We use our iPhones to take dozens of pictures each day, but they don't all end up on our Facebook timelines. Many of the snapshots we take are little more than reminders; visual notes that end up lost in the sea of memories in our camera rolls. Notograph isn't just a place to store these random images – it's a new kind of note-taking app that ditches the keyboard entirely. Unlike most word-based note apps, launching Notograph doesn't pull up the last file you were working on. Instead, it automatically opens to the camera, making image capture quick and easy.
RealPlayer Cloud allows iOS users to upload videos and watch or share them from anywhere. The universal app is free with 2GB of available storage, with up to 1.5GB of bonus space available in 250MB increments after the first upload, share, or each device installation (up to four). Featuring a clean, easy to navigate UI perfectly matched with iOS 7, tabs sort content by Recent, My Videos, Collections, Sharing, and Web Videos, where Real’s Daily Top 5 and videos from Facebook friends appear.
FIFA 14 continues the fine form set by last year’s edition of the popular soccer simulation, mixing in a compelling free-to-play Ultimate Team mode and an all-new gesture-based control scheme that dramatically alters the feel of the game. It goes much further towards defining the mobile series as distinct from its console brethren, with both the new controls and the lightweight design providing more of a streamlined experience that’s sure to please casual players. There’s still plenty on offer for the hardcore, too – even without paying a cent.
Building a budding railroad empire is hard work. You have to take whatever jobs you can get, which means hauling everything from giant vats of maple syrup and pickles to arcade cabinets and ethanol to maximize your profits. Growing your snaking network of train routes – and fleet of trusty engines to traverse them with goods in tow – hits a delightfully upbeat stride in Pocket Trains, the adorable spiritual successor to Pocket Planes and Tiny Tower. Despite the similarly cutesy sheen of this new venture in the world of pixelated "bitizens," plenty of depth, fun, and accessibility are balanced throughout the clever design.
If you search for endless runners on the App Store, you’ll find a slew of games in all sorts of settings, using a variety of people or animals as subjects. Buddy & Me is another one of those games, but rather than emphasize challenge and dynamic action, what sets it apart from the pack are its gorgeous art, less intense gameplay, and charming, light-hearted feel. You play as a boy who dreams about running through the forest with a large, flying dog-like creature helping him.
It’s hard to say whether or not Boson X is truly inspired by the April discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle, which physicists believe explains why matter has mass. There’s theoretically some common ground. Whereas Higgs, which can supposedly explain the Big Bang, remained elusive to physicists for the past 50-plus years, Boson X is also about the discovery of new experimental subatomics, presumably for a greater understanding – or at least the self-serving satisfaction of winning. But the similarities between the so-called God particle and this ostensibly geeky behind-the-back runner unsurprisingly end there.
PDFpen Scan+ is similar to Readdle’s Scanner Pro, which allows an iOS device's camera to be used as a portable scanner. Snapped documents can be cropped (automatic or manual), enhanced, and saved as color, black-and-white, or grayscale PDF files, and then shared in a variety of ways. Smile has gone the extra mile by adding optical character recognition (OCR), which is an optional step after the file is saved. This task takes several minutes to perform, only to produce unformatted text that has to be copied and pasted into another app. We found the OCR results to be wildly inaccurate in most cases, however.
Apps designed using iOS 7's design language have a clear advantage. Those that we loved in iOS 6 are already starting to feel old and antiquated, and it won't be long before we start looking for more modern replacements. Perfect Weather, while not quite as perfect as it claims, is a worthy contender. With an animated, bright interface, it feels as much at home on iOS 7 as Apple’s own forecasting app, but Perfect Weather is not a Weather clone; if it borrows from any of Apple’s interfaces, it’s Passbook.
The App Store doesn’t allow premium upgrades to existing apps, so what’s a developer to do when it wishes to go above and beyond the usual tweaks and release a totally new version of an app? In the case of Screens, a screen sharing and VNC client for iOS, Edovia opted to launch a new standalone 3.0 app, which is a departure considering the previous significant upgrade had been free. In this case, it's luckily a very worthwhile investment for previous users, thanks to enhancements that can increase productivity, not to mention a sleek iOS 7 makeover.
Most guitar slingers tend to pick up the instrument and start emulating their favorite musicians, learning how to play by example and sheer brute effort. While this approach is valid, it tends to lead axe-wielders towards certain chord shapes, and limit the kind of music that emerges from the fingers doing the comfortable trip up and down the neck. Jamn is an innovative app that brings some much-needed musical theory to the fretboard, helping to figure out how chords connect with each other and thus lead the way to a more substantial range of musical possibilities.