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Monday, 16 October 2017

LeechTunes - App Review



The developer says:

"Love Apple Music? Enhance the experience with LeechTunes! Add all your favourite music via Apple Music then enjoy them with LeechTunes.

LeechTunes is the fresh new way to enjoy your music. Now you can listen to your music with great ease and style. LeechTunes features customised gesture controls in a skinned interface that shouts out your personality.

LeechTunes is perfect for in-car use for safer music control. No need to look away from the road while changing track & playlist. Also great while doing other tasks like jogging, working-out or just general listening."

Now for the ACIDS test:

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At first use you are invited to see the gesture controls; I suggest you accept the invitation. Although, here's a handy list for you:

Fast forward - 2-finger right
Next playlist - 2-finger down
Next track - swipe left
Pay/Pause - tap
Play all media - 2-finger tap
Play current artist - tap and hold (very neat)
Previous playlist - 2-finger up
Previous track - swipe right
Repeat mode - triple tap
Rewind - 2-finger left
Shuffle - double tap (very handy)
Shuffle - shake
Tweet - tap and hold
Volume - swipe up/down

In addition to this there are a lot of links such as rating, lyrics, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, the artist's site (nice touch).

There are also a number of skins that can be chosen to be set as a background.

So now you have a very enjoyable, as well as rather different, way to listen to your music.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
You're bound to want to play music with your iOS device, even if it's not your main use (or maybe it is).

Dependability
The App works, just like we want them to.

Security
The App needs access to Apple Music.

There are a lot of direct links, including Facebook and Twitter.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Dare to listen to music differently.

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


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


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

OrasisHD - App Review



The developer states:

"OrasisHD is a 1-shot HDR app. It takes a SINGLE image and automatically transforms it to a well-exposed, natural-looking photo, simulating the way your eyes perceived the scenery at the moment the photo was taken.

Based on a decade of academic research, OrasisHD uses a proprietary image processing algorithm: dark and bright image regions are enhanced, revealing information that was not visible previously. More importantly though, well-exposed areas are not affected! To the best of our knowledge this is a unique feature not offered by any other app in the industry."

Now for the ACIDS test:

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once you have taken a photo with the App, or imported one from your photos, nearly the whole screen is taken up by that picture, leaving controls at the edges; visible but unobtrusive.

You can view it, as taken (original), Auto (the App adds excellent correction), or Manual (where you can edit various values).

You can have access to bright areas, dark areas, and tonal width, all of which are 'corrected' via a slider control.

In addition you can add effect (including cartoon, sepia, gloomy, grey, and a multitude of others), as well as changing the colour saturation, brightness and contrast.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you decide whether or not you are satisfied with photos as taken by your iOS device.

Dependability
The App woks as described.

Security
The App needs access to your camera and/or library, and optionally your location, in order to attach GPS data to your photos.

You can share your photos via e-mail,Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Get more vibrant photos with one click, or let those creative juices flow...

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


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


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Classicalc Music - piano sound playing calculator - App Review



For those of you who remember Monty Python, "...and now for something completely different"...

The developer says: "Classicalc is a unique, the most classy calculator app on the App Store. It's designed to be beautiful and simple, but also… to sound amazing! Each colour theme has its own, actual Grand Piano major scale! It's Chopin-awesome! Underneath it beautiful simplicity, there's some serious technology powering Classicalc".

So let's see how it stacks up.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App opens as a calculator, with a numeric keypad (kind of essential), the four basic operators, and brackets, a percentage key (which divides the figure in the display by 100), and a delete key which deletes the rightmost figure.

So, it's a pretty basic calculator but, there is a lozenge at the top left, move that and you change the background colour (quite pleasing) but also change the scale.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
A calculator is indispensable... here you can add 'music' to your calculations. As each key is a different note, this could also avoid you making mistakes.

Dependability
The App works, although the lozenge always returns to its starting position (otherwise it would interfere with the result display).

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Be different: 'hear' your calculations and detect mistakes!

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


You can get Classicalc Music - piano sound playing calculator here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Earthlapse - App Review



The developer says:

"Turn your iPad or iPhone into a window aboard the International Space Station. Experience stunning views of Earth captured by NASA astronauts. Touch the views and control the planet with your finger. A truly amazing one-of-a-kind experience.".

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Tap the screen to bring up the options, and most importantly settings (the ubiquitous cogwheel). Here you can make a number of choices:

Display
There are on/off toggles for motion effect, show weather (pick your desired location), show clock, show title, keep display on (if plugged in or battery level above 15%), and zoom live view. In addition you can set the transparency and info transparency through slider controls.

Sound
Again, there are on/off toggles for sound effects and ambient sounds (pick from 9 different ones), and a slider for volume

Display
At the bottom of the screen choose from 8 different view types, including a live view from the International Space Station.

Cost
The App is Free.

Indispensability
Unless you use the App on a spare device as an interesting diversion, it is more likely to come in for occasional use.

Dependability
The App is best viewed in landscape mode.

The live view from the International Space Station can be black; this is not an error, as there's not much to see on the dark side of the earth!

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Free views from ISS, and more.

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


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


Friday, 22 September 2017

Wax for iPhone - Own Your Record Collection - App Review



The developer says: "your record collection is yours - not a bunch of check marks in a database.
search for records, add them to your collection, and let them tell a story. customise every detail about each album"... so if you're into music, read on...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Not surprisingly, you start with an empty collection where you can either use the + button to get started of use the View Grab List (which is where you have records that you don't actually own but want to get.

Using the barcode scanner will bring up a list (if there is more than one) of the records, which will typically be the various versions based on where they were purchased. This then brings you to a screen with the artwork, genre, style, country, and release date. The more ellipsis will allow you to view on Discogs, as well as search Ebay or Amazon (links to amazon.com).

Pressing the + now will allow you to either add the album to your collection or grab lists.

The Settings cog allows you to pick between sorting by artist , shaking for a random selection, as well as e-mailing details.

Cost
The App Costs $0 (as in free) but there is an in-App purchase of $3 to include all media types.

Indispensability
This is a neat way of cataloguing a record collection, without using the almost ubiquitous iTunes (and obviously also not needing to import anything).

Dependability
The App works very well, although for your old items, there won't be and barcodes, so you will need to enter the information manually.

Security
The App needs access to your camera if you want to be able to add records by scanning their barcodes.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Always good to have another way of cataloguing things (painlessly).

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


You can get Wax for iPhone - Own Your Record Collection here and support for the App here.


Monday, 18 September 2017

PhotoTangler - App Review



The developer states:

"PhotoTangler Collage Maker is a powerful image app that instantly turns your favourite photos into beautiful collages. It allows you to blend them together in unique and creative ways. It's easy, fun, and the results look like magic! Just drop photos on the canvas, and watch PhotoTangler seamlessly blend them together with any other photos nearby. Anyone can get gorgeous, professional looking results, even with no graphics experience!"

Let's put it to the test.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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This is one of those Apps with an uncluttered interface, just how we like them.

The whole screen real estate is initially perfectly clear, and is limited to a few icons across the bottom of the screen. To the left you will find:

Add Images
These can be from existing Photos, from the iOS device camera, as well for adding captions. The choice of fonts is absolutely amazing, and the sizes vary from a modest 12 point to a whopping 256. You can also enable text outline, and edit drop shadow settings, including colour (if required).
Settings Cog
Alter the background colour from the default pale grey to any one of a myriad, chosen with the aid of a colour wheel and slider.

Trash
No explanation required.

There are then (also at the base of the screen but on the right) three editing modes:

Image Editing
Drag and pinch items to rotate and resize. The image is within a set of defined points.

Canvas Editing
Here you are actually selecting the whole of your work (as opposed to individual parts).

Blending Editing
Double click on an element and edit the blending shape, outer radius, or inner radius. This enables you to edit with great precision.

Once you're finished, your masterpiece is easily saved, and you can even specify the aspect ratio, as well as image quality.


Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
Not necessarily for everyday use but, if you want to make a collage, an easy way to proceed.

Dependability
The App works fine, although the response time will depend on the newness of your iOS device.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front.
The App needs access to your photos and/or camera.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Even the artistically challenged can make a collage.

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


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


Thursday, 14 September 2017

URGENT – Read BEFORE updating to iTunes 12.7



So, there I was happily (well not unhappily at least) running iTunes 12.6. When the invitation to update to 12.7, which should just have been an evolution, arrived. 

I was stunned by what happened!

Where are the Apps (not to mention ringtones) … GONE!

Here’s an article that you might like to read BEFORE updating.
… and what did I do… well, roll back to 12.6, of course (and that’s not exactly a painless exercise).

You have been warned.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Sketch Me! Sketch&Cartoon - App Review



I can't draw for toffee; that's not false modesty but a fact.

This App enables you to take images and make them look like sketches.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Choose a photo from your saved photos, or take one with your iOS camera.

Now choose from more options than you can shake a stick at, including: black and white, pastel, dull pastel, pencil, cartoon (2 options) photocopy, halftone (2 options), and more.

You can now change the brightness, contrast, and saturation.

And for the final touch, use a geometric shape (as well as heart, or others) to add further effect.

Et voilà.

Once you have finished your masterpiece you can save it to your photo album (camera roll), e-mail it, share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or open it in another App.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
I guess the App is only indispensable if you are going to live the lie that you can sketch... and you can't.

Dependability
Amazingly good rendering of images.

Security
The App will need access to your camera and/or photo album.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Impress others with your new-found sketching skills

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


You can get Sketch Me! Sketch&Cartoon here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Tweety Pro - App Review



The developer says:
"View your Twitter timeline & mentions on the lock screen or inside any app to quickly get updated about the world around you with Tweety."

Now for the ACIDS test:

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First up is setting up the link to your Twitter account, or even accounts.

You can now set up your options and with decent screen real estate as it is within the App that these settings are accessed.

Show Tweets From
Choose between All, or restrict it to any individual accounts you follow.

Number of Tweets
Pick how much information you want from 5, 10, 15, 20, or 50 Tweets.

Update
Pick between real Time, 30 or 60 seconds

Theme
Pro or Minimal

Quick Actions
On or Off

Dark Mode
On or Off

Open With
Safari, Twitter, Tweetbot, or Twitterific

All that remains now is to flick down from the top of your screen to access the notification centre, press Editand then add Tweety (and Tweety 2 if necessary) and then press All that remains now is to flick down from the top of your screen to access the notification centre, press Done.

Tweets will now appear in your notification centre.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
I wonder if Donald Trump uses this...

Dependability
Worked flawlessly in testing.

Security
The App will need access to your Twitter account)(s).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Choose your Twitter feed(s) in notification centre.

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


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


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Wireless Transfer App:Sync backup photo and video



The developer says:
"Wireless Transfer App is an easy to use photo and video transfer tool. It helps you easily and quickly transfer photos and videos between iPhone and iPad, as well as transfer photos and videos from computer to iPad/iPhone/iPod and vice verse (sic.)".

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App has an uncluttered interface, restricted to a few buttons on the home page:

Info
This gives you information on how to use the App.

Paint
A toggle switch to change the background colour of the App.

Settings
Here you can choose whether or not to protect the App with a password, sound an alert, and clear the temporary cache, thereby freeing up memory.

Send and Receive
... which do exactly what you suspect them to do.

Although the App can be used between various iOS devices, it can also be used between a computer (PC or Mac) and any iOS device. We'll take the example of two iOS devices.

The App needs to be available on both devices.

It really is very easy to use as you choose Send on one device, then choose the iPod/iPhone/iPad button to select the photos or videos you wish to transfer.

On the receiving device, tap Receive (you'd guessed that already) and pick the name of the sending device.

There is also an Explore Device mode where it is the receiving device that makes the running.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
Remember that all devices sending, or receiving, need to have the App or software downloaded.

Dependability
The App needs access to wi-fi in order to be able to work, although you can also use a Personal Hotspot in order to achieve this.

Security
The App needs access to your photos.

In the case of the 'other' device using the Explore tool, you are safeguarded by needing to grant access on the device containing the photos.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Potentially one-step to transfer photos/videos

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


You can get Wireless Transfer App:Sync backup photo and v here and support for the App here.


Friday, 25 August 2017

Vantage Calendar - App Review



Are you still using the plain vanilla iOS calendar App?

This alternative allows you more customisation, without having to renter any data.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You can choose from a number of display templates. Pick from: black, bistro, lava rock, black gold, pink, light, or stealth. Once you've done that, simply close the picker to regain that part of screen real-estate.

Pick a date, add a title, and then you can choose 'keyboard time input' which allows you to use words such as 'noon this Friday', rather than input a time.

Choose from 44 colours for the task, add a sticker, change font, add alerts (15/30/60 minute and 1 day are standard but, any other also possible).

Then you can further elect for repetitions, people, location, add notes, and even change calendar.

Cost
The App Costs $5.

Indispensability
A calendar is indispensable; this one is an 'upgrade' to the one bundled with your iOS device.

Dependability
The App works as described.

Security
The App needs access to your calendar, as a must. Optionally, you can allow notifications, as well as access to calendars other than iCloud, and location access.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Upgrade your calendar.

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


You can get Vantage Calendar here and support for the App here.


Monday, 21 August 2017

Antonym Match - App Review



Here's an App that actually accomplishes two goals at once. It tests your knowledge of Antonyms (a word with the opposite meaning to another) and your memory skills.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The home screen comprises 4 buttons:

Players
Tap the icon to switch between 1/2/3/4 players

Tiles
Tap the icon to switch between 12/16/20/24 tiles

Difficulty
Tap the icon to switch between easy/medium/hard

Start
... no explanation needed...

and now you have 'cards' where you uncover a pair at a time. Every time you match a pair on Antonyms, they are removed.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
This is not a 'must have' App but, it is very educational.

Dependability
The App works exactly as expected.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Learn antonyms, improve memory.

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


You can get Antonym Match here and support for the App here.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Schulte Table - improve fast reading and attention - App Review



An App to improve your peripheral vision and increase your reading speed... read on.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You are given the option of 4x4, 5x5, or 6x6 grids (5x5 being the default).

Now press the Start button; you can't miss it, it's bang in the middle of the screen.

You will be given your time to accomplish the task, position (or rank if you prefer compared to your results), best time, and number of attempts today.

The actual tasks get more difficult (such as simply tapping on numbers in increasing order, then two sets of numbers in different colours).

Helpfully, the top of the screen reminds you on the next action to be completed (such as 14 Red).

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
It's a way to get quicker at recognising text.

Dependability
The only way to check if it works for you is to try it out... and then persevere; using it once won't do you any good.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Up your reading speed.

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


You can get Schulte Table - improve fast reading and attention here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Salsa Rhythm - the Latin Dance Practice Tool - App Review



Two left feet? Join the club!

This App enables you to practice Salsa.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The most important feature is that you can set the tempo (anything between dirge and frantic!); this is set through a slider control at the top of the screen.

You can also set the key, and choose from various instruments such as Clave (rhythmic pattern), Piano, Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Bass, Maracas, Guiro, Cowbell and an Instructor, and even these are customisable.

The App also includes links to various music to download.

You can choose from English, German, or Spanish for vocal cues.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
Well, this all depends on how interested you are in Salsa, and how many left feet you have.

Dependability
Just concentrate on your feet and let the App take care of the rest.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front... it's the other people on the dance floor who'll need to watch out.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Improve your Salsa

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


You can get Salsa Rhythm - the Latin Dance Practice Tool here and support for the App here.


Friday, 28 July 2017

Juice: Complication for iPhone Battery - App Review



Have Apple Watch; need battery level. The Apple Watch comes with a standard complication that shows the percentage remaining, as well as a circular icon.

This App gives you a complication so that you can monitor the level of charge left in your iPhone from your Apple Watch.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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As an Apple Watch owner, you will know that the first thing you need to do is add the complication to your Apple Watch, through the Watch App on your iPhone... and then wait for it to complete.

On your iPhone, you set the frequency with which you want the monitoring (20/30/60 minutes), as well as if you do (or do not) want notification of fully/half/low power settings.

You can then add the complication on your Apple Watch, as you would any other, choosing Juice as the complication.

It looks good!

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
This is one of those Apps/Complications that can be classified as useful.

Dependability
It can take a while for the complication to install but, this happens with many Apps.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Monitor iPhone battery on Apple Watch.

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


You can get Juice: Complication for iPhone Battery here and support for the App here.


Monday, 24 July 2017

Simple Repeat Timer. - App Review



I've been moaning that Apple don't include a repeat timer ever since iOS was launched... this App resolves the issue.

Repeat timers (you set the interval) and then are reminded every time the interval lapses are invaluable, in particular for changing habits...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Start by pressing the + and then sliding up to set your timer. You can free text name it whatever you want (especially useful when you are dealing with multiple timers).

You enter a value in the 'green' field which is the timer, and then a value in the blue field which is the interval before the restart of the timer.

Tap once to start the timer and tap again to stop, or double tap to reset.

Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1.

Indispensability
If you're looking for a simple timer that will repeat (that's not the same as an alarm that goes off at a set time) then, give this a try.

Dependability
It works, which is all we're looking for.

Security
The App needs to send you notifications.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Reliable repeat timer... and apparently coming to Apple Watch soon.

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


You can get Simple Repeat Timer. here and support for the App here.