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Pixel People Lands On Android

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014

Pixel People arrives on Android.

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Road Smash 2 Review

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014

If you thought Road Smash 2 was an arcade styled fast paced racing game, than guess again. This game is nothing like that.

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Mobie360 Review

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014

We take a look at the launcher replacement from innoPath.

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Road Smash 2 Review

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014

If you thought Road Smash 2 was an arcade styled fast paced racing game, than guess again. This game is nothing like that.

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The Room Two On Sale For a Limited Time

The Room Two On Sale For a Limited Time

Oct 9, 2014

The Room Two is on sale for $0.99 for a limited time.

It’s a fun, award-winning puzzle game that incorporates great graphics and transitions.

PICK-UP-AND-PLAY DESIGN
Easy to start, hard to put down, an entrancing mix of intriguing puzzles with a simple user interface

INNOVATIVE TOUCH CONTROLS
A tactile experience so natural you can almost feel the surface of each object

REALISTIC 3D LOCATIONS
Immerse yourself in a variety of stunning environments which will challenge your puzzle solving prowess.

DETAILED 3D OBJECTS
Pore over the intricate details of dozens of artifacts in search of their hidden secrets.

UNNERVING AUDIO
A haunting soundtrack and dynamic sound effects create a soundscape that reacts to your play.

CLOUD SAVING NOW SUPPORTED
Share your progress between multiple devices, and unlock the all-new achievements.

MULTI LANGUAGE SUPPORT
Available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish & Brazilian Portuguese.

The game will remain on sale for the rest of the week on the Play Store.

Sony Music Unlimited Review

Sony Music Unlimited Review

Oct 8, 2014

“Daddy?”

“Yep?”

“What is that ‘CD’ thingie they are talking about on that show?”

We’ve come a long way. Not that long ago, having one’s music on the go meant investing in a CD case or one of those hideous auto visor holders. Now, our smartphones are our streaming hubs.

And mighty Sony is on it it — in the manifestation of the subscription-based Sony Music Unlimited streaming service.

After setting up the service (which involved redeeming the review code Sony provided), the next thing was to download the accompanying from the Play Store. using the app, one is easily able to navigate the service. it’s possible to browse the catalog by genre. For premium subscribers, there is the channel feature, which parses thesum1 music into common-ground groups; channels range from “Bollywood” to “Assassin’s Creed” and beyond. There is even a “Comedy Nightclub” channel, which rocks stuff from Cheech and Chong all the way to Chris Rock, I liked the ability to create one’s own channels. There is also a Library section in the main menu which allows users to collate favorite music.

The service allows for streaming (obviously), but also gives users the ability to pin music offline; this is great for when might be lacking internet connectivity.

One of the biggest question a music service has to answer is the one that pertains to content. On this front, Sony Music Unlimited packs a major punch; not shocking, considering we’re talking about, well, Sony here. It boasts more than 30 million songs, which is far from shabby. In reality, it picked up almost every artist I threw at it across genres. I was happy to find entire albums from even obscure artists; it didn’t have ALL, but I think I could be satisfied with the selection. The audio is quite clear (320 kbps High Quality Audio), and no ads to contend with.

The ability to access the premium service on the web, multiple mobile platforms, Playstation consoles/handhelds and compatible Sony electronics adds to its allure.

I think the search engine can be tweaked a good deal; in some of my searches, it seemed to be quite reliant on exactness, which can be a tough with regards to zany spellings of artist names and songs, and even then, finding songs can be infuriating. There are some instances that I think the UI could be a bit more logical off the search too; there were times a song/artist search came up blank when the song was indeed in the catalog.

Yes, the streaming music space is pretty packed for Android, but Sony knows a thing or two about this entertainment, and it brings that knowledge to bear in this product.

Good for us.

Doggins Arrives on Android

Doggins Arrives on Android

Oct 8, 2014

Award-winning developer Brain&Brain has just released their mobile hit Doggins and Android.

The game chronicles the dreamy adventures of the titular, bow-tie wearing dog that has a mean squirrel as the main foil. Through the point-and-click mechanism, a player can make his/her way through the gameplay, all the while enjoying the fun graphics and more.

Per the official press sheet:

Features

- Fresh, graphic art style with handcrafted animation.
- Classic item-based puzzles combined with touch interaction.
- Fully immersive, with visual storytelling and a minimal UI.
- No in-app purchases or ads!

Doggins is available on the Play Store for $3.99.

Norsfell Releases WinterForts: Exiled Kingdom! on Android

Norsfell Releases WinterForts: Exiled Kingdom! on Android

Oct 8, 2014

Norsfell is bringing WinterForts: Exiled Kingdom! to Android.

The game is described as an “anti-Boom Beach clone” and boasts some innovative features that should set it apart from other city builders; for example, the game engine is said to allow enemy troops the ability to create new spawn points by destroying structures. Also, the developer changes the optimal positioning paradigm by encouraging exploration and opportunity costs of specific placements.

The game also has an interesting allegiance system.

Features per the official press release:

- PLAY with thousands of other players online and make new friends
- BUILD your own fort into a prosperous and undefeatable fortress
- CRAFT your way through the snow to create a strategic maze of corridors
- GATHER gold nuggets, dragon meat and much more with your workers
- RAID enemy forts in unique battles inspired by tower defense and RTS games
- SWEAR allegiance to one of the 8 Houses of Drahalla and honor your banner
- EXPLORE the world of WinterForts with its legendary lore and fantasy art style

The game is available on the Play Store for free (with in-app purchasing).

[Source: Norsfell Press Release]

The Walking Dead Pinball Review

The Walking Dead Pinball Review

Oct 8, 2014

The Walking Dead Pinball goes to show that two rights can make a wrong.

If you haven’t heard of the Walking Dead by now, than it is possible you have been sleeping for the past couple of years. The franchise, once only a comic book and now grown in to a TV series and multiple games, is massive and keeps on going forward. Zen Pinball, creators of my most memorable digital pinball experience to date, created a game I never saw coming: a pinball version of the point-and-click story-driven drama game from Telltale Games. And I’m not sure if I like it.

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So on one hand, we’ve got the best pinball game developer there is and on the other hand we’ve got Telltale, making sure we get to play the Walking Dead video game out there. But combined… well, let’s just say that it isn’t a winning formula. This pinball machine (you can download it separately or withing the existing Zen Pinball app) offers story driven gameplay, including making some choices, but it always leads to unnecessary distractions or unclear goals.

But the base of the game, the pinball machine itself, is how it is supposed to be. It is the pinball magic we’ve come to know and love by now. It man, does the game look great – it has the same graphical appeal of the Walking Dead game bij Telltale, so you’re in for a treat. But like I said, the game does offer a great deal of distraction, making you loose a ball when you think your attention is need elsewhere – but the fact is, you always need to focus on the ball, otherwise it is gone.

And another thing I found quite… odd: there is the option to ball an extra pack of pinballs, a dollar per three, when you’re game over. I understand Zen Pinball found a extra way to make a quick buck, but it defiles the basic rules of pinball. The rule that game over is game over, that you’ve just lost your points and that you can always try again, next time. This just feels wrong.

TRENDnet Wifi Baby Cam Hardware Review

TRENDnet Wifi Baby Cam Hardware Review

Oct 7, 2014

As we become more connected, having everyday devices, gadgets and even appliances that can be accessed and/or manipulated via mobile device are becoming less of a novelty. I almost expect electronics I acquire to have such functionality when there is a bona fide use case involved.

When it comes to cameras and surveillance, some watchables are more valuable than others. When my daughter was born, I had eye fatigue from watching her. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. Something like the TRENDnet Wifi Baby Cam could definitely have come in handy.

The review packet TRENDnet sent us is clearly made to reflect the design aesthetic of the camera, which is mostly white and lime green with grey and black accents. It is pretty small, with the main “head” set on a base via swivel. The swivel is a nice touch, allowing for movement that is somewhat surprising in its rage. The front of the main unit as the lens embedded, and there are speaker perforations on the top, bottom and back of the main unit. At the very top is a WPS connect button, and at the back is a mini-USB port. As noted, it is diminutive, at 2.6 x 2.8 x 3.5 inches and 3.6 ounces. The package also contains a setup CD, mini-USB power source, mounting materials and documentation.

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Setup is not too difficult; the user documentation guides one step-by-step, and it involves connecting the device to power, and then connecting an Android-based device to the camera and setting up an account and then re-connecting to local wi-fi. The heavy lifting is done via the companion app, TRENDnet CloudView, which also serves as the control portal for the hardware. I like the fact that, via the newly set up camera credentials, additional devices hosting the app can access the camera as well.

After set up, this fixed camera simply works. There is a minimum of lag, but the different resolution options somewhat alleviate this. The speaker and microphone are especially useful, and afford the unit the additional feature of being a simple intercom. The LED light is a simple indicator, and the ability to play some of the included lullabies is a very nice touch. The subtle size does help it to be unobtrusive too. the camera snapping utility is easy to manipulate, and the viewing angles are quite adjustable.

It’s a wifi camera, so, the obvious need for reliance on connectivity can’t be dwelled upon too long. The app can be a bit temperamental at times, and the clarity of transmissions could be improved.

All in all, the efficacy of this solution translates beyond just baby monitoring, and this extended functionality is what makes it enjoyable to use. For a fixed unit, it is a vibrant option, and quite affordable.

LiveJournal Releases Android App

LiveJournal Releases Android App

Oct 7, 2014

LiveJournal is giving mobile bloggers who use its services a big boost with the recent publishing of its Android app.

Per its press release:

LiveJournal (www.livejournal.com), a leading online publishing platform, has overhauled its mobile presence with new, easy-to-navigate mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices. With a streamlined mobile presence, LiveJournal has created the perfect way for users to share quick blog posts from anywhere and at any time.

The mobile app provides user-friendly access to all of LiveJournal’s popular features. Users can post and customize entries, communicate with friends, explore new and exciting communities, easily browse posts, and more! With a streamlined interface and classic design, on-the-go blogging will never be the same.

Key features of the LiveJournal mobile app include:

· Search Top Journals and Communities – Search for and view what is currently popular on LiveJournal

· Create and Cut Your Entries – Mobile post tools allow easy, customized journal entries and LiveJournal’s most beloved feature, LJ Cut, enables users to generate post previews for easy content promotion

· Customization – Customize your app experience with filters for posts, communities and friend groups

· Notifications – Never miss a comment or a discussion on any of your favorite entries

· Private Messages – Continue discussions in private (with your profile or anonymously) directly in the LJ app with the proprietary internal messenger system

· Social Sharing – Easily share the entries you like across social media within the LJ app

“LiveJournal users have long enjoyed sharing their stories with the added benefits of our platform’s innovative features, and with our new mobile apps we are excited to make all of these features available and easy to use for even quick, shorter posts when on the go,” said LiveJournal CEO Katya Akudovich.

The app is free on the Play Store.

[Source: LiveJournal Press Release]

Mobie360 Review

Mobie360 Review

Oct 7, 2014

The Mobie360 app can best be described as a home screen replacement. But the team behind the app demands more of a smartphone’s home. Rather than a clutter of apps, widgets and pictures, the Mobie 360 version of a home screen is a central hub of information for your smartphone, and it makes users’ lives easier and cellphones more functional.

Most Android users don’t find anything wrong with Samsung’s TouchWiz, stock Android or whatever is packed on their phones, but Mobie 360 reveals the true potential of the home screen. However, the first thing users will notice is its not-so-sleek look. Mobie 360 is all about functionality, and that is apparent by its outdated appearance.

mobie360_3Users can change the background, but it won’t affect the overly bold look of the notification bar-like buttons aligning the top of the screen. Widgets can be placed on the Mobie 360 home screen. However, they don’t retain all the customization as they do on Android’s home tiles, a major compenent of Android’s appeal. This is especially frustrating when trying to set up Google widgets such as Google Now and Google Calendar.

While Mobie 360 allows users to tinker with the appearance of their home screen, its real goal is to make it easier for Android users to find the apps that matter most to them. The custom home screen is made up of tiles, but instead of a mere hodgepodge of apps and widgets, tiles are divided into categories such as work and home. Mostly populating that area is an app wheel, which can be set to include apps you most use at each designated location. This experience can be customized, but Mobie 360 is smart enough to provide easy access to the phone’s most used apps.

A floating Mobie icon — which is a cute creature named Mobie — hovers over apps indicating it has a message to relay. Holding down on the app icon will pull up Mobie’s notification, which will give users tips on phone usage (i.e. Twitter is using too much of your data consumption).

Where the app is really useful is in its stat tracking. Mobie 360 makes it easier to save battery and keep track of how your phone is draining power. A single tile on the home screen is filled with information regarding the device, including how many more hours your phone will last without being charged, how much data you have used this month, and how secure your phone is.

This is an extremely useful tool for phone power users and Mobie 360 presents it in a way that is easy to understand. It also provides tips to resolve issues, such as deleting apps that are sucking up too much energy.

Mobie 360’s design will not appeal to everyone, but the app will still provide suggestions to users who refuse to change their home screen. Before you go to bed at night, the app will ask you if you want to enter bedtime mode to eliminate overnight distractions. After you arrive home from a long day out, Mobie 360 will suggest you turn on WiFi to conserve power. All of this is done through notifications that pop up on screen.

The Mobie 360 app can be used in many ways, and all Android users will find it useful. The app is a must have for power users who are constantly struggling with app usage and battery life.

Netflix Gets Update

Netflix Gets Update

Oct 7, 2014

The Android Netflix app is getting an update.

Per the Google Play app page, the new update brings:

• In-app profile management
• Enhanced visual search results
• Backgrounded playback with notification for quick resume (on select devices only)

The profile feature is a relatively new feature that allows a Netflix account holder to create content-specific sub-accounts via the web; this is useful for households with, say, kids to create a portion dedicated to the children. It’ll be a welcome addition to the mobile app.

Netflix mobile content for Android users remains free on the Play Store for folks with active subscriptions.

Goat Simulator Review

Goat Simulator Review

Oct 6, 2014

Five dollars for an Android game is quite the price. Especially when that game in particular is Goat Simulator. But you know, this is fun. Even on Android.

By now you could be familiar with the concept of and idea behind Goat Simulator. The development of Goat Simulator started of as a joke during a Game Jam, but quickly gained popularity amongst the internet. The idea was to make a stupid game where players could do everything but nothing and live the life of a goat in a big city, while they ignore the basic laws of physics. It was called a simulator, because of the surprisingly popular games like Farming or Truck Simulator on pc.

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This is a product of mockery. In every pixel. In every sprite. And it’s stupid. And you should not buy this game on pc. Or mobile for that matter. Even the developers said so on their own product page on Steam. But you know what, this game, as dumb as it is, is damned fun. It is the perfect game to escape real life and just goof off in a strange world where the rules of physics are different and where nobody seems to care that a small goat is actually a penguin.

It kept me busy for quite some time – longer than I would like to admit. I missed the hype on pc, because I don’t have a laptop where I can comfortably game on, so I was actually glad I could try it out myself, after seeing some of the most hilarious Let’s Play video’s in a long time (looking at you, Steam Train!). But there were two things I didn’t like: the game world isn’t as big and doesn’t feature as many places to go to as in de pc version and there weren’t many other styled ‘goats’.

But is it worth five bucks? No, God, no. For a gamer, there isn’t anything to invest in. Is it a fun way to escape a busy life? Yes. So if you would like to play it, I’m sure the developers don’t mind you downloading a .apk file from somewhere on the internet, so you can play it without actually have to pay for it (figure of speech, the developers need to eat to, you know :)).

The Magician’s Handbook II: Blacklore Going Free For Limited Time

The Magician’s Handbook II: Blacklore Going Free For Limited Time

Oct 5, 2014

G5 is putting its praised The Magician Handbook 2 on sale for a limited time.

The game is a hidden object and puzzle adventure that employs a lot of artistic scenes and a unique hints system. Per the official press release:

The Magician’s Handbook II: Blacklore is 2X challenging, fascinating and absorbing as its predecessor. Two years have passed since your trip to the Cursed Valley. The pages of the Magician’s Handbook remain blank and life has resumed its natural course, until the day a tiny fairy appeared in your house, pleading for help. The evil magician pirate, Blacklore, has captured all the magicians and fairies and will use their magic for evil, if you don’t help. You have until the next moonrise to free the captured fairies hidden throughout the land. Otherwise, Blacklore will come for you. Should he capture you, the fairies will be trapped forever. Search gorgeous, hand drawn locations, learn powerful spells and solve witty puzzles, free your friends and stop Blacklore in this immersive adventure.

The game will be available for free on both the Play Store and Amazon Appstore from October 6th through October 12th, 2014.

[Source: G5 Press Release]

Cannon Crasha Review

Cannon Crasha Review

Oct 3, 2014

Man, Cannon Crasha is ‘one of those games’. In a good way! When you like games like Worms and Swords and Soldiers, you will definitly like this instant classic Android game.

Go play it. No seriously. This is one of those games. One of those games where the only thing you need to know is that you need to play it. It should be one of those games everybody should talk about, you know, like the time you were in high school, still playing those GBA games. Cannon Crasha is a turn-based-ish, real time strategic-ish game that borrows elements from games like Worms and Sword and Soldiers, covered up in light-humoured conversations and easy to learn controls.

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When I say Worms and Swords and Soldiers, you kinda get the idea of this game. On screen, there are two bases. One is yours and the other one is your enemy. That’s basicely all you need to know. The goal of the game is to destroy each others base, the castle. You can do that by simply rocking your cannon. That part is similiar of how Worms games felt at the moment you tried to launch a well aimed bazooka attack. But the next layer resembles Swords vs Soldiers and offers more options.

That layer offers different kind of helpful characters and items that can help you in your goal to destroy the enemies base. There are also options to enhance the speed of much needed resources so that you can build even more items or produce more soldiers to aim you. And you do this all while defending your own castle, by building structural steel that takes a lot – a lot – of inspiration from the Worms games if it comes to design and the way it is placed on to the field.

There is so much stuff you can do and the game makes it easy for you the get used to the controls, gameplay and mechanic, with massive and not irritating tutorials that are levels on its own. From the start, Cannon Crasha is a fun game to play. And it stays fun, right ‘till the very end.

Undefeated Launches on Android Today

Undefeated Launches on Android Today

Oct 3, 2014

We had an opportunity to mention that RPG Undefeated is coming to Android soon; well, the good folks at Aldorlea Games did the conscionable thing and not make us wait too long: Undefeated is available exclusively (for now) on the Google Play store today.

Per release information:

In many ways a revitalisation of the classic JRPG, Undefeated makes the genre its own across a story-filled adventure full of witty dialogue and self-referential humour.

Marcus, Bastien and Fela are all reluctant conscripts, drafted into an army with the sole purpose of keeping hazardous flora and fauna at bay. As they explore the world beyond the city, they are drawn into a mystery that could prove catastrophic for their homeland.

Explore a traditional 16-bit overworld, descending into dungeons and encountering a menagerie of mutated creatures. With more than 30 hours of gameplay, detailed artwork and a fully scored melodic soundtrack, Undefeated is the perfect pocket companion for any lover of JRPGs.

Key Features

- Classic JRPG action with plenty of fourth-wall-breaking and knowing humour
- Strategic turn-based battles with detailed enemies
- Artwork by the creators of Moonchild and Opaline
- Customisable difficulty for hardcore and casual players
- 30+ hour play time
- 25 secret rooms to discover
- 16 side quests to complete

Undefeated is available on the Play Store for $4.99.

[Source: Developer Email]

Brutal Studio Brings New Game Stick Squad to Android

Brutal Studio Brings New Game Stick Squad to Android

Oct 3, 2014

Stick Squad, a new game by Brutal Studio, is now available to Android users.

At its core, it’s a stick figure-based shooting game that rewards success with game cash. Per the press release:

Canadian developer Brutal Studio, who brought us their unique game Finger VS Axes last month, has just released a new stick shooter game for your Android phone or tablet. Stick Squad is a FREE stickman shooter game with awesome sniping missions. The game features an appealing story line, intense sniping missions, hostage situations and action-driven assault missions. Real fans of stick sniper games will love this free shooting game. Sift through over 60 shooting objectives, in 20 breath-taking maps. After successfully completing your missions you will be rewarded with in-game cash money, which you can then use in the gun shop. Upgrade your sniper rifle, assault rifle and handgun or buy new weapons altogether.

And for those who decide to keep the app, new updated missions, weapons and bonus material will be added periodically. The game also features plenty of side missions, like a shooting range, shoot the targets, find the sniper and achievements to accomplish. Enough to keep the player satisfied for hours.

Look out for more fun and excitement from Brutal Studio.

Stick Squad is available for free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

Antec 4-Port USB Charging Station Hardware Review

Antec 4-Port USB Charging Station Hardware Review

Oct 3, 2014

I love my gadgets.

I’m told that as far as addictions go, it could be much worse, so there is that. With a family that likes to be connected, the most important resource in our home can sometimes be an unoccupied power outlet. With that in mind, and keeping with the drive to keep solutions simple, it’s relatively easily to see why a gadget like the Antec 4-Port USB Charging Station would catch one’s eye.

As with most things from Antec, the device looks sleek without being overly flashy, compact and seemingly well constructed. It is in the rough shape of a rectangular cuboid, except that the hard plastic exterior tapers into a curve on the one side of its 5x5x6 inch frame; it isn’t too heavy either at less than 13 ounces, and the sedate finish is only really broken by the USB ports and input slot. There is an LED indicator at the top; the package also comes with AC cable and documentation.

The four-port description in the product title pretty much tells us what to expect: it packs a pair each of 1A and 2A USB output ports so that one can charge multiple devices via this one piece. Officially, the wattage output tops out at 25W and 5A, uses AC input (100-240Vac, 0.8A, 50-60Hz) and offers temperature, voltage and short circuit protection.

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In practice, this unit simply works. The 2A ports do charge noticeably faster than the 1A ports, and I also liked the latent benefit of having a neater charging area, as it helps give a bit of structure to the wayward cables. I was able to use it with phones, tablets and external batteries. It works as advertised with everything I threw at it. Because of it’s size, it is also infinitely portable, and is perfect for the go bag.

It’s probably not something I would have thought about prior, but is something I’d now rather not be without. The power hub is easy to use, and just makes sense to have.

Keeper Password Manager Review

Keeper Password Manager Review

Oct 2, 2014

At this point, we hope that the need for a good password manager is akin to common sense. We’re regaled with stories of database intrusions daily; it’s smart to protect one’s self with the basics of password security: using different unique password for different websites. Also, passwords should be changed to new unique ones at regular intervals.

But, if one even has only a dozen websites to log in to every now and then, those passwords start to blend together; that’s where mobile password keepers shine. Keeper Password Manager looks to be another option in this category, and we got to take it for a spin.

First thing to do is to to sign in with a master password. Off the bat, I liked the UI options; who says a productivity app can’t have some personality? It’s possible to change the main color, and while this isn’t life-changing, I feel that one can’t put a price tag on the ability change up looks.keep3

But a UI that can be adjusted visually is still only as good as the overall product; Keeper tends to work because it feels intuitive. Towards the bottom of the main screen, there are navigational buttons here, marking quick-add, sync, settings, help menu and one to re-lock the app with one button press.

Data entry is easy to perform via the “+” icon. One gets to list data by file, and then add name and password. For the latter, I liked the dice roll functionality; when tapped, the software generates a random password for that item. Something that was of special interest to me is the app’s ability to store files and photos; this could come in handy. Additionally, websites can be added and acted upon from within Keeper; the FastFill” option is speedy entry method I enjoyed, as is the share functionality.

The premium add-on allows one to use Keeper’s Cloud Based backup, secure sharing, multi-device sync and a web-based desktop client. Features like auto-locking and multiple wrong password data destroy go hand in hand with the 256-bit AES encryption.

All in all, it’s a robust option, with a lot of functionality, and it easily lends itself to one’s productivity flow. Some might not prefer the premium subscription model, but with a 30 day free trial, there’s no excuse to not give it a try, especially with the cross-platform functionality.