Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.
Apps Now Free
Distant Suns: The new way to look at the stars [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $9.99] In 1987 Distant Suns first put the universe on your desktop. 27 years later it puts the universe in your shirt pocket.
Dream X [iPad; Now free, down from $6.99] Dream X - mind mapping, concept mapping software.
PhotoMotion [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] PhotoMotion turns your photos into an immersive video with motion, titles and music.
WattchIT [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] WATTCHIT helps people like you who are concerned with how much their home electricity costs.
Toon Shooters [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Only one hope remains - the TOON SHOOTERS, a mischievous band of freelancers and rebel cartoon characters - each with their own amazing super powers and stories.
Bits [OS X; Now free, down from $4.99] Bits does not take much space on your desktop and will allow at any time to save your ideas, thoughts and creativity.
New and Notable Apps
Adobe Lightroom [iPad; Free, requires Creative Cloud subscription] Edit and organize images anywhere, anytime on your iPad.
David. [iOS Universal; $0.99] David. // is a game. A game about physics and enemies. A game about struggles and life. A game about David.
SmartWait [iPhone; Free] With SmartWait, avoid long queues and manage your time as you want. SmartWait geolocates the public services, tourist sites or stores where you want to go and gives you the waiting conditions in real time.
Radiology 2.0: Pregnant Appendicitis [iPad; Free] This intuitive teaching file series is perfect for practicing radiologists, radiology residents, medical students in radiology, and other physicians interested in learning how to interpret images.
Updates you don't want to miss
join.me [iOS Universal; Free] With the join.me mobile app you can join an online meeting no matter where you go. Version 2.4.985 brings the following changes:
- new for the iPhone: you can start an audio conference with one simple tap
- minor bug fixes and improvements
MLB.com At the Ballpark [iPhone; Free] MLB.com At the Ballpark is your favorite mobile companion when visiting your any Major League Baseball ballpark. Version 3.0.3 brings the following changes:
- Newly-designed for iOS7
- Beginning Opening Day, check-in automatically with iBeacon technology (select ballparks only)
NPR News [iPhone; Free] Follow local and national news and listen to your favorite NPR stations wherever you are and whenever you want to. Version 3.8.0 brings the following changes:
- Keep up with your favorite NPR programs and local public radio stations with this latest update.
- You can now get breaking news alerts and enjoy an updated design for iOS7 Thank you for supporting public radio!
Tango Text, Voice & Video [iOS Universal; Free] Tango allows you to easily connect with friends & family or make new friends.Version 3.6.81567 brings the following changes:
- Now post text updates, videos and songs to the News Feed
- Find new friends by location from the map
- Unlike a status or photo you already liked
Gourmet for iOS [iOS Universal; $3.99] Completely overhauled, Gourmet (for iOS) is now a UNIVERSAL app, optimized for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices. You can add, edit, scale and import recipes...even when you're away from your Mac. Version 1.0.6 brings the following changes:
- Fixed display issue in sync panel.
- fix crash in sync.
iBank for iPad [iPad; $9.99] All your finances, at your fingertips. Version 2.1 brings the following changes:
NEW: Search for any transaction, within an account, or across all accounts
NEW: Transactions auto-complete as you type the payee. Amounts, categories, even splits are automatically filled in.
NEW: Auto-complete bar. Lets you see and pick possible matches for auto-complete fields.
NEW: Management sections for Categories, Securities, and Transaction Templates. Lets you see what is in use and allows you to add, edit, and delete them from one place.
IMPROVED: Auto-complete of category names.
IMPROVED: Support for iOS 7. Improved keyboard handling, assistant display, and other os integration.
Numerous other fixes and enhancements
TextWrangler [OS X; Free] TextWrangler is a powerful, general-purpose text editor crafted in Bare Bones Software's best traditions. Version 4.5.8 brings the following changes:
- Made TextWrangler even more awesome by fixing issues reported by our customers.
PCalc [OS X; $9.99] PCalc is ideal for scientists, engineers, students, programmers, or indeed anybody looking for a feature rich calculator. Version 4.0 brings the following changes:
- PCalc 4 has been entirely rewritten based on the latest code from the iOS version, and is now a modern 64-bit Cocoa app.
- Added an option to show multiple lines on the display.
- Added an option for a "Ticker Tape" which shows a history of recent calculations underneath the main display.
- You can now edit user functions and conversions on the Mac, and sync them automatically via iCloud with all your other Macs and iOS devices.
- Redesigned tape and register windows that can be torn off from the main calculator window and resized.
- Smart searching for conversions, constants, and functions - try "£ to $" in the search field, for example.
- Enhanced AppleScript support that lets you call any command, perform conversions, run functions, and apply constants.
- Added all the keyboard layouts from the iPhone and iPad versions.
- Added two new themes, "Samurai" and "Samurai Night".
- Added lots more digit styles.
- Added an accounting display mode.
- Added trend arrows to the currency rates.
- You can now add notes to the tape.
- And lots more!
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