Notable new and updated apps for November 15, 2012
It was a busy day in the App Store with a bunch of updates for popular apps such as Facebook and Twitter. There were also several new apps for iOS and OS X that are worth a mention. You can check out our comprehensive list of new apps and notable updates below.
iOS and OS X Updates
Walking Dead: The Game [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $4.99] The Walking Dead is a five-part episodic game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic books featuring Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes.
- Updated Ratings and other miscellaneous fixes
Bastion [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $4.99] RPG with stunning artwork, music, and narration.
- Added compatability with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPod touch (5th Gen.)
- Optimized for the iPhone 5's 4-inch Retina display
- iCloud sync*: seamless data transfer between your devices
- Minor bug fixes and optimized performance
Gift Plan [iPhone, Category: Productivity, $2.99] Gift list with profiles that let you keep track of recipient's sizes, whish lists and more.
- When URLs are entered into gift notes they are tappable and open in a modal view
- New, consistent user interface for displaying gift photos
- New animation when viewing photos from a profile view
- Bug fixes
Minecraft: Pocket Edition [iOS Universal, Category: Games, $6.99] Minecraft for your iPhone or iPad.
- Mushroom farming
- Nether Reactor, strangely connected to the nether...
- Zombie pigmen
- Lots and lots of bug fixes
NextGuide [iPad, Category: Entertainment, Free] A "hyper-personalized" guide for streaming and live TV.
- Bookmarking - want to make your own personal TV watchlist? Tap the new "bookmark" button on any show or movie
- Live Social View lets you see when your friends (or anybody) watch or favorite shows
- Find Friends now support email, Facebook, or searching by name
- Easily discover when Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, iTunes, and Netflix add new TV shows and movies to their libraries
- Overhauled category & interest preferences interface with simple tap and drag UI
- Big Search improvements, including search by Director
- And lots of new little features here and there, as well as tons of bug fixes and improvements
Ban.jo [iPhone, Category: Social Networking, Free] Banjo integrates the largest social networks to provide an on-the-ground view of what's happening anyplace at anytime.
- All new design
- Faster and easier to use
- Discover mutual friends and "Common Connections"
- "Places" are now personalized to each Banjo member
Recall - Reminders for Recommendations [iPhone, Category: Productivity, $0.99] Recall is the best way to never forget a great recommendation again.
- Support for 60 different countries
- Added language support for Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese
Spindle [iPhone, Category: Social Networking, Free] Spindle uncovers the best social content from nearby businesses and points of interest.
- User Profiles: View your own profile to see your activity or view a friend's profile to see what they've shared.
- Place Search: Search for a specific place by name to discover what's happening there.
- Simpler Sharing: You can now share directly from Spots feeds. And the Going, Here, and Share options now live on a single message composer screen.
- Share by Email & SMS: You can now share places and posts by email and SMS.
- Like: Like posts to save them to your profile and share with your friends. Discover your friends' Likes in the activity feeds.
- Improved Location Selector: Now even easier to zoom in on a specific location and discover what's happening there.
- Redesigned Menu: A better layout in the back panel. Your Favorites and friends are now at the top of the list.
- Faster Results: Query time has been cut in half.
- Report Data Errors: Notify us if we're missing a place or social network account.
- New User Experience: Visual introduction to Spindle and streamlined signup process.
Facebook [iPhone, Category: Social Networking, Free]
- New Share link to re-post stories from your news feed All new design
- Tag your friends in any post, comment or photo
- Smileys, hearts and other emoji in messages
- All new design
Twitter [iPhone, Category: Social Networking, Free]
- Tweets, tailored just for you, now appear right in the stream
- These Tweets show photo, video, and article previews so you can engage easily
- A stream of relevant photos appears at the top of your search results
- Results also show media previews for your viewing pleasure
- If you've forgotten your password, now you can reset it in a few simple steps
- If you've chosen to protect your Tweets, you can manage your follow requests from your iPhone or iPad
Viewfinder [OS X, Category: Graphics & Design, $14.99] Viewfinder is a Mac application that dramatically simplifies the process of finding, downloading and using images from Flickr.
- Infinite scrolling. Scroll to the bottom and more images are downloaded
- Compatible with Gatekeeper, Mountain Lion, and retina graphics
- Filter on 1800px size
- Size filter is now based on standard resolutions
- Bug Fixes
Day One [OS X, Category: Lifestyle, $9.99] A new, simple way to journal and sync your entries to your iOS device.
- Calendar view now uses the system's first day of week setting
- Redesigned Dropbox setup
- Auto-embed YouTube links
- Auto-link Twitter screenames
- Improved layout support for embedded images and videos
- Full Smartypants support (when Markdown enabled)
- Integrated crash reporting
- Additional Markdown support
New iOS and OS X apps
Nettelator for App.Net [iOS, Category: Social Networking, $4.99] New App.Net client.
vjay for iPhone [iPhone, Category: Music, $0.99] The mashup machine for your iPhone's music and videos.
Atomic Frogs [iPhone, Category: Games, $1.99] Help the frogs get back their life-giving toxic water by using their atomic powers to solve each challenging level.
Pixa [OS X, Category: Graphics & Design, $24.99] New image organizer for your Mac.
Software Updatesmore updates
- Apple Remote Desktop updated with Yosemite support
- OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3 updates now available
- Sports Illustrated 120 SPORTS channel comes to Apple TV
- Logic Pro X update brings AirDrop support, new effects, tools, and more
- Parallels Access 2.5 released, adds file manager, computer-to-computer remote access
- The Google Translate iOS app is about to get a lot smarter