Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Undiscovered App #67: Text Extractor Pro

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If you use your iPhone much, you'll probably find that from time to time, there's a bit of text that you'd like to copy, but since it's imprinted on an image, you can't do it since all you can highlight is the image. I hate it when that happens.

That's where today's Undiscovered App, called Text Extractor Pro, comes in handy. It lets you take an image or PDF file and extract the text from it, and then send it out via text or email so you can store it somewhere more useful. 

I gave it a try and took a picture with my iPhone, then I launched the program and highlighted the area on the photo where the text was, and it came out pretty accurately. It seems to have some trouble if the text is close to any graphics, and other reviews were pretty negative on it since it didn't work very well with other foreign languages. If you're primarily an English reader, then this might work out for you.

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This is one of the more unconventional names we've written about, since this has an average review of only 2 stars from 46 ratings. Look through the reviews and see if this is a worthwhile app for you. Text Extractor Pro is currently available to download for $0.99. You might get lucky and catch it on a free update one of these days.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Undiscovered App #66: Dayli - Time Lapse Yourself

By now, you've probably come across one of those cool time-lapse videos showing a cute little baby growing up into a full grown person in under 1 minute. If you've ever thought that was cool and wanted to do it yourself, you now have an opportunity to do it with today's Undiscovered App, called Dayli.

Dayli lets you stitch together numerous pictures and turn them into time lapse videos. That's it, no other explanation needed.

Well, okay, there is a handy reminder feature and an ability to draw guiding lines so you take pictures that are in the same position as the one before it. And you need a minimum of 4 photos before you can stitch them together to make a video. It would also help if you take pictures under the same lighting conditions as previous ones to make the photo transitions look smoother.

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Dayli is available to download for $0.99. It has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 41 reviews. We think this photo app has a lot of potential if you can find the discipline to consistently take pictures over long periods of time.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Undiscovered App #65: Evernews - On This Day In History...

EvernewsDid you know that 38 years ago on this day in 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne founded Apple Inc.?

I had no clue, but thanks to today's Undiscovered App called Evernews, that and a number of other interesting facts can be found quickly and easily. Every day, a number of pieces of history can be rediscovered, along with a picture and link to Wikipedia.

You simply slide up or down to see more facts, or you can tap on the picture to hear an audio reading of the entry and get links to the Wikipedia article, Twitter, or Facebook.

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It's a nicely polished product, and best of all, it's free to download. It has an average rating of 4 stars from 5 reviews. Highly recommended, for both history buffs and those who just have a natural curiosity about the world around them.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Undiscovered App #64: Freeway Fury

Freeway FuryYou'll feel like you're back in the 80's, popping quarters into arcade games and trying your hardest to just finish the next level with today's Undiscovered App, called Freeway Fury by Vasco Freitas of Serius Games.

It has a simple premise: drive as fast as you can in order to reach the checkpoint before time runs out. But along the way, you'll have obstacles like cars, trucks, and oncoming traffic. But the cool thing is that you can hop from car to car in case you get in a jam, and this lets you avoid what would have been a solid collision and turn it into an opportunity for a faster vehicle. You get points for taking riskier maneuvers and jumps, and if you can make it to the end (with a helpful Nitro boost), you're awarded with more unlocked levels with greater challenges.

Check out the trailer below:

Freeway Fury has a Pro version for $0.99 and a Lite version that's free. It has an average rating of 4 stars from 16 reviews. It's definitely worth a look if you're up for trying something different with a bit of a retro feel.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Undiscovered App #63: What's Playing - Guess The Word

What's Playing - Guess the wordYou could get lost in the huge number of word games out there, but there's one worth picking out from the lot. Today's Undiscovered App, called What's Playing - Guess The Word from Violet Arts, takes the word guessing game concept and adds a lovely twist to it.

Instead of the usual static pictures added with lame filters that you see on so many games, this one uses hand-drawn animations, set up so you get three of them, and it plays on an endless loop to give you as many chances as you need to guess the word. There's some charming background music that gives an idyllic feel while you play, plus you can get some hints if you need a little help along the way by using up some Stars that you bank with each successful word guess.

This is a very well-designed game, and best of all it's free to download. There's a small ad strip at the very bottom that doesn't get in the way of the game, plus there's IAPs if you want to buy some more Stars for additional hints. While so many games are easily forgettable, What's Playing - Guess The Word is one of the few I've kept coming back to because of its simplicity and charm, plus it has 700 words to guess from, so you'll be plenty entertained. We highly recommend this, and others who've played it have been similarly impressed, as it has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 184 reviews.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Undiscovered App #62: Space is Key - Wait, What?

Space Is Key
You're dead. You're dead again. And again. Wait, what's going on?

That's what it's like when you first play today's Undiscovered App. It's called Space Is Key, made by ChrisJeff Games, and it plunges you straight into a retro-pixelated game where you have to guide this sliding block across the screen. But it's not that simple, because along the way, you have to jump over obstacles and time it just right so you clear the hurdles, and sometimes, you need to time the landing just right so you don't smash into an overhead obstacle. But one small touch, and bam! you're dead, and you have to restart the level all over again. Don't worry, because a level is only one screen, and you can die an infinite number of times until you get it just right.

There are over 40 levels at the difficulty level I chose, and I had to die over 500 times just to complete the whole darn thing (at least the background music is enjoyable while you die a hundred deaths trying). Strangely, I couldn't put it down, because each level seemed deceptively simple, and I swore I'd just do the next level before I did something else...

Well, that never happened, and because of that, this gets an honorable mention for the Strangely Addictive Category. Yeah, everyone bandies about the word "addictive," but in reality, most apps are not. This one, though, actually deserves it.

Space Is Key is currently available to download for $0.99 and has an average rating of 4 stars from 225 reviews. We highly recommended this one for a download.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Undiscovered App #61: Flick Football Super Save

Flick Football Super SaveIf you're a soccer fan and ever wanted to know what it's like to be a goal keeper, today's Undiscovered App will let you test your reflexes and finally answer that burning question. Flick Football Super Save by Neon Play puts you right in between the goal posts, and your objective is to block all incoming kicks from the opposing team by swiping the screen to move your hands and prevent the ball from getting past you.

It starts off pretty easy, making you think you might actually have a future career with the Beckhams of the world, but things start to get tricky pretty fast, as kicks that look pretty straightforward start bending and throwing you off your expected path.

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There are different modes, lots of achievements, and Game Center integration to help you see how you stack up against your friends. Overall, a very fun distraction when you've got a few minutes to kill. Flick Football Super Save is available to download for $0.99, and has an average rating of 4.5 stars from over 1,000 reviews.

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