From alarm clocks to flashlights, utilities are some of the most useful apps in the App Store. For a list of our favorites, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks of the Best Utilities for iPhone and iPad, or read on for breaking news and reviews of utility applications from the App Store.
a2zpro - Making the Most of User Integration
a2zpro is the successor to a2z from UK iPhone app developer Westernits and it is a truly innovative tool as far as conversion apps are concerned. Upon every opening of a2zpro the exchange rates are updated for the currency converter, which provides 154 categories with live data from Yahoo!. The currencies work slightly different than in other apps since the user selects the currency and amount and the other 153 conversions are shown underneath (no from-and-to selections are needed and the page is not limited to only a few units).
Converter Brings A Wide Array of Units
Converter, by developer Unitconvertr, is a simple and easy-to-use conversion tool that supports 172 units across 15 categories and turns out to be a more colorful and elaborate version of the free conversion app Units.
Power Keys Allows Full Remote Control of Your Mac
One of the most useful, and universally loved apps in the App Store is the Apple remote, which allows you to remotely control iTunes from your iPhone. But what about controlling Pandora, PowerPoint or any other Desktop or Web App?
Units - Same Name, Different App
Units, like its namesake, is a handy conversion app but while the name is the same, the features are very different. First off Units costs $0.99 while the app is free and the price does not equal better quality.
Units - The Useful and Free Converter
Units by UK developer TheMacBox is a great and easy-to-use conversion app, which provides most units that anyone who is not a professional engineer would ever need. The main page of the app allows you to select the desired unit, leading the user to the next page, which shows several conversions at once with the option to edit the list of conversions for some units like currencies.
Air Sharing: Take Your Docs & View Them on The Go!
iPhone users are becoming less dependent on their laptops and are relying more on their iPhones to meet their basic communication and productivity needs. Sadly missing from the iPhone however, is the ability to sync or access remote documents.
A Free Level
I don’t know how many times I’ve needed a level and haven’t had one on hand. It is one of those thing that is usually too big for the toolbox so I don’t often considering buying one.
I’m just going to let the guy speak for himself.
From the Coin Toss web site:
“I was thinking of a good program to write for my first iPhone application. I thought this idea would be a good intro to the programming for me.
QuickLight is a Super Simple Lighting Solution
Of all the light-shedding apps we've tested, the simplest app to use of the bunch is QuickLight. It offers limited choices and ease of use. Double-tap the screen to bring up your options. Choose between three colors or "concert" setting.
Molecules -- Mildly interesting molecule viewer
For non-scientists, Molecules is interesting for about a minute or two. The app comes loaded with 3-d models of four molecules, including insulin and DNA, which you can then move around and rotate with your fingers.
myLite Flashlight and Colored Strobe
Of all the lighting apps out there, myLite has the best combination of luminescent choices.
Start with a plain old flashlight, choose "normal" under effects and customize any color and brightness using the simple sliders.
Crazy Lighter Revel in the Sound
This is our favorite lighter app for iPhone.
Unlike most other lighter apps, Crazy Lighter doesn't show the source of the fire. It's just a simple flame set to high. What really distinguishes it from the crowd -- and makes it worth your buck -- is what we call the zippo feature.
iBlackout is on Fire!
iBlackout is one of the slickest lighting apps and has a good range of options. There's the standard plain or colored flashlight, but no ability to customize the color. Or, choose "effect" for to get your light from a fancy screensaver pic of a light bulb, lightening or other light-related source.
Surf's Up: tides for iPhone gives you real-time tide info, but its buggy
The new tides app from mobile geographics has the potential to be a very useful app, if, like me, you live close to the ocean.
Using the GPS to get your location, the application sometimes pulls up the tide chart for the tide station nearest you.
iPhone Firmware 2.0.1 released
iPhone Firmware has been released - hopefully this will fix some of the bugs with applications crashing.
One of the improvements in this version of the software is the addition of certain core location features that not only track where you are, but also the direction you are heading.