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100 CAMERAS IN 1 – REVIEW (78%)

100 Cameras in 1 is a photographic filtering tool released by Stuck in Customs.

This application was designed by Trey Ratcliff who has been called the pioneer of HDR photography. HDR is High Dynamic Range and this is the bases of this tool. You use a photo that you have taken and then select one of one hundred filters to use on it (there are 10 categories with ten filters.)

Each of the filters has a strange or pretty name (like “a gentle feeling of warmth against my side” and “going back for more ice cream when no one is watching”), as I think trying to explain in words some of the filters would be near impossible.

Once the filter is selected, you can edit it slightly with a slide that reduces or increases the effect.

The user interface is very well designed and responsive.

One strange thing to mention the developer has decided to add game center support, and gives achievements out as you try new filters and upload photos. It really adds nothing, but somehow makes the app more fun to use.

On the upside:

  • Excellent databases software
  • Stand Alone, with Backup and Restore options
  • Built in Security to protect your data

On the downside:

  • You may still not find the perfect filter for your photo, but at least it gives you ideas on what may work.
  • Not Universal, so the iPad has to work upsized

Overall, this is a wonder application for making your photos more exciting to look at, I made a slightly blurred photo that I though about deleting into something worth looking at. This application will appeal to those who want to be artistic with there photos, but someone looking for a photo manipulation tool to tweaking a photo will not find what they are looking for here.

Rating: 78%

Size: 12.9 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.19

Link: 100 Cameras in 1 – Stuck In Customs

 

THE GREATEST LIGHT IS THE GREATEST SHADE (THE JOY FORMIDABLE) – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – REVIEW (70%)

The greatest lights is the greatest shade by the Joy Formidable is this weeks free single of the week. (and made me wish I was not putting the name of the band and single in the title.)

This song is an fairly good release from iTunes.

Apple has this marked as a rock track.

The track itself is sung well by the female singer, but sounds a little filtered, the music is good and does not overwhelm the singer. The music did have overtones of other rock bands, I was left imagining that other bands could have written this song and put it on their album and no one would bat an eyelid.

The song almost stops once of twice, fading to nearly nothing. For me there was just too much repeating of words, lacking real lyrics. 

Overall, this is good song, but feels that it could have been shorter, for example they repeat “happy for you” for over 30 seconds, which just seemed unnecessary. I have not rushed off to look for music by the band, but would not switch off the radio if I hear they were coming up next.

Rating: 70%

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: The Greatest Light Is the Greatest Shade – The Big Roar

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Music, Reviews, Single of the week

 

TAP FORMS HD – REVIEW (83%)

Tap Forms HD is a database package released by ClickSpace Technologies Inc.

This application allows you to set up databases on your iPad to store and organise your information. It comes with over 2 dozen templates to select from, or you can completely design your own forms (databases) from scratch. Some of the Templates are useful, but some seem a little strange like one for holding garage door codes (hands up who has multiple garage doors with code systems?)

Setting up a database is fairly simple, especially if you have used databases before, if not you then you may find things a little confusing, and wish to start from a template and then modify until you get a better understanding on databases.

As you create databases they go into your form list, within a database you can create categories to organise these forms.

Tap Forms comes really useful when you look at the options for export and backup of files. Unlike other database packages Tap Forms is truly made as a stand alone system, and as such allows you to do backups, import and exports, password locks etc. It even has its own maintenance tools built in to re-index etc (on for those DBA out there.)

Tap Forms does miss the integration with the built in calendar and contracts that some other applications offer.

The application user interface is general good, but can be a little confusing at times. There are sometimes too many options especially for someone who does not use databases regularly. I would have liked the option to change the themes of the forms, but the default is nice and clean anyway.

On the upside:

  • Excellent databases software
  • Stand Alone, with Backup and Restore options
  • Built in Security to protect your data

On the downside:

  • A little complex at times, but anyone who has used access, fox pro, SQL etc should be at home.

Overall, this is an excellent database package. It offers some advanced functions. I will more than likely do everything you need a database to do and do it well. I feel that with a few tweaks this could be the premier database package on the iPad especially at its current price. The best thing is it works totally stand alone and you can export and import to dropbox.

Rating: 83%

Size: 8.7 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.99

Link: Tap Forms HD – Database for iPad – ClickSpace Technologies Inc.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in App - Business, App - Life Style, iPad, Reviews

 

ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS – REVIEW (72%)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur is a platform based puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.

This game is cute platform game where you need to guide Scrat through the level picking up acorns on the way, trying to get as many as possible before you exit the level.

Also the way you will need to avoid creatures, move blocks, climb, hang and float (yes, in bubbles) around the level to reach the exit.

Gameplay wise the game uses a method of touching the screen and Scrat will move automatically towards that point. If you click in a place he cannot get to then the touch point will be shown as red, if he can, then it will appear as green and he will start moving. In you tap Scrat he will jump on the spot, the jump is only using for knocking down loose items, such as stalactites from the roof.

The graphics and sound are both good. The graphics of Scrat and the other creatures are well defined, but the backgrounds are bland.

On the upside:

  • Nice little puzzle game
  • Fans of the film will love the visuals

On the downside:

  • Control are lacking sometimes for quick reactions, as a creature approaches.
  • Feels dull and disconnected as you want for Scrat to move to a location you clicked three seconds before.

Overall, this game a nice little game to play, but does not do justice to the film license or the puzzle platform genre. It seems to fall between the various markets it is trying to appeal to, and therefore appeals to none of them. The puzzle are not enough for puzzle fans, the platform dullness will not appeal to platform fans. 

Rating: 72%

Size: 44.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.59

Link: Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Game - Puzzle, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

GET-IT-DONE GUY [PODCAST] – REVIEW (89%)

The Get-It-Done Guy Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More podcast is a productivity podcast for hints on how to work smarter and his presented by Stever Robbins.

This is a regular podcast, with Stever Robbins covering an area that may be causing your issues in your business and maybe in your personal life and he gives you in a short podcast ideas on how to deal with this situation.

These tips are sometimes to on more vague areas, but are generally main stream, like issues with groups, meetings etc. Stever’s ideas are often good and he gives his examples in a fun way.

The sound and presentation is generally good.

On the upside:

  • Some excellent information here.
  • Clear and Fun explanations.

On the downside:

  • Some shows may not be interest to you.

Overall, this is an excellent podcast to listen to and if you are into getting ideas to work smarter rather than working harder, then this is a must listen to podcast. It is fun, witty and informative, something that is pretty rare. 

Rating: 89%

Average Running Time: 5 to 8 minutes

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Get-It-Done-Guy

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Podcasts - Audio, Reviews