Posts Tagged Productivity

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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Say&Go Review

Say&Go Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The best ideas come while in the shower or driving, so don’t risk forgetting the idea of the decade! Say&Go can quickly record those brilliant brain bursts for future fame and fortune.

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Appoint Review

Appoint Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Appoint doesn't revolutionize the calendar app world but it's still quite a solid interpretation.

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OmniFocus 2 for iPhone Review

OmniFocus 2 for iPhone Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
OmniFocus 2 for iPhone is a task management app for people who absolutely need a comprehensive app that can do a lot, even if it can be a bit convoluted.

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Samurise Review

Samurise Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fighting the alarm clock takes on a whole new meaning when a samurai swordsman enters the picture.

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Projector Up! Review

Projector Up! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Designed for freelancers and small businesses, Projector Up! helps make managing finances a less daunting task.

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Tick Tock Task Review

Tick Tock Task Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Simple to use and attractive to look at, Tick Tock Task is a great way to organize one's To Do list.

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Whitespace Review

Whitespace Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Allowing those with minds that won't stay still to consolidate their thoughts in one place, without restrictions.

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This Week at 148Apps: September 9-13, 2013

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Sorting through the gigantic swarm of apps out there can be daunting. 148Apps is here to help. Want to see what we’ve been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.

Ninja Cats vs. Samurai Dogs

 
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The age-old battle between samurai and ninjas has been told throughout time across several forms of media, but Eutechnyx has taken it to a whole new level with Ninja Cats vs. Samurai Dogs. Ninja Cats vs. Samurai Dogs is a tower defense game in which the field of battle is divided up into five lanes. There are a variety of towers available to build that each have various functions and resources, but there are only five spaces in which to place them so it has to have some sort of strategy. Otherwise it’s just a case of trial and error. Units are created and deployed from these towers, which are generated as cards that all have different abilities. Once the decision to deploy a unit has been made it is then possible to choose where to place the character, with the aim of getting them across to the other side to destroy enemy towers. If a character, be it a ninja cat or a samurai dog, passes an enemy on their path (or adjacent to, depending on abilities) there will be a face-off to the death and the victor will advance forward. –Lucy Ingram

Heroes of Loot

 
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Distilling a genre down to its basic elements isn’t necessarily a difficult task, but doing it well absolutely is. Just cutting gameplay and other mechanical elements out at random won’t do; it really requires surgical precision. And yet, Orangepixel pulls it off so well with Heroes of Loot they make it look effortless. Heroes of Loot, at its most basic, is what happens when a game like Gauntlet is combined with Roguelike elements. The four adventurers (Elf, Warrior, Wizard, and Valkyrie) are in it for the money and not much else. Once players select their character, it’s on to adventure! Or in this case something akin to an arcade dungeon crawl. Randomized dungeons, quests, and special items make an appearance along with permadeath, but it’s all been streamlined to the point that dying is merely a (very) temporary setback. –Rob Rich

Junk Jack X

 
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The 2D mining and crafting genre is becoming a crowded one on iOS, with The Blockheads leading the way (in this writer’s humble opinion), Terraria making the jump to iOS, and now Junk Jack X – a follow-up to the 2011 2D crafting game that launched on iOS. And for those looking for a fun 2D crafting game can’t go wrong with Junk Jack X. Now, as someone intrigued by the genre but not an expert on them per se, I find the way that a game like Junk Jack X decides to just leave players in the middle of nowhere to start off with, left to fend for themselves, absolutely fascinating. In a world of handholding it’s kind of refreshing to be left to fend for myself. Of course then nightfall comes and I’m being assaulted by zombies, slime monsters, and spiders constantly, and I’d kind of appreciate some hand-holding! The ability to zoom way out to see where one has been and what the upcoming landscape may hold is great, especially handy for after a death, trying to make it back to the place one worked from. –Carter Dotson

Disney Princess Royal Salon

 
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Disney Princess Royal Salon is a very nice universal application that allows young children to dress up Disney princesses as well as style their hair with a tap or drag of a finger. Having only a son, we never got into the princess theme the way some children do, but I did spend a few years looking for a moderately-priced styling head that was not attached to Barbie as my boy showed interest in trying to style my hair and apply pretend makeup to my face, so I think he would have fun with this kind of pretend play toy. It is these kinds of styling head toys that came to mind as I tested the Disney Princess Royal Salon app as after choosing among Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel, and Ariel one gets to decide which of four invitations to select, and one has a chance to style a princess’s hair with the tap of a finger. –Amy Solomon

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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

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SimpleRockets

 
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Space. The final frontier. The strange, black mass around the Earth that’s calling out to us, daring to come at it with all the technologies we could think of. As the space exploration in real world is stalling behind the schedule, videogame spacemen are orbiting on the countless devices, including mobile phones. The most popular among the “realistic” space exploration simulators is, undeniably, Kerbal Space Program. It’s a whole another topic, worthy of a hundred of articles, but it’s quite obvious where SimpleRockets took the inspiration from. Although it’s a lot more simple, it’s fitting perfectly into the mobile screen. –Tony Kuzmin

Wordcraft

 
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Wordcraft is a combo word game from Littlebigplay. The game is an interesting mix of word games like Scrabble and crossword puzzles. The playing area is a rectangular grid made up of squared letter tiles set up in 8×13 fashion. The letters are random, and contain all the letter of the alphabet with varying probabilities. As in Scrabble, each letter has a number value that seems to be based on the use of the letter in the English language. Thus, E, T and A have the lowest values, and K, X, Q, J and Z have high values. –Tre Lawrence

Daddy Was A Thief

 
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Isn’t it strange that a game is only perceived as mature when the developers consciously try to make it so? By all accounts, Daddy Was A Thief is a hardcore circus of violence and destruction, but since it has nice music and cute graphics, it feels like a completely peaceful game. And I’m definitely digging its style. I’ve already reviewed it a while ago on iOS, and since Daddy Was A Thief got an update, I figured it would be a great time to also review this great game on Android, as well. –Tony Kuzmin

Also this week, Pocket Gamer went preview crazy, with first impressions of Infinity Blade III, Trials: Frontier, Gunner Z, Assassin’s Creed: Pirates, Pocket Trains, Valiant Hearts, Fist of Awesome, and Rayman Fiesta Run. Get more reviews, news, and videos in Pocket Gamer’s weekly wrap up.

And finally, in this week’s AppSpy News Wrap-Up, James talks you through the Infinity Blade III trailer, and shows you the first gameplay video from Trials Frontier, Assassin’s Creed: Pirates, and Rayman Fiesta Run. He also talks in a pirate voice for longer than is strictly necessary. Visit AppSpy.com for more video reviews, news, and previews.

WriteDown Review

WriteDown Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Not quite perfect, WriteDown is still quite an exceptional writing app for iPhone users.

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Syllable Review

Syllable Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Encouraging its users to read fast, Syllable is a handy tool for those with limited time.

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Event Book Review

Event Book Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Offering simplicity through a clean interface, Event Book is the ideal helping hand for those organizing their lives.

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Splitit – Productive Browser Review

Splitit – Productive Browser Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Enjoy effortless split-screen multitasking on the iPad with this productive browser.

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Donna, Manage Your Day Review

Donna, Manage Your Day Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Donna isn't the greatest personal assistant ever, but she comes in handy.

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Mynd Calendar Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Mynd isn’t just another calendar app. Its ability to integrate with other apps effortlessly combined with its smart, intuitive interface makes it top-notch.

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Full Review

Full Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Full has a great message behind it, but it's a pretty limited way to keep track of one's ambitions.

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DOOO To-do Note Review

DOOO To-do Note Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A to-do list that’s easy to use and offers plenty of organizational tools to help users complete daily tasks efficiently.

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Schedule Planner Review

Schedule Planner Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Expect to pay up to truly benefit from Schedule Planner, but it's a handy way to organize one's time.

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My.Shopping Review

My.Shopping Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
My.Shopping certainly offers plenty of powerful features for those looking to organize their shopping list. Sometimes that can be overwhelming, though.

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Fuel Monitor Wants to Help You Save Money at the Pump

Posted by on July 29th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Driving can be stressful, but paying for gas can be even worse. Fuel Monitor, a free app from Adir Genish, is meant to ease some of that pain.

Fuel Monitor runs in the background and uses the iOS device’s GPS location functions, along with your car’s model information, to monitor driving excursions and display fuel consumption data. It also offers up tips on how to cut down on fuel consumption as well as assists with finding parking spaces, locating your car after it’s parked, and an “Accident Kit” should anything unfortunate happen along the way.

And really, who doesn’t want to cut down on their refueling costs?

source: Fuel Monitor App
Grid Review

Grid Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Offering a different way of planning or organizing one's life, Grid is a pretty useful productivity tool.

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Write for iPad Review

Write for iPad Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
There's plenty to love about this text editing and note taking app such as device sharing, gesture shortcuts and a quick keyboard toolbar.

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Morning Review

Morning Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Morning makes it possible for users to stay updated and keep track of their day thanks to its eight customizable panels and attractive interface.

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Top Of The Morning: Morning Assistant Review

Top Of The Morning: Morning Assistant Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A little too basic for comfort, Top of the Morning isn't without promise, at least, thanks to an appealing user interface.

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NoteSuite (formerly Projectbook) Update Adds More Than 100 New Features

Posted by on June 27th, 2013
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

It’s hard to accurately describe NoteSuite in a short phrase without bringing out buzz words like “information manager” and “digital organizer.” It can be compared to apps like Evernote, but NoteSuite does so much more, and it leaves you in control of your data and is without the need for a subscription like Evernote. So here we go, I’m going to try.

NoteSuite from Theory.io is digital filing cabinet for all of those bits of digital bits information that we all get and don’t know how to organize. Nope, that stinks. Accurate, but it stinks. NoteSuite is so much more. It’s a task manager, a PDF annotation app, an audio meeting recorder, an outline editor, it recognizes the text in your documents and helps to automatically organize them, capture, annotate, and store web pages. Way too long, how about digital Swiss Army knife? Boom, there we go, the perfect description for NoteSuite.

If you are looking at something to keep your digital bits organized, take a look at NoteSuite. It will do everything you wanted Evernote to do, but without the subscription fees. And it’s on sale now for the amazing price of just $1.99. So why not grab it? For a quick look at the app, take a look at the video below:

I have been a big fan of NoteSuite since the first version. This one cleans up just about every issue I had with the original. And a big plus, also now available is a Mac OSX version that offers iCloud syncing of your data.

The one outstanding issue for me is the lack of an iPhone version, but we’ve been assured that it is being worked on yet no release date is known yet.

Foresee Review

Foresee Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Got a task in mind that only particular weather conditions will do? Foresee helps one track all that, with a clean, minimalist user interface.

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Swipes Review

Swipes Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Keeping it simple, Swipes makes it easy to keep track of today's To Do list, without being confused by future tasks.

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Mail Ninja Review

Mail Ninja Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Favoring simplicity over complexity, Mail Ninja won't be the email solution for everyone but it does make sorting through new mail a fairly quick process.

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