Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hooray! Gogrinder on the Move.

For years I have been using the gogrinder application on my computer to study go problems and basic corner shapes. I have found it an extremely useful application, so I was thrilled to find out that gogrinder now has been released for the iphone / ipod touch.


It works easily and intuitively and I have enjoyed using it. It comes with two problem collections, but it is very easy to add your own problem collections via an application called ggbundler. This can be found on the iphone gogrinder web site. I timed myself and it took me less than 10 minutes to find out how to upload my own problem collections, download the application, and start using it. I now can study whatever problems I want on my ipod touch.


The program has less options than the computer version, but I didn't find that to be a big issue. I would like to be able to order my problems in whatever order I like (like on the computer) but I can live with the iphone order. What I like better on the iphone is that I can ask for a hint and it will show me the next move, while on the computer I have to go back to the start of the problem to do so.


It is sometimes hard to hit the right stone location on the iphone, even with the cool magnifying glass, but that is more an ipod issue than a gogrinder issue. It hasn't interfered with my go studies.


For a mere $2.99 you can take all your go problems with you in the bus, in waiting rooms, during boring meetings, anywhere and increase the size of your go muscles. I am very happy with it.


Anonymous said...

Just an FYI - you can take screen shots by pressing the home button, then the top button briefly. They go into your photo library, and you can then email them to yourself, so you can use them as illustrations, instead of taking photos.

NannyOgg said...

Ah, cool! Thanks on the screenshots tip, that will be easier than the picture taking.


Go Game Guru said...

Looks good! The SmartGo app is also pretty good, but is a lot pricier and I don't think you can use your own problems.

Personally I still prefer books, old fashioned I know :).