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Daily App Digest – April 25, 2012

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



ATDevApps is proud to introduce photoAround 1.0 for iOS. Planning a trip? then photoAround is right for you. How many times have you visited a city and shortly after realized that you have missed visiting one of it’s wonders? You can now easily plan your trips in advance via the photoAround app. This innovative application allows the user, through an easy but awesome interface (supporting also the latest Retina display) to simply write down the destinations which they would like to visit on their iPhones or iPads

Through maps and leveraging geolocalization offered by your device you can find and tag places to visit, associating to them one or more photos selected from the thousands taken by Flickr users. On top of that, it will inspire you take mesmerizing photos and not looking back and sadly realizing that you have missed the best shot.

The user-friendly and graphically nice interface will prompt the user to assist them in planning their next adventure, both using an iPhone or an iPad with the new Retina display. PhotoAround will assist you and your friends with creating the perfect itinerary for your next trip. Furthermore, it will add surprising notes and fantastic photos taken by world-renown photographers of Flickr!


Remoter VNC


Remoter Labs today is pleased to announce the release of Remoter VNC 3.4.2 for iPhone and iPad, an update to version 3.4 of their productivity app that enables users to remotely control Macs via Screen Sharing, and Windows or Linux computers using the VNC or RDP standards right from their iOS devices, and with full external keyboard support. The app uses Bonjour and NetBIOS to make setup a cinch, and it features a novel and highly praised "virtual trackpad" that allows to control the mouse cursor intuitively. RemoterFusion, which provides sound redirection and easy setup, RDP, Telnet and SSH support are available as in-app purchases.

Full support for external keyboards was added in version 3.4 of the app, and with this update, some issues with it have been corrected. Retina level artwork and support was also added with this update, and now the app is 100% compatible with the new iPad. These changes make Remoter the best and most complete remote desktop app in the App Store.

The app offers one of the fastest implementations of the VNC and RDP protocols on the iOS platform. Operation is intuitive, with a well thought out interface that allows users to either tap on the screen and have taps converted into clicks on the remote system, or use a unique "virtual trackpad" that gives users precise control, and ease of use. A drag or stylus mode on the iPad version is also provided, which gives users the ability of easily dragging items, or drawing on their computers directly from their iPad just by using their fingers or a stylus.




MADFINGER Games has released a new update for iOS version of SHADOWGUN. With the update, this best-selling game finally arrives to the new iPad users and brings smashing gaming experience.

SHADOWGUN, that has been downloaded by almost one million users worldwide so far, is available for the new iPad as an update, not as a standalone app. "Shadowgun is an universal app, why to release extra HD version? We don’t want to force players to pay twice for one game," explained MADFINGER Games CEO Marek Rabas.

SHADOWGUN provides players with an exceptional gaming experience on the new iPad. The updated game version supports Native 2048×1536 iPad resolution and 4x Anti Aliasing and yet it still retains completely smoothly gameplay. "So it proves its extraordinary benchmark game qualities with an excellent graphics and easy-to-use controls," promised Marek Rabas.

This update also remedies often repeated crashes of game appearing on the original iPad and iPod touch due to a lacking in memory. "We have been digging data savings out as long as we manage to solve this problem," said Marek Rabas.


Planet Pete


nudge GmbH today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Planet Pete 1.0, its new gaming title for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Pete is traveling in space in order to rescue little turtles and fight against evil aliens. With its unique one-touch controle, the new iPhone game "Planet Pete" features a completely new game concept. A tap of the finger let’s Pete jump from planet to planet, gain momentum, and show what a talented hero he is. The game may be played in the Arcade or Campaign Mode, featuring 72 levels. Each week the game treats the player to a new level.

In a nutshell:
* New game app: Planet Pete
* Casual game for the iPhone and iPod touch
* Completely new game concept: one-touch-control
* Independent Arcade Mode
* Campaign Mode featuring 72 levels
* Supports Game Center (High Score and Achievements)
* A new, complimentary level each week
* Price: $ 0.99

In the casual game "Planet Pete" the turtle puts on his diving mask – which is quite sufficient to be protected against the dangers lurking in space – and off it goes for some fun in the universe.





Two Lives Left and Rui Viana have released Cargo-Bot, a puzzle game where the player commands a robot to sort crates. Cargo-Bot presents players with fiendishly clever puzzles and features stunning retina graphics. It is available for free on the App Store.

Cargo-Bot was programmed entirely on iPad using Codea, a touch-based programming app for iPad created by Two Lives Left.

It’s the first game of its kind, prototyped, programmed and polished on iPad. Cargo-Bot was created by Rui Viana, a Codea user who developed his initial prototype and shared it with the Codea community. Two Lives Left reached out to Rui in order to turn his prototype into a published App Store game. They also enlisted the aid of Fred Bogg, a composer who developed a music library for Codea, to create the music for Cargo-Bot.

Coinciding with the release of Cargo-Bot, Two Lives Left is releasing the Codea Runtime Library source code under the Apache License Version 2.0. Registered Apple iOS Developers will be able to export their Codea projects into the Codea Runtime Library in order to release them as standalone apps, just like Cargo-Bot.




Within the first launch phase Haikimmi received positive ratings with an average of five stars on the German AppStore. The outstanding character design, cute animation and funny sounds make people fall in love with Haikimmi.

The charming 3D character originally comes from the Land of Wisdom. Haikimmi is unhappy about how many of the earth’s inhabitants make poor choices day after day. So she has decided to share her skills. Just ask a question that can be answered with YES or NO! Haikimmi answers.

The reply may be helpful in any situation:  
* At home: Do I have to do the dishes?
* With kids: Is it time to clean up?
* Planning holidays: Should I book a long vacation?
* Personal affairs: Will he be happy if I call him today?
* Style questions: Does this skirt suits me?
* In a karaoke bar: Should I go on stage now?




Are you part of the 3% that still relies upon product quality printouts from suppliers?  Auditweaver emails you product test results before they find their way to your loading dock.

Auditweaver was developed to handle notoriously tougher communication and documentation sharing between outsourcers and their contract manufacturers. With auditweaver, you can set supplier production schedules, manage materials, conduct testing and set alerts internally, and with others in your supply chain. Being notified of important production and compliance checkpoints between companies is only available on our platform.


Football Attack Euro 2012


Football Attack Inc., a leading football game developer, today announced the launch of Football Attack Euro 2012, a mobile football game app. You can experience the excitement of this world-class tournament, by trying to predict each of the Euro 2012 scores. Test your knowledge of football and analyse each teams’ strengths and weaknesses to predict the outcome of each Euro 2012 match. You and your friends are then ranked – try to be one of the few worldwide who get a perfect score!

If you consider yourself a football fan and love this game, this app is for you!!

Football Attack Euro 2012 allows you to play with your Facebook friends, check your own ranking and that of your friends. You can create your own league with friends – see who can best predict all the scores throughout the Euro 2012.

The rules are simple, before each round of the tournament, you predict the scores for each game. You get 3 points for an exact score or 1 point for a correct result (points are given based on the final result of the match (including overtime & penalty kicks).


BarTab Keepr


Announcing that AE’G-wiz, the developer of BarTab Keepr, has released the latest update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. BarTab Keepr 2.1.1 lets users know how many drinks they’ve had, how much they’ve spent, and when it’s time to close out their tab. BarTab Keepr even calculates the tip based on the total tab and a custom percentage chosen by the user. Location alerts also ensure that partiers never leave the bar without closing out their tab and grabbing their credit card.

BarTab Keepr 2.1.1  Features Include:
* Use different calculation modes to keep a running estimate on your total drinks and bill
* Receive notifications when you’ve exceeded the "Sobriety" or "Poverty" limits you’ve set on your current tab
* Add tips to your calculated total on a per drink or percentage basis
* Set location alerts to remind you to close out your tab (and grab your credit card) before you leave the bar
* Enable the power-saver mode to reduce battery consumption when you’ll be out for a long while
* Get background notifications and updates on enabled devices
* Create a few new drinking games if your inebriated imagination feels inspired


Avadon: The Black Fortress HD


Spiderweb Software announces that this week (April 23rd-30th) their hit game, Avadon: The Black Fortress HD, is now available for half its regular price. Avadon held the #1 RPG spot on iPad for over a week at launch and is now available at its lowest price ever. See what all the fuss is about on one of the only full-length RPGs available for iOS.

Five great nations have banded together to form The Pact. The Pact is defended by Avadon, a secretive sect of spies and assassins. Its agents are everywhere and its word is law. You have been recruited as a Hand of Avadon, charged with missions that require swift action and a heavy fist. However, the enemies of the Pact have plans of their own, and Hands of Avadon are being picked off one by one. It will fall to you to struggle to survive and to reveal that plot that could shatter the safety of The Pact and plunge your homeland into chaos.

Embark on a whole new adventure full of danger, mystery, and intrigue. Visit the lands of the Pact and the wild, hostile lands beyond. Select one of four playable classes, each with dozens of unique skills and abilities. Meet many fascinating characters, explore massive dungeons, and hunt for hundreds of powerful magical artifacts. With over 30 hours of play, Avadon will keep you glued to your seat as its epic story unravels. Avadon is available for Windows PC, Mac, Linux, and the iPad.


Dee Kosh


Swag Soft is on a mission to create mobile applications for every celebrity on planet Earth. To meet this goal the mobile app development company based in Singapore is reaching out to famous personalities, talented artistes, performers, bloggers and vbloggers worldwide and has just launched a mobile application based on popular Singapore vblogger Dee Kosh.

"It is based on the fact that people are increasingly spending time away from their desktop devices and getting more engaged with handheld devices like smart phones and tablets that Swag Soft decided to look closely at helping celebrities reach out to their fan base via mobile apps." says Aldric Chang, Managing Director of Swag Soft. "We are very pleased and proud to be working with a talented individual like Dee Kosh to mark the start of this mission!"

Beyond the engagement factor, another good reason for a celebrity to have a mobile app is to provide a more convenient way for fans to keep up-to-date with their favorite celebrity’s activities on the numerous social media platforms.


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Chicago, Illinois – Intersog joined the Free App A Day campaign, offering Schedule Planner Pro for the iPhone, and iPod touch as a free download to all App Store shoppers for 24 hours. The prominent mobile applications developer didn’t have to wait long to see the results of their goodwill as mobile shoppers jumped at the opportunity to get Schedule Planner Pro – normally a paid app – for free in droves. The ensuing consumer buzz pushed the innovative daily task organizer and productivity app to reach the #1 spot on the App Store’s popular Free iPhone Productivity Apps list and to hit Top 50 overall Free iPhone Apps, an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact that this was the only day the app was even eligible to be on this list. Schedule Planner Pro is currently available for download on the App Store in the Productivity category.


Desk Fountain


Two Teeth Technologies today is pleased to announce that Desk Fountain 1.0 is now available in the App Store. It is the first iOS application that can replace an expensive desk fountain. It helps you to stay productive at the office or relax at home while giving new purpose to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The result is an intuitive app that shows off the full potential of the retina display and showcases the powerful graphics processing engine of iOS devices. It plays soothing sounds in a convenient and portable package that helps you focus at work or relax at home.

Key Features:
* Ultra-realistic water effects you have to see to believe
* Simulates a fountain, stream, rain or the ocean
* Optional additive ambiance of birds or the forest
* Customizable fountain backdrop, or window and mirror modes
* Sounds can play in the background to save battery
* Best of all – it’s portable and maintenance free!




NBZ today is very pleased to announce that our top-selling iPhone/iPad app gRadar is now providing a one-hour radar image forecasts. It is the first radar app to offer such projections, based on cutting-edge image processing technology.

gRadar is a fast and reliable weather app that provides worldwide radar images, 5-day weather forecasts and observations on an interactive map (Google Maps). The app allows the early detection of developing precipitation, thunderstorms and high impact weather.

The perfect app for the outsiders and travelers alike, gRadar can animate up to twelve hours of rain/snow radar images so you can accurately tell if precipitations/storms are coming your way.

* US coverage, as provided by National Weather Service (NWS)
* Canada coverage, as provided by Environment Canada
* Australia coverage, as provided by Bureau of Meteorology
* Europe, Asia, Africa and South America coverage, as provided by EUMETSAT


Groove 2


Zikera today is pleased to announce a brand new update (2.0.2) to the Groove 2 iOS music player, available tomorrow April 25th, 2012. Owners of the new iPad will be thrilled to hear that Groove 2 now uses each and every pixel of their high definition device. Music has never looked so crisp on an iPad until today!

„Groove 2 music player really is a tremendous alternative and, dare I say it, a much better option to the built-in music app on my iPod Touch‰, said Paul Sawers on The Next Web. Groove is a music player that studies your listening habits and creates a wide variety of instant mixes like your own personal DJ. With Groove, you‚ll never have to manually create a playlist again.

Update Highlights
* Retina Display graphics for new iPad
* Shuffle albums and playlists
* Volume control and play/pause toggle gestures for the Now Playing screen on the iPad
* Repeat mode feature
* Improved Last.fm scrobbling


Map-A-Pic Location Scout


Sea To Software, LLC today is pleased to announce the release of Map-A-Pic 1.0 for iPhone. Map-A-Pic is a location scouting and note-taking app for photographers and filmmakers that has already been available on the Android platform. Today, creative professionals around the world can enjoy the same powerful and time-saving features on their iPhones.

"We’ve added the most-requested features in our iPhone release, such as location search and sharing locations on Twitter and Instagram," says Pavel Sorokin, founder of Sea To Software. "The users have control over how much they want to share. If they choose to share the pictures, but keep the exact place private, they can do that."

Map-A-Pic is an essential tool for photographers and videographers who shoot on location. The users can save any location, with a picture, and its GPS position in a matter of seconds. Each location can have up to 10 pictures attached to it. The optional notes and tags further help remember the details of the locations. The saved locations can be searched, viewed as a map or list, and filtered by specific tags. The app can show driving/walking directions to any of the saved locations.

By keeping track of locations, Map-A-Pic simplifies the workflow of photographers and film makers, enabling them to spend more time on their art.



Hunter Research and Technology is pleased to announce the release of Theodolite 2.7 on the iTunes App Store. This novel multi-function augmented reality viewfinder app serves as a compass, GPS, map, zoom camera, rangefinder, and two-axis inclinometer. Theodolite has been featured numerous times in iTunes, and has been the #1 selling navigation app in app stores around the world.

Theodolite overlays real-time information about position, altitude, bearing, range, and horizontal/vertical inclination on the live camera image of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, turning the device into a sophisticated electronic viewfinder. Theodolite lets users take geo-stamped and geo-tagged camera images and screenshots directly from the app with 2X and 4X digital zoom options, and has a fast photography engine with buffered background image saves. Uses are endless, and the app is great for navigation, outdoor sports, home projects, and photography. Theodolite has a strong professional customer base, and is used in the field by surveyors, geologists, architects, engineers, military personnel, competitive sportsmen, and search and rescue workers around the world.




Lightening ideas don’t seem to last for a long time. There might have been a million dollar worth idea. Don’t Lose Your Thought. Dooo helps you "Dooo" is a utterly smart tool for organizing your ideas, pictures, voices,sketches, and even maps with quick and easy user interface. "Dooo" maintains its agility and ease of access with its simple user interface.This tool has proven itself with numerous positive feed-backs from many users already. The Best Reminder and To-do App Just Got Better.


Pitch Meter RZ


RowZone today is thrilled to announce the Pitch Meter RZ app for iOS. A pitch meter app for Rowers and Scullers. There are many good pitch meters for rowers on the market and the cost can run anywhere from 30 to 60 dollars. You do not have to carry another piece of expensive equipment when you can have an iPhone app to perform the same task and more.

The Pitch Meter RZ app it is not just another pitch meter. Pitch Meter RZ also includes an illustrated guide that shows the user how to take other crucial measurements when rigging a boat for maximum performance. A "Zero in" and "Lock in" buttons are on the Pitch Meter RZ’s main screen. The info button brings you to a menu for the a measurement guide and a place to keep your boats measurements.

Learn how to measure:
* Spread
* Span
* Oarlock Pitch
* Oarlock Height
* Foot stretcher Position
* Foot board Angle



MGame Mobile’s new entry into the iTunes App Store is a unique defense-oriented game that hopes to entice fans with its creative design and non-stop action.

In G.O.D.: God of Defence, players will protect their fortress from legions of undead skeleton warriors. While traditional defense games typically employ a home army as the defending force, players of G.O.D. will be literally "playing god" against the opposing force. Rather than focusing their defense strategy on combat units, they will build up the skills and strengths of one ultimately powerful character.

* Develop your personal God of Defence by obtaining and upgrading three special elemental skills: fire, plasma, and ice
* Master special attacks to devastate the enemy
* Prove your deadly skills against 26 types of enemy, each with their own special attributes
* Become the ultimate God of Defence with 12 different achievements
* Track your success by comparing your wins to other players around the world




Setlists was designed for performing musicians who need to keep track of a large catalog of lyrics and who need to keep an entire group of musicians informed about which song is coming next. The old tried-and-true method of writing song lists by hand with a black magic marker and taping copies in various places on the stage has limitations that modern technology can easily overcome. That large paper catalog of lyric sheets is likewise begging to be replaced by a device like the iPad.

Setlists allows musicians to organize groups of songs from their repertoires into individual performance sets which can be viewed full-screen for easy live readability on stages of all sizes and lighting conditions. Rearrange songs in a set quickly and easily with just a few taps for last-minute set changes. Tap on any song in a set to see the lyrics displayed full screen, in large type, one verse, chorus, or bridge at a time. Format the look of the lyric view with different typeface, size, and color choices.

Start a remote Jam Session, and several iPads can be connected together wirelessly, sharing the same sets and advancing the lyrics in sync, all controlled from a single device by one band member or an off-stage technician. Each member can choose to see the set view, the lyric view, or a split view of both.


Bella’s Chinese New Year


Put Chinese culture and language at your child’s fingertips with "Bella’s Chinese New Year," an eBook app for iPhone and iPad released on April 23 in the Apple App Store.

Adapted from the much-loved hardcover version released in May 2011, "Bella’s Chinese New Year" is a joyful story about a five-year-old American girl named Bella, who lives in Singapore, and is celebrating the New Year at her school. With her infectious smile and zest for life, Bella connects with the people and culture around her, making new friends and learning through her experiences. Appreciative of Singapore’s customs and traditions, Bella guides us through orange exchanges with friends, the magical wish of a Lo Hei salad and the surprises kids find in shiny red envelopes during the New Year.

The eBook features:
* "Read to Me": listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read, perfect for developing readers
* "Read to Myself":  read the book at your own pace in traditional form
* "Auto Play": great for little ones! automatically advances pages and narrates the story
* Mandarin vocabulary: picture/word association, words pop up and are spoken when touched
* Mandarin pronunciation guide
* Professional audio narration


The Fleas


Unbelievable action will make you run the game again and again. The Fleas combines the timeless appeal of classic arcade games with stunning graphics you have to see to believe.

The gameplay is simple but fun at the same time in small doses and one that younger gamers will enjoy. A different approach with the control scheme in this one, which should be applauded. The entire game looks vintage, the soundtrack is vintage and you’ll instantly recognise it. Before you can start playing you’ll have to follow a brief tutorial and get it correct before you can advance onto the proper game. The animations are great and the fleas all seem to have individual personalities which makes the game great for adults and kids.




Today Readdle releases Remarks 1.3, its note taking and PDF annotating application for the iPad. It allows people to write notes, draw sketches and makes it easy to annotate PDF documents on their iPads. The new version features an improved handwriting and automated Dropbox sync.

Remarks is a streamlined note taking application for the iPad focusing on an easy creation of notes and notebooks thanks to the extensive set of writing tools. Simple and intuitive interface makes Remarks a versatile tool for students, teachers or business people.

The application makes it easy to annotate the existing PDF documents, adding text or handwritten notes, and then email those files instantly. Annotating documents could be especially appealing to the students, who often need to highlight and jot notes in their text books during the lectures.

Remarks is the application, which can be used collaboratively for reviewing PDF documents or sharing sketches and notes. The new version now includes an automatic Dropbox sync, that immediately saves or updates all the new notes to the online storage.


Hot Shot


Henry Abrams, a 13 year old student, has always been interested in electronics, whether it was taking apart an old television or playing on his GameBoy. After purchasing a Macbook Pro for his birthday, he jumped at the opportunity of being able to design his own games. He immediately developed three games and got them onto the App Store. Henry is always ready for a challenge and decided to embark on his largest project to date. After contemplating different game styles, different graphic styles and how to best utilize the unique features of the iPhone, he decided to make a basketball game with a challenging puzzle feel. Now, he is proud to release "Hot Shot" onto the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The controls are simple, but the levels are increasingly challenging and addictive. Touch the screen to drop the basketball, and tilt the device to guide it to the trash can. However, blocking your way are a myriad of obstacles including pipes, nails, fans and chewing gum. So you’d better be careful, but not *too* careful. The faster you get the ball into the trash can the more coins you will receive. Coins can later be redeemed for new basketball colors and styles. It’s risk and reward at its very best!

"Hot Shot" touches on all the main advantages of iOS gaming. "Hot Shot" uses GameCenter achievements for competing with your friends, the accelerometer and touch screen for a hands-on interactive feel and stunning retina graphics to make the game almost pop off the screen. See if you have what it takes to be a Hot Shot, through five different zones and 100 levels of pure fun!


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— 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 - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com 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: [email protected]

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