Instapaper, arguably the best read it later app on iOS (this despite the recent relaunch of the very capable Pocket), has been updated to v4.2 and adds even more substance to its already impressive list of features. The all-new “Fast Pagination Mode” improves upon the accuracy and page-turn speed thanks to the complete re-write of the old pagination code. And for those who love iBook’s page-turn animations, you’ll be happy to know that Instapaper now mimics the same effect when swiping from one page to the next (optional). Other new additions include a two finger swipe gesture to close an article, an “Auto” full screen mode and a draggable dot bar that replaces the old scoll bar in pagination mode. Instapaper is a universal app and free for existing users, otherwise, will cost $4.99. Full list of what’s new after the break.
Marco Arment, Instapaper - $4.99
JotAgent, a simple and highly efficient note taking app that syncs with Dropbox, has just received a 2.0 update and added several new features that includes an interface redesign and more importantly, support for Evernote. For those who wish to quickly jot down notes and ideas, users can begin typing into JotAgent as soon as the app’s opened and a tap on the save button will now instantly sync them with Dropbox and/or Evernote. The update has also added an optional offline queue mode, where notes are saved until the iDevice connects to the internet once again. If simplicity, speed and Dropbox/Evernote syncing are required for your note taking needs, the universal JotAgent app works as advertised and is very affordable at only $0.99.
Francisco Cantu, JotAgent - $0.99
Agenda Calendar, a popular and top 20 best selling productivity app on the App Store (currently sitting at #13), has just received its biggest and most anticipated update thus far. With version 2.0, Agenda not only receives several new features and tweaks, but more importantly, it’ll now work on your iPad natively as well. Aside from its minimalistic design, the most desirable aspect about Agenda Calendar is its lightning quick navigation, which is primarily achieved via up/down and left/right swipes. There’s no doubt that once you get used to how quick and easy it is to use, you’ll never go back to the iOS’ stock calendar app. More info and demo video after the gap.
App Savvy, Agenda Calendar, 1.1 MB – $1.99
The iWork Suite on the iOS has now finally found a home on the iPhone and iPod Touch, thanks to the recent universal update. Already considered to be among the most polished productivity apps on the platform, iWork users will no longer have to rely on their iPads when creating or editing documents while on-the-go. Aside from the universal support, the apps also include improved document management, allowing users to easily sort and organize docs into folders. Pages, Numbers and Keynote are sold separately for $9.99, but as always, if you already own these apps, the update can be downloaded for free. Full press release after the break.
Instapaper (TMA Review), the most popular “read it later” service on the web and for mobile devices (also an essential app on my iDevice), has received its biggest update ever. With Instapaper 3.0, you can now follow other Instapaper users and check out articles they’ve “liked”, or simply browse through Instapaper’s Editor’s Picks. Friends can be added via an email address, Facebook or Twitter. Other new features and improvements include:
- “Star” is now called “Like” to clarify its purpose.
- New storage engine with perfect image quality, faster downloads, faster page-opening, and less space usage.
- Search all downloaded articles by title or content.
- Native, offline sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinboard, and Evernote.
- Smart rotation lock offers to disable rotation if a rotation seems accidental.
If you’re new to Instapaper, it really is a fantastic tool that lets you save articles you come across on the web for viewing later (and offline). Simply visit instapaper.com to get started and sign up for your free account. As with previous versions, Instapaper 3.0 is a universal app ($4.99) and the update is free for those who’ve already purchased it.
With 3 themes already under its belt (Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s), Angry Birds Seasons has added another today in the form of the St. Patrick’s Day edition update. Aside from all green and pots of gold everywhere, Angry Birds fans will find 15 new levels, and be able to send St. Patty’s Day cards to family and friends.
Have the Luck of the Irish and Go Green with this episode of Angry Birds Seasons: The St. Patrick’s Day Edition! After the love fest of Valentines, Angry Birds Seasons is back with the greenest update to date. May Irish eyes shine upon you and as usual Angry Birds gives the most generous updates of any app!
The Angry Birds Seasons update is free for those who’ve already purchased the game. Otherwise, you can pick it up for $0.99 (iPhone) or $1.99 (iPad).
Evernote, the indispensable cloud-based notetaking and clipping service many rely on for storing all their notes, ideas, snapshots etc (myself included), has just received a major update to its iPhone and iPod Touch app. Version 4.0 introduces a complete user interface overhaul, making the mobile app much more user friendly and visually more appealing. The new home screen now shows the notes list in Snippet View. If a note is text only, the title and excerpt of text will be shown. If the note only contains an image, a row will simply display a slice of that image. And a mixture of the both will be displayed if the note contains other forms of content.
The redesigned New Note screen also makes adding notes snappier and more streamlined. The top half of the page is the note entry area, while the lower half allows users to create/edit tags, attach multiple images from the camera roll and record audio notes of up to 90 minutes. Evernote users on the iPhone will undoubtedly welcome these well thought out changes. Check out complete list of what’s new, plus video demo after the gap.
Evernote, Evernote, 10.0 MB – Free
Bump, one of the most popular apps (and first of its kind for the iOS) that allows users to share content between two iDevices with a simple “bump”, has just received an update with a useful new feature – App Sharing. Previously, users could share photos, contacts, calendar events, music etc, but now you can add Apps to the list. Of course, it doesn’t mean sharing the actual app itself; rather, you build a custom list of your currently installed apps from within Bump and pass it along to a friend. The receiving party will then be able to see your favorite apps, together with a direct link to the App Store. This sure beats giving them a verbal rundown of app recommendations, and no longer will they have to manually search each individual one on the App Store.
Grab Bump for free below and start your App Sharing.
Bump Technologies LLC, Bump, 7.1 MB – Free
Highborn (TMA Review), one of my personal favorite Turn Based Strategy games on the iPhone, has just been updated with Chapter 2 as an in-app purchase ($0.99 for iPhone, $1.99 for iPad version). This eagerly anticipated follow up will bring forth 8 new missions, new enemies and allies and various new structures. Aside from the IAP, the update also includes multiple new features for the game in general:
- Improved 3D unit artwork and models;
- Units now display their attack range during movement;
- Monoliths now display which spell they control and a cool-down timer;
- End-of-mission statistic screen with information on turns taken, enemies killed, number of structures captured and lost, and more;
- SHAKE TO UNDO! This highly requested feature has been added to the single-player campaign, allowing players to undo their entire previous turn.
For those of you who enjoyed the game earlier on, the 2nd chapter should be an easy buy at only a buck. Otherwise you can always pick up Highborn on the iPhone (chapter 1) for $0.99, or download the free lite version to see if it’s your cup of tea. Videos and more info after the gap.
A week after Skype posted a help guide for making video calls on the iPhone, the Skype app was updated earlier today and users can now finally do just that on their iDevices. With the 3.0 update, you can make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G, and two-way video calls are supported on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen. On the iPad and iPod Touch 3rd gen where there’s no camera, you can only receive the video feed. Here’s the complete run down of what’s new:
- Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
- Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
- Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
- Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
- Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
- Additional Data charges may apply
While the quality of the video calls isn’t quite as good as on Facetime, it’s certainly good enough and it does have the added bonus of being able to run on both WiFi and 3G. If you’re a Skype user and have one of the newer iPhones or iPod Touches, be sure to grab this update asap. You can also check out the wacky Skype iPhone video calling promo below.
Skype Software, Skype, 11.9 MB – Free