Daily App Digest – November 29, 2011

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Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes store today…

Christmas Camera for iPad 2

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iWorldWideApps has introduced Christmas Camera for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. Take and load photo to Christmas Camera with advanced image processing algorithms, apply Christmas featured frames and objects to your photos to make them looks more festively!

And new awesome feature – send REAL print cards with your Christmas Photos all over the world from our app! Worlwide shipping!

The best christmas Photo app ever! Try it today!

Christmas camera Features:
* Create and edit you christmas photos
* Add christmas effects to your photos
* Optimised for iPad 2 user interface
* Built in camera
* Share your photos to facebook, twitter, etc
* Send photos by email from app
* Send REAL Christmas print cards from your photos in app! Worldwide shipping!
* Rotate and flip photos
* Save photos

$5.99/£2.99/download

Yo Santa!

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Ricky Robinett is pleased to announce the launch of his newest app, Yo Santa!, an entertaining iOS app to keep this year’s Christmas fun. Yo Santa! allows kids of all ages to ask Santa what he may be bringing them for Christmas and get a random off-the-wall response back. Available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Yo Santa! contains over 50 fun and hip messages, 2 sweet hip-hop background songs and slick DJ scratches every time you shake the app.

$0.99/£0.69/download

HD Camera for iPad 2

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California based iDevelopersLab has introduced HD Camera for iPad 2 version 1.0. HD Camera allows you to take better photos on you iPad 2 and apply different enhancing effects with real time preview and undo! Use your standard iPad 2 camera and get photo with quality of HD Cameras. HD interface is fully optimized for iPad 2. Send real printed photo postcards based on your photos worldwide.

$5.99/£2.99/download

Cookies for Christmas

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CulinartMedia, Inc. introduces Cookies for Christmas 1.1, for iOS devices. Thoughts of family gatherings and visiting friends and bringing in the season with delicious treats means it’s time once again to begin baking Christmas cookies. With over 50 recipes, including traditional favorites like gingerbread and shortbread to new favorites like panettone and sevillanas, this app makes it easy to bake great-tasting treats at home. Each recipe displays step-by-step color photos, ingredient listings, in-built timer, and shopping and favorite lists along with videos and a "know-how" section.

Take the hassle out of the holidays, with an app that features delicious recipes from A-Z, including categories – Traditional, Quick & Easy, Contemporary and International – all making it easier for you to locate recipes, create shopping lists and prepare and bake Christmas cookies at home.

The iPhone app is fully downloadable with no wait times or connections needed to import recipes or other features, making access to recipes, favorites and shopping lists quicker and easier.

$1.99/£1.49/download

iSyslog

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The Gamma Project has announced an update for iSyslog, their app for users and professionals interested in the overall health of their apps and processes running on their iPhones, iPod touches and iPads. iSyslog is a polished, easy-to-use monitoring tool, which helps both end users and experts to check out what’s going on under the hood on their device; one can easily detect bugs, analyze apps’ sanity and report issues – without having to be an iOS expert.
Version 1.2 brings iOS5 compatibility, reduced memory footprint, smaller binary size, and UI refinements.

The application retrieves and visualizes all messages generated by apps and processes, which otherwise would remain hidden. The information is presented on a polished, intuitive interface, which requires no instructions for use.

After starting the application we get a comprehensible overview of all apps and processes which have generated log messages. Pie-charts and graphics provide an intuitive way to quickly check the sanity of your system.

By pulling down the main view an analytical view is shown, which presents a graphical overview of all the messages being generated grouped by severity.

$1.99/£1.49/download

Classical Guitar: Bach & Christmas Favorites For Solo Jazz Guitar

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G-Men Productions and Cherry Lane Music have been producing Top Quality apps, including their amazing Blues Masters app!

This week only they are offering their apps at an amazing 50-60% off on their Christmas Favorites For Solo Jazz Guitar and  Classical Guitar: Bach! Sale last through Friday December 2nd!

Each app offers guitar players more than just guitar interactive sheet music and tablature, these apps reveal some fascinating facts about Christmas and Bach. The apps open with a music box effect and allows you to enjoy an interactive look at some facts about Christmas traditions all around the world and Bach, while you enjoy listening to the guitar pieces you will later learn.

Each app offers: Features:
* Continuously scrolling background with tap-to-learn facts.
* Standard notation and tablature, with animation, shows you what to play and when to play it
* Slow down each piece to 3/4 or 1/2 speed to help you learn it
* Pick start/stop loop points to continuously repeat any portion of the piece, at regular speed or slowed down
* Everything is included; no Wi-Fi streaming is required after installation

Classic Guitar: Bach Offers An Amazing 60 Minutes Of Guitar Education! Where can you buy 60 minutes of guitar Education for a $1.99? Normally the book and DVD of this material would cost $20, This week you get all the amazing interactivity and material from the book and DVD for only $1.99.

Classical Guitar: Bach – $1.99/£1.49/download
Christmas Favorites For Solo Jazz Guitar – $1.99/£1.49/download

Santa’s Big Helper

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It has been the holiday mystery of the ages – the real life existence of Father Christmas, better known to children around the world as the jolliest of elves… Santa Claus. Over the years, the FBI, Scotland Yard, MENSA and the Illuminati have all tried in vain to gather undeniable proof that the man in the big red suit did in fact exist. Today, the unthinkable, unimaginable has occurred… through new technology developed by Wet Nose Design in London, undeniable evidence proving Santa’s existence has been uncovered and made available to the world in the form of an app dubbed Santa’s Big Helper, available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

While typically able to make himself invisible to prying eyes, special patent-pending technology inside Santa’s Big Helper will allow you to see Santa himself when he comes down your chimney and create a video of his entrance. This is no faked video – set it up and it will show Santa coming out of your fireplace in your very own house!

Free/download

Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventures

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Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventures is an interactive journey – an exciting combination of a maze and a ‘search and find’ puzzle game that the whole family can enjoy.

Your journey starts by driving a car. Find your way through the different land- and cityscapes and stumble upon challenges where you might have to use planes, boats and balloons to continue into this a-MAZE-ing adventure. Along the way, search for letters, penguins, numbers, ice cream trucks, and lots of other cool surprises, animated by sounds and lively music. Every time you play you’ll find new things. You and your children will have hours of fun, and an educational experience as well!

The art was created by Roxie Munro, in conjunction with OCG Studios’ creative team. The American author/illustrator of 35 children’s books, including five on mazes, Roxie’s books have been translated into many languages. She has received numerous awards for her work including the "New York Times" Best illustrated award, "Best Children’s Book of the Year (TIME Magazine), and many starred reviews.

On our website you can see how this beautiful and a-MAZE-ing app was created, starting from scratch with the first hand-drawn sketches.

The iPad version featured in ‘What’s hot’ in United States, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Mexico. ‘Staff Favorite’ or ‘New and Noteworthy’ in 80 stores. Number 1 in Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, Indonesia, Armenia, Bulgaria, Columbia, Thailand and Turkey. Top 10 games for kids in more than 30 countries.

$0.99/£0.69/download

Optionary

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Linda Thorssen Abercrombie is proud to announce the release of Optionary 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on December 6th, 2011. Optionary is a fun, competitive and educational vocabulary game that’s based on sound cues and definitions. The player must read the definition and sound cue and guess what word those clues are referring to.

In the English language we often tend to focus on the spelling of words when in reality the critical skills are actually meaning, sound, and phonemic awareness. For language lovers of all levels there is always pleasure and satisfaction involved in learning new vocabulary. This game is different in that it focuses on sounds and definition rather than spelling. The game format allows us to learn while having fun.

$4.99/£2.99/download

MusicTweet

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JAS Applications today is excited to announce the release of version 1.0 of their new iPhone and iPod touch App ‘MusicTweet’. MusicTweet is a fantastic App to let your Twitter friends and followers know what music you’re currently listening to on your iPhone or iPod.

With the sleek, easy to use interface you can easily access your device’s music library and then post the song, artist and album names directly to your Twitter.

Simply run MusicTweet to automatically load the information of the song you are listening to. When the next song starts playing while the app is still running, it will automatically reload the song information. You can even view the current playing song’s album artwork directly within the App.

$0.99/£0.69/download

my Travel Assistant

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The Gamma Project has announced an update to their app, my Travel Assistant. The popular iPhone app, which has been featured in "App Store Essentials – Plan Your Vacation" has been recently updated. Version 1.5.1 brings full iOS5 compatibility and overall improvements.

The update contains several optimizations, in order to use the least amount of memory while providing the best performance.

my Travel Assistant is a professional app for global travelers that integrates into a single, convenient package a smart, multi-currency expense tracker with automatic currency conversion, a 156-currency monetary exchange rate converter and a 36-language translator.

In addition to easy-to-use expense management at home and abroad, the app features: appealing user interface, auto-refresh of exchange rates; eMail expenses as a formatted HTML document, and/or a CSV file; easily edit, reorder or delete trips and entries; and a built-in, multi-function calculator. Designed as an intelligent assistant for international travelers, the app stores all expenses in both the local and converted, home currencies.

With a high-end, dark wood-grain GUI, the app includes no instructions for use; all operations are intuitive and trouble-free. One-time set-up includes entering the user’s language, home currency, and the frequency of exchange rate updates. The designers have paid great attention to human factors. For example, English, Spanish, French, Italian and German appear in their respective places in the scrolling list that appears by touching "Your Language", but the group of five most common languages also appears at the head of the list. Similarly, the app defaults to US dollars, with the yen, euro, swiss francs, british pounds and Canadian dollar leading an alphabetical list of 156 different currencies.

Set-up complete, the home page displays four buttons: Travel Expenses, Currency Converter, Translator, and Quick Add. A summary of the last expense is also shown on the main screen for convenience. The quick add function allows fast expense entry, and goes straight to the entry page of the last trip.

$2.99/£1.49/download

Middle School Writing

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The low scores on standardized writing tests have prompted a serious review of writing in Middle School. Middle School Writing 1.0, by Niles Technology, has taken the lead in changing how students learn writing. Focusing on the critical thinking aspects of writing, this unique mobile app, for the iPad and iPhone, teaches students that preparation, research and outlining are the hallmarks of excellent writing. These essential writing skills serve students well through high school and college.

Niles Technology Group, an education company dedicated to the skill and art of writing, has created an app that starts students off on the correct track to be become good high school and college writers. Starting with a critical thinking foundation, the app teaches students that it is impossible to write what one does not think. While seemingly sounding obvious, many students begin writing thinking that if the words do not come to them immediately then there is a problem. Middle School Writing 1.0 teaches patience in developing ideas; how to properly construct arguments; and, how to confidently and influentially present ideas.

"In Middle School, writing is downright scary and is often more intimidating than public speaking," explains Michael A. Niles, president of Niles Technology Group. "And, unfortunately, most students never recover to become confident writers. Middle School Writing 1.0 changes this dynamic in favor of the student. Using a proprietary step-by-step writing process, the app guides students into the world of organized, critically-structured writing. Once students understand that writing is not an ad hoc process, but a personally designed one then they open up and are more creative. In summary, Middle School Writing 1.0 successfully creates reflexive, thoughtful writers."

$16.99/£10.99/download

Figaro Wig HD

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Physicz Games today is pleased to announce the release and worldwide availability of Figaro Wig HD, their new iPad game full of mazes, physics puzzles and platforming action. With humor, cuteness, unique art and a killer rendition of The Barber of Seville, Figaro Wig is a very accessible game for the whole family.

The mission of the title is to make a charming fashion item called "Wig" jump, bounce and roll through 30 levels and barbershop traps controlled by evil Figaro "The Barber". Among those traps are Fashion-Mobiles, Hair Dryers and Scissor-Copters that try to give Wig a Bad-Hair-Day. Created with great attention to details, the game features artistically beautiful settings in three different art styles and a great variety of outfits for Wig customization.

"Developing Figaro Wig has been, without a doubt, one of the most gratifying and fulfilling experiences for our team. We are extremely proud of what Figaro Wig has become and we’re confident that users will enjoy playing it as much as we enjoyed creating it" – said Francisco Bravo, co-founder and Project Leader of Physicz Games.

$0.99/£0.69/download

Car Calculator

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To help automotive sales professionals easily find an accurate estimate of a used car’s value, Robert Srahol and Miroslav Hosek today are pleased to announce the newly updated Car Calculator app, which is geared specifically towards car salespeople and automotive dealerships looking to do quick, hassle-free appraisals for their clients. Car Calculator is available in a Basic version for the iPhone or iPod touch and a Pro version for the iPad.

In addition, the app creators are announcing a newly discounted price for Car Calculator Basic. The app is now available for $7.99 USD, a 20% savings.

The Car Calculator apps are convenient tools to provide quick appraisals for used vehicles, allowing professionals to easily valuate a client’s car. A user would note the make, model, year, condition, and mileage of the vehicle, key these details into the app and allow Car Calculator to compute the vehicle’s value.

"Car Calculator helps anyone who deals with vehicle purchasing and sales give their customers great service," said Robert Srahol, co-developer of the Car Calculator apps. "You can now go from meeting a customer to valuing a car quickly and easily, without any added stress thanks to the apps we created."

Unlike other used car apps, Car Calculator does not need to make use of an internet connection to compute the value of a vehicle. This seemingly small difference has proven to be the biggest advantage for those in car sales as it allows users to assess a vehicle from virtually any location, such as the far end of the parking lot or a customer’s home.

After an estimate of the car’s value has been completed, Car Calculator can create a professional-looking PDF report listing the results of the valuation. The user can email this report directly from their iPhone or print it.

Car Calculator Basic – $7.99/£5.99/download
Car Calculator Pro – $199/£165/download

Armageddon-2012

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Mobile and online gaming has been drawing massive interest. Research authority Gartner, Inc., is predicting that by the end of 2011, gaming enthusiasts are set to spend a whopping $74 billion for purchase of electronic gaming products. Mobile devices such as the iPhone and other smartphones will be very prominent gaming gadgets, and the number of iPhone game free downloads and purchases from app stores are predicted to surge, aiding in the ballooning overall game-related spending. True enough, up and coming games are currently either being developed or gearing up for a launch, in a quest to create legions of followings.

Tashlik Studio, a leading company that develops games for iPhone and Android users, is announcing the upcoming release of its newest game for the iPhone: Armageddon 2012. The newest game, which will be coming to iStore by the end of November 2011, lets players do the daring act of saving a dying world while enjoying fast-action adventure on iOS.

Offering a choice two heroic characters of either a dog or a cat, Armageddon 2012‚s storyline revolves around the plot where the player must save the world. Arguably Tashlik Studio‚s best game on iPhone with an apocalyptic theme, Armageddon 2012 players will find themselves running from meteors, driving in the car, flying in jet, shooting meteors ˆ all in one explosive game.

Highly addictive, the character must complete a variety of challenges that will surely get the fingers tapping and adrenaline pumping. The iPhone game also offers fitting action music for each world, bright and clear graphics and challenging gameplay. In addition, levels range from easy to insanely difficult and players are assured of a fast paced, fun gameplay for all ages.

$0.99/£0.69/download

iDownloader Pro

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Apps2Be has released major updates for both the free & paid versions of iDownloader Pro for iOS,   company’s top download manager applications in the Appstore.  iDownloader  Pro features downloading and viewing/playing almost any file from the web. The app’s key feature is that it can download & play streaming videos from any website you can browse with your Safari browser. We listened to our valuable customers comments and suggestions and we are glad to announce:

* New multi-tab full featured Safari-like browser
* "HTPP authorization" feature for users that need to download from password-protected websites
* Wi-Fi sharing to transfer files to and from your computer
* Private browsing feature that allows to automatically clear history & cookies when the app goes to background
*  Both regular and password protected ZIP and RAR files extracting
*  "Rip All Media" feature to mass-download all music or video files from current page. (Works only if the page has direct download links to mp3, wav, m4a, mp4 or m4v files)   
*  Lyrics search added to music player
*  Up to 50 simultaneous downloads
*  Improved app stability that allows minimizing crashes on high CPU load  
*  Localization to 12 languages:  English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

$1.99/£1.49/download

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