Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Silverwiz! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Gershom Charig
Sarab
Carlo Laitano
Grace
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Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

A couple of weeks ago we reviewed the excellent Moneywiz, giving it a sterling 9/10! James’ final thoughts on the app perfect describe exactly why it’s worthy of that score;

So what do I think of Moneywiz? The answer: it’s absolutely brilliant. It proves that money management apps don’t have to be boring and functional!

Read on to find out how to grab a copy!

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If there’s one iOS feature that’s truly saved my bacon more than any other, it’s the iOS screenshot. For those who don’t know, pressing the sleep/wake button and home button at the same time on an iOS device creates a PNG screenshot that’s saved to the camera roll. This feature is invaluable for writing app reviews, documenting glitches, or testing websites in Mobile Safari.

Screenshots are useful in many situations, but iOS doesn’t offer a native way to mark up screenshots or photos that may require a bit more explanation. If only there was a simple way to circle a face in a picture, draw an arrow to an important map point, or add a caption to a funny photo. Fortunately there’s Skitch, a free iPad application from Evernote that makes annotating photos and screenshots painless.

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We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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Occasionally an app comes along that reminds me why computers are great. Why we (humankind) were so fervent about developing them and putting them to work in every possible situation. It isn’t normally something complex or visually impressive that ushers forth this feeling, but more often a simple example of an app making life easier.

To take a random example, a recipe app that allows you to collate and organise your recipes, that’s wrapped in a beautiful interface, but that requires you to tediously input great swathes of information yourself, is barely scratching the surface of what the iPad can achieve.

This brings us neatly to Basil, a refreshing take on recipe apps that aims to make your life easier!

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PDF Expert, an old favourite of ours from the team over at Readdle, has just had a major update – and we’ve got 3 promo codes to give away to mark the occasion!

So what’s new in PDF Expert 4.0 for iPad?

  • Retina support – probably one of the most wanted features for people who use the new iPad. It comes handy while reading text and making annotations on PDFs.
  • Embedded Audio and Video – now you can watch the videos which are embedded in PDFs! This is a great feature for all those sales people using their iPads for demonstration purposes, and for viewing educational materials in schools and universities.
  • PDF Attachments and PDF Portfolio support – making use of everything PDFs can do is the name of the game, and the latest update is set on doing just that.

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If I could think of one thing that I never did much on my iPad, it would probably be using it as a music player. I had a phone that did the same thing, so why bother? It used to be the farthest thing from my mind as I was busy using the iPad for other things like games, productivity, and reading.

That is, of course, until I came upon a little app known as Planetary.

Listening to music on an iOS device usually meant having to scroll through endless lists of songs and the occasional grid of album art. Isn’t it about time we moved away from all that and tried something new?

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Now, more than ever before, reminders are a necessity. Life is busy and it’s too easy to forget about what needs to be done. Apple finally brought their own solution to this problem by including the Reminders app as standard in iOS. Unfortunately, Reminders can leave some users wanting more and not being completely satisfied. NotifyMe aims to fill the gap for users who are left wanting more from the Reminders app.

NotifyMe adds more standard features than the reminders app on iOS. The app is accessible everywhere and allows for more customization including auto-snoozing, custom repeating patterns, pre-alerts and more. If you are looking for a more robust reminder system then read on to see if NotifyMe is right for you.

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Everyone loves to get updated on the latest news, whether it be from a newspaper, social networking or right from your iPad. Sky News offers a modern approach to news consumption that definitely impresses aesthetically. There are many news apps for the iPad, but Sky have produced an incredibly good looking, easy to navigate medium to browse the news.

Let’s take a closer look…

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Technology has always gone hand-in-hand with education, and Apple has been a fervent supporter of the role of technology in the future of education. Apple has focused very hard to make it easy for educational staff to get Macs in the classroom.

Up until recently college students partook in a common practice known as the “get a laptop and a printer before going off to school” ritual. Students would then use their laptops to take notes, write papers, create presentations, and do research on the web. Now that the iPad has gone through its third revision and has become a popular device among all age groups, students are beginning to break from the common trend and buy iPads either along with a Mac, or as their main machine.

Is the iPad ready for this task? Can a student take notes sufficiently without being limited in any way? Let’s find out!

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There is a healthy abundance of writing apps in the App Store, all vying for that top spot on your iPad Home Screen. The fact is that there are a whole host of superb choices, which one you use will almost certainly come down to personal preference – where do AppStorm readers go to put their thoughts into words?

I, personally, am a big fan of minimal writing environments and have used iA Writer for the last year or so, but I’m definitely tempted by Byword.

Does Markdown support make a big difference in your choice? Do you want options, or a distinct lack of choice? Does the icon make a difference?

Is having iCloud sync a deal breaker, or is Dropbox your go-to service? All of these factors will come into play when weighing up the best writing app for you – where have you landed?

Let us know in the comments if I’ve missed a big one, I’ll add it in if possible, and what factors influenced your choice.

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