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iMore Picks of the Week for April 1, 2012

Every week the editors at iMore carefully select some of our favorite, most useful, most extraordinary apps, accessories, gadgets, and websites. This week's selections include a unique photography app, a solution for reading sheet music on the iPad, an alternative to iBooks, an awesome flying game, a web app alternative for a popular native iPhone application, and a new way to view your Instagram feed.

To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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iPhone & iPad Live 282: iPad 3 event, Photoshop Touch, home automation

Georgia, Seth, and Rene discuss Apple's upcoming iPad 3 event, analyze the invitation, and round up the rumors; also: Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad, Marvel comics for iBooks, and Nexia home automation. This is iPhone & iPad Live!

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Marvel comics now available in iBooks

Marvel comics has just pushed out a large set of their collected editions to Apple's iBookstore. The contents is what you're typically find in their softcover trade paperback editions, and mostly more recent fare, but there's some great stuff included.

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Best iPad app for comic book buying: Comics review

Comics is the best app for buying comic books -- and graphic novels -- on your iPad. Well, that's not exactly true. Comics is one of the best places to buy comics, but the developer, comiXology also makes dedicated versions of the app for Marvel, DC, Dynamite, IDW, Image, and other publishers. They claim over 16,000 titles, more than enough to delight anyone's inner Sheldon. Comics itself has a great selection of titles from several of their partner publishers and, taken together, the comiXology apps are everything you need to get your weekly fix of new releases and classic back issues alike.

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Marvel starts offering trade paperback-style collections for iPad

Marvel is starting to offer Digital Comics Cllections for iPad, the digital equivalent of the traditional trade paperback, which combines together the single issues of a story line into one volume. Only 10 titles will be available at first, focused around the Ultimate Universe and current movie properties. Hopefully more will be available soon, and hopefully DC will jump on this bandwagon as well.

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Be a star in your own comics with ComicBook! for iPhone and iPad

3DTOPO Inc. has released their new comic book creation app, ComicBook! After designing your realistic comic featuring you and your friends, you can tag everyone and share to Facebook.

  • 9 auto scaling text caption styles
  • 9 customizable comic photo filters
  • 30 unique page Layouts (both portrait and landscape)
  • 55 classic comic graphics (tap to scale/rotate!)
  • 3 different optional halftone styles
  • 7 licensed comic fonts
  • 4 different border styles
  • All border styles have an optional bevel style
  • Captions feature small, medium and large font options
  • Captions feature customizable background colors
  • 1 general use text tool for titles and more in 6 colors and 3 sizes
  • 1 stylized caption with a large first letter and gradient background in 6 styles
  • 2 manual-sized captions
  • All fonts feature international characters and a bold/emphasis mode
  • Facebook sharing with built-in photo tagging
  • Twitter sharing with Twitpics
  • Email sharing
  • Save to photo library
  • Tool tips
  • Comprehensive online help and a graphical Quick Start
  • Direct printing
  • Load photos from library
  • Direct image capture on devices with cameras
  • Universal app (one copy runs on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches)
  • App works in both landscape and portrait orientations
  • App settings allow defaults to be set

Excuse me - I have a comic about a pack of Ewoks who set out to steal Rene's Mac Pro but are surprisingly greeted by an angry, green version of our Editor who was recently hit with a Gamma Bomb to write. You're not going to want to miss this one!

ComicBook! is available for $0.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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DC Comics to release on iPad same time as print

As part of DC Comics new 52 initiative, Dan DiDio Jim Lee, Grant Morrison and company announced that they would be releasing future issues on iPad day and date with the traditional print releases. That's great news for comic book readers, and great first step. Now how about offering collected digital editions simultaneous to trade paperback releases. I'd love Absolute digital editions of Watchman, Dark Knight Returns, Planetary, All Star Superman, and the list goes on.

And hopefully Marvel is paying super attention to this as well.

Video after the break.

[BleedingCool.com via SuperManofSteel, 9to5Mac]

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Disney brings its comic collection to the iPad and iPhone with the launch of Disney Comics

Disney has launched another gem into the App Store, the Disney Comics app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Top 5 reading apps for iPad

TiPb checks out the best, most must-have reader apps to load up on your iPad

Have an iPad and curious which are the best, most must-have reading apps you need to check out? Want to really get the most out of that big 9.7-inch screen? Well read on for TiPb's top 10 most recommended, most must-have readings apps for your iPad.

Note: Many of the reader apps are free but individual books, issues, etc. are available via in-app purchase. Those prices vary.

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iVerse Bringing Comic Books to iPad

iVerse already has an iPhone app that lets you get and read digital comics on the go but, like many of us, when they saw Steve Jobs holding up that shiny new 9.7" multitouch screen, they wanted their comics on the iPad.

Not content with simply upscaling their existing app, however, they built a new one from scratch:

“We really wanted to create a traditional comic book reading experience on this device.” said Mr. Murphey. “You know, just because we can do all kinds of crazy things with the technology doesn’t necessarily mean we should.”

They've also answered some long-standing reader demands, including zoom and preview images. Content comes from Marvel, Ape Entertainment, Archaia, BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, titles from Image Comics creators, but no sign of DC yet (for shame!), and we're not clear how much is available from which publisher yet either (for shame industry!).

The best news?

Long time users of iVerse Comics will have the ability to download new, high resolution, iPad files of their previously in-app-purchased comics for no additional cost. By the hoary hosts indeed!

Video after the break!

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