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Calvetica Calendar for iPhone and iPad receives huge update

Calvetica Calendar by Mysterious Trousers has received a big update with a new interface, gestures, notifications, and tasks.

We’ve sweated the details and carefully crafted an experience that is tuned to the way people really use calendars. We've included all the features that really matter to you.

ALL NEW INTERFACE

  • We restarted from scratch. This is the new Calvetica.
  • Universal app. Will run natively on iPod, iPhone and iPad.
  • Month and day layout on one screen.
  • Beautiful portrait week agenda view.
  • Tap on the time by an event to quickly edit when it starts or ends.
  • New quick add screen that lets you type event start times with a keypad.
  • Tap on the month title to jump to any date, even years away, very quickly.
  • Customize the event details screen. Show/hide, reorder all the event details so it shows only what you want to see and in the order you want to see it.
  • Easily show/hide calendars.
  • Icons by event titles to quickly see if it has notes, a location, attendees or if it repeats.

POWERFUL GESTURES

  • Powerful, natural and intuitive gestures.
  • Long press on the plus button to quickly set a generic reminder that acts like an alarm.
  • Flick the month up and out of the way to give you more space to view your day.

NOTIFICATIONS

  • Enable custom alerts to receive a notification from Calvetica when alarms go off that have a “snooze” button on them.
  • Custom alarm sounds that are longer and louder than the default calendar apps sound.
  • Alarm picker lets you choose many multiple alarms quickly. It also shows your complex alarms set in other applications.
  • Multiple default alarms.
  • Alarms specifically for all day events that make sense (i.e. remind me 6pm the day before).

TASKS

  • Switch between event and task mode to manage both.
  • Organized into custom color coded groups.
  • Set title, priority and notes.
  • Free automatic cloud backup.
  • Free automatic cloud syncing between devices running Calvetica.
  • Open and easy to use tasks API for developers.

I haven't had a chance to check out Calvetica Calendar, but it comes highly recommended by many of our readers. I do like the interface for the month view on the iPad - the two panel design looks fabulous.

Calvetica Calendar is available on the iPhone and iPad for $1.99. Screenshots after the break.

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Keep track of your kid's allowance with iAllowance for iPhone and iPad

iAllowance, by Jump Gap Software, is an iPhone and iPad app for keeping track of allowance.

Put piggy banks and paper money behind you! iAllowance is the only thing you need to manage your child's finances and teach him or her about saving and spending money. Whether you want to set up a weekly allowance or pay out a special reward, iAllowance handles everything for you with an eye-pleasing and easy-to-use interface.

  • Run on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
  • Sync Your Data Between Devices
  • Support for Multiple Children
  • Unlimited Number of Banks with Optional Interest
  • Automatic Allowance Payments
  • Chore/Jobs Tracking
  • Reward Tracking
  • Use Real Money or Stars for Banks, Allowances and Chores
  • Copy Feature Makes Setting Up Banks, Chores and Allowances a Snap!
  • Email & Direct Print Reports Using AirPrint
  • Parental Controls
  • Dropbox Integration
  • Automatic Local Backup
  • Supports 150+ World Currencies

I love this app and I don't even have kids at an allowance-earning age! I've spent a little time playing around with it and it's a must-have for parents. My favorite feature is the ability to set up parental controls so that your kids can keep track of their allowance and chores on their own device, but not have the ability to make changes. I also love that "accounts" with interest can be set up.

iAllowance is available for $3.99. Screenshots after the break.

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miCal for iPhone updated and on sale!

miCal - missing Calendar, by entwicklungsschmiede UG & Co KG, has been updated with optimized loading times and user defined repetition of appointments.

The app captures new appointments directly and is easily synchronized with existing calendars like Outlook, Google, Exchange or Facebook Events. The origin of various appointments can be traced at any time via color-coding. MiCal stores a suitable title for each event, a detailed description, a from-to-time and a possible repetition. Furthermore, an alarm may be set to alert the user through a beeper or via e-mail.

  • The well-structured day-, week-, month- and year-views help you to keep an eye on your events.
  • landscape week view with 5 or 7 visible days as a choosable option.
  • Innovative functions like a customizable default time and default titles enable you to create new events faster.
  • Moreover, invite other attendees quickly and easily to an event via mail. Now with iCal format.

Update includes:

  • Optimized loading time: The new version of miCal can be started noticeable faster from the background than its predecessor.
  • User-defined repetition of appointments: The user may now specify even more precisely in which intervals appointments should be automatically resubmitted.
  • Determine starting day of the week: By using the miCal-settings a specific day of the week may be selected to start someones individual week on the calendar.
  • Set language preference: The language used to start the app may also be selected in the miCal settings.

I really like miCal. It's different and packed full with features. The danger with jamming an app full of features is clutter, but the developers have done a great job with miCal and the organization of the UI works and looks great.

miCal is on sale for $0.99 until Sunday. Screenshots after the break.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, July 21

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • IsoSketch: Effortlessly draw on an angled isometric grid and create beautifully precise geometric artwork. [$2.99 for iPad - iTunes link]

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Cars 2 World Grand Prix Read and Race now available for iPad

Disney has released an interactive iPad book, Cars 2 World Grand Prix Read and Race.

Rev your engines for this thrilling Cars 2 original story—a must-read for racing fans! This action-packed app features stunning Disney/Pixar movie images, exciting tap-and-play interactivity, professional narration, music and sound effects, 3-D car customization, and two amazing racetracks.

  • Disney/Pixar Cars 2 movie images with custom interactivity
  • Multiple Reading Modes: Read to Me, Auto-turn pages, Younger Reader Mode
  • Professional narration, music and sound effects
  • 3-D race car customization, including color, tires, spoilers and engines
  • Racing game featuring device-tilting technology, Cars 2 racers, and movie-themed racetracks from Tokyo, Japan and Radiator Springs
  • Three game-play skill levels

Cars 2 World Grand Prix Read and Race is available for $6.99. Screenshots after the break.

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Make your shopping lists simple with Buy Me a Pie!

Buy Me a Pie!, by Skript, is a new shopping list for the iPhone. It's beauty is the simplicity. You can also sync your lists with the cloud or share view SMS or email.

  • Very simple and beautiful design.
  • Automatic cloud synchronization.
  • Share your account with friends to manage grocery lists together.
  • Get notifications when your lists are updated.
  • Use the Buymeapie.com website to manage your lists from any computer.
  • Quickly add items from a predefined list of groceries.
  • Entered items are automatically stored in the built-in dictionary for future lists.
  • Automatically suggests a word upon entering a few letters. Just tap a suggested word instead of typing all of the letters of the desired word.
  • Create and manage multiple lists.
  • Send your lists via text message or email.
  • Easily duplicate your lists.

Buy me a Pie! is available for $1.99. Screenshots and video after the break.

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Deadlock: Online, a free multiplayer shooter now available in the App Store [video]

Deadlock has just been released in the US App Store and if you are into online multiplayer shooter games you really should check this one out. Deadlock is a dual-stick shooter game designed for online play with up to eight other players via Game Center.

Features:

  • Gorgeous 3d Graphics
  • Up to 8 player online multiplayer action.
  • Over 30 weapons including assault rifles, sub machine guns, grenades and more.
  • Robust loadout system including multiple weapon attachments, and armor.
  • 3 Gameplay modes at launch including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture & Hold
  • 30 ranks to earn with rewards for each rank you earn.
  • Asynchronous Online Tournaments – automatically be entered into new tournaments running every day and every week to win unlock points which can be used to unlock new weapons and items.
  • Gamecenter integration for tournaments and achievements, character stat tracking.
  • Character synchronization between multiple devices (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)
  • 5 Maps at launch with more on the way!

The game is free to play for a limited time, we don’t know how or if that will change in the future; so if you want to try it, do it now. There are also in-app purchases to unlock game features. These are optional and can be unlocked through game achievements anyway.

The game is a universal binary so compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. We have the game trailer after the break, take a look if you are still unsure what it is all about. I think it looks extremely fast but a lot of fun!

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Multitask while on a phone call with Thrutu for iPhone

Thrutu, by MetaSwitch, is a new app that lets you share location, photos, contacts and more while you're talking on the phone.

Thrutu brings new fun and function to the phone call. It's so simple that you'll wonder why phone calls couldn't always work this way.

Thrutu comes with five buttons:

  • Location: see each other’s position on a map, updating live as you move.
  • Camera: snap and share a photo during a call
  • Gallery: share a photo that's already stored on the phone.
  • Contacts: instantly send contact details
  • Prod: convey touch in a phone call by making the other phone vibrate!

Thrutu needs simultaneous voice and data to meet operate at its full potential, so if you're a Verizon customer, you'll need to be connected to Wifi. However, Thrutu does make it possible to share via SMS for Verizon customers or when the person you're talking to doesn't have Thrutu installed.

I haven't had the chance to play with this, yet, but it looks rather promising. Having quick and easy access to location, camera, photos, and contacts while on a phone call will be very convenient. Sure, I can switch apps to accomplish any of these tasks (except the vibrating), but this is a much better implementation. I hope Apple is taking notes, as I think this a feature that is lacking in iOS.

Thrutu is available for free. Screenshots and video after the break.

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OfficeDrop now available for iPhone and iPad

OfficeDrop by Pixily has been updated as a universal application for iPhone and iPad. OfficeDrop is an app to scan, search, organize and store your paper files, PDFs and other documents.

The OfficeDrop digital filing system is a simple, cost-effective way to scan your paper and manage it online in our searchable web-based document portal. With OfficeDrop for iPhone, all of your converted paper and uploaded digital documents will be available for text searching, sharing and organization on you iPhone and on the web at officedrop.com. Best of all, there is a new free plan that give you search, OCR and storage on your iPhone, iPad and browser! Scan on your computer and have your files available everywhere.

  • Snap a picture with your iPhone camera and upload it to OfficeDrop - coming soon to the iPad, but not yet avaialble
  • OfficeDrop coverts your paper into text searchable PDF.
  • Start searching for, labeling, organizing, sharing, and interacting with your important paper and digital files from your phone, Windows desktop, iPad or web browser
  • Use OfficeDrop’s ScanDrop software to scan your paper into the Officedrop web app from your computer and then access that paper when you’re on the go with OffficeDrop’s iPhone app
  • You can also upload over 25 file types from your computer to OfficeDrop and these files also become text searchable PDFs that you can view online or on your IPhone
  • Access your files from anywhere with your IPhone; view, search, share and organize your paper and digital files on the go!

OfficeDrop is available for Free. Screenshots after the break.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, July 20

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Locational: Easily keep track of places that you cannot forget. Track and record every mile you cover, be it by foot, car, skis, whatever! Locational will give you detailed and precise information about it. [$0.99 for iPhone - iTunes link]

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