Friday, 30 December 2011

Xbox Growl style


Here it is my new creation, Xbox growl style.


Some weeks ago I saw this picture in Engadget web page and since then I wanted to create a similar notification style for Growl.


After checking different combinations I finally came up with this Growl style. I have to say that I would like to find a closer font to the one used in the new Xbox dashboard notifications, but I haven't found it yet. Also, I had added a white border around it because whenever the image is dark and your background is dark, it can be difficult to see. Also, I kept the image height and width proportional so it would not be stretched.

By the way if you know what font is used, please let me know. Also, feel free to send me any comments to improve it. I hope you like it!

Please download it here.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

FX PhotoStudio iPhone app review


Do you like to take pictures with your iPhone? Do you enjoy giving them a nice twist before sharing them in Twitter, Flickr, etc.? If yes, you should continue reading my new review: FX PhotoStudio iPhone app from MacPhun LCC. The guys at MacPhun have been developing photo apps not only for iPhone but also for iPad and Mac, so they know what they are doing.


Sunday, 11 December 2011

Angry Birds USB memory stick

Today I want to show you a very cute present I got from Karla, a friend of mine that works at Nokia. It is an Angry Bird USB memory stick from Nokia Ovi merchandising with 4GB capacity. Thanks Karla!

Enjoy the pictures.





Tuesday, 6 December 2011

YoruFukurou It Safari extension updated



I have been using for a while YoruFukurou Twitter Mac app. It is full of features and free. You can download it at http://sites.google.com/site/yorufukurou/home-en
The only thing I was missing was a Safari extension that would add a button in my toolbar to send the URL to YoruFukurou. So, I did one based on Echofon It by Favio Basile (http://www.cosmicmission.com/)

Go and download it now at:

This extension is now updated to work with the latest version of YoruFukurou

Enjoy! 

Friday, 2 December 2011

Wordictionary iPhone app review

I have been living outside my home country for about 13 years surrounded by languages that are not my mother tongue and that sometimes I don’t even master (Finnish, Swedish, English, Japanese, etc.). There are always times when you would be really happy to have a dictionary in hand and even better, a dictionary where you do not even need to type in the word. This is when Worldictionary iPhone app  from WorldCard comes into the picture. Let’s have a look how.



Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Synching iCloud with Outlook: my solution

Did you upgrade your iPhone/iPad to iOS5? And your Mac to Lion 10.7.2? Are you using iCloud services? Do you use Windows OS and Microsoft Outlook at work? If all your answers are YES, then you might be interested to read further and discover iCal4OL software.


Monday, 21 November 2011

I'm still here

Hi all!

I have been on holidays for over a week visiting my home town, but I am preparing a couple of reviews so bear with me. One of them is about synching iCloud with Outlook at work and a new iPhone app review.

Stay tuned!

Ontinyent, my hometown

Monday, 31 October 2011

AriMail Classic growl style

As a collaboration with Yuri Shiryaev, @TheShutteR77, we have released a new flavor of my AirMail growl style.


You can have a look and download at: http://en.shutline.com/airmail or directly from here. I would like here to thank Yuri for his great design skills and ideas.

Note: if you have some issues with Cyrillic alphabet showing you can download this version with no Cyrillic alphabet at all: http://cl.ly/BVGh

Enjoy!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Twitterlator Neue for iPhone review

Welcome to my new review. In this case, I will have a look to another twitter app that has been recently relaunched as Twitterlator Neue. I have to say that the app has been rebuild from the scratch with an amazing user interface, that feels so delicate and fluid that you will even touch the screen like if your iPhone is a precious object.


Let's have a look what the Neue brings to the app.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Verbs chat app for iPhone review

During the last week I have been testing Verbs chat app for iPhone. I am a heavy user of chat on my laptop but not so often on my iPhone (mainly due to battery drain issues with chat programs). But Verbs was worth trying.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

AirMail growl style

I really like Growl app for Mac and I have always wanted to create a style for it. This is my first one: Airmail. I have created it to be used specially with your favorite mail application, like Mail.app or SparrowMail. Feel free to download and give your comments.


And classic version also available thanks to TheShutteR77



You can download it here and the classic version here.

Enjoy it!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

OverTheAir iPhone app review

When it comes to online storage solutions, I have been using for a while myDisk.se. This Swedish company has been offering for years a free 2GB online storage. What I like the most of this service is that it is fully compatible with webDav network file protocol: it can be easily accessed from both Windows and Mac with the operating system built-in support without the need of any extra software. And what about on your iPhone? That is when OverTheAir from MicaRed comes into the picture.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

TweetBot twitter app for iPhone review

One of my favorite social media is Twitter as you might already know. I really like to follow people that tweet about things like technology, food or life. It is a nice space to share and see what others have to share.

I have been using many Twitter apps on my iPhone (I should do a comparition review at some point). But today I am going to have a look at TweetBot from Tapbots.




Friday, 9 September 2011

Blogger app for iPhone preview

Finally an official Blogger app for iPhone has been release by Google. Although it does not have too many options, it's a good start.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

nomadicCal calendar app for iPhone review

Here I am again in the curse of the perfect calendar app. This time, and thanks to @iphonecalendar twitter user and his blog I discovered nomadicCal by NomadicTime.


Have you ever been using Palm webOS calendar app? If so, this new calendar app gets some good ideas from it and applies it to iPhone. But let's have a look in more detail.

First of all, nomadicCal uses the iPhone build-in calendar database, so basically you do not need to configure much. Just launch it and all your calendars will be there.

The main view that the app starts on is the month view. This view shows you all your appointments (no starting or end time, just the appointment subject). Text is colored based on the calendar color assigned by default. You can anyway change the color if you want from the settings (we will see later). All day events are inverted colored.


A small detail in the user interface is the rounded corners and the round icons in the menu bar. The guys from nomadicTime wanted to give the app a soft appearance resembling to webOS. It is kind of nice, although I would like more to see the corners squared.

The bottom bar is quite simple: full circle for the on day view, followed by the week and month view buttons. Then the clock for the Go To option, the search and finally the options. If you change the view you will have a nice animation where the calendar seems to fold.

Let's have now a look at the other views.

The day view reminds me to the webOS calendar app. You cans see the empty time with no appointments compressed like and accordion. If you tap on it, it will expand and create a new event in between. Next to the event subject you can see an small icon indicating if this is a repeating event, if it contains notes and if it is a timed event.


From this view you can create events by pressing the desire starting time. A create event window will rise up and you can enter the event details. Next to subject and location you can see a small icon that brings you the history of the last subjects  or locations recently used. This is very convenient if you have to enter events with similar subjects and locations.


You can also edit an event just tapping on the event subject. The event can be then modified or deleted.


The week view is a 7-day split (Saturday and Sunday). This is my favorite format for a week view. It has also a very discrete week number indicator on the top. Today's day is highlighted in yellow. If you press on any day the day view will be opened with a nice animation effect.


Besides these three views, we have the Go To and the Search views. They are quite simple and they do not need much explanation as you can see:



From the settings point of view the app is very simple. It allows you to show or hide calendars, define the calendar where appointments will be created by default, and also set holiday calendars that will make the days show in red indicating it as public holiday. For each calendar you can also change the color with another of the preset colors (you cannot use any other color than the ones already predefined).

Overall the app is very fast and it quickly loads the views. However I miss some more options. Here it is what I like and what I dislike:

Like:

  • Fast
  • Simple
  • Support for both portrait and landscape mode in all views


Dislike:

  • Not many options to change fonts and colors
  • Rounded corners (I would like more the sharp angles)
  • Accordion effect should also be used for events that last many hours, not only for empty spaces
  • Price (5€), perhaps too expensive for the features the app delivers


If you like what you see, click here to go to the AppStore and buy it right away.

Enjoy!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Syndication (Google Reader synching) app for Mac

As you remember from one of my blogs, I am a avid user of Google Reader. In my search of the perfect Google Reader app for Mac I have found a very interesting app, Syndication. Here is my review after having used it for some weeks.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Week Cal app for iPhone 4.0 update

This is a small update of my already published review of Week Cal app for iPhone that I did sometime ago. New version 4.0 has brought many improvements, among them, a new mini month and agenda views, support for emoji icons per appointment, better search, batch operations, etc. For more details, check their web page here.

You haven't bought the app yet? What are you waiting for ;-). Here it is the link to the App Store. They will be the best dollars/euros you have ever invested in an app.

I leave you here with some screenshots I took from my iPhone. These guys from UtiliTap know how to make the most of a calendar app at a fantastic price tag. And I am sure they are working to improve the app for the next version as we speak :-)








Monday, 1 August 2011

My MeeGo avatar

Today I found in Twitter a link to the Avatar Creator for MeeGo* OS. Here it is what I got as my avatar :)

Gadgetero: gadgets and more


Tuesday, 26 July 2011

SportsTracker for iPhone review


I enjoy doing sports like jogging, walking, biking, etc. and I have tried many different apps in the past, but if I had to choose one, that would be Sports Tracker for iPhone.

Sports Tracker used to be part of Nokia (named Nokia Sports Tracker) but nowadays it does not belong to Nokia anymore. During Nokia times, there was only a Symbian version available (that I had used in the past). But after that, Sports Tracker has become also available for iPhone and Android devices besides the Symbian version.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

MobileRSS for Mac review

Here I am again this time to review the brand new MobileRSS for Mac by NibiruTech, a new RSS reader from the same guys of MobileRSS for iPhone and iPad that I already own.

I am a big fan of Google Reader and I am subscribed to over 40 RSS feeds that I read daily. At work I use the web interface but at home with my Mac I like to use a native program. I have tried many of them in the market but whenever I found out that MobileRSS was coming for Mac, I thought this had to be something good, and it is!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Tonight pork for dinner :)

New casserole and our dear Angry Birds puppy

Friday, 24 June 2011

iOS5 Reminders app preview

After a while I am here again, this time with a preview of the upcoming Reminders app built-in the new version of iOS coming this autumn, iOS5.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

I'm still here

Hi all,

Just a quick post to let you know that I am still here and preparing new articles. I've been quite busy the last weeks and haven't had time to write anything, but bear with me ;-)

Guillermo

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Kurumaki Calendar app for iPhone

Here I am today presenting you another calendar application for the iPhone. Kurumaki Calendar from Littlen Star Inc.

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This calendar application is based on a patented paper calendar system called "KURUMAKI Calendar".  Like the meaning of the Japanese "KURUMA KI" (くるまき), the idea is that you can roll (KURUMA) through a view (KI) of weeks like if the whole year would be a roll of paper. The visible area is always 6 weeks. You can scroll up or down through the year and you always have six weeks visible, not like many other apps that only allow you to scroll month by month.

The application is quite simple and has one main view where you can see in the lower part the six weeks while in the upper part you find the details of the selected day. In the left side you have information about the current selected day as well as the current months being shown. And in the upper right side you find the + button to add events, the configuration button and the Today to get to today's date. You can easily scroll through weeks in the lower part and in the upper part you can scroll through the events of the selected day.

In the week view you can see a summary of the events for each day. In case that all events cannot be shown in the small box, you will see and indicator with the number of events not visible.





From the settings point of view, they are also easy and simple. You can select the visible calendars, set the week start day and show the data loaded by default.









In case of the option to select visible calendars, you can also configure the default calendar as well as the color for each calendar if you do not like the default one.







Adding events is easy. You can customize the color of each event with a personalized color. By default it will use the predefined calendar color.



Kurumaki Cal saves the history of the last events, so if you enter very often the same kind of subject, you can retrieve it easily so you do not need to retype it again. Very convenient.





If you select an event in the day view, you can Delete, Copy or Edit it from the Action button.









Kurumaki Calendar is a really easy and simple way to manage your weeks. If you do not need a calendar app full of options and you just want something easy to handle and operate, I would recommend it. However, if you need to have different views, you like to customize fonts, sizes, etc. then this is not what you will find here.

If you think this calendar app is right for you, please go and grab it at the itunes store.

Enjoy,
Guillermo