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
DarkLight Advanced Image Editor [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $9.99] DarkLight puts the power of advanced computer based image editing into your hands!
Tilt to Live [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Help yourself to a variety of unique gametypes, unlockable weapons, and diabolical award challenges. No buttons or thumbsticks to fumble around with, just tilt. Tilt for your life.
Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Return to a world of fast-paced, tilt-only arcade action! You'll flee a relentless onslaught of dastardly dots.
Animation Desk™ for iPhone [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Animation Desk for iPhone allows users to create hand-drawn animations on iPhone.
Animation Desk Premium [iPad; Now free, down from $4.99] Animation Desk for iPad allows users to create hand-drawn animations on iPhone.
Infinity Blade II [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $6.99] The God King has been defeated, an unlikely hero has emerged and now you must discover the truth behind the secrets of the Infinity Blade.
New and Notable Apps
Toca Town [iOS Universal; $2.99] You rule in Toca Town, a play world where anything and everyone is welcome!
Trainz Simulator 2 [iPad; $7.99] Trainz Simulator 2 for iPad is the Next-generation Train Sim for mobile!
DRAGON QUEST VIII [iOS Universal; $19.99] The phenomenally popular DRAGON QUEST VIII has sold 4.9 million units worldwide, and now it's coming to the iPhone and iPad for the first time!
Leafnote [OS X; $9.99] Simple but incredibly useful, Leafnote is a minimal text editor with a twist: the ability to keep multiple documents together as a single project, organized in an easy-to-rearrange tree.
Updates you don't want to miss
PDF Expert 5 [iOS Universal; $9.99] PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. Version 5.1.1 brings the following changes:
- Works on both iPhone and iPad
- Continuous Scroll
- Calculations in LiveCycle Designer forms
- Speeded Up
Notifyr - Receive iOS [iPhone; $3.99] Notifyr shows all your incoming notifications from your iPhone on your Mac. Version 1.0.1 brings the following changes:
- Improved connection stability.
- Faster reconnecting.
- UI changes.
Write for iPhone [iPhone; $1.99] Write opens to a new blank note to quickly jot down things on your mind. Version 2.5 brings the following changes:
- More distraction free with all sync messages hidden by default
- New save file animation which is non-intrusive and subtle
- Support for X-Callback. Documentation at (writeapp.net/urlscheme)
- Support for new actions such as append, prepend, replace
- All custom url actions will now be synced between devices via iCloud
- Tag support
- Tags will sync with Write for Mac (iCloud is needed for syncing tags)
- Ability to Move Files
- Support for RTL direction for languages like Arabic
- Short swipe on any file from list to left and release to delete
- Long swipe on any file from list to left to left and release to move
- Option to move from quick-look menu
- Bookmarked folders - This allows you to add any amount of folders from Dropbox and access them quickly
- and lots, lots more
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Software Updatesmore updates
- ExpanDrive 4, more services and faster sync
- Apple adds iTunes Extras to Apple TV
- Spotify updates with new iPhone controls in time for summer BBQs
- iTunes U update will bring course creation and student discussion to iPad app
- Dropbox for iOS update adds new setup and file management options
- Amazon Instant Video app now offers free, ad-supported TV episodes, new HBO shows