TiPb Picks of the Week
Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.
To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!
Pool Bar - Online Hustle – @chrisoldroyd
I have gone for another game this week that you can play over the internet with other iPad users. This week’s pick is Pool Bar – Online Hustle. Pool Bar is an excellent pick up and play game for Pool lovers.
The graphics and physics of the game are perfect. The balls move as you would expect and the sounds are really authentic too. With different skill levels and three different game modes, this one covers all your needs for that real Pool experience. You have 9 Ball, 8 Ball US and 8 Ball UK to choose from.
I have been playing this for the last few nights online with my brother and it is a lot of fun. An additional feature is the text and voice chat features which you can use whilst playing the game. A great way to catch up with your friends and family over a game of Pool!
[$1.99 – iTunes Link]
iOOTP - @skeetobite
My pick of the week is iOOTP. iOOTP (short for Out of the Park) is an iPhone import of a great simulation baseball game that has been around for quite some time. With iOOTP, you can simulate various aspects of baseball - from being a general manager to being the manager of a team. You can play in three different modes - major league, historical, or a fictional league. Personally, my favorite way to play is as the general manager - making trades, trying to entice free agents to the team, drafting new young players. But if you want a more hands on approach, you can ultimately control every facet of even the daily games - when to steal, hit and run, bunt, pinch hit, etc. Keep in mind, this isn't a baseball simulation, so you won't be acting as the player. But if simulation baseball is your fancy, iOOTP is a definite must try.
[$4.99 - iTunes link]
Gas Cubby - @reneritchie
I swear I'm almost paying $1.50 a liter for gas these days (roughly $5.67 a gallon for those of you in the US), and I'm sure many Europeans are paying more. I actually think they spike it high so when they drop it down to medium they trick us into thinking that's low and the bar gets reset, again, in their favor. While I can complain about the obscene prices, the lack of government oversight for oligopolistic behavior, and the other injustices of modern combustible fuel dependence, I can also do something personal and productive -- I can use Gas Cubby.
If you're a road warrior, Gas Cubby is your main man-at-arms. It's one of several excellent pieces of software by App Cubby, and it lets you keep track of just how much you're paying for gas, where, and when. Actually, it does a ton more. It let's you track your mileage and your maintenance. It'll sync that data for you or let you export it to XLS for further nerdy analysis. If you have more than one vehicle in the family, it'll keep track of all of them. You can customize the heck out of it as well so you fill in just what you want. And yeah, Canadians and Europeans can use it to keep track of our crazy, and increasingly crazier, prices.
There's also a free version if you want to try before you buy. But really, it costs less than a gallon of gas these days so just buy it already.
[$4.99 - iTunes link]
Cleartune Chromatic Tuner - @andrewwray
Need to get your guitar in tune? Don't want to go out and spend $50 or $75 on a quality guitar tuner? Enter ClearTune, a guitar and sting instrument tuner that comes packed with style, precision and a great user interface. Cleartune comes with a note wheel display that's more accurate than any of the other guitar tuners I've tested in the App Store.
The app has an ultra responsive 25 cent range fine-tuning display with needle dampening options, and tuning is precise to ±1/100 semitone (±1 cent). In addition, Cleartune comes with adjustable A4 calibration in 0.1 Hz increments for the best tone you could possibly imagine, making your guitar sound better than ever before. There's also a pitch pipe for manual tuning by ear, manual note selection for unique setups and support for transposing instruments. Cleartune Chromatic Tuner is the best app I've found for getting my guitar into perfect tune -- give it a try!
[$3.99 - iTunes link]
@iMuggle: A large part of what my business does has to do with development and design. Writing out concepts can be tough sometimes when it's hard to convey how you want something laid out. I really enjoy using Penultimate on my iPad to better convey app and web design ideas. I can e-mail my co-workers images and notebooks that they can either open on their iPads or that they can view in an e-mail.
Given my artistic ability amounts to stick figures, it still makes it easier for me to explain changes or a concept. They can get the gist of what I'm trying to do better than they could through just worded text. Leanna actually introduced me to this app a while back. I know she uses it to teach math as well. Sometimes free form writing and drawing is a lot easier than trying to type.
This would also be a great app for students who want to take notes on their iPad. Writing out formulas and charts is an extremely easy task with Penultimate. So if you're looking for an app that gives you a little room for creativity and thought flow, give Penultimate a try and let us know what you think!
@llofte: As many of you know, I'm a math teacher. This summer, I am teaching two 8 week courses as adjunct at a community college. I don't have much opportunity to hold office hours, so I have students email me their questions. Well, it's no secret that reading math explanations over email is rather difficult, so I use Penultimate and a Ten One Design Pogo Sketch to make my explanations as clear as possible. I just write out my explanation on Penultimate and email it to the student as a PDF. This mimics how it would look if I was helping a student at the whiteboard and I've received great feedback on its usefulness.
[$1.99 - iTunes Link]
Hanging with Friends - @michellerz_ (Reader's Choice)
From the creators of the popular game Words with Friends, comes the new Hanging with Friends! Hanging with Friends is a different take on the classic game of hangman. Guess the word your opponent created incorrectly and you lose one of the balloons holding you up. Lose all the balloons and into the lava you go! Invite your friends through Facebook, Twitter, and even find random opponents. There is a free ad supported version and also a paid ad free version.
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