Search is a big deal online--just ask Google, Bing, and Siri (literally). But while finding the nearest top-rated pet salon is convenient, some of our most important searches are for the files on our hard drives. Spotlight does a good job finding the proverbial needle in a digital haystack, but it has limitations. Enter Tembo, an app that simplifies searches by organizing results more cleanly than the Finder.
There are few feelings that will make a person's heart drop quicker than the dreaded swipe of the credit card that is met with a message of "Declined." If you're used to managing your budget the traditional way, you no doubt have a filing cabinet full of unorganized bank statements, pre-approved loan offers, and receipts that you can't recall why you saved. While there are a plethora of financial management tools available for your iOS device, no one has yet to come close to the Mint.com Personal Finance app.
Lo-fi effects that nostalgically imitate old film cameras are all the rage these days, and there are plenty of apps to prove the point--especially for iOS. FX Photo Studio Pro brings all the effects you love in apps like Hipstamatic, Instagram, and Photo Toaster to your desktop. Cross processing? Check. Lo-fi grunge vignettes? Check. Super-high color saturation with lens flare? Check again. FX Photo Studio Pro has it all.
My wife and I don't play games together very often. We had some fun with Wii Sports and still fire up Rock Band every so often, but she's not really interested in video games and we're both too competitive to ever risk Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit. Thus, I usually play games alone or with friends. I had to rope the missus in for the two-player Fingle, though, because if I played with anybody else she'd probably get jealous.
As far as real-time strategy games go, engaging in large-scale battle to wrestle key territory from the grasp of your enemies is nothing new, but the unusual Zen-like way Eufloria HD approaches intergalactic combat is out of this world. Soothing ambient music, beautiful abstraction, and calm simplicity make this slow-paced conflict one of the more enjoyably relaxing wars we've ever waged.
Special effects have long been easy to create on desktop tools. The likes of iMovie and numerous plug-ins can already create cool effects that you can use in your home movies. Usually, you capture your footage and then add the effect afterwards.
We’ve all been there: an otherwise excellent digital photo, marred by an intrusive landmark or random stranger who stepped into the frame at an inopportune moment. Pro users with deep pockets make short work of such problems with Photoshop, but what about average users? Snapheal introduces “three unique patented technologies” in a Mac app that makes erasing unwanted objects as easy as one, two, three. Developer MacPhun states, “It does magic to your photos.” It’s a bold claim we happen to agree with.
Somewhere deep in a Cupertino laboratory, a team of developers is no doubt hard at work at a killer to-do app. Reminders is a good start – and certainly a welcome improvement over the iCal-Mail-Notes solution – but it just doesn't have the simplicity and elegance we've come to expect from Apple's own offerings. Whatever they're working on, they might want to put it on hold and download a copy of Clear, the classiest list-making app we've ever used.
Movies, sports, books, virtual worlds, we've got a little bit of everything you want in this weekend's big round up of app deals you'll want to get your paws on. So fire up ye olde App Store because a couple of these only last for a little while and then they're gone.
The title Run Roo Run is a bit misleading, due to the marsupial main character's languid pace, but I guess "Saunter Roo Saunter" didn't have quite the same ring to it. While Roo won't be competing in a 100 yard dash with Sonic the Hedgehog anytime soon, she manages to hold her own in this delightful precision platformer.