Apps Gone Free is like Goldilocks: not too much, not too little

apps_freeI’ve tried a couple of different apps whose purpose of existence is to alert users to the existence of other apps that are temporarily discounted or free. So far, the standout for me is Apps Gone Free.

I’m not a big games person, and several of the “free stuff” apps I tried out are fairly games-oriented, so I ended up deleting them within a day or so. Other such apps seem to list every app that is on discount or is free–and I found that I just didn’t have time to go through them all and filter out what was of interest (and held some minimal promise of basic functionality–which is not necessarily a safe assumption at the app store).

“Apps Gone Free” is the Goldilocks of these apps for me–it’s not too many, not too few. Continue reading

Logitech Ultrathin wins my Heart

It really is the other half of my iPad mini.

It really is the other half of my iPad mini.

A while back, I did a side-by-side review of the in-app dictation software in the more recent iOS versions and the free Dragon dictation app. The in-app software won (sad though I am to admit it, as I do love Dragon)–not just for convenience of integration, but also for accuracy.

I have never pretended to love the onscreen virtual keyboards, and so for some time now, I have been using the in-app dictation for quick emails and messages on my phone, and only using the virtual keyboard just for quick corrections. I missed this on my trusty iPad 2 (which doesn’t support this feature) and so in recent weeks, I began contemplating the prospect of upgrading to the new iPad mini. A quick crowdsource on Facebook revealed strongly positive comments on the mini, and so I took the plunge.

The logitech ultrathin was an impulse purchase in that I didn’t set out to purchase it with the mini–and indeed, knew nothing about it. But of course, times being what they are (i.e. connected), upon seeing it at the store, I looked up reviews. Strongly positive–and so, I purchased that, instead of the smartcover I’d intended to buy.

And. I. Love. It. LOVE. It.  Continue reading

Goodreader is actually the Bestreader

Freehand and typed annotations are a breeze with this feature-rich, easy-to-use app!

Freehand and typed annotations are a breeze with this feature-rich, easy-to-use app!

Looking back through my old posts, I was simultaneously astonished and chagrined that I had not yet written anything about Goodreader.

It was one of my early purchases on the iPad and has been one of my top, go-to apps since. It might not be the prettiest pdf reader out there, but I have found it absolutely invaluable, thanks to its easy, integrated functionality. Continue reading