abc Notes: Create Colorful, Artistic To-Dos

Price: $4.99    Score: 9/10    By M. Schustermanbadge appstore sm abc Notes: Create Colorful, Artistic To Dos

Typically, I’m not a fan of apps that take a simple concept (like sticky notes) and make them complex with unnecessary features. But ALSEDI Group has set up their sticky note application so brilliantly that getting comfortable with all of the features took a matter of seconds. I’m sold.

With abc Notes, what you have is like a slideshow of bulletin boards on which to stick your notes. When you open the app, there is a page already filled with notes that instruct you on how to use the app. Tap and drag a note around the page, and pinch to rotate or scale a note. Double-tap the screen to add a note (or use the “+” on the bottom), and double-tap a note to edit it. In edit mode, you can choose from an impressive variety of colors and styles for the note itself, as well as the font. You can also create badges with over a hundred different symbols to choose from.

There’s a few other features I didn’t expect, such as duplicating notes both on the same page and on separate pages. To duplicate a note on the page you are currently working on, just drag the note down to the “+” icon. You can also add a copy of that note to another page by dragging it down to the “Desktops” icon and selecting the desktop.

If looks matter to you, this app has them. The backgrounds are high-quality and beautiful, and when you really start to customize the look of the notes, the fonts, and the badges, your sticky notes start to look pretty darn cool. The only thing that didn’t work as I expected was pinching the note to expand; I expected this would also expand the text, sort of like a zoom effect, but the text remains the same size.

abc Notes has also just recently been updated, with the introduction of new features “Copy text” and “Copy image”. You can copy the note image (skin, text, angle, size…) and paste it to any eMail, or Pages app on iPad/iPhone.

I can’t honestly say I’ve ever found a sticky note app I used on any sort of regular basis. But I’m going to continue to use abc Notes and see how it works out. The price is fairly high for compared to other sticky note apps, but as with anything else, you get what you pay for.

abc Notes [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Find An Excuse With The Girlfriend Panic Button

Price: $.99     Score: 5/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Find An Excuse With The Girlfriend Panic Button

Many iPhone applications, you can tell, were designed with humor in mind.  With concepts so far-fetched, one knows immediately that the application only exists for the sake of laughter.  However, when the humor fails to translate in the process of turning a concept into a product, the application’s main reason for existence fails.

For instance, The Girlfriend Panic Button by Make Your Girlfriend Happy turns your device into a silly alarm that spews lame comebacks to your girlfriend’s biggest worries or complaints.  Considering none of the alarm’s responses would ever help one’s situation in real life, one can only assume the app was created in jest, mainly a way of mocking an actual argument between significant others.  Sadly, though, the goofy voice that speaks the lame lines comes off just as idiotic as any guy who would honestly try using such excuses to help their cause.

When you start up The Girlfriend Panic Button, you will find one simple, single page with a dial in the middle.  At the top of the page, users will find a link to the Make Your Girlfriend Happy site, allowing users to sign up for deals, alerts and more.  Just enter you email address, postal code, location, anniversary, her birthday and submit right within the application itself.

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Turn the dial, which is labeled Select Your Mistake.  Choose from one of four scenarios: Say Something Stupid, Forgot Her Birthday, 5 Minutes Late, Slept with Her Best Friend.  Once you’ve chosen a mistake, slide the bar at the bottom to arm your device, and then press the red button when you need that stereotypical saying to sound.  Most of the excuses will simply make you sigh due to their predictability.  However, Sleep with Best Friend’s response will make you want to slap yourself across the face.  “I thought best friends shared everything.”  Sure, this saying also qualifies as overdone, for I have heard said phrase uttered before, but in each of these prior instances, this saying has always been a joke.

Of course, no one can possibly take The Girlfriend Panic Button seriously.  (If they do, then they’ve got bigger problems to worry about than their girlfriend’s panic attacks.)  The application obviously mocks the stupidity of a screwed up boyfriend.  But why would anyone need an application that makes fun of someone (and not well, at that) when they can very well poke fun for free?  We don’t need technology to suck ALL the fun out of everyday life.

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The Girlfriend Panic Button [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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TrueKeyboard: Ergonomic Design on the iPhone

Price: $1.99    Score: 8/10    By M. Schustermanbadge appstore sm TrueKeyboard: Ergonomic Design on the iPhone

There’s always been much ado about typing on an iPhone, or any smartphone. Is it easy, it is comfortable, how fast can you do it. I’ve always found this sort of funny – it’s a phone. Texting is one thing, but who wants to write a novel on their iPhone?

However, if you send lengthier emails or like to take notes on your iPhone, and you feel more comfortable with the look of a traditional keyboard, TrueKeyboard is an app that might interest you.

Right off the bat, I have to say that if I owned an iPad, I would download this app in a heartbeat. Koren Projects has gone to great lengths to create not just a keyboard, but a 3D, ergonomic keyboard that, on the large screen of an iPad, is pretty dang close to the real thing. You can customize the color of the keyboard, there are six language settings, and you can even set it to sound like an old or modern keyboard when you type. You also have a choice of three font sizes.

Regardless of what device you’re using it on, I like the look. It’s basic, with a notebook paper design and easy navigation. That being said, I don’t know if anyone could actually type on it with ten fingers on an iPhone or iPod Touch. I tried it, laying my phone flat, and had a ton of typos. Once again, that’s something no app will defeat – the screen isn’t meant to fit all ten fingers.

However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful. I enjoy having the arrow buttons, and I can “finger peck” on this app faster than I could in seventh grade typing class. At the bottom of the screen you can tap “Email” or “SMS” to send your notes as email or text; while I probably wouldn’t bother with a short text, I do think this app makes emailing easier than it is within the Mail app.

And of course, you can also save your notes on the app, if you’re just keeping them for personal use. iPad owners – get it. iPhone/iPod Touch – it’s definitely worth considering, depending on how much you type on your device.

TrueKeyboard [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch 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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Win Cash and Awesome Prizes with Barclaycard’s Rollercoaster Extreme Highscore Competition!

Barclaycard Rollercoaster Extreme is an exciting 3D rollercoaster game for iOS that now features one of the highest-stakes high-score competitions ever held for an iPhone game. You can now play Rollercoaster Extreme to win an iPad, a trip to Las Vegas and a massive cash prize!

All you have to do to be eligible for these great prizes is to download Barclaycard’s Rollercoaster Extreme (it’s free) and submit your score to the facebook leaderboard. Barclaycard will be giving away an iPad to the highest scoring player each month and the four all-time top scorers will be sent to Las Vegas for a Rollercoaster Extreme playoff, with the winner taking home a cool £50,000.

You can check out Barclaycard Rollercoaster Extreme in the video below:

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Become Breast Aware with Dr. K’s Breast Checker

Price: $1.99     Score: 10/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Become Breast Aware with Dr. K’s Breast Checker

Breast cancer affects thousands of women each year, spanning all age groups.  And while many continue to get regular mammograms, early detection in the form of frequent and thorough self-examinations could be the key to saving one’s life.  With Dr. K’s Breast Checker by Lingopal Holdings Pty Ltd, users will learn how to correctly conduct a proper breast check and how to proceed if they find anything suspicious.

According to Dr. K’s Breast Checker, nearly 1 in 4 women with cancer specifically have breast cancer, and with nearly 200,000 new cases reported last year in the United States alone, one can see that a great many of these cases occur in highly developed countries across all age groups, young and old.  Breast Checker promises to not only provide important tips, but will also alert and remind users to check themselves regularly.

Upon first startup, users will need to initially agree to the terms presented.  Once you reach the main menu, you will see four buttons displayed across the bottom of the screen.  The first button, History, is where you will find all the information about you past self-examinations.  The results will be here for reference so you can compare your current findings to past exams in order to determine if there was indeed any change in your breasts.

Under Settings, users will be able to set reminders for both annual mammogram visits and self check-ups.  Users can set how often they’d like to be reminded to check their breasts, from every 20 to 99 days between self-exams.  Then, set the date you’d like to initially be reminded and a time that would be most convenient.  Most women choose to examine their breasts at the end of their menstrual cycle (if they still menstruate), which may be a great way to both choose a starting date and to remember even without an alert.  Users may also set an alert to remind them to schedule a yearly mammogram as well.

Using Check Now, users will then do just that.  To begin, choose whichever breast you wish to examine first.  Each diagram is then broken into different regions.  If you feel a lump or abnormality in any of the regions, simply tap within its outline to add a lump marker.  Tap Done in the bottom right corner to move to the next breast, where you will do the same thing.  Next, you will be taken through a questionnaire that asks you various Yes or No questions, such as if there has been any change in your breast size or if you are experiencing any nipple discharge.

The ‘i’ button will explain any How To’s you may need clarified, as well as an explanation on what it is to be Breast Aware and the importance behind such awareness.  The top right hand corner also features a button – the Share button.  Considering the statistics, take the time to share Dr. K’s message with your girlfriends on Facebook, Twitter or via email.  Take one moment to make another woman breast aware and you could save a life.

Dr. K’s Breast Checker [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Notes Plus – Handwriting, Typing, Shape Drawing and Sound Recording on Your iPad

Price: $3.99    Score: 9/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm Notes Plus   Handwriting, Typing, Shape Drawing and Sound Recording on Your iPad

Developed by Viet Tran, Notes Plus – Handwriting, Typing, Shape Drawing and Sound Recording is a powerful note taking app for iPad.

Allowing you to both type and record hand-written notes with ease, Notes Plus has much more flexibility and features than the iPad’s stock standard Notes app.

Notes Plus features include:

  • Close-up handwriting
  • Palm handling
  • Typed text mixing
  • Shape auto-detect
  • Voice recording
  • Easy editing & organizing

To start typing with Notes Plus all you have to do is tap the screen with two fingers. If you want to make a handwritten note you can put finger to screen immediately and the app will smooth out your text. You can pinch to zoom in on the note so that you can achieve smaller handwritten text, and uses two fingers to scroll across the page.

With Notes Plus you can draw a circle around text to select it, then tap and hold to drag the text. Notes Plus features auto shape detection and if you draw a circle, triangle or rectangle on the note a smooth-lined shape will be laid down of the size you specify. This shape recognition enables you to easily create text boxes to help separate your notes.

There are several options for editing both handwritten and typed text. You can change line thickness, stroke opacity and stroke color for your handwriting and change font type and color for typed text. You can also change the paper type, from ruled to grid to plain.

A unique feature – the palm pad – allows you to create an area on the screen where you can rest your palms while writing/typing so you don’t get any accidental strokes. It’s a nice touch.

Notes Plus also allows voice recording so you will never miss any important information at your next interview, meeting or lecture. Simply tap on the microphone symbol to being recording and tap on it again to stop. Voice recordings are attached to pages and a play button will appear if there is a recording on a particular note.

Once you’ve made your notes, you can export to PDF, email PDF or upload to Google Docs, giving you flexibility in how you share and distribute your notes.

Bottom Line: Notes Plus for iPad is a full-featured note taking app that offers a lot more note-taking power than Apple’s default Notes app. Well worth the $3.99 if you need to take detailed notes on-the-go.

Notes Plus [iTunes Link] is compatible with 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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