Readers’ App Reviews – June 2016

Check out some apps released by readers this June, including an app to understand iSO Layout, an app to watch funny fail videos, and an Etch A Sketch for your wrist! :] By Ryan Poolos.

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WWDC is behind us, and now the mad flurry begins!

Here at, we’re updating our books and tutorials as quickly as we can. And I’m sure all of you are rushing to update your apps as well!

Of course, some of you haven’t been waiting for WWDC to get started. You’re already releasing great apps today! My inbox has been full and I’ve pick just a few to share with you. I never have time to write about them all sadly so be sure to check out the honorable mentions at the end!

This month we have:

  • An app to understand iOS layout
  • An app to watch funny fail videos
  • An Etch A Sketch for your wrist
  • And of course, much more!

Keep reading to see the the latest apps released by readers like you.

Summit – Summarized News Reader

Summit is a beautiful news aggregator making it easy to gather all your news in one place and catch up on the latest quickly.

Summit is a beautiful app with a clean interface to give you a distraction free reading experience. But Summit’s real value is its intelligent processing. Summit will automatically condense articles into comprehensive digests along with infographics and maps for statistics and addresses pulled out of the articles.

Summit has all the essential features like save for later, preloaded articles, full text search, sharing, etc. Its also universal running on both iPad and iPhone.

Adaptivity (A)

Adaptivity is a must have app for developers working to full understand AutoLayout and size classes for all devices.

Adaptivity gives you a visual representation for all necessary iOS measurements. It covers navigation bars, tabbars, toolbars, layout margins, readable content space, and more. All listed in both pixel and point values.

Adaptivity also shows a few useful presentation styles so you can see how margins and other values change. You can see modals as Form Sheets and Page Sheets. UISplitViewController and UITabBarController implementations. You can toggle the status and navigation bars. There is even a Today Widget. And if you download its sibling Adaptivity (B) you can try out iPad SplitScreen and Slideover for the latest iPad Multitasking.

If you’ve got questions about the iOS layout system or need to visually show it to a colleague, Adaptivity is a must have app.

Trending Angler

Trending Angler is a must have app for our reader’s who like to fish when you’re not reading our latest tutorials.

Trending Angler makes it easy to record your latest catch quickly so you can get back to fishing. It couldn’t be easier. Trending Angler will automatically grab the current location, weather conditions, and Moon. You can easily enter catch specific info like the species, length, weight, and water conditions. And of course, no catch would be complete without a photo!

Also, you can include information about your tackle as well so you’re prepared for next time. All of this is easily viewed later to remember your best catches or figure out trends to help you catch more.

Trending Angler also lets you set markers on the map for landmarks, good fishing spots, or debris to stay away from. Great for mapping out your lake or river over time.

It is easy to share your catches with friends through iMessage or other social sites. And all your catches and markers are synced with iCloud so you can view them on your iPad when you’re back on land preparing for your next trip.


QQwik is a must have app for agility dog handlers. QQwik helps agility handlers practice memorizing the course layouts so they can better lead their dogs through it accurately and gracefully. Two very important points for agility handlers.

QQwik has over 100 popular course maps covering four levels of difficulty. As you practice you’re scored on the amount of time you look at the course before hiding the labels, the time it takes you to recall the full course, and the accuracy during recall. You can see your scores overtime for each map.

QQwik will allow you hints if you need it to help you master those tricky cross zones. And when you’re getting started you can add 30 seconds to the clock if you’re not quite there yet. This app is definitely a niche but for those who need it, its the perfect match.


If you’ve ever been to a developer conference, you’ve probably left with a pocketful of business cards. Maybe you lost a few. Maybe you ran out of your own cards half way through.

Now all those problems of exchanging pieces of paper can be in the past. ZenCard will let you convert all your information into a QR Code containing a VCard. You can use ZenCard to scan the codes quickly and add them to your iPhone’s contacts.

You can also share the VCard directly on messages or Twitter for full digital contact sharing as well. ZenCard also works on the Apple Watch so can share your contact information without even taking your phone out of your pocket. ZenCard is a great alternative to the physical business cards we’re all still stuck on.

Fun Tube

One of my latest guilty pleasures is watching fail videos on Youtube. Something about others falling off trampolines makes me not feel so bad about that bug I wrote last week. >:]

Fun Tube is here to make that just a little better. Fun Tube hand selects the funniest videos so you don’t have to hunt. It finds hilarious animals, funny commercials, epic win compilations, fail videos, and more. You can check out the most popular clips of the day or just go through the fun feed watching video after video.

You can mark your favorites for later or keep up with a particularly funny channel to get their latest videos all the time. You can also search for specific videos if you’re itching to see an old favorite.

It is of course very easy to share your favorite videos, a must when you see a dog eating a watermelon from the inside out while sitting in it. :]

Ryan Poolos


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