13 posts on CNET - Page 5


Review: BDayPresent has a handful of free birthday greetings you can share

BDayPresent is a great idea but lacks a lot of the features and depth needed to make it a truly useful birthday wishes app for your iOS device. With a limited number of videos, no deep Facebook integration, and mediocre production values for most of the videos, this free app lacks the kind of versatility needed for anyone who knows more than a half-dozen people whose birthdays they'd like to recognize.

The app is fairly straightforward. Open it and you'll find eight video messages with different types of birthday greetings -- one from Elmo, one from a girl … Read more

Review: Get Songs Off iPod for Mac makes it easy to back up to your computer

Get Songs Off iPod for Mac allows you to transfer music from your iPod to your Mac computer with the click of a button. It's fast, stable, fully functional, and it will save you the hassle of other similar apps.

Get Songs Off iPod for Mac sports a welcoming and functional interface. To begin copying your music between devices, you have to connect your iPod to your computer. Songs populate in the main interface window, and you can select which tracks you would like to back up to your computer. We liked that the artist and song title were … Read more

Review: Paint My Place is a hard-to-use app with a potentially useful concept

Paint My Place is a home painting app that shows you actual paint colors so that you can imagine and view what your home would look like if you painted it that color. Paint My Place could be a useful app, but it is difficult to work with, requires a $2.99 upgrade to gain access to most features, and bombards you with requests for that upgrade.

Paint My Place isn't a complicated app in terms of purpose. You take a picture of the inside or outside of your home, select paints, and then decorate the home to see … Read more

Review: presetDj for Mac lets you add music files to sophisticated custom playlists

presetDj for Mac allows you to drag and drop audio files from iTunes and other sources into the application interface to create on-the-go playlists. It's a wonderful app if you have audio files located in multiple playback applications or locations and need a quick way to bring them together before a big party. Besides, the app offers a couple of other features, too.

With presetDj for Mac you can drag and drop several MP3 audio files from iTunes and the Finder directly into the interface, which displays track information like artist and title in the playback screen, making custom … Read more

Review: Compass HD is loaded with fun, useful tools for tracking measurement ranges

Compass HD offers a range of tools that go well beyond finding magnetic north with a compass -- something iOS devices have built in. With it you can measure and track magnetic fields, measure acceleration in various forms, and much more. The tools are very well executed and offer some fascinating results you can track on your iOS device.

When you load Compass HD, it will, by default, be set to the magnetometer. You can switch it into a compass mode to track location, or you can use it to measure the magnetic pull of nearby objects. The developer claims … Read more

Review: Titxa is a powerful, multifeatured study tool, for all education levels

Titxa combines a number of hugely useful tools for students into a single, streamlined interface that is a breeze to use. From coordinating notes with other students to tracking the PDFs, PPTs, and other documents distributed by course instructors, Titxa allows students to do just about everything for a single course on their iPad.

When you set up Titxa for the first time, there is an easy-to-follow tutorial that points out all of the major features and when they are most useful. This shows the first success of this app -- the extremely focused and easy-to-use interface. From entering new … Read more

Review: Attachment Tamer for Mac makes it easier to add attachments to e-mails

Attachment Tamer for Mac makes Apple Mail attachments like photos and graphics easier to handle, and also uses HTML formatting to improve readability for recipients. A basic, accessible app, it does what it promises but it can be slightly annoying, at times. Still, it's worth trying out.

One of the first things that you notice about Attachment Tamer for Mac is a window soliciting the purchase of the full version of the app. This annoying window keeps reappearing each time you open the app, even if you've dismissed it before. The app doesn't have a feature-packed menu … Read more

Review: Discover and store your family history with MacFamilyTree for Mac

MacFamilyTree for Mac helps you research and record your family history information and turn it into charts, reports, or an amazing 3D Virtual Tree. Its visually appealing interface and Web search integration differentiates it from other similar apps, making it a good choice for any genealogy enthusiast. The standard GEDCOM format is supported for both import and export of data.

MacFamilyTree's sleek, streamlined interface will help you get started in no time, and if you ever need assistance, the comprehensive Help file will provide it. You begin by creating a new family tree and adding relatives and their photos … Read more

Review: Cut and Paste crops photos onto stock image backgrounds

Cut and Paste is a free photo editing app for iOS that allows the user to crop out the subject of any photo, usually a person, and place them on a stock photography background. Cut and Paste has a few glitches, is difficult to master, and has too many advertisements, but may still satisfy a few user urges.

While Cut and Paste is free, it only comes with animal backgrounds, which limits the functionality of the app right away. It also triggers an advertisement after every few editing stages, and the advertisements take up the whole screen, pop up suddenly, … Read more

Review: Fuzz Alert Speed Trap provides user-curated notifications of local speed traps

Fuzz Alert Speed Trap is a hybrid game/real-time user-feedback system to alert users of speed traps; and while it is impossible to verify, it worked as advertised in our tests. The known speed traps near our testing site were noted on the app, and the verification system seems to reward users for accurate notations, while trying to minimize the number of false reports and verifications.

The app instantly opens to your current location, using the GPS tracking in your phone to match you to the map. It will then show the nearest speed trap to you. Zoom out and … Read more