Organizer – ToDo List, Notes, Appointments…Organizing Application

Available In: App Store       Price: $6.99  

Organizer First off, let me preface this review by saying that I am an organization freak. I spend more than enough of my day clearing my email inbox, keeping my calendar straight, and creating and checking off my list of to-do items. I feel like I have a pretty tight system in place: Outlook for personal information management (PIM) at home, and Gmail for on the road. Google Calendar on the road and a nice OTA sync with the iPhone (thanks Google!). I just switched from Remember the Milk to Toodledo and recently purchased ToDo to keep things in sync on the iPhone. However, when Organizer came up on the review docket, I decided to give it a try.

Overview
Organizer’s screen looks something straight out of a desk planner that I used to have prior to using electronic PIM devices (ah, memories of my first Palm Pilot, or better yet, my Casio clamshell). A long tap on the iPhone’s screen allows you to input text that you can then manipulate (font, size, color) and place wherever you want on the screen. Changing the bullet point to a checkbox alters the item to a task, and options include a nice cut/paste feature, searchable entries, use of emoji, and inclusion of a landscape view upon rotation of the iPhone.
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Take a Note – Versatile Note Taking Application

Available In: App Store       Price: $4.99  

Take a Note My wife and I like to play a game called “I liked it better when…” Whenever we see a movie, commercial, or something that seems to be duplicating a prior idea, we’ll say “I liked it better when…” and insert the name of the idea that’s being copied. In the case of Readdle’s Take a Note, I liked it better when it was called Evernote.

Overview
Almost eerily identical to Evernote, the opening user menu of Take a Note gives you options to add a text note, an audio note, a drawing note, and a photo note. All notes that are created on the iPhone are editable, sortable, and searchable. WiFi access gives you the option to transfer notes to and from your computer or other wireless enabled sources. Notes can be emailed directly from the program and the app uses your contacts list to add recipients. [Read more…]

Google Mobile App Update Adds Voice Search

Available In: App Store       Price: Free  

Google Mobile AppThe update eveyone’s been waiting for is finally here! Google has release the update to Google Mobile App that includes voice search. On the iPhone, it uses the built in proximity sensor to begin recording when you hold the iPhone up to you ear. It will beep when the recording begins and when you stop talking or pull the iPhone away from your ear it stops. It then sends the recording to Google’s servers where it does the processing. Then it sends back search results, some which will launch the phone or maps applications. You can also tap the magnifying glass to the left of the search bar to change your search from iPhone & Web to Maps, Images, News, Shopping or Wikipedia. I haven’t tested the voice search in the car where there’s background noise but inside where it’s quite it’s working great.

At the bottom center of the app there is an Apps button. It takes you to a list of Google’s services, most formatted to the iPhone that open in Safari. There’s a long list that includes: Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Talk, Reader (my favorite), GOOG-411, News, Notebook, Photos, orkut, Translate, Maps, YouTube & Earth. You can even edit their order by tapping the edit button in the top right corner and dragging them around. [Read more…]

Voxie – Voice Recording

Available In: App Store       Price: $1.99  

VoxieVoxie is a very nice, smooth voice recording application. Some of the better features are organization of recordings and the ability to email the recordings to anyone in your contact list. It sends in and .aif format that the iPhone can read. There are a lot of options in the “Settings” tab which make the app very customizable. You can easily see details like date, time, length and file size and there’s even a visualizer showing what the recording “looks” like. If all of this seems confusing or complicated you can just tap on the “Express” tab and just one tap or a shake starts the recording. One more tap saves it and it becomes ready to record again with just another tap. [Read more…]

TextGuru 1.0.7 and 1.1 Preview

Available In: App Store       Price: $4.99  

TextGuruTextGuru is a pretty sweet text editor. It included features like cut, copy and paste within the app. It can also read Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files along with PDFs. Don’t be mistaken like others, this app only READS the previously named file types, but does not edit them.

What’s nice is you can install a program on your computer from their download page that allows synchronization of documents to your iPhone. This works with OSX Leopard or Tiger and Windows Vista or XP. [Read more…]

iEarn – Adsense Tracking App

Available In: App Store       Price: $1.99  

iEarnI’ve been waiting for this application for a while but I have to say I’m pretty disappointed with it. The app is pretty simple; it displays your earnings from Google’s Adsense program. The first thing that bothered me is that when you open the application you get a pop that says you need to enter your user info under the settings. After hitting ok, the application just closes. It took me about 10 times and reinstalling the app to figure out that the settings are under the iPhone Settings app. After I figured that out I was much happier.

While I was trying to figure out how to get the app to take my login info I checked out the reviews of the app in the App Store and found only two at the time. They both said that the app was very slow to load the information. Once I got my info in and the app running I got it to run ok, but slow, on my WiFi. Trying the app on EDGE was another story. It took so long I never found out how long it takes because I gave up. [Read more…]

GroceryZen

Available In: App Store       Price: $4.99  

GroceryZenWe wrote about GroceryZen back in May and were very excited about this application. The application is now available in the App Store and we have not been disappointed. GroceryZen is a grocery list designed how all todo type apps should be… simple. There are three tabs across the bottom: Items, Recipes, and Shop.

Starting with the Item tab, you have a search bar and a list of all the possible items to add to your shopping list. There is also an alphabet scroll bar on the right to quickly scroll to an item. If you search for an item and it doesn’t show up in the list, you can select the plus button and permanently add it to the list of choices. This makes the app customizable and personal to you. Tapping an item adds it to your Shop list. If you’d like to change something about an item, tap the edit button and you can change the title, aisle or area it’s located in the store (this comes in later with the Shop Tab), quantity, and an “Add to recipes” button. Of course you can also delete an item when in edit mode by tapping the red minus button and then tapping delete. [Read more…]

Bible 1.1

Available In: App Store       Price: Free  

BibleIf you’re looking for a free Bible app then this is the app for you. Most others cost and some are pretty expensive. There is a pretty big downfall to this app; it only works when you have an internet connection. Thankfully the app’s description page in the App Store says offline browsing it coming soon.

This Bible app comes with many versions including ASV, ESV, KJV, NASB, NIV, NKJV, and 3 Spanish, German, French and Chinese translations. NLT is not an options which is disappointing. You can change version pretty easy by tapping the info button in the top right corner. Tapping on the verse number gives you commentary on the verse in comment, web links and video format. You can easily search the Bible using the search tab at the bottom. [Read more…]

eBay Mobile 1.0.1

Available In: App Store       Price: Free  

eBay MobileI put my laptop on eBay earlier and thought now would be a perfect time to check out the eBay Mobile application for the iPhone. It’s really a simple application. Once you sign it you’re taken to the home screen with the following: A main search bar, Watching, Winning, Won, Outbid, Scheduled, Selling, Sold and Unsold. This is nice. I can just search right away from the first screen for what I want or go straight to what I’m looking to do.

In my case, I’m looking to see if I have any bids on my laptop. I can already see from the main screen that I have 1 item selling. By tapping “Selling”, right away I can see a thumbnail of my item, the title, it’s current price, bids and time remaining. Tapping the item takes me to the item summary which tells all the details of my item. To see the full description tap “See item description” and you can see all the html the seller put in about the item. Tapping on the image on the upper left takes you to a photo gallery. You can even pinch to zoom in on the images; unfortunately you can’t turn to rotate. If there are more thumbnails than can fit along the bottom you can slide them along with your finger and you can see more. Back on the “Item Summary” page you can also place a bid or add the item to your watch list. There’s also a little refresh tab in the upper right so you can watch your item tick down to the last second by tapping over and over. [Read more…]

Sketches 0.7b7

Available In: Installer       Price: Free  

Sketches The update to Sketches 0.7b7 only has one change that I have noticed. You are now able to shake to erase your drawings. A few updates ago, that feature was removed, but it looks like they have added it back in! Other than that, I do not notice any visual changes to the application. Let me know in the comments if you notice anything. Sketches is available through the AppTapp Offical source.

Note: Available on 1.1.4 and below

WordPress for iPhone Preview

Sounds like this might be one of the apps held up in the queue. According to WordPress “Timing wise, with the launch of Apple’s iTunes App store this morning, we expect to see this showing up very soon.” That was July 10th. This application will help us keep you better informed. We’ll be able to take screenshots, upload them and write full articles on the go. Now all we need is copy and paste. Here’s a video preview and screenshots:


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Dobot Todos 1.0

Available In: App Store       Price: Free  

Dobot TodosDobot Todos is a very simple, yet very functional To-Do list application. It allows you to create categories and then add tasks inside each category. When you open the application, you will find two default categories; Personal and Work. You can create your own category by selecting the + icon in the upper right corner. You can delete a category by swiping it and then selecting delete. When you select a category, you can add a task to that category using the + icon in the upper right corner. You can enter the task’s title, due date, priority and add notes to the task. Once you finished entering all of the task info, select done on the keyboard and then you can select Save in the upper right corner of the screen.
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WritingPad 1.0

Available In: App Store       Price: Free  

WritingPad is an application by ShapeWriter that allows you to create Notes by using a “revolutionary text input technology that enables you to enter text into the iPhone by tracing word shapes rather than typing letters.” So, what exactly does that mean? Well, when you open WritingPad, you will be greeted with the main page. On this page you will see a few default notes explaining the application and how it works including; the basics on how to use the application, how to use the capitalization feature, what to do in the case of double letters and how to add new words to the dictionary. Tap the + icon in the upper right corner to start a new note. You will notice that the note will have the Date and Time at the top and a QWERTY keyboard at the bottom of the screen. Now for the fun part.

To enter a word, do not type the individual letters of the words instead, drag your finger to each letter. For example if you would like to type Train, start on the “t” then drag your finger to the “r”, “a”, “i” and “n” (without taking your finger off the keyboard). You will see a blue line being drawn on the keyboard as you drag your finger. Once you are on the “n” you can release and it will add the word Train to your note above. To “type” your next word, [Read more…]

CheckPlease 1.0

Available In: App Store       Price: Free  

CheckPlease is the only free tip calculator/bill splitting application in the App Store (as of right now). This type of application is one that I like to have available on my iPhone. It is so much easier to type in a few numbers and have it spit out the totals than it is to sit around trying to guesstimate what everyone’s share of the bill is! When you open CheckPlease, you can enter the Check Total and the Tax Amount (in dollars). To enter a number just tap in the box in which you would like to enter the number and a keyboard will pop-up. When you are done typing in the amount, select Done in the lower right corner. It will automatically generate your Subtotal.

To figure out the tip amount, slide the star until it is where you would like it on the tip% bar. The tip percentage options range from 0% to 30%. Once you have the tip% where you would like it, [Read more…]

More OmniFocus Screenshots

OmniFocus Ars Technica has another article about OmniFocus and it includes some more screenshots of the task management software from The Omni Group. They also go into more detail about how location based task lists will work. I can’t wait for this program!

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