It finally feels like spring is in the air, and we're celebrating with another collection of new and updated apps! Relive childhood memories of trading Star Wars cards with friends, unlock your Mac just by approaching with your iPhone, edit photos, schedule events with your Google account, tweak geolocation or time and date metadata on images, walk, ride, or drive somewhere new, watch your kid become Rembrandt, or just discover a new movie with the latest edition of our New App Recap!
We've got a couple of dueling top-shelf calendar apps on sale this week, so pick your team and run with it if you want something that puts Apple's stock calendar app to shame. But wait, there's more! We've also got dueling price chops on to-do apps, note taking apps that let you write on the screen, and even competing maps of the constellations. It's an ultimate app price drop showdown this week, so to arms, to arms! And to the App Store!
When we reviewed the original Mail Designer, we concluded only those who were in the business of sending large numbers of eye-catching emails could justify the price tag — it was a niche product for marketers. Fast forward to version 2 and you get a range of new features, including the ability to embed videos into your messages and collaborate on designs with others.
This week's edition of the New App Recap is really bringing our A-game: There's not a single update in the batch! Readers will have plenty to choose from for the holidays, whether you want to make a personalized Santa video for the kids, conjure up a fun custom video with music, send someone a surprise, message more intimately, or have full control over your PDF files. We're in the ho-ho-holiday spirit, so here are eight apps to help get you in the same mood!
Productivity apps tend to be too rigid about scheduling events — a problem Timeful deftly manages to overcome. In addition to events and to-do items, this free iPhone app also encourages good habits, gently helping users find time for personal goals like exercise. The app does this by proactively protecting pockets of time in your day, even on shared calendars.
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and we've got a bevy of new and updated apps coming to the rescue in this week's edition of the New App Recap. We'll kick things off with a personal shopping assistant, a new way to communicate with friends, and fast mobile food orders, then round things out with updates to favorite apps like PDFpen, Instapaper, and Amex Mobile. There's not a single Grinch in the bunch, so read on and get downloading!
iWork for iCloud just got a little more useful today after Apple updated the software with several new features, uncluding support for eight new languages and the addition of more than 50 new fonts to the existing collection. Generally the changes affect Apple's cloud-based productivity suite across the board, and you can find them in iWork's cloud versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
In the heady days before the Internet and social networking, the original “killer app” for Macintosh was desktop publishing — software that is today primarily aimed at pros (Adobe InDesign, QuarkXpress), or dumbed down for the masses (Pages, Microsoft Word). Into this fertile middle ground comes BeLight Software and its inexpensive new Mac App Store solution: Printworks.
Who wants some free apps? While not everything in this week's New App Recap qualifies, we've got a pretty great assortment of freebies to brighten up your Monday, starting with the updated Microsoft Office apps, now optimized for iPhone. There's also a new app for tipping anyone you can take a photo of; fresh updates for Google Maps, weather, and mobile image retouching apps; and even a way to control lighting while on the go with just a few taps. Our weekly gallery awaits!
It may seem hard to believe, but the last major update to NoteBook for Mac was all the way back in 2009 — more than a year before the first-generation iPad made the dream of a truly mobile digital notebook a reality. OS X still has the upper hand, however, especially after the more than 100 new features and improvements introduced in version 4.0.