Every once in a while I post a review, and soon after the vendor responds with fixes for some of the minor issues or updates to features in the app. I'm sure the fixes were probably already in the pipeline, but I still like feeling maybe the review helped (I'm a deluded blogger, I know). Recently I reviewed SugarSync as part of an ongoing evaluation of products--a quest, you see, to find the perfect iPad-PC editing and syncronization app, and an excuse for writing more drivel in my blog here. SugarSync is a great cloud storage service, but I found some of the features of the iPad app a little light in a few areas, especially the photo uploading ability. Well, they went and enhanced it... Read on for the full press scoop...
SugarSync is a full-featured cloud backup and file syncing service (reviewed previously in our magazine by Doug Goldring here), but you can also create and edit documents on-line, play music from your synced collection, and transfer photos via iPad or other iOS device. There are clients for iOS, Android and several other mobile OS flavors, so you can sync from just about anywhere. I was specifically interested in the ability to write articles and save pictures and research to a consolidated folder I could later access on my computer. Currently, I use Evernote for the sometimes extensive article content I compile (mostly photo/text/weblink data), but it's somewhat aggravating to reformat everything for our blog editor later, so recently have taken to simply editing blog posts in raw HTML on our site (or in Notes), which is also a pain. SugarSync didn't bring my content together exactly the way I wanted, but it is a great file sync and backup product...
The updated GoCal for Google calendar app is easily the best time management and productivity app available for people who already use the Google calendar feature. This app syncs quickly and seamlessly with your calendar and provides you with a lot of great new features which you will find very useful.
NoteLedge is an app that allows you to write notes, sketch, and keep a journal and so much more. I mean really... a lot more. This application is packed with so many features, it will make you head spin and at $2.99 US, this app is a steal!
The application is by the guys that developed Animation Desk, PDF Reader and PDF Connoisseur which quite recently got a lot of attention due to, well... their attention to detail. The applications are very well made and the graphics are outstanding. Enough praise up front, let me tell you more about the app.
The typical alarm clock will wake you in the morning by emanating a terrible pulsing screech or similarly upsetting noise. True that newer models offer better options than the 5AM screech, but wouldn't you rather your alarm clock do something smarter than that? Maybe tell you the weather, the latest news, your calendar events for the day followed by your favorite tunes (without commercials and other distractions)? Wake Smarter does all of those things. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it uses voice recognition so you can even yell at it!