Bank of America for iPad

Bank Of America iPad App Finally Get’s Check Deposits

Although I pretty much gave up waiting for Bank of America to add this feature to their mobile Apps, I’m glad that they finally did it. It seems crazy to make a trip to the bank just to deposit a check these days. As a matter of fact I opened an account at a different bank just to get this feature! I was pleasantly surprised to see this added to the Bank of America for iPad App (I can only assume that the iPhone version is in the approval queue at Apple). As with all the other banks that do this, you take a picture of the front of the check and the back of the check and indicate which of your accounts it should go into. Once accepted and credited to your account, you can shred the original paper check or file it away if you like.

Thanks BoA for catching up to the rest of the world!


Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader Adds Text Annotations and Forms with Calculations

Adobe Reader continues to raise the bar on PDF viewing for iOS. Although you can view PDFs natively in iOS, the built-in PDF support is lacking when it comes to annotations, form fields and other support for the PDF specification. This has led to a large market of 3rd party apps to fill in the gap for these missing features of the PDF support in iOS. When Adobe Reader came to iOS admittedly it didn’t really offer anything that the other Apps on the market didn’t have except for a deeper support of the possible features in a PDF. Now Adobe has added even more to this FREE app including the ability add text right on top of any PDF, which is great for filling out forms that aren’t actually PDF forms. Also in this update if you are filling out a real PDF form and that form has calculations you can now see the results of those calculations as you enter your numbers right in Adobe Reader on iOS.

While iOS still doesn’t support viewing of forms data or annotations, you can at least rest easy knowing that you can annotate and fill out forms on the go right on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

Better Organization Too

In addition to the great new features above, Adobe Reader also gets a make over complete with better organization abilities for your PDFs. You can create folders and organize the PDFs that you want to store and pull up on a regular basis.

Adobe Reader is FREE and certainly no reason not to have in your tool set for iOS Apps


Keeper® Password & Data Vault

Keeper for iPhone and iPad Stores Your Passwords in one Secure Place

Way back when I got my first iPhone, one of the first Apps that I went looking for was one that would securely store my passwords. There are thousands of Apps that fill this need like Terry’s favorite 1 Password Pro. At the time I was looking for one that was free (or really cheap) and that would allow me to back up my passwords to iTunes just in case the phone died. I went through few different Apps but what I ended up with was Keeper Password and Data Vault. The reasons that I love Keeper are simple; it’s free, it’s secure (allowing any combination of letters, digits, and characters your iPhone has natively to be used), and it’s secure in that it backs up locally and has an option to sync to the cloud (for a fee).



How It Works

The first time you launch Keeper you are asked to enter a master password. Again this can be any combination of letters, numbers, or special characters. You will also be asked to set a secret question for further data protection (this is used when adding an additional device with the same account). Once logged in you will see the main home screen that you see above. By default Keeper is set to folder view as shown above (more about folders in a minute). I prefer to see a list view so tap list above the folders next to the search bar.

To get started saving passwords tap the “+” symbol in the upper right corner. This will bring up a screen like you see above. The first line is your folder. If you leave your main screen in folder view, this is the folder that your password will be found in. If you have multiple types of passwords (ie. passwords used just for work, passwords for home, passwords for the little league you coach, etc.) folders might work for you. Personally, I don’t have multiple categories so I use list view. The second line you will fill out is the name of the password. In this image I saved it as “test” but it could be Facebook Password, Email Password, etc. Below that you see the user name field. In our example the user name is “Steve Smith”. Below that the actual password field. Next to the password field (to the right of it) you will see a pair of dice. These dice will make you a random, custom password if you don’t have one for the site/login that you are inputting. Basically it will help you make a secure password if you need it to.   Down from that is field for the website that the password is associated with (if applicable). There is one final field at the bottom that is called Notes. This is where you would put any extra info that you may need to go with the entry. That’s really all there is to the Password record. All of the essential info that is easy to get to and use.

This is what Keeper looks like in list view


Options is a tab that you should visit post haste when you get your Keeper account going. Within this tab there are tons of controls to customize and really make Keeper the way you want it. From the top working down we see the theme tab. Currently I have mine set to Metal however there are 12 different themes ranging from Metal(shown) to Leopard. Below that we have the auto logout that controls how long Keeper waits to log you out if you exit the App. I have mine set to 1 second because I want it to log out as soon as I exit the App.

Under security a little ways down the page we have the self destruct option. Sounding very mission impossible like, what it does is erases your data after 5 failed log in attempts. I’m forgetful so just in case I forget, I don’t want it to erase my data while I’m trying to remember my password so I have that set to off. Also housed in security is the start in folders view option. You already know that I like list view so it should be no surprise that I leave this option off. Last but not least there is a reset master password option. This is where you will go to reset or change your master password if you choose to.

Down a little farther we find the delete database option. This option erases all of the data contained within the App that has been input by the user.

Below that is the Name and Headers option button. Within this button we are able to change the names of the fields that we fill out in the records.

The last two things we find within the Options tab are the auto capitalization and auto correction selections. These allow you to set your preferences for these two topics throughout the App.


The last tab of importance within the App is the sync tab. Within this tab you will find the option of syncing your passwords with the cloud, and with the internet across multiple devices. For this service you will pay $9.99 PER DEVICE per year. This is a great feature if there are records that you are afraid that you are going to lose and won’t be able to live without until you get back to your computer. I say until you get back to your computer because when you sync your iPhone with iTunes on your computer, Keeper and all of the data contained within is saved locally on your computer for free. For me this is good enough. I don’t need to have this App synced with the cloud.


Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a cheap (note: free) password App for your iPhone and iPad, Keeper is a really great one and definitely worth checking out.


You can get Keeper from the iTunes store for free here: iTunes

Automilez - Mobile GPS Mileage Logging

Automilez – Mobile GPS Mileage Logging

Earlier this year when I had my taxes done, my CPA once again got on my case for not keeping a better record of my mileage for business travel. He reminded me of how much I'm probably losing in deductions by not documenting my trips. I'm just not a paper log/notebook kinda guy. However, if I can use an App that not only makes it easy, but also kinda fun, I'm all in! I was reminded of this when talking with one of my friends over the weekend and I went in search of an App. Automilez was the second one I tried and I stopped searching there. It does everything I want and does it quite nicely with a nice UI (user interface). When I searched I was expecting to find an App that would allow you to input your starting and ending odometer readings and it would figure out the rest. What I wasn't expecting to find is one that does it via GPS, virtually eliminating the need to input the actual odometer readings. By the way, you CAN input the odometer readings optionally or in those cases where GPS data may not be reliable. Actually that's what I like about this one. You can put in your starting odometer reading and still use the GPS feature. If for some reason the GPS fails during the trip, just enter your ending odometer reading and you will still have the accurate mileage for the trip. Optionally you can use their cloud service to sync your logs between multiple devices.

Complies with IRS requirements

The IRS allows you to deduct your business mileage, but at different rates depending upon the type of driving/purpose trip. You can set up the categories you want ahead of time and put those amounts per mile in. This gives you not only the miles you've traveled but also the amount of the deduction. I gave it a test yesterday on multiple business errands I had to make and I was not only pleased with the way it worked, but also the accuracy. The end of my first trip matched my car's odometer to the 10th of a mile.

How it works

Launch the App, then choose a category and start the trip. You can optionally enter the starting odometer reading. Your current location will be pinpointed on the map. As you start to drive the route will be displayed on the Map. When you get to your destination you can then tap End Trip and it will figure out the total miles and show you your deduction amount. The only thing that I'm surprised by is that you can't actually (or at least I don't see a way) “sending” the report/log. It displays on screen, shows you each trip and you can drill down on each trip to see the details. Seems to be missing that one thing of “Send report/log via email”. Other than that strange omission, it does everything that I need it to do and at the end of the year/next tax season I can simply give my accountant the YTD total miles.

The Bottom Line

Automilez will more than pay for itself with probably the 1st trip that I would have otherwise forgotten to log. It makes this task easy. I would like to see emailing and printing support added and that's the only thing keeping me from giving this a 5th star. As a side note, if you do sign up for the optional free cloud syncing account, you can see your reports and even setup a regular schedule to have them emailed to you, but no on demand emailing. However, you can at least print to a PDF from the Reports web page.




10 iPhone Apps That I Can’t Live Without

I haven’t done this in a while and I’m always getting asked what Apps are “must haves” for new iPhone users. Usually I point them to our Top 100 List, but I thought it was time I shared with you my latest Top 10 Apps That I Can’t Live Without.



I’m addicted. There I said it. I absolutely love Instagram, not as a replacement for my camera, or a place where I go to make “art”; but rather a really fun way to take, “filter” and share what’s going on with me at that moment with my friends.  There is a reason that it was Apple’s #1 App last year… If you’re on Instagram don’t forget to follow me @jlykins !

You can get Instagram for your iPhone for free from the iTunes store here: iTunes



Navigon has made it into many of our lists over the past few years, and while we continually try out new navigation Apps, Navigon is by far our favorite over here at Best App Site. I use Navigon almost every single day. With it’s turn by turn Navigation, (new) street view, and awesome local search function, Navigon is the gold standard for iOS Navigation Apps.

You can get Navigon North America for $39.99 from the iTunes store here:iTunes



While you’re out driving around with that new Navigation App you just bought, you will undoubtedly need some gas at some point. Make sure you find the cheapest prices around you by using GasBuddy from the website of the same name. Before there was the iPhone and the App, there was; a place where you could go to find the cheapest prices in town. Using crowd sourcing information, and location services GasBuddy can now find the cheapest prices near you, or near a destination of your desire.

You can get GasBuddy for your iPhone from the iTunes Store for free here: iTunes



It seems like everyone is using Facebook these days, even big businesses. I access Facebook probably 50 times a day, and as such I want to be able to access it from my mobile phone with a semi-native App, meaning I don’t want to have to access it via mobile safari or other mobile browser. While we all know that there are some bugs and performance issues with the official Facebook App, it is by far the most full featured that I have found to date for iOS. If you’re on Facebook don’t forget to “like” the Best App Site Fan Page!

You can get Facebook for your iPhone from the iTunes store for free here: iTunes



I love Chase Bank. I have been using them for a few years now. I also love the fact that I never have to go into the bank (unless I’m making a large withdraw). With the Chase App I can do all of the things that you would normally expect with a banking App, but I can also take pictures of my checks to deposit them! This saves me a trip to the bank and I appreciate that saved time.

You can get the Chase Mobile App from the iTunes store for free here: iTunes


Nightstand Central


I long ago removed a “stand alone” alarm clock from my room. My iPhone is battery powered, auto updates for daylight savings time, and does more than my old alarm clock ever thought about! I like Nightstand central a lot because it has a ton of customizable features. backgrounds, alarms, songs, sleep timers, weather conditions, etc. You want it, this alarm clock App has it.

You can get Nightstand Central for your iPhone from the iTunes store for $1.99 here: iTunes



For those who don’t know, Dropbox is a cloud service for files that puts a local folder on your computer and automatically synchronizes that folder’s contents with the cloud. There are a ton of uses for it, and it’s free! If you don’t already have a Dropbox account, go here to sign up for one for free! Once you have a Dropbox account, and you’re putting your files there, make sure you can access them on the go from your iPhone with Dropbox for the iPhone. It’s an awesome App with a wonderful UI.

Get Dropbox for your iPhone from the iTunes store for free here: iTunes At Bat 2012

I’m a huge baseball Fan; specifically my hometown team the Cincinnati Reds. I go to a bunch of games every year, and when I can’t make it to a game, I like to keep up with what’s going on. At Bat 2012 does that for me! With At Bat 2012 I can watch real time what’s going on at the games and keep up with all of the scores around the league. It’s hands down the best way to follow your favorite MLB team from your iPhone!

You can get for free from the iTunes store (there is an in App purchase for full use) here: iTunes



If you don’t know about Pandora, you’re missing out. This free online radio plays stations customized by you. You select the artist, genre, song, etc. and it selects “like” songs to play. You give songs the thumbs up or thumbs down to tell Pandora what you think of it and the App learns your musical likes for that station and plays the music that you want to listen to.

Get Pandora for your iPhone for free from the iTunes store here: iTunes



Last but not least we have 645Pro. I did full review on this App a few weeks ago where I told you how this is the only camera App that allows you to save your photos in uncompressed Tiff format. It has phenomenal camera controls built in that are at your finger tips, and selectable quality settings. This is my go to App when I want the best possible photos out of my iPhone. I would recommend it to anyone that likes to take good photos with their phone.

You can get 645Pro from the iTunes store for $2.99 here:iTunes
There you have it! The top 10 Apps that I use daily or almost daily and can’t live without! I would suggest getting each and every one as they are the best of the best!

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