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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Angle Meter PRO - App Review



Is that shelf level?

This App helps answer the question and others.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The interface is basic, containing a representation with an imaginary line which is set as horizontal or vertical through a button.

The display then shows the angle both graphically and as a number.

The options allow you to use the camera, import a picture, as well as calibrate.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
It's a very good guide.

Dependability
The numerical vale is in whole degrees.

Security
You need to be more worried about the shelf.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Can easily be used as a guide.

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


You can get Angle Meter PRO here and support for the App here.


Friday, 20 November 2015

The Fourth Dimension - App Review



And now for something completely different... an explanation of the 4th dimension.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App is actually a series of screens that attempts to explain/demonstrate the 4th Dimension.

It includes an 'exercise' similar to the touching two fingers of opposite hands at arm's length and watching a sausage appear... you mean you haven't tried that.

Cost
The App costs $3.

Indispensability
If you don't understand the 4th dimension (join the club), then this might help...

Dependability
As started, this is a succession of screens so there isn't much to go wrong. The developers state 'If you're having trouble using The Fourth Dimension, please contact us via email and we will send a crack team of mathematicians to your domicile to investigate the matter and take whatever corrective action is necessary'; love it!

Security
This is a standalone App so there are no issues.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Brilliantly different.

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


You can get The Fourth Dimension here and support for the App here.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Mailbox - App Review



Another e-mail App is not necessarily the first thing on your wish list, although one that removes some of the shortcomings of the iOS App might be...

This App comes from the people at Dropbox, so be prepared for some interesting ideas.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The first thing that needs to be done is add an account. This is currently limited to Google and iCloud (with promises of more to come).

You are now (optionally) taken through an interactive tutorial.

Your e-mails are listed as you are used to seeing them but, the handling is different (and much better).

Swipe right to archive an item, long swipe right to send to trash, swipe left to simply delay dealing with the message (and set when you want it to reappear in your inbox), long swipe left to add the message to a list.

Apart from the above-mentioned actions, the whole interface will remind you of the iOS mailbox you already know and love (or not).

Cost
The App is free.

Indispensability
If you want to send attachments, having created an e-mail (as opposed to wanting to send a file by e-mail, and then enter some text) then, this is brilliant. The only downside is the limited e-mail server support (Google and iCloud).

Synchronising with Dropbox also allows you to have your e-mail account in the same state on all your devices.

Dependability
The App works, just as one would expect from Dropbox.

Security
The App needs access to your e-mail accounts and optionally (although it really is a huge plus) Dropbox.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Better e-mail, by far... would be 5 Star with more e-mail accounts supported.

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


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


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Delivered! - App Review



Some shipping companies keep you actively informed of the status of your parcel; many do not.

Life gets complicated when you are monitoring more than one shipment and keep having to jump from one site to another.

Enter 'Delivered!'.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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this really is simplicity itself. Press the '+' and enter the shipment number (code), name (whatever is appropriate for you), and the courier (or leave it at automatic).

The App then takes care of the rest.

You can use the 'Settings' wheel to set which notifications are received, the order, whether or not you want them grouped, whether you want your time tone or the time zone the package is located, and whether or not to display maps.

You now have an aggregated place for your deliveries.

Cost
The App costs $2.

Indispensability
If you only need to track one item, this is overkill otherwise, it is a great time saver.

The couriers covered are:

Aramex
Canada Post
Correios
Correos de España
DHL
DPD
FedEx
LaserShip
OnTrac
Royal Mail
UPS
USPS

Dependability
The App works on the basis of information supplied by couriers.

Security
You need to share your shipment information.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Multiple delivery time saver.

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


You can get Delivered! here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Simplique - App Review



There are basically three options for the background to your iOS device:

- leave it as Apple intended
- use a photo from your collection
- personalise it as you see fit

Simplique helps you do the latter.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The developer supplies a brief tutorial which is worth the few moments that it takes to complete.

You can now choose 2 photos (or take new ones) which will serve as your screen background, and save the new image.

All you now need do is go to Settings/Wallpaper and choose the image.

Very quick and very simple.

Cost
The App costs $2.

Indispensability
Seriously, not indispensable but, a bit of fun.

The fact that you cannot define various screen areas within the App is a disadvantage.

You could, of course, cut and paste (use paper if necessary), and create a background which you then photograph and use on your iOS device.

Dependability
The App works, within its limitations.

Security
You need to give the App access to your photographs but, that shouldn't be an issue.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Simple

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


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