There’s no shortage of conversion utilities available for iOS, but very few of them have a keen eye for design. Even fewer are beautifully designed while offering professionals the things they need to get their work done. So many conversion calculators are happy to be only glorified calculators, still relying too much on human measurement and inaccuracies. Vert is one of the rare few that excels at everything it does, and looks beautiful to boot.

I reviewed Vert for iPhone when it was initially released, and was thrilled when they got in touch with me to announce an iPad version. The iPad edition is everything the iPhone version was, and then a little more. Read on to find out why this might become your favourite conversion tool while you’re on the job.

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Calculators on computers tend to follow one of two paths. Some are simply digital recreations of the physical object. Their number pad is made of pixels instead of plastic, and they generally are poorly made to handle anything more than a simple arithmetic operation.

The second line of calculation app can be seen in spreadsheets, which rely on the keyboard much more heavily and are also capable of significantly more advanced operations. The iPad hasn’t seen many great, pure calculation apps. Tydlig — funny name, yes — tries to prove that math can be as intuitive as Apple’s iPad. (more…)

I’m not much of a gamer on my iPad or iPhone, but I like having something to do while I watch TV or take a breather from work. My goto genre, when I’m not reviewing the latest adventure game, is the puzzler or a great word game. One of my old favourites was Circles, a memory game that relied on a cool (albeit familiar) formula and a strong multiplayer.

The latest game from Snowman, the developer behind Circles, is called Super Squares. It doesn’t have a multiplayer, but I’ve been having more fun with it than I did Circles — and that’s saying something. Read on to find out what’s hooked me with Super Squares.

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Christmas is almost here, are you still trying to find a perfect gift for the foodie who seems to have every cookbook, gadget and gourmet pantry ingredient known to mankind? My pick for the ultimate foodie Christmas gift is the epic app, Modernist Cuisine at Home. This isn’t just another collection of recipes and time honored cooking techniques — it’s the cookbook of the future. This book brings what many know as “molecular gastronomy” into the home kitchen, and it’s guaranteed to blow the mind of the savviest home cook.

At a price of $79.99, people might think twice before purchasing it for themselves, which makes this app a very nice gift to give. Keep reading to learn more about why Modernist Cuisine at Home is worth every penny.

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I’ve long wanted a Mario Kart-esque game for iOS, something I can play that delivers a madcap sense of karting fun without requiring a Nintendo console. So naturally, when I saw Angry Birds Go, the latest arcade thriller in the series that’s arguably the king of arcade thrills, I got really excited. Who can blame me? This looked like Mario Kart, but on my iPhone with characters that my little cousins don’t think are hopelessly outdated (sorry Nintendo).

The question is, though, despite all the hype, what are we really in for? Naturally, I have a few opinions. Read on to find out whether or not Angry Birds Go is worth getting all fast and furious over.

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With the New Year coming, workout regiments will see a massive increase in popularity as people around the world promise themselves that they will get in shape.

An app can’t do that hard work for you, but it can try to make the process as simple as possible. 7 Minute Workout aims to do just this. (more…)

Email clients are chief among the list of essential apps. While the protocol itself is as old as time — at least in technology — it is also one of the most reliable and omniscient ways to communicate. Corporations use it to notify us of sales and updates, friends use it to send along the funny photo of the day.

Most email apps strive to be adequate. With the surplus of different providers and standards, it’s hard for any single app to excel unless it focuses on doing one thing right. Boxer tries to combine some of the best aspects of other apps, and then bring it to the various different email providers in one app. (more…)

Squarespace is a great website builder for those of us who don’t have the time to either code our own websites or simply don’t know how. I’ve used it for both my personal blog and my professional site, and I’m largely happy with it. (Once I find time, I’ll be hand coding my own professional site, but that’s not because Squarespace isn’t adequate. It’s because I want to code it when I can find the time, simply for the joy of coding.)

That being said, anybody who uses Squarespace knows that it was a giant pain to post anything to your site from your iPhone or iPad. Unlike CMS like Tumblr or WordPress, Squarespace’s older apps were massively inconvenient. They didn’t allow you to edit any posts that had images, and you couldn’t write in Markdown or do any layout work. With Squarespace Blog, that all changes. Read on to find out more about the conveniences of a Squarespace blog on your iOS device. (more…)

iOS 7 was the largest upgrade to iOS ever. It brought along a completely new design language on both the iPhone and iPad, and unlocked various APIs that have made applications more useful and powerful. It also introduced new technologies and APIs, such as iBeacon, that should become only more useful as time goes on.

In terms of usability, however, it offered no major advances for the iPad. In a world where tablets are increasingly being used in lieu of laptops, iOS on the iPad needs to mature, and fast. (more…)

I’ve had my eye on The Spoon Magazine for iPad for a while now. Each quarterly issue is released as a standalone app with a seasonal theme. For months I have hesitated before downloading this app. Why? My gut feared it would be all fluff and no substance. No one in the food world seemed to be talking about The Spoon or rating it in iTunes. When I came across the newly released The Spoon | Volume 6: It’s Time For Magic I couldn’t resist downloading. The app features 25 holiday recipes and the iTunes screen prints feature beautiful food photography, but the rest is a mystery.

Is The Spoon the best kept secret of cooking magazines or nothing to write home about? Keep reading to find out.

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