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!
Photosync - @Alli_Flowers
Every night before going to bed, I place my iPhone on the charger and watch the little sync icon come alive. Yes, iOS 5 will sync your iPhone or iPad to your computer without wires, and without any user input. It’s all automatic. I have not plugged my iPhone into my Mac in several weeks now, and it’s an easy thing to get used to.
And then I needed a photo I’d taken with my iPhone camera. Surely I didn’t have to plug my iPhone into my Mac just to transfer the photo? So I emailed it to myself. But there had to be a better way since you can’t actually retrieve photos from your iTunes backup/sync.
A short while later, I discovered PhotoSync. Everyone is going to have to get this app: it’s the perfect solution for our new untethered world. There are options for everyone. Do you only want to sync your photos from your iPhone to your iPad? PhotoSync can do this. Happy using Dropbox and don’t want to change? PhotoSync has you covered here, too. What’s that? You’re a pc, not a Mac? No problem!
I have tried several sync methods with PhotoSync, and they are all easy, and successful. PhotoSync offers both a Mac and Windows desktop companion (at no charge!) with setup taking no time, no effort, and almost no thought.
[$1.99 - iTunes link]
Peppa Pig's Party Time – @chrisoldroyd
Keeping my little girl entertained is always a challenge. Luckily she absolutely adores a little pig cartoon called Peppa Pig. This week a new app called Peppa Pig's Party Time hit the App Store and she loves it.
You get to design the party invitations, make the birthday cake and create the party bags. Once done, all your friends arrive and you can play Pass the Parcel, Musical Chairs and Pinata time. It is a lot of fun for the young ones.
It is a well designed app that uses the power of the iPad touch-screen in a way that small children can master without too much effort! Unfortunately it appears that this is only available in the UK App Store at the moment!
Peppa Pig's Party Time is not available in the US App Store.
[£2.99 - iTunes link]
Southwest Airlines - @llofte
This past Tuesday, I flew from Denver to San Jose, CA on Southwest Airlines. It was really convenient to check-in and check my flight status on the my iPhone with the Southwest Airlines app. In fact, we were nearly late for our flight, so I was using the app to look up when the next flights were.
I always fly Southwest when I travel and this app always makes it a more pleasant experience.
[Free - iTunes link]
Sid Meier's Pirates! - @CrackBerryKevin
Last weekend was a long weekend where I live, so I went out to a friend's cabin. I had my PlayBook and iPad with me but didn't plan on using them. Then my buddy showed me Sid Meier's Pirates! for iPad. Now that was my original computer game on my original Tandy over 15 years ago. I wasted hours on that game, and on the 2D, trackball version they put for BlackBerry. But the iPad version? Oh. My. God. Awesome. I played 7 hours straight. Ms. CrackBerry got all dressed up to go out, but I kept playing Pirates all through the evening. Yeah. Huge, massive fight.
I've sworn off Pirates! now, but seriously, this game is so good it almost cost me my relationship. I hate you iPad and Pirates.
[$3.99 - iTunes link
Barista - @reneritchie
I played around with Barista for iPhone a couple of years ago and have recommended it before, but now that I'm once again trying to take my coffee up a notch, I looked around the App Store for an assist and ended up right back with Barista.
The design is impeccable (it's by Graham Clarke of Glasshouse Apps, so that stands to reason), the instruction clear and concise, and it's just the thing any beginner needs to start pouring latte, cappuccino, and other beverages with quality and style that'll make an overly stale, overly caffeinated, overly frothed Starbucks weep with envy.
If you want to learn how to make better, stronger coffee with silkier milk and high order swagger, check out Barista.
[$2.99 - iTunes link]
iAllowance - @skeetobite
My pick of the week is iAllowance. After seeing Leanna post a blurb about it online, I decided to try it out for my daughter. After looking over a "sample" child, we created a profile for my daughter, including her allowance, "stars" for specific tasks, as well as various rewards she can "spend" the stars on. Not only was the app a easy to use, but it was a hit with my daughter as well (she gets very excited when we register that she has completed a task). It can sync with other devices, so my wife has it on her iPhone as well. My daughter even has it on her iPod so she can check out her reward and bank status. This is a great app for tracking allowances and rewards, and can encourage children to participate in their chore tracking.
[$3.99 - iTunes link]
Notes Plus - @RedWhiteAndJew (Reader's Choice)
My choice for Picks of the Week is Notes Plus. Notes Plus is an advanced note taking app. In addition to the customizable notebook folders and freehand note taking you find in other similar apps, Notes Plus includes plenty of handy extra features that make it stand out above the rest.
The most innovative and different feature this app features is Shape Detection, which recognizes basic shapes and redraws them in precise polygons. This is helpful for students in Math and Engineering courses where notes include diagrams, graphs, and vectors. You can add voice notes to your pages, which can either be audio recorded of a professor or client's conversation, or commentary from yourself later on. One of the coolest features is the handwriting box which zooms in on the area where you are writing and automatically moves along the page and to new lines as you write giving you a larger area to write on. This app also features a palm pad that can be pulled up from the bottom which serves as a place to rest your hand while writing in the middle of the page without worrying about relocating your cursor or drawing nonsense at the bottom of the page. You have the standard toolbox of drawing utensils in different colors and thicknesses to make key points stand out more. You can also mix handwritten notes with text typed from the keyboard with multiple font options included.
Overall, Notes Plus has every feature you could want in a note taking app and a few features you didn't know you wanted. The app is only $4.99, which is less than the price of a high quality 5 subject paper notebook except that this will never run out of paper and takes up considerably less room. If you are a student, this needs to be on your must-have list.
[$4.99 - iTunes link]
You’re part of the team as well, so we will be choosing one reader to make a submission each week! Just look for the announcement on [twitter](http://www.twitter.com/llofte] or our Facebook page each weekend for a chance to be picked! In the meantime, jump into the comments and let us know your pick of the week!