PageMeUp – Review

On November 19, 2014, in Apps, Review, by Simon Parnell

PageMe Up Desktop Publishing and HTML design and layout application
Softobe
Price: $24 USD

Page Me Up

PageMeUp describes itself as designed for print documents and websites. At the price it is pitched against applications like Pages, SwiftPublisher, and iStudio Publisher rather than the big guns like Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress.

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TechFan #182 – Been Too Long

On October 17, 2014, in TechFan Podcast, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss the news from the Apple event this week, including the release of Yosemite, a new iMac and Mac mini, iPads, and much more. Plus, Tim has a new blog!

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Link:
Not New Video Games (Tim’s new blog)

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“I don’t buy apps”

On May 13, 2014, in Apps, Opinion, by Donny Yankellow

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“I don’t buy apps.”

That’s the phrase I am hearing more and more from people when discussing apps on the iPad. I bring up a cool app that costs a couple of dollars and the person immediately states the above sentence. It seems as if buying apps is becoming more and more of the thing not to do. It is as if buying apps is a sin. Why buy apps when there are hundreds of free ones?

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iCookbook – App Review

On May 15, 2013, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

iCookbook
Company: Publications International, Ltd.
Version: 3.1
Price: $4.99
Requires: iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch 3rd generation and above, iPad, iOS 4.3 or later.

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In March 2013 I reviewed the CrockPot Recipes App and was very pleased with the variety of recipes. The developers of the CrockPot Recipes App have another fabulous cooking app that contains recipes for crock pot, oven, and grill, simply named iCookbook.

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iBike Coach and iBike Phone Booth

On August 9, 2012, in Apps, Cases, iPhone Cases, by Peter Nikolaidis
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Publisher: Velocomp
Price: $59.95

I had the opportunity to review the iBike Phone Booth, a bike mount for the iPhone, and iBike Coach, a cycling computer app for the iPhone.

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Bookle App
Review

On February 27, 2012, in Apps, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Bookle
Version 1.0.4
Price: $9.99
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Mac App Store link

Bookle is a newly released EPUB reading app created by Adam Engst of TidBITS Publishing and Peter Lewis of Stairways Software. Its simple interface and built-in Mac gestures make Bookle an excellent way to read on your Mac.

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iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
Book Review

On January 25, 2012, in Book Review, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, by Mark Greentree

iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
Author: J.D. Biersdorfer

Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Print ISBN: 978-1-4493-1616-7 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1616-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4493-1676-1 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1676-X
Price: eBook US$19.99. Print US$24.99

Besides death and taxes, the only other guarantee in life is Apple will never incorporate a printed manual with any release of the iPad.

Experienced users see the benefit of no longer having a manual, while new users to the platform can be left perplexed.

Luckily O’Reilly Media and author J. D. Biersdorfer have collaborated to release iPad 2: The Missing Manual for all those consumers who wish to know more about their iPad 2.

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Turbo.264 HD
Review

On October 17, 2011, in Apple, Apps, Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

Turbo.264 HD
Company: Elgato
Version: 1.2
Requires: 512 MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, QuickTime 7.6 or later
Price: $49.99
Mac App Store link

Turbo.264 HD Software Edition is a simple application that can convert almost any type of video on your Mac to a high quality H.264 file in standard or HD format. The resulting video can be played on iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Sony PSP, or sent to YouTube.

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Jetsetter
App Review

On October 5, 2011, in Apps, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Jetsetter
Company: Gilt Travel, Inc
Version: 1.1.1 for iPad
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Price: Free
Version 2.0 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Price: Free

Do you like to travel? Do you find it difficult to navigate through web sites, looking for honest and unbiased reviews of hotels and destinations? Do you want to travel somewhere interesting, somewhere that you may not have thought of? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might want to take a look at Jetsetter.

Jetsetter is a travel app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that’s more than just a simple app that shows vacation spots. Jetsetter uses photos, reviews, insider tips, and intuitive site navigation to make searching for a new adventure, well, an adventure! I used the iPad version of Jetsetter for this review.

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Desktopr
Mac App Review

On September 28, 2011, in Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Desktopr
Version 1.0.1
Company: Sandwichlab
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Price: $3.99
Mac App Store link

Desktopr is a small app that sets your Mac’s desktop image, or wallpaper, to whatever you want: photo, movie, even a web site like Facebook or Twitter. The app lives in the menu bar, and is easily customized.

Wallpapers are set through the Preference pane of Desktopr. Under the “Add” tab are some pre-chosen web sites covering news, social, lifestyle, and toys that can be added as wallpapers. The custom section is where users add their own web sites or files from their Macs. Use the “Settings” tab to enable or disable Java and JavaScript or Flash, change transparency and Quartz frame rate, and tweak a few other options.

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Adobe Touch iPad Apps for Photoshop CS5
Review

On August 2, 2011, in iPad, Photography, Review, by Suzé Gilbert

iPad 2 App Review by Suzé Gilbert
Adobe Touch iPad Apps for Photoshop CS5
Adobe Eazel, Adobe Nav, Adobe Color Lava
Apple AppStore
Adobe Eazel $2.99 US, Adobe Nav $1.99 US, Adobe Color Lava $2.99 US

Last April, Adobe released the powerful Creative Suite 5.5 and the Photoshop Software Development Kit(SDK). The Photoshop Touch SDK and a new script capability in the updated Photoshop CS5.1 offer developers the tools to design applications that interact between the touchscreen device and Adobe Photoshop. To herald this event, Adobe released three apps for the iPad: Adobe Eazel, Adobe Nav, and Adobe Color Lava. Each of the three apps can interact with Photoshop CS5 or CS5.1. They are not compatible with earlier versions of Adobe Photoshop.

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FileMaker Go
App Review

On June 13, 2011, in Features, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

FileMaker Go
Company: FileMaker
$39.99 for iPad
Version 1.2.1
$19.99 for iPhone and iPod touch
Version 1.2.1
Both apps require iOS 4.2 or later

If you use a database for your job, chances are it’s a FileMaker database. And, chances are, you access the information from your desk. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the pertinent databases with you when you’re conducting business outside the office? FileMaker thought so too, and created FileMaker Go.

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 4

On April 21, 2011, in iPhone, iPod Touch, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Day Four

Remember The Milk
iTunes link
Developer Web Site
Version 1.5.0
Free; Upgrade to Pro $24.99/year or $2.99/month
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

Remember The Milk (RTM) is a popular note and to-do app for iPhone that, surprisingly, doesn’t have a dedicated iPad app. An online account is needed to use the app.

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 3

On April 20, 2011, in iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Macintosh, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Day Three

Wunderlist
iTunes link iPhone
Version 1.2.1
Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
iTunes link iPad
Version 1.01
Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Developer Web Site
Free

Wunderlist is a list/task manager available for Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It’s clean and streamlined user interface makes it easy to learn and easy to keep your life in order.

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 2

On April 19, 2011, in iPad, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Day Two

Infinote Free
iTunes link
Developers web site
Version 1.6.5
Free
Works with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

All of us have used sticky notes at one time or another. They’re simple to use, and come in some great colors. If you’d like a note app that has the familiarity of sticky notes, take a look at Infinote Free.

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Battle of the Note Apps
Day 1

On April 18, 2011, in iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

The iTunes app store is loaded with note apps, almost as many as fart apps. But unlike fart apps, note apps serve a real purpose: they help keep us organized. Yet how do you know which note app is worth your time and money? Over the next four days I’ll be reviewing four different note apps that offer different features that appeal to different users.

This is by no means an exhaustive or “best-of” list; it’s just four apps I’ve recently been using. If you’ve been using a note app that you just can’t live without, please share it by leaving a comment below.

And now, without any further ado…

Day One

RainbowNote Lite
iTunes link
Developer Web Site
Version 2.3
Free
Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

RainbowNote Lite is a great note app if you need a lot of customization in your note organization. With each note created you can change the background, font size, style and color, and text size.

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NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America
Review

On March 8, 2011, in Apps, iPhone, Navigation, Review, by Scott Willsey

Mobile Navigation System reviewed by Peter Nikolaidis, Guest Writer

NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America
Company: NAVIGON AG
Price: $59.99
iTunes App Store

Navigon MobileNavigator North America

I have been using NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America for the last couple weeks. NAVIGON NA is a GPS app for Apple’s iPhone. Unlike the built in Google Maps app, Navigon provides turn-by-turn directions, similar to Google Maps on Android devices, or TomTom.

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Find a Mac App Store Bargain

On February 24, 2011, in Apple, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Store News
Cost: Free
Requires: Snow Leopard

With the success of the App Store within iTunes for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple decided to give Mac users the same experience for their computers with the release of the Mac App Store.

Like the iTunes App Store, the Mac App Store can be browsed by Categories, Featured, or Top Charts. But there’s nothing within the Mac App Store interface that shows which apps are on sale, or have lowered their price. That’s where Store News comes in.

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Adobe Photoshop Express
App Review

On February 15, 2011, in Apps, Photography, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Adobe Photoshop Express
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later
Version 1.5
FREE
Web site
iTunes Store link

Adobe Photoshop has been the de facto photography/image editing program for many years. However, for many people, Photoshop is either too expensive, too great of a learning curve, too overwhelming, or any combination of the above. Sometimes, all a photo needs to go from good to great is a little tweaking. Adobe heard the cries, and has developed Adobe Photoshop Express, an app that lets users edit and share images quickly and easily.

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LightWake
App Review

On February 7, 2011, in Apps, iPad, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

LightWake
iPad App
Requires iOS 4.2 or later
Version 1.3
99 cents
iTunes Store
Developer Site


LightWake is an alarm clock for the iPad that gently wakes you up with soothing music and gradual light, like a sunrise. The sunrise duration can be set anywhere from 10 minutes to 60 minutes, during which time the screen gets brighter and the accompanying music increases in volume. In theory: a great idea. But not for me.

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