Daily App Digest – 08/13/10

Latest iPhone apps and updates to hit the iTunes store today…

mTrip Travel Guides


Montreal-based mTrip Travel Guides is happy to announce its release of five new city guides available on the iPhone and iPod touch. The new city guides include Washington, Venice, Madrid, Vienna and Moscow. mTrip offers travelers an enhanced experience with automatic and customized trip itineraries, augmented reality, map/GPS, expert and user-generated content as well as unique sharing features.

"Not only do we provide travelers with the most advanced travel tools, we also continuously develop new city guides so there is a destination for everyone’s travel needs," says Frederic de Pardieu, CEO & Founder of mTrip. "We plan to roll out a lot more cities soon so stay tuned for more."

mTrip’s Features Include:
* Traveling in Augmented Reality
* Automatically planning Customizable Trip Itineraries
* Locating oneself and points of interest on a map
* Getting Directions to and from each point of interest
* Sharing Postcards via Facebook and email
* Consulting a Travel Guide created by users and experts
* Submitting Ratings, Reviews, Photos and Travel Guide Updates for other travelers to see

mTrip launched its city guide collection just two months ago with nine European and US destinations – Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, New York, Chicago and San Francisco. "mTrip offers a lot more than any other travel guide app out there – users are promised a very interesting and intelligent trip experience once they get their hands on our product. Staying at the forefront of technology is part of mTrip’s mandate so no matter what other travel guide developers come out with, mTrip will always be at the top of the tech game. As travelers ourselves, we understand traveler needs and so we continuously develop the product around that," says de Pardieu.

Supported Languages:
* English, French, German, Spanish and Italian (Italian available for European cities only)

mTrip’s main features include traveling in augmented reality, automatically planning customizable trip itineraries, locating oneself and points of interest on a map, getting directions to and from each point of interest, sharing postcards via Facebook and email, using a comprehensive travel guide created by experts and travelers, and submitting ratings, reviews, photos and travel guide updates for other travelers to see. The guide is 100% Offline (except sharing and updates) and there are no roaming fees.

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Gravity Runner 1.0


UK based developer, "We Are Colin" today announces Gravity Runner 1.0, their brand new game title for iPhone and iPod touch devices. Gravity Runner is a game with a similar style to the popular ‘Canabalt’ and ‘Chop Chop Runner’ games, but with a huge gameplay twist. The player can flip gravity, so instead of just running along the floor, they can also run on the ceiling of the level, adding much more excitement and fun to this genre of game.

The player takes the role of ‘Colin’ as he automatically runs through levels fraught with fiendish obstacles and traps, in order to reach the end of the level in the fastest time possible. The twist in this game comes with Colin’s ability to change the direction of gravity, this allows for some interesting challenges that mean the player must think and react quickly to reach the goal at the end. There are also various pickups along the way to aid the player.

Gravity Runner 1.0 has been designed to be very easy to learn and play, using a simple and responsive one touch control system. The player taps anywhere on the screen once to jump, and taps again while the player is in mid air to flip gravity. Don’t let the simplicity of the game fool you though, there’s something here to challenge the most seasoned hardcore gamers. Timed leaderboards allow players to compete to be the fastest Gravity Runner in the whole world.

Feature Highlights:
* Unique gameplay never before seen in a game of this genre
* Easy to learn, a lifetime to master
* Fiendish traps and difficult obstacles
* 25 widely varying levels 4 secret levels
* An Endless mode to challenge even the most veteran of players
* A variety of pickups
* OpenFeint Enabled. Submit your score worldwide and compete to become the best
* A collection of achievements up for grabs
* Choose to listen to your own music while racing through the levels

Device Requirements:
* iPhone or iPod touch
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 12.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Gravity Runner 1.0 is priced at only $0.99 (USD) and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games, Action and Arcade categories.

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Pimpy 1.2


Underplot Apps today announces Pimpy 1.2, the company’s new photo decoration app for iPhone and iPod touch. Pimpy is the latest application for photo decoration, giving access to your Facebook photos and to the photos of your friends. Choose from over 270 stamps from different categories. In addition to this initial number of stamps you can download more than 200 other stamps. Besides the easy access to all of your friends, you can also use your iPhone camera.

Underplot Apps, the authors of this app, added the possibility for logging into your Facebook account, browsing all of your friends and their albums. It is possible to search by name and adding friends to your favourites. Besides the easy access to all of your friends, you can also use your iPhone camera.

For the photo decoration you can choose from over 270 stamps from different categories: frames, hairstyles, hats, glasses and many more. In addition to this initial number of stamps you can download more than 200 other stamps. Some of them are accessible by sharing in Twitter (Zodiac, Tattoos), others are stamps for fans and can be bought for only $0.99 – Accessories, Deluxe toys, Animals and Cool frames!

* Connect to Facebook, browse friends’ albums and use their photos
* A library with 270+ stamps, expandable to 500 (frames, word balloons, hairstyles, noses, beards & moustaches, eyes, ears, hats, glasses, masks, accessories, tattoos, zodiac and others)
* Rotate, resize, flip and re-order stamps
* Save to the iPhone/iPod touch photo library
* Share on Facebook and with the Pimpy community
* Content updates – there’s a great lineup of updates for Halloween, Christmas, New Year and the rest of the holidays in the calendar, when you create a lot of photo memories

Supported Languages:
* US English, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
* 19.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Pimpy 1.2 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category.

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TopConverter 1.0


Silver Surf limited announces the release of TopConverter 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Instead doing complicated math or digging through tattered conversion tables, users can now convert currency, linear units, volume, area and more with just a few taps of the screen. Whether they be a grandma baking some cookies for the grandkids or a Forex trader trying to make a killing in the market, TopConverter 1.0 is useful for people in all walks of life.

TopConverter can handle conversions for:
* Temperature
* Time
* Angles
* Area
* Clothing sizes
* Currency
* Energy
* Length
* Power
* Speed
* Volume
* Weight
* Up to 3 comparison fields for simultaneous conversions

To ensure that this app is useful to the largest number of people possible, TopConverter supports nearly every currency in the world, 153 in all, and the developer plans to add more in future updates. All 153 currencies can be synchronized simultaneously, so users don’t need to continually check exchange rates. This makes the app perfect for bankers, travelers and Forex traders. The app also supports six of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It automatically displays features in French, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, or Spanish depending on the localization settings of the user’s device.

Chefs, culinary students and soccer moms who love to bake will find the cooking conversions invaluable. TopConverter 1.0 quickly converts pan and baking dish sizes, ingredient measurements, oven temperature and even includes the most commonly used cooking abbreviations.

Users that perform a particular conversion on a regular basis can use the "Custom" function to store any arbitrary conversion quantity based on one of the four main mathematical operators (Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction). This feature lets them perform quick conversions using a known quantity without scrolling through the other menus.

Supported Languages:
* US English, Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese and Spanish

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iPhone iOS 3.1 or later
* 1.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
TopConverter 1.0 is only $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity and Utilities categories.
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iCharacter Shifter 1.0

Amunsol today released iCharacter Shifter 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. This App has been created purely to provide hours of fun. iCharacter Shifter lets users take a person’s head from a photo and put it onto a character’s body, such as a super hero, a villain or sexy woman. Amunsol has made the application super simple to use and has plans to add many more characters in coming weeks.

iCharacter Shifter is all about providing a fun experience. Users can snap a new picture with their device and the app’s built-in camera. Then, with just a screen tap or two, the person’s head can be put on the body of a super hero, villain, sexy woman or transformed into one of America’s Most Wanted.

The application is very easy to use and there are several characters available for users at the time of launch, with many more on the way. Amunsol developers already have plans for expanding the selection in coming weeks, so users will have a larger menu of characters to choose from in the near future.

Features offered in iCharacter Shifter:
* Super easy to use interface
* Snap a pic to manipulate with the built-in camera
* Several character selections
* Many more characters are being added
* Appropriate for all ages
* Provides hours of fun!

Say, wouldn’t your boss, teacher or little brother look funny as a monkey? It’s easy to find out for sure. Learning more about this fun app is as easy as using it. Just visit the Amunsol website or iCharacter Shifter page on iTunes.

Device Requirements:
* 2G, 3G, 3GS iPhone and iPod touch, iPad
* iPhone OS 3.1 or later
* 2.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
iCharacter Shifter 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

iCharacter Shifter 1.0:
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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: