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FREE APP ROUND-UP (MAY 22 2012) [TOUCHPAD]

Another two application get the round up treatment.

WebOS World Services : 60%

This application is more of an advertisement for the Villo website and the services that Villo offers for webOS. The app only offers four buttons on lauch. A device upgrade service, which is US only, a chat demo, a overview of Villo services and an about page. Only the chat demo is active, but you will need someone to chat with. I am sure people who use the Villo service may be interested in this application and what it may offer in the future, however, not much here that is not more easily accessed on the villo website.

Italian Fiscal Codes – Codici Fiscali : 55%

This truly is a niche application. It allows you to enter the name, date of birth and region of a person allows you to calculate their  Italian Fiscal Code (Social Security Number). I am really not sure who would want to do this as the person should already have their own Social Security Number available. The app itself is simple to use and well laid out, so if you are an Italian who has lost their social security number and trust the app to calculate it, then give this one a go.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Free App Round Up, Touchpad, webOS

 

IMAGE WORKER PRO [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (55%)

Image Worker Pro is a photo editing tool released by MetaViewSoft.

“Enhance your photos and share them with your friends. ImageWorker is a 100% local image processing app on WebOS. It doesn’t depend on data connection coverage, it’s fast and saves you bandwidth and therefore money.”

This application allows you to select a photo from your Touchpads storage and then edit it and save out the results.

The main features the applications offers are to change the colours, the size, turn the image and enhancement the levels of the image.

Depending on the feature selected the application can work well. For example, if you just want to change the image from a standard image to sepia blue, then the application works fine and quickly.

However, as soon as you ask the application to do something more advanced like resize or change the levels the application becomes very slow indeed. You find yourself tapping on features and waiting, then tapping again as after 10 seconds nothing has happen.

The features that are present are fairly limited with only four resizing options and only a dozen colouring options.

Unfair as it is, you have to compare this application with the options on the iPad as they are doing the same job, and this is not match for even the most basic versions due to the lag of the application.

The user interface is basic, and not all parts of the user interface work as expected.

On the upside:

  • A useful tool for editing photos/images on the Touchpad.

On the downside:

  • Limited functionality.
  • Too laggy when changing between functions.
  • Poor user experience.

Overall, I was disappointed by this application. I have used lots of photo editing tools on iOS, and this application although useful just does not match the experience. I would find myself stuck on a function unable to leave it and just waiting for the Touchpad to catch up. Basically, if you are desperate to edit and image on the Touchpad and willing to wait you may find a use for this app.

Rating: 55%

Size: 3.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.59 ($1.99)

Link: Image Worker Pro – MetaViewSoft

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in App - Photographic, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

CALC12CS {HOMEBREW} [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (68%)

Calc12CS is a scientific calculator and is released by JohnCC.

This is a development of Calc12C, and is a financial/statistical/scientific/programmable calculator.”

It is true that the Touchpad has a built in Calculator, however, it is pretty basic in functionality. If you need to find out the cosine of 89, you are out of luck.

This application gives you a wide range of of scientific functions that anyone doing advanced maths or physics will find very useful.

The calculator fills up a large amount of the Touchpad screen, but can be Portrait or Landscape, but does not make full use of the screen size available.

As soon as you start to use the calculator it becomes immediately clear that you need to read the instructions for the application, as this is a complex tool. Let’s be honest the instructions are a 211 page PDF for the original device, and not for the application itself.

Even simple functions like clearing the current calculation is not a simple task, there is no clear or on/off button to restart the calculations.

Some functions are hidden away, as I noticed I managed to make a padlock appear next to the screen before 

The user interface is nicely layout out, but far too complex, like most scientific calculators.

On the upside:

  • Nice user interface.
  • Useful tool for people needing the scientific functionality.

On the downside:

  • A very niche application.
  • No preferences or built in help within the application.

Overall, this application is good if you have used the real world device before, but for those looking to just pick up and use the application will find it fair to complex. The developer really need to put more in-app help into the application, as the quick overview on the webOSNation download page is just not enough. If you are looking for a more basic calculator stick with the built in calculator application.

Rating: 68%

Size: 1 MB

Price (at time of review): Free

Link: Calc12CS – JohnCC

 
 

POSTIE HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (75%)

Postie HD is a Posterous blog editing tool released by Daniel Brierton.

“Postie is a simple, easy to use Posterous client for webOS tablets. With Postie, you can create new Posterous sites and posts, complete with image upload. You can also view comments on all your existing posts, and reply to them right from within the app. It’s really simple and quick, with everything just a few taps away.”

You will need a Posterous account to use this application, as you will be asked to log in or open an account as soon as you log in for the first time.

If you have used other blogging tools for webOS like WordPress, you will find the layout familar.

Once you have logged in, you will see a three column view to the application. The left hand column is the list of sites, the middle column the post list and then the right hand side the selected post.

You can of course explain and collapse the columns as you desire.

Entering a post is a simple affair, with a Title, Tags and the body of the post. You can also select if the post is autoposted and private or not. You can also add attachments like photos to the post.

The main downside with the entry process is that you lack the formatting options of the web based pages. If you are happy with basic text entry with photos then you will be happy enough, but if you like to use bullet points, fonts and styling, then you will need to edit the posts away from the application.

For getting the text inputted and up on the web this application does the work well.

You can preview the post by opening in a web browser card to see what the results of your post look like.

The user interface is good, but lacks the advanced options.

To be fair to the application I tested Posterous on it’s own website using the Touchpad. The entry screen works poorly on the Touchpad browser, and I found entering text a lot easier with the application.

On the upside:

  • Easy to use interface.
  • Simple to post to Posterous.

On the downside:

  • Lacks the styling options for editing Posts.
  • Cannot be used offline in any way.
  • No preferences to change look of the application.

Overall, this is a good application, however, I am not sure if the limitations on posting are due to what Posterous make available to developers or something that will be added later to Postie HD. If you are a user of Posterous you should fine the application useful, but maybe just for creating drafts. However, when the official application for iOS and Android seems to suffer from the same issues I will give the developer the benefit of the doubt.

Rating: 75%

Size: 1.9 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79 ($0.99)

Link: Postie HD – Daniel Brierton

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in App - Life Style, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

TALLIER [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (68%)

Tallier is a score keeping application and is released by EWAC Software.

“Don’t keep score for games with a physical pencil and paper. Do it virtually! * Keep score for any points-based game, such as Dominoes, Uno, Rummy, etc. * Even use it to keep track of virtual winnings for games like Poker and Blackjack.”

This application is a simple way to keep a running total of many games you can play round by round.

When the application opens you are asked to enter the game you wish to create. Giving the game a name, Round limit, Goal and then additions to method of scoring, like bonuses and negative numbers.

When you start the game, you can add the number of players. Depending on the length of the players name you can fit between 8 to 10 players clearly on the screen.

You start the new round and add in the total score for the round. You can edit the scores at any time, so you could keep a running total as the scores build up.

At the end of the game, the game with show the position of each person and the best score etc. You then have the option to play again, you are able to change the names of the players if they change, but you are not able to add or remove people without resetting the game.

Unfortunately, if you close the application the game will need to be set up again, it would have been nice to save a template of a game once created, but it does not take long to set up the game details again.

There are no preferences for changing the look of the application, so if you are not a fan of the default font you cannot change it.

The user interface is well designed and easy to navigate.

On the upside:

  • Good user interface.
  • Easy to use and set up.

On the downside:

  • You can track games like darts by entering the total in round 1 and then putting in minus numbers, but if the application could do this easier it would be great.
  • The font is OK, but the number six is not clear, but there is no other number it can be.

Overall, this is a good application and for what it is designed to do, it works well. If you need something like this it is well worth the download. You can get round counting down totals, but it is not the best solution. With a few tweaks and options this could be a must have application, but at the moment has its limits.

Rating: 68%

Size: 3.0 MB

Price (at time of review): £.080 ($1.00)

Link: Tallier – EWAC software

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in App - Life Style, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS