Our Daily App Digest – December 5, 2011
Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes store today…
My Folder Pro
My Folder Pro is an app that can create, organize and protect your privacy. The app’s key feature is that it allows you to organize your folders and files by a simple tap & hold and also keep records of any unauthorized access attempt, with the intruder’s photo, date, time and Google maps location.
Packing Pro, the popular travel app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch by QuinnScape, has just been recommended by Apple in its updated "Traveling Home" App Store Essentials promotion showcase. This makes it an officially endorsed, essential app for traveling this holiday season. It has also helped propel Packing Pro into the top 10 U.S. travel apps, for both the iPhone & iPad.
Packing Pro has been a top-ranking travel app in the iTunes App Store since its launch nearly three years ago, reaching the top 3 in both the iPhone & iPad Travel sections for the U.S, Canada & Australia. Packing Pro has also been featured in Apple’s summer 2009 Travel Guide and recognized by National Geographic & American Express’ Travel + Leisure (two years in a row) as one of the best travel apps for the iPhone, as well as earning glowing reviews on major tech & app blogs (148Apps, iLounge & TUAW, among others). In January, Packing Pro was also chosen as a finalist in the 2010 Best App Ever Award competition, and in September was picked as a Staff Favorite by Apple.
PDF Connoisseur – Kdan Enterprise iPad Edition
PDF Connoisseur, a well-rounded mobile reading application designed to meet growing business demands, has been featured as a "New and Noteworthy" Business app on the iPad App Store soon after its release. To celebrate PDF Connoisseur’s initial success, its developer, Kdan Mobile, has announced a special sale of the app for all iPad users. According to Kdan, the app was built upon the established fundamentals of the company’s much-praised PDF Reader series and has differentiated itself from myriads of competitors with its newly-introduced Text-to-Speech and Save-to-PDF features.
PDF Connoisseur has adopted the advanced technology that reads out the content of a PDF file in English, French, and German, with other languages including Chinese, Korean, and Japanese available as options for purchase in the next update. "We’re offering a solution to help business users manage their heavy reading loads. With TTS, you can utilize both the eyes and the ears to handle multiple tasks at a time, or you can simply count on your hearing to absorb information and relieve your eye strain," said Erwin Lin, CTO of Kdan Mobile.
PDF Connoisseur reads a variety of file formats, and with its powerful Save-to-PDF module, users are able to convert mainstream document types, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and iWork, to PDF. The converted files can be bookmarked, annotated, and read out using TTS consequently.
Independent developer Valentin Radu is happy to announce the release of Silvertune, the iPhone(R) and iPod touch(R) instrument tuner. Featuring a new, modern, pitch detection algorithm, Silvertune supports a wide range of woodwind, brass and bowed string instruments. Accurate to 1/100 of a semitone, the tuner is ready for professional use.
Silvertune aims to be easy to use, reliable, beautiful to look at and most important of all, accurate. "When I started to develop Silvertune, I knew from my previous experience with professional musicians, that it would have to be very accurate to fulfill their expectations. That’s why I didn’t use any of the traditional pitch detection algorithms" said Valentin.
The tuner has all the basic functionality included, but lacks some of the features other AppStore tuners have. "In my opinion, there are 3 major things that define a good tuner. It has to be accurate, it has to be easy to read and it has to be responsive and reliable. I focused my development efforts on those 3 things, leaving aside other less important features. Even so, Silvertune still offers basic options like, an adjustable A4 frequency or solfege notation", he explained.
Trip Journal from iQapps, Google award-winning travel app that lets users track, record, document, and share their travels with friends and family, announced today that it is now available as a free download, and features an updated version (7.1) to take advantage of iOS 5’s new capabilities.
Per the update, Trip Journal, which is designed for iPhone, Android, Symbian, Bada and Facebook, now supports:
Optional live tracking that lets users track routes and mark map locations, even when the app is closed, The ability for users to add photos or videos at any point on their route, Easy and rapid trip exporting to Facebook, Google Earth (KMZ), Twitter, Picassa, email and more
"This update further solidifies Trip Journal’s status as the ultimate travel app," commented Valentin Vesa of iQapps, the makers of Trip Journal. "Trip Journal is not only functional and feature-filled, but it’s now free to download. That means everyone can easily create a rich media travelogue of their travel experiences, record their trip with GPS tracking, add their favorite places and destinations, and do so much more. Trip Journal makes travelling a fun, interactive, collaborative, mobile and memorable digital media experience – and it’s so easy and enjoyable to use!"
In late 2009, Google named Trip Journal the top application for innovative concept and design, and awarded it the grand prize of $100,000. Since then, the app has been downloaded thousands of times across the world, and has earned praise and accolades from users, travel experts, and digital media enthusiasts alike.
CCTV Camera Tool Lite
Maven Apps, a mobile application developer specializing in the CCTV industry has released their latest app to support system designers. CCTV Camera Tool 1.0 is a pixel density calculator that is designed to save installers and designers from needing to know the technical details typically required when selecting a lens and camera combination.
The app itself requires users to select only three specifications, image sensor size, camera resolution, and lens size. CCTV camera tool then calculates the distances at which users will be able to use facial recognition software, read a license plate, visually ID a person, and detect an intruder (the four most commonly required distances). Maven Apps has simplified what is normally a complicated process into something very simple creating a very valuable tool for the CCTV industry.
* Calculate facial recognition distance
* Calculate license plate id distance
* Calculate Visual identification distance
* Calculate Human detection distance
* Field of view for all distances
To help App Store shoppers quickly find the latest and hottest apps, HI Innovation LLC today announces that their top-rated iPad application, App Hits, is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch. The free discovery app, recently featured as a top 10 US Utilities app for the iPad, offers innovative and easy-to-use tools to help users zero in on exactly the apps they want to find. App Hits also shows users which apps are on sale, helping them save money during limited-time discounts on their favorite apps.
"App Hits makes it easy to find the perfect free or paid app." said Gordon Ching, Co-Founder of HI Innovation LLC. "The app has been very popular with iPad users, and we are excited to share App Hits with all iPhone and iPod touch users as well."
App Hits provides an intuitive interface, allowing users to easily filter and sort their searches according to which apps are on sale, new, hot, or top ranked. For example, users can choose to see just free apps, sort apps based on price drop, or order apps by the number of stars from user reviews.
Tapping on an app will load its full details and description. App Hits also shows important statistics, including recent rankings and price changes to help users make an informed buying decision. App information is refreshed on an hourly basis to ensure up-to-date content and quality listings.
Users agree that App Hits is beneficial in finding discounted or free apps. App Hits allows shoppers to sort apps that are currently on sale and see how much they are saving. Since all the apps featured on App Hits are in the top 400 for their category, users are able to download top quality apps for bargain prices.
A benefit of using App Hits that some users may not realize is the use of less bandwidth. App Hits provides users with the option to not load icons and images, which significantly lowers the amount of bandwidth used, making it easier for mobile users to browse lists regardless of what connection they are on. This makes it easier to shop for apps on an intermittent Wi-Fi or 3G connection.
The Lion And The Mouse
Smartoonz has launched "The Lion and The Mouse" 1.0 Interactive children’s story book HD for iOS devices. The Story Book is based on the successful TV Series "Little Fables." Meet the Lion for the first time and hear him roar, help the mouse gather food & climb on the big rock, be amazed as you see how the Mouse rescues the Lion. Unique HD illustrations accompanied with a rich narrative on every page. Children will have hours of fun discovering a timeless tale.
Kdan Mobile today is pleased to announce the release of NoteLedge, a mobile note-taking application for iPad that combines handwriting, typing, drawing and audio and video recording all in one package. Built around the theme of a classic leather bound journal, NoteLedge gives its users a multitude of ways to take notes, create a travel diary, or just write up day-to-day events.
NoteLedge comes loaded with features that give users lots of options, both creative and functional, at the touch of a finger. The patented "Navigator" gadget provides users with the ability to copy and crop selected content from the notes, including texts, photos or their own drawings, then paste it anywhere within the active area. The Navigator also gives users a quick way to add a vast collection of icons into their notes. NoteLedge comes with a library of ready to use icons, and users can build their own personal library of icons via the Navigator.
NoteLedge offers a way for travelers to create their journal diary "This is what mobile life is all about: you have a device that gives you the flexibility to be connected, but we want you to have the ability to preserve your precious memories to share. That’s been our company’s focus and we are now empowering users to do it with our app," says Kenny Su, CEO of Kdan Mobile.
Being a fully multimedia tool, NoteLedge lets users record multiple audios and videos, and then insert the files right into their notes. The strong multimedia features are also expected to be a big plus for business professionals that need to attend meetings on a regular basis. NoteLedge takes care of what a recording pen could offer and provide more surprises beyond a recording pen could to its users.
UK based independent games designer Chris Mayer is proud to announce the release of Blockmatix for iPad and iPhone. A unique new concept in gaming, Blockmatix combines the fun and frantic gameplay of a puzzle game with quick-thinking elements of brain exercise software.
A quick-thinking, genre-twisting, math-puzzler, from the creator of Brain App.
Unique New Gameplay:
Clear the falling blocks by solving the equations displayed on them. Don’t let them land, if they stack up to fill the screen it’s game over. Simple and fun gameplay will keep you entertained time and again.
Clear blocks with the Bomb, slow time with the Stopwatch, or nuke any fallen blocks with the Mega-Bomb.
Multiple Game Modes:
Master Classic Mode, test your reactions in Speed Attack Mode, or play your own way in Custom Mode – choose a starting level, handicap (the number of fallen blocks), and enable/disable power-ups.
Each mode can be played on easy/medium/hard settings. Anyone can enjoy regardless of skill level.
Pick up puzzle pieces in-game and complete puzzles to unlock cool new wallpapers for your iPad/iPhone home screen or lock screen.
Easy On The Eyes, And Ears:
Beautiful full-motion video backdrops on each level, and electronic ambient chill out soundtrack. High-resolution graphics for iPad and Retina display on newer iPhone and iPod touch models.
Independent developer James Hollender has released version 2.4 his "iCarbs – iNutrients: Carbohydrates" app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The iCarbs app allows users to easily find out how many carbohydrates there are in over 1,100 different food servings which is critical information especially for diabetics who need to restrict their intake of carbohydrates. The new version has been updated to support iOS 5.
The iCarbs app provides information about foods and how they are rated for carbohydrate content. This is given as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. In addition to being useful for diabetics, who need to make sure they don’t exceed their recommended daily amount of Carbohydrates (carbs), iCarbs will also help bodybuilders get the high intake of carbs they want. The following colors help readily identify which is which:
* Black = Rated extremely high in Carbs (45.01 – 166.46 g)
* Dark Red = Rated very high in Carbs (30.01 – 45.00 g)
* Red = Rated high in Carbs (15.01 – 30.00 g)
* Orange = Rated moderately high in Carbs (12.01 – 15.00 g)
* Yellow = Rated moderate in Carbs (9.01 – 12.00 g)
* Light Green = Rated moderately low in Carbs (6.01 – 9.00 g)
* Green = Rated low in Carbs (3.01 – 6.00 g)
* Cyan = Rated very low in Carbs (0.01 – 3.00 g)
* White = Rated extremely low in Carbs (less than 0.01 g)
There are eight tables listing foods:
* All Foods (includes search capability)
* Fast Foods
* Fruits & Vegetables
* Meat, Fish & Shellfish
* Dairy & Egg
* Cereal Grains & Pasta
IdeaSolutions today is pleased to announce that KYMS App will be free on the App store for a very limited time. KYMS, wich stands for "Keep Your Media Safe", is the most advanced App on the Apple Appstore to securely store photos and videos. It appears as a normal calculator, but by typing the correct password on the calculator keypad users will access a secret and private media library.
New in this release:
* Now full localized in 8 languages: Japanese, Korean, Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
* New panic gesture: covering the screen with your hand, the App will return to the calculator mode
* New Desktop icon: now the app name on your screen will be "KYCalc" instead of "KYMS" to improve the camouflaged icon design
* New video download feature, to download videos from internet to private albums with the integrated browser that doesn’t save any History. Nearest all video hosting sites are supported
* Photo & video rearrange feature
* New Slideshow feature
* New Photo cropping feature
* Additional password to better protect your archive (it will be required after inserting the right PIN)
The Things That Go Bump In The Night
Text Adventures Ltd has released "The Things That Go Bump In The Night". This new text adventure game is specifically designed for iPhone and Android phones, and is now available free in the both the App Store and Android Market.
In the game, you are a security guard settling down to a quiet night shift, when things start to go wrong. You must make your way around the compound, solving puzzles and dispatching mysterious beasts. Unlike the text adventures of old, this new type of text adventure can be played without any typing. Instead, players can use links and menus to navigate and interact with the game.
Game author Tim Hamilton wrote the game using Quest, free software which makes it easy for anybody to create a game with no prior programming experience. Quest creator Alex Warren then converted the game into an app for iOS and Android.
"I was a huge fan of Infocom’s text adventure games back in the 1980s", said Tim Hamilton. "I played most of them when they came out. I always wanted to make my own games but lacked the diligence to properly code such a venture. Quest was a brilliant find for me as it took care of all the details – it made it easy for me to write my own games. The latest version is now even easier to use, and more powerful."
Procypher Corporation releases Knock-n-Block 3D Robot Fighting Game for iPad. Play this fantastic robot fighting game by yourself or with a friend or foe in a championship bout for the metal-weight title! Or just sit back and watch Big Blue and Red Rage battle it out with each other using our sophisticated artificial intelligence logic in autoplay mode. Plus you can customize your game play with 3 degrees of difficulty and 3 different game durations from which to choose.
Real 3D graphics and quick response controls makes this robot fighting game fun and exciting to play. Autoplay mode pits these two menacing fighters against each other without the need for any player input in a ferocious fight to the death! Player controls include left punch, right punch, block punch, and dodge punch fighting moves.
You’ll be amazed by the many spectacular fighting animations and sound effects as you play for hours with your friends and family. Autoplay mode will provide endless entertainment for all who watch. A great game for all ages with simple player controls so that anyone can play well without any previous gaming experience.
Cinnamon Mobile LLC is pleased to announce it has completed the development of its first iPhone application Stocks Live. Stocks Live 1.0 is available on the App Store. For a one-time download fee of $1.99 investors can check 300+ market activities and their own unlimited watch lists, all in real-time. The application is a must have for investors looking for an edge in this complex market.
In an interview, I. Mougy, CEO of Cinnamon Mobile, said, "We wanted to deliver beautiful application and valuable data to investors in a way they never seen before. I think we achieved our goal, we have intuitive user interface, thanks to the latest iOS 5 SDK, and we have a lot of market activities that will surprise most investors in terms of data quality and delivery speed. We had fantastic launch since Nov 22nd and 5 star reviews".
Powered by Yahoo! Finance, Stocks Live supports iCloud, and features five main functionalities:
* Market activities – 15 countries and over 300 category to discover
* Watch list – Unlimited watch lists with unlimited stocks
* Search – Stocks, Bonds, ETFs, Funds, Currencies and more
* Currencies – 166 currencies
* RSS news reader – 100+ news feed from reliable news sources
Black Enterprise, the premier business, wealth building and investing resource for African Americans since 1970, is now live on the digital frontier through Magzter, the global digital newsstand. Patrons of Black Enterprise magazine can now browse, preview and purchase single issues or subscriptions of their favorite link to African Americans who are serious about success. The digital downloads are compatible with Apple and Android devices, can be ported onto multiple devices and are fully multimedia capable.
"Black Enterprise recognizes the importance of the digital/mobile device market and had made some initial forays into the space through a white label app for Apple and a Nook version for Android users. However, the global reach of Magzter, and the ease of use of our publisher tools, have really been strong factors in them signing up to be available on Magzter." said Girish Ramdas, CEO of Magzter, Inc. "Through Magzter, Black Enterprise will remain up to date with all the platforms – Apple, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows, etc. without having to invest in a huge in-house IT effort. They can focus on their reporting and readers while we ensure they are available on the best digital channels out there." he added.
"Magzter offers Black Enterprise very strong multimedia capabilities that they can leverage to enhance the reading experience for their consumers – AND entice advertisers to bring their multimedia spend back to Black Enterprise magazine. We look forward to their editorial teams taking advantage of this unique capability of Magzter." opined Vijay Radhakrishnan, CTO for Magzter "We are also giving them an Apple Newsstand app powered by Magzter. This will allow them immediate access to the largest pool of purchasing users in the current digital market." he said.
Step 4 Moral Inventory Jr
Independent developer James Hollender recently updated Step 4 Moral Inventory Jr. to version 1.0.7, his new addiction recovery based app for iPhone and iPod touch. It provides an easy-to-use, detailed process by which persons participating in Addiction Recovery Programs can be aided in completing Step 4 of the 12 Steps without the use of any spreadsheets. It makes the task less time consuming, while at the same time helping the user create a valuable asset in their recovery process.
Moral Inventories Can Help Anyone:
Although originally designed for persons participating in 12-Step programs, it has since been discovered a Moral Inventory can help anyone analyze their life to learn more about themselves than ever imagined possible … and at only a small fraction the cost of a single visit to a therapist. Examine your reactions to:
* Institutions and Organizations
* Principles, Ideals and Beliefs
* Sources of Anxiety and Excitement
* Sex Relations
Create your own personal Moral Inventory using an iPhone or iPod touch.
Although this app is designated "Jr." it still has the same capabilities as the parent app, "Step 4 Moral Inventory" for the iPad. The user interface has been completely redesigned to accommodate the considerably smaller iPhone and iPod touch screen size.
Best Session Ever
The Best Session Ever iPhone app official global launch takes place this week on the north shore of Oahu, amongst the worlds best surfers during the final leg of the ASP world surfing tour at the world famous Banzai Pipeline. The app allows the user to log, record, geo-locate, statistically track and share their sessions for up to six different summer and winter extreme sports including surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, snowboarding, skiing and skateboarding in a simple easy to understand and clear format.
App Features include
* Free to download
* Simple info input adrenaline menus
* Easy to read data, cool graphics, weekly, monthly, yearly reports and stats
* Geo-locate your session including a "street view" function for the skateboarders
* Attach notes, spot names and photos
* 6 in 1, record up to six different extreme sport logs all in one app, including skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding
* Online community function "see who’s enjoying an extreme sport session, when and where"
* Users can map their progress globally and all their extreme sport locations around the planet
* Share with your friends with the Facebook "you missed it" function all about your extreme sport sessions
The popular civilization building game Space Frontier has earned itself a loyal following around the world and now makes it debut in the United States. The game, originally released in Asia, welcomes players to the future – one in which they must fulfill the hopes of an entire planet.
Space Frontier takes place in the year 2150. The Earth’s resources have been depleted, and the human race must look for a suitable home elsewhere if it is to survive. Players will scour the universe for planets with potential for livability, but finding a home is only the beginning. Each planet offers resources which must be carefully managed in order to provide humankind with the shelter and power it needs to rebuild society. In order to successfully complete each stage, players will fulfill a number of practical objectives – providing the societies that depend upon them with everything they need. Rewards are earned based upon efficiency, which is measured by how fast the objectives can be completed, and players will also earn achievements which help determine their worldwide leaderboard rankings.
Space Frontier is a sci-fi fantasy, but one which takes on concerns which should be very real to the human race. In an eminently playable, detail-rich game, players must rise to reach the challenge of sustainability with the survival of mankind as the ultimate victory. They will build civilizations and learn to provide for and protect them under the most trying circumstances. Unimagined dangers and uncharted territories give Space Frontier a fresh, challenging edge.
Thirty planets to colonize, forty unique stages to conquer, and a variety of creative quests combine with the civilization building aspect of Space Frontier to create an addictive game. Space Frontier offers players hour upon hour of entertainment.
Avoid Pro HD
ClearMind Interactive announced the release of their flagship app, Avoid! HD, for the iPad at 66% off its regular price today. Avoid!, an exciting and unique app for the iPhone, has been reengineered for the iPad to contain greater resolution, but maintaining the same core gameplay which Avoid! app owners have come to love.
"I think it’s great that iPad owners now get to experience Avoid! as it’s meant to be, crystal clear quality on a bigger screen." said Dominic Struczynski, CMI’s Founder and Head Developer. "Plus, it’s 66% off for a reason. We want others to try out and enjoy this great app. We’ve been getting a lot of great feedback and we want to spread the word. Avoid! fans have been asking for a while for an iPad version. Even though the current version of Avoid! is now iPad friendly, I believe a full crystal-clear quality version is needed for everyone to enjoy what this app has to offer."
Pricing and Availability:
Avoid! Pro HD is now available at 66% off at $0.99 USD and CAD in the App Store. Avoid! Free HD is now available for free in the App Store. All are available in the Games category.
Letris 2 Word puzzle game
Ivanovich Games today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of "Letris 2: Word puzzle game" for iOS – the game that everybody knows how to start playing but beware that it is really hard to stop.
Letris 2 includes 2 new game modes: Acronymus and WordMatrix in addition to the 3 variants of classic Letris: Normal, difficult and extreme. The iPad version also include 2 special multiplayer options to beat your friends with split screen: Duel and Endurance.
The game is a freemium Universal app with retina graphics and HD. And let you use iCloud to seamlessly switch between the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch without ever having to restart your game.
* Easy to play
* International dictionaries: English, French, Spanish & German
* 3 game modes & 3 game dificulties
* Special multiplayer modes for iPad
* Universal: Play it on your iPhone and iPad
* iCloud synchronization
* Integrated with Game Center with 57 achievements and global leader boards
SSA Mobile LLC today is pleased to announce the release of LOL Videos 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch. LOL Videos is a collection of different types of hilariously funny videos – updated daily – to make you laugh and keep you in a good mood. The application’s key feature is that all videos are handpicked and verified by our team. We work daily to add only the best and funniest videos for you to enjoy.
"We all have tough or plain bad days now and then. And the best way to loosen up is to have a good laugh. Laughing always puts you in a good mood," says Serge Aliseenko, PR Director of SSA Mobile LLC. "If you take a look at a couple of the fresh videos in our collection, you won’t be able to keep yourself from laughing!"
App key features:
* Navigate as you do in Photoroll
* Sort Videos by Category and Date
* Rate Videos
* Add to Favorites
* Share the fun with your friends via email, Facebook and Twitter
Math Pets Plus
Independent developer Jiayi Chong today is pleased to announce the release of Math Pets Plus! 1.0 for the Apple iPad platform. Math Pets Plus! is an educational game environment designed to make learning math concepts in geometry, functions and trigonometry a fun, social, and immersive experience.
Math concepts at the middle to high school level are taught to the player in the game, making it suitable for both students and adults wanting to brush up on their mathematical skills. Topics like line equations, vectors and functions are addressed in the app through a series of fun and exciting casual games. Each game takes place in beautifully drawn and animated 2D environments and involve hands-on mechanics to engage the user.
Math Pets Plus! features a collection of unlockable creatures that the player can select to star as the protagonist in the various casual games. In addition to that, the player can exercise his/her artistic creativity by decorating the app with a set of animated hand drawn accessories like glowing stars and flying birds.
Billy and the Snowman
Ever After Publications invites you to enter a magical wonderland this Christmas with ‘Billy and the Snowman HD" for iOS, their newly launched interactive storybook kids app. An original short and funny story written in rhyme, guaranteed to bring laughter to your little ones over the holidays.
This story is about a cheeky little boy ‘Billy’ who is determined to find the right nose for his snowman and in doing so learns a life lesson – the joy of giving. Full of whimsy and wonder, this beautifully illustrated interactive animated storybook is a celebration of the magic of Christmas – perfect for the festive season. Adorable animations at every turn of a page as you make your way through this enchanted tale.
The words within the story are so captivating and easy to read along with, and the animations are spectacular – making Christmas even more magical this year! Providing you with three reading modes: ‘Read to Me’, ‘Read it Myself’ or ‘Auto Play’. Professional narration brought to you by ‘Keith Ventress’, whom you may remember from our other children’s app ‘Doolie’.
Watch characters spring to life with touch, and snow fall using tilt and shake action right in front of your eyes. Every page within this app has a number of hidden interactions, not to mention surprise features such as: build a snowman, help Santa deliver presents down the chimney tops and decorate your own virtual Christmas tree. Exploring all the fun interactive elements within each page makes this storybook app very appealing to children of all ages.
Kids and adults alike will find this book truly memorable and entertaining. No wonder as you will become captivated with film like scene pans and integrated special effects.