Jot Down You Day-to-Day Thoughts with Journal Diary Pro

Price: $4.99*    Score: 9/10    By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Jot Down You Day to Day Thoughts with Journal Diary Pro

We live in a world where everyone longs to record every significant moment in their life, whether with words or images, as a way of preserving something they can never get back.  We post thoughts, comments and photographs all over the Internet, as if to bring some meaning to our lives by sharing our joy with everyone else.  With Journal Diary Pro by Sulaba Inc, users can record all these moments with the written word, voice recordings or video, allowing them to decide which items shall be shared and which shall remain private.

Upon startup, users will see a simple menu that lays out the various features Journal Diary Pro has to offer.  The Diary button allows users to record their thoughts via written word.  Users can create an unlimited number of entries for any given day.  With the Media button, users can immortalize any moment with a video or voice recording, using this function to record anything from a concert segment to a classroom lecture.  The Events button allows users to input important dates they wish to remember with the option of allowing Push notifications around the time of the particular event.  The Vault also expands Journal Diary Pro’s usefulness by allowing users to password protect their important information, such as bank account numbers and passwords for various accounts.

With the Settings button, users can further protect their entire journal, choosing to create a password that will not allow anyone to look at even the most basic information.  Users will also enjoy the fact that they can backup their entries by sending them via email or exporting them.  The Social Buzz aspect allows users to connect to Facebook or Twitter and share their thoughts and memories with their entire Friends list, while the GPS Locator (when turned on) will mark each individual entry with the place it was written.  In fact, the Settings are so comprehensive that users can go as far as selecting their preferred font and size!

Journal Diary Pro offers much more than most journal applications usually do.  Not only can users record their day-to-day thoughts in all sorts of ways, but they may also maintain a calendar of events and store important information safely, making this a three-in-one application.  Normally, users would have to buy each of these conveniences separately.  Plus, with such versatility, nearly everyone can find some use for Journal Diary Pro.  And, if you don’t know how to use a certain feature, the comprehensive Help button provides a guide to learning every aspect beautifully.

*Price shown reflects 30% off promotion, available for a limited time only.

Journal Diary Pro [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Are You It? Name Tag Game for iPhone

Price: FREE     Score: 9/10     By M. Schustermanbadge appstore sm Are You It? Name Tag Game for iPhone

Here’s something new – an app that encourages you to away from your screen! Name Tag Game, designed by SparkCrowd, is a real-life game of tag facilitated by your iPhone.

Start by registering with your name, email address and password, followed by a photo. Then you move on to pick a category to enter something personal about yourself. The categories and questions are interesting; the first question under “Interests” was “What is one of your guilty pleasures,” and “Values and Ethics” asked “What do you consider to be an overrated virtue?”

I answered one in the category of “Education,” then went on to “Tag People.” (You can navigate between adding new items about yourself and tagging people at the bottom of the screen.) This brings up a list of people that are nearby and using their GPS or wifi, complete with their photos and info. Tap one to see if they’re “It” or “Not It.” If they’re “It,” you can phone tag them for points.

Or you can Face-toFace tag them for the big points. Here’s where things get interesting – when they say “face to face,” they don’t mean on a screen. In order to tag someone “It,” you have to meet them. In real life. In other words, this isn’t a social networking game that you can hide behind, this is one that brings you out into the harsh sunshine of the real world.

But the game gives you an icebreaker, based on the questions you answered. You’ll get a question about them with multiple choice answers, one being the answer they provided. And getting that question right means you can tag them. You can also send messages to other players, for which you get more points.

Tapping “Check-In” at the top of the screen scores points too, even if you don’t find anyone nearby. I thought it was pretty slick that the app listed the exact clothing shop and restaurant on either side of my apartment, and let me know no one from Name Tag was at either.

Obviously, this is a slow game of tag, particularly if you don’t live in an area with a high number of people using the app. But it’s great for getting your eyes off the phone and looking at the person in front of you.

Name Tag Game [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 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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Pie Face Presents Mess-Free Alternative to Traditional Food Flinging

Price: $.99     Score: 5/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Pie Face Presents Mess Free Alternative to Traditional Food Flinging

When people drive you nuts, sometimes you wish to lash out.  Your patience wears thin and all you can do is dream up ways to make that certain someone pay for making you so angry and aggravated.  With Pie Face by Michael Schwartz, users now have a non-violent, private way to indulge their inner devil by tossing pies, darts and cannonballs (amongst other things) at a photo of the culprit in question.

Pie Face begins by requiring users to press the Start Game button, making one believe that the application is truly a game.  However, when you realize that your flinging fun never results in accumulated points, or a beautifully mangled photograph, you discover that this “game” simply consists of you tossing virtual items at a photograph of someone you just cannot stand.

Once you press start, you will see a sign and a cannon.  The cannon will shoot any of the given weapons, which can be shot simply by tapping the first button in the line up.  Next to that, users will find the button that allows them to choose their desired weapon.  Choose from the traditional pie, or get a little more creative and feisty with a cannonball, fireball, paint or darts.  Whichever item you choose will shoot from the cannon every time you tap the explosion button.  The third button allows users to choose the photo they wish to destroy with their weapons.  Use any photo you may have in your Photo Library.  The Pause button at the end of the row simply allows you to halt your game if necessary.

Unfortunately, throwing things the calm, cool and collected way doesn’t quite seem to have the same effect as taking out your aggression in real life.  Yes, it alleviates the potential mess and the violent ruckus that an actual fireball or cannonball may create, but when the damage caused automatically disappears after a few shots, one is left still feeling annoyed. Instead, if you truly have some aggression issues to deal with, perhaps a good game of paintball or darts would relieve your angst much more successfully.  Shoot your paintball gun at someone wearing a photograph of the person in question, hang their face on a dartboard, or even tape their picture to a punching bag and give it a good whack.  Getting out and exerting some energy will increase your endorphins and make you happy naturally!

Pie Face [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 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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INSPIRO Inspires Imagination Stimulation

Price: $3.99     Score: 8/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm INSPIRO Inspires Imagination Stimulation

Creative block can become a serious issue for anyone working in a artistic manner.  Whether a writer, singer/songwriter or artist, conjuring up concepts for your latest piece of work doesn’t always come easy, even if you’re a natural.  But with INSPIRO by BPMboutique, thinkers now have a helper when it comes to generating new ideas, or at least a little laughter.

INSPIRO boasts a clean and easy-to-use interface, which you will immediately notice upon startup.  Press the button to enter and you will find the main menu, which provides buttons to the three different sections available: The Muse, Scenarios and The Daydream Machine.  In the top right corner, users will find a gear icon that indicates the Settings page, which allows users to choose the ratings of their results.  Choose from G, PG, or R.  Back on the main menu, users will also see a small ‘V’ icon.  Here, users will find an alphabetized list of all the available vocabulary categories, which are then broken into subcategories within their section.  Simply by choosing a category, users can then add their own new subcategory or single vocabulary word, making INSPIRO customizable to your needs and style.

‘The Muse’ – the first listed section – provides basic word forms (adjectives, adverbs, nouns and verbs) mixed in random, interesting configurations that shall hopefully get your creativity churning. ‘Scenarios’ deals with developing characters and their personalities, which, as mentioned, could be a very entertaining and helpful way to generate inspiration for comedic inspiration.  ‘The Daydream Machine’ presents the most interesting “imagination stimulation” for it randomly provokes thoughts you otherwise might never ponder.  Of course, as with the other two sections, some of the randomization ends up making no sense as a coherent concept.  However, ‘The Daydream Machine’ has the potential to evoke the most creativity.  And if you find any of the suggestions from all three sections to be worthwhile, feel free to copy it to the clipboard or send to friends via email using the arrow button alongside the gear icon.  Not only will you instigate creativity, but discussion as well.

Personally, when it comes to my own writing endeavors, such idea generators detract from my creative process, for many of their suggestions seem juvenile and never quite along the lines of what I’d hope to produce.  However, I will not deny that INSPIRO allows the most versatility, with a vast database of vocabulary that you can contribute to as time goes by.  And for those who truly need a strong boost to break through their writer’s block, INSPIRO may just be your best available application of its kind!

For a video demonstration of how INSPIRO works, click here.

INSPIRO [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 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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Piperoll: A Puzzle Game That Gets the Logic Flowing

Price: $.99     Score: 10/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Piperoll: A Puzzle Game That Gets the Logic Flowing

Games often no longer test your brainpower, but how quickly your trigger finger reacts to virtual enemies.  They no longer require you to think, only to survive.  But a we get older, we constantly look for ways to improve our brain functions and keep our minds young.  Piperoll by Navigation-Info Kft brings back the puzzle game concept with an old-school twist that makes it both nostalgic and thought provoking at the same time.

With Piperoll, users must use the pieces of pipe provided to link two or more areas using the same underground water system, adjusting the pipes alignment until all are connected so the water may flow freely.

First-time players will have to start from Level One, though once you have reached any of the 100 levels available, you will be able to choose precisely where you’d like to begin your game the next time you return.  Within each level, users will find four different possible liquids flowing through the pipes, all reaching ground level in either a country or city setting.  However, no matter where you begin, you will have a hard time ever putting your device down.

As you move up in levels, you will begin to see the various liquids immerge as the brainteasers trickle in.  Users will soon go from connecting one set of pipes, to multiple sets in a single puzzle, each running a different kind of liquid to the other side of the screen.  And, while you needed to use every piece of piping in the early levels, your further progression will inevitably leave you with a bit of extra material lying around.

Piperoll’s simple concept challenges even the best of puzzle gamers, while hooking even the most casual of players.  Upon first run through, I zipped through the first thirteen levels (until I remembered I had to write this very review).  The timer in the top right corner tracks how quickly you complete a level, but this characteristic somehow seems to blend, making Piperoll more about the basic goal of trying to solve the puzzle rather than doing so in a short period of time.  The timer challenge leaves something for you to aspire to once you’ve given all 100 levels their first go-round.  Trust me – it’s easy to get caught up in the current!

For a video demonstration of what Piperoll has to offer, click here.

Piperoll [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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The Book of the Dragon Comes to Life on iPad

Price: $5.99   Score: 8/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm The Book of the Dragon Comes to Life on iPad

The Book of the Dragon is a beautifully illustrated new interactive digital book for the iPad. Created by Argentinian-born fantasy illustrator Ciruelo, The Book of the Dragon is best described as not so much a storybook, but more of an encyclopedic treatise on dragons.

The book contains various chapters, with names such as “Dragons and Mankind”, “Social Organization” and “Psychological Characteristics”. Each part of the book features elaborate illustrations, sound effects and animations that draw you into the fascinating world that Ciruelo has created.

A running theme throughout The Book of the Dragon is that the dragons themselves have a long and rich history, personal attributes and customs, set against a background of long-running conflict and war with human kind. The pages are filled with magic, fantasy and lore.

Navigating through The Book of the Dragon is made incredibly simple – you can tap once on the screen and then running your finger along a slider, which cycles through little thumbnails of the books pages or you can select a page from the Table of Contents. While defaulting to English, The Book of the Dragon also comes loaded with four other languages – Spanish, Italian, German and French.

If you’re a fan of fantasy art, there is also the option at the end of the book to save some of the illustrations to your photo library for later use as an iPad background.

The Book of the Dragon [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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