Multi Measures – All in one measuring tools [rating: 4/5]
Multi Measures developed by Skypaw is a great six tool utility application. It includes a Protractor, Ruler, Surface level, Spirit Level, Plumb Bob and a Seismometer. So no matter what you need to measure whether it be length, surface or balance this app covers it.
When you first launch the app you decide if you want to view it in Portrait or landscape mode even though it can be changed later. You are then greeted with the six tools via a moving wheel. You just slide your finger around it and move the wheel round to the the one you require. Once you have selected your choice then you press ‘ok’ and the tool launches.
The first one is Protractor. You can use it to measure any kind of angle and whilst you are doing so it also works as a convertor for you, converting the degree and radian. An added bonus really as it saves you having to work it out afterwards. Within the Protractor tool you can swap between units depending whether you want degree and radian or vice versa. You can also add a ‘dashed line’ to show the angle on the whole screen to make things a little clearer and easier. Finally you can lock your screen to save the setting and not accidentally lose it if the screen is pressed. This I thought was a great idea!
The next tool is a Ruler which can measure lengths of items you require. Measurements are in cm and inch. The cm is at the top and inch underneath if you chose you can swap that around. You can use your finger to slide the pointer along the ruler or if need be click the measured amount in the top left corner and input your own measurement. There is a button to reset the ruler to save you scrolling the pointer back and again the tool lets you show a dashed line on the full screen if you need it and as the lock screen feature.
Tool number three is the Surface Level. With this you are able to measure the surface no matter what the slope is and can even detect the slightest slope. Within the tool is a button to calibrate if required and also the lock screen feature.
The next tool is very similar and this is the Spirit Level. You just use it as you normally would to measure the surface of items for example bookshelves and tables. All very esasy to use and as the calibrate and lock screen buttons.
The next tool I have to admit I had never heard of and I had to ask my plumber husband what it was and its the Plumb Bob. A tool to get a vertical line from one point to another. An ideal tool for building construction. Within the tool you can also tap a button to show you the secondary position indicator. Also as well, it has the unlock and calibrate features.
The final tool is the Seismometer, a great tool which detects and displays visually any vibration the iPhone detects. It does this by using the built in accelerometer, you simple place your iPhone down and the vibration is then shown on screen. Great to see if you drive smoothly, or if your washing machine moves too much or for serious things like the impact of an earthquake. If you like an alarm can be set within the app. If you lock the screen you can then view the recorded history. There is also a choice to turn on or off the X, Y and Z axis.
All six are great tools that are easy to use with the onscreen help. The results are clear in simple black and white. I really liked the sound effects when pressing certain buttons although the constant beeping noise that some of the tools made when using them started to become a bit annoying. The sound can be easily turned off though if required. The app itself is quite plain and maybe for furture updates a bit of color might brighten it up slightly. As far as the tools go, it does exactly what it says it and does it very well!
- All-in-One useful tools.
- Easy to use and clear results
The Not So Good
- UI could be enhanced further
Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Apr 14, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
1.0 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)
Size: 4.3 MB
Seller: SkyPaw Co. Ltd
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.