Tip Sheet [rating: 5/5]
The great thing about most iPhone utility applications is that they take one function and perform it well. Instead of having an application that tries to be many things to many different people, iPhone apps are usually very focused on a singular task. Tip Sheet for iPhone is no exception. It is one app you’ll want to have in your arsenal.
Tip Sheet is mainly aimed at service industry workers. Using an easy to understand interface, Tip Sheet allows you to break down your tips on a per job basis. Inside of each job, tips are tracked by pay periods. The pay period is just a start and end date which is fully customizable. Days are added to each pay period and this is where you add cash and credit tips and hours worked. If you entered an hourly wage amount when setting up the job and enter the hours worked on the day entry screen, Tip Sheet will also track your hourly wages as well. All of these tasks are accomplished through the familiar iPhone interface elements.
Tip Sheet also provides a nice little statistics package for tracking the recorded information. The Daily Summaries screen breaks down averages of cash, credit, and total tips per day per job. The Overall Summary screen displays averages, minimums, and maximums for hours worked. money earned per hour, cash tips, credit card tips, and total tips per job. The Year to Date Summary screen displays the total amount of money earned to date.
I really liked Tip Sheet as a utility application. It provides a lot of function in a small and easily used package. It was obviously designed with its intended market in mind and doesn’t distract from its main purpose with useless bells and whistles. Although it was designed with the service industry in mind, anyone who has to keep track of hours and wages on their own would find this application useful. Freelancers especially come to mind as a target group although I am sure there are many others.
Tip Sheet doesn’t really have any shortcomings as is but I would suggest one addition. Desktop integration through perhaps a web interface would enhance the usefulness of this application. Allowing the user to enter information on the web or in the app and having it sync between them would give the user options for data entry without always tying them to their iPhone.
Tip Sheet is a must have application for the service worker, freelancer, or any job that requires tracking wages and tips. Make it part of your app arsenal today.
- Easy to use interface
- Great statistics
- Useful to more than the target market
The Not So Good:
- Desktop integration would be a nice addition
Reviewed by: Erin Peterson