iMore Editors' Choice: Penultimate, 1Password, Pixel People, and more
Every week, the editors and writers at iMore carefully select some of our favorite, most useful, most extraordinary apps, accessories, gadgets, and websites. This week's selections include several games, our favorite password manager, an excellent note-taking app that integrates with another great, yet different, note-taking service, and a couple music apps.
Penultimate - Chris Oldroyd
This week I have chosen an app that is proving extremely useful in my quest to become paper free. Penultimate is an awesome note talking app for iPad and it has just received a very nice update too. Evernote bought Penultimate a while back and now with the latest update integration has been taken to a new level.
Penultimate works best taking hand written notes with a stylus and offers the best palm rejection technology of any hand writing iPad app that I have used. Resting your hand on the iPad is the natural way to write with a stylus and in other apps it leads to lines and marks on the screen as the app see that pressure as a pen. Penultimate doesn't fall for that and ignores your pressure in these areas when you write and boy does it work well!
With the latest update, you can save all of your notes straight to Evernote and they will be instantly searchable including of course handwriting recognition. The update also brings a new design layout, sharper ink on the Retina iPad and more languages like Russian and Traditional Chinese
If you are after a handwriting note taking app, don’t look any further than Penultimate, it is excellent and has the best Evernote integration; even better, it is now free too!
- Free - Download now
Digitally Imported - Ally Kazmucha
I'm a huge fan of trance, house, techno, and all of the above. There's no service that compares to Digitally Imported's selection. Oddly enough, I first stumbled across Digitally Imported through iTunes radio years ago. When I found out they had an iPhone app quite a while back, I was in heaven. I still listen to their stations in the office or stream them directly on my AppleTV and now I can take them on the go right on my iPhone.
It doesn't cost anything to use the Digitally imported app but you can buy a premium subscription that eliminates ads if you'd like. There aren't very many commercials so it actually never bothered me much. If you're into trance or any kind of sound like that, it's definitely worth checking out as they've got multiple stations and there's always one to suit everyone's tastes.
- Free - Download now
Vela Pro - Joseph Keller
One of the things I use Siri most for outside of making notes or reminders is playing music. But more often than not, I find myself turning to Spotify for music. Since I can’t use Siri to search, I have to find alternatives. This is what Vela does. Just sign in to your Spotify or Rdio account, hit the search tab, and tap the big microphone button and speak the song, album, or artist that your looking for, and Vela will automatically start playing. Any Spotify or Rdio fan that wants a Siri-like interface for finding and playing music should give this a shot. Vela Pro costs just $1.99 on the App Store.
- $1.99 - Download Now
1Password - Rene Ritchie
From internet anarchists to governments foreign and domestic, hacking has become more and more pervasive, strategic, and more sophisticated. Just yesterday Twitter was hacked and 250,000 passwords compromised. That's just the latest in a long line. While software can't prevent social engineering attacks (asking or tricking people into giving up their passwords), it can minimize the chances of machines brute-forcing your passwords, and greatly increase you ability to change and improve your passwords if and when they do get compromised.
I use 1Password by Agile Bits on iOS and OS X, and encourage anyone not currently using a password manager to give it a look. If you don't like it, there are alternatives. Just use something that lets you make, use, and change strong passwords quickly, easily, and conveniently.
- One sale for $8.99 during Macworld|iWorld - Download now
Banana Kong - Chris Parsons
I've always been a fan of platformer games so perhaps it's fitting that my pick this week is in some ways, a throw back to the good old days of Donkey Kong. Banana Kong is a pretty sweet sit down and play through choice if you're just looking to waste some time and have fun doing so. The gameplay is fun, the graphics are cool and a bit more challenging than I thought it would be. Overall, a great couch game for playing.
- Free - Download Now
Pixel People - Simon Sage
Pixel People combines the mad scientist experimentation of Doodle God, the adorably chunky graphics of Tiny Tower, and the world-building joy of Kairosoft games. Players are in charge of building a utopia by creating clones, splicing their genes to create new jobs, and discover new building types, each with their own rewards and abilities. The usual trappings of freemium games are here, including premium currency which is used to speed up lengthier tasks. Besides the collectability of different jobs types, there are also strange new creatures that start appearing throughout your utopia. Pixel People is both a unique synthesis of multiple familiar genres and a lightweight game with a ton of flavor.
- Free - Download Now
Now that we've chosen our favorites for the week, we want to hear yours! Did you pick up a killer app, accessory, or game this week? Let us know in the comments below!