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Friday, 17 November 2017

Good Woofy - App Review



Good Woofy - Train your dog when you're not there.

Apart from not annoying neighbours, this App should also give your pet a calmer existence when you leave.

This works by the dog hearing your commands to both desist and praise.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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The App starts with an invitation to record a command that will (should/could) get your dog to be quiet. In order to do this you need to choose Settings. Here you can record both a command, as well as praise.

Additional settings allow for picking sensitivity (low/normal/high). In addition you can record audio only, so can later listen to 'what happened', or data, in which case you will only have the number of times that the App was set off.

You can also set the delay between the command and praise.

Now when you leave, tap on Good Woofy and set the start delay between immediate and 5 minutes, and leave the iOS device (not in silent mode, obviously) somewhere your pet will hear but cannot touch.

Cost
The App Costs $2.

Indispensability
Although the App is aimed at dogs, it could also be used in other situations.

Dependability
You'll have to ask your pet for that... seriously, it works.

Security
The App needs to access your microphone (so that you can record the command/praise).

ACIDS Test Rating:

Something different, even if you do need a dog to make it work!

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


You can get Good Woofy here and support for the App here.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Pocket - App Review



The developer says: "The next time you find an article, video or link you want to read or watch later, just save it to Pocket. It’ll sync across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can come back to it whenever and wherever you’d like, even when you’re off-line".

Read on...

Now for the ACIDS test:

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You know how it is, you come across an interesting article but haven't got the time to read it so... you usually forget about it.

Pocket allows you to store the article, and the best bit is that you can store it from pretty well anywhere, including a browser on your device (or PC) such as Safari, Firefox etc., as well as via e-mail, and other apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

Then, when you use the App, all those articles are ready for you to read in My List. Additionally, you can, optionally, have access to recommended articles (which is based on you choosing from various feeds).

There are various settings for choosing how pages are viewed.

Cost
The App is absolutely free, although there is also a premium version for those of you who want more bells and whistles; such as a Library to keep a backup, Full-Text searching, and Suggested Tags (the free version allows tags but you enter them).

Indispensability
Absolutely brilliant for catching up on your reading.

Dependability
Works flawlessly, except when a web page includes protection.

Security
To get recommendations you can, optionally, connect your address book, Facebook, and/or Twitter. You can also turn on notifications to be informed when a 'friend' shares an item.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Why read a newspaper when you can read just the best bits of many.

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


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



Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Noteworthy Notes - App Review



Oh no... not another note taking App... but, it needs a closer look.

The point of this one is that, especially for people who enjoy colours and personalisation, it beats the iOS Notes App hands down.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Hit the + (top left of screen) and start entering your first note.

You will be prompted for a title and then a large coloured area to enter your text. Towards the bottom of the screen are icons to set Priority (Very High, High, Medium, Low, Very Low), Alarm (on or off selected with a slider), and a paintbrush. This is the one that really makes this App stand out as you can select from 21 solid colours for each note.

In addition to this the Settings Cog allows for the setting of various parameters:

Notes Size - choice of 5
Alignment - Left, Centre, Right
Organise - by priority, or alphabetically, and both in either direction
Text size - anything from 9 to 40 point
Text font - choice of 12 different ones
Text colour - black or white
Red Badge Icon - this allows you to pick up to 20 colour to be shown as options
iCloud Sync - toggle on/off
Password - you can, optionally, set an password; if the character is on the keyboard then, it can be used.

Cost
The App Costs $0; it's absolutely free.

Indispensability
If you want something different to the iOS bundled 'Notes' then, take a look at this App.

Dependability
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Security
The App requests permission to send Notifications.

The Password is much more secure than a 4/6 character numerical code.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Great notes at a great price.

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


You can get Noteworthy Notes here and support for the App here.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Pluskey - Mini Calculator Keyboard - App Review



If you don't want to be swapping from an App to your calculator App then, this could be for you; an alternative keyboard, and it includes some icons.

Now for the ACIDS test:

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Before doing anything, go to Settings/General/Keyboard/Keyboards/Add New Keyboard, and choose Pluskey.

Now, whatever App you are in that uses a keyboard, tap the Globe (normally just to the left of the space bar) until you see Pluskey. You immediately have access to a simple calculator, as well as some icons (8 in portrait mode and 12 in landscape).

If you want to add the result of your calculation to the text, simply tap on the black line, and for any of the icons, just tap on them, as you would any keyboard charter.

Changing back to a 'normal' keyboard just needs a swipe right.

Cost
The App Costs $0.

Indispensability
It's useful to have access to a calculator within another App, as well as a few icons.

Dependability
The App works, as expected.

Security
The App is self-contained, so no concerns on this front, although you will notice the warning when adding the keyboard that the keyboard can access all the data you type.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Neat in-App keyboard and calculator.

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


You can get Pluskey - Mini Calculator Keyboard here and support for the App here.