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
Timer 7 - Multiple timers for kitchen, gym, errands, break from work and more [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Finally an iPhone timer you will truly love to use!
Chordassist - Chord Progression Assistant [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Can't play a chord, or have trouble coming up with the next chord progression? This app can aid your song-writing by assisting you with all chord-related matters.
Seismometer 6th [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Taking advantage of the built-in accelerometer in your iPhone and iPad, Seismometer 6th detects and visualizes any vibrations and moves of the device.
batchGIF [OS X; Now free, down from $4.99] With just one click, all your pictures in a folder will be linked into one animated GIF picture.
Shoot Alike [OS X; Now free, down from $0.99] Shoot Alike helps you manage and organize your mac free of duplicates.
HQ Photo Enlarger [OS X; Now free, down from $9.99] HQ Photo Enlarger is a program that produces enlargements dramatically sharper than other software.
New and Notable Apps
BOOM 909! [iPad; $0.99] Boom 909 integrates one of the most popular drum machines of the 80's into the modern mobile producers workflow.
Record of Agarest War [iOS Universal; $14.99] HyperDevbox is proud to announce that the massively popular tactical role-playing game (J-RPG) for home video game consoles, Record of Agarest War (English version), is now available for iOS.
Campaign Monitor [iPhone; Free] Monitor gives you real-time campaign and subscriber reporting in your pocket, so you can keep in touch with what's happening in your account when you're on-the-go.
EchoHam [OS X; Free] EchoHam allows Amateur Radio operators to use the Echolink network from their iMac.
iPastels [OS X; Free] Simulating soft (chalk) pastels, oil pastels and color blending, the iPastels app tries to be as realistic as possible.
Updates you don't want to miss
Scout GPS, Maps, Voice Navigation & Traffic [iPhone; Free] Scout is the most personalized maps and GPS navigation app for iPhone. Version 22.214.171.124283 brings the following changes:
- Get around the app much easier and faster with fewer taps to the important things like your Recents and saved Likes.
- Search Ahead while navigating to find coffee, food, gas, or popular chains up ahead along your route-never behind or off track! Add a pit stop and be routed there. Scout adjusts your ETA and continues navigating you to your original destination when you're done!
- Find the cheapest parking-Get the lowest priced parking options on a map as you approach your destination-available in more than 100 cities in the US.
- Interact with the Dashboard by zooming and panning, check out what's nearby, and get your traffic-based commute drive times right on the map with one-tap navigation!
- Get food and drink suggestions nearby on the map. The more you use Scout the better the suggestions get, based on time of day, location and day of the week.
- Share your location from the map to meet up with friends or save it to your Likes for later. Mark a spot directly on the map by pressing and holding.
Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free [iOS Universal; Free] Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.Version 4.0.2 brings the following changes:
- Lost a Duel by one point? You can now rematch your opponent and regain your honor!
Joy of Cooking [iPad; $5.99] Joy of Cooking, the first cookbook in many kitchens, is now the must-have app for every cook-experts and beginners alike. Version 1.0.4 brings the following changes:
- This version works to improve the use of JOY with VoiceOver features for the visually impaired, and fixes several minor stability issues.
iDraw [OS X; $24.99] iDraw is a powerful feature-packed vector drawing and illustration application for Mac OS X. Version 2.4 brings the following changes:
- New Layers Pane.
- Export Layers.
- Shape Libraries.
- Smart Duplicate.
- 'Copy As' Menu.
- Transform Panel.
- New Arc Tool.
- Improved Path Selection Tool.
- Core Graphics Code Export.
- Photoshop PSD Import/Export Improvements.
- PDF and SVG Import/Export Improvements.
- Other Improvements
OCRKit [OS X; $33.99] OCRKit is a simple and streamlined Mac application, that features advanced Optical Character Recognition technology, allowing you to convert scanned or printed documents into searchable and editable text. Version 2.5 brings the following changes:
- new support CLI based scripting
- improved OCR recognition accuracy
- improved OCR recognition performance
- various other improvements
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Software Updatesmore updates
- 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
- Dropbox adds file/folder renaming and Office document editing to iOS app