Last (?) Reminder! We Have Moved!

•February 8, 2009 • Comments Off

For some reason, we are still getting a fair amount of hits at this site–and they aren’t clicking the links to go to the new site. So….

For all of you still following us via RSS feeds, please change your feed to follow from our new URL. We will not be updating this blog anymore except for an occasional remider similar to this one. The new URL for our blog is http://zymblog.appstorebeta.com . There are many advantages to this new website. We have now have a mobile version that works great on the iPhone, as well as a new forum.

Please point your RSS reader to the following feeds:

Posts: http://zymblog.appstorebeta.com/feed

Comments: http://zymblog.appstorebeta.com/comments/feed/

Also once again the link to the site is appstorebeta.com so bookmark it!

REMINDER! WE HAVE MOVED!

•January 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

For all of you still following us via RSS feeds, please change your feed to follow from our new URL. We will not be updating this blog anymore except for an occasional remider similar to this one. The new URL for our blog is http://zymblog.appstorebeta.com . There are many advantages to this new website. We have now have a mobile version that works great on the iPhone, as well as a new forum.

Please point your RSS reader to the following feeds:

Posts: http://zymblog.appstorebeta.com/feed

Comments: http://zymblog.appstorebeta.com/comments/feed/

Also once again the link to the site is appstorebeta.com so bookmark it!

Update on Zym Blog

•January 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

We are officially moving to zymblog.appstorebeta.com!

With that domain name we can do much more (such as

the mobile version and the new theme). So change all of

your bookmarks, and get reading =]

Zym

“Free Memory” Review

•January 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Have you ever been frustrated because you want to play one of your iPhone games, but the app keeps crashing? Then you get even more frustrated when your realize you’ll have to restart the device in order to clear up memory? (A process which takes 2+ Free Memoryminutes!). Well, I have found a solution. I was browsing the app store yesterday, and I came across this little gem. Its called “Free Memory 1.2″, and it does just as the name implies. Whenever you find yourself in the situation described above, just open up “Free Memory”, and you will see a very simple screen (screen shot shown at the right). It will show you how much memory is left. If the amount left is above 20MB, it won’t let you free it up. But if its below that, it will clear it out in a few seconds.

The App’s Description:

Ever wondered why some of your iPhone or iPod Touch applications suddenly quit?

Wondered why sometimes Safari quits while you are browsing a web site?

Could it be that your iPhone or iPod Touch is running low on runtime memory?

Now, you can free up 20 MB of memory to make it available for applications.

The iPhone comes with 128MB of runtime memory. Native iPhone applications such as the iPhone dialer and iPod can remain running even though you have closed them.

This leaves any remaining memory available to non-native iPhone applications. This remaining memory can change and can affect the performance of non-native iPhone applications, sometimes even causing the applications to close unexpectedly.

Use Free Memory to free up 20 MB of runtime memory!

After using it for a day or so, I can say that it works very well. If I plan to play a memory heavy game such as X-Plane, I just open Free Memory first and clear up the memory. That way I know that X-Plane won’t have any issues with crashing (the same goes for any other “big” game; such as SimCity).

One thing the developer notes in the description of Free Memory is this:

For users of iPhone/iPod Touch 2.2 software that have less than 4 MB available, freeing memory may take about 1-2 minutes, or it may cause a soft reset.

I think this is a very usefull app, and one that many people will appreciate. I give it 5 stars out of 5.

Free Memory is available for $0.99 in the App Store. [iTunes Link]

–macbookairman

Mobile Zym Blog

•December 31, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Now we have a mobile versionhere. Dont go on it on your desktop or laptop because its still rough around the edges :).

Zym

Flying Aces Video Review

•December 30, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Sorry for the holdup. Here it is =]:

Zym

X-Plane Airliner Review

•December 29, 2008 • 1 Comment

X-Plane Airliner – $4.99 [iTunes Link]

If you are familiar with the original X-Plane for iPhone app (click for review), then this will feel VERY similar. The biggest change in this version is the aircraft choices. This version is all about Airliners, meaning they are jumbo jets. X-Plane Airliner includes a Boeing 777, Boeing 747, Airbus A-380 and the Boeing 787.

Upon opening X-Plane airliner, the first thing you will notice is 2 new controls. The original only had Throttle and Flaps adjustments. Airliner (I’m going to call X-Plane airliner simply “Airliner” for the rest of this review) takes those controls and adds two more: speedbrakes and trim. The cockpit view is also different from the original. It is a “Glass Cockpit” meaning that all the information you need is on a glass display.

One of the biggest additions to this version is the airports. The original has 3 airports. This version contains 98, with 42 NAVAIDS and roughly 60 by 180 miles of airspace.

By now you may be wondering if I’ll ever get to how the actual flying feels. Well….it doesn’t feel too much different from the original. The planes take a bit longer to respond to accelerometer movements because of how big they are. You also can’t do some of the loops that were possible in the original. Overall though, it feels pretty similar.

With that said, I was a bit disappointed at first because of the fact that these Airliners weren’t thrown into the original version, as was implied by the developer. He later explained that because of the iPhones memory, he couldn’t do that. (He has said he will try adding another small plane or two to the original version). I would also like to have seen bigger airports added with planes moving around on the runway and air traffic as well.

If you still haven’t bought either of the X-Plane for iPhone titles (Original, Helicopter, and Airliner), I would suggest you consider purchasing the Airliner version ONLY. I say this for a couple of reasons.
a) Its cheaper than the Original Version
b) I haven’t noticed much of a difference between the two (original and airliner) versions besides the planes. The planes do handle a bit differently and there are more airports, but other than that they seem very similar.

To sum that paragraph up, you get more for less when you purchase the Airliner Version. In fact, i have deleted the Original Version from my iPod Touch because I feel it isn’t necessary with the new Airliner Version.

I give this 4 stars out of 5.

Photos from the X-Plane for iPhone website.

Check out this link for my thoughts on the best ways to land and control your plane in X-Plane airliner. (In simpler words, its a tutorial)

macbookairman

 
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