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Thursday was a big day for the App Store, with news of a few cool apps coming down the pike as well as a few updates available right now for those of you with less patience. To wrap up the week, we've gathered up a handful of the apps we're most excited about, and are serving them up to you in one heaping helping right now...
Movie and TV streaming giant Netflix released an update to its free, universal iOS app on Thursday that brings two goodies subscribers are sure to enjoy. First up is support for HD playback from any iOS 7 device, with HD content now specifically noted for supported titles. The update also allows AirPlay streaming to the Apple TV from iOS 7, which works in the background so viewers can browse the internet or bone up on the latest news while getting caught up on their favorite content. Netflix for iOS 5.0 is available now, but the HD and AirPlay features are rolling out gradually over the next two weeks, so don't panic if they aren't showing up for you yet.
If you're wondering whatever happened to that Google Play Music app for iOS the search giant promised us earlier this year, wonder no more: Engadget reported Thursday that the app squashing a few last bugs internally before it finds its way to the App Store later this month. In addition to accessing all of the music you've uploaded, the app will also serve up the entire Google Play Music All Access catalog for subscribers, much in the same way Android users have been doing all along. Hey, better late than never, we say.
Corel announced the release of Pinnacle Studio for iPad 4.0 on Thursday, a significant update to the video editing app that speeds up the creative process and now includes more than 30 additional montage and title templates. The redesigned app also includes a variety of affordable new ways to spruce up videos via in-app purchases, including a Cloud Connection Pack that offers mobile editors a way to quickly upload videos to Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive, in addition to Box, Facebook, and YouTube, which are already included free. The update is free for existing users, and available for $12.99 on the App Store for new customers.
Kickstarter may be questionable at times, but every once in a while there's a project that's well worth throwing money at. In this case it's the Cinefex Classic Collection for iPad, which raised nearly $300,000 over the summer to create a digital archive of the entire back issue catalog for the popular visual effects magazine. In addition to being available at the New Scribbler Press website, the collection will be part of the existing Cinefex for iPad app in Jan. 2014. The Kickstarter campaign became the fourth largest in the crowdfunding service's history, so be sure to hit the link and check out a preview of what to expect in three months.
MacPhun announced an update to Snapheal Pro this week, bringing the $39.99 enhanced edition of its image-healing application for Mac OS X to version 1.1. Most of the changes center around the application's new plugin support, including official support for the latest Adobe Photoshop CC as improved performance for older CS5 and CS6 versions. To get the update, simply launch Snapheal Pro and select "Check for Updates," and owners of the earlier Snapheal can upgrade to the Pro version for only $19.95 from the MacPhun website — unfortunately, Apple doesn't allow plugins from the Mac App Store.
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