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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Calzy - App Review



Oh no, not another calculator, I hear you groan... well, this one has some great features that make it very worthwhile to take a second look.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The first thing to note has nothing to do with a calculator (!) but everything to do with attention to detail. The settings in Calzy allow you to choose whether the status bar (signal strength, time, battery remaining) is shown, or not. It should be compulsory for all developers who decide to hide the status bar to take a look (and take note) of how Calzy has implemented this option.

The basic calculator is nothing extraordinary (and therefore nothing to distract you from the task in hand) but has some useful features, which make use of the fact that you are using an iOS device (as opposed to simply mimicking a standard calculator). These include:

*Key to lock screen, instead of using the device switch
*Swipe down to reveal time and a little saying, which can then be Tweeted
*Swipe right (across the answer window) to delete the last entry (and continue to delete previous entries)
*Swipe left to undo (exactly opposite to swipe right)
*Double tap swaps from calculator to a detailed listing of your calculations. These details can then be copied or emailed
*... and my personal favourite, use the Calzy in portrait mode for all your calculations, then change to landscape and have the answer displayed in text (English or double tap to spell in iOS native language).

Cost
This is a low cost App (and worth every penny); what's more it is currently being offered at 50% off.

Indispensability
You need a calculator; if it doesn't have to be scientific then, this is the best one I have seen.

Dependability
Just like any other calculator, the only reliability issue is hitting the right key(s)... and understanding how to use a '%' key.

Security
This is a fully downloaded App, although there is the possibility to share information via Twitter.

ACIDS Test Rating:

An App you can count on! (Sorry, couldn't resist that one).

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


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


10 comments:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    New: Minimalistic Battery Indicator*
    New: iPad Landscape Support !
    Enhanced: Bigger iPad Keys.
    Enhanced: Hyphenate in Spell Out.
    Enhanced: Added More Quotes.

    Minor UI/UX Enhancement.

    * Available in Full Screen Mode.

    Thanks for e-mailing those love & feedback. This is not the major update that we told you. Major Update Coming Soon.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.3 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    New: You can copy | paste numbers on calculation.
    New: Regional support for Countries* using decimal comma.

    Minor UI/UX Enhancement.

    Recent Update on v1.2
    New: Minimalistic Battery Indicator.
    New: iPad Landscape Support.

    Thanks for e-mailing those love & feedback.

    *Countries: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada (French-speaking), Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Faroes, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Greenland, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kirgistan, Korea (both North and South), Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau (in Portuguese text), Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

    ReplyDelete
  3. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.4 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    New: When you share calculations through email, people can import them directly in to Calzy.
    New: Now "start with last calculation" is user controlled, you can toggle it off in the settings.
    Enhanced: Double Tap Recognition on iPad.

    Minor UI/UX improvements.

    ReplyDelete
  4. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.0 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    • Redesigned for iOS 7.
    • Currency Rounding.
    • Completly new expression editor, which lets you edit, reorder and delete values.
    • Ability to bookmark a calculation with a note.
    • Ability to share your calculation through AirDrop.
    • Ability to copy spell out.
    • Dark/Light mode ( Multiple Color Themes ).
    • Major UI/UX enhancements.

    ReplyDelete
  5. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.0.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    • Sounds ( On / Off )
    • Ability to input negative numbers through parenthesis like 25 + (-5 + 2)
    • 'Original' Theme style has been improved to match the older version.
    • Minor UI/UX enhancements.
    • Bug Fixes.

    ReplyDelete
  6. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.5 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    • Smart Parenthesis.
    • Bigger Tap Radius in iPad.
    • Auto Theme, Ability to change between light and dark theme automatically based on your screen brightness.
    • Spell out in more than 200 languages.
    • Customise Decimal Rounding.
    • Customise Calculator Typeface (Thick/Thin).
    • Ability to Paste Expression.
    • More Colours.
    • Japanese, German, Chinese, French Localizations.
    • Minor UI/UX fixes.

    ReplyDelete
  7. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.5.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Added: Japanese, German, Chinese, French Localizations.
    Changed: App Icon.
    Fixed: Some Bugs.

    ReplyDelete
  8. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.5.5 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Changed the App Icon.
    Fixed Some Bugs.
    UI/UX Enhancements.

    ReplyDelete
  9. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.5.6 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Fixed Some Bugs.

    This update features lots of adjustments behind the scenes to make it easier for us on the iOS 8 update. And also Calzy is now more responsive.

    ReplyDelete
  10. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.6 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus resolutions.
    • 64 bit.
    • New Icon.

    ReplyDelete

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