SHAPE Services updates IM+ with Retina Support, Rolls out new IM+ for web

SHAPE Service’s IM+ Pro app (TMA Review), easily one of the best instant messaging apps for the iDevice, has just received an update (v4.3) and it now has retina support, ensuring that all your chat sessions will look nice and crisp on the iPhone 4. Here’s what’s new in this version:

  • New themes and wallpapers
  • Hi-res graphics for iPhone 4
  • Full VoiceOver support
  • Setting own display picture from iPhone 4 front camera
  • Improved contact search

Aside from supporting a slew of messaging services out there (MSN, gChat, ICQ, AIM, Skype etc), IM+ Pro is also a universal app, meaning that it’ll work on both your iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad after a single purchase. If you’re still looking for a robust and feature filled IM app, IM+ Pro is as good a choice as any on the App Store (you can also try out their free IM+ Lite).

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iDisplay – Turn your iPhone and iPad into second monitor

SHAPE Services, makers of the popular messaging app IM+, have released iDisplay, an innovative app that’ll essentially turn your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a second display unit.

Turn your iPad / iPhone into a convenient side monitor for your Mac desktop. iDisplay is a universal app specially optimized for iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch screens.

Increase productivity by maximizing the viewable area on your main monitor! Ideal for multi-tasking users, iDisplay lets you free the main monitor for work-related applications by moving some apps to the external display, shown on your iPad or iPhone.

Needless to say, the ability to make use of your iDevice as a second “monitor” could do wonders for those who like to multi-task and have loads of applications open at the same time. While the app sounds great in theory, the early feedback from iTunes users point to issues of crashing and resolution problems. Hopefully, a quick update will iron out all the initial kinks. And in terms of support, iDisplay currenly only works for the Mac, though support for Windows is said to be in the works.

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TMA Forums Giveaway O’ the Day (Closed)

If you’re in need of a fully featured IM app that will help keep you in the loop with all your friends on facebook, skype, msn, yahoo, google talk and more, we’ve got the perfect giveaway app for you. As part of Day 3 of our Forum giveaway, we have lined up SHAPE Services‘  IM+ ($9.99) along with RDM+ ($19.99), a robust remote desktop app that will allow you to access your computer (Windows/Mac) right from your iPhone . We’ve also got Glu’s new Alley Gator, a fast paced and fun arcade game for the taking. Entry is as easy as signing up to our forums and participating. Complete details after the jump!

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Go Deal Hunting with free Bar Code Reader

The one thing people love more than a Freebie is a good deal. It’s no surprise then the App Store has recently seen its share of apps that can turn your iPhone into a barcode scanner. Traditionally “reserved” for games and entertainment apps, RedLaser even cracked the Top 10 in paid apps on iTunes. Not only will these apps find and display a particular product info for you, it will even help you find the best deals around. Seeing how popular these utility apps have become, SHAPE Services, makers of the trusty IM+ and Business Card Reader, have released Bar Code Reader.

All you need to do is take a picture of a printed barcode and the app will show you the lowest prices from thousands of retailers online. SHAPE have said that it works best with the 3GS for its improved macro shots. If you’re using a 2G or 3G iPhone, you may need to make use of a product like the Griffin Clarifi Lens Case for a boost in camera resolution. Best of all though, the app is FREE. If you end up trying Bar Code Reader out, let us know how it works for you!

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iTête à iTête – Interview with Elena Dyatlova of SHAPE Services

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The “Jesus” phone is not only about gaming. It has the highest ratio of people using it both for business and personal purposes. And one of the most renowned companies making invaluable business apps is SHAPE Services. The creators of the best All-in-one IM on the AppStore – IM+, as well as the recent hit and the #1 business app – Business Card Reader. And today to talk to us about all things iPhone is Elena Dyatlova – the PR Manager for SHAPE Services.

Shape Services have also discounted several of their high-profile apps for the holidays. You can read about it in our Santa Claus is coming to TouchMyApps article.

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More Christmas price drops fall on App Store – SEED 1, Shape, EA

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It’s indeed a rain of Xmas sales and giveaways.

Electronic Arts have dropped the prices on 8 (yes eight!) titles today including Command and Conquer along with other great games.

But the best is yet to come – Chillingo’s hit RPG SEED 1 – RISE OF DARKNESS is currently being marked to FREE at the App Store. You may be able to grab it now, but the App Store may take a little longer to update the app. Its original price was $2.99.

And not only game publishers get into the Christmas spirit – Shape Services have made massive discounts on their amazing IM+ (down to $2.99 from $9.99) and RDM+ (down to $3.99 from $19.99) along with a couple of other apps.

I don’t know for how long will this last, but it’s now or never!

Find the full updated list of today’s hot sales in our Xmas Sales Sticky!

Business Card Reader in Review – Lightening your wallet one card at a time.

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Most people, especially those in the business world, have at least a few business cards in their wallets and/or purses. Whether the contact  is for restaurants, or other professionals, business cards are still the standard way to pass on all your contact info to the masses. The only problem is that if you’re at all like me your wallet tends to get a little full and you start to run out of places to put them. Now, using the latest in text recognition software by ABBYY, SHAPE Services (developers of the wildly popular IM+) have come through with a great solution.

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RDM+ in Review – Have your PC with you anywhere… even without the PC!

Has it ever happened that when you get home, or are on a customer’s site, or even on vacation and remember that one critical file you forgot to take with you, or that e-mail you forgot to send? Well, it happened to me more than once (just don’t let my boss know). Well, Shape-Services, creators of the best messaging app on the iPhone, IM+, have released RDM+ – the ultimate answer to remote desktop control anywhere, anytime, using any connection!

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Quick App Update: IM+ 3.4 now Available

im_mainSHAPE Services, makers of the popular chat app IM+ for the iPhone/iPod Touch, have released the much anticipated 3.4 update at the App Store. Already a solid choice as an “All-in-One Messenger” for iDevice Users, SHAPE taken the app to another level with some great new additions:

  • Speech recognition as an in-app purchase feature.
  • Animated Emoticons.
  • Copy text from chat bubbles.
  • New email notifications via Push – for Hotmail, Yahoo and GMail.

TMA’s ChiffaN had an exclusive look at the update several weeks back and reviewed IM+, his copy based on the final version submitted to Apple.

All in all, IM+ is a real gem. Since installation, I have removed all other networking and messaging apps (except for Facebook), and haven’t regretted it. It really helps keeping all of your messaging in one place and does an excellent job of it.

If you’re tired of using mediocre messaging apps, IM+ is certainly one of the top choices out there for your iPhone/iPod Touch.  There is also a free Lite version you can try out, though it doesn’t have the latest features from the 3.4 update.

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IM+ in Review – I’m available anywhere, to anyone and by any means

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Hola folks! I’m just back from my refreshing vacation in a small town on the Mediterranean coast near wonderful Barcelona! During this trip I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to really touch a number of apps, games and even an iPhone related gadget! So with this review I’m starting a cycle of Spanish themed articles on the stuff I’ve had the chance to play around on my trip. So, torro!

My first victim will be the rather well-known IM client, IM+, by SHAPE Services. I’ve had the unique opportunity to try out their latest build (3.4) which is currently under review by Apple and features nothing less than voice recognition! Yep, you heard me, voice recognition. Truth be told, it is for a small addiional montly fee, but hey, there’s no such thing as a free lunch! But we’ll get more into that later. We’ll start off easy for now.

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