SPViewer for iOS Lets You View Microsoft Project Files Quickly and Easily

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Price: Free
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SPViewer | Viewer for .mpp files
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you use a heavy duty project management tool like Microsoft Project 2010 or 2013, chances are you’ve wanted to view project files away from your computer.

SPViewer is a slick app that lets iPhone and iPad users easily view project files on their device, including Apple Watch.

Concept and Functionality:

One thing I really want to stress about SPViewer, from developer Seavus DOOEL, is the fact that it does not allow you to edit project files. The app only allows you to view them, which is still handy for accessing files on the go. I also want to mention that the app only works with files using the standard Microsoft Project file extension “.mpp”.

When it comes to navigation, I found SPViewer to be very easy to navigate and understand. It’s fairly simple and straightforward, and new users are greeted with a brief overview screen when they first open the app that details pretty much everything it offers.

SPViewer iPhone App

SPViewer iPhone App

When viewing project files, SPViewer allows you to manipulate data in a variety of ways. This includes being able to toggle data views, easily access project info, zoom in and out of tables, and much more. I really like the fact that everything is easy to view even on a small screen like my iPhone 5.

Features:

Even though SPViewer is strictly a project viewer for Microsoft Project files, the app offers quite a few features for users who are heavily reliant on the software. One of the features that really stands out is the ability to open .mpp files directly from email. Very handy.

Perhaps the best feature it offers, though, is the ability to sync with your OneDrive for Business account in order to easily access files.

spviewerwatch1If you use OneDrive for Business you can even receive project status notifications via push by scheduling them manually.

SPViewer lets you track progress on your Apple Watch and also features a long list of sample files for new users who are interested in seeing exactly what the app is capable of.

However, filenames are generic (Sample1.mpp, Sample2.mpp etc.) and I think it would be much more helpful if sample filenames were more descriptive.

Value:

SPViewer is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad, as well as Apple Watch. The app does require a subscription in order to view your own Microsoft Project files. Subscriptions are handled via an-app purchase and range from 1 month for $1.99 to 12 months for $9.99.

Overall, SPViewer is a highly functional app that allows Microsoft Project users to easily view files away from their computer. This tool is great if you’re just looking for a way to access and view your Project files.

spviewer.jpgSPViewer | Viewer for .mpp files requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes Brings Great Deals to Your iPhone

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Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Whether you’re looking for a cute new outfit or a sexy Halloween costume, the Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes app will help you find it.

Developed by Ji Qing Zhang, this shopping app offers tons of clothing at incredibly discounted prices.

Concept and Functionality:

The goal of Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes is to provide users with a wide assortment of lingerie and Halloween costumes to choose from.

When you first open the app you’re greeted with a comprehensive menu that allows you to choose what to shop for, from costumes to dresses and more. So if you’re looking for something sexy to wear, or just a nice summer dress, this app has it all.

You can also quickly see what the top sellers are, which is great if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

When you’ve found an item or items you’d like to purchase, you can easily add them to the app’s shopping cart. Many items require specifics such as size and color, and Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes lets you easily adjust these options if they’re available.

Once you’ve picked out all of the items you’d like to order you can complete the order by adding a billing address and shipping address. Payment is completed through PayPal and you can optionally apply a coupon code if it’s available.

Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes iPhone App

Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes iPhone App

One thing I do want to mention is that it looks like items purchased from the app are shipped from China. While the app is very user friendly, and all the items look great, I can’t vouch for the quality of the product. As far as shipping goes, according to the companion web site, hotsaleslingerie.com, shipping costs are modest and standard global shipping takes 7-10 days.

Features:

Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes includes a nice variety of features to enhance your shopping experience. If you choose to create an account within the app, you can save your address for quick and easy access later.

You can also track your previous orders. According to the app’s App Store page, Facebook login support was recently added to Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes.

Other than that, Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes is a simple and straightforward shopping app that lets users find what they’re looking for with ease. Everything is well-organized and categories are easy to navigate. Plus there are hundreds of items to look through.

Value:

Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

There are no in-app purchases, ads, or anything of the sort. In terms of item value, it looks like the app offers everything at very reasonable prices.

Overall, Hot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes is an app that provides a hassle free shopping experience and is worth checking out if you’re looking for those particular items.

hot_sales_lingerie.jpgHot Sales Lingerie and Halloween Costumes requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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6 Apps for Turning your iPhone into a Virtual Newspaper

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6 Apps for Turning your iPhone into a Virtual Newspaper
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Written by Macy Jones

News publishers very well understand today that smart phones are part of our everyday lives.

People hardly have time to read newspapers now, and they depend more on smart devices like the iPhone to catch up with what’s happening around the world.

Mobile-first is the order of the day along with syncing with the social media.

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Conventional newspapers might have lost their edge, but news definitely has not.

Here are 6 top iPhone apps which will turn your iPhone into a virtual newspaper, which you can carry in your pocket and connect with the world on the go.

Whether you plan to catch up on what’s happening at the beach or on the train to work, you’ll be all set with any of these popular news apps.

 

  briefmeBriefMe (iPhone, Apple Watch – Free)

As the name of the app rightly suggests, BriefMe takes a brief approach at news.

It displays a brief headline of the most trending news across different news channels, which are divided into categories international news, sports, politics, entertainment  etc.

A user just has to tap on the desired headline to read the entire news.

It is a nice way to filter out the desired news. It also has a streaming feature which provides a photo alongside the news headline.

 

flipboardFlipboard (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch – Free)

Flipboard has marked its consistent presence at the app store, and there are strong reasons for it.

It is more like a personalized magazine which gathers user relevant news from social circles of user interest and presents it in a simple to use interface.

A user selects the news sources they’re interested in and once that’s done can flip through articles just like a magazine and share the liked ones on social media. A nice extra touch is the “Twitter” section where you’ll see tweets from those you follow.

 

breakingnewsBreaking News (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch – Free)

The evolution of Breaking News began as a Twitter account which used web as a source of important news and information.

It has now evolved into a fully functional app which tracks and posts all news from the Breaking News Twitter account with updates and a map which points the location of action.

In the 21st Century many news stories break first on social media and this app is on it. Human editors comb social media for important news items and bring it to you before traditional media outlets. You can even watch live streaming video from breaking news locations.

A tab called “Woah” takes the user to the most interesting news that is happening around.

 

timelineTimeline (iPhone – Free)

Timeline takes a different approach on news.

Instead of displaying the just latest headlines, it provides additional insight into the event by displaying a timeline associated with the topic showing you exactly how the story has developed.

This is a distinctly different approach and one that really takes advantage of mobile/online capabilities creating an immersive experience that’s hard to beat.

All events of the past of the story are displayed in the form of a timeline.

This way it provides a deeper understanding of the story and how it unfolded.

 

yahoonewsYahoo! News Digest (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch – Free)

Yahoo gathers important headlines of the day into two digests, that are delivered twice each day; the morning and the evening edition.

The order of the headlines is based on its importance. The concept seems pretty basic and concise. Plus with the US edition you also get atomized nuggets on a wide range of topics.

Color coding and icons are used to highlight various news categories. Icons indicate the presence of photos, videos, statistics, citations etc.

Each article has a separate well laid out page, instead of just a link.

 

news360News360 (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch – Free)

News360 is the latest addition to iPhone news apps.

It is available for the iPhone, iPad, MAC and also the Apple watch.

All a user has to do is to select his interests and the app will create news feeds based on those interests generating what is, in essence, a personalized news feed.

You can dig deep into the topic or just browse through the headlines. Drawing from over 100,000 sources, this news app comes highly recommended by industry insiders.

 

Author Bio:
Macy Jones is a Melbourne based App developer who knows innovative methods of creating iOS apps to cater to all kinds of users. Her other interests lie in reading and writing blog posts. Connect with her via Facebook or Twitter.

 

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Be Rewarded for Your Photos with PIQUK

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Price: Free
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PIQUK
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

PIQUK is an interesting new spin on social photo sharing offering users a way to earn money from the popularity of their posted photos.

Features:

PIQUK, by FV Imagination, is a photo-sharing community that rewards its members for the popularity of their postings.

Specifically speaking, PIQUK users can expect to receive monetary payouts for their number of followers within the app, provided they accumulate enough followers. The current rate within the app is $0.01 per follower for a photo user, and minimum account earnings of at least $50 are required before a payout can be requested.

Once a payout is requested, your account earnings are reset, but your number of followers remains. Since the purpose of PIQUK is to increase the number of your followers, privacy settings that allow you to permit your photos to only be seen by a select audience are not currently available.

In addition to offering users monetary rewards for accumulating followers, PIQUK also offers all of the regular features of a photo-sharing app such as photo editing features and linking posts to Facebook and Twitter.

As a whole, the features of PIQUK seemed satisfactory, but it is worthwhile noting that generating enough followers to qualify for a payout seems like it could be pretty difficult.

Appearance and Layout:

PIQUK iPhone App Review

PIQUK iPhone App

The appearance of PIQUK is very similar to that of other popular photo-sharing apps. Users can choose to sort photos by “popular” and “recent” if they want to discover other random users of the app, and an option to search for members by specific user names is also available.

Navigating through the app to manage your account is easily accomplished, and an extensive FAQ section is covered in the app as well.

However, even though PIQUK is a photo-based app, the quality of the photographs that currently are posted by users within the app seemed in general to be of a lower quality than those that might be seen on Instagram or other photo services. The photos in PIQUK also seemed, on average, to be heavily edited, possibly to show off what the editing tools can do.

As with any social app, a large user base makes all the difference. We expect that as the user base grows it will increase the number of higher quality photographs within the app. Until then, the “appearance” of PIQUK will simply not be as good as it could be.

Value:

While PIQUK is currently available for free, in-app advertisements finance the monetary payouts of the app, and users can also opt to purchase a “premium” version of the app as well that enables them to use more exclusive features and to avoid seeing these ads altogether.

As a whole, PIQUK is an ambitious, interesting and unique concept for a photo-sharing app.

While it will not greatly appeal to anyone who prefers the “privacy” settings offered by other more popular photo-sharing apps, it may appeal to anyone whose primary goal for photos is increasing followers and earning some cash.

pikqrPIQUK requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Pixsaw is a Fun New Way to Turn Your Photos into Puzzles

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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Pixsaw puts a fun new twist on sharing pictures that turns each photograph into a puzzle for the receiver to figure out.

Features:

Rather than just sharing regular snapshots, how boring is that?, Pixsaw, an app by Michael Luce, lets users “saw” up pictures into jumbled up puzzles, leaving receivers of the photos with the job of correctly reassembling the image.

It’s a fun new concept for a photo sharing app that we’d like to see catch on and garner broad adoption.

Only after images have been assembled can they be saved onto a phone/mobile device. Users in Pixsaw can choose between sending images in a low or a medium resolution picture.

As you’d expect, lower res ones send faster and use less bandwidth than medium options.

Best of all, generating your Pixsaw image puzzle is easy to do and the app is well executed.

However, creating a Pixsaw account first requires logging in to the app via a Facebook account. Although photos are never shared between the two services without your permission, it would be more ideal if linking the app’s account to your Facebook was optional (instead of mandatory).

Appearance and Layout:

Pixsaw iPhone App

Pixsaw iPhone App

This app’s appearance is very simplistic and will mostly appeal to the minimalist user.

This simplistic appearance does have its upside, however, making it very easy to use with minimal instruction.

The fonts used in Pixsaw can be easily read on smaller screens as well as larger ones, and no complaints can be made about screens being too cluttered at any one time.

All that being said, if a little more detail were put into the graphic design of Pixsaw it would probably be more visually appealing.

One final note, we think it would be awesome if these puzzles once completed, revealed a message from the sender. Apple Watch integration would be pretty cool too.

Value:

Pixsaw is definitely a fun concept for an app, and as its user base grows, its appeal will grow too.

However, it would be great if there were a way to invite friends directly to the app instead of having to find them through Facebook. We’re fans of this app and think features like this that would make it more readily usable for sharing with friends would make it easier to encourage friends to use it too.

The developers need to focus on broad adoption by removing any point of friction to using the app. They’ve already made it fun, now make it easy.

Overall, Pixsaw is a well put together app that users will enjoy, but ways to make its increase in popularity faster would definitely make it more fun to use.

pixsawqrPixsaw iPhone app requires iOS 8.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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HowBig for iOS Connects You to the Hunting and Fishing Community

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Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Fishing and hunting are pastimes that countless people enjoy. The only thing better than catching a big fish or hunting an elusive trophy deer is showing off your accomplishment to friends and family.

What if you could share your hunt with like-minded individuals around the country?

HowBig lets everyone easily share their prize fish, deer, and more with others who also hunt and fish.

This mini social networking app includes plenty of features, from an event calendar to a comprehensive outfitter directory.

Concept and Functionality:

HowBig, an iPhone and iPad app by Sylvain Analytics, Inc, does a terrific job of accomplishing a very specific purpose; helping outdoorsmen and women connect with others by sharing photos, joining groups, and competing in events.

In order to use the app you have to create an account using your email address. The registration process is pretty simple and you’ll be exploring the app in no time.

HowBig sports an interface that’s easy to use and navigate.

The home screen view lets you toggle between member upload by day, week, month, and all time. You’re able to see the location of the upload, as well, which makes it fun to try and find great hunting and fishing spots nearby.

While HowBig is an excellent photo sharing app, it also includes an extensive outfitter directory that lets users find sanctuaries and more by state and animal.

This is great if you’re someone who likes to hunt or fish for sport and you’re looking for a way to find outfitters in a particular location.

HowBig iPhone App

HowBig iPhone App

I do want to mention that the developers are running a contest for the user with the highest rated photo within the app.

The winner receives a 3-day trip for two to Rancho De Chavez, NM for a buffalo hunting experience including meals, flight, transportation, and room.

This contest ends August 30th. In order to rate a photo you must double-tap it, then tap the stars.

Features:

HowBig includes tons of great features for all users, such as an event calendar that shows the location and details for hunting and fishing events around Canada and the U.S. I noticed that the calendar doesn’t include a filter feature, but you can use the search bar at the top to find events by state.

HowBig lets users interact with each other by double-tapping on photos to see additional details about a user’s catch or hunt. This includes weight, size, location, and more. You can even leave a comment on a user’s upload, which is definitely a plus.

Value:

HowBig is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no in-app purchases to worry about.

Overall, HowBig is a great app for anyone who loves hunting and fishing. It’s perfect for browsing what others have caught, exploring events, and finding places to go on your next adventure.

howbig.jpgHowBig requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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