Task List Professional

Jujuba Software, the creators of the hit Kindle app Calendar Pro, also released Task List Professional earlier this year.  Task List Professional joins a growing selection of time management apps for the Kindle, but this one takes it to a new level with its aim at professional Kindle users.

The thing that impresses me the most about Task List Professional is how clean the text and graphics are.  As you move through the app with the Kindle”s 5-way controller, you can see where you are by watching the cursor.  The only thing that isn’t totally straightforward is how to start writing tasks.

In order to create tasks, you need to navigate to the text box.  The whole box will be selected.  Once the box is selected, hit the toggle button, and the text cursor will show up.  After figuring this out, it is pretty easy to do.  It just took me a little longer to do so than navigating the rest of the tool.

When you first start Task List Professional, it provides a tutorial.  Despite the simplicity of the app, I still encourage new users to run through the tutorial to get a feel for how everything works.  The tutorial can be accessed anytime after you complete it if you still need a refresher.  In addition to the tutorial, there is a “help” button at the bottom of the screen that provides a quick summary of how to use the app.

The aspect of Task List Professional that makes it a better fit for professionals is the ability to assign priorities to each task.  This cuts out having to search through each one to find the ones that need to be checked off quickly.  Also, for tasks that require long descriptions, you can write them on the computer and download them to your Kindle.

If you are looking for a Kindle app that you want to use just for quick lists and notes, Notepad might be a better bet.  But, for the same price, Task List Professional provides more tools that are ideal for complex tasks.

Right now, Task List Professional is available on generations up to the Kindle Keyboard.  I will continue to keep an eye out for future updates that might make this app compatible with the Kindle and Kindle Touch.

~Rasimov

“With features like alphabetical listing, priority listing and 2 click checkmarks this program also make an excellent budget tracker.
Page listing and paid checkmarks with dates due are also good budget features.
Nice….”

The Periodic Table of Elements

Braintonik Games is the creator of bestselling games: Futoshiki, Blossom, and Strimko.  So, any Kindle app made by this company is going to be top quality.  The Periodic Table of Elements is no exception.

There’s really not much to this tool except that it serves as a quick reference guide to the Periodic Table.  When you highlight each element such as Na (sodium) or Mg (Magnesium), then the box at the top will display the chemical attributes of each element.

It has been over 10 years since I took Chemistry, so I had forgotten about most of the elements.  Its one of those things where “if you don’t use it, you lose it.”  It was good to have a refresher though.

The Kindle‘s 6″ display is a small screen to cram the whole Periodic Table into, and still make it large enough to see.  The text used for the descriptions were on the small side, but it was still very readable.

Since Periodic Table of Elements is only one page, there are vary few menu and navigation options.  You just need the Kindle’s 5-way toggle to move across the table and select the elements.  Press menu, and it will give you the option to flip the screen.

Periodic Table of Elements is available on the latest generation Keyboardless Kindle, as well as older models.

The following reviewer mentions that it would be great if each element linked to a more detailed page about the selected element.  I think that is an excellent idea for future updates to the tool, but the current version definitely serves as a good quick reference guide.

Kersi

“What would have qualified this product for 5 stars? If each element box acted as a link activating a more detailed page containing more data would have been great. There is a FREE Periodic Table available at the Amazon Kindle store. However that product has poor resolution on the table itself but has excellent detailed information on each element. So my suggestion would be to use this 99cents product as a brief overview and the free product for details should you need them.”

D. Webb

“I like this little Kindle app quite a bit. It’s a very handy reference for a science educator, student, or anyone who needs to refer to the Periodic Table of the Elements. It’s perhaps a bit basic; but it provides the essential information most people need from the Periodic Table. I think it’s an excellent value for a very reasonable price. “

Anywhere Spreadsheet

I’m impressed with the quality and features in Anywhere Spreadsheet.  It isn’t as powerful as Microsoft Excel, but it includes built in templates, and allows customizations.  The biggest perk is the portability.

As far as power goes, you have to consider the platform the application is working on.  However, the newer Kindle models are boasting some pretty powerful processors these days.

Anywhere Spreadsheet has tools that can help you calculate various things like sale price, temperature conversion, tips, BMI, and more.  Just select “tools” from the menu.

This amazing tool also includes templates for lists and logs that track weight, groceries, running time, and even chores.  Good for those who go everywhere with their Kindles.  Spreadsheets keep the logs a lot more organized than the standard list.

The menu options are huge font size wise, which makes them so much easier to navigate.  The navigation is done with the 5-way toggle button.  If you open a new blank spreadsheet, all you have to do is select the cell you want to fill in and type the information.  It will fill in at the top, but once you’re finished, it will fill the cell you selected.  This threw me off at first, but it is a good idea because there’s more space to write above the cells.

You can also download small CSV files via USB cable into Anywhere Spreadsheet.  Maybe in the future the system will be powerful enough to support downloads from Excel files themselves.  For more information and how to access imported CSV files, click the “Import” section in the main menu.

Nickel Buddy is primarily known for its exercise collection.  I was surprised to see a spreadsheet from them, but it is their best Kindle app so far.  At least from a graphics standpoint.

Rodney B. Rich

” would like to see enhancements such as sorting and better (more extensive) cell formatting tools but hey, this is on a Kindle which makes this tool already pretty amazing! I can’t wait to see where they go with this app in future releases.

Like I said, not a full blown spreadsheet like Excel, but it has real potential and gets the job done for many tasks. Not at all bad for being on a non-adroid e-reader! I love my Kindle 🙂 ”

Javisan60

“In a word incredible portability and a really usefull, you can make from notes, contacts, to calculations….! I will say it is a big step forward for the Kindle apps.”

Address Book

Address Book is a good little tool for Kindle to store and retrieve the addresses of people you interact with often.

The user interface is quite simple.  Use the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button to select the correct tab: New Contact or Favorites.  In New Contacts you can navigate to the New Contact text input box.  Fields include the standard name, address, email, phone number, etc.

Underneath the New Contacts and Favorites, you’ll also see a search box.  I like that 7 Dragons took the time to include “type here to search” because that simple phrase explains exactly what you need to do.

So, the navigation is mostly done through the 5-way toggle button and the Kindle’s keyboard.  The user interface is simple, clear, and easy to read.  I hope that there will be a Kindle 4 version out soon.

There is another comparable Kindle address book app available that is worth a try.  Contacts is a more elaborate address book, and was developed by A Gamz.  It has great reviews, but is a dollar more than Address Book.  It just depends on how much you want in an address book.

I think one of the biggest advantages to an electronic address book like Address Book is that you don’t have to worry about constantly erasing addresses for people who move all the time.  I have moved about every year the past few years, so it is nice to just reenter my address without wearing down the paper.  A couple of other perks: it gets stored on your Kindle’s account.  So even when you switch Kindle’s you’ll still have the app.  Since it is on your specific account, it has a greater layer of security.  The other is portability.  Paper address books can get clunky.

Ed Pegg

“Use is simple. All major Email services (Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail) will let you store your contact list (built from emails) in VCF or vCard format. Save that to your computer, then upload to your Kindle. Both programs give detailed instructions.”

DMR48

“This address book is VERY FLEXIBLE in adding information . Just have to play around with it a bit. You can add more than one phone number/ email address for each person. Easy to look up a persons information, by first or last name, friend , family or co-worker. Just what I was looking for. Even can add birthdays ! Great to have when you are away from your home, and you can have someones email addresses, phone numbers and addresses right at your finger tips. (A wish I have had for along time when I am away from my home or out of state)”

Anywhere Stopwatch

Anywhere Stopwatch is a simple Kindle tool to help track your time for whatever reason. Whether you want to time your exercise, or something in the oven, you can use Anywhere Stopwatch to monitor it.

The graphics are easy to see, and you can choose from two different themes. The Kindle’s 5-way toggle button is used to navigate through the application. You can choose to show the time, or laps. You can start or stop the clock pretty easily by just selecting the option. Everything you need is on one screen.

The clock keeps going as you read, so you don’t get interrupted or have any kind of audio reminders. I wish it had some sort of indicator to mark progress without having to actually go into the application. I think many users would appreciate a beep or some other audio signal.

I think Stopwatch and Timer has better graphics and more features. Considering the purposes of these applications, you can’t really go wrong with either one.

Anywhere Stopwatch also includes a timer and dial that shows elapsed time. You can save your times to review later. I don’t think most people would want to run with their Kindles just to use the stopwatch, but it is quite handy on exercise equipment and for timing your kids or friends.

Nickel Buddy also has a collection of exercise apps: Anywhere Legs, Anywhere Abs, and My Yoga Studio. They’re all great apps and have great reviews. If the audio issue can be resolved, than these would be even better

One tip to make note of is: refer to the Help option in the menu. Anywhere Stopwatch is pretty easy to navigate overall, but there are some helpful keyboard shortcuts and explanations of what is what that are there if you need them.

Ed Pegg

“Anywhere Stopwatch is the better product, mainly due to superior graphics. Take a look at the screenshots. These are believable timers and stopwatches.

Kindle has a built in clock — just press the Menu button and look at the top. However, it would have been very nice if an actual large clock could have been included in this program. Also, the timer lacks a sound function, which is likely more a fault of Kindle programming restrictions. ”

Just Me

“This semester at college I am taking a speech class and have to time my speeches as I practice. This app works PERFECTLY for that. I needed a timer that I can start and stop without looking at it. It is simple to use and keeps me on time.”

24-7 Spanish

Have you always wanted to learn Spanish, but just don’t have the time and money to take a course on it? 24-7 Spanish Basic Phrases and Vocabulary are worthwhile, inexpensive alternatives. There are also German, French, and Italian editions as well.  All of these applications come with a basic phrases and vocabulary version.

24-7 Spanish includes a study list, multiple choice, flashcards, write in’s, and a puzzle to familiarize you with introductory level Spanish words.  I found it helpful to review the Study List before anything else. So once you learn these phrases,, you can hold your own with greetings, get to know you’s, and more.

One of the most important things to learn in another language is how to order from a menu.  You’ll find food and drink terms in the vocabulary edition of the 24-7 Spanish series. Knowing what you’re ordering is a good thing!

I like the interactive nature of this tool. It makes you use the words and phrases as opposed to just memorizing them. With the puzzle, you actually fill in the words in a hangman style set up. Maybe future editions of the Kindle will include audio, so this tool can be used to learn how to pronounce the phrases as well.

As far as the graphics go, they’re pretty intuitive. You can navigate through the menus with the toggle button, except for when you actually have to write in the words. For those, you’ll use the Kindle’s keyboard. Press the menu button to go back to the categories page whenever you need to.

Vocabulary and Basic Phrases are set up the same way, and include flash cards, multiple choice, puzzles, and write in’s. The major differences are the categories, and that the vocabulary one is just words as opposed to phrases. I think they’re both useful to have because they apply to different situations.

Sheila

” As a beginning spanish student, I really appreciate all the different techniques used to help me learn the words. Makes the learning fun and gamelike. Well done!”

I thought it might be good to hear from a language teacher’s point of view:

Jeremy Aldrich

“This program was well suited to my Kindle 3, and I appreciated that an effort was made to include some regionally distinct vocabulary (marked as LAm, Mex, or Sp). I’m not sure I’d call it “fun” as the product description does, but this is a well-thought-out program with a decent amount and variety of vocabulary, at a reasonable price. I hope there will be more like it for reviewing higher-level vocabulary and vocabulary in other languages. ”

 

 

Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes is a simple note taking tool for your Kindle.  Comparable apps are Notepad and TakeNote.  they’re all the same price: just under a dollar.

Sticky Notes is pretty easy to use.  you can add new notes by pressing selecting new note from the menu, or alt + n on the keyboard.  I like the zoom feature the best.  The notes are pretty small, but you can zoom them to full size by selecting it from the menu, or alt+ z.

All of the commands are logical.  That makes the interface intuitive.  The text is easy to see.  If you need to make the font bigger, make your notes bold or italic, or use serif or sans serif font, select preferences from the menu.  The larger font size helps me see the text a lot better.

I often see books that I want to read, then I never can remember the author or the title when I need it.  Sticky Notes is a good way to have a reminder.

I know a lot of people who like to make notes in their books or jot down memorable quotes.  This is a good tool to use for that purpose as well.

The only real advantage that Sticky Notes has over Notepad is that it records the time that you write your note.  You can turn this feature on or off.  If you make notes over a long period of time, it’d be kind of neat to go back and see what you wrote awhile ago.

Ed Pegg

“With Sticky Notes, you can type out any notes you like, very easily, and when you’re ready to save, the Back button is all that you need to save. You can zoom in on a note if you want to have a full page to type on.

Nine notes show up at once, and each note can have a block paragraph. There is no need to put in Titles as in Notepad. ”

Interesting point about Microsoft Office in the following review…

L. Schaefer

“99 cents for this, or $80-$140 to purchase MS OneNote or upgrade my Windows package. Hmmmm. I got Sticky Notes to help with outlining a project and so far it has been terrific. It allows me to do just what I wanted–make a quick note on a particular topic and be able to see those notes lined up next to each other. ”

I don’t really have any strong preference for one notetaking app over another.  They all have their strengths and weaknesses.  No matter which one you pick, you can’t really go wrong.

 

 

 

Stopwatch and Timer

Stopwatch and Timer as a title says it all.  This is a Kindle version of a stopwatch and timer.  They both are great tools to have.  My thoughts on how this app can be used best is for exercise.  For running laps, it would be cumbersome to carry a Kindle around, but if you’re on a treadmill, elliptical, or a bike, it comes in handy.  The stopwatch counts your time and tracks your speed for you.

The timer can be used the same way, but it can also be used to track cooking time, or even scheduled reading time.  When I get too engrossed in a good book, I let time get away from me.

The graphics are easy to see and navigation is pretty intuitive.  The app is actually almost too sophisticated graphic wise for the purposes it serves.

As for duration, you can customize how long you want the app to track, or you can use the preset 1 minute, 2 minute, 5 minute, etc times that are provided.  Access the presets by pressing the “menu” key.

Be warned though, this app does not alert you via audio.  So, you have to check it often.  However, the good news is, that even if you let your Kindle go to sleep, the stopwatch or timer will still track your time for you.

As with many of the Kindle games and applications, there is a handy guide in case you have trouble accessing any part of Stopwatch and Timer.  This is easily accessible from the app’s main page.

One particularly helpful shortcut that I got from the guide, is to use the space bar to pause the timer.  That way you can avoid overusing the 5-way toggle button.

After looking over the reviews, I definitely agree with all statements that imply that this app needs some kind of beep or audio signal.  The question is, can this be done with the Kindle?  The Kindle does have a text to speech option, so I’m sure it is doable, but the biggest question in my mind is, how doable?  The product description was honest about this issue, so I’m thinking it might be that the Kindle doesn’t really lend itself to audio very well, yet.

Some kind of pop up or notification would definitely be helpful as an alternative to audio.

The following reviewer has a good suggestion for another stopwatch app that might be worth considering if you want to shop around.

Ed Pegg

“Though it’s much the same, Anywhere Stopwatch has better looking graphics, and the number fonts look better and more substantial. Anywhere Stopwatch looks more like a stopwatch than a cartoon with a small text clock. ”

 

Calendar

If you use Google Calendar, you’ll recognize the interface in the Calendar Kindle app. You can set appointments in day, or month view. You can even set the frequency of the events, and set them to recur each week.

There is a rather in depth help manual included. It is a great reference guide if you need it.

Calendar includes backgrounds and headings. On special days such as holidays or birthdays, they’re marked with an “H” or a balloon. They looked kind of dark to me. They make a nice touch, but considering the greyscale Kindle platform, I’m not sure how much flair they really add to the calendar.

Press Menu to get where you need to go or review the help section. The 5-way toggle button is your primary mode of navigation, but the Help guide provides keyboard shortcuts.

The other calendar app for Kindle worth considering is Calendar Pro. It is simpler than Calendar, and a lot cleaner graphics wise. If you prefer cute little add ons and such, go with Calendar. If you want pure functionality and simplicity, go with Calendar Pro.

Calendar Pro’s Help section is a quick reference guide, and includes all of the keyboard shortcuts that you need.

As for the calendar itself, it is similar in set up to Calendar in that it has day, month, and year view. The biggest edge that Calendar has over Calendar Pro is recurring events. Many reviewers have mentioned this, and hopefully it recurring events will be integrated into the next version of Calendar Pro.  Keep an eye out for updates!

Another good suggestion, is syncing with Outlook or Google Calendar.  I’m really not sure how this would work with the Kindle setup, but it is a good suggestion, especially since so many people use either of those programs.

Calendar Pro’s day view is kind of small. It was hard for me to see the hour slots. However, the month view is awesome. It is big, and has a huge marker to help you navigate it.

Both apps also have an agenda section where you can make notes. You can set Calendar to remind you of your appointments. As crazy as my schedule is, that is a must have feature for me.

Marilyn Bouldin

“I just got the program today and it’s the best one I’ve tried so far and I’ve tried several. My only suggestion is that I wish I could update on my laptop as well, better keyboard and I could do it faster. I know I will get faster at it and I mainly bought it to help consolidate by college books, notes and calendar. It helps with the books, even though the book list is limited. I save my notes on my laptop and download to my kindle to study”

Converter

In addition to serving as an e-reader and game platform, the Kindle also can serve as a useful tool for everyday needs such as unit conversions.  The conversion tool is called Converter.

I was impressed with the types of conversions it includes.  It even has Pressure conversions: paschal, bar, etc.  The average person probably never uses these, but I think they’re good to have if you are a scientist and need to work with them.

It always takes me a few minutes to remember how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon, or how many ounces are in a cup.  I like to bake goodies often, so this will be a quick and handy tool for me to use if I need it.

The complete units of measure list can be found from Converter’s Amazon page.  Some of them took me back to my high school chemistry days.

I think the interface needs a little work.  You have to use the Kindle’s 5-way toggle to maneuver around each section, and that can get cumbersome.  When you first open the application, it provides a list of keyboard shortcuts to use as an alternative.  They’re helpful, but I think they should be accessible somehow once you get into the conversions.  Maybe a menu option, or at the bottom of the page perhaps?

The font size is really big, which I am grateful for.  You can adjust the font size through the menu.  Aside from the navigation flow, it works great.

Check out the Converter reviews.  They provide good insight on how the tool works and provide really good suggestions for future improvements.

Michael P. Gallagher

“It’s a pretty simple process – you start with the “From” unit of measurement, such as volume, and type in your base starting point. Then you change what you are trying to convert “to” and your Kindle immediately spits out the answer.

About the only drawback to me is you have to use the “A” or “J” keys to change the conversion type – such as length – and the S, K, D, or L keys to change the “from” or “to” parameters; I had to write those hints down until I had performed about two dozen calculations and didn’t have to refer to it again. That does not take away from the program, but is more an inherent limitation in the Kindle’s keyboard.”

B. Bordi

“I purchased this product today and it seems quite easy to use, however, one of the first things I attempted to do was convert a negative temperature fahrenheit to celsius. I could find no way to enter a negative number. I contacted the creator, 7 Dragons, and was told that negative numbers are not supported. No big deal, a minor limitation for what seems to be a well valued product (99cents).”