Every week, our staff will handpick an app from the past two weeks that we believe is a must-have download for your iPhone or iPad. These apps will always be from various categories, but they are chosen because our own staff members love it and have been using them daily. So here are this week’s picks! Enjoy!
Are you an Ellen Degeneres fan or just looking for a new source of entertainment to keep you busy? Then you should check out our App of the Week: Ellentube from Warner Bros.
Ellentube is the official app for the recently-launched YouTube-like video-sharing website that Degeneres created. What is Ellentube? It’s “the place for hilarious and family-friendly web videos from Ellen Degeneres and her show and users from around the world.” The app brings all of this goodness in a convenient package, and it’s optimized for the iPhone.
So what can you do with Ellentube? Users can watch Ellen-approved videos, which include some of the best, cutest, and most funny clips from the Web and all over the world. If you have your own video to share with the service, you can add them to the library by uploading from your Camera Roll or capture new video footage directly within the app.
If you’re a fan of the show, “Ellen,” you will enjoy this app because those videos you see on her show are much more accessible from this app. And it’s always good fun to watch DeGeneres and her guests playing her hit guessing game, Heads Up.
We’ve been enjoying the entertainment found in Ellentube for the past few days, so if you’re looking for an app to help you pass the time, check it out. You can get it on the iPhone App Store for free.
For more information, don’t miss out on our original article.
Need an app to help you keep track of where your money goes in a simple way? Then you should check out our Honorable Mention this week: Sumptus from wesix.
This simple app features a flat and beautiful design that is intuitive to understand and use. With smooth animations to transition between screens, it’s just a delight to use. The biggest feature of Sumptus is the fact that it uses natural language input for your expenses, much like what you would find in Fantastical 2.
By default, the app sets you up with a default budget. You can change the name, time period of this budget (daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly), and assign it a color for reference. Sumptus supports multiple budgets, so you can add as many as you need for personal, business, emergency, family, or whatever else you want a budget for. The default list of categories should cover the basics, but you can add new ones and tweak the existing ones too. Each of these categories can have a limit if you are serious about pinching pennies.
Adding a new expense in a budget is easy — just select the one you want, and then start typing in your expense naturally. This means something like “Coffee 5,” and the app will translate it to “Coffee $5.00.” Or, if you need to make simple calculations for your expenses, the app can do the math for your total. Sumptus even has keyboard extensions to make input easier, or you can switch to a 10-key option. Select the icon for the category it falls under, and the next time you enter in that transaction, it will remember the category for you, eliminating a step. There is even the ability to add a photo to an expense, which is good for receipts and invoices.
When you have added in some expenses to your budgets, you can get a nice overview of your current spending at the moment. There is even a pie chart for a visual approach, and Sumptus can generate reports.
We’re always looking for the perfect solution for keeping track of our finances, and Sumptus is a nice option to consider if you don’t mind manual tracking. It’s simple, fast, and a joy to use, and it includes automatic iCloud backup so your data remains intact. You can get Sumptus on the App Store on the iPhone for $3.99.
For a more in-depth look at Sumptus, check my full review.