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Review: Chimani Perks for Chimani National Parks App

Review by Gary Miller, AAUG Member

When I think summer, I think national parks, and when I want information to plan, and accompany me when enjoying them, I turn to National Parks App by Chimani, available in Apple’s App Store or Google Play

Chimani has been around for years, first I had to purchase individual apps for each park, then they made them all in one, and users can download updates effortlessly.  Now the Perks program adds a membership program that gives discounts when we plan our trips in the parks.  It’s $29 a year.  The Chimani Perks  Membership Savings Club offers discounts on lodging, dining, tours, activities, retail shops, and gear throughout the national park system. It can save up to $200 on a park visit.  I see it growing and offering add’l offers in more and more parks.  Chimani gave me a free membership so I could try out.  I was in Tucson, AZ when I got it, and looked at nearby Saguaro National Park, there were no deals there.  So I’d see where the perks are as you plan your trips…

Toolbox for Pages & Keynote… iOS for your iPhone & iPad

Reviewed by Gary Miller, AAUG Member

Toolbox for Pages & Toolbox for Keynote, both iOS.

by Jumsoft, $19.99 for the bundles, or by piece in the iTunes Store.  I wrote a review recently posted here about Jumsoft’s Toolbox for iWork, how much  I enjoyed their templates and illustrations that I could now use in Pages and Keynote.  But then I wondered what using them on my iPhone and iPad, and yes, they make their cool templates and illustrations for iOS!  yeah.

Easy is a word I think of when using them for clip art, templates for business cards, posters, well, it’s endless, and yes, you can combine them, so all I had to do was edit the text or move it or whatever do a project, super easy.  You can save the new templates you’ve customized too for using again.  You can download free sample templates to try out ,and purchase a bundle or individual ones.  It’s up the user.  The basic App is free.  Sets are – Inspiration, Business Mix, Corporate, Infographics, and they all are easily searchable to find what you want.

I’d recommend this iOS version by Jumsoft so when you have your iPhone or iPad, you can continue with you were working on your Mac or visa versa!


Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Toolbox for iWork review

Review by Gary Miller, AAUG Member.

Toolbox for iWork by Jumsoft is my new favorite app. When I open Apple’s productivity Apps – Pages, Numbers, or Keynote on my MacBook Pro, I see some templates, but not what I’d like to use…then I think I’ll have to make do, or create my own. Along comes the smart crew @ Jumsoft who did all the work for us, yeah! I’ve got 11,000 files at the ready, covering all known possibilities including business, and it’s one time pricing, is just that you pay for the App, and they continue to add new templates, and don’t ever charge you again!

Imagine I want to create a cool newsletter, well I click on Toolbox for iWork Templates for Pages, and Pages opens up, and many choices for Newsletters, or I can search and find them, or I can use their clip art collection, huge. So i work up my newsletter, adding badges, or arty touches, and then I can save it to use next time, all easily done too.

When I first opened the app, i was hoping for instructions, or examples or a video, that’s not there, but their Help file does give a good overview and individual instructions on how to edit, save, etc. and since most of us use iWork already it’s designed to mesh well, even keyboard shortcuts, so that works.

In short, this is a toolbox full of fun, help, and it’ll make your work shine! It’s available in the Apple App store for $49.99, and remember this isn’t one of those subscription services, they will continue to add new templates, offer email support if you need it, and they respond quickly too. I really like it! and did I mention they also make app’s for your iPhone & iPad, and Money, for accounting..