Readers’ App Reviews – August 2016

Ryan Poolos

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Like clockwork, another month has marched by. That brings us closer to all the goodies Apple will hopefully share with us this fall. I’m sure we’re all getting excited for a new iPhone, an updated MacBook, and maybe even a surprise or two.

But for me, August has brought another swarm of great apps and games from our readers. :] We write our tutorials for you and its exciting for us to see them put to use in some fantastic apps.

I’ve tried out all the ones sent to me and I’ve picked just a few to share with you. As always, I don’t have time to write about them all, so make sure you check out the honorable mentions too.

This month we have:

  • Photo and Video editors that make it fun
  • An app for the Pokemon trainers among us
  • Apps to help you travel anywhere
  • And of course, much more!

Keep reading to see the the latest apps released by raywenderlich.com readers like you.

GoTypeChart

GoTypeChart
Pokemon Go has swept the world, and that means the competition couldn’t be higher. To gain the edge you’ll need to know everything there is about your Pokemon and their abilities. The GoTypeChart can help with that. It has a ton of information on each and every Pokemon from Pokemon Go.

GoTypeChart lets your search for Pokemon by type, name, move type, index, attack damage, defense, and stamina. Each move is listed with its DPS and type. You can easily find just the right attack to give you the edge. Or you can easily look for fire Pokemon to battle the grass type.

GoTypeChart also makes it easy to browse Pokemon, their abilities, and their attributes. So it’s easy to find new Pokemon to add to your list to catch to improve your battles.

AnyMap

AnyMap
AnyMap is a very cool custom map application that allows you to get all the benefits we’re used to with regular iPhone maps but while using your custom map. Maybe it’s a trail map or a city landmark map. You can continue to use your custom map while taking advantage of GPS, pinch to zoom, and more.

AnyMap just needs a picture of the mall you’d like. Then you orient it by walking to a few easy to find landmarks. Now AnyMap knows how to navigate your custom map. You can now easily see where you are on the map at any time as you move around. It doesn’t even require cell service now that it’s synced your map to GPS coordinates.

Can’t Eat That

CantEatThat
Food allergies are a common problem for many people. It may be manageable at home but when you go out it can be hard to find a safe entree. Now imagine being in another country without being a native speaker! Thank goodness for Can’t Eat That, an app that will help you communicate your food allergies in a variety of languages.

Can’t Eat That lets you select your food allergy and then a language you need to express it in. You can then show the app to your waiter in their native language and they’ll be able to help you find something safe to eat. The app can even read the translation aloud if necessary. Can’t Eat That could be a truly life saving app depending on how severe your allergy may be. You can finally travel and try new foods without fear.

Crop-Size

CropSize
Crop-Size is a photo editing app with some powerful features to make it a step above the rest. It has all the expected features like resizing, cropping, filters, and color correction. But it takes a few of those features to the next level.

While resizing a photo, you can choose from a ton of preset sizes common for photos. You can input exact sizes to the pixel. You can also choose between cropping, stretching, or a border when resizing the photo. Cropping has easy custom controls, pixel precise inputs, and tons of common presets. Rotation is even a breeze. All the filters, controls, and effects you’d expect are available as well. You can even edit full metadata and choose which data is exported to exercise full control over your private data.

The best feature of all is the ability to save your edits as a template. After you finish getting an image just right, you can save all your crops, filters, and metadata changes to a template. That template can be used on future photos or on large batches all at once.

What could be better than large batch processing right on your iPhone? Editing in the field has never been so good.

Coffee Phone

CoffeePhone
Coffee Phone is a unique social network based entirely around coffee. Having a coffee alone wishing you could meet some new people? You can offer to buy a stranger a coffee if they’ll come enjoy it with you.

Anyone can open the app and see available coffees near them. So if you’re looking for a coffee to meet new people or looking to meet new people by offering a coffee you can easily find someone nearby.

The conversation is up to you, but you already know you both like coffee. ;] So next time you’re relaxing and looking to meet someone knew, grab a coffee and offer one to your next friend.

Tandem – Medication Companion

Tandem
Tandem is an app for those of us with scheduled medications. Sometimes life is just too busy to remember our medication but often it’s very important we take our pills at the right time. Tandem is here to help us by reminding us to take the right medication at the right time.

Tandem starts by asking you for the medications you need to track as well as dosages in case you may forget that as well. It will ask you about your dosage schedule. From there it can handle the rest. You’ll get a notification when it’s time to take it and you can even mark it as taken right from the lock screen.

But if you need a little extra motivation, Tandem has a special feature just for you. You can invite a friend or family member to be your companion. Tandem will text your companion when it’s time to take your medicine. They can reply straight to the text message and you’ll get it in Tandem as an extra reminder. And when you mark your medication as taken, Tandem will also let your companion know. The companion doesn’t need Tandem at all. They can help remind you with simple text messages.

VSM – Video Subtitle Maker

VSM
No more boring videos for you! Video Subtitle Maker will help you spice up your videos.

Video Subtitle Maker makes it easy to add a ton of effects to your videos. You can add a subtitle with tons of font options, colors, and size. You can even use emoji in your subtitle. But Video Subtitle Maker isn’t just about subtitles. You can easily add a caption or floating text. You can add stickers, artwork, watermarks, or even your own photo overlays.

Video Subtitle Maker also makes it easy to add background music to make you video epic. Or its just as easy to add sound effecst to bring your video to life. There are tons of built in sound effects like bubbles, censors, or popular quotes like THIS IS SPARTA!!!

Video Subtitle Maker makes it easy to add all these things to your video. You can easily edit your video right on your iPhone then share it with the world.

Snapwit

Snapwit
First impressions can be hard. But I’m pretty sure a video of your face in a cartoon is a great way to break the ice.

Snapwit has tons of cartoon overlays it calls MOJIs. You can record your face inside the box and boom there is a video of you as a cartoon super hero. There are tons to choose from monkeys to construction workers to cavemen. It couldn’t be easier. Choose your MOJI, align your face, and record your message. Snapwith makes it quick and easy to share with everyone.

There are also plenty of video greetings you can create as well. These are more traditional effects and overlays like Happy Birthday, Invitations, or film borders. They are just as easy to create and share as the MOJIs right on your phone.

Honorable Mentions

Every month I get way more submissions than I have time to write about. I download every app to try them out, but only have time to review a select few. I love seeing our readers through the apps submitted to me every month.

It’s not a popularity contest or even a favorite picking contest — I just try to share a snapshot of the community through your submissions. Please take a moment and try these other fantastic apps from readers like you.

super meow cat
Deep Sleep Fan – White Noise for Bedtime
toGETher Tasks Done GOLD – Eisenhower Matrix Planner
Hungry Hipster
Tap Tap Go!
Boston Truck Tracker
BalloonPop99
Budge
Molecular
Tagalot Cards
Sky Up

Where To Go From Here?

Each month, I really enjoy seeing what our community of readers comes up with. The apps you build are the reason we keep writing tutorials. Make sure you tell me about your next one, submit here.

If you saw an app your liked, hop to the App Store and leave a review! A good review always makes a dev’s day. And make sure you tell them you’re from raywenderlich.com; this is a community of makers.

If you’ve never made an app, this is the month! Check out our free tutorials to become an iOS star. What are you waiting for – I want to see your app next month.

Ryan Poolos

Ryan Poolos (@EmperiorEric) is currently CEO of Frozen Fire Studios and subsidiary PopArcade. He builds games and apps exclusively for iOS both internally and for clients. His latest game is Hand Prix. His latest App is Atoll. Get in touch for your next great project.

Ryan has 6 years of professional iOS experience alongside 11 years of part time graphic design experience and 8 years of web development experience. Ryan loves everything tech and tries hard to stays up with the latest and greatest.

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