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
PDF Scanner - easily scan books and multipage documents to PDF [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $9.99] Use your device as a handy portable scanner.
Chop Chop Ninja [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Embark on an action-packed adventure and fight hordes of enemies using your ancient ninja skills. Save the princess from the terrible curse that struck her!
Chop Chop Runner [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] The Emperor's daughter is in danger and she needs your help! Run as fast as possible, fight off hordes of enemies and avoid all the obstacles in your way! Nothing will stand between you and the princess!
Chop Chop Tennis [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Chop Chop Tennis is certainly the most frantic, intuitive and enjoyable tennis game ever created for your iDevice!
Chop Chop Kicker [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Kicking cute dinosaurs and making them fly used to be the national sport of the paleolithic age!
Meteor HD [iPad; Now free, down from $2.99] Meteor HD is a powerful brick breaker game with shoot'em up elements.
City Maps 2Go Pro - Offline Map and Travel Guide [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $3.99] Your reliable and easy-to-use global travel companion. Detailed offline maps, in-depth travel content, popular places, and insider tips. Plan and have the perfect trip!
Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop for iPhone & iPod - Personal [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Use Splashtop to access your computer on the local network with best-in-class video streaming performance.
IncrediBooth [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] A Photo Booth in your Pocket - Awesome Photo Strips Anywhere.
Eve of Impact [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Blast away at an increasing barrage of asteroids to protect earth from destruction!
Kindly [OS X; Now free, down from $0.99] Take the guess work out of reminding yourself about important tasks using your Mac, with Kindly.
Perfect Frames [OS X; Now free, down from $0.99] Perfect Frames is the small sweet tool which helps you combine different pictures into the perfect frames for your business such as sharing, preservation and even showing off your creativity!
Lossless Photo Squeezer [OS X; Now free, down from $7.99] Lossless Photo Squeezer is a professional image size compressor which will reduce your PNG, JPEG and GIF photos and images size with LOSSLESS quality.
New and Notable Apps
SKRWT [iPhone; $0.99] No more crooked lines! This keystone and lens-correction tool turns your phone into a view camera. All hail symmetry.
OTTTD [iOS Universal; $2.99] Command heroes, build towers, discover strange and exotic worlds and blow them all to bits.
PencilSketch 2 [OS X; Free] PencilSketch is a powerful software to turn your digital photo into a pencil sketch.
StockSpy - Free Stocks, Watchlists, Stock Market Investor News, Real Time Quotes & Charts [OS X; Free] StockSpy for Mac OS X simplifies tracking stock market news for the companies you follow and allows you to VISUALIZE how the news affects stock prices with NewsCharts!
Updates you don't want to miss
Calendars 5 - Smart Calendar and Task Manager with Google Calendar Sync [iOS Universal; $2.99] Calendars 5 is complete re-imagining of what the best mobile calendar experience should be. Version 5.4.3 brings the following changes:
- Brand new icon that you've been waiting for so long!
- Smart Input improvements
Archimedes [iOS Universal; $4.99] Archimedes is a scientific calculator truly designed for touch. It's much simpler yet more powerful, made with attention to the tiniest detail.Version 2.0 brings the following changes:
- Archimedes is back! Version 2.0 adds many new features and improvements including plotting and a redesign for iOS 7!
- Explore curves as never before with fluid navigation and crisp rendering.
- Trace, differentiate and integrate just by dragging, or input values manually.
- Find intersections and other points of interest just by tapping them.
- See your curves change live as you edit their formula.
- Numeric calculations are now performed independently from exact calculations, improving speed and allowing more equations to be solved. Numerical accuracy has also been improved.
- Solving of more equations in general.
- A new Power Tips section, with all kinds of useful tips and hidden features.
- Many, many small tweaks and improvements to make Archimedes even better and easier to use.
- All reported bugs fixed (& even more unreported ones).
Tweetbot 3 for Twitter (iPhone & iPod touch) [iPhone; $4.99] Tweetbot is a full-featured Twitter client that's fast, beautiful, and redesigned from the ground up for iOS7. Version 3.3.2 brings the following changes:
- This is a critical update. Previous versions of Tweetbot 3 for iPhone will stop functioning soon. For details please visit tapbots.com/blog.
Cinamatic [iPhone; $0.99] Cinamatic is the best way to create beautiful short films. Version 1.0.2 brings the following changes:
- Introducing two new free films bundled with Cinamatic: Terry and Laurent
- Also a bonus free black & white film available in the Store: Toshiro
- Recording in landscape orientation is now supported
- Ability to share Vines to Twitter (must have Twitter account connected in Vine)
- Basic video stabilization
- Location and other metadata are now saved with your videos to your photo library
- Fixes a bug with shooting with the front-facing camera in iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S
- Other bug fixes and improvements
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