New and updated apps: Vert, 1Password, FTL, Catan and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got a free unit and currency converter, a major update to 1Password, games and more.

New and updated iOS apps

  • Vert 2.1: An elegant unit and currency conversion app, Vert hasn't been updated but is free for a limited time. If you haven't downloaded it, here's your chance to save yourself some cash. Free - Download now
  • 1Password 4.5: Agile's popular password manager for iOS has been completely rebuilt in this new release, and now supports multiple Vaults and sharing. AirDrop is supported. a unified AutoFill tool has been added to 1Browser, and more. Through Friday it's 50 percent off. $8.99 - Download now
  • FTL (Faster Than Light) 1.5.0: The spaceship simulator strategy game has been updated with fixes for various iPad sound problems, along with the ability to disconnect from Game Center when it's not working, and many other bug fixes. $9.99 - Download now
  • Hotel Reservations by 6.7: Book hotel reservations using this app. New and improved list of your bookings, importing a booking into the app is now easier, and more. Free - Download now
  • MyGlass 0.5.0: Google's utility for managing and configuring the Glass wearable adds the ability to Control Glass from a screencast by swiping up on your iPhone screen. It also contains bug fixes. Free - Download now
  • Plague Inc.: The strategy game about spreading diseases around the world updates to version 1.8 with a new "Mega-Brutal" difficulty, new cheat modes, challenges, new events, and performance improvements. $0.99 - Download Now
  • Ember: The image organizer gets an update to version 1.2.2 with a new iCloud sync engine for increased reliability. $4.99 - Download Now

New and updated Mac apps

  • 1Password 4.3: The Mac version of Agile's popular password manager is a massive update. Too much to list here, so go to the Mac App Store for the release notes. $24.99 - Download now
  • Catan 1.3: A new version of the legendary computer board game optimizes graphics rendering, improves load times and stability, allows you to adjust terrain tile and character model texture quality and optimizes data exchange between the game and the editor. $16.99 - Download now
  • Briefly 1.5: Briefly helps you create still motion (as opposed to stop motion) videos. The new release helps you sort photos by color, lets you loop the selected soundtrack and disables reduction of black borders. $14.99 - Download now
  • ooVoo 5.0.1: Video chat software ooVoo got a huge update last week with the 5.0 release, which added HD video calling, easier group management and integrated messaging. The 5.0.1 update improves low-bandwidth video call quality. Free - Download now
  • Ember: The image organizer gets an update to version 1.5.1 with a new iCloud sync engine for increased reliability. $49.99 - Download Now

More apps and updates?

If you try any of the apps or updates, let me know how they work for you. If you got any new or updated apps today that you loved, but don't see here, let us know about them!

Peter Cohen