History can teach and inspire us. Timeline World War 1, through the use of audio, video, photography and historical documents leads you through the balance of power before the war, through the first shot and all the way to a video of Paris welcoming peace. This app allows you to walk through the whole experience from Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination to the Treaty of Versailles. You explore both military and personal documents. It is quite an experience.
History is a part of American culture and no event is more central to the early history of our country than the Civil War. States were called upon to take sides – even at times, families. This iPad app, Timeline American Civil War helps tell that story in a compelling way through audio, video, images and maps.
Perhaps the best known name in Bird Watching is Roger Tory Peterson. Peterson Birds—A Field Guide to Birds of North America for iPhone and iPad is easy to use and a great start for new birdwatchers. This app allows you to quickly identify birds you see through illustrations. You can read about them, see a map of their habit and upload your photos. And, of course, build a life list of bird sightings. Over 50 million people enjoy this sport – give it a try.
This app, Glasses.com, is the perfect companion to help you shop for frames for your lenses. I don’t know about you, but when I am standing in a store I would prefer to shop for frames with my glasses on! This app allows you to see how frames look on your face and order them through the app. With the information provided, you could, of course, find a local store, go try them on and then arrange for your purchase through them. I happen to be in the market for new frames, so this app came along at a perfect time.
I admit it. I am a map geek. I love printed maps, digital maps, old atlases, new atlases, globes and now this new National Geographic World Atlas HD app. It is important to know and understand world geography. We hear about locations on the news and without understanding the location, we cannot understand the story. This is a marvelous tool to help you place where you are and where events are happening in the world.
I don’t mind paying for an app if it makes my life easier or is just fun to use. However, I really like getting a deal. Many developers allow their apps to be free or at reduced cost for short amounts of time. Finding them would just be luck if not for apps like Apps Gone Free. I don’t download a new app every day, but usually three to four times a week. I doubt you want that many apps, but my job (and my passion) is testing apps. Apps Gone Free has helped me discover some really great apps. I suggest you give it a try. Continue reading →
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare is another jewel from the crew at Touch Press. They created the popular apps for iPad – Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy, The Elements, Jewels and Gems and X is for X-Ray. To call this app a success barely covers the achievement. I will let the key features speak for themselves. There are 154 performances of the sonnets synchronized to the text. Included with the app is the 1609 Quarto, the first published edition of the sonnets. You will also have access to the Arden Shakespeare’s complete notes, new commentary by Don Paterson and videos of expert perspectives. It is visually rich and fun to explore. Continue reading →
Preparing a document with unique or complex characters and functions can be done, but it isn’t easy or fun. The Nota Plex app offers options that make typing numbers and special characters amazingly simple. It also offers a way to organize notes, index cards or full documents into multiple pages – allowing you to keep your projects visually attractive and easy to access. A key component of this app is the ability to type math problems and solve them as you type. This is something I haven’t seen before.
As I have mentioned before there is an app for every interest and hobby. One of my interests is World War II history. My father and his two brothers were at Normandy and my father-in-law was in the Philippines on Pearl Harbor Day and was later captured by the Japanese. For both my fathers the outcome was a long, happy life, but this was a defining time for their generation and one that I completely admire. It was with great anticipation that I started reviewing this app. After watching the intro by Robert MacNeil all I could say was wow! Timeline WW2 is packed with information and features and has been a joy to explore. Continue reading →
Have you ever wanted to capture a website and add a big arrow that says, “Click here” when you tried to explain something? Or, perhaps, thought of a funny caption to add to a photo? Skitch for iPad and iPhone offers you that and much more. You can add arrows, circles, squares, lines, crop an image, add text or just write on it. I fell in love with this app at the creation of my first, well, I guess we call them skitches.
I have been looking for an app that would allow me to take notes in meetings, annotate photos and generally help me stay organized. I have tested a couple of apps that met that need, but until now, none that inspired me like Penultimate. I started out my test enjoying the features offered – ink colors, moving between pages, cutting, erasing and importing photos. From that point, I decided I needed to create a book of my own. First I documented my New Year’s resolutions (if you write them down you are more likely to achieve them), then I decided I needed a fitness journal, and then I decided I wanted to create a life journal and I haven’t even gotten to the work uses yet! I think this app will exceed your expectations and dare I say it, improve your life! Continue reading →