Manage Your Work Files with Notebooks

One of the best iPad apps for writing and editing data and doing your office work is Notebooks. This app helps you manage and edit your work files on the go and it is very easy to use as well. This app is perfectly suitable for writing your short as well as long documents. You can make the list of your small day-to-day things in this app, which will let you, remember the work and help you to finish it in time. Writing long documents – for instance you can start writing a novel on this app with utmost ease.

This app supports both views, i.e. landscape and portrait. Landscape mode is very helpful for writing long documents as this mode has a larger keyboard. Portrait mode is useful for writing a short document like a number or an email id. Notebooks also lets you edit and read your PDFs, MS office files, Apple I-Work files or HTML files. Files containing images in them can also be viewed easily with Notebooks.

Some features of Notebooks surely put this app ahead of its competitors. The feature of insert date and time is very useful and can be used while making a journal or updating any log of events. For this, you just have to tap the clock symbol in the toolbar and then insert one of your desired formats. The documents in this app can be numbered using bullet points list, which makes it easier as this format is more desirable than the usual boring paragraph format. In case of sensitive documents, this app provides you with its password protect option. The best feature of this app is surely its connectivity. With the help of Wifi you can sync your notes on the desktop. The notes can also be emailed using this app.

Drop-down menu for adding docs

Navigating between folders, subfolders and files is very easy too. You just have to tap the book icon on the homepage and you can reach to any folder, subfolder or file straightaway. The search box lets you search your documents based on contents or titles. If you want to navigate within a note, just turn a digital page just by swiping your finger from right to left. For turning the digital page backwards swipe left to right

Resizing of text is possible just with the use of with two fingers, similar to the way most apps zoom. However, this feature of this app provides some confusion when performed practically. It can be confused with the copy and paste dialog box as it appears when we are using our finger for resizing the text.

Save on International Calls with Yeloworld

With Yeloworld, users can make calls to any place on the planet, on the normal mobile or landline numbers. It is a new app in the VoIP areana and it reaches out to people at extremely low rates of calling services.

Yeloworld assures you good quality calls, enabling you savings on international calls. With no contract, or subscription or hidden costs, you can pay for your calls on the go. This app can be downloaded free on your phone. It is not necessary that the person you are calling must have this app installed also, or be online that particular moment. This app is especially useful while making calls on international roaming. When you are working on international roaming, all you need to do is find a WiFi spot, or some form of internet connectivity to make calls.

The Yeloworld app has collaborations with global telecom companies and voice technology providers, to get you calls at cheap rates and good quality. The app also gives you the freedom to choose any contact to call, from your contact list. At the receiving end, the person on his/her caller id will only see your normal phone number.

The app keeps a record of the number of calls made, i.e. the frequency of calls. It allows the phone to disable the keylock during an incoming call and enables it after the call. However, some people have complained about the registration process being slow and the overall speed of the app is not too impressive.

Yeloworld iPad screenshot

The newest version 2.2 updated in March 2013, caters to some of the complaints. It ensures improved usability and speed. The registration process has been made simple and easy. A Help section, along with some Frequently Asked Questions have been introduced in this app now. There are several other minor improvements that have been undertaken. You can, like any other normal call, talk to the person at the other end over the loudspeaker. The only issue which arose while using this app is that it uses much of the battery as that compared to normal calling, without making use of any app.

Yeloworld takes just 5.8 MB of space in your iPad and is available in different languages like English, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, and Spanish. This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It requires an iOS of 4.3 or higher.

Cutetown San Francisco Takes Map Applications to the Next Level

Maps and GPS applications have gained immense wind in the market with the advent of smart handheld devices. These applications amazed us with their pinpoint precision, highly intuitive interfaces, perfect route guidance while using GPS, lifelike building recreations and much more. But the new app Cutetown San Francisco from Cutetown LTD has taken this genre of apps to a whole new level by encouraging and involving its users into creating their own details into the standard map of San Francisco city.

This app lets users create an account and immediately start building different structures of the city from scratch using a simple but resourceful 3D modeling interface. Developers claim that no previous know-how of 3D modeling or architectural designing is necessary in order to explore the full potential of Cutetown. A detailed and intuitive tutorial awaits the first time users. Following the instructions is easy and should be enough for most subscribers.

Cutetown Sanfrancisco has a fully created model of the Stanford University campus to show the users a glimpse of the potential of Cutetown. The users first get to choose the place where their virtual building is to be erected.  Then, the four corners of the base are laid carefully and building is created floor by floor and column by column. Users can create floors, roofs, walls, balconies, doors, windows and even their types. There is provision for creators to even paint the walls of the building to create most lifelike map of San Francisco.

The application is in constant development with new features and bug- fixes being published regularly. The latest released version now displays the name of the creator if you come across a building in the map. Ability to digitally sign your own home is another added feature. The app right now limits creation of skyscrapers to 10 stories and some parts of the town are blocked at the moment.

Cutetown San Francisco sample screen

Cutetown San Francisco runs slow on several iOS devices. This makes creating buildings frustrating at times as the time taken to finish the project can be quite high. The 3D interface is also sketchy at times although there have been improvements with each version. But, somehow one gets the feeling that Cutetown San Francisco got caught between a fantasy lifelike mobile game and a useful app. A lot is depending on what the developers come up with next.

The app is just 82 MB despite all the resources it provides. It is being offered in iTunes for free for a limited period of time. After downloading, all you need to do is create a free account to submit your creations and that is it. So, if you like maps and would like to be a part of the whole map creation process, this is the app for you at this moment. Go ahead download and enjoy!

Guitar Coach Magazine – It’s Time to Pick Up the Plectrum

Guitar Coach Magazine is a music magazine and is specially aimed at the music lovers. This iPad magazine is created in such a way that it includes every detail of guitars and tips to playing them. The special feature of this magazine in the iPad is that it is user friendly and gives free guitar lessons to its users in a very short time. It is created for those people who do not have the time to go in for proper guitar lessons to some guitar professional, proper one to one training.

Anytime is a perfect time for you to learn guitar. This magazine gives the detailed reviews, skills and techniques, interviews of the best and the most popular guitarists and video lessons have been put up along with the rest of the magazine.

This guitar guide gives the analysis of various types and categories of guitars, especially acoustic guitars. Guitar Coach Magazine puts forward a set of guitars and mentions it special characteristics. It has all the information on other products associated with the instrument; say for example capos, tuners, amplifiers and the like. It also gives a very brief, but complete background of the instrument.

This magazine provides proper guitar lessons starting from the very easy levels to the very difficult levels, intermediate levels and also information and tips for the professional levels. The video lessons are made in such a manner so that the users are able to tutor themselves to a good guitar practice.

guitar coach magazine

Guitar Coach Magazine features artists like, Eric Clapton, Nils Lofgren and the like. The music that has been created by them is also featured in this magazine. How to play riffs and even Chords, notes on different popular songs, licks, solos and even it lets its users to improvise and at a certain level even try and create music of their own. As for this app, it also has a negative aspect – you cannot trace back to the previous videos or page once you flip to the other.

Guitar Coach Magazine has been developed by Brand Vision Limited. This magazine app requires an iOS of 5 or even higher. Guitar Coach Magazine is available in different languages including English, Italian, Russian, Thai, German, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and French. Guitar Coach also includes guitar news, articles, guitarist profiles and product reviews. It is a free app giving practical as well as written lessons in guitar to its users.

iSigned for True Book Fans

One of the most common reasons many book lovers have continued to resist taking their libraries into the digital age has to do with the physicality of books. While paper can be burned as easily as a file can be deleted, many readers still appreciate the tactile nature of actual books. Beyond the smell and feel of an old edition, some readers enjoy being able to dog ear their favorite pages or underline their favorite passages. While apps like iBooks work hard to recreate the look and feel of actual books in digital form, even allowing readers to take notes and highlight text, you can’t exactly get your eBook signed by your favorite author. Until now.

isigned bookshelf

iSigned bookshelf

iSigned, an app for iOS, allows authors to sign their fans’ eBooks while preserving the DRM of those files. The color and thickness of the pen could be adjusted to customize signatures. Moreover these signatures can be saved for future use.

Users can also record and import video messages into the epub files, giving the whole thing an even more personal, not to mention future-looking, edge. Apps like this one will certainly play a key role in helping technologically inclined users transition into the Digital Age.

iSigned video message

iSigned video message

iSigned, for all its good intentions and originality, is poorly designed. I think this is the downside. Its drab aesthetic will certainly turn off users used to more sleek and modern apps. The background is gray and brown. The fonts and icons are dull and pixelated around the edges. I like to see an update with improvements in these key areas.

Now, every new idea must be tested in the market to be perfected. While iSigned is definitely a forward-thinking app that will doubtless inspire a slew of clones and competitors, the app still has a long way to go. If you’re a true book fan and want your eBooks signed badly enough, iSigned can impress you. This free app requires 4.2 or later. The “Try It” pack can be purchased for $0.99.

NARR8 – Your Extended Library on iPad

Are you bored out of existence at your uncle’s party and long to delve into the magic world of comics?? Are you longing to enter the comic world of monsters and heroes, but your mother is weary of you for constantly burying yourself in your favorite books??  Here to the rescue is NARR8, an app designed exclusively to cater to the reading desires of the genx. It is a unique channel for knowledgeable, delightful and an enriching experience of a new series of dynamic comics and fiction and nonfiction graphic novels.

An entertaining app, NARR8 is available for free on the app store link. Developed by NARR8 Limited, it supports English and Russian languages. With a space requirement of 9.7 MB, it requires an iOS of 5.1 or later. Its latest version being 1.0.3 is found to be compatible with iPad.

NARR8 Fable

NARR8 Fable

Its features include rich and interactive series of your favorite comics as you watch them coming alive on your iPad screens with an unparalleled, exceptional use of animation, HD audio and special effects with a rich and overflowing variety of themes like mythology, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, world history and more. It offers new episodes on every update. With an interactive and user-friendly environment, it charms its viewers and keeps its readers hanging onto it.

NARR8 app, when first installed lists only the available series of comic strips and motion novels with short stream review videos and user ratings, enhancing the compatibility factor. Once you have listed out your choice, you get subscribed to it and you can then download the series. Though each episode of the series comes as a new update, it cannot be deleted individually. The series can only be removed as and when desired, along with all its related contents.

Navigation through the comic is a child’s play. You can move on to the next frame of the picture by tapping an arrow in the lower right corner of the screen. Further, the table of contents opens up, by tapping in the top right corner and at the top left corner you have the option to return to the main NARR8 screen.

NARR screenshot

NARR screenshot

The sound quality and transition between the frames is presentable and a pleasure to the ears. The visual quality created by its artists is worth praise with clear, concise images, no blurriness even on zooming in, for further enlargement of the pictures. You can also keep an update about your friends’ latest reading mania through facebook and twitter and also share the episodes that you are currently reading.

As said, a man comes with his success and failures; similarly this app is not without its cons. Though the app NARR8 provides you with an option of sharing your current progress with your peers, but its automatic updates sometimes goes beyond the comfort zone. The problem that you can face sometimes is that, if for an example you are reading a comic strip, the app may update it, say, thrice on your facebook page, with its automated generated comments. While you may not have such good views about the particular comic, but its restricted area of comments may prevent you from voicing your opinions.

An entertaining, educational mobile app, NARR8, delivers something different, unique in its field, and out of the box, innovative sci-fi, goosebumps, mild cartoons, violent, love stories. It is a mode of delivering the comic maniacs with their regular dose of delightful stories, articles and motion comics.

Though a NARR8, it might as well tap some of its features on a chargeable basis, as the current increasing user ratings and reviews shows. Summing up, it can be said that this app is a welcome wonderland for all its avid readers.