TimeTag: Track and Organize Your Time Simply

Price: $3.99    Score: 9/10    By M. Schustermanbadge appstore sm TimeTag: Track and Organize Your Time Simply

As a freelancer, I strive for organization. I have more spreadsheets on my desktop than I care to think about, I make schedules, I carefully plan out when I’m going to work on what project. And yet, at the end of the day I wonder – where did the time go? What did I actually accomplish?

TimeTag, an app designed by Capparsa, aims to solve that problem with the simplest concept possible; a stopwatch. That’s what you’ll see when you open the app for the first time. Tap the “Start” button to start the time and begin an activity, then tap “Stop” when you’re done.

Once you’ve timed what you’re doing, tap the records icon on the bottom of the screen to see the length of time and date of your activity recorded. Tap the activity to give it a “tag” or name, assign it a category and add a note if you wish.

After playing with the app, I would actually recommend selecting the tags icon at the bottom to create and customize your categories before timing yourself. The existing categories include “Leisure,” “Other,” “School” and “Work,” but you can create and color-code as many as you like.

Once you tap “Stop” to end an activity, it’s pretty necessary to enter the appropriate tags and categories right away, as when you go into “Records” to review them, they’re all called “no tags” and it can get confusing. However, once you’ve given each one a category, the appearance is orderly and color-coded. You can select the “Filter” option to filter and search your activities by start or end date, tag, or category.

My favorite feature of TimeTag is the “Export” option. Tapping “Export” gives you a spreadsheet-style view of all your data, including date, tag name, category, your check in and check out time, and the total amount of time. It also automatically groups the data both by tags and category. This feature alone is why I will continue to use this app; no more entering what article I wrote for which website and by which date in a spreadsheet when TimeTag can do it for me. As a bonus, you can both email the data or send it to your Dropbox. For $3.99, this is an excellent time-organizing tool.

TimeTag [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.  A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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Send a Personalized Greeting Card with EgoZoo Cards

Price: Free    Score: 7/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm Send a Personalized Greeting Card with EgoZoo Cards

Everyone loves receiving a card from a friend or family, and with EgoZoo Cards you can send your own personalized recorded greeting card from your iPhone.

Developed by EgoZoo LLC, EgoZoo Cards is a free app to download, and comes with four free cards (including a Christmas card). There are 11 cards available for download via in-app purchase, including Happy Birthday, I Love You, I’m Sorry and I Miss You. Each card costs $0.99, or all 11 can be purchased for $6.99.

All available cards are displayed on the main screen and you simply tap to select a card. Each card features a number of animal characters, including Larry the sheep, Bo the Giraffe, Tommy the Panda, and Mr. Joe the Elephant. These characters, amongst others, feature in each of the cards. You can tap on each of the characters to initiate an animated action and/or play music.

The main feature of EgoZoo Cards is the ability to record your voice and alter its pitch. Simply press the red button to start recording your greeting and then tap the green square to stop.

Once recorded, you can play the card, email it to a friend, share it to your Facebook wall or share to YouTube.

The cards feature colorful illustrations and are an individual and personalized way to send a message to a friend, but $0.99 per card is a little on the steep side.

EgoZoo [iTunes Link] compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Geometry Stash Offers Comprehensive Mathematical Guide

Price: $1.99     Score: 8/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Geometry Stash Offers Comprehensive Mathematical Guide

Perhaps you are a math buff who simply likes to have every theorem and formula ever handy at a moment’s notice.  Or maybe you are a student desperately trying to retain all the information thrown at you in class day in and day out.  No matter what the situation, Geometry Stash by Apparent Etch provides users with every geometric theorem, postulate and corollary imaginable, all within the comfort of one easy-to-use application.

When you begin, a notification will pop up telling you that, if you choose, you may close the diagram area at the bottom half of the screen at any time by tapping the black strip at the bottom.  Users may even shake their device to make this section disappear and reappear.  The diagram section presents a clear representation of whatever postulate, theorem or corollary you need to look up.  Honestly, I now wish I had an iPhone and this application during my high school years simply so Geometry Stash could have helped me study easier than any worksheet or textbook.

Users need only scroll through the alphabetized list of postulates, theorems and corollaries to find what they are looking for, or quickly narrow down their search with the Search bar at the top of the screen.  In honor of the holiday season, the edges of the screen are currently decorated with adorable Christmas lights, making the application particularly inviting.)

Best of all, the diagrams are clean and neat, which allows for a wonderful experience.  When it comes to math, there is nothing worse than trying to sift through the messy confusion of one’s notebook.  Instead, these diagrams display all you need to know. A useful feature worth mentioning, especially for educators, is the ability to use ‘video out’ in Geometry Stash and extend diagrams onto an external display, such as an LCD TV.

Plus, users can use Geometry Stash in either portrait or landscape mode to accommodate their preference.  While it seems to be easier to scroll through the list using the portrait layout, I enjoyed landscape mode best for the diagram simply seems more aesthetically pleasing.  And when it comes to studying topics you may not have much interest in, aesthetics certainly help grab and keep one’s attention.

Geometry Stash [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.


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Awareness Helps You Get in Touch With Your Emotions

Price: $3.99    Score: 9/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm Awareness Helps You Get in Touch With Your Emotions

If you need to get more in touch with your feelings or emotions – there’s an app for that. From the suitably-named Discover Yourself, Inc, Awareness is a new application for iOS devices that aims to get you more in tune with how you feel on a day to day basis.

Developed with psychotherapist Ronit Herzfeld, Awareness is an app that essentially asks you the question “what are you feeling right now?”. By taking the time to think about and reflect on our feelings, the idea is that you can learn what kind of situations lead to negative feelings, and begin to work towards eliminating sources of stress and worry in your life.

Awareness will randomly alert you at different times during the day, asking you how you’re feeling in that exact moment. The frequency, start and end times as well as alert sound can all be configured in the app’s Settings tab. Intelligently, Awareness works with iCal and avoids interrupting your existing scheduled items – although there is also the option to include them.

You can either wait until you receive an alert from the app, or enter you current feelings directly at any time by tapping on the Feelings icon. There is a long list of emotional categories to choose from, including angry, blah, fearful, happy, passionate, peaceful and sad – which each lead to a longer list of associated, and more specific feelings.

Once you have selected a feeling, this leads to a short meditation sequence with an animated video related to your reported emotion. After selecting ‘peaceful’ as my feeling, the app displayed “Take a deep breath. Enjoy the quiet in your body and mind. Know that this is your true state of being.” Similar meditation sequences are associated with each feelings category. Awareness features 20 clips in all.

After you have entered your feeling and proceeded past the meditation sequence, the app leaves you with an inspirational quote related to the feeling your recorded. There are 400 inspirational quotes included with the app, ensuring a good amount of variety in your day-to-day use of the app.

With Awareness, you can produce daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reports by tapping on the Reports tab, which let you view how your feelings have changed over a period of time, as well as highlight which ones occur most often.

Awareness is easy to use “feelings diary” that’s simple to incorporate into your everyday life. If you are someone that is naturally introspective, or would like to explore in more detail your own feelings and emotions then this app is definitely worth a look.

Awareness [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Skyyer is Your City Travel Guide to Asia

Price: Free   Score: 9/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm Skyyer is Your City Travel Guide to Asia

As one of the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, Skyyer is your essential guide to Asia. Currently featuring the cities of Shanghai, Bangkok, Macau, Taipei, Chiang Mai and Sydney with more locations to come soon – Skyyer is the perfect travel companion.

Developed by Skyyer Mobile for both iPhone and iPad, Skyyer city guides feature a bright and easy-to-use interface, allowing you to navigate to the information you need. Everything is well categorized in Skyyer, under Hot Spot, Best Pick, Feature, Check-In, Transport, Itinerary and Information.

Hot Spot features shopping, dining and places of interest sorted by area – many with several high definition images that give you a real idea of what to expect at that location. Best Pick lists luxury accommodation available in that city, including distance from airport/train station, hotel contact numbers and website, cost per night as well as local attractions. The Check-In and Transport sections detail available accommodation and transfers available respectively, with options for all budgets.

The Itinerary section lists multiple suggested itineraries, with a day-by-day breakdown of things to do and see, places to eat and good local accommodation choices in particular areas. Lastly, the Information section has valuable tips on communication, language, currency as well interesting points on the history and culture of that city or country.

While a free app, each Skyyer city guide is an in-app purchase. However, the Chiang Mai (Thailand) guide is free and ‘lite’ versions of the other city guides can be viewed for free before making the decision to upgrade to the paid version for $1.99. It’s also worth noting that each guide weighs in at 100+ megabytes (30 for lite versions) and, unless you’re on an unlimited mobile data plan, you’re going to need Wi-Fi access in order to download them.

Comprehensive, good value and up-to-date – Skyyer city travel guides are definitely worth a download if you’re planning a trip to Asia.

Skyyer [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Send a Funny Christmas Message with After the Beep!

Price: FREE   Score: 10/10   By M. Schustermanbadge appstore sm Send a Funny Christmas Message with After the Beep!

I’m a big fan of the original After the Beep! app, and their Christmas version is no different. Actually it’s better – it’s free!

The purpose of Christmas Greeting, designed by Bome, is to allow you to easily create Christmas-themed messages to leave on your family and friends’ voicemail or to share online. When you open the app, tap “Record” and create a short, personalized message to anyone you like. Tap “Tweak” at the bottom, and here’s where the fun begins.

You have several different options in three different categories; music, location, and wishes. Under music, you can choose something traditional like Greensleeves, a rockin’ version of Joy to the World, or maybe a funky band playing 12 days of Christmas. For location, you can add background noise to make it sound like you’re at an elegant dinner party, “Christmas Island,” church or a fair. And the “wishes” options include greetings from Santa, as well as greetings in a few other languages, to follow your own recorded message.

The fun here is mixing it up – you can come with eclectic combinations here that will leave the recipients laughing as they try to figure out where on Earth you are this Christmas season. Once you finish, just tap “Publish” and you can send your message as a voicemail, email it, or share it on Facebook, Twitter or the Web.

This is one of the most fun free Christmas apps I’ve come across this year! Give it a try – you’re likely to get a few laughs out of it.

Christmas Greeting – After the Beep! [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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