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Sophiestication Software winds down as developer takes job at Apple

Sophia Teutschler, the developer behind Sophiestication Software, is joining Apple as part of the UIKit Frameworks team. This means that the apps that she develops, including Articles, Tipulator, and Groceries, will soon stop receiving updates.

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Articles Wikipedia reader gets awesome new search results, goes on super sale!

Articles, the Apple Design Award (ADA) winning Wikipedia reader for iOS by Sophiestication, has been updated to version 2.5, and this time it's all about results. Search results. Namely, a great-looking new search results layout complete with summaries and images, and even more importantly, and great-working new fuzzy search mechanism that'll most likely get you what you want even if you didn't spell it exactly right.

To coincide with the update, Articles for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is also on sale for a limited time. That's right, you get all the elegance, at 80% off the usual price. Needless to say, if you've been holding off, get it now.

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Articles 2.3 Wikipedia reader for iPhone and iPad review

Articles is an Apple Design Award winning Wikipedia reader from Sophiestication Software with one simple, elegant goal in mind -- to present all the information you want in a fast, fluid, feature-rich format. Articles 2.3 takes all of that makes it equally available for iPhone and iPod touch, and iPad. That's right, Articles 2.3 is now a universal app.

But lets back up a minute. If you're new to the idea of Wikipedia Readers, you may be wondering why you need one. Wikipedia is free on the web, right? Why spend even a couple bucks to wrap it in an app. The answer is interface. You can do far more, far more easily, with a native app than you can do with a web page. There's a reason Facebook finally re-did their app with a native interface -- performance and power. And it's the same reason Articles works so wonderfully with Wikipedia. If you prefer the Facebook app to Facebook.com, or a Twitter app to Twitter.com, you'll prefer Articles to Wikipedia.com. It really is that much better.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, February 3

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!

  • CoverMe: Compare cell coverage maps between AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint using your current or designated location. [Free - iTunes link]

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Updated for iOS 4: Bejeweled 2, Instapaper, iTeleport, Articles, Twitterrific, and Apple's Awesome iOS 4 apps

We've been covering some of the new and notable iOS 4 updates as we find them going live in the App Store, but Apple's new Awesome iOS 4 Apps section in the iTunes App Store has just made that task a little easier.

Check them out to see Apple's favorites, and hit the jump to see some more of ours...

[iTunes via TechCrunch]

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Apple Design Award winning iPhone and iPad apps from WWDC 2010

This year's WWDC 2010 Apple Design Awards were a decidedly iPhone and iPad-centric affair, yet the winners still manage to run an amazing gamut from fun to foodie, creative to informative. Without further ado, here are the ADA.

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Articles Wikipedia Reader for iPhone

Articles [$2.99 - iTunes link] is a thoughtful, elegant new Wikipedia reader and discovery tool from Sophiestication Software.

Rather than just displaying the Wikipedia.com page, Articles takes the data behind the page and reformats it in a very clean, easy-to-read format with a chapter index control to briskly skim your way through to the section(s) you want to focus on. You can search for articles, find articles based on your current location, or ask Articles to surprise you.

Two of the more interesting features are Mobile Safari-style "Pages" that allow you to keep several articles open at the same time and quickly move between them, and an interesting variation on the pull-page-down-release behavior that, rather then refreshing, toggle between orientation lock and unlock (so your iPhone won't spin content around wildly if you're reading in bed, for example).

There's also Mobile Safari-like bookmarks and history, and additional tips include double-tap-and-hold to display the chapter index, pinch or stretch to decrease/increase text size, tap-and-hold links to open articles in a new page.

Is it worth $2.99 when wikipedia.com (and other Wikipedia-based apps) are free? If you want more than the raw data, if you like the experience and features Articles provides, then absolutely. I read Wikipedia a lot and Articles is the way I'll be reading it for the foreseeable future. (They had me at multiple pages).

Screen shots after the break, and if you give it a try, let us know what you think!

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