Brian BeamMacworld

Brian Beam is a software designer and database/system administrator at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the owner of web development firm CommandB .

MyCalendar Mobile for iPhone

This single-task app can help you remember the birthdays of Facebook friends and other contacts, but that comes with the price of shameless self-promotion.

Twist for iPhone

This free utility tracks your location and notifies the people waiting for you of your estimated arrival time. It's a great way to avoid sending redundant emails or texts and -- more importantly -- to avoid the temptation of texting or calling when you're driving.

Projectbook for iPad

This new note-taking and task management tool offers several unique features that may appeal to productivity-minded iPad owners. The app may not quite measure up to a more mature rival like Evernote at this point, but Brian Beam thinks Projectbook is off to a good start.

Find the best music identification app for iOS

Lots of apps can listen to ambient music and identify the song title and artist as well as provide other relevant info. But which one is the best? Brian Beam looks at the criteria that makes for a great iOS music identification app.

App Guide: iOS scanning apps reviewed

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We tested and rated five scanning apps for your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Finding the best iOS scanner app

Thanks to their built-in cameras, iOS devices allow you to scan and save documents -- provided you've got a good iOS scanning app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. How do you find a good scanning app? Brian Beam has tested a bunch for Macworld and offers up a few pointers on what to look for.

DocAS for iPad

As a basic PDF reader and editor, this app is acceptable, provided you're not picky about your user experience. But rival apps handle the job better.

Remarks for iPad

This PDF reader and annotation app for the iPad is good for making quick notations on a PDF, and it's a decent note-taker as well. That said, a few additions would make a good app oh so much better.

Codosaurus 1.3 for iPhone and iPad

We revisit the iPad and iPhone code editor after a recent update that takes some small steps forward and a big step backward.

PDFpen for iPad

For iPad owners who also work with the Mac version of PDFpen, this mobile PDF editing tool is a great companion to the desktop application.

Sparrow for iPhone

The iOS version of this email client features a well-designed interface that packs in a good deal of functionality, though it's missing one key feature at this stage.

GymPact for iPhone

This iPhone app is based on an interesting concept -- if you don't meet your agreed-upon workout goals, you're charged for missed workouts. And that money goes to other app users who did follow through on their workout.

Codosaurus for iPhone and iPad

If you need to edit Web pages remotely, this universal iOS utility can be a handy addition to your iPhone and iPad. You will have to put up with occasional connection problems and stability issues, however.

PhatPad for iPad

This note taker promises to combine text and graphics, even if you draw them on your iPad with a finger. The reality is a bit of a mixed bag.

iMockups for iPad

This iPad app works very well to create, and present, basic wireframe models; save for a few missing features, it's practically an indispensable tool if you work with iOS apps, Web apps, or website projects.