Finish, the Apple Design Award (ADA) winning productivity app for iPhone, is going free. The new, free version will be limited to 10 tasks timeless tasks. If you want more tasks, or you want to be able to set due dates, you can upgrade to Finish More via a .99 in-app-purchase (IAP).
Designer Ryan Orbuch is also teasing what’s coming next — Finish for iPad, with a new, tablet-optimized user experience and iCloud sync.
The decision to go free was motivated by a desire to get even more people to give Finish a try. The App Store remains a tough, competitive, sometimes impenetrable market and customers are still hesitant to part with even a dollar or two up front. So, the Finish team are hoping free will get people in the door, and the IAP will be fair and functional enough to help the make enough money to keep Finish going for months and years to come.
Since it’s a one-time upgrade, and the functionality it unlocks is really valuable, I’m hoping they get a ton of support. If you haven’t tried out Finish, stop procrastinating and give it a shot. Then let me know — what do you think of the new free + IAP model?
Following adjustments made to the Android app version late last year, Google has finally added in-app purchase indicators on the web interface of Google Play Store as well. This little hint could help users know what they’re in for when installing that new game or app.
In-app purchases, or IAP for short, is a sort of two-edged sword. In some ways, it has helped keep some apps free while giving developers a way to still get revenue. On the other hand, however, it seems to have also degraded into a form of modern trialware, sometimes holding even basic functionality or content for ransom. In worse cases, especially in games, it can also be a source of imbalance.
Whatever your take on IAP, it sometimes pays to know which apps have it and which ones don’t. Google added an IAP indicator for each app’s page on Google Play Store for Android last December and now it is doing the same for the web. It may not be a huge improvement, but every little bit counts. At least now you can get an idea which apps or games might not offer the full experience for free, or even after paying a few bucks.
Unfortunately, this system is far from perfect. For one, the IAP indicator doesn’t show up in searches but only in each app’s specific page, though that behavior is consistent with the Android version. Google also doesn’t distinguish if the IAP is for additional or extra content, like power-ups in a game, or is used for upgrading to a pro version, like in Dayframe Prime. though that practice might not actually be in line with Google’s policies anyway.
A permanent fixture on my BlackBerry 10 device has been Gadget Box for a year now. And to celebrate the one year anniversary the popular multi-tool app has been updated with not only some new enhancements but also the choice of a new theme.
Delaware, Canada – Darren Murtha Design today is happy to announce that Drawing Pad, a top children’s Art App, has been updated with some important bug fixes and added to the children’s category of the App Store for 0-5 year olds. To celebrate the the new release, the developer will be giving away all ten coloring books inside the App through January 23rd. Coloring books are normally .99 or higher but can be “purchased for free” during this limited time via In App Purchase.
Co-developer Darren Murtha says “Even though Drawing Pad is simple enough for a 2 year old to use, it’s robust enough for all ages. Everyone is encouraged to watch the 6 minute instructional video inside the App which covers some of the advanced options available like brush control and the text.”
Here is a list of the ten books that are now free for a limited time:
* Fairy Tale
* Girl Fun
* Winter Holiday
* Sea Life
Fairy Tale Coloring Book – Castle, Fairy, Wishing Well, Mermaid, Unicorn, Princess, Prince, Horse, Drawn Carriage, 3 Little Pigs, Flying Dragon, Rainbow scene, Ball Dance, Crown & Jewels, King and Queen, Tea Party and Cupcakes, Magic Lamp, Magic Carpet, Magic Wand, Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel with Gingerbread house, Rapunzel, and Red Riding Hood.
Transportation Coloring Book – Airplane, Ambulance, 4×4 ATV, Bicycle, Blimp, Boat, Cruise Ship, Boat, Ferry Boat, Jet Ski, Sailing Boat, Bull Dozer, Race Car, Sedan, Cement truck, Crane, Dump truck, Excavator, Forklift, Garbage truck, Hang Glider, Helicopter, Hovercraft, Moped, Motorcycle, Skateboard, School Bus, Submarine, Tractor, Train, Old Fashioned Transport Truck, Firetruck, and Police Car.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* 152 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Drawing Pad 2.5 is .99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Coloring books can be “purchased for free” during this limited time via In-App Purchase.
Located in Delaware, Canada, Darren Murtha Design is comprised of Christopher Lott and Darren Murtha. Both are passionate about creating high quality Apps. Copyright (C) 2014 Darren Murtha Design. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Pfaeffikon, Switzerland – Power APP AG announced the release of version 3.0 of Wrap Camera, their picture editing app that allows wrapping and rolling of pictures as if they were printed on paper.
With this version Wrap Camera is ready for iOS7. As part of the update also new functions have been added to the app.
“Ensuring compatibility with iOS7 was the main goal of this update, which is why we jumped directly to version 3. But both we and our customers felt the need to have more functions available, so that all the editing can be done in a single app, avoiding having to switch to a separate app just for one type of special effect. Adding brushes, speech bubbles, white balancing, split functions and additional filters completes Wrap Camera even more” states Christian Schaffner, GM of Power APP.
New functions include brushes for painting and blurring/bokeh, cropping/zooming functions as well as additional finishing filters.
“Wrap Camera has gone a long way since its first release. The original goal was to bring back the feeling of when pictures were printed on paper, giving back the user to wrap, roll and rip pictures. Extending the functionability of Wrap Camera was a must to make it a professional picture editing app without loosing all the paper fun” explains Christian Schaffner.
* Wrap, roll and rip pictures like paper
* 2D and 3D shapes
* Gestures for free picture shaping (wrap, swirl, elastic, drag)
* Test and speech bubbles
* Various Brushes
* Finishing filters (quick sharp, red eye removal, dimming/enhancing and others)
* Split/Blend/Superimposing of pictures
* Direct Share to Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, WeChat and others social sites
* Combining and superimposing of any effect and filter
Wrap Camera is available worldwide in Apple App Store in the Photo and Video Category.
* iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
* iOS 6.0 or newer
Pricing and Availability:
Wrap Camera HD – Photo Wrapping and Rolling is $ 1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available on the App Store, in the Photo & Video category.
Located in Pfaeffikon SZ, Switzerland, Power APP AG was founded in 2010 by Christian Schaffner, an electronics engineer. All Material and Software (C) 2010-2014 Power APP AG (Ltd) / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Zagreb, Croatia – 7 PLANETS is a logic board game launched in Y2011 for iPhone users. The goal of the game is to match the colors of the balls with the colors on the board. But be aware, when one ball is moved, all the other balls in that row or column move with in until they have been stopped by a wall.
7 PLANETS gives you an opportunity of playing it in 4 different modes:
* Fast – match colored balls with just one randomly chosen color on the board
* Classic – match colored balls with the colors on the board which are always placed in the same position
* Expert – same as Classic level, but the colors on the board are in random position
* Online – two players are playing Fast level against each other with identically positioned balls on the board
A player has to restore order in as few moves and as quickly as possible to earn a high score. The game includes Achievements and Leaderboards via Game center as well.
7 PLANETS is a true “time killer”, simple yet challenging game suitable for any age. It is relaxing and gives a definite feeling of satisfaction upon winning!
Please visit website for more 7 PLANETS information including videos and screenshots of the game.
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* This app is optimized for iPhone 5
* 30.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
7 Planets 3.2 is .99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
7 PLANETS is developed by Mario Toma and Tomislav Puzak. They are indie developers from little country Croatia in Europe with desire to surprise and delight gamers with their game creations. Copyright (C) 2013 7 PLANETS. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
iTranslate, one of our [#protected_0#], has just been updated to add full support for the iPad. Aside from becoming a universal download, the iPad version has now been updated for iOS 7 as well.
After the release of iOS 7, the iPhone version of iTranslate was updated rather quickly leaving the iPad version behind. As of version 7.1, the old version of iTranslate for iPad will be discontinued and a universal binary for both will take its place. The iPad version has been completely redesigned from the ground up for iOS 7.
iTranslate is available in the App Store for free. You can upgrade to the premium version for a one time in-app purchase of .99 which will get you voice recognition, ad removal, unlimited translations, and SSL support. If you happen to try out the new version of iTranslate for the iPad, let us know what you think in the comments!
Paris, France – Available today, the 1.1 version of TapPublisher allows for local small to medium businesses, bloggers and communities from all over the world to create fully-functional native iOS 7-optimized iPhone apps using a powerful drag-and-drop builder tool. A fast, fluid and free way to engage more customers and improve profitability.
Native iOS development made simple
TapPublisher uses 100% native iOS API and Objective-C to create high quality, responsive, and fluid apps, providing users with an intuitive building experience. Everyone can move quickly from concept to final product, without any programming know-how. Any tech novice can complete native iPhone apps in minutes.
An iOS 7 optimized version accessible to all
To take full advantage of iOS 7′s redesign, TapPublisher’s 1.1 version has undergone visual updates mostly upkeeping compatibility. Nothing changes in terms of process. Users build their apps through a powerful draganddrop builder tool. They select their modules from a set of extensive ones (news, photos, videos, music…), and link them to external sources such as WordPress, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify or Prestashop. The app can then be designed in their own unique style. Before publishing the app, it can be previewed and tested thanks to TapPlayer, the free companion application designed specially to test out apps, and available on the App Store. Previews behave exactly like the final published version. Once the app is ready to go public, users can choose between publishing it themselves, or if they don’t have an Apple developer account or simply couldn’t be bothered with the technical part, leaving that task to TapPublisher.
“With the launch of TapPublisher, we have an opportunity to get local businesses, bloggers and communities on the same playing field as big companies. Mobile apps are the future of computing so everyone will eventually have a foot in that sphere to further their business. We’re definitely doing our part, keeping at the forefront notably through iOS 7 optimization”, declares Frederic Aloe, coFounder and CEO of TapPublisher.
“Developing a sophisticated mobile app is often thought to be expensive and complicated. In this competitive environment, we strongly believe that we can make a difference by offering a free, fast and fluid solution, removing any sort of technical barriers and complications”, says Herve Piedvache, coFounder and CTO of TapPublisher.
TapPublisher is totally free to create and publish. Users can get to the next level by simply upgrading to the Business or Enterprise options. These paid plans include additional features such as: more updates per year, push notifications and more. Custom app development can also be provided upon request.
The Mac OS app builder is available in both English and French for free download on TapPublisher’s website. TapPlayer, the free companion application is downloadable on the App Store.
* iOS 6 & 7 support
* Support for high resolution Retina displays
* iPhone: 3GS or later
* iPad 2 or later
* iPod touch 4th generation
Founded by Frederic Aloe and Herve Piedvache, two French serial entrepreneurs, TapPublisher is a mobile app development company which offers a service to local small to medium businesses, bloggers and communities. It’s an easytouse app builder to create customizable, native worldclass iPhone & iPad apps. The platform is dedicated to connecting these companies and individuals to their customers through a totally free app creator which requires no programming knowhow at all. The users have control over the creation, editing and even the testing thanks to TapPlayer, a free application for iPhone & iPad, specially designed to test out apps. The company even offers custom app development. With an avid appetite for technology and constant progress in mind, the founders aim to take their application to another level, defying existing tools and thereby helping businesses to grow by leaps and bounds. Copyright (C) 2013 TapPublisher. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
According to Myce, the log file measures 10MB in size and has 133,000 lines, but it can’t be published in full at this time, as it contains details that would identify the user of the device running the KitKat build.
Apparently, the log also reveals that it’s running on a device with a Full HD display (1920 x 1080) and 443 ppi, which “matches with a screen that’s about 5-inches at that resolution,” as Android Police explains it.
A screenshot is also available – see it above – which features three new icons in the status bar.
The other two icons look like “Google Authenticator notifications, but they aren’t the ones used by the public app” – instead they have a Bluetooth icon on top of them.
For what it’s worth, the KRS74H number indicates a September 12 date for this build version, so if real, this KitKat version is quite fresh. Other purported KitKat build versions from the same date have been spotted in the previous days, including KRS74D and KRS74B.
Finally, the lines of code that have been shared reveal that the handset running this build has a variety of Qualcomm sensors but also that it sometimes identifies as the Nexus 4.
Whether this is a real KitKat version running on the Nexus 5 or not, we’re going to keep our ear to the ground for more leaks as we approach the launch of Google’s upcoming Android products.
Cupertino, California – The unique interactive iPad graphic novel app seeks to answer the compelling question “Who was Richard Wagner?” through an expansive, museum-quality selection of animated sequences, videos, interactive maps, historical letters, musical scores, photographs, expert interviews and other elements that cast the mystery, genius and controversy of Wagner in a completely new light.
Award-winning documentary company gebrueder beetz filmproduktion has launched the highly-anticipated new international version of its unique interactive graphic novel app The Wagner Files for English, French and Japanese-language users.
Currently available for iPad and iPhone, The Wagner Files seeks to answer the compelling question “Who was Richard Wagner?” through an expansive, museum- quality selection of animated sequences, videos, interactive maps, historical letters, musical scores, photographs, and other elements that cast the mystery, genius and controversy of Wagner in a completely new light.
However, unlike conventional graphic novel apps that offer a passive user experience, The Wagner Files is dynamically interactive, and as such users can decide how they wish to experience the story by either swiping through the pages, or by listening to voiceovers that are brilliantly delivered by renowned actors.
Users can also treat themselves to over 60 minutes of original Wagner music, or explore interviews with leading Wagner experts, such as Katharina Wagner (great- granddaughter and director of the Bayreuth Festival), Simone Young (musical director of the Opera Hamburg), conductor Philippe Jordan, Cosima-biographer Oliver Hilmes, and more.
Plus, users will also enjoy the remarkable “music machine” by American music animator Stephen Malinowski, who transforms the overture of “The Flying Dutchman” note-by- note into animated circles, lines and squares. Malinowski, who has recently worked for Bjork, is a star in the online world and his visualizations of classical music have been viewed over 100 million times.
“Only few people know that Wagner was not only a great composer, but at the same time he was also a maniac, anti-Semite, womanizer and trickster,” commented Christian Beetz, CEO of gebrueder beetz filmproduktion. “We wanted to tell all of the facets of Wagner’s life story in a compelling way.”
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 817 MB
Pricing and Availability:
The new international version of the unique interactive graphic novel, The Wagner Files HD 1.5 is .99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
Gebrueder beetz filmproduktion has produced more than 100 high-quality documentaries and documentary films for the national and international markets since its foundation in 2000. In addition to the CEOs Reinhardt and Christian Beetz, the team consists of 30 employees working in branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Luneburg. Its productions regularly screen in the competitions of major international film festivals and have received numerous respected awards, including the Grimme Award, the Prix Europa, the Cinema for Peace Award and the German Television Award, and even an Oscar nomination for Best Short Documentary (Open Heart). In 2012, the Jahrbuch Fernsehen declared the company as one of the most successful non-fiction production companies in Germany. Since 2007, the company has been complementing their cinematic content with cross-media formats such as web campaigns, apps for tablet PCs and smartphones, web documentaries, media events and books. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 Gebrueder beetz filmproduktion. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.