Category: App Reviews

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving App Review – Loud Crow Does it Again

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 1App developer Loud Crow Interactive is known for its fantastic reimagining of A Charlie Brown Christmas. The company also wowed fans of the Peanuts Gang last year with a beautifully designed interactive book version of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. This year, we are lucky enough to be able to read along to another holiday story of one of Charles M. Schultz’ classic television specials, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

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Procreate 2 gets Stunning iOS 7 Update and New Image Editing Features

Procreate 2

Procreate won an Apple Design Award in 2013 and its new update brings it once again into the forefront of iPad illustration apps. The question, however, is if adding features and implementing a new design will be enough to compete with apps like Paper with its new hardware stylus and the stylus offerings that will be coming from Adobe.

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Touchgrind Skate 2 Brings More Fun and Realism to Mobile Skating

Touchgrind Skate 2

I love games that take full advantage of the multitouch experience in iOS and Touchgrind Skate 2 is the perfect iPhone / iPad game. Illusion Labs has created a bigger and better skateboarding experience in this version and there are a lot of reasons for you to go out and buy it today.

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Update to YouTube’s ‘Capture’ Adds Powerful Features

Capture

Google released a big update to their iOS Capture app this week. Version 2.0 brings new editing features, easy to use music soundtracks, and one of the most efficient upload workflows of any iOS YouTube compatible app.

YouTube is the biggest video sharing site online and phones provide a lot of the content. People are documenting disasters, accidents, funning experiences, and just about anything you can imagine. In the first version of Capture you could record and upload video, but you couldn’t edit the footage on your mobile device. If you wanted to edit the video you had to use the editing features the YouTube provides in their browser version.

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Official Gmail App Gets a Major iPad Refresh

Gmail Update

Users of Gmail will be happy to hear about the Gmail for iPad upgrade which is now available. This latest evolution of an app which originally had a slow start, seems to finally tap into the full power of the iPad. The biggest new feature is the navigation panel on the left side and a series of streamlined views for efficient email composing.

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Rube Works Lets You Create Cause-and-Effect Contraptions on your iPad

Rube Works 1Rube Goldberg was best known for his love of depicting complex machines that performed simple tasks. The idea behind a “Rube Goldberg Machine” is that there are a series of things that happen in a very specific order that eventually cause one or more events to take place.

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My Precious! ‘LEGO The Lord of the Rings’ Now Available for iPad and iPhone

LEGO LOTR

The one ring has come to iOS and it is amazing. The graphics are incredible, the gameplay is engaging and fun, and the music and voice acting are lifted from the films. While it is a simplified version of the console game, it is still a worthy competitor and is an excellent alternative.

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WritePad 7.0 Continues to Mature as a Serious Handwriting Recognition App

WritePad 7.0

Sometimes I wonder if Apple is staying away from handwriting recognition because of the bad press that the old Apple Newton received. In many ways the iPad is the perfect platform for using handwriting but very few are willing to develop for it.

Apple skipped right over handwriting to the much more impressive voice recognition and dictation features of Siri. For those moments you don’t want to type but can’t effectively use dictation, WritePad offers a handy solution which features handwriting recognition and a variety of other useful tools.

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Chillingo Releases Sequel in Popular Anomaly iPad Game Franchise

Anomaly 2 Game

iOS devices are perfect for playing tower defense games and if that sounds like a comment you agree with, then you absolutely have to download Anomaly 2. When Chillingo Ltd wrote that the graphics are jaw dropping, I thought perhaps they were exaggerating a little bit. What I found with the actual gameplay, however, is a very immersive experience with… that’s right, jaw dropping graphics.

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Arturia’s iSEM versus the PRO-SEM

iSEM App

Last week Arturia released its latest synth call iSEM for iOS and I decided to put it up against the real thing, which I happen to own and use on a regular basis. I am always impressed with Arturia because they are bringing classic synthesizer technology to a new generation of mobile musicians and they are doing a great job!

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