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My Playhome GiggleApps Review

Posted by GiggleApps Staff on September 9th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Amy Solomon over at GiggleApps took a look at My Playhome Monday:

My Playhome is a creative and nicely crafted digital dollhouse for iPad that my son really enjoys. Four rooms are included – a family room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom as well as mom, dad, brother, sister and baby characters. A version for iPhone, Pocket Playhome is also available.

Each room includes objects that the characters can interact with. I like that in the family room, one can switch between cds that play music used throughout this app as background music and one can also turn on the TV to watch a few seconds of muted home video of a family unwrapping gifts – a nice touch. It is also fun that shades can be drawn over the windows to darken the room, and that an aquarium is also included.

For the full review, head on over to GiggleApps.

Drumcircle RH Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on June 3rd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: REQUIRES PATIENCE
The graphics and sound might be 8-bit, but the options and variables available in this loop generator make it more than just a simple drum machine.
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WIRED Magazine For iPad Hits The App Store

Posted by Ben Harvell on May 26th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOT QUITE WIRED FOR THE IPAD :: Read Review »

It seemed like the much talked up Wired Magazine for iPad, made in collaboration with Adobe, had hit a major problem when Apple banned Flash-based apps from the App Store, but now it has arrived and with Adobe’s help.

Rumor has it that Wired and Adobe had to rewrite the app to comply with Apple’s Objective C requirements after Apple blocked the use of 3rd party creation tools, namely Adobe's new Flash tools in CS5. Today, the app has gone live on the App Store and, it seems, all the blood sweat and tears were worth it. Wired Magazine for iPad looks to have set a benchmark among other publishers who have rushed out digital versions of their apps and uses interactive features as well as traditional page viewing techniques to show off the magazine’s content in an exciting new way.

The app does weigh in at a hefty 500Mb so you're not going to be able to keep too many copies on your iPad at one time, however, if all magazines follow this model and perform this well, it looks like the digital publishing revolution, hailed when the iPad was still just a rumor, may have well and truly begun.

The video below is Wired’s official video for its app that, ironically, requires Flash.

First Look: MacUser Magazine Launches on iPhone

Posted by Arron Hirst on January 13th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

On Monday, you may have seen the release Zinio Magazine Reader. A slick looking virtual kiosk for everything magazine on the iPhone. The app features a whole bunch of online digital magazines for purchase, and browsing them looks to be fairly simple. I've arranged with Zinio to get my hands on a copy, so hopefully I can show you that in-detail shortly. In the meantime though, there's one publication which has been available on Zinio's library since August 2004 and which I've been waiting to come to iPhone, and that's MacUser.

If your a Mac or Design fanatic like me, and happen to live in the UK, the likelihood is you've heard of MacUser. Originally started by Dennis Publishing in 1985, and later licensed to Ziff-Davis Publishing for use in the rest of the world, MacUser is a fortnightly publication which targets mac users who are specifically involved in the design industry. Due to licensing issues though, unfortunately only the UK edition remains. Currently led by Editor, Nik Rawlinson the magazine is packed with tips, tricks, news, rumors, reviews and general Mac and Apple-related goodness. Until today, the publication has been available one of two ways. Online, via the official MacUser site with each issue browsable via an embedded flash widget, and on glossy paper in stores. Each issue of the publication is available for as little as £3.95, and alongside this it's also offered as a £17.95 6-month subscription which bags you 6 issues.

Yesterday, MacUser launched on the iPhone, providing full high-resolution versions of their digital mags in a standalone app. Controlled via in-app purchases, your initial 59p purchase of the app will bag you the latest 100-page issue of MacUser Mazagine, free. Afterward, each fortnightly issue will set you back £1.79, or you can opt for the 6-month subscription as with the web version.

Opening the app for the first time will show you an overview of the 7 previous issues, and the most current issue displayed in CoverFlow. As far as reading and panning goes, the app pretty much features the same interface as their current flash widget, the only difference being it's adapted for multi-touch. Each issue can be read in either portrait or landscape. Turn your phone back to portrait, and you'll get a list view.

There are five tabs along the bottom; Library, Bookmarks, Search, Settings and Downloads. Your library tab lists the issues you've both downloaded, or that are currently able for purchase. While reading you can bookmark pages for later viewing via the app's pop-up menu, activated by a sharp tap on the screen. While on an issue you can search for a keyword, term or phrase and the app will find and return the pages those show up on. One tap, and you're reading again. Need to manage downloads, head on over to the 'Downloads' tab. Here in true App Store fashion, you'll see downloads in progress.

The app is a little janky right now, even to the point where graphical glitches are noticeably present. I recommend waiting for an update, but it definitely has potential.


B&N eReader

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on July 21st, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EXCELLENT
The B&N eReader is a fantastic piece of software that is far superior to Amazon's Kindle for iPhone app. But without a killer piece of e-ink hardware, B&N's app might not be widely adopted...yet. Regardless, I'm ecstatic that there's a new player in the e
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Donna Harrison on May 22nd, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VERY NICE
Docked on a nightstand or desk, your iPhone makes for the perfect digital photo frame. DreamStream greatly enhances viewable photo sources by accessing pictures from MobileMe, Facebook albums and Flickr tags among others. Even your friends' photos aren'
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