Next! is Your Next Best Productivity App on the iPad

Next! - LefTurn Labs LLC

Next! for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $9.99
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If you’re looking for an all-inclusive productivity iPad app designed to track your upcoming goals, actions, to-dos, and references, look no further than Next! by LeftTurn Labs. This high-end note-taking iPad offers a lot of similarly top-notch features, even if the interface is more confusing than a turtleneck in July.

Functionality

Next! attempts to fill any professional note-shaped voids in your life by offering up a multitude of useful categories in which to put reminders and lists. These categories include Action Lists, for referencing things that need to be done yesterday, and Project & Goal pages for tracking the completion of various projects and needs. Within each subsection you’re allowed to edit a reminder’s progress, title, due date and level of importance. You’re also free to attach references, like a resume or memo, to the References pane.

Using the apps in-house linking feature, you’re then free to associate notes with other notes as you please: You can even attach a referenced document straight to the goal it concerns. This is a great way to store notes, and the various subsections make it extremely easy to organize in a hurry. The ability to search notes via tag and text is also a great boon for the app. To round it off, Next! also lets you export most notes via email.

 

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Peep your Ports and So Much More with JaNet – Network Tools

JaNet - Network Tools - Michele Nucci

JaNet - Network Tools app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

Price: $1.99
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Keeping tabs on your network just got a lot easier with the JaNet – Network Tools iPhone app from developer Michele Nucci. Now network administrators can monitor performance, identify security risks, track devices and more from one elegant app compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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I was barely a few moments in to my iPhone app review process when I realized the JaNet – Network Tools iPhone app was clearly built by IT professionals. This app doesn’t just provide a ping service, locate devices on local and remote networks, or scan ports for security protocols. It does each of those functions easily, integrates results, and performs a dozen other functions with ease. Let me list a few of my favorites.

JaNet – Network Tools allows users to scan ports for security risks, identify devices currently running on a network, scan local Wi-Fi networks for active IP addresses and more, wake up devices on local or remote networks, gather IP, MAC and service provider details, perform DNS queries, execute easy performance tests, and carry out a host of other features.

Like I said, this app ain’t fooling. It even interfaces with Apple’s Bonjour browser to locate area tools. Large companies, small businesses and personal end users alike will find useful information readily available to assist them in managing their network devices.

 

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Leaks and Tarragon and Beets! Oh My! Take the Bite Out of Cooking with Cooktorial

Cooktorial - Webst Consulting S.A.

Price: Free
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Cooktorial Video iPhone App Review


Cooktorial app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

As the economy continues to flounder sometimes your kitchen cupboards can show signs of the times. For cooks with a basic grasp of how to boil water without burning it, a couple of eggs, flour, salt and butter may not look like dinner. But to Cooktorial, my new favorite kitchen iPhone app from Webst Consulting S.A., it looks like homemade pasta in a light sauce. Give your budget a break and make the most of each meal with Cooktorial.

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I’m not completely helpless in the kitchen, but, like everybody else, I have ingredients that sit on my shelves week after week. Eventually they will expire and end up in the dump instead of on my table. Orphan ingredients are just one of the things Cooktorial promises to whisk into submission in my kitchen. I felt that I was up to my iPhone app review challenge, but my spice rack looked a little scared.

It turns out there was nothing to worry about. Cooktorial is a straight forward iPhone app. Simply enter the items you have sitting unused in your cupboards in Cooktorial’s ingredient database. Enter as few or as many as you’d like (the more you add the better the results). When you have the items entered tap on “Show Results” to view possible meals you can make from your ingredients, complete with easy to follow recipes and tips. In case you forgot to mention an ingredient or two it will even suggest meals with an extra item you don’t have.

 

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CineXPlayer: Filling Holes By Scrolling Vids

CineXPlayer – The best way to enjoy your Xvid movies 2D & 3D - NXP Software B.V.

CineXPlayer for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $2.99
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One of the biggest drags about the iPad—especially in comparison to some of the newest Android tablets—is its lack of universal video-format support. Videos must be loaded in an Apple-supported format, meaning you’ll have to bend over backwards just to watch all those saved Golden Girls reruns. However, CineXPLayer by developer NXP Software goes a long way towards smoothing over media playback on the iPad.

Features and Functionality

Durin my iPad app review, I found that CineXPlayer offers the ability to play just abut any video format you can load onto the iPad. This includes the ubiquitous and unofficially supported .AVI video formatting, alleviating many a headache for power iPad users. The app supports full HD playback as well as VGA/HDMI output for your fancy new tele. A slightly more interesting addition is the ability to convert 2D video into 3D, though you will have to pay for this goodie. However, considering most users simply want to watch their videos on the go, that likely won’t be a major selling point for the app.

CineXPlayer is not without its faults: Though it could play every format I threw at it, save some more obscure Linux offerings, the app did occasionally hiccup on the audio, leading to some interesting robotic censoring. You also have to attach CineXPlayer to iTunes before you can load any videos, and movies contained in CineXPlayer are stuck to the app. Likewise, you cannot load movies that are in iTunes via CineXPlayer. However, the app does have plenty of fine touches that make it even more comfortable on the iPad, including closed-captioning and social-networking integration.

 

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Avoid Pesky Plagues While Traveling Abroad, Prepare and Prevent with iTravelJab

iTravelJab - Dr. Nora

Price: $1.99
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iTravel Jab Video iPhone App Review


iTravelJab app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

Before embarking on a fabulous vacation to a distant land go and get pricked. That’s what well known Malaysian doctor Nor Ashikin Mokhtar (Dr. Nora) suggests in iTravelJab, a health conscious iPhone travel app that helps you plan and keep track of immunizations. Travel smart and stay healthy.

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As a traveler, I was extremely interested in performing an iPhone app review on iTravelJab. International travel can be exciting, but exotic places sometimes house exotic diseases, and its best to be prepared. Some immunizations need to be taken in a series, or months before you leave. Take the worry out of preparing with the Dr. Nora’s informative iTravelJab iPhone app, as available  for the iPad and iPod Touch.

Enter your travel location and the date of your trip to see Dr. Nora’s travel immunization report. View a list of diseases that commonly occur in the area you are traveling to, complete with symptoms, general information and a suggested time frame for visiting the doctor to be immunized.

You can also create a record of your current immunizations for easy access. The iTravelJab app is rounded out with travel tips, a message from Dr. Nora, and several informative sections detailing diseases and special travel concerns for children, pregnant women and adults. The only feature I found myself wishing for was a calendar like time line, or scheduled events that appeared in my iPhone’s calendar. The record section does provide an option for future dating events, so for now that will have to suffice.

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Learn Every President With Presidents By the Number

presidents by the number iPhone app review

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

Presidents By the Number - JM Digital Consultants

 

Price: $1.99
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Can you name all 44 people who have been President of the United States of America? How about which one was called “Old Hickory?” Which one did not have a Vice President? If historical trivia and education is your thing, consider trying out Presidents by the Number, an impressive iPhone app from JM Digital Consultants. It’s available for iOS devices running version 3.2 or later, for $1.99 through the Apple iTunes Store

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Presidents by the Number offers far more than just some drab historical data. It features facts on not only all the different Presidents, but also on the Vice Presidents, Supreme Court Justics, videos, poems (“Presidential odes”) and much more. Upon starting up the Presidents by the Number iPhone app, users can choose from the above options on a tab-like layout. The quiz section is pretty impressive, with lots of different quizzes (six different ones, with more promised to be on the way), along with a bonus a quiz. The quizzes are arranged in multiple choice format, with 10 questions per quiz. There’s also a Presidential portrait slideshow/video with accompanying music included with this iPhone app, helping users put faces with names of the different leaders.

While I’m not the biggest fan of poetry, I was impressed with the eloquence and whit of the poems featured in Presidents by the Number. Some of them are very creative and certainly make remembering facts about the different Presidents much easier!

 

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