wallet).

You start by defining your objective and can, optionally, take a level test to start in the right place (if you're a total novice, skip the test).

Once you start learning you are given words which you listen to before pronouncing yourself, and comparing. There is then a memorisation routine followed by writing and self-evaluation.

You then each day have a list no go through again, until you are perfect.

You can optionally join a league table confidentially and assess your progress compared to others.

Cost
The App Costs $5 which is absolutely nothing compared to other methods.

Indispensability
If you are stuck in 'I speak English so everyone can understand me' mode, don't bother... and miss out on enormous pleasure (both for yourself and others).

Dependability
The App not only works but you also receive additional material (or at least links to it), all for no additional cost.

Security
You can synchronise your work across different iOS devices, just by logging in to your account.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Makes visiting a 'foreign' country a much more fulfilling experience.

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


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


Monday, 30 May 2016

Scoring - Scorer For Sport, Table, Card Games Score - App Review



Many people are keen on card games (and others) but finding a 'volunteer' to keep score can be a bit more difficult. This App does it for you.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You start by adding a game (just give a name) and then adding the players, to each of whom you can assign a background colour (makes it even easier to tell one from another).

Then pressing Add allows you to enter a score for each player and the App automatically keeps a running total.

You can easily edit any value (but not the total) by simply tapping it and entering a new value.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
Sure, you can use the tried and trusted (not to mention ancient) system of pen and paper but this way, nobody will argue about your adding up.

Dependability
The App is simple and works.

Security
The App allows you to post to Twitter the names of players as well as the running total and your location (optional).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Takes the pain out of keeping score.

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


You can get Scoring - Scorer For Sport, Table, Card Games Score here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Sit ups 0 to 200 Sit-ups - App Review



Keeping fit and trim seems to be getting more and more of an issue. Anything that helps you achieve your aims must be worth a look. If sit-ups are on your 'to-do' list then, take a look at this App.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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If you want to get stuck in straight away than hit the LET'S GO button and follow the instructions.

All exercises start with a stretching period, followed by the exercises being split into smaller units, and again end with stretching. If you're unsure about the best way to do sit-ups (and avoid injury), take a look here.

It is recommended that you only exercise every other day.

The App has lots of neat little 'extras', at no additional charge. These include inspirational pictures and words, as well as accompanying music.

You confirm that you have completed each workout and earn badges along the way.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Exercise is very important for your well-being; the important thing is that the exercise is appropriate and, if it is, then that you are loyal to your programme.

Dependability
The App works as expected, and if you accidentally touch a 'Done it' by accident then all you need do is do the exercise again.

Security
You can optionally join the club, either via your Facebook log-in, or with an e-mail address.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Keep fit... here's just the encouragement you might need.

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


You can get Sit ups 0 to 200 Sit-ups here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

NoteLedge Cloud – Omni Notebook for Journal with Multimedia and Sketching - App Review



If you're looking for a simple way to take text notes, you're probably better off giving this App a miss but, if you want to make notes with pictures, drawings, sound, and movement then, this is the one for you.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You basically get a canvas that covers the vast majority of the screen with plenty of tools (and much more if you upgrade).

Just one of the great details (and, let's face it, that is what differentiates most of the better Apps) is that you can define the palm rest area on the screen, just how you want it.

Cost
The App Costs $0 but, in order to enjoy the advanced features you will spend $9.99 per month or $59.99 per annum. There is a free trial which even includes 500MB of free Kdan Cloud storage.

Indispensability
If you work in a collaborative environment where artistry (or indeed creativity) is on the menu, take a look; you won't be disappointed.

Dependability
The App works as described but really relies on the sharing aspects.

Security
In order to take full advantage of the App you need to allow notifications, and be able to share your work with others (the usual double-edged security sword).

You can share notes to NoteTube where anyone can see your work.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Collaborative Notes on steroids.

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


You can get NoteLedge Cloud – Omni Notebook for Journal with Multimedia and Sketching here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 12 May 2016

Pronto — Timer App - App Review



Are you looking for a countdown timer?

Now for the ACIDS test:

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This App looks good... just thought we should get that out of the way first... and is very easy to use.

Just turn the marker to the number of minutes (going through 00 again will keep racking up the hours) and press the big green Start button to set the timer ticking.

Basically, it's as simple as that. In addition there is rapid access to recently used timers and settings for the type of alarm, as well as a shake to reset function.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

Indispensability
If you would like a more graphical timer than the one included in iOS, this is an alternative.

Dependability
The App works.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Neat (in all senses) timer.

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


You can get Pronto — Timer App here and support for the App here.


Friday, 6 May 2016

trivago Hotel deal comparison from over 250 booking sites - App Review



Do you ever feel like you are being stitched up over hotel prices? You might blame yourself for not having the time to trawl the Internet for the best rate, or lack the language skills to attempt talking a booking clerk into a better rate... this App might be the answer.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You can easily start by comparing prices, maybe even (like me) check out a booking in the future that you have already made.

Enter a town and then your arrival and departure dates (this is straightforward, although the dates are not specifically labelled but, pretty obvious).

The chances are that you now have a truckload of options so go to the icon at the top left of the screen to access the filter settings. You can apply filters by stars, satisfaction, price, distance, type of lodging, hotel/room facilities. These can then de ordered by popularity, rating, price, or distance.

The map icon will allow you to visualise on a map, very handy for locating a hotel near to a particular are, without being aware of all the street names.

Once you have found what you are looking for, you can book directly from the provided link.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

When I ran a test comparing a booking, using the App would have saved me €123.44 for a 3 night stay, for the same hotel, same dates, same room type, and same payment option.

Indispensability
Well, I thought that I was a fairly savvy traveller... I'd try this at least once before you book your next hotel.

Dependability
If you have a 'favourite' booking site, you may or not use it again; this isn't a problem as such, provided you are getting a better rate.

Security
Until you start the booking process, the only information you are inputting is dates and preferences.

ACIDS Test Rating:

If you've got money to burn, don't use this App.

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


You can get trivago Hotel deal comparison from over 250 booking sites here and support for the App here.