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AVECOMICS [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (45%)

AveComics is a comic book store / reader and is released by AveComics.

I have been looking for a comic book reader since the release of the Touchpad and this was the first I downloaded.

When you first open the applications you will see the store that offers free comics, featured and the whole catalogue. The catalogue can be searched etc.

Once you decide on a comic, you can select to preview (some previews appear to only be the cover, which is not much of a preview) or purchase the comic.

Sign up is done in app, but then you will be asked to click on an email to validate your account. This email appears in French, but you can work out there is a link to click on. I did that and got a Merci (thanks) confirmation. However, after this I was still not able to log in, and therefore was not able to purchase content.

The content available is a bit limited at the moment, it looks like around 185 comics with the majority made up of french titles.

The user interface is fair. Comics open in a seperate card once opened and the store is fairly easy to navigate. However some of the UI is poor, like buy and preview buttons covered by other parts of the UI.

On the upside:

  • It is Free.

On the downside:

  • Most of the contents are in French.
  • Reader experience is not as good as other applications.
  • Creates an unwanted photo directory called Thumbnails with comic book covers.
  • Application needs improved speed and layout.

Overall, this application is not terrible, but needs work. The developers have at least tried to make it international, but for now it is only really of interest to French readers. From the current issues I would not bother downloading for now, maybe after an update.

Version: 1.0.3

Rating: 45%

Size: 17.3 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

 Link: AveComics

 

VIEWSTER [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (24%)

Viewster (BETA) is a video rental service app released by Viewster AG.

To be honest we had no intention of reviewing this application, as you know we try and only bring you the best applications available, but again HP put this application front and centre on the last issue of Pivot.

It appeared in the first Pivot, we downloaded, laughed and then deleted, believing that HP put it there until a better deal was in place.

However, it is back again on Page 6 and the first app you are offered in the August Pivot, so it looks like HP are basically pushing this application as the best way to download video to the Touchpad at the moment, especially for users without access to a computer.

The application allows you to search through the videos they have available, watch trailers and download if you wish.

The catalogue allows you to look at highlights, genres, favourites or do a full search for the site.

You will need to create a login to download full movies, and you are taken off to the viewster website to do this.

With you account created you are ready to go… Well in my case not quite. Yesterday during most of the day the application was completely off line and now working. We sent an email to Viewster to ask if there was an issue, but still at the time of review received no reply.

Last night the application was back and working, so we explored the site, in all we found less than 200 movies and some genres having 5 movies or less (music, kids, westerns). The films themselves are old, from the 1940-1960s. There are some newer films, but these are documentaries, “staight to video” and foreign language films. We tried to log into the account to download a full movie, but the application was no having it, and said invalid login even though the login was working perfectly on their website?

The user interface is poor with the films lists crammed into a small side bar. Searchs are OK, but do not make use of the main screen area at all.

On the upside:

  • Trailer playback is reasonable in full screen.

On the downside:

  • Application needs improvement.
  • Lack of content.
  • Application auto filtered to 12 years old to stop you seeing all the movies available.

Overall, this application being the lone movie rental option on the Touchpad in the UK is a big disappointment at this stage. I can only pray for improvement in the future. As the service is still in BETA we will give Viewster another look when the BETA period ends.

Rating: 24%

Size: 3.2 MB

Price (at time of review): Free (with in-app purchases for rentals)

Link: Viewster

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in App - Entertainment, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

ANIMATION DESK FOR IPAD – REVIEW (86%)

Animation Desk for iPad is a full animation studio released by Kdan Mobile Software Ltd.

The application allows you to create simple animations that you can then export out to facebook, youtube or your photo library.

The application gets you to create a project, you are then given a blank canvas to work on, draw your first picture, then you can select the next blank canvas or duplicate the existing one. The duplication make it very easy to animate more stationary images. The previous image is visible through the current canvas so you can judge how much you want to move the image. Normally, you will erase the parts of the image that are moving and then draw them back in at a new location.

To draw is simple, just select the colour you want from the paint pots and then select a drawing tool, a pencil, a paint brush etc, then start drawing.

There are three different view modes, the desk view, the film strip view and a full screen view. Each has its advantage. The film strip is good if you want to move the images around in the time flow.

The user interface is good, and easy to navigate, however, I would have liked the colour palette to have better controls. Do not forget to press the ? in the bottom right when you start to learn the functions, flick left and right to see the various screen views.

On the upside:

  • Well designed user interface.
  • Excellent animation tool

On the downside:

  • Wish you could export the videos are the speed you wanted some animations look better at 1/4 speed.
  • Lack of options over pen/paint sizes.

Overall, this is a great animation tool, I really enjoyed putting some simple animations together, and then saving them off into my photo library. My seven year old son is also loves this application, he picked it up quickly and has been building some nice animations of his own. This is an impressive and simple application that does exactly what you would want it too.

Rating: 86%

Size: 38 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.59

Link: Animation Desk for iPad – Kdan Mobile Software LTD 

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in App - Entertainment, App - Life Style, iPad, Reviews

 

AWEDITORIUM (AWE) – REVIEW (77%)

Aweditorium is a music finder / exploring application by thesixtyone

This application allows you to randomly listen to various bands perform (some are live performances) and then look for more information on that band, including: Sharing (Twitter and Facebook). Download on iTunes and YouTube videos. The user interface is nice, once you understand what the icons do. During the song (depending on the band) are pop up windows of information and lyrics to the song.

On the upside:

  • Hundreds of bands to discover.
  • Nice user interface.

On the downside:

  • Does not work well on lower bandwidth, always buffering is less than 1MB.
  • Lacks information on some bands, making them harder to track down.
  • Has crashed on me more than once.

Overall, this is an excellent way to find new music, however, it does have itself limitations, due to the lack of information and links on some bands, and being bandwidth hungry. Also crashing issues need to be resolved.

Rating: 77%

Size: 3.7 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Aweditorium – thesixtyone

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2010 in App - Entertainment, iPad, Music, Reviews

 

TALKING GREMLIN HD – REVIEW (66%)

Talking Gremlin HD is a entertainment application released by FIPLAB Ltd.

The application gives you control over a Gremlin that you can poke, prod, tickle and hit to you hearts content. He will also copy you if you talk into the microphone.

The graphics and sound are good with the Gremlin being generally well animated.

On the upside:

  • Your own cute Gremlin to torture

On the downside:

  • Gets boring quick
  • More fun for kids

Overall, this a nice, but lackluster application. There are too many of these applications where the only real difference is the graphics on the screen. This one has the advantage of a cute Gremlin, but I have seen Cats, Hippo, Birds etc that all do much the same thing. 

Rating: 66%

Size: 69.6 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Talking Gremlin HD – FIPLAB Ltd

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2010 in App - Entertainment, iPad, Reviews