The iOS App Store was launched in 2008 with 500 apps, according to the Business of Apps website, which says that today the App Store has 1.85 million different apps available for download, while Android users have 2.56 million on the Google Play Store.
We asked a few Radio World readers and contributors to name their favorite apps.
Perhaps the most useful, and easily overlooked, app of all is your phone’s camera.
“I’m constantly documenting the wiring and changes made so I can update the drawings,” said RW contributor Dan Slentz. “Also, when working on equipment or a transmitter, I tend to take a lot of photos in case I ‘misplace’ a wire or component in order to remember or it came.”
Workbench readers know that columnist John Bisset has long preached often about the usefulness of your phone’s camera for troubleshooting and educating your boss about the work you’re doing.
2. SatFinder Lite
Randy Williams, chief engineer at Learfield, recommends SatFinder Lite, free for Apple and Android users, as a tool to help set up and align a satellite dish or satellite dish .
“A user can program the satellite name or orbital slot from the satellite list provided and save it in your settings. Then the app syncs with your phone’s internal GPS, compass and camera functions, allowing you to point the phone camera towards the horizon.And it will display the satellite arc and the location of the satellite you are looking for by viewing angle.
Williams says the app is not a precision instrument, but it will allow you to do 95% of your satellite dish adjustment by giving you azimuth/elevation data from the camera lens to get a parabola in the receiving stage.
The app works for DirectTV, DishNetwork and C-Band satellite locations.
3.Luci Live Lite
Engineers like Greg Dahl of Second Opinion Communications and Tony Peterle of WorldCast Systems use different versions of Luci Live for streaming audio over IP. It’s made by Technica del Arte, which offers wideband codec apps for iPhone and Android.
“These are considered by broadcasters to be the easiest to use and best performing apps on the market,” Comrex writes in a technical note. There is information on the Technica del Arte website on how to connect their applications to studio codecs from Comrex, Telos, Orban and other manufacturers.
“Even the SE version has everything I need,” says Tony Peterle. “Two-way stereo audio streaming with a variety of algorithms to choose from. Very useful when trying to diagnose why a particular feed is not arriving at a particular site. Put Luci Live in the middle and find out which end has the blockage. Hint: it’s usually the receiving end, where public traffic needs to pass through a firewall, but it’s nice to be able to confirm this and show it to others. »
4. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client
“Using a VPN for remote access to your institution’s network is critical to maintaining security and protection against external attacks,” says Shane Toven, senior broadcast engineer for the Educational Media Foundation.
“Depending on your network infrastructure, you may have a manufacturer-specific client or you may use the client built into your phone’s OS.”
5. Microsoft Remote Desktop Client
“Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is a common way to access Windows systems remotely and is built into most versions of Windows,” explains Shane Toven. “It can be used in conjunction with a VPN client or configured with a gateway server for external access.”
Use Microsoft Remote Desktop for iOS or Android to connect to a remote PC or virtual desktops and apps made available by your organization’s administrator.
6. Angry IP Scanner
“This application will scan the currently connected subnet, or any other reachable subnet, for active hosts,” says Paul Thurst, Director/Owner of Data Wave. “It can also be used to find open ports. I like this particular IP scanner because there is also a PC version that works the same way.
It is free and open source software written by Anton Keks, co-founder of Codeborne. It works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
“Angry IP scanner simply pings each IP address to check if it’s active, then optionally resolves its hostname, determines MAC address, scans ports, etc. The amount of data collected on each host can be extended with plugins”, according to its website https://angryip.org/. It has additional features, such as NetBIOS information – computer name, workgroup name and currently logged on Windows user – preferred IP address ranges, web server detection and customizable openers.
7. Electrodoc Pro
Paul Thurst loves this app, formerly called Electrodroid, for its many useful electronics tools and references, including Ohm’s Law, Resistor Color Code, Filers, Voltage Divider, Reactance/Resonance, Series/Parallel of resistors, capacitor series/parallel, NE555 calculator and more, plus converters including dB to Watt, frequency and analog to digital. It also has a long list of pinouts.
8. Plus Unit Converter
“That’s what it sounds like, a converter for almost any unit to any similar unit,” says Paul Thurst.
The app, developed by Alan Mrvica, includes tools to convert area, computer data, fuel consumption, length, power, pressure, speed, temperature, time zones, dry and wet volumes and weight/mass. It can also convert over 155 global currencies.
9. Data Dog
Another app recommended by Shane Toven from EMF. “This service allows you to create custom dashboards to monitor all the systems and applications in your infrastructure at a glance. Its companion app makes these dashboards easily available on your smartphone or tablet. »
Datadog is a monitoring and security platform for cloud applications. It integrates and automates infrastructure monitoring, application performance monitoring, and log management.
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