App Review

posted on Saturday, 3rd September 2011 by David Slater

Apps 

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SKYPE IPAD APP (Free)

If like me you are a Skype user to keep in touch with the clients on the other side of the world, the updated version of Skype for Ipad is here and I love it. If you have the latest and greatest Ipad 2 it allows you to stay in touch with your Skype contacts wherever you are if you have a fast connection. One thing I like is the simplistic look to this interface and sound quality is up there with your IMAC or PC version. You can use the Ipad in landscape or portrait modes and the IPAD 2 uses front and rear cameras to full effect. I have found it memory hungry and the odd bug like removing your history successfully is a little annoying. After all its free so try it out if you are a big Skype user. 

Pros

Easy to use and navigate, allows you to get in touch anywhere (good internet speed required) good use of IPAD 2 cameras, History function.

Cons

Internet connection needed, cannot change size of contact icons, lose too many calls.

Click here for App

APPLE ITUNES REMOTE (Free)

Remote is a free, fun, and easy-to-use app that turns your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a remote control. So wherever you are in your house, you can control your computer's iTunes library and your Apple TV with a tap or flick of a finger. AirPlay allows you to stream music wirelessly to any speaker connected to an AirPort Express. And there's no better complement to AirPlay than Remote. All your AirPort Express-connected speakers are displayed on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Turn them all on or select a few and stream music throughout your house from wherever you're standing (or sitting).

Remote features the same interface you already use to browse video on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. So right away, you know how to navigate the movies and TV shows from your iTunes library. Use gestures to rent new movies, buy TV shows and browse the latest YouTube video sensations. Just tap to play. Then keep tapping to fast-forward, rewind, and pause to your finger's content.

I like this App but its not intendedt to replace the likes of Sonos as you are restricted to Itunes media, but with more services coming online like Pandora it will not be long until Apple looks into multi room music.

Pros

A great cheap entry into simply multi room control, easy to setup.

Cons

Drains your battery very quickly, album art slow to load, volume controls only work for itunes computers and not Apple TV.

Click here for App

SPL Meter (£0.69)

This will bring back memories if you have been in the Custom Install industry as long as I have, this was one of the first meters I bought to make my trusty home cinema installs sound spot on. Modelled on a traditional analog SPL meter, this app has faithfully reproduced all the characteristics and qualities found in those meters, including the ballistics, ranges, filters and decay rates. The App comes pre-calibrated for the typical iPhone built-in and headset mic, but you can adjust the cal if you have a professional, calibrated meter to compare it to.

Pros

A great app to make you look the part on site and only £0.69 very accurate compared to pro meters.

Cons

Not really needed now due to most processors coming with calibration software.

FEATURES:

  • FILTERS -- A and C weighting filters are provided
  • DECAY -- Choose ANSI Fast or Slow.
  • RANGES -- 40dB to 120dB in 9 ranges.

Click here for App

Overlook Fing (Free)

This is one of my favourite apps at the moment. IP conflicts on any install are a headache so this little piece of software will help you find the little monster that is bringing down your control system. Available in Apple and Android format it's a must for any Custom Installer.Taking advantage of a brand-new cross-platform network engine, it quickly provides a perfect network discovery. Now you can enjoy the view of your Wi-Fi network also on iOS! It's going to discover your whole network in a few seconds. Network discovery with 100% coverage in any ethernet-based network. Works also on Linux, Mac OS and Windows. MAC address and vendor gathering.
It has customisable names, icons, notes and displays a history of recent discovered networks.

Pros

Fast to find every address on network, ability to add name tags. its Free.

Cons

Would love to be able to scan for equipment over vpn (not really a con but all I can find).

Click here for Apple App

Click here for Android web page

Wifi Analyzer (Free) Android

Nice simple app that checks for the strength of wifi and helps you locate where to put those wifi extenders on your control jobs, very simple but saves you time and expense a must have app when out on site especially now that modern houses have so much foil backed product and steel in the construction of the building.

Pros

Fast and reliable at finding channels, a readout of channels that are on and security type, its free.

Cons

Free app version has advert but if you pay for full app this goes.

 Click here for Android web page

David Slater

David Slater started his writing career with SVI writing a popular column, he has also guested on publications like Home Cinema Choice and
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Posted by Darren Shear on 9th September 2011, 12:41 PM
I use "Fing" regularly. It`s a great tool.

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