SmartScore NoteReader – Review

On January 29, 2015, in iPhone, Review, by Mark Sealey

SmartScore NoteReader
Company: Musitek
Price: Free (in-app purchase) 


Optical Character Reading (OCR) software is tricky. Although it’s come a long way from the unreliable and inaccurate offerings of the 1980s (when it first became available for personal computers) if it doesn’t present you with a usable digital representation of your (scanned) hard copy which is also 99% accurate, it really has little more than curiosity value.

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Noteology – Review

On April 18, 2014, in Apps, iOS, iPad, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Company: RHP Multimedia
Price: $4.99
Version: 1.0
Requires: iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini Gen 1 and 2, iOS 6.0 or later


One of the great things about going to Macworld is discovering new apps. With some, you think, why didn’t I think of that? Noteology is one of those apps.

Noteology is an iPad-only app that lets users record video, and, at the same time, take notes and set bookmarks. You can play back the video with or without the notes, and even edit or add notes and bookmarks. No more missing what the speaker is saying because you’re too busy writing things down.

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Balanced – Get More Out of Life – Review

On September 19, 2013, in iOS, Review, by Peter Nikolaidis

Balanced – Get more out of life

Price: Free
iTunes Link

For the last few weeks, I’ve been playing with a new iOS app called Balanced – Get more out of life. Balanced is good for reminding you to perform recurring tasks, but it is not a traditional “todo” list. You would not, for instance, put a reminder to “buy milk,” or do something that is time-sensitive into Balanced — it’s for recurring tasks that you want to accomplish. Balanced seeks to help you keep your life in balance, and rewards you for doing so with some motivational feedback.

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Crock-Pot Recipes App – Review

On March 28, 2013, in Apps, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Crock-Pot Recipes App
Version: 1.0.1
Price: $3.99
Requires: iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch 3rd generation and above, iPad, iOS 4.3 or later.


In my house, when the smoke alarm goes off it means Mom cooked and dinner’s ready. Translation: I’m a lousy cook. But making dinner is a necessary evil. I can use the crock pot but I only have two recipes. We can’t live on beef stew and pulled pork for the rest of our lives, so I needed more crock pot recipes. Crock-Pot Recipes App to the rescue.

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WWF Together – iPad App Review

On February 1, 2013, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, iPad mini, by Mark Greentree

WWF Together iPad App
App Developer: World Wildlife Fund, Inc
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Licence: Free

For over 50 years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been the leading authority and educator for everything related to wildlife and the inevitable loss of species on our planet. WWF Together takes this legacy and delivers invaluable information in a free iPad app that is amazing in its design and delivery of visual and text based information.


You will gain access to resources relating to over 60 different animal species from around the globe. The navigation is done by a beautiful origami globe of the earth. The origami theme is featured throughout the app, and the 3D rendering of animals using this traditional paper folding technique is nothing short of astonishing.

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Star Walk for iPad
Company: Vito Technology, Inc.
Price: $4.99 USD (iPad version);
$2.99 USD (iPhone version) – requires iOS 3.2 or later

I took a look at the original version of Star Walk some time ago, and at the time I liked the app a lot. Since then, Vito Technology hasn’t stopped improving the the app, with the latest version of Star Walk being the best iteration yet. Some of the new features that take advantage of the capabilities of the iPad 2 and the New iPad continue to make Star Walk a “must-have” app for any amateur astronomer or science teacher. Kore malı s5

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Scrawl Mac

On March 20, 2012, in Apps, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Review, by Mark Greentree

App Developer: Allen Dunahoo
Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
License: US$1.99 – Mac OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

Productivity apps, especially note taking apps, are the new craze sweeping the Mac universe.

Scrawl is one of the competitors for you time and money. How does this very simple, elegant, and iCloud compatible app stand out in the crowded marketplace?

The first thing you will notice about Scrawl is how minuscule it makes itself on your Mac. The only way you know it is currently activated is by looking for the pencil icon located in your Menu Bar.

There is no limit to the number of saved notes you can have or their length. As new notes are created they will automatically save and sync with iCloud. This is a perfect solution for anyone with more than a single Mac.

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The Photographer’s Eye – Interactive edition for iPad
Company: The Ilex Press Ltd.
Author: Michael Freeman
Price: $9.99 US

When Amazon announced the Kindle with its electronic store, then Apple introduce the iBooks Store a few years later, I was feeling happy about the fact that bricks of books would become digital. But I was fast disappointed when I saw that most digital books were simply a copy of the physical books. When something goes digital, I expect a bit of interactivity.

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Peterson Birds of North America for iPad
Company: Appweavers, Inc.
Website: iTunes
Price: $9.99 USD

I have vivid recollections of browsing through the Peterson Birds of North America book throughout my childhood. My mother and I still watch for rare and unusual birds. As a biology teacher, having access to a detailed and accurate field guide to birds in our area is an absolute must. When I heard about the iPad version of the Peterson book, I knew that I had to take a look at it for our readers.

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iRig and Amplitube

On November 30, 2010, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Mike Breed

I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the electric guitar. So, two years ago at the young age of thirty eight I finally decided to give it a try. Mid-life crisis you ask? Maybe, but I’m having a blast! Anyone else who’s worked hard at learning one of their favorite tunes knows the thrill felt when you finally hit that power chord riff or solo perfectly. I remember the feeling well as I was recently rocking out to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” Hey, cut me some slack, I grew up in the eighties!

It’s this new passion for the guitar that made me raise an eyebrow when I first saw IK Multimedia’s new product, the iRig. The iRig is a cable interface that plugs into your iOS device’s headphone jack, allowing you to connect your guitar cable to your iOS device and a set of headphones or speakers. With a separately purchased app, Amplitube, your guitar is now connected to a complete stomp box and recording center.

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Seriously Scary iPad Owners
MyMac Podcast 318

On November 5, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Guy starts off the show by himself and offers some help to someone looking for a way to transfer all his old data to a new drive and Sesame Street jumps on the App Wagon. Fortunately for everyone, Gaz finds his way on and the G-Men talk about some of the upcoming Android Tablet competition. iPad owners get angry at the flip of a switch and is there ACTUALLY a virus in the wild for OS X?
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PlainText – A Plain Review

On November 4, 2010, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Company: Hog Bay Software
Price: Free
Devices: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, requires iOS 3.0+
Product page
iTunes link

The iOS devices come with a Notes app, which is good for quickly jotting down items, like a shopping list or a gift idea. But what if you want a little more? Maybe you need to take notes at a meeting, or you have an idea for the next great American novel. PlainText might be just what you’re looking for.

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iPad App Review – The Elements

On August 2, 2010, in Apps, iPad, Review, by Mike Breed

The Elements
Company: Element Collection — Theodore Gray
Price: $13.99
iTunes Link

One of the iPad’s marquee applications is Theodore Gray’s The Elements. There are very good reasons for this distinction. The Elements is truly beautiful to look at and use. As a chemistry teacher, this app fills a niche that I’ve been wanting for my students for a long time.

The first thing you notice about The Elements is the HD graphics. In a word, they’re stunning. The app opens with Tom Lehrer’s famous Elements song where he sings the names of all of the elements. As the song plays, each element’s native state appears as a rotating high-definition video, filling up the Periodic Table of the Elements as it goes. If you’re interested in science at all, it’s awesome.

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Review – You Gotta See This!

On July 24, 2010, in Apps, Camera, iPhone, Review, by Owen Rubin

Review: You Gotta See This
Company: Boinx Software
Price: $1.99

You Gotta See This. That is not only the name of the product, but what I said to others when I saw this. If you have an iPhone 4 (it does not run on anything but the iPhone 4), for only $1.99 you can get one of the coolest photo products I have seen in a long time, especially on a cell phone.

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