Turning turnips into plant pots can be a real snap

First impressions

We have to admit that this app has become our new addiction. Who doesn’t love tips, tricks, recipes and advice that will hopefully expand horizons and save money?

To this day we remember seeing a tip on some programme showing us how to find our diamond ring if we dropped it on the carpet. Apparently all that was needed was a piece of pantyhose stretched over the bottom of a vacuum cleaner hose and hey-ho! The fact that we’ve never owned a diamond ring was hardly relevant. The point was, we’d know how to find it if we were ever given one and subsequently lost it.

Snapguide is a veritable encyclopaedia of such tips, along with how-to guides for everything from cooking to changing spark plugs. Yessir, we were in love from the very beginning.

How it works

First of all, this is a free app. Second, it’s like a Wikipedia guide as all the content is submitted by users. Once you download it you have to create an account which can either be linked with your account on social sites like Facebook, or created from scratch with your email and a password.

After you’ve signed up you have access to all the content and you can submit yourself.

You and other users can “Like” submissions, make comments, view supplies (which in the case of recipes is the list of ingredients) and share submissions you like with others via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail.

The drop-down menu on the left of the screen offers options like Featured, Popular, Recent, and Activity. Under Topics you’ll find everything from Automotive to Drinks and Food to Photography.

Once you choose to look at featured items or one of the many topics, you can flip through until you find one that takes your fancy. Select it, see its popularity statistics, and then click on the Start the Guide tab on the right hand side of the screen. It will take you through step-by-step instructions with images and/or video. It’s as simple as that!

Of course because it links to the Internet and uses members’ submissions, there is always new material being added on a daily basis. Let the education begin!

When we tried it

We started off by just going through the Featured items, which included how to use your earbuds as a shutter for your iPhone camera, and how to transfer a picture onto a piece of wood. Good Lord! We had always wondered how to do that! How had we lived before?? Then we went on to tips to stop headphones from tangling using only a zipper and some creative sewing, how to make homemade ginger ale, and how to create Corona glasses from bottles with supplies including (we kid you not) yarn dipped in nail polish remover and a lighter.

Once we had seen a few, we wanted more and more. We started to look at the various topics and followed how to change spark plugs in a car, use a really neat photo effects app and master a simple card trick.

We showed Snapguide to a number of friends, and although one of them, unbelievably, did not have an Apple device of any type, they were still able to access it through the Snapguide web site. It seems you don’t have to be restricted to an iOS in order to take full advantage of this baby.

Setting up a self-watering system for plants while you’re on vacation was pretty interesting, and we had to laugh at the guide to getting your cat used to being brushed, as our cats can’t get enough of it already. Every time we finished one guide, another would pop up that looked interesting so we went to that. Honestly, we could have done this all day.

Final thoughts

Snapguide will completely appeal to anyone keen on DIY projects, interested in learning a new skill, or just fascinated by the science of things. It covers such a wide range of subjects, and provides solutions you never realised you needed until you see them. It is also interesting to read others’ comments who have attempted some of the submissions and have suggestions for improving them. This is best viewed on an iPad, just because the images really pop on that high resolution display, but if you haven’t got one, go with an Android or computer screen. Honestly if you don’t find yourself looking at this app all the time once you’ve discovered it, and showing others, you’ve probably got a screw loose (and there’s no doubt a guide in there somewhere on how to tighten it).

A wealth of information that just keeps growing. Fascinating stuff that will appeal to young and old. Free!

Cons: Has to be connected to the Internet. Tearing yourself away from it might be difficult.

Snapguide

Cost: Free

Seller: Heavy Bits

Devices: iOS, Android and PC

Rating: E for Everyone

Four stars

Then we went on to tips to stop headphones from tangling using only a zipper and some creative sewing, how to make homemade ginger ale, and how to create Corona glasses from bottles with supplies including (we kid you not) yarn dipped in nail polish remover and a lighter.

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