If you’ve ever clicked on one of the app redemption links we sometimes have for iOS apps, you may already encountered the developers of Castro - Vancouver based Pádraig Ó Cinnéide and Oisin Prendiville (who is also also behind My Artist, one of our first app reviews).
Like the best iOS apps of the moment, it fully leverages all the gestures and styling of iOS 7 to give an app that is quick and intuitive to use.
Under its skin it’s a smart little beast, downloading new episodes at optimum times (as all well behaved apps should) so new content is served up as soon as it’s ready.
A slick little package and to be honest, it gets more use from me than its rival Network.
James Whelton (our favourite former teen sensation) and Trinity student James Eggers have come up with a pair of apps to help those sitting the Junior and Leaving Cert this year.
They describe the apps as giving:
Access to all the online Irish junior and leaving certificate papers for all levels, with such mind-blowing features as “full screen paper viewing mode”, landscape support and intelligent exam level remembering features, we built this app for such an incredible experience to aid studying, that if weaponised, aliens would finally visit earth in order to learn this app’s secrets.
No longer will you fear the Léamhthuiscint in Irish Paper 2 when viewed through this app. This is the perfect companion to the fast paced, exotic, glamorous and thrilling adventure that is the Junior Cert….
Unfortunately, there are no answers but there’s another app for that.
Anyone who missed the addictive “Flappy Bird” wagon before it was taken down by the developer recently…Irish developer Shane O’Brien & his girlfriend Claire have launched a free clone called “Tappy Bird”. Available now on the Google Play Store [below]! Just as murderously difficult & infuriating as the original, but with cool hand drawn graphics! Get your addicted today. :)
Mile Mapper is Queen’s University Belfast student Stephen Laide’s first app, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the quality.
The premise is simple – it will suggest a random route of your chosen distance (up to 10 miles) to and from your current location.
As you’re running (or in my case, walking) it’ll do all the usual fitness tracking things of pace and calories burned.
It gives a nice bit of variety to your routine as well as helping you explore the area around you. The routes can be stored, so you can go back a particularly good one.
Stephen had previously studied architecture and was able to bring that design experience to the app by making his own custom UI rather than rely on the stock iOS elements. One complaint I’d have though is that some of the sliders are a bit finicky to use.
There is a limitation in that only 5 routes can be generated a day (this is because of limits on the free Google service used to generate them). Still, I found it enough to get a reasonable route each day.
Mile Mapper is available for free on the App Store.
Podcast apps are the new Twitter clients of the iOS world – they’re where all the interesting design and user interfaces are happening right NOW..
Network, built by Dublin based engineer/designer Andrew Conlan is a great example of the new crop of apps that take full advantage of everything iOS 7 has to offer.
Network has a slick, minimalistic interface that fits in beautifully with iOS7. The app really gets to the core of what you want from a podcasting app – listening to the content as quickly as possible with minimal interference and setup. Everything in the app can be accessed with a few quick, intuitive gestures.
The app is also very conscientious when it comes to downloading new episodes – it’ll wait until there is wi-fi instead of gorging on your 3G data.
With delights such as korma, lasagne, sweet and sour Chinese and gnocci (pic 2), the Dimly Lit Meals For One Tumblr presents pictures of meals that, quite frankly, look exactly like big plates of vomNOMNOMNOM.