iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gifts HD for iPad Should Be The First Gift That You Buy For Yourself! Sat, 16 Oct 2010 17:15:13 +0000 Read More]]> Gifts HD

Gifts HD [rating: 4.5/5]

As I write this review there at just 69 shopping days left until Christmas, by the time you are reading this there are probably even less! That thought sent shivers down my spine.

Coming from a large family with siblings that are all married and with their own children the gift buying process can be both tricky and frustrating. I’ve tried notebooks, spreadsheets and todo lists and while they all had something to offer they were all lacking in key functionality too.

This year however I have a new tool to track and manage my Christmas shopping and that is Gifts HD for the iPad, a gift tracking app that allows you to list, budget and track all your gifts in an easy to use iPad application.

Running the application for the first time requires you to set up a local user account with a name and password, this allows multiple users to use the application on a single iPad without divulging their present giving plans to other people.

Once this initial step is completed there are three tasks to be completed.

Adding these items is all done from the same screen making it a very simple process. You can either click on the add button to add the specific item or tap on the note in question to open it up in a larger area.

Depending on your process you may be in a position to add all this information at the beginning of the process or as you go, both work and you can also delete any of the items with a simple swipe of the item.

Gifts HD iPad

Once you start shopping you can combine the people and gifts and their current status of purchased, wrapped and even mailed. You can even add descriptions and where appropriate, tracking numbers.

Gifts HD developed by Jason Jardim is a slick to do list made specifically for the purchase of tracking Christmas gifts and it makes it very simple.

There are a few missing items that don’t really stop the app from doing what it’s supposed to do, but would take it to another level. It would be great to be able to import lists from other sources such as your contacts or other files. Also being able to edit multiple contacts or gifts at the same time would be a nice addition.

For those of you who like to be organized Gifts HD would be your perfect companion this festive season.



Reviewed on an Apple iPad

$4.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Productivity
Released:Oct 07, 2010
10.6 MB
Seller:Jason Jardim
Rated 4+
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

]]> 0 Life Tracker HD for iPad A great looking app with little substance Fri, 08 Oct 2010 20:22:05 +0000 Read More]]> Life Tracker HD [rating: 2.5/5]

Life Tracker HD is a beautiful application for you to track the milestones in your life and your future goals. Included in this is the ability to predict your life expectancy which while nice for me, apparently I have another 40+ years to live, I’m not sure how an octogenarian would feel if they were to try the app!

LifeTracker HDAfter a short overview of the application you get to enter your name and then you date of birth and nationality that is used to predict your life expectancy. Once you’ve added those few pieces of information you are launched into the main part of the app.

The main page of the app displays a large clock face but instead of hours and minutes it displays years and months, from the year you were born to your predicted death!

Adding milestones and or goals is as simple as dragging a pin onto the relevant year on the clock face. From there a new page opens up and you can pin point the date down to the specific day and month.

Also on this page you can add as much detail about the milestone as you like, from a simple headline to an essay, the choice is up to you.

This is all very simple to do, however the simplicity comes at a price. There’s no ability to add tags to group your milestones, no ability to add pictures or any other attachments and no way to format the text you are entering either which some what limits the options and the subsequent results.

Once you’ve added some milestones and goals, the difference between them simply being whether they happens in the past or will be happening in the future, they will all show up as dots on the dial. This is nice to look at but while you would think tapping on them would take you to the detail it doesn’t.

To view the entries you’ve already entered you have to scroll down to the milestone page which will display all your entries in chronological order for you to scroll through and re-read.

It would be nice if there were different options to view your milestones and even export them but sadly at present this is not the case.

You can set up multiple profiles so that multiple users can enter their life stories but is no substitute for the previously mentioned missing pieces.

The app looks absolutely beautiful and has great potential but until additional functionality is offered all the hard work of entering your data leaves it as nothing more than a great looking diary.



$3.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Productivity
Released:Sep 30, 2010
1 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
4.2 MB
Seller:Oliver Rozynski
© 2010 Oliver Rozynski
Rated 4+
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later

]]> 0 Galactica HD New Entertainment App for iPad With Few Options Sat, 02 Oct 2010 19:06:45 +0000 Read More]]> Galactica HD

Galactica HD [rating: 3/5]

Galactica HD is an entertainment application that is described by the developers as an interactive visualizer. The application allows you to control a never ending stream of particles by touching the screen along with a choice of 6 laid back atmospheric tunes which both stimulates and relaxes the senses at the same time.

The application starts in demo mode and with no interaction the screen will begin to flow with a stream of brightly colored particles in a range shapes. Imagine watching a large firework display without the loud noises but instead a soothing backing track.

Of course while you can sit back and relax and just watch the app do it’s thing you can also get interactive and start controlling the imagery on the screen. The first time you play Galactica HD a short tutorial will step you through the options. Being a multi-touch device there are multiple options for you to control the on-screen action.

Swiping a single finger across the screen will emit an explosion, all be it a silent one, of particles across the screen while touching the screen in multiple places will attract all of the on screen particles to your fingers before they escape again as you release your fingers.

Galactica HD iPad

The particle colors change periodically which makes the screen fill with a variety of colors although it would be nice to have some control over this and even have the ablility to change the color each time you create a new stream of particles.

There are 6 tracks to play along in the back ground as you play but just like the color of the particle streams you also have no control over which track is playing at any one time. 3 of the tracks are installed by default along with the application and the additional 3 tracks can be downloaded for free once you’ve installed the app.

As you create you visual master pieces you can either take a snapshot of your work of art which will be automatticaly saved to your iPads picture album or you can record a movie which you can playback in the application whenever you want. The application will also output to a projector or an HD-TV with the appropriate cables and this could create a nice entertainment piece and talking point at a party or as back ground entertainment when you have a few friends over.

At $1.99 I think the app is a little over priced even for the iPad. While the app is nice to look at and is entertaining for a while the lack of cuztomization will restrict the long term entertainment value of this app.



Reviewed on an Apple iPad

$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Entertainment
Released:Sep 28, 2010
Reviewed Version:1.0
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 18.9 MB
Seller:Thumbspark Limited
© 2010 Thumbspark Limited
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

]]> 2 Live Notes for iPad : Audio-Visual Sketch Pad Mon, 06 Sep 2010 19:32:36 +0000 Read More]]> Live Notes iPad5

Live Notes [rating: 3.5/5]

Live Notes is a colourful sketch pad, with a refreshing User Interface and a neat twist. Rather like the Live Scribe pen it allows you to take notes and record audio at the same time (There is no relationship between the two companies who make the pen and the app, by the way).

So, how does Live Notes stack up as an iPad productivity tool?

When you first launch Live Notes you are presented with a view similar to that which Pages uses, and giving you access to your documents so that you can administer them by scrolling between them. One of those documents is a kind of tutorial sheet, which is a nice informal introduction to the app.

Live Notes iPadIcons for drawing, writing, and so forth are unobtrusive and clear. Tool palettes are presented in rather pleasing looking windows which appear to be based on brown notebook back cardboard. The bright tool colors, brown popups and lined white paper all work towards making the app feel quite wholesome. Yeah, I liked that about it!

The ability to have an audio recording made alongside your typing or scribbling has many applications. The first that springs to mind is grabbing sound bytes in a lecture – but you’ll need to be close to the sound source to get a good recording. This is perhaps partly a problem with the iPad – but the app makers could have tried to boost the audio.

Another possibility, other than simply amusing yourself, is entertaining a child with a visual story. What this app does is give your iPad the functionality of a Live Scribe pen. But with the ability to draw shapes and hand-drawn notes, as well as typed text with various fonts, all in lots of bright colors.

Live Notes iPad 75Undo is more like working in a print layout program. Rather than undoing, you target sketch elements by holding them for a few seconds to bring up a trash option. This is fine, but it would be nice to have a more traditional linear undo option too.

In a similar fashion to Live Note’s undo, you can also tap parts of the sketch to hear audio from that point during the sketching / note taking process. Which is neat.

You cannot however, export your drawing and audio as one cohesive file. You can replay it on the device with audio and notes synced. But export options are only for PDF with no audio.

Overall though Live Notesli is a neat little app. Looks nice, and works well. If the developers at Humble Gaming Limited augment it by addressing the little niggles I have outlined it will then be a great little app.



Price: $5.99 (App Store)
Category: Productivity
Updated:Aug 19, 2010
Reviewed Version:1.01
Size: 3.1 MB
Seller:Humble Gaming Limited
© Humble Gaming Limited
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 2 Calcbot for iPhone and iPad App Review Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:04:54 +0000 Read More]]> Calcbot [rating: 2/5]

The app store has hundreds of different calculator apps. The specialized calculators such as the graphing calculators, builder’s calculators, and engineering calculators all provide features not found in the native iPhone calculator app. The rest of the apps which seems to be nothing more than different user interfaces for the same basic calculator have always made me question the need for yet another calculator app. Now, the good folks at TapBots who created the amazing ConvertBot conversion app, have released yet another basic calculator application with a couple of features that should have been implemented better to make them useful.

Calcbot 2CalcBot, just like all other apps by TapBots feature a stunning user interface. It uses a dark user interface and features the almost neonish blue text that ConvertBot made famous. The buttons are all clearly labeled and are sized appropriately for fast and easy operation. If it was up to the user interface alone, this app would be named the king of all calculators. But looks are not everything.

The tagline used to describe CalcBot is “never lose your place in a calculation again” and the concept is simple. Provide a calculator that mirrors desk tape calculators. As you type, the display shows you a “formula” view of your calculation. Under the current total, the steps of the calculation are shown as a formula. Press the equal button and the calculation is transferred to a virtual tape that you can access by swiping down on the screen. Access more formulas by swiping sideways. Want to recall a previous calculation? Click on it on the tape and it is transferred to the calculator screen where, conceptually, you can edit the formula as needed. While this all sounds great, in practice, it is far from great.

Calcbot iPhone HistoryRather than using a traditional tape where each operation is listed on its own line, the tape is simply a list of the previous calculations shown in a formula view. Long formulas are cut off and do not wrap around to show all the steps. Pressing on the formula, will transfer it to the calculator window. This is where the app missed the concept of an electronic tape calculator. Rather than allowing the user to edit the individual parts of the formula, the user is only able to erase the parts starting at the last part and moving in reverse. This means that if you found a mistake in your calculation in the middle of the formula, you have to erase everything to the right of the mistake, fix the mistake, and then re-enter the rest of the formula. That in itself renders this app useless for what some may need a tape calculator for.

In its current incarnation, I can not recommend CalcBot as a useful tape calculator for users who use calculators extensively. Users looking for a companion app to ConvertBot that uses the same beautiful user interface theme will be happy with this app. Power users will soon be looking for a more robust and useful application.

Price: $1.99 (App Store)
Category: Utilities
Updated:Jul 29, 2010
Reviewed Version:1.1.0
1.1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 9.9 MB
Languages:English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
© 2010 Tapbots LLC
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later.

]]> 0 Sideways for iPad. Magazine App which Could Push the Print Media Alternatives for Some Market Share Sat, 12 Jun 2010 16:30:03 +0000 Read More]]> Sideways [rating: 3.5/5]

One of the things discussed when the iPad was launched was it’s impact on the print media. Would the iPad save it by enabling magazines and newspapers to utilize the new features to earn more revenue to stabilize the falling revenues of the print media or would it be the death nail in the print media’s coffin as millions of users changed their reading habits to the electronic form? The outcome to that debate has a long way to go but what the iPad is enabling is for new alternatives to the print media to grow and in this case it’s a new magazine app called Sideways.

Sideways is a lifestyle magazine with topics covered in it’s first issue including the World Cup, music, apps, food, technology and opinion. The app looks really nice and includes inbuilt music and video as well as the glossy pictures and clear text.

Sideways iPad MagazineSideways can be read in both landscape and portrait mode although the landscape view works best enabling a navigation bar on the left while the main content appears on the right. Navigating the app is easy too with the touch screen being utilized to scroll through the articles and that you have selected. Some of the screens do open up in ‘pop-up’ windows which you can then close down to return to the app.

Some of the nicest content in this first edition of the application were the music reviews which were video based and ran smooth and clear even at full screen.

With any magazine though, however good it looks, it will be based on it’s content and it’s writing and while some of the writing is engaging the articles are relatively short compared to the established magazines of the print world.

At $4 per issue I would hope to see an increase in the content per magazine especially as some content is not available with the launch of each issue but will become available days, if not weeks after the initial launch. It’s also worth noting that an internet connection is required for some of the content so those of you with WiFi only iPads will need to ensure that you have it connected to a WiFi hotspot to enjoy all of the content.

For its initial launch Sideways has produced a well rounded magazine app, if it can increase it’s content to offer even more value for money then they could have a winner on it’s hands.



Sideways – The Magazine, June 2010

Price: $3.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Lifestyle
Released: Jun 09, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 2.7 MB
Language: English
Seller: Sideways Software LLC
© 2010 Sideways

]]> 0 Faces iMake for iPhone and iPad. Fun app with no limits (Review) Wed, 05 May 2010 21:47:12 +0000 Read More]]> Faces iMake [rating: 5/5]

Faces iMake is a fun application created by Imaginemachine designed to let you show off your creative side. Have fun making faces with every day objects found around the home.

The theme of Faces iMake is simple, it is aimed at you taking a different look at the objects around you and seeing what you can create with them. Within the app are real pictures of objects most people will have around the house already. With these objects you then make a face of any kind. It could be funny, cute, evil, angry, scary anything really that you could possibly think of. You could even give it a little body!

When you first start out with the app might I suggest you give the lessons a quick look first. These are videos each several minutes long and they show you ideas and give you little tips as you go along. Now I know for most people the idea of watching a tutorial first is quite off putting but this is a tutorial with a diifference. The video is presented by Hanoch Piven who also worked in conjunction with the app and it is his lesson and workshop you watch. The videos had me hooked and I ended up watching them all! The voice over, which I am presuming is Hanoch Piven, was entertaining and a pleasure to listen to. It really was like watching an art lesson, but it had humour in it and his voice and enthusiasm shone through making it great fun to watch.

Faces iMake iPhoneSo once you have had your fun watching the videos and learning the ins and outs it is time to have another giggle and see just how creative you can be. Start out by chosing the background for your work of art, there are lots of shades to choose so there is bound to be the one you want. Then you need to decide if you want to have a face shape already to place your items or whether to create one of your own with the objects. It is up to you there is no right or wrong way to do it. If you decide to go for a base for your face then there is a great choice of 27 different shaped faces to choose from.

When you have decided on your background and base for your objects you are then ready to place them on your piece of art. There are over 100 objects all in different catergories. Objects of food, toys, things from the kitchen, tools, school, buttons and finally letters of the alphabet. All the objects are in different sizes. When you place the objects down you can rotate them if you like. You can’t resize any of the objects but I think this is designed to be as real life like as possible. If you were doing this on an actual piece of paper with the object you wouldn’t be able to resize it. So instead you have to use a different object more to the size you are looking for. There is also the option to layer the objects on top of each other.

Faces iMake iPhone_5Once you have created your master piece you then save it to the gallery within the app. When it is in the gallery you can then assign it to a contact, save it in your iPhones photo album, email it or upload it to facebook for all your friends to see.

When I first started trying out this app I thought it was aimed at just children but when I watched the videos and then tried the app out several times I realised that it is a great app for anyone to show off their creativity. The objects are all photos of the actual items. They are colourful and very clear and a lot of detail as gone into each item and what size they should be. The UI (User Interface) is very good, the menu bar is a sliding bar with buttons and all very easy to use for any age. The app also has great sound effects when you press certain objects and a fun, quirky song playing in the background. There is the option to turn these off should you want to but to be honest they added even more entertainment to the app and are worth keeping on.

There is no limit to the amount of faces you can make. There are so many objects to choose from and face shapes that it is an app with many possibilities and one that there is no chance of getting bored of.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Updated: Apr 23, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.2
Size: 13.9 MB
Language: English
Seller: iMagine machine LLC
© 2010 iMagine machine llc and Hanoch Piven
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

]]> 0 SousChef for iPad. Find Digital Recipes in a Beautiful App Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:18:55 +0000 Read More]]> Digital Cooking Assistant

SousChef for iPad [rating: 3/5]

Even before the launch of Apple’s iPad people were talking up the device as being a multiple-purpose device to be used all around the house including in the kitchen as a recipe and cooking aid. As soon as the iPad was launched the App Store began to fill with cooking apps developed specifically for this device.

SousChef for iPad developed by Acacia Tree Software is one of the first to hit the App Store and offers the purchaser the ability to search 150,000 recipes in a beautifully designed environment.

And that’s the first thing that hits you when you launch the application. The bright design of the app is certainly eye catching and you will immediately be sent to your favorite recipes which you can easily update, all be it only one recipe at a time.

You can browse the recipes alphabetically via the index along the bottom of the page regardless of whether you are using it in either landscape or portrait mode.

More likely though is that you will want to search for a new recipe and you can do that via the search button in the top right corner of the screen.

The search is completely unique in the cooking apps that I’ve seen in that as you start to type your search word a list of options scrolls beneath you. Selecting any of these words will add the word to your search criteria which you can continue to add too before clicking the search button again to find recipes that match the criteria that you’ve set.

The search looks great, but practically it’s not as flexible as I would like, for example there is no way to exclude certain items or specify the occasion that you are looking to cook for.

Once you have found a recipe you want clicking on it will open it up to show you the ingredients list and instructions for preparing and cooking dish.

The ingredients list is clear and listed below it are the instructions for cooking which you can highlight as you step through it to help prevent you from losing your place.

This all works great in portrait mode, however, when turning it to landscape mode the cooking instructions are often pushed off of the bottom of the screen.  The app enables you to switch to Full Screen mode but even then, especially with the recipes with a lot of ingredients the area set for the directions is not as large as it could be.

A solution to this would be to add the ability to collapse the ingredients list that would actually benefit both views.

Ultimately the flaws in the search and in the portrait mode of viewing the recipe far outweigh the simple navigation and its good looks. Hopefully a future update will sort these issues out.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $7.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 6.0 MB
Language: English
Seller: Acacia Tree Software
© 2010 Acacia Tree Software
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 1 Synth: Nice iPad Music App but not for Serious Musicians Fri, 23 Apr 2010 10:07:15 +0000 Read More]]> Synth iPad Music App

Synth [rating: 3.5/5]

Any application that can make me feel like I have any musical talent must be pretty good and I’ve found that many iPhone/iPod Touch apps can do that and now on the iPad a plethora of musical iPad apps are coming out which will hopefully make me feel even more like a musical maestro.

This time it’s Synth for iPad which aims to replicate an electronic synthesizer with it’s range of musical and crazy sounds to create musical montages with.

Everything you need with Synth is on the one made page which in one hand makes things very easy while on the other shows that it doesn’t have the range of options that other similar applications have.

The multiple-touch controls are both responsive and sensitive and the sound quality is good too with a decent range of 40 sounds to choose from and the ability to sample your own sounds.

The additional 5 adjustments also offer a degree customizations and the ability control the octave range extrapolates those options even more.

Ultimately while Synth is well put together and will entertain for about as long as a 99 cent synthesizer application should. If you want to have a handy synthesizer available to you for a quick blast of electronic fun every now and again then this will suffice, those looking for a more serious synthesizer with the options to produce a quality piece of work you may want look elsewhere.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1
Size: 1.5 MB
Language: English
Seller: The Retronyms LLC
© 2010 Retronyms
Rated 4+

]]> 0 The Duck In The Truck for iPhone. Interactive Story Book Review Thu, 15 Apr 2010 19:44:24 +0000 Read More]]> The Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough – Animated Storybook

The Duck In The Truck [rating: 5/5]

Turn your iPhone into an interactive story book!

If you are always looking for a way to entertain your kids whilst on the go, in the doctors waiting room or just something for them to do while you do your chores this is the app for you. The Duck In The Truck is a beautifully illustrated storybook by Kidztory featuring the voice of Harry Enfield and illustrated by Jez Alborough.

The interactive story is about a duck, in a truck, that gets stuck! With the help of all his other animal friends it finally gets his truck out with a few amusing situations along the way. It is a great rhyming story with some fantastic animations.

You can choose to read along yourself or let the UK comedian Harry Enfield read it for you. You tap to start the story and straight away you are greeted with a clip of upbeat bouncy music, you tap on read me and away you go to listen to the story. To turn a page you swipe the screen and it turns over. As it turns it makes the actual sound a book would when turning. Before you turn over though you might want to tap the screen a few times in different places. Each page makes different noises, quacks, ribbits, squeaks and squelches. I read my children this story and they giggled lots to these great sound effects.

The Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough – Animated Storybook_4

The application itself is very easy to use. You just swipe each page. If you come out of the app when you launch it back up it asks you if you would like to carry on where you left off or start again. The only thing it didn’t do which I feel would benefit it was once you had started the story there was no way of going back to the main screen. You had to either flick the page back or go out of the app and then back in. It would be ideal if there was an option to stop it and start it again on what ever page you were on.

With the option to read along yourself it gives your child a chance to have a go as well. The animation is lovely to look at and proved very popular with all my children who are of different age group. So with that in mind I would recommend it for most children up to the age of around eight. Not to say that any older child wouldn’t enjoy it as I am sure they would have fun getting involved and reading it to younger brothers or sisters. It is a great story to encourage and help your children to read.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Updated: Apr 02, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1
Size: 23.8 MB
Language: English
Seller: Stepworks Company Limited
© 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, All rights reserved
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

]]> 1 Accordéon iPad Music App Review Wed, 07 Apr 2010 11:32:53 +0000 Read More]]> Accordeon iPad Music App

Accordéon [rating: 3/5]

Writing the review for this application is possibly one of the most difficult reviews that I’ve ever had to write. Actually, let me rephrase that. Most difficult I’ve had to score. I’ll write my review and then perhaps you’ll see what I mean.

Accordéon is exactly that, it’s an accordéon simulator for the iPad and in that it does exactly what it should do:-

It looks like an accordéon.
It plays like an accordéon.
It sounds like an accordéon.

The Accordéon app loads to the view of the accordéon itself with the piano like keys on one side and the buttons on the others. Holding the iPad just as you would a real accordéon and using the multi-touch capabilities you can play it just as if was in fact a real accordéon, and what’s even more impressive is that it sounds like a real accordéon too. Now I say that’s impressive, the sound of the accordéon is a pretty unique sound and so it won’t appeal to everyone, but it is realistic.

That’s pretty much all that can be said about this app, it looks like an accordéon, it sounds like an accordéon, the only thing is who really want’s to play an accordéon in real life let alone on the iPad, other than the obvious price difference that it’s.

So there’s my dilemma, Accordéon does exactly what it’s supposed to do and for that it gets a (5/5). However, it’s not going to stay on my iPad because after the initial amusement of playing an accordéon the enjoyment wears a little thin meaning there is little replay value get it a score more like a (1/5). With that being said I’ll split the difference and give it (3/5).

Take a look at it yourself if you like from this official clip of the app from the developer himself.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $3.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Updated: Apr 06, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.1
Size: 4.4 MB
Language: English
Seller: Alexander Komarov
© Alex Komarov Inc. and Sergey Rachok
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 2 Infinote iPad Review: Note-taking app that adds bells and whistles Wed, 07 Apr 2010 07:33:52 +0000 Read More]]> Infinote [rating: 3.5/5]

The Apple iPad comes with a built in note taking application so why would anyone need to spend an extra 2 dollars on top of the $500+ that they’ve already spent on another one? Well lets delve into Infinote and see what they have to offer.

Infinote’s style is that of multiple noteboards with multiple sticky notes on each of them. The page initially loads with spaces for four noteboards and tapping on any of the four spaces will enable you to activate it with a name and color. With the noteboard activated you can start adding individual sticky notes and start building your todo lists, shopping lists, brainstorming notes or whatever other kind of notes/lists you want to keep track of.

Adding a new note is as simple as tapping the + button in the top right corner of the screen and as soon as you do you can start adding the text via the iPads onscreen keyboard and you can do this in either portrait or landscape mode. You can also apply one of 16 colors to each note to make categorizing them much easier or just to make them look pretty.

Infinote iPad Sticky NotesUp to this point there is nothing much different between the inbuilt notes application and infinote. However, now you can start to be a little creative with your notes and noteboards.

As mentioned previously each noteboard can hold multiple notes that are in the style of a sticky note and each of the sticky notes can be drag around the noteboard and placed where ever you like. The noteboards also go beyond the width of the iPads screen so holding and dragging on an area of the noteboard where there is no note will allow you to drag the board around so that you can see notes placed on other areas of the noteboard.

Each note can also be shrunk and enlarged using the standard pinch and zoom gesture and if you like you can also rotate the note so it sits at an angle. now you could argue that these are all frivolous additions that aren’t needed in a note taking app but it’s all about options and if you don’t like them you don’t have to use them!

What’s great is that if you do have notes placed all over the board and don’t want to drag around trying to find a specific note is that you can tap on the sort icon in the top right hand corner and the notes will immediately align themselves in straight lines for easy access.

Individual notes can also be emailed to yourself or anyone else for that matter and you can also easily navigate between your multiple noteboards via the ‘Jump to’ icon in the top left corner of the application. Infinote looks good with more of a practical feel to it than anything else.

If you are someone who takes lots of notes that the ability to group them on individual noteboards will certainly benefit you and therefore infinote is highly recommended, if however you are just a casual note taker then the inbuilt note application should more than suffice.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 0.8 MB
Language: English
Seller: Jey Biddulph
© 2010 Jey Biddulph
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 1 ReaddleDocs iPad Review. Ideal Document Viewer and Manager Mon, 05 Apr 2010 20:54:49 +0000 Read More]]> ReaddleDocs for iPad [rating: 4/5]

Never be without an important document again!

Many of us have many documents in different places these days, our home computers, work computers, mobile devices, email not to mention the various cloud document resources such as Google Docs, iDisk and DropBox and so have a single repository on your mobile device where you can access all of these resources would be advantageous.

That is what ReaddleDocs for iPad developed by Readdle claims that it can do as a “revolutionary document viewer, file manager and attachment saver” and from my time using it while it may not be revolutionary it certainly does a lot of stuff!

The first thing to note however is that ReaddleDocs is a document viewer and file manager so if you need to edit your documents then you are going to need to look elsewhere, what ReaddleDocs allows you to do is access your documents from all their sources and save them locally for reading offline.

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The setup of the application provides simple and easy access and navigation to your documents. The screen is split into two with the smaller left hand column providing the main menu navigation items while the contents of those items appear on the larger right hand side of the screen.

The first option is a link to your documents an the most recent ones appear at the top of the list and will include files from all the different resources that you’ve accessed. The documents list is also fully searchable and you can also easily mass move, delete, mail and zip these files regardless of where they have been downloaded from.

Setting up the sources from which you will be able to download the files is simple enough and once you’ve gone through the initial setup for each of the sources the details will be stored for future use.

When you open one of your resources the latest files are automatically refreshed. However if you wish to refresh the documents you have to exit and re-enter the data source. A refresh button within the data source would be nice.

Network resources cover many of the popular file repository’s, iDisk (both your own and other users public files), Dropbox, Google Docs,, MyDisk and filesanywhere as well as any other resource that uses the WebDAV protocol.

As a Google Docs user I was able to easily access my documents by adding my username and password and the setup should be just as simple as for any of the other resources.

You can also download documents from websites and from attachments in you email accounts, unfortunately there appears to be no option to connect to Microsoft Exchanges accounts which will surly limit the appeal to business users that use that email protocol.

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Opening a document is simple, tap on your document source and a list of the documents will be listed. The default listing is alphabetical order but this can be changed and I found the list being sorted by date was much more relevant.

The documents on you remote resource can then be downloaded individually simply by clicking on it or you can select multiple files and download them all. This is obviously dependant on how much local free space you have so if you went for the 64gb option you should be able to download many more files locally than those with the base 16gb version.

When opening the documents they open full screen utilizing almost the whole screen of the iPad with just the menu bar at the top of the screen taking up some of the iPads real estate to give you options to create and access bookmarks and email the document using the inbuilt email functionality.

At just $4.99 ReaddleDocs is not going to break the bank and with the number of document sources available users should be able to get hold of all your documents in one place. If you need to access your documents especially offline when you are on the go then ReaddleDocs could be the ideal solution for you.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $4.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.0
Size: 6.8 MB
Languages: English, Korean
Seller: Igor Zhadanov
© 2010 Readdle
You must be at least 17 years old to download this game.
Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 1 Face Melter XXL: iPad App Review Mon, 05 Apr 2010 14:44:50 +0000 Read More]]> Face Melter XXL [rating: 4/5]

Produce crazy, hilarious pictures with ease!

Being creative doesn’t always come naturally to me so when I get hold of an application that promises to generate graphical results from photo’s I immediately have my doubts regarding how good the results of my handy work are going to be and that was certainly the case with Face Melter XXL which promises to help you turn normal photos into hilarious and fantastic looking pieces of art.

One of the nice features of Face Melter XXL is the fact that all your controls and options are available right there on the screen that you are working in, especially when you use the application in landscape mode.

Face Melter XXL iPad App Review_4When you launch the app the default picture is loaded and takes up the vast majority of the screen, it’s a great picture to play with to begin with but if you have a picture of yourself or someone else that you know the resulting image and/or movie will be much more entertaining. Straight away you can get an immediate idea of what’s in store for you by clicking the random button which will add an immediate distortion of the picture which you can press again and again with great results.

You can only select pictures from your photo library, being able to import pictures from Flickr or online resources would have been nice, and once loaded you are ready to start. There are there main methods to change the picture. The stroke of a single finger will stretch and distort the image while using two fingers in the standard zoom motion will either enlarge or shrink the selected area. Finally twist the image with three fingers will twist the image too.

Not only are these motions easy but the resulting effects on the image are smooth, accurate and impressive too and what was a perfectly normal photo to begin with will easily transform into a deformed horror show of a picture. While close up face shots produce the best results ultimately any picture can be manipulated with impressive results. It would be nice, and perhaps this will be available in a future update, if it was also possible to changes colors or add filters to the pictures for added creativity.

Face Melter XXL iPad App Review_2What I found the most fun though was converting your hard work into an animated move, and more importantly how easy it was. As you step through the manipulation of the picture you can tap on the movie reel button to bring up the movie options and add each individual shots to your animation. Again the great thing about this is not only the ease in completing the animation but the quality of the results. The animations can be saved within the application for replaying again and again or you can easily share them via Flickr, Video Mail and YouTube.

The overall package has been wonderfully implemented and with immediate results via random button to the full craziness of the animated movies Face Melter XXL can and will produce some hilarious results.

The Good

The Not So Good

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Apr 01, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 4.2 MB
Language: English
Seller: Nico Becherer
© 2010 Nico Becherer
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

]]> 0 First Apple iPad Reviews hit the web (Video) Thu, 01 Apr 2010 07:02:00 +0000 Read More]]> First iPad Reviews

The first batch of iPad reviews are in the wild and the likes of Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) are tweeting unpacking videos, and images of iPad screens bulging with apps.

Hard to explain the awesomeness of Smule’s Magic Piano app (they gave us Ocarina for iPhone): amazing.

iPad App

Best App of all theodore Gray Wolfram Periodic table. Everything is animated and gorgeous. Alone worth iPad.

iPad App Periodic table

Walt Mossberg [Wall Street Journal] had this to say:

After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades.

He claims he got over 11 hours of life out of the battery.

David Pogue [New York Times] wrote two reviews. One from a tech writers perspective, and another from the consumers perspective. In the first he was a little scathing, and the second quite gushing!

Take 1 :

The bottom line is that you can get a laptop for much less money — with a full keyboard, DVD drive, U.S.B. jacks, camera-card slot, camera, the works. Besides: If you’ve already got a laptop and a smartphone, who’s going to carry around a third machine?

Take 2 :

The iPad is so fast and light, the multitouch screen so bright and responsive, the software so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget. Some have suggested that it might make a good goof-proof computer for technophobes, the aged and the young; they’re absolutely right.

Tim Gideon [PCMag] thought the iPad simply made sense :

When you combine basic-but-essential work tools with iWork, an improved browser, e-mail, iPod, and photo applications, a well-executed e-Book platform with iBooks, and throw in thousands of downloadable apps and games, and package it all in a gorgeous, slim slate with a beautiful 9.7-inch touch screen, you have yourself a winner.

All reviews noted the lack of Flash and multitasking. But then we’ve heard these moans before. But overall most reviews were very positive.

It seems that my guess that the majority of early iPad loans from Apple were indeed to journalists was correct. And it seems that they have had their moratorium on reporting lifted this moorning as the Blog-O-Sphere is exploding with tweets, app images, and reviews about the iPad.

Steven Fry even has accessories that are not avaialbe to the general public yet. Such as the Keyboard Dock and Carry Case. Lucky guy.

Have you seen any interesting tweets or reviews about the iPad that we haven’t? Any negative ones?

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]]> 1 Apple Now Accepting iPad Apps for ‘grand opening’ Fri, 19 Mar 2010 19:19:35 +0000 Read More]]> Apple iPad Apps developer

Apple is now notifying iPhone developers that they are accepting iPad apps! The notification email had the following details.

iPad will begin shipping soon and your opportunity to be part of the grand opening of the iPad App Store starts today. Submit your iPad app now for an initial review by the App Review Team and receive feedback on its readiness for the grand opening.

Submit Your App by March 27.

iPhone developers who have been working their iPad apps since the day SDK was made available now have a very good opportunity to be a part of the ‘grand opening’ Apple certainly wants to make sure that a large number of iPad apps are available from day one!

]]> 0 One of the first Twitter Apps for iPad [Video] Wed, 17 Mar 2010 03:49:14 +0000 Read More]]> iPad Twitter App Tweeterena 2

If you have already pre-ordered your iPad and are waiting for it get delivered on April 3 then it might be a good time to prepare a list of apps and games that you will buy or re-download for the iPad.

The fact that iPad will be capable of running  almost 150,000 apps from the App Store will allow you to enjoy the apps and games you bought for your iPhone and iPod touch without any additional cost.

The iPad OS features a redesigned user interface and apps developed specifically for iPad might be more enjoyable than just expanding the iPhone apps to fit the screen.

Twitter apps are one of the most popular social networking apps and Tweeterena for iPhone has proved to be one of the successful twitter clients for iPhone and iPod touch. The developer of Tweeterena posted a new teaser recently to show the upcoming Twitter app for the iPad which will be available soon.

Tweeterena 2 for iPad

]]> 2 SonicPics for iPhone: Give Voice To Your Pictures and Share With Friends! Sat, 27 Feb 2010 21:24:15 +0000 Read More]]> SonicPics [rating: 3.5/5]

SonicPics allows you to select photos from your photo library on your iPod Touch or iPhone, arrange them in a viewing order, and then narrate a voiceover in time to you swiping through the images. You then have a small, but robust range of options on how you share that slideshow from your device: As an iTunes Video File (M4V) to your computer, a YouTube upload, or send it via email.

The app starts up quickly and it’s immediately clear what you need to do as it presents an empty “Projects” view.

When you create a new project it displays your main workspace which offers you the opportunity to provide a title and a description for your slideshow.

SonicPics_2Immediately below those options is a small button to add images from your photo library. Imported images are arranged on a thin horizontal scrolling band, rather like thumbnails in a movie editor’s timeline. This sits in the middle of the screen.

Underneath all of that are large clear buttons which allow you to select your preference for audio quality for your voiceover, and a big red record button which is self explanatory.

When you choose to add a picture the app uses the standard iPhone OS user interface for selecting images from your photo library, which works just fine. It can get a bit repetitive going back and forth adding more than a few pictures one by one, but this is a limitation of Apple’s implementation rather than a fault of SonicPics.

Once a bunch of pictures are in your project it is possible to touch any picture on the app’s timeline, slide it out and along said timeline either way, and then insert it somewhere else. Something which in some ways makes up nicely for the initially repetitive method you have to use to get pictures into your slideshow. i.e. People like me who don’t plan ahead can get themselves out of trouble without having to resort to removing and re-importing images in the order they really wanted. A nice touch. You can also add a title and description to any picture in a project, and remove images that you no longer want.

Once you’ve got your pictures into the project, and in the order you want, it’s time to record your voice over. This is done either via the built in mic on an iPhone, or using a microphone connected to your iPod. The App will remind you that you need to plug a microphone in at that stage if it doesn’t detect one. I was able to use my headphones as a makeshift mic and still get quite good quality voice recording on my iPod.

SonicPics_4Once you hit the big red record button, narrating your masterpiece is relatively straight forward. Popup dialogs tell you what to do, and you can start, pause and re-start recording at will as you check back and forth with your notes, or take a few moments to collect your thoughts as you swipe through the pictures. You are restricted to recording in a left to right order as you progress through the pictures. Well, actually you are not, but if you double back or try to record audio to your pictures in a random order and assume the App will keep track of where you were in the time line, then you’ll be disappointed.

You can have multiple recordings per project, and multiple projects with different sets of pictures, all in various stages of completion within the App.

Once you’ve finished recording your voiceover you can save it and this brings up a view which summarises the length and memory usage of this run through. You can then choose to play it back on your device or share it..

Sharing entails creating a video, which again summarises the memory that will be required and how much free space you have left on your iPod or iPhone. Video creation is quick, and you then have the option to send the video to your computer, YouTube or email it. Sharing to your computer is particularly easy over a WiFi network. SonicPics details an IP address you can enter directly into your browser on your main machine, which brings up a SonicPics splash screen, image of your video’s first frame and a download link to click. Simple.

YouTube and email sharing is equally easy. You sign into YouTube, or create an email from the app, and upload / send the movie.

SonicPics does “exactly what it says on the box”, and the user interface is intuitive. In some ways it reminds me of early versions of Apple iLife Apps, in that it is competent but lacks some flare. It would be nice, for example, to see some options for crossfade or other effects when you transition between images. Playback of a slideshow on the device has to be done with the controls visible, although I assume you could sync a video back to the device from iTunes after exporting it, and play it back that way. But this limits your ability to be truly independent of your desktop or email when making a presentation “in the field”. Also, both the UI and playback is fixed in portrait view all of the time.

The SonicPics’ team have put a lot of work into their website’s instructional info, and also have a lot of demo slideshows there. They have also updated the App already with a number of features that earlier versions didn’t have. So it seems that they are going to support their product, and hopefully some of that support will come by way of expanded functionality in later versions for perhaps features such as more export options, some transition effects, and location awareness.

Overall though SonicPics is a neat little utility that I will keep on my iPhone and can see myself using when out and about to produce voice annotated presentations, or slideshows for family and friends from a day out.

The Good

The Not So Good

Reviewed By: Stephen Northcott

Make your show on the road!

Price: $2.99 (iTunes Store)
Updated Feb 05, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1.0
Size: 0.8 MB
Languages: English
Seller: Humble Daisy, Inc
© 2009, Humble Daisy, Inc
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch (2nd generation). Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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