This Weekend 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
True Skate [iOS Universal;Now free, down from $1.99]The most authentic skateboarding game ever.
Trail Tracker GPS [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Whether you're biking, hiking, skiing, walking, running, or driving, Trail Tracker will track your entire trip and all kinds of statistics that you can use to analyze it when you're done!
Life - Smart gardening journal/diary [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Record, look back and share your green life with simple, easy and well-designed iOS application.
UpWord Notes [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] With UpWord saves your notes, lists, and reminders - all in one place. Get more done.
Teslameter 11th [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Teslameter 11th takes advantage of the built in magnetometer in your iPhone/iPad, allows you to monitor the strength of magnetic field all around.
Vinyl Tap - this one goes to 11 [iPad; Now free, down from $0.99] Vinyl Tap is an app of passion. Every pixel has been beautifully and painstakingly crafted. Connect your iPad to a set of speakers, and create an old school hi-fi system, fit for the 21st century.
Meetings for iPhone [iPhone; Now free, down from $4.99] Presenting the app that lets you have more focused, productive, and successful meetings.
Defenders [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Fight off hordes of evil mutants created by a cataclysmic event in Nival's new tower defense meets collectible card game, Defenders.
Countdown widget [OS X; Now free, down from $0.99] Countdown widget is a timekeeper always on the bottom of your computer desktop.
AudioMate – Easy audio control [OS X; Now free, down from $3.99] Control all your audio devices from the status bar, receive system notifications when relevant events happen on your audio devices, define custom device actions, and more!
New and Notable Apps
ComicBook! 2: Creative Superpowers [iOS Universal; $2.99] Transform the ordinary to share-worthy extraordinary easy as: B.A.M!
Real Simple Checklist [iPhone; Free] Real Simple Checklists will help you organize like never before, featuring 100+ of the most popular checklists from Real Simple magazine.
The Design Museum Collection for iPhone [iPhone; Free] The Design Museum Collection App is now available for iPhone users for the first time. It is the museum's first app and its first online catalogue of a selection of objects from its collection.
Blue Note 75 [iPad; Free] This new immersive digital format app for iPad celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the legendary Blue Notes Records.
Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot [iOS Universal; $1.99] Jacob Jones is back in Episode 2 of one of Apples 'Best of 2013' games and an App Store Editors Choice.
Updates you don't want to miss
Procreate – Sketch, paint, create. [iPad; $5.99] Procreate is the most powerful and intuitive digital illustration App available for iPad®. It's packed with features artists love,Version 2.1 brings the following changes:
- Threshold adjustments!
- Reference layer!
- Color Wheel!
- Give us your number with numerical color input!
- Better Swatches!
- Swatch Palettes!
- A bunch of other stuff!
Madefire Motion Books & Comics [iOS Universal; Free] Madefire Motion Books & Comics is a free app that delivers the most innovative reading experience on devices with traditional print comics and Motion Books. Version 2.0 brings the following changes:
- Welcome to the all new Madefire 2.0!
- We've improved the storefront with a new layout with larger cover images and better organization. Browse collections by your favorite publishers to find your favorite Motion Books and print comics. The Madefire Reader also includes support for reading print comics with improved page zooming and other features.
- Create your own Motion Books at http://create.madefire.com/ and join in the Madefire Experience.
- As always, if you like Madefire, please take the time to rate the app! It's a painless way to let us know you like what we're doing and that makes us happy.
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