Smartphones have been around for quite some time but truth be told, they weren’t terribly smart until the advent of on-device app stores. Apps had existed before, of course, but finding them and installing them was a huge pain that involved dealing with awful sites like Handango and then transferring files from your PC to a phone, so most people didn’t bother.
App stores changed all that and turned smartphones into devices that are always morphing, gaining new functionality with each app we install. The capabilities we’re now afforded are priceless — but they’re even better when the price is free.
Sales on apps come and go quickly, so we do our best to tell you about good ones when they pop up. For example, yesterday we told you about an awesome $50 app available for free for a limited time (it’s still free if you hurry).
Infinity Blade II
This game needs no introduction, but we’ll give you a quick one anyway:
The God King has been defeated, an unlikely hero has emerged and now you must discover the truth behind the secrets of the Infinity Blade. The continuing journey of young Siris unfolds as you delve deeper into the world of the Deathless tyrants and their legion of Titans. Can you unlock all the mysteries and successfully wield the power of the Infinity Blade in this timeless swordplay adventure of champions and villains?
If you own an iPhone or iPad and somehow haven’t already played this amazing game that comes shockingly close to providing a console-level experience, you need to fix that immediately.
Infinity Blade II is normally $6.99 but it’s free right now for a limited time.
Inkfast is a brand new multi-touch vector drawing and note taking app for the iPad and iPhone, and it’s free for a short time to celebrate its launch.
Just want to write notes? Use your finger and draw – it’s that easy.
The pen width adjusts automatically to your writing size, letting you focus on the task at hand. Next-generation curve smoothing captures your drawings in a fluid, natural way.
Title your notes so you can easily find them again – just tap the title field and write with your finger. Easily organize drawings by assigning tags to group them in ways that make sense to you.
InkFast’s advanced gesture system stays out of your way when you don’t need it, and works like magic when you do.
Circle and tap to select – then move, resize, rotate, clone, and stamp using natural, common gestures. Selections in InkFast behave like real physical objects, so you can interact with as many as you like at the same time.
Zoom in quickly for fine detail – or make a tapestry of your notes at different sizes. InkFast’s zoom is effectively unlimited, up to 10¹⁰⁰ X in most cases (that’s not a typo).
A responsive, liquid interface lets you forget you are using a digital device at all. Drawings of any size open instantly, and even the most complex operations happen as quickly as you invoke them.
If you don’t have the most current device, InkFast still maintains its blistering speed – even on the very first generation iPad.
Looking for a great app that will let you scan documents and photos, create multi-page PDFs and share them quickly and easily? Look no further.
Pocket Scanner makes the best powerful mobile scanner out of your iPhone, providing you with a brand new interface and the ability to covert scans to PDFs quickly and efficiently, making Pocket Scanner the only document solution you would ever need! Pocket Scanner is fully compatible with iOS 7 and supports AirDrop.
>Have you ever worried about the loss of receipts? Ever need to deal with the bothering reimbursement process?
> Have you come across a great piece of written work but there’s no copier around?
> You collect countless business cards from a meeting, but how do you organize them into files?
Pocket Scanner gives you the flexibility to make quick scans of documents, receipts, whiteboards, business cards, notes, posters, checks, and even multi-page documents. With its built-in support for sharing, you can share your scans as multi-page PDF or JPEG files by email, Evernote, Dropbox, GoogleDocs, Box, SugarSync, Mydisk.se, FTP/WebDAV.
This nifty app is normally $2.99 but it’s free right now for a limited time.
Air Music is like Google Play Music without the Google, or like iTunes Match without the Match. Instead of uploading your music to cloud servers somewhere, this app lets you stream tracks right from the music library on your computer.
It works with Windows, Mac and Linux computers, and all you need to do is run a simple server app that can be downloaded for free from the Air Music website.
Air Music is normally $1.99 but right now, it’s free.
Look at that… two cool note taking apps for the iPad in the same day!
TopNotes is the best note taking app ever built for your iPad. It has the most advanced handwriting engine and a robust notes management system. With TopNotes, you can take beautiful notes with your iPad at anywhere, anytime, and store them forever.
TopNotes has powerful features for PDF documents, too! You can read, annotate pdf files or even fill out PDF forms! It also has various export options to send your documents via email or upload them to Dropbox, Google Drive and other clouds.
Easiest way to manage notebooks
* Very well designed shelf for notebook management.
* Drag & drop to decide the order of notebooks.
* Password protects notebooks on shelf for privacy.
* Rearrange pages within a notebook or move them to different notebooks to reorganize your notes.
Powerful editing tools
* Very well designed papers and digital ink pens.
* Full set of highlighter pens.
* Multiple erasers to meet different requirements.
* Copy/Cut/Paste to move or duplicate notes.
* Import pictures from album & adjust the size.
* Choose paper type for each page.
* With undo/redo features to compare previous and current ideas, and correct step forward more easily.
* Wrist feature to protect the specified area from careless editing.
* Read-only mode for notes reading in case of some unnecessary editing.
This great iPad app is usually $4.99 but it’s free right now for a short time.
ChatNow Pro is a sleek messaging client for Facebook Chat that hasn’t seen a single price drop since October 2010. Who knows when it might be available again at a discount? You should move quickly on this one.
ChatNow for Facebook is a fast and easy-to-use messenger to chat with your Facebook friends. The UI is specially designed to chat with friends easily on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch device.
*** Features ***
– Push notification for new messages when the app is in background
– Universal binary for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad
– Easy chat switching – You can switch to a new chat by tap the new message notification. And you can switch back to previous chat with a left swipe.
– Chat emotions – You can send/receive Facebook chat emotions in chat.
– Stay online when the app is in background
– Send and receive images
– Copy/paste messages
– Support landscape and portrait orientation
– Chat history – The app saves chat history in app and you can view/remove the history at any time.
– Retina enabled
– Auto sign in
– Privacy protection – The app uses Facebook OAuth authentication with official Facebook SDK. Your credential is handled by Facebook UI and API without exposing to the app. The app connects to Facebook chat servers directly via XMPP protocol.
The app is normally a reasonable $0.99, but free is even more reasonable.
Photo Transfer Pro
Do you still plug your iPhone or iPad into your computer to transfer photos? Pff… welcome to 2014.
Photo Transfer allows you to quickly transfer photos and videos between your iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac using your local Wi-Fi network, without any 3rd party transfer utilities. It can easily access your photo libraries via wifi from any computer with a web browser(IE/Chrome/Safari) on the same wifi network, very easy to use!
● Support drag & drop upload, easy to use
● Transfer multiple photos and videos at once
● Download photos and videos as zip archives
● Create new album
Photo Transfer Pro is currently free for a limited time, down from its regular price of $1.99.
If you’re an amateur artist who can’t seem to get your sketches to where they need to be to take your hobby to the next level, you can at least live the dream with Uface.
You can create face sketch like a professional illustrator’s work by simple controls!
Uface is the easiest face sketch tool for everyone. you can create all faces you want by simple controls. You will be satisfied with unique faces and funny looks made by various items. Surprise your friends with a hand-drawn style images.
Do you want to share your own face sketches with others? Share the images on your gallery via Facebook and twitter.
When you see various face sketches with phone ringing, it will make your day more funny.
Does it annoy you to select items one by one? Just touch random button. Unique faces that you’ve never imagined make you smile.
Uface will give you a little break in your boring life with various features.
Uface is normally a $0.99 download but the app is now free for a short time.