Posts Tagged Productivity

Peek Calendar Review

Peek Calendar Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Not one for those looking for complicated features or even multiple calendar support, Peek Calendar is an attractively minimalist calendar for those in a rush.

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MailDeck Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Stylish to look at and immensely useful, MailDeck will soon be a new favorite iPad email tool.

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bookkeep Review

bookkeep Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Its simplicity is both its strength and its weakness, but Bookkeep will be a handy companion for avid readers not fussed about wanting to share what they're reading with others.

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Permanent Review

Permanent Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
In need of more flexibility, Permanent is still a useful and user friendly spreadsheet tool.

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Loggr Review

Loggr Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A very simple tool for those wanting to log various statistics of their lives, Loggr has potential despite its lack of features.

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RoomScan Pro

RoomScan Pro

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
One would be forgiven for thinking RoomScan Pro was something of black magic. The ability to create automatic room plans is great, but one should be aware of its approximate measurements.

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Zippy Review

Zippy Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Initially seeming like a typical if well made To Do list app, Zippy offers up an original insights section, proving it's worth taking a look at.

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Beamtask Review

Beamtask Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Beamtask is a fantastic “honey-do” or “me-do” task list, complete with reminders and automated contact list.

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MindMeld Review

MindMeld Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A smart voice assistant with voice conferencing functionality, MindMeld listens in and offers plenty of relevant search results based on one's speech.

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Solutionist Review

Solutionist Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Offering the means in which to create one's own formulas and calculations, Solutionist is a powerful calculation app.

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31Squares Review

31Squares Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
31Squares helps iOS users find events in their area that interest them, and it also includes a calendar to keep all events organized in one location.

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Orderly Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Organizing one's life is particularly simple to do with this visually appealing and practically thought out To Do list app.

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Shiny Happy App Reviews

 

The App Store can be a daunting place. What to try? What to buy? How do you know? Thank goodness the review team at 148Apps is here to save the day. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you’re looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we’ve been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.

Chunky Comic Reader

 
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In the year 2014, Comic Books couldn’t be any more popular than they have been at any point in history. No longer is Batman being blamed for ADHD or Deadpool tantalizing children to crime. Heck, people don’t even point a finger at Rick Grimes for any violent public acts. At the same time, we’ve also been blessed with new ways to read our beloved illustrated stories; such as computers, phones, and tablets. 20 some years ago people would get teased for reading Amazing Spider-Man at school, but now that same person looks like a rockstar. Especially with the new tech. A popular way to read electronic comics has been using PDF, CBR, or CBZ files, which are offered through a variety of different publications for purchase and are DRM free. Obviously, readers will want to view their new comics on a device that feels natural to read them on, not on a laptop or desktop. So here to save the day, giving users the best reading experience for the iPad, is Chunky Comic Reader! –Mike Deneen

Dungeon Keeper

 
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I’m sure the fact that I haven’t given this game a score Captain James Hook could count to on his bad hand will earn me a fair bit of scorn, but hear me out. While Dungeon Keeper isn’t the same game that’s been a permanent fixture on my Top 10 list for years, it is a decent freemium title that happens to incorporate the theme from one of my favorite games. And honestly, that ain’t half bad. This Dungeon Keeper follows a structure similar to the often-imitated Clash of Clans. Players assume the role of the Keeper and immediately begin ordering their imps to hollow out areas to use for various rooms. Every room, trap, and door takes up a specific amount of space that needs to be cleared out in advance, but once they’re built players are free to move them around as they please – so long as they can fit. They can also use their dungeon heart to summon more minions, with different rooms allowing for different creatures. –Rob Rich

Rocket Robo

 
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Making a console quality game for mobile isn’t as easy as just porting over some PS2 game with snazzier graphics and bolted-on touch controls. It means making a game with the same level of care given to the gameplay and presentation as a big, AAA release that still makes sense being on mobile. Need an example of what that means? Just check out the fantastic Rocket ROBO. When his elderly creator needs more stars to power their galactic lighthouse, Rocket Robo journeys out into the storybook cosmos to find some. It’s the perfect set-up for Rocket ROBO‘s delightfully whimsical acoustic guitar sci-fi sensibilities. While later stages take place in more traditional interstellar environments, as well as an upcoming candy planet, players will start their 2.5D platforming adventure in a world made up entirely of arts and crafts. The aptly named Material World features woven patchwork walls, bouncy sponge platforms, and button pig enemies all made gloriously textured and tangible by the impressive 3D engine. While it’s maybe not quite on the same level as the similarly stylish Kirby’s Epic Yarn or LittleBigPlanet, creator Aaron McElligott’s background as a console gaming environmental artist shines through in the splendid visuals. –Jordan Minor

Road of Kings

 
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The current American political climate suffers from a bad combination of money and politics. However, this isn’t entirely unique to the 21st century as money has almost always equaled and guaranteed power. In Dancing Sorcerer’s latest title, Road of Kings, the goal is to accumulate 500 gold pieces within a 100 days to prove who’s be the best candidate to be King of the people. Political commentary aside, Road to Kings is a neat experience. It plays like a 4-hex board game, where players move their dude (Sorry ladies, only comes as a guy) around the board with random events taking place; anything from encountering an enemy to finding out the main character got lost in the hills due to his poor navigation skills. Movement on the board, as well as events, are very much dictated by the terrain on any particular space, be it good or bad. But at the end of the day, Road of Kings feels a lot like a single player board game minus dice rolling or dropping $70 on a boxed version. –Mike Deneen

INKredible

 
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Sometimes, whether it’s for aesthetic reasons or for the sake of practicality, it’s just plain better to write rather than type some kind of content. That’s where INKredible comes in. It makes it attractive and simple to write on the iPad, providing a great distraction-free experience. The app offers a blank canvas with a choice of paper-based background, thereby allowing users to get on with whatever they want to write or draw. It particularly lends itself to note taking and when one wants to join together text and hand-drawn diagrams or sketches. –Jennifer Allen

The Animal Alphabet Singers

 
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The Animal Alphabet Singers, as the name may imply, is an app for babies and toddlers that helps them learn the alphabet as well as animals associated with these letters. This app includes sections that allow children to explore the alphabet in many ways. One section of this app, also named The Animal Alphabet Singers includes a group of 26 animals – each of which can each be tapped to hear the corresponding letter to be sung, with the letter also being highlighted below for a nice effect. Do tap on a letter as well because doing so will trigger singing from the related animal. –Amy Solomon

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TowerMadness 2

 
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TowerMadness 2 is perhaps not the most innovative tower defense game of all-time, but it’s a solid effort. Really, standard open-field tower defense rules apply: there’s towers with different ranges and effects, they can be upgraded to do more damage, or sold if not part of a good strategy any more. Success is based on whether players kept the aliens from getting in and taking too many sheep through a star system, with Invasion Mode, where waves come in faster, offering a fourth star. Players can also send in waves faster themselves to get faster times for the leaderboards. –Carter Dotson

Akasha

 
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Akasha is a new mobile exclusive MMORG. Does it tip Order and Chaos from its pedestal? Akasha isn’t the most user friendly game. After a class choice between fighter, archer or mage and a very brief series of tutorial text boxes in a small font the game basically leaves the player to their own devices. Akasha uses a instance based system much like Guild Wars. To fight monsters or party up with other adventurers the player must begin an instance which can be thought of as a mini quest. –Allan Curtis

Dawn of the Plow

 
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Some games hand out points like they’re going out of style. Dawn of the Plow is not one of those games. This arcade game will test players with challenging conditions and a difficult-to-control vehicle, all in the hopes that they can maybe last long enough to do well before being fired. Controlling a snow plow on a snowy day where car drivers need to get to nondescript places, players must try to keep their paths clear. Snow will accumulate that the cars can drive over, but eventually they become impassable piles which take time to plow. The longer a car is stopped, the unhappier it gets and the lower the approval meter gets. If that empties, it’s game over and the player is fired. Of course, that probably won’t happen much. What will happen is that players will hit cars, which is instant game over. Or the cars will get trapped and buried under snow, which is also game over. Not making things easier is that driving a large truck around, especially on snow, is not easy. Thankfully, players have a horn to help manage traffic, and can collect powerups like a salt blaster to clear up snow instantly. –Carter Dotson

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer reviewed Dungeon Keeper, looked at how FPS developers have approached mobile, picked the best iOS and Android games of the week, and unveiled a slim line PS Vita. Read all it about it right here.

Converta Review

Converta Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Offering a simple to use and look at interface, Converta is a handy tool for those needing to make multiple conversions.

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INKredible Review

INKredible Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Offering a near authentic traditional writing experience, INKredible is a convenient tool for those who want to take hand-written notes with their iPad.

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Meetings Review

Meetings Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Meetings provides iOS users with a clean interface and unique features to manage meetings on the iPad, iPhone and Mac effortlessly.

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Scribe Review

Scribe Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Scribe's innovative use of Bluetooth LE to allow the transfer of data between Mac and iOS is refreshingly awesome. Sadly, this also comes with its limitations.

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Carpe Review

Carpe Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Carpe is a simple planner and task timer wrapped into one app that helps users stay on track and stick to their schedules.

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Files – Finder Edition Review

Files – Finder Edition Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A Swiss Army Knife of options for those who want to manage files on their iPad.

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Calendate Review

Calendate Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Calendate puts a spin on event-tracking by allowing users to customize how their calendar experience both looks and functions. But, is that enough to set it apart?

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PDF Expert 5 Review

PDF Expert 5 Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Completely redesigned for iOS 7, PDF Expert 5 brings many new features to the table like a unique Review mode and a text-to-speech feature.

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Demonstrate Review

Demonstrate Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A focused tool, Demonstrate is a handy way in which to set up hotspot mock ups of apps currently being developed.

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Cueframe Review

Cueframe Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fast and simple to use, Cueframe is a handy app for writing down notes and other information quickly.

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Easy Annotate Review

Easy Annotate Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Easy Annotate, just like its name suggests, provides a clean and easy-to-understand user interface that allows the annotating of up to two documents simultaneously. But it could do with more ways to share the documents one edits.

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24me 2.0 Review

24me 2.0 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
24me is a smart calendar and to-do list rolled into one with impressive features sprinkled on top to make it a go-to app for busy iOS users.

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TIME Planner Review

TIME Planner Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The TIME Planner App is a beautifully presented productivity app that allows for great flexibility around event and task planning.

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Todo 7 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Stunning to look at and offering the features one wants from a task management app, Todo 7 will be quite the hit for those wanting to organize their lives better.

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Flashback Review

Flashback Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Adding a sci-fi flourish to a calendar app is a neat move in ensuring Flashback is a little different from the rest of the crowd.

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Fantastical 2 Review

Fantastical 2 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fantastical 2 is a redesigned version of Fantastical for iOS 7 with a bunch of added features, making it an even better and easier-to-use calendar app than ever before.

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Gneo Review

Gneo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Gneo is a task management app with an intuitive interface that allows users to organize their lives effectively thanks to smart notebooks, calendar syncing, and Evernote integration.

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