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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

iFont - App Review



Are you fed up with either having to type text and choose various fonts to compare, or make do with the drop down font pickers that merely have their name?

If you need alternative fonts but aren't sure which to pick, this tool could be right up your street.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The home screen shows you the included 77 (that's seventy seven) included font families (some have up to a dozen variations such as Bold, Italic, Light...).

Picking any one of these fonts will give you access to a scratchpad where you can type in some text to see what it would look like, with a one button option to change the font variant. This option also gives access to the Advanced setting which displays information on the chosen font. This information contains no less than 26 parameters (more than you can shake a stick at) and includes such items as the manufacturer, trademark, copyright, and metrics.

The Settings allow you to change the default comparison text of 'Hello World' to whatever you want as the text to be displayed.

The real difference is in the Compare option. Here you select a number of fonts (just by touching the +. You can now easily compare your text directly in neat boxes and, as the individual texts can also be changed you can see how the fonts would work together.

If the 77 fonts aren't enough (or you have a particular favourite that isn't included), you can easily import it from DropBox or iCloud drive.


Cost
The App Costs a nominal $1 if you want to get rid of the (fairly discreet) adverts, otherwise, it's free.

Indispensability
This is just such an effortless way to compare fonts without cutting and pasting; much easier.

Dependability
The App works; no issues.

Security
You can send your text in your chosen font by e-mail, complete with a reference to the App (as it's free, that seems fair).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Compare actual text in different fonts with ease.

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


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


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Voice Recorder - App Review



If you're looking for an App that is ultra simple and does exactly what its name implies, read on...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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It really couldn't be cleaner, the screen is filled with a microphone with two buttons: Record (Start/Stop) and another to access recordings.

Once you have a recording, you can add a label, either one of the prepared ones, or anything of your own choice.

You can also play recordings as well as one tap send them by e-mail.

Cost
The App Costs $0; it is currently Free.

Indispensability
If you want a really simple recorder, this is worth a look.

Dependability
It works!

Security
The App needs to have access to your microphone (obviously).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Simple, no frills recorder.

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


You can get Voice Recorder here and support for the App here.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

RBL Status - App Review



Do you need to check your hosts against multiple Domain name System (DNS) blacklists?

Are your e-mails inexplicably not getting through to their destination?

This is a handy App for doing exactly that, and much more.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Just enter a new host in the first screen. The first part (name) can be anything that makes it easy for you to remember, and then enter the host name as text, or an IP address.

There are then 22 Real-time Blackhole List (RBL) checkers; simply tick as many, or few, as you want.

Now hit Done.

If all is well the checker remains green, if not it turns red.

The extra bits are simple (but very comprehensive bits of information which, by simple press of the i will give you complete WHOIS information for the domain (which can also be copied or emailed) as well as Reverse Host name information.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Although there are various online resources for checking blocking status, this neat App allows you to save your names for easy subsequent checking, as well as the ability to save and share the information.

Dependability
The App certainly works.

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

ACIDS Test Rating:

Easy to check if your host has been blacklisted (and you didn't even know).

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


You can get RBL Status here and support for the App here.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Animation Background GIF - App Review



Spice up your messages with GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) animated pictures... maybe.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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There are a number of images from a jug pouring water, a car and its animated reflection, a thunderstorm, jumbling numbers, and very many more., the Chelsea football team (or at least part of it), a snow scene... quite an array.

These are chosen by using the forward/backward buttons.

The image can then be sent by e-mail.

Cost
The App is absolutely Free, although pressing the More will get you to download more associated items (like background GIFs).

Indispensability
This is a bit of fun.

Dependability
Apple notice: 'The developer of this App needs to update it to improve its compatibility'.

This is an iPhone App which works in 1x and 2x modes on an iPad.

The recipient of your e-mail will only get a static image, and clicking on 'Funny Animation Gif' will take him to iTunes to download the App.

Security
The App needs access to your photos.

ACIDS Test Rating:

A bit of fun but not shared in full.

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


You can get Animation Background GIF here and support for the App here.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Photo Transfer 3.0 wifi - share and back… - App Review




Now for the ACIDS test:

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Having given the App access to your photos, there are thumbnails on the home screen. Just pick any one(s) and a pop-up appears asking where you want to send them: iOS device, computer, Dropbox, Google Drive, or Flickr.

You will then be given an IP address to enter into any web browser. On a PC you simply choose 'Download Photos' and that's all there is to it.

Cost
The App Costs $3.

Indispensability
This is a fairly painless way to transfer photos, without running the risks sometimes associated with public sharing.

Dependability
The App works but, obviously, you need to enter the correct address in your browser.

Security
The App needs access to your photos.

The App allows you to link to Dropbox, Google Drive and Flickr accounts, as well as sharing via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.

The devices (iOS / Computer) need to be on the same network.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Share without cables, or using social media.

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


You can get Photo Transfer 3.0 wifi - share and back… here and support for the App here.