The evolution of the app store witnessed another milestone recently, with the release of a game that doubles as a very effective advertisement. One of my favorite iPhone games of the year, Firemint's Real Racing, just got a Lite version that doubles as a promotional tool for both the app and an outside company. Real Racing GTI (Free), sponsored by Volkswagen, lets you race on a few of the tracks of the full game using the 2010 Volkswagen GTI. You only get a small taste of the action in the full game, but it should be enough to help … Read more
ScratchPad is a free, simple text editor inspired by the old Mac default application Note Pad. You'll find much of the functionality of Text Edit here--including support for styles and a ruler, and the ability to use rich text, color, and images--but with a few clever additions.
ScratchPad automatically saves as you type, over multiple pages, letting you quickly flip forward and back through however many separate pages you want to create in the app. One big advantage of this multipage approach over Text Edit is that you won't have so many tiny .txt files littered all over … Read more
Tolon NoteKeeper provides a simple set of tools for putting ideas and images into a note filing system. While the aim is good, we were turned off by the layout and felt lukewarm about the whole program.
The note-keeper's interface was a major hurdle for us to overcome. The screen was very simple and not too cluttered, but it provided no direction on how to get started. Even after reading the Help file's tutorial, we still needed to play around for a few minutes to find our footing. This was a frustrating way to start, but we were … Read more
Songtrix Silver offers to help newcomers and experienced musicians alike. With options to learn and create music, this program offers something to everyone.
Initially, we were overwhelmed by the various musical players, scales, and more that the program offers. Luckily, a series of short tutorials in the Help file gave every tool a clear role. Not being experienced musicians, we liked having the ability to choose a song from the collection and follow it note for note on a scale or on the screen's light-up keyboard. We felt that some prior understanding of notation would be necessary, but this … Read more
Lost in the news of Zimbra's release of version 6.0 of its collaboration suite is the importance of one very big number: 50 million. That's how many paid mailboxes Zimbra claims now, a number that puts it within spitting distance of IBM Lotus Notes (approximately 145 million paid mailboxes) and Microsoft Exchange (approximately 175 million paid mailboxes). Whatever the truth to rumors that Zimbra is up for sale, Zimbra is an appreciating asset for Yahoo, not a depreciating one.
For one thing, it's important to consider just how explosive this growth has been. In January 2009, … Read more
NotesLogExp offers to help users organize practically any bit of information into centralized location. While its design is a little boring, its simple categories are sure to help those flustered by organization.
This program is certainly not going to win any awards for its design, but this bland white screen and several entry fields are the simplest we could hope for. While we could have managed without the Help file, the insight it provided on the program's functionality made the process much smoother. We only needed to populate a new entry's many fields to start filing away information. … Read more
Maple Professional allows users to create tree-style hierarchies to organize information. Although the program is fairly simple to use, some of its functions didn't perform as expected.
The program's interface is basic and intuitive. The screen is split into two parts, with the user's tree on the left and the contents of each node of the tree on the right. Users can easily add nodes to the tree with the click of a button. Most of the other buttons on the interface are related to text formatting and should be familiar to users of Microsoft Office products. … Read more
Aries Personal Organizer Software is a very basic program that allows users to keep track of their schedule and contacts. Although the program is not particularly sophisticated, it's a nice choice for users who need a simple program of this sort.
The program's interface is plain and somewhat dated-looking, but it's very intuitive. The program's features are organized into tabs for tasks, contacts, dates and events, and notes. Given that the program comes in a weird mint green color, we were happy to see that the color of the interface can be customized. The program's … Read more
A new player to the already-flooded Netbook market is here to say hello: Hannspree, the former world suppliers of utterly bizarre basketball, elephant, and plushie-shaped novelty TVs, has released its very own itty-bity Atom minilaptop for the U.S. to buy at last. Extreme similarities to the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 notwithstanding (thanks for the observation, Julie), we have one here at the office, and it looks OK. In fact, it looks like many, many other Netbooks.
For $379.99, the 10-inch HannsNote (which sounds vaguely German) weighs 2.9 pounds, has a six-cell battery that to its credit is better … Read more
MB Pagan Diary is a program that lets users keep track of their pagan practices. Although it works as described, its unattractive interface and lack of features left us unimpressed.
As is the case with all Mystic Board programs, the opening screen is a clutter of ads for Mystic Board. The program's main interface lets users choose between sections for spells, incense, recipes, and rituals. Each section looks the same, with a space that contains a list of entries, which are not dated. (Yes, a diary without dated entries. Amazing.) When users add an entry they get access to … Read more