Deliveries Package Tracker Review

Deliveries Package Tracker Review

Jul 13, 2015

I love me some Google Now.

It’s one of those anchor apps I use on a daily basis, almost without thinking. Multitasking, hands-free operations, news… you name it. Still, one of the key ways I rely on it is to track packages. This is key in this line of work; we get review items in and out almost every day, going and coming from literally all parts of the globe. Google Now is a (sometimes) seamless bridge between information and access. Since we handle expensive equipment and devices, it really helps to when what arrives where.

But Google Now does treat package tracking in a finicky way when it wants to, and one big issue is that there isn’t a way to add packages that it didn’t originally pick up or remove on its own. While searching for a solution to this, I stumbled upon Deliveries Package Tracker. What this app looks to do is simple: provide a one-stop solution with regards to collating shipping information from a host of worldwide sources.

The UI is simple; it seems to avoid being too flashy, which is okay for what it purports to do. Upon opening the app, it’s fairly easy to see how it works: add a tracking number, tack on the source, and the app does the rest by pulling in data such that one gets movement information up to and including actual delivery.


Data can be entered by scanning (using a separate bar code scanner app) and can be typed in manually; it is especially helpful to copy a tracking number from an email using Android OS’s built-in share functionality to get it directly into Deliveries; this works very well in my experience. The services natively supported form quite the expansive list, and it’s probably easier to find a service not supported. One gets USPS, Fedex, UPS, DHL, TNT and whole lot more to choose from.

The pro unlock kills the ads and opens up a few more features; a key one is the ability to link one’s account to Google, Amazon and eBay. With this, one can seamlessly track shipments coming in from those services.


Some services can be especially difficult to work with; I found China Post to be truculent, but to be fair, that seems to be a function of the service. The need for a third-party bar code scanner sucks, but again, I can see where I’d prefer a thinner app anyway. The adjustable background update and multi-device sync are definitely valuable

All in all, it’s a pretty nifty app that does what it does well. Add this one to the indispensable list for folks who do even just the occasional online purchasing and shipping and/or receiving.

Autodesk Homestyler Review

Autodesk Homestyler Review

Aug 9, 2013

Some people used to look at me funny when I’d tell them the best bit about playing The Sims wasn’t drowning people by removing a simple ladder, but that it was the building and design phase that I spent most time on.

There’s something about creating your perfect home. Something that The Sims made look so simple and didn’t involve a single piece of Ikea flat-packed furniture. Something so easy about it all.

It’s that same feeling that Autodesk Homestyler also evokes. It’s a fairly simple design tool that allows you to place furniture within a preset blank canvas of a room or you can import pictures of your own home.

You load up your 3D furniture and place it where you’d like. You can rotate and resize easily enough, though sometimes your dual-finger gestures can be misinterpreted, making precise placement of objects a little tough.1375886186841

Another issue is the furniture itself. It’s all fully licensed and well detailed models of real-world furniture that you can tap on to find out more and buy. A great feature, as placing furniture that doesn’t exist could seem a little pointless. It’s also a good thing that the final images the app produces are of a high quality thanks to the previously mentioned detailed models being used.

This is all well and great, but it seems that Autodesk think we earn 6 figure salaries. You won’t find any cheap furniture within this app and, more annoyingly, you can’t easily see what furniture is available.

The furniture’s split into different ‘room’ categories and from there it’s split into ‘types’, but it doesn’t go far enough. Are you looking for a red sofa? You’ll have to scroll through all of the sofas, which is where the app’s impressive collection of furniture becomes a double-edged sword.

Once you’ve finished designing the room of your dreams you can upload and share your final images. If you log in to Autodesk’s service, you can gain followers of your designs and look at what everyone else is creating with the app. As is the way with social networks, you can comment on and ‘favourite’ pieces done by others. It seems to be a real supportive community that’s growing with and has people swapping tips and advice all over the place.

For those that have a real interest in interior design, there’s not a lot that can be said against this app aside from the need for more advanced search and filter options. Autodesk Homestyler is a great design app that will take a little getting used to, but works really well once your comfortable with it.

NavigationPro+ Review

NavigationPro+ Review

Oct 4, 2012

Navigation on smartphones is no longer a novelty. I have long since forgone standalone GPS units for the simplicity of Android-powered solutions. Having my navigation unit on my Android-powered device just makes sense.

At the root of it all, Google Maps is the software that sets the pace.

NavigationPro+ from jWhiteRabbit Software works to be the ultimate accessory to the ultimate accessory: a bridge to Google Maps and (as I soon discovered) even more.

I found NavigationPro+ seemed to revel in its simplicity. From the unassuming splashscreen to the minimalist settings screen, I felt NavigationPro+ just seemed tp want to get me out on the road. I appreciated the UI and the easy feel of the menu. And that pretty much brought me to what THE feature: it served to organize my contacts and travel locations.

As soon as I tapped one of the locations or travel destinations, NavPro+ invoked Google Navigation (or whatever program you have installed as default navigation app) with the address pre-populated. Now, where this is useful is for, say, a trip with several stops out of the way, or multiple stops. I found this to be insanely useful as a soccer coach that frequently goes to tournaments. Having the ability to have program to type or search locations in that worked with my navigation program was priceless.

I found the program did well with searching. It gave me the option of pulling info from the web and from the address book on my phone, and it worked well with Google Navigation and TeleNav Scout.

My biggest fuss is that because at least some of the features of NavPro+ are built into some navigation programs, some folks will find a reason to forgo it, especially if device never is an issue. Still, it is a great companion app, particularly for folks like me who want to keep navigation apps clear of one-time data. For the truly curious, there is a free trial that drops some premium features like cloud backup and which has ads.

For pre-planning trips (especially with Google Maps), it is a viable add-on.

Key Ring Rewards Card Review

Key Ring Rewards Card Review

Aug 17, 2010

I love simplicity. I love that my phone takes photos, records videos, receives email, and a million more things. I love that I only have to carry one device.

Have you ever had this conversation?

“Sir, that’ll be $27.50 please. Do you have your rewards card?”

“I…um…I…left it in the car. I thought I had it with me. Can you just use my name?”

Nobody wants to carry a hundred different shopper’s cards on their keychain like a ratty bunch of bananas . Do you really want people knowing you’re so devoted to Joe’s Ice Cream Shack?