1. claudeburdel's Avatar
    I'm not the type to have hundreds of apps, but I've been luxuriating in Apple's App Store, which is vastly superior to Microsoft's WP App Store (my previous platform) for availability and quality of apps.

    However, one thing that I've noticed that has me a bit disappointed is that it seems that several of the apps that I'm interested in which are a few years old have recent user reviews saying that the app is essentially broken. These aren't free apps either. So I'm left wondering whether I should try them or not. I'm aware that just because some people have troubles doesn't mean that everyone or even a majority will have them. But when I see multiple reviews saying that the app repeatedly crashes and won't download, no response from the developer, and the reviewer has lost their money, it makes me gun-shy.

    Here's some examples:

    On a forum related to my profession, someone posted that iDisplay and Air Display are two apps that can be very useful. These are apps which allow you to use an iPad as, in effect, an extra monitor for a PC or Mac computer. But both apps have those recent user reviews which seem to indicate problems.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idisplay/id363500805

    Then, I'm interested in Shakespeare apps. I used to read Shakespeare when I was younger, but now find I don't seem to have the attention span anymore. Shakespeare Pro and Shakespeare in Bits sound like great apps to help me get back into it. Shakespeare Pro has the complete works, and the best part is what they call their glossary feature, which allows you to touch underlined words and it gives you not only a definition but an explanation of the word in the context of that passage. This app is $9.99 and the developer is Readdle, which also makes the utility apps Scanner Pro and Calendars.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idisplay/id363500805

    Shakespeare in Bits works differently -- it's a free app, and then you pay $14.99 for each play that you want as an in-app purchase. Like Shakespeare Pro it has a glossary function, but the main selling point here is that each play includes a complete audio recorded by actors, and a complete animated video, which sounds like a great idea for getting a sense of the play's action without being overwhelmed by the details of costume, sets, etc. in a live production.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shakespeare-in-bits/id373763461?mt=8

    Both these apps have recent reviews citing crashes, inability to download, loss of money, etc.

    So what say you? Should I just try these apps and see what happens? Are several recent negative reviews enough of a signal that I should stay away? Apps like these are part of the reason I came back to the iPhone, so it's a bit disheartening.
    11-02-2013 11:59 AM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The revs for Air Display either have or will soon release Air Display 2. But I've never used it so can't comment on quality.
    The problems with some apps is probably because something about iOS 7 made them not work as well. I think I would avoid those that are given bad reviews unless the app says its been updated for iOS 7. You can also look at the last updated date to see if the dev has published any updates recently. At least that way you could be more certain that any problems may be fixed.
    11-02-2013 12:16 PM
  3. claudeburdel's Avatar
    Sounds like good advice, thanks Karen.
    11-02-2013 06:05 PM
  4. claudeburdel's Avatar
    Update: Shakespeare Pro was updated today for iOS 7. 😊
    11-02-2013 07:39 PM
  5. mfm77's Avatar
    I'm an English teacher and use Shakespeare Pro in several ways with my students. The app is good if you want immediate access to Shakespeare's works. It's a little pricey, so you might want to hold out until Black Friday; Readdle typically slashes the prices of all of their apps.


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    11-03-2013 06:55 AM
  6. claudeburdel's Avatar
    I'm an English teacher and use Shakespeare Pro in several ways with my students. The app is good if you want immediate access to Shakespeare's works. It's a little pricey, so you might want to hold out until Black Friday; Readdle typically slashes the prices of all of their apps.
    Thanks, I appreciate that! I already bought it last night, though.

    I really like the app. As I had hoped, it's a great way to read the plays. My only wish is that the glossary (word look-up) function also included obscure phrases and names.
    11-03-2013 01:24 PM

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