TouchMyApps » Gokunama http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Awesome Note in Review – Well on the way to awesome + 2 Promo Codes! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/03/awesome-note-in-review-well-on-the-way-to-awesome/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/03/awesome-note-in-review-well-on-the-way-to-awesome/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2009 15:33:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=16588 I’m a bit of an app fiend, especially for productivity type apps. Despite already having tried some great note apps, and having settled on Momo, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on Awesome Note. The icon fairly well jumped out at me, and looking at the screenshots, I was thinking I really shouldn’t spend that … Read more]]>

awesomenotes1I’m a bit of an app fiend, especially for productivity type apps. Despite already having tried some great note apps, and having settled on Momo, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on Awesome Note. The icon fairly well jumped out at me, and looking at the screenshots, I was thinking I really shouldn’t spend that money. Nonetheless, I carefully looked over the app description – it didn’t sync to any online services, have a passcode lock, or live email, URL, and phone number links. Actually, it currently doesn’t have a lot of other features either, though the passcode lock and ability to sync online are my requirements for a note app. I sent an email off to the developers (BRID), and they promptly told me that these features are in the works and coming in the next update. I was sold, and downloaded it to see just how “awesome” this app really is.

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Firstly, the app icon is pretty much all pastel colors, not that I’m a pastel kind of guy, but the colors were well put together. A pastel tan cover with Awesome Note written on the cover, and organizing tabs in differing pastel colors. Definintely looks great on my screen.

The opening screen is a simple dark wood floor, with the folder icons, quick memos, and new note icons laid out in a user friendly interface. It all looks classy. There’s a choice of ten icons for the folder tabs that range from a purple flower, a cup of coffee, a lightbulb, a checklist paper and so forth. They all fit the app theme well. As for the folder colors, there are just four to choose from. Personally, I’d like to see even more, though it’s actually sufficient since only four folders are displayed per screen. And very much like the iDevice home screen, swiping it takes you to the next set of folders, which makes good use of the real estate while keeping the esthetics in check.

awesomenotes2Now for the notesheets/themes themselves. They are all artistically done, and all look great. They vary from awesome notesheets like: the VW bug with the Eiffel Tower, a pic of photos on walls with a couple of postage stamps on the side, a plain black wetsuit looking material, a zebra like light grey stripes on even paler grey, simple tan notes, two flowery notes (one a light blue sheet with bubbles and flowers in lighter blue to the side, and the other a pink sheet with two roses on the bottom and vines on the side). In short, a few themes I’d use, several that are artistic but somehow bland, and definitely two that were aimed at the fairer sex.

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Along the bottom, there are some function buttons on each sheet: Previous note, next note, email note, text style, cylcle through notesheet styles, send to folder, and delete note.

The next two features I had a gander at were quicknote and new note. New note, as the name implies, just makes a new note; while quicknote has four windows to make a quick note on, with three functions at the bottom: font, save as note, and clear. Now comparing the speed and ease of pulling up quicknote vs new note, I’d definitely have to say new note takes that by a narrow margin, simply because the keyboard pops up right after entering the new note screen; so the advantage of quicknote is…not at all apparent to me.

That’s pretty much everything Awesome Note does at the moment. It works, and it’s without argument the most visually pleasing note app I’ve tried yet.

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One function that would make Awesome Note even more user friendly is a screen that shows all the different themes in thumbnails, very much like the notes in thumbnails you see when you open up an individual folder. Currently, cycling through the themes one by one takes too long.

Since the features I need (password lock and online syncing) are on the way in the very next update, I’ve resorted to only storing non-sensitive notes on the app for the time being. The other planned feature that I look forward to are even more sheet styles. Otherwise, the visual variety and theme of the app I have nothing but praise for. Here’s what’s in store for the new update that is awaiting approval from the App Store:

  • Backup and Restore notes with Google Docs
  • Import and Export notes you select with Google Docs
  • Optional Password Protection feature for each folder
  • More color options for folders
  • More icons for folders

As it stands, I’d say if you simply want a note taking app with superb visuals, and you don’t need to search notes or have  linkable URLs, phone numbers and emails, you definitely won’t be disappointed with the app. With all the new features that will be implemented shortly, Awesome Note could very well become one of the best note apps around.

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App Summary
Title: Awesome Notes (v1.1) Developer: BRID
Price: $3.99 App Size: 4.6 MB
  • Visually great
  • Awesome icon (important!)
  • Some great notesheets styles
  • Foundation has been built for a very solid note taking app.
  • No online sync
  • No search
  • Limited sheet styles
  • No passcode lock
  • Cyclng through sheet styles could be faster

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Sentinel 2: Earth Defense in Review – Added ship weapons make for a better TD http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/13/sentinel-2-earth-defense-added-ship-weapons-make-for-a-better-td/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/13/sentinel-2-earth-defense-added-ship-weapons-make-for-a-better-td/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2009 01:07:37 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=15351 Origin8′s Sentinel: Mars Defense was a nice departure from cute graphics and light-hearted atmosphere among the bevy of tower defense games at the App Store (not to mention it was the first TD to successfully merge the Sci-Fi theme with the genre). It was dark and suspenseful, and planning for the bosses while defending the … Read more]]>

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Origin8′s Sentinel: Mars Defense was a nice departure from cute graphics and light-hearted atmosphere among the bevy of tower defense games at the App Store (not to mention it was the first TD to successfully merge the Sci-Fi theme with the genre). It was dark and suspenseful, and planning for the bosses while defending the barriers from the hordes was challenging. Now with their latest sequel, Earth Defense, Origin8 looks to improve on an already impressive Sentinel with more weaponry and some new and welcomed features.

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App Description:
Sentinel 2: Earth Defense expands upon the acclaimed gameplay of Sentinel: Mars Defense. The action takes place across varied, lushly rendered Earth environments, and the alien assault force has grown more vicious than ever. Luckily, human turret technology has also advanced, and the ship weapons system provides a spectacular new way to eradicate invaders!

New in Sentinel 2:

  • Unleash the Sentinel’s incredible ship weapons system – if you’ve got the power to do so…
  • Deploy mobile attack drones to harass the enemy and augment static defenses.
  • Construct boosters to buff your offense, and upgrade to top-tier towers for devastating special moves!
  • Pit yourself against previously unseen members of the star spawned horde.
  • Mission mode provides quick tactical challenges. Beat a scenario to earn achievements!
  • Full online high scores, achievements, friends and chat using OpenFeint
  • Exclusive new music written by Specimen A

sentinel2_review2 Sentinel brought the concept of barriers to defend, the first I had seen that in the TD genre, as well as repair/harvesting drones to help repair damaged barriers and increase the cash flow. Now, Earth Defense introduces ship weapons that can help defend the barriers at key times. It does take a while for the weapons to recharge, and the longer you recharge, the more powerful weapons you get at your disposal.

From the get go, I did get mauled more than a few times trying that balancing act, but thankfully, I did get the hang of the strategy required. I have to admit that it took me a while to even figure out that there were ship weapons, which meant I got slaughtered halfway through the first map a few times over. After getting it, I still got slaughtered, as I didn’t save them for the bigger and nastier baddies. So in this follow up to the first, despite getting new weapons, it’s still a difficult balancing act of knowing just which towers to build and more importantly, when to use the ship weapons system.

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The other challenge lies in maintaining the defenses while saving up for and buying repair drones and ship recharging drones. The extra money flow, extra ship energy, and barrier repairs become essential to your success during the later waves. Every map has a different challenge, but if you can get the most powerful bombs and lasers at keypoints, and save the flying laser drones for the big cheeses, then you’ll likely breeze through each level.

Some other features that come with Sentinel 2 include listening to your own music collection while playing the game  and OpenFeint, the most popular iDevice social gaming platform that will allow for sharing of highscores and even chatting with friends. I was pretty satisfied with the game soundtrack, as it really does set the atmosphere for this TD, so I didn’t make use of the playlist feature often. As well, since I didn’t think any of my scores were worth sending online, seeing as I played the game on medium difficulty, I didn’t make full use of OpenFeint.

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Earth Defense comes with four difficulty settings: easy, medium, hard, and psycho. Medium gave me a good enough drubbing a few times, I wasn’t about to try anything more difficult.

Overall Sentinel 2 presents new challenges with added parts to the gameplay, which makes it not just a rehash of the original, but with new strategies that are required to succeed. The ship weapons, while at first appearing to make the game too easy, are well integrated into the game. It’s a game that follows up, but unlike a lot of sequels, Origin8′s latest delivers a nice new variety of challenges while maintaining the same feel of Mars Defense.

Sentinel 2: Earth Defense is a definite recommendation for any TD enthusiast and if you’re a fan of the genre, I don’t think you can go wrong with this purchase.

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App Summary
Title: Sentinel 2: Earth Defense (v1.1) Developer: Origin8
Price: $2.99 App Size: 0.4 MB
  • New weapons
  • New challenges
  • Same great overall dark and suspenseful feel of the first installment.
  • Your own music playlist
  • It’ll probably maul you a few times over ;)

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Todo in Review – What are the rave reviews all about? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/06/todo-in-review-what-are-the-rave-reviews-all-about/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/06/todo-in-review-what-are-the-rave-reviews-all-about/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2009 14:10:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=14850 For any who have read my Pocket Informant review, you already know what got me into looking for apps that sync to online services, but for those of you who haven’t read it yet, I’ll give a brief summary of my need for online back up. At first, I depended on the inbuilt notes app … Read more]]>

For any who have read my Pocket Informant review, you already know what got me into looking for apps that sync to online services, but for those of you who haven’t read it yet, I’ll give a brief summary of my need for online back up. At first, I depended on the inbuilt notes app and calendar for everything, but my old PC decided to quit syncing my calendar app and contacts to Outlook, and of course my notes, which included my todos simply didn’t sync when I first got my iPhone 3G. To top it all off, backing up my iPhone to iTunes seemed just a colossal waste of my free time.

The first iPhone crash was tolerable, and I thought I knew what triggered it, and avoided pulling that trigger. I laboriously re-entered all my events, todos, and notes (as well as I could anyways). But after the second crash, I was fed up, and desperately started to look for apps which would back up my events, notes, and todos to online services.

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At first I tried Zenbe (which was free at that time), and it was all right. But I kept looking at Todo, thinking “that’s a right decent looking todo app”, and one day I gave into my impulse and bought it (I do that too often with apps these days). I love the icon, a simple squarish checkmark on royal blue, all glossed over. Simple but cool. I began to set up a Toodledo account, and getting my lists and todos sorted out. Syncing Todo to Toodledo was flawless, and it has remained fast and reliable. I’ve never had anything not completely sync.

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The lists are easy to create or delete, and I found myself creating a lot of lists for everything from todos to projects to music I wanted to buy. But after looking at the all lists (smartview wasn’t in the app then), I found myself lost among things like movies I wanted to see, music I wanted to pick up, and lots of other stuff. Picking out actual todos amidst all that was simply not efficient. But as I looked through the app settings, I found a list filter for the all list, and it let me uncheck lists I didn’t want showing up in that master list. Well, that made things a whole lot more efficient.

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The app has tags and it also has contexts: something I hadn’t used till I started using Pocket Informant (also syncs to Toodledo). At that time, tasks had four options, task, call someone, email someone, or visit website. The latter three are all supported with live links. Something I found to be immensely useful is recurring tasks. Here for instance, you can set ‘pay rent’ to recur on the 25th of every month. It also has some nice options like strikeout style for completed tasks: a variety that ranges from crayon strikeouts to blended colors, to ‘gone fishing’ to daises, to ‘under construction’.

After closing the Todo, I noticed there was a badge with the number of due and overdue tasks. Annoying! I can’t relax if I’m constantly reminded there’s some things that need to be done. Reopened the app, rummaged around settings, and found an option to turn the badge off. Relief!

todo5Some recent additions have made an awesome app…… awesomer. A choice of icons sets for priority marking along with tasks with lists, tasks with subtasks, locations, and SMS someone have squeezed into recent updates. The functions, ‘task with a list’ and ‘task with subtasks’ took me a while to figure out (I’m supposing the damned tutorial is on Appigo’s website – why couldn’t they provide an in app help section?). After ‘getting it’, lists is just simply a list with a choice for type of task, and subtasks include due dates, contexts, and all other options.

The date selector now takes you to a monthview calendar, and selecting a date on monthview is without doubt easier and faster than the roll to date thing they had before (and which the inbuilt calendar uses). All lists can be color coded, and all tasks belonging to that list carry the assigned color. Each list displays the number of total tasks as well as a red tab that shows the number of overdue tasks.

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There are two things that I forgot to mention. First, while synced to Toodledo, the app can also sync to Remember The Milk (for $25 a year after a two month free trial). In order to sync a task with a list or subtasks, you need a Toodledo Pro subscription which is also $25.

Overall, the interface is easy and I haven’t experienced any lag, ever. Todo is an awesome todo app! If you don’t also need a desktop app (e.g. Remember The Milk or Toodledo online services suffice); and you don’t need subtasks within subtasks, then this app will do all you need with speed, simplicity, and some nice graphics. Todo is worth more than the ¥1200 ($10US) I spent on it.

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App Summary
Title: ToDo (v2.0.1) Developer: Appigo
Price: $9.99 App Size: 1.4 mb
  • Efficient
  • Various task options
  • User created list*
  • Great interface
  • Simple but great graphics
  • List filters*
  • Syncs to two different online services
  • Pretty minor really, but there’s no tutorial within the app.

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Lasers in Review – Twisting my Brain http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/18/lasers-in-review-twisting-my-brain/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/18/lasers-in-review-twisting-my-brain/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2009 11:49:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13567 Recommended and apparently popular in other iTunes stores around the world (I’m on Japan’s iTunes), it looked like a simple app and simple puzzler. With the good logic, patience, and persistence that I was blessed with, I thought that Lasers couldn’t be too difficult. The app description mentioned something about redirecting lasers through ‘gems’. I understood … Read more]]>

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Recommended and apparently popular in other iTunes stores around the world (I’m on Japan’s iTunes), it looked like a simple app and simple puzzler. With the good logic, patience, and persistence that I was blessed with, I thought that Lasers couldn’t be too difficult. The app description mentioned something about redirecting lasers through ‘gems’. I understood that the light gets redirected if going through the ‘gems’ at the right angle (that’s what happens when light goes through gems, right <– don’t disagree with me even if I’ve got that backwards somehow).

The first three levels were a breeze, and I didn’t have to do any light-bending-through-gems-stuff, but the fourth level looked impossible to complete without bending the laser somehow, so I was trying different angles, thinking at just the right angle this damn laser should bend. I gave up after a bit, and considered sending off an email to the developer asking how the light bends, but I thought I really should give it one more try before getting help, and somehow I got all the gems lit up with lasers, and I didn’t even have to bend any lasers through gems. As is usual with puzzle apps, I was wondering how the heck I did that. Monospace and Nintai both left me wondering how I completed some levels, but fortunately, with Lasers!, I could study how the puzzle was finished (unlike the apps I just mentioned).

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The next five levels at times required concentration to complete, and sometimes when I opened the app up, I thought I’d just veg out on the puzzle. Well vegging out hasn’t brought spectacular results with this puzzler, so I had to think a bit more carefully in order to continue in Lasers. There are 20 levels, and I am currently only on level 11 – the road this far has required logic, patience, perstistence, and some concentratio. Up to this point, there haven’t been too many gems or laser nodes and lasers to connect, and all laser nodes have been movable. In the app description, it says there are on some levels where laser nodes are bolted to the ground. Fortunately, I haven’t encountered them yet as my head might twist in knots!

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The ability to play my own music is awesome and Lasers never slows down. The controls are easy, just tap, drag, and let go of laser nodes at the place where you want to place it. If you’re into just vegging out on games, then this game will probably frustrate you. But if you quite like a more concentrated challenge, then Lasers is a good pick.

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Just to conclude, the only time so far my brain’s been confuzzled and twisted, was when I was trying to do the impossible (bend lasers through gems), otherwise it’s just been patience, persistence, logic, and a bit of concentration – all of which are needed. That’s not to say that the upcoming levels won’t create intricate knots in my brain – that’s entirely possible (as a previous and quickly deleted puzzle app has done just that).

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App Summary
Title: Lasers (V 1.04) Developer: Brisk Mobile Inc.
Price: $0.99 App Size: 1.6 MB
  • Intuitive
  • Easy controls
  • Challenging
  • Listen to own tunes while playing
  • Can’t veg out

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Good
- Intuitive
- Easy controls
- Challenging
- Listen to own tunes while playing

Bad
- Can’t veg out

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Vay in Review – Oldschool RPG Nostalgia + 2 Promo Codes! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/15/vay-in-review-oldschool-rpg-nostalgia/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/15/vay-in-review-oldschool-rpg-nostalgia/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2009 23:02:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13164 I picked Vay up in the hopes of returning to my childhood memories of playing turn-based RPGs: a need for nostalgia. Vay’s story begins when Prince Heibelger (the main character) is about to marry a beautiful lady with a mysterious past, but during the wedding, the castle is stormed by the army of Danek (The … Read more]]>

vay_review1I picked Vay up in the hopes of returning to my childhood memories of playing turn-based RPGs: a need for nostalgia.

Vay’s story begins when Prince Heibelger (the main character) is about to marry a beautiful lady with a mysterious past, but during the wedding, the castle is stormed by the army of Danek (The staple bad guy) with technology too great for the defenses. A lot of people were killed that day, including some very close to Heibelger. But, his bride’s kidnapping seemingly was the entire purpose of the attack. Now what about the bride did the Danek want so badly? Heibelger vows to get her back, and take out vengeance on the Danek Empire.

App Description/Features:

  • The 1994 cult classic RPG returns with updated widescreen graphics and touchscreen controls.
  • User selectable difficulty makes this title great for both beginners and RPG veterans
  • Compelling and engrossing story
  • Nearly ten minutes of animated cutscenes
  • Auto-save feature allows you to play in small increments
  • Over 100 enemies and a dozen challenging bosses
  • Over 90 expansive areas to explore

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But, the only hope in defeating the awesome technology of Danek lies in powerful armor. So powerful it is that it nearly destroyed the world long ago – so Heibelger embarks to find this armor though it is hidden and locked by many keys and fastidiously guarded. Throughout the story, there is some character development, and some dialogue between the party members which adds to the overall gameplay, but I didn’t find myself too terribly upset when a party member was killed (unlike how I felt when Aeris was killed by Sephiroth in Final Fantasy 7).

The graphics are alright, somewhere in between Final Fantasy 6 and 7. The characters are ‘cutsy’, with oversized feet. There are some cut-scenes throughout the game, but they are a bit too anime-ish for me to really get into – like an otaku cartoon. The quests and assignments are generally easy to complete with only one place that was hard to figure out how to pass. If you get stumped, don’t worry: the NPCs tell you what you are supposed to do next, but Vay is more full of action rather than puzzles and thinking games.

vay_review4I set Vay to medium difficulty, and besides one point in the game wherein I went out ill-prepared, and my party twice died of petrification, the fights and even bosses aren’t all that challenging. The music in any RPG is fairly important to me, as it sets the atmosphere. Vay’s music isn’t anything memorable (like Final Fantasy), but it does the job and I have nothing to complain about.

Of course, as a typical RPG, Vay is full of leveling up, buying armor, HP and MP. If you are familiar with old school RPGs, you will find it easy to adapt to this game’s playing style. Vay has been entertaining and with only one major drawback: the menus. The drilldown goes down a few layers, and when I want to change another character’s armor, well that requires drilling back up, and the drilling down into the other character’s menus. It is tiring to say the least.

vay_review2Well, did it fulfil my need for RPG nostalgia? Sort of, though it’s not quite the same level as Final Fantasy 6. Would I recommend Vay for the iDevice? If you enjoy linear turn based RPG games, then this’ll keep you entertained for some time. The slightly higher price tag of $4.99 may turn off some players, but if you were a fan of the original game from back in the Sega CD days or have always wanted to give it a go, you’ll  enjoy what this blast from the past has to offer.

Be sure to check out shigs’ “The App Store’s Best RPG” post, where he surveys the RPG scene for the iDevice.

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App Summary
Title: Vay (v1.2.1) Developer: SoMoGa, Inc
Price: $4.99 App Size: 71.2 MB
  • Simple story and gameplay
  • Controls are easy to learn
  • Great time killer
  • Decent FMVs (even if a bit Otakuish)
  • No real challenges
  • Drill down menus can take a while

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Pocket Informant in Review – Efficient Productivity App? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/29/pocket-informant-efficient-productivity-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/29/pocket-informant-efficient-productivity-app/#comments Sat, 30 May 2009 03:35:04 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11696 I’ll first get into what got me looking for an app like Pocket Informant. At first I was thrilled to enter my appointments into the inbuilt Apple Calendar, and it worked alright, till my PC decided to quit syncing my calendar and contacts (old PC took far too long to back up my iPhone). A … Read more]]>

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I’ll first get into what got me looking for an app like Pocket Informant. At first I was thrilled to enter my appointments into the inbuilt Apple Calendar, and it worked alright, till my PC decided to quit syncing my calendar and contacts (old PC took far too long to back up my iPhone). A couple iPhone crashes later, and re-entering all my events and contacts twice over, I was scrambling to find apps that would back up my calendar, to dos, notes, and contact info online.

Saisuke and Todo were the answers for calendar and Todos, and besides only being able to use one calendar on Saisuke initially, they both were efficient, and synced to free online services. Perfect! Except that since I don’t have a lot of to-dos, I rarely opened the Todo app, and I missed doing a couple important things. I was thinking, “why isn’t there an app that takes care of both events and Todos”, and then SmartTime came along. I quickly discovered how much I needed monthview (at that time, not included in SmartTime). Currently, SmartTime is on the way to becoming useful, but it’s still a little convoluted.

Then I picked up on rumors of Pocket Informant. Reading the description, former Window Mobile Pocket Informant user’s rave reviews, and looking at the screenshots, I eagerly awaited Pocket Informant’s release. Once I downloaded the app, I thought that the icon is damn ugly. The red center made me think of a clown’s nose (and I’m not fond of clowns).

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So let’s open this app… and monthview was awesome! The timebars make seeing a days scheduled events for a day easy. Monthview is what I work from. Tapping a day brings up a window with a list of events and todos for that day, and swiping changes the month. That’s pretty much all I need to view my calendar…

But I should go into the other calendar views as well, since this is supposed to a comprehensive review.

Weekview puts Today into a large box at the top of the screen, divides the screen in half below it, and then into columns of three days. For days with a lot of events, you can either scroll by swiping up on a day, or tap the day to see a larger list of events for that day. Dayview and listview are the same as those in the inbuilt Apple Calendar.

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Adding new events is easy but at times slow, and editing and deleting events can be even slower still. Twenty seconds to delete a single recurring appointment…. frustrating when I’ve got ten more recurring appointments to delete.

Setting up my various calendars to Gcal was weird. I couldn’t get some calendars that came with Pocket Informant to delete on both Pocket Informant and Gcal. Syncing would bring the calendars back. I tried a lot of things, and when I finally got them permanently deleted off both Gcal and Pocket Informant, I wasn’t even sure how I did it.

Aside from some initial difficulties, and times when Gcal is ‘doing stuff’, sync has been flawless. Updates will make these functions a whole lot faster. After talking to the developer on the WebIS forum, I have faith that his company will eventually make this app a lot more efficient. My only wish for event management is copy and paste of events, and that too, is planned.

Going onto the Todo functions, I’d first have to say that I’m not the best person to ask, since I don’t have a lot of to dos and certainly no projects. I’ll say it works well enough for me. I’ve got a list of tasks like ‘pay electric bill’ in one folder, and wait…. I actually do have one project (it’s been kind of waylaid by unenthusiasm on the wife’s part). Anyways they work well for putting things on the correct day for when they are to be done, or letting me know what’s next to do on the a project in the ‘Today’ view (just a list of events and tasks for a day).

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The other I use is contexts for lists, such as movies I want to rent, music I want to buy, grocery lists, etc. Stuff I don’t want showing up in the Today view. Pocket Informant comes with some other functions like ‘next action’, and ‘starred’. But I’m not qualified to comment on those, since I’ve never used them.

Never had a problem with syncing tasks to Toodledo.

Pocket Informant’s developers have an excellent track record on other platforms, and the constant work on their app and professionalism of their responses to their users has earned them my faith. In short, it is an app that does everything I need it to do. Navigation, and everything else is intuitive. I wouldn’t yet recommend this app to a power user (someone who needs to add, edit, and delete a lot of events) – It’s still far too slow at times for that. I don’t doubt it’ll be up to speed in the future though.

And the ugly ‘clown’ icon has now grown on me….

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App Summary
Title: Pocket Informant (V 1.02) Developer: Web Information Solutions
Price: $12.99 App Size: 2.7 MB
  • Syncs reliably
  • great interface
  • promising future
  • intuitive
  • superb app developers
  • Sloooooooooowww at times….

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SplashMoney in Review – Money Well Spent? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/06/splashmoney-in-review-money-well-spent/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/06/splashmoney-in-review-money-well-spent/#comments Wed, 06 May 2009 16:02:36 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=10500 After having tried Budget, iExpenseit and PocketMoney I figured that I needed a program that could show me where my money was going, keep track of accounts, allow for income entries, and properly support the yen. Other programs either didn’t support the yen at all, or they simply replaced the dollar sign with a yen … Read more]]>

splashmoney3After having tried Budget, iExpenseit and PocketMoney I figured that I needed a program that could show me where my money was going, keep track of accounts, allow for income entries, and properly support the yen.

Other programs either didn’t support the yen at all, or they simply replaced the dollar sign with a yen sign. Either way, monetary values still read dollars with denominations for cents.

After a bit of vacillation, I decided to take the plunge and spend ¥1200 for SplashMoney. At first, I was impresssed with what I saw.

splashmoney4For starters, Splash Money displays the yen well, however, entry of new amounts still displays decimal values followed by two numbers. Adding to that annoyance, tapping zero two extra times to get the figure past the decimal on each entry can grow tiresome, especially on the small keyboard.

I should mention that SplashMoney is a great fit for currency that utilizes two numbers after a decimal. The graphs are great, and it is a pleasant surprise to find not just an expense pie graph, but also an income source pie graph. The income source pie graph is especially nice since I get my money from a lot of different and fluctuating sources.

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The icons made it easy to see what kind of transactions I had made at a glance. Some parts of the program, though, aren’t intuitive, and I had to visit SplashData site to figure out some functions, such as transfers. I wondered why they didn’t include a guide in the app itself?

SplashMoney syncs to SplashMoney desktop, which I have neither bought nor used, and also to a lot of American banks – another feature I never used as I live in Japan. But from what I read on the SplashData forums, neither of these syncs reliably, and there are a lot of complaints that the amounts synced often differ by as much as a few cents ,which can add up over time.

SplashData has put out a few updates in an effort to fix sync reliability, but with limited success. I have moved onto a different program mostly because of the time it takes to enter transactions. In fact, I sometimes found that because it would take too long, I don’t bother entering the data at all.

splashmoney6TapExpense allows for fast entry, and with it’s group functions, it can keep track of account balances. The built in keyboard makes it easy to enter on the fly, and the field filters allowed me to get rid of fields that I never use (such as currency). It only has expense graphs, but fast entry makes the loss of income graphs acceptable in my books.

Other programs now offer support of the yen, fast entry of new transactions, large built-in keyboards, and other features to make it easy on-the-fly use even easier. I’d guess that SplashData is too busy trying to sort out their tenacious sync problems to even think about adding those kind of user-friendly features.

In summary, SplashMoney is one of the most full featured money managers out there, and it has some great features. However, until SplashData gets sync sorted out or allows export to other finance programs, and till they make entry quick and easy, I’m sticking with something less full-featured but faster and easier to use.

For the time being, I’d have to say, Slap it!
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App Summary
Title: SplashMoney (v4.6.1) Developer: SplashData
Price: $8.99 (sale) App Size: 1.3 mb
  • Great graphs
  • Decent support of other currencies
  • Multiple account support
  • Icons
  • Budget features
  • Supports splits and transfers
  • SplashMoney desktop purchase necessary to back up data
  • Sync to both banks and desktop unreliable and often inaccurate
  • Loading time can take a while, and transaction entries require a lot of taps on a small keyboard

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