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MTBlogBot2000
4th August 2009, 06:29 PM
<h3>This week we look at iDisk, Apple's app for managing and sharing MobileMe files, and Doodle Jump, the game that takes platform jumping to the next level.</h3>
<h4>iDisk</h4>
<em>Reviewed by Rémy</em>

<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2586" title="iDisk" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/idisk-1.png" alt="iDisk" width="230" height="346" />

Amongst Apple's various MobileMe enhancements announced this year at WWDC was iDisk for iPhone, designed to make managing and sharing files on your MobileMe iDisk quick and easy. It took Apple a little longer than most expected to actually release the free app, but just last week it was finally unleashed on the App Store for the masses.

The way in which the app works is fairly logical. After initial login, you're taken to your own online "hard drive" with the standard Documents, Groups, Music, Movies, Pictures and Public folders. Along the bottom are tabs for recently viewed files, shared files plus public folders at the far right. Viewing documents, pictures and PDF files is smooth and fast, depending of course on your connection (hint: <strong>2G</strong>, like usual,*is not acceptable). iDisk doesn't drain the battery either, at least while only viewing smaller documents and such.

<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2587" title="iDisk 2" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/idisk-2.png" alt="iDisk 2" width="230" height="346" />

Perhaps the most useful feature of the iDisk app is being able to share files with others. Now that all iTunes songs are free of those nasty DRM restrictions, you can upload an iTunes song to MobileMe (on your Mac/PC - iDisk doesn't allow uploading... yet), listen to the song (in-app only, expectedly) and with the share file feature, choose to send it to a few friends too for listening on their iPhone or computer. Best of all, the friend doesn't need a MobileMe subscription to do that. It's somewhat reminiscent of the Zune's "social connectivity" that Microsoft has been touting as a major advantage of their own MP3 player.

Viewing longer videos (roughly 10 minutes and up) freezes the app up, although to Apple's credit, the description does mention that iDisk may not be able to show files larger than 20MB.*I've used other iDisk managers on the iPhone and while Apple's app will replace those, there are still a few bugs here and there that need to be ironed out.
<h4>Doodle Jump</h4>
<em>Reviewed by Rémy</em>

<em><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2588" title="Doodle Jump" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/doodle-jump-1.png" alt="Doodle Jump" width="230" height="346" /></em>

At first glance, Doodle Jump almost looks like a clone of PapiJump, which begs the question - why should I pay for an app that's ripped off one of my favourite iPhone games? The answer is that while Doodle Jump may have the same "core gameplay" as Sunflat's cute little game, Doodle Jump really does throw in a whole bunch of improvements to make a quick, fun and entertaining game even better.

Aside from the idea of accelerometer based platform jumping to achieve a higher score each time, Doodle Jump makes your task easier - with special 'spring' platforms and the jet pack, and harder - with enemies that have to be avoided, brown 'break' platforms and even UFOs and Black holes later on in the game.

<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2589" title="Doodle Jump 2" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/doodle-jump-2.png" alt="doodle-jump-2" width="230" height="346" />

Doodle Jump also includes a local, friends (Facebook Connect) and global high scores system, but what I really like about Doodle Jump is the implementation of such a feature. While the traditional high score table can be accessed from the game's menu, Doodle Jump also puts colored markers (depending on the type of score) on the right hand side of the screen during the game.

While comparisons must be drawn to PapiJump for similar gameplay, the developers should be rewarded on creating an exciting and entertaining take on the classic platform jumping game style.
<h4>Updates</h4>
Finally, some of the apps I've reviewed in the past have been updated this week. Brief thoughts are just below.
<h5>Wikipanion</h5>
<em>Version 1.5.5</em>

<em><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2584" title="Wikipanion" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/wikipanion-icon.jpg" alt="wikipanion-icon" width="100" height="100" /></em>

My "3.0 update" prayers have been answered with mail and maps opening within the app itself now, and pages are looking a little cleaner now. Unfortunately, it's crashing out quite often when searching for the article - props to the developer for acknowledging this one, he says a new version is already submitted. If you haven't updated yet you might want to hold off until it arrives.
<h5>Moon Drop</h5>
<em>Version 1.0.1</em>

<em><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2585" title="Moon Drop" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/moon-drop-icon.jpg" alt="moon-drop-icon" width="100" height="100" /></em>

Meanwhile, Moon Drop sports more of those slightly odd colonist sayings at the end of each "wave" and a public switch to hide high score Tweets so you don't annoy the hell out of your followers with constant "look how good I am at this game!" updates. Sound bug reported to have been fixed too.

mwot
4th August 2009, 08:09 PM
why is this posted in the Orange Sofa?

Quamen
5th August 2009, 12:27 PM
DoodleJump is awesome!

Remy
5th August 2009, 07:31 PM
why is this posted in the Orange Sofa?

My bad. I'll put it where it belongs shortly.


DoodleJump is awesome!

I can't wait to get that Propeller Hat ;)

gamergirl
8th August 2009, 03:18 PM
Noticed this post and I just recently (like yesterday) found a game called Jump! on the app store that just came out. I've been playing Doodle Jump for some time now, but was ready for something new. This game is similar, but really fun with nice graphics. Check it out if u liked Doodle Jump....it is cheap too. ;)