TiPb Picks of the Week for December 17, 2011
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!
PhotoPad by Zagg - @Alli_Flowers
I realize Zagg has an ulterior motive behind their app. They want you to create original artwork to turn into Zagg skins. Nothing wrong with that - Zagg skins are awesome. But this app is pretty awesome on its own.
I originally downloaded PhotoPad because I had an email I wanted to share in a public way, but needed to remove all personal information. I figured it would be simple to just draw a line through the text with one of the many photo editing apps I already owned. Not so fast! While they could all adjust hue, saturation, and crop till you drop, not one could just draw a black line over some text. PhotoPad can do this.
But I discovered that PhotoPad can do a whole lot more. Using any photo on your iPhone or iPad (it's a universal binary), you can easily remove red eye, adjust your colour, add a filter, rotate, crop, resize...you get the idea. This is a rather full featured photo editor, and once you've finished editing your masterpiece, you can email directly from PhotoPad.
And of course, you can order your Zagg skin directly from the app.
- Free - App Store link
Relax and Sleep Well – @chrisoldroyd
If you are like me and suffer from a bit of stress and have trouble getting to sleep at night, this app may be for you. Relax and Sleep Well is very simple to use, you basically lie in a comfortable bed, put on your headphones and listen to the voice and music which gently relaxes you and helps you off to sleep.
It starts with some deep breathing exercises then you just relax and slip off to sleep, it's that simple. Well it is for me anyway, I have yet to hear the end of the sequence; which lasts just 27 minutes. It is so relaxing to listen too and better still it is absolutely free! If you want a helping hand to relax and drop off to sleep, give this amazing app a try!
- Free – App Store link
Tweetlogix for Twitter - @andrewwray
I've used TweetLogix in the past as my main Twitter client for the iPhone, but ended up defaulting to Echofon Pro. Ultimately, after running into issues with Echofon, I've decided to switch back to Tweetlogix full-time -- and for good reason.
The app has so many features that are missing from other popular Twitter apps that I’ve stopped looking for the “best Twitter app” altogether at this point. Tweetlogix is polished, extremely snappy and takes up very little system resources (RAM) despite everything it can do. When testing against some of the other popular Twitter apps, I discovered the memory footprint of Tweetlogix is roughly half of apps like Tweetbot and Twitter for iPhone, which is great for power users and those who like heavy multi-tasking.
One awesome feature I find myself using on a daily basis is the ‘Now Playing’ option, which tweets what track the iPod app is currently playing and includes an iTunes link for anyone interested in checking out the tunes you’re into. This is particularly useful for me whenever I’m listening to my favorite podcasts for the week.
The app also features light and dark themes, inline image previews, customizable tap-and-hold actions for links and so much more. The feature list is so long, I’d need an entire article by itself to go over everything it can do. If you’re looking for a low-priced and feature-heavy Twitter app that’s also extremely responsive and well thought out, check out Tweetlogix — you won’t be disappointed!
- $1.99 - App Store Link
Twittelator Neue - @iMuggle
I have Twitter client ADD when it comes to my iPhone (I've yet to find a killer iPad Twitter app). Up until recently I've been switching between the official Twitter app and Tweetbot. I've now been using Twittelator Neue on my iPhone and it's by far the most gorgeous Twitter client I've ever used.
Everything from the user interface to how little things like swiping from timeline to mentions is done incredibly well. It doesn't really bother me that it doesn't have push notifications either. But if you want them, you could always use Boxcar or another service that supports them in order to supplement it.
If you haven't checked it out yet, give it a look and let us know what you think. It's currently available at an introductory price of $1.99. My guess is eventually it'll go up to Big Stone's normal price point of $4.99, so get it while it's on sale!
- $1.99 - App Store Link
GTA III: 10th Anniversary Edition - @JorjLim
If nostalgia is what you want, grab GTA III: 10th Anniversary Edition for the iPhone/iPad.
When I picked up this game, it really took me back to playing it on my PC: The blocky graphics, the terrible car handling, the inability to swim (that’s annoying) and no one can forget, the terrible police AI. The only thing missing from the mobile version of the game, are the cheats, which is a shame but doesn’t take away from the fun.
The controls have been truly optimised for the touchscreen, which dynamically change when you’re either on foot or in a vehicle, and they work surprisingly well.
I’ve also noticed a slight improvement in graphics on the iPad 2, compared to the iPhone 4, which might be due to the A5 processor, but that doesn’t stop it from making it the most played game on my iPhone.
Unlike the original, there is an autosave feature, which saves the game wherever you are, if you exit the game. Which is useful if you receive that all important text and you don’t want to have to start again at the safe house.
It’s ONLY $4.99! Bargain.
- $4.99 - App Store link
Consume - @reneritchie
Duke Nukem. Textmate. Consume. These are the sequels the inter-world has been waiting for. Well, okay, Consume is neither as high profile nor as late as either Duke Nukem or Textmate sequels, but Bjango's Marc Edwards did give TiPb a sneak peak at it way back at WWDC 2010 before putting Consume 2 on a bit of a shelf while dashing off to work on other projects. But like Duke Nukem and Textmate, Consume 2 has finally seen the light of day -- from App Store submission to release in almost record time. It's a holiday miracle.
Consume 2 picks up right where Consume 1 left off -- letting you track all your accounts and all your usage data in one, convenient, gorgeously styled place. And the big news is the big screen -- the new version is a universal app for full on, full size iPad support. How much information Consume can track depends entirely on how much your carrier, ISP, loyalty program, or other service surfaces online, but the folks at Bjango are continually working to make it do more, better, and make it easy for you to help them out.
If you have a lot to keep track of, let Consume do the heavy lifting for you. Free upgrade to existing Consumer users, ridiculously cheap purchase for new users. Get it now.
- $2.99 - App Store link
Oink - @llofte
Oink is a new app for rating stuff. Yeah, I know, there's already enought of those. But this one is different because instead of just rating the place, you rate the items in that place. I've only recently started using it, but it's pretty cool and I'd love to see it take off. There are so many times that I go to a restaurant that I know has good reviews, but I have no idea what to order from the menu. With Oink, I can look for reviews and pictures of specific entries on the menu.
I think Oink is a really great twist the to tradition review/ratings systems out there, but like with every similar app, it's worthless if people don't use it. So please use it!
- Free - App Store link
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