What we love…
super easy to use date calculator that lets you countdown to dates; figure out when follow up appointments should be and more!
What we’d love to see…
ability to integrate with iOS calendar; calculate by years as a countdown
Overall this is an easy to use date app which helps you calculate the time from period in a variety of ways. It does include a “rate this app” in iTunes link but because it’s primarily for parent’s this isn’t a problem.
Date Wheel by Creative Algorithms is a great app that lets you calculate from one date to another using business days, weeks, months and regular days. It has made scheduling my life as a mom so much easier. The app is very straightforward and easy to use and it easily calculates date duration without complicated math or even having to look at a calendar! How many times have you stood looking at a calendar trying to figure out when you need to follow up with your kids doctor or schedule your next haircut? Other apps by Creative Algorithms include Recipe Manager which I love to use near the holidays.
To use the app, first you click on the start date – this can be a date you can enter or you can click the button for “today”. From there you set the duration and pick the type of duration it is ranging from months, weeks, days or business days. The app will fill in the end date for you at the bottom. Alternatively, you can fill in the start date and end date and it will tell you the duration in between – we used this as part of a back to school countdown for my kids. I can tell you how many times I have stood at the counter of my kids doctors waiting for them to schedule a follow up appointment in X weeks. Schedulers will often say the doctor has availability at X and I usually took it at face value because I wasn’t doing the calculating at the moment – now with a quick date entry I can figure out the number of weeks and if the date is in the ballpark. We also used the app to count down to the solar eclipse that recently occurred near us.
I really like how easy the app is to use – and the flexibility of the app. Being able to calculate by months, weeks and days is how I normally use it the app. You can also use it for project planning as well. At the bottom you can save and have a number of date trackers running all at the same time should you be using it to track milestones or you can simply use it and not save it.
My son used it this summer to track the number of days he had left in his summer reading program. He also used it to count down to the end of the summer and plan for us to buy school supplies. You can easily enable or disable sound as well as have the end date included. You can also easily keep track of calculations by clicking hte list in the lower right hand corner. Other ideas include: when to schedule your next dental cleaning or haircut; count down to important days; and even calculate when an item will arrive. I also like the lock function so you can lock things like the start date, duration and end date.
In terms of improvements, I would like to be able to calculate by years in a future update. Another would be integration with the iOS or Android calendar to remind me that I need to do x task in the future.
Overall this is an easy to use date app. It does include a “rate this app” in iTunes link but because it’s primarily for parent’s this isn’t a problem. Under the “i” there are online links including Facebook, Twitter and various contact me items. If you want to try before you buy, you can test it on the web. You can also check out some other great productivity apps on our site!
Date Wheel date calculator
by Creative Algorithms
Price: $2.99 USD
Date Wheel™ is an award-winning date calculator that calculates time between two dates in months, weeks, days, & business days. ● Save calculations for future reference. ● Countdown to an important.
What we love…
fun train themed app with great sound effects that encourages role play, creative play, counting and more
What we’d love to see…
ability to back the train up, a ticket that displays the passengers destination visually, other methods to power the train or even a subway
Fun train themed app that includes sharing, following directions and more!
All Aboard the latest app from Dr. Panda Games this time with a train theme! In this fun themed train app your kids serve as conductor and they drive the train and tour one of three landscapes which includes jungle, desert and a beautiful countryside scene.
Within the app, your child can drive the train either from a first person perspective inside the cab or from a distance. They also can stop and visit the passengers to give them food, snacks, reading material and more. My son even found some great tech to give the passengers. Shovel on some coal to stoke the fire and make the train go faster to it’s next destination or simply blow the horn as the countryside goes by. I liked that my kids could take turns playing with the app or putting passengers on and handing out items to them. As you complete more of the game you earn extra items to give to the passengers – my kids favorites were of course the tech! My kids also loved loading the cargo and carrying it from station to station. While we loaded it we practiced counting or even deciding which item to load first – should we load the jelly beans or the chicken? What happens if we don’t load any cargo. I loved their responses which ranged from – “the passengers will be sad” to “will the chicken lay an egg?” My toddler loved speeding up the train within the app or making it slower which shows cause and effect – although that concept was a bit difficult to explain. As you get to each station stop, a thought bubble pops up looking for a specific passenger or item to be loaded on the train. There is a maximum of four passengers, so if you have more, someone extra must exit the train prior to it moving. Safety first!
As a mom, I loved that there was great role playing – should we be the conductor, the passenger or the person loading the cargo. Tell me about their job. What happens if there are too many passengers, how do we decide who gets on? It was great for storytelling and having my older son describe his actions within the app. At the station, it was great to unload the cargo and then pass it along to the proper recipients like the pig who wanted the chicken. Each time you complete a task, you earn additional items to play with in the game which made my kids want to play more and more to see what else they would earn. There are twelve different train stations throughout. My son also enjoyed dinging the bell
In terms of enhancements, it would be fun if each passenger had to submit a ticket prior to getting on the train which would get stamped with their destination, currently once they are on the train you can punch the ticket but it does not show the destination. That way, kids could prepare for which station they are getting off at. My son also wanted to “back up” the train a few times to go back and look at scenery or to pick up something he might have missed. I would also love to see other methods for powering the train – perhaps it could be electric and run on above ground power like the T does in Boston or maybe it could run like the subway does with a third rail. My kids also thought it would be fun if each of the train stops coincided with other Dr. Panda Games like Daycare, Firefighter, Home etc.
There are no in-app purchases and there is a parental gate which requires year of birth. You can turn off a splash screen which advertises other Dr. Panda apps in the parent area as well as turn on and off music and sound.
Super fun train themed app that kept my toddler enthralled for hours. He kept finding little secret items and enjoyed loading and off loading the cargo. Bravo Dr. Panda – or should that be Toot Toot! Can’t wait to see what else you have planned in the future.
Dr. Panda Train
by Dr. Panda Ltd
Price: $1.99 USD
Dr. Panda Train has pulled into the station! Put on your conductor hat and take passengers on a journey full of fun and discovery!
DRIVE THE TRAIN!
All aboard Dr. Panda Train! Show your passengers.
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.