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APP SNAP: Grid: A new excel spreadsheet

Three out of five stars. Are you sick of writing (and losing) lists? The free app, Grid, may solve your problem. The app available for iPhone (and iPad) allows users to plan their next trip, big event or just their next meal with color-coordinate...

Grid
The free app Grid is a like a fun new Excel that allows users to organize and plan events and vacations with customizable spreadsheets.

Three out of five stars.

Are you sick of writing (and losing) lists? The free app, Grid, may solve your problem.

The app available for iPhone (and iPad) allows users to plan their next trip, big event or just their next meal with color-coordinated lists, maps and photos on a spreadsheet. It's kind of like a fun, updated and customizable Excel.

When you download the app, you will need to register for a profile. This is super simple and will allow you to save and share your grids with others. From there, you can start a new grid, give it a title and start planning.

Users can click and drag to select a portion of the grid. A green circle will appear within the selection. Clicking the circle and sliding it up will reveal the options, which include adding text, photographs, contacts and maps to your grid. I recommend taking the short tutorial to learn how to operate the app and avoid major frustration.

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Navigating throughout the app can be a bit confusing at first. The menu bar disappears while you work on your grid; to bring it back gently slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen. From there, users can click the "home" button to return to their grids, or click the "friends" button to share their grid with others. This comes in handy when planning events or traveling with buddies.

My favorite part of the app is that users can rearrange and customize their grids with colors that make sense to them.

The app could use some major improvements. For one, the ability to zoom in and out of a grid would allow the user to see the entire grid at once or focus on one aspect. A "back" or "undo" button could prevent complete grid redos caused by hitting the wrong button. And, the ability to connect with other apps such as Pinterest and Maps would be wonderful.

Grid allows you to place a map pin-pointing one destination within a grid, but the ability to upload an existing map or add multiple destinations to one map could allow users to plan an entire trip more efficiently.

Also, the option to add a Pinterest board of party decoration ideas could be useful, or just the option to add a clickable link. Or, imagine being able to make a playlist for a party and clicking play right within the app.

I'm optimistic that updates will bring more useful features to this app. I'd say if you're at all interested, download Grid and await the hopefully awesome updates.

Maki covers Arts & Entertainment and Life & Style for the Herald and can be reached at (701) 780-1122, (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122; or jmaki@gfherald.com .

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