This week Christine is in the Oldest brothel in York. But, it’s now a restaurant called the Blue Bicycle. A really stunning location and place to see. This week she checks out some fabulous apps for the iPhone and of course a few for iPad have snuck on the show~
Saturation Developer: Shawn Roske Version: 1.0
This app is really for inspiration with colour themes for your designs. It let’s you experiment with the color themes created by the Adobe® Kuler™ community. You can also use it as an interactive light show enabling you to see the colours together in all sorts of combinations. Tap and drag your finger to make the colors move in new ways. You can view the latest themes and save to favorites, designer info and RGB and HEX values are only a click away and E-mail theme info without leaving the app.
It won’t be an app that you use every day but it’s a useful one to have.
FacebookChat Roulette Developer: Aurora Creative Version: 1.0
This connects your facebook account to enable random chat. You can read their profiles, and then chat with random people or you can save them to favorites. Currently the app hasn’t been updated since April and it seems there may be clashes with the current iOS from reading the comments about the app on the app store. I personally didn’t use the app more than to see if it works because it’s not an app that interests me (I’m not a huge Facebook user) but I thought it was worth a mention because I wondered if it was an app that people would be interested in or if it becomes ‘too much social networking’. Interested to hear your views on it.
London Tube Developer: Presselite Version: 3.1.1
London Tube map is licensed by Presselite from Transport for London (TfL). It has latest official map of London Tube with zones. Landscape and portrait modes are available. There is a detailed map of most lines in London and location of each station on the map (with a red circle), and also on Google Map. There is also a bookmark manager so you can save your stations and routes.
Other features are a trip planner tool which allows you to find the best route to get to your destination and your travel time is estimated. Another great thing about the app is that the route planner included in this application does not require a network connection to operate, it works perfectly while in the subway. This really is essential.
Pissed Consumer Developer: Opinion Corp Version: 1.2
This app is essentially a portal to the online website for consumer reviews on a variety of products and services. You can search through the app which is useful if you are thinking of getting a product or using a service somewhere. Most of it does seem to be negative, I guess that people are more inclined to write when they are not happy with a service.
A few little flaws with the app could be how if you don’t actually know about the site then you don’t know what it’s actually for. On first open it seems almost like it could be used for someone with a company to log complaints. So it’s a little confused and required a bit of looking into.
The Early Edition Developer: Glasshouse Apps Version: 1.2.0
This is one of my favourite apps on the iPad. They have an iPhone version now and I haven’t tried it, but for me this experience is about the newspaper feel it brings to my RSS subscriptions. I like this a lot. I like their icon, and since they added support to add google reader accounts it is pretty fabulous. I like how if you select one of your folders the ‘newspaper’ becomes specific to that information. It’s a nice touch. The only thing really is that it still is thinking of the iPad – this “magical” device as a newspaper (i.e. old format) and I wonder when these apps will take on an entirely new form all together. For now though it’s the first source I check in the morning.
Readdle Docs Developer: Readdle Version: 1.1.0
This is a great PDF reader. But it’s so much more than that. It has a browser built in so you can go to the url where the file is to download it straight to the app. There is also connections for MobileMe and it can get any attachments to your emails. It’s organized in a really clear way so I know exactly where my documents are. Also you can have pdfs in it and choose to open them in another app. This is a really great feature as I use it to get the pdfs and then can open them straight into a different app (say one to annotate)
ObliterationHD Developer: Jonathan Mulcahy Version 1.4
This is a really fun game and it’s amazing on the iPad because of the space to play on that screen. It’s a very simple game, you only need to tap the screen to launch the bombs to try to blow up the buildings. That may not sound too exciting but I found myself wanting the plane to go a little faster so I could bomb things quicker and get more levels completed! As you progress through the games there are some great styles of locations and it really is an amazing looking game. Only problem was wrestling it away from my son. Also, very pleased about the reasonable pricing for an iPad game.
That’s it for this week, a lot of apps there and most have a lite version so you can try them for yourself first. This weeks selection feels really great value for money and I find myself using Readdle docs & The Early Edition daily, I see them as must haves for the iPad and they both do come in iPhone versions.
See you in two weeks time folks~
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