Archive for the ‘Utility’ Category

Air Sharing

September 12, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: Free (Until September 22)

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

Review: This is a great app and a good (and free) alternative to File Magnet and Datacase.  It allows you to easily transfer a multitude of different file types to your iPod Touch/iPhone wirelessly.  It is very easy to setup (just map to the network location they tell you to from your computer) and allowed me to transfer a 1gb file in around 20 minutes.  This is a really good app if you want to watch a movie but don’t want to sync your iPod.  They provide highly detailed instructions and some good settings such as password protected sharing as well as public access.  You can also delay (or disable) your iPod Touch/iPhone from going to sleep.

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Verdict: Definitley pick it up for free before September 22.  Even when it begins to cost, this will still be a very useful app.

Link: Air Sharing

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Grafunc

September 6, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: $1.99

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

Review: Here’s another school related app in honor of the end of the first school week.  This is a graphing calculator with great options.  Inputting your equations is easy and simple.  You are allowed to have six equations on the graph at a time with a different color for each.  You can easily find intersection points and axis intercepts with special buttons.  When you graph an equation, you are able to tap and hold your finger then drag to come up with single points.  On the options menu you can adjust your window (easier to just pinch and stretch on graphing screen) as well as reset your view.  You are also able to turn your labels on and off and select the sampling quality.  There is also an extensive help screen which will get you using this app’s many functions quickly.  As an extra bonus you can use this app in landscape mode.  In terms of other competitors on the app store, there is an app called Touchplot ($4.99) which was a massive waste for me.  You cannot graph more than one function at a time and you can’t use brackets.  On top of that Touchplot’s interface was hard to use.

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Verdict: I highly suggest picking up this app if you are in any math class at the moment.  It is 1/50 the cost of even the cheapest graphing calculator and who wants to go on their computer if they need to graph something?  Stay away from the competitor’s Touchplot app because from experience it has minimal function.

Link: Grafunc

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CheckPlease

September 2, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8/10

Review: There is a million different tip calculators on the app store and originally I didn’t see any purpose for them.  During the next couple weeks I realized how time consuming it is to calculate and split a tip and meal cost unless you’re some mathematician.  This is where this app comes in.  Just open it up type in the cost of the meal and choose your tip percentage and number of people to split the meal with.  Checkplease will give you the exact value of the tip each person should leave and the amount they need to pay for the meal.  You also have an option to use exact/rounded values.  From the settings menu you can change to an older version of the app’s layout and set a default tax rate.

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Verdict: Never fear splitting up a bill again with this handy app.  Some people might not have any use for this app while others might begin to use it often.

Link: CheckPlease

TouchCalc

September 1, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7/10

Review: In honor of school starting tomorrow I decided to review an app themed appropriately.  This app is a scientific calculator which is close to the same Apple provides you (landscape mode version) but with more features.  Imagine yourself walking down the street trying to remember the Cos of 180 degrees.  Now you can just whip out your TouchCalc app and figure it out in seconds.  This app is really helpful for basic calculations when you just need to use a calculator quickly so this won’t help you when doing advanced stuff.  Still this calculator has a memory along with the normal scientific buttons and can work in three different modes.  Also the buttons seem to be just the perfect size which is good because this app doesn’t work in landscape mode.  The settings screen is pretty basic and is where you change between you modes and other prefences.

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Verdict: Pretty good calculator app for basic use but won’t help you much when trying to do advanced calculations.

Link: TouchCalc

ShoZu

August 31, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

Review: This is a great app with the purpose of uploading your pictures from you iPhone/iPod Touch to a massive list of social networking sites.  I use it everyday to upload my screenshots I take for this website.  To start you need to select which websites you are part of and want to upload to.  After choosing each site you need to give them your login details.  Once you successfully complete this you are able to click on the website you want to upload to on the main screen.  From here you have the option to upload a picture, view all the of the pictures you have uploaded and add feeds which allows you to view your friend’s picture feeds.  Uploading a 320×480 screenshot takes me about 1 second and appears in my Flickr account of about 4 seconds (over WiFi).  I have only tested this app with Flickr so other websites such as Facebook and Photobucket may provide you with more features.

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Verdict: Very useful app that is perfect for those of you who often upload pictures taken from you iPhone to social networking sites.

Link: ShoZu

WritingPad

August 20, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7/10

Review: This app is basically the Notes app with a twist.  The one major difference between this app and all other note taking apps is the way you type.  You have two options with this app: you can either type normally (just use the notes app) or you can trace a shape between the letters that make up the word you are trying to write.  Surprisingly, it is 10x easier than you think it is and once you get the hang of it you can start writing words in less than a second.  If you misspell a word it takes literally 1-2 taps to correct yourself due to the massive library of words built into the app.  There are some other options built into the app including being able to email/delete each note.  There are also some basic tutorials included to help teach you what you need to know to get started.

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Verdict: There isn’t anything special about this app except for the new typing concept which is neat to try but really didn’t serve any purpose to me.  Download it and see if you like it especially if you take lots of notes because it will save you a bundle of time.

Link: WritingPad

NetNewsWire

August 17, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: Free

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ 10/10

Review: This is another one of those apps that I use at least 4-5 times a day.  I downloaded this application on the first day the app store was released and it hasn’t failed me yet.  For this app to work you need to have a NewsGator account (free and easy to setup).  From there you add your RSS feeds that you would like to watch.  After this you can edit the settings of your account for which feeds you want to show on your iPod Touch/iPhone.  Whenever you read a feed or mark it as read, the changes are made on all your versions of the app (desktop app, online app and iPod Touch/iPhone app).  You have an extra option in the settings menu of your iPod Touch/iPhone to make the number of unread stories badge appear/dissapear too.  When you are reading a paticular story there is an option to either email it and add it to clippings (a special folder which can be used for either favorites or I use it for keeping track of the stories I need to read on my computer due to length or video that isnt supported).  On top of that you can also click the title of the story you are reading and it will open in a built in browser so you don’t need to quit out of the application and go to Safari (even though there is an option for that too).  As well once feeds are downloaded, they can all be read offline (without pictures) which is a real bonus.

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Verdict: I haven’t tried any other RSS reader but why should I when this app is everything you possibly could ever want.  Download it now.

Link: NetNewsWire

iNetwork Test

August 16, 2008

Type: Utility

Cost: $0.99

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8/10

Review: I was using the web based app since the first day I got my iPod Touch.  It did a great job at telling me my connection speed so obviously this was one of the apps I was most looking foward to getting when the app store arrived.  To start, the support for this app is ridiculous.  I occasionally email the developers with feature suggestions and then they pop-up in the next version as well as getting an email response in as little as an hour.  Now here are the details of the app.  Basically you have three screens: the acual test screen, the past results screen and the setting screen.  On the test screen all you do is click a button and it will test your connection speed in kbps.  You then have the option to save your results along with your location (so you can check where you get the fastest speed).  If you have an account with iNetwork Test, you can also send your results to their website where they post all the speed averages and will put your location and speed on a map.  Finally the settings screen is where you input your account details.  It’s a pretty basic app which is more helpful than 90% of the apps on the app store especially if you are experiencing slower speeds than you should using 3G and you want proof.  There is also another test called SpeedTest on the app store that is free but does not have anywhere near the function of this app.

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Verdict: I very, very highly suggest you buy this app.  This is one of my favorite apps (it’s on my first screen) and can help you test the speeds you are getting over WiFi, Edge and 3G and will help you tell where it is best to do the bulk of your surfing.

Link: iNetwork Test

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