Soft­ware type: Dai­ly pro­grams
Developer/Publisher: Oybek Rakhimov/iHoops
Ver­sion: 1.0
iPhone + iPad: $0.99 [iTunes link]

When I start­ed the appli­ca­tionTalk­ing clock” or Hour Prompterif in the Eng­lish ver­sion, then for some rea­son a long time ago, in child­hood, a read work sur­faced in my head Clif­ford SimakWhat could be eas­i­er than time”. A clas­sic of world sci­ence fic­tion and sim­ply a chic cre­ation of a great sci­ence fic­tion writer, who has a lot to learn from mod­ern grapho­ma­ni­acs who stretch one idea into thou­sands of pages, of course, has noth­ing to do with the pro­gram. Nev­er­the­less, the asso­ci­a­tion turned out to be very inter­est­ing, describ­ing the essence of the iHoops devel­op­ment, when even the sim­plest thing can have a seri­ous impact on every­day life.

Wu “talk­ing clock“There is only one func­tion — to pro­nounce the cur­rent time. The pro­gram can do this every hour and every day on a week­ly basis, although there is a lim­i­ta­tion in the num­ber of voiced hours — they 64. I don’t know what the devel­op­er was guid­ed by when defin­ing it, but we will work with what we have.

The pro­gram has a very pleas­ant and easy-to-con­fig­ure inter­face, more­over, at the first start, a brief help is shown, which is con­ve­nient:

Actu­al­ly, here is the indi­rect answer. The arti­fi­cial lim­i­ta­tion is sup­posed to force the user to think when he real­ly needs the iPhone or iPad to announce the time. Yes, the app is uni­ver­sal and, nice­ly, there’s even Reti­na sup­port on the new iPad.

The log­ic of the inter­face is sim­ple: choose the day of the week, the time from which to start voic­ing every hour, and the time by which to do it. Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly with the scrolling of time in the upper scale, scrolling occurs in the low­er one, that is, assign “time since“lat­er than“time before”, thus orga­niz­ing an algo­rithm that is erro­neous for the pro­gram will not work. Well, it’s much more con­ve­nient than pop-up inscrip­tions like “You set the time incor­rect­ly.” It seems to be a tri­fle in the inter­face, but a pleas­ant tri­fle.

After the desired inter­val is set, just click on the “Save”, after which the already set will be sub­tract­ed from the total num­ber of hours avail­able for scor­ing:

Thus, it is pos­si­ble once set the pro­gram for all days of the week and nev­er come back to it. The appli­ca­tion will work in the back­ground and will reg­u­lar­ly voice every hour, if there is an instal­la­tion for that, which was ver­i­fied by per­son­al expe­ri­ence for two days.

As for dub­bing, there are four announc­er voic­es to choose from: two male and two female. The qual­i­ty is good, but gives a “robot”, although this is a mat­ter of taste. In addi­tion, there is voice act­ing in Euro­pean and Eng­lish. In the first case, the 24-hour for­mat, in the sec­ond — 12-hour with AM / PM.

The appli­ca­tion is very easy for the sys­tem, at least for a cou­ple of days of use it has nev­er been auto­mat­i­cal­ly unloaded, and this despite the fact that the toys were launched, the brows­er and oth­er soft­ware. In addi­tion to voice noti­fi­ca­tions, you can also con­fig­ure text noti­fi­ca­tions:

How use­ful and nec­es­sary is such a func­tion as voic­ing the cur­rent time? There are times when you just don’t notice him run­ning. I read on Twit­ter, watched a video, earned mon­ey, but a pep­py voice from the iPhone, report­ing every hour, can bring you back to real­i­ty and some­times save a lot of nerve cells.

Pros:

  • uni­ver­sal appli­ca­tion with a high-qual­i­ty inter­face and Reti­na sup­port;
  • ease of set­up, which needs to be done only once;
  • work effec­tive­ly in the back­ground.

Minus­es:

  • the touch scrolling area in the phone inter­face is too small, you don’t always hit it with your fin­ger the first time.

What I would add:

  • more voic­es and less robo-notes in them;
  • alarm func­tion;
  • would remove the lim­it on the num­ber of hours spo­ken.
iPhone + iPad: $0.99 [iTunes link]

Usabil­i­ty: 4, Inter­face: 4, Design: 4+, Price/Quality: 4, Ver­dict: 4