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Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

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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

FrameMagic Premium [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Build an awesome photo and video collage with FrameMagic!

CloudMagic [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $9.99] An award winning email app for your iPhone & iPad.

Third Eye Crime: Act 1 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Third Eye Crime is a stealth puzzle game featuring Rothko, a smooth-talking criminal who can telepathically predict where enemies will move to attempt to thwart his heists.

PDF Scanner - easily scan books and multipage documents to PDF [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Use your device as a handy portable scanner. Convert paper bills, invoices, tickets and any other documents into the popular PDF format.

Matcha - Writing App & Text Processor [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Matcha is an all-new writing app designed to make writing easy and fun in a relaxing, peaceful writing environment that's simple and enjoyable.

Aiseesoft DVD Creator [OS X; Now free, down from $19.99] Aiseesoft DVD Creator lets you easily convert video file in any video format to a DVD format and burn it to a DVD disc that can be played on any home DVD player.

Tag Journal: write your diary [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] Record your life events, thoughts and ideas with photos, short videos, notes and voice recordings.

Hipster CEO [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Hipster CEO allows you to prove that you're the next Mark Zuckerberg by growing your business from a tiny dorm room startup to a global tech powerhouse. And look totally trendy while you're doing it.

Fitness Point Pro - Workout Exercise Journal & Personal Trainer + Body Tracker [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Fitness Point is a simple app, to follow your progress at the gym and much more. Just everything, that you need!

Liquid Scale [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Liquid Scale allows to scale images horizontally or vertically without distorting the content.

The Doors [iPad; Now free, down from $2.99] More than 700 images and 100 music and sound clips that will delight and satisfy Doors fans.

RollerCoaster Tycoon® 4 Mobile™ [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Create and share the amusement park of your dreams and construct incredible roller coasters and rides to keep your visitors happy

New and Notable Apps

Photo Sphere Camera [iPhone; Free] Create beautiful 360º images, and publish them to Google Maps.

The Firm [iPhone; $0.99] THE FIRM is a puzzle video game focusing on the emotional toll of working as a trader inside a big corporation.

They Need To Be Fed 3 [iOS Universal; $1.99] 360 degree gravity platforming is back! Run, jump, collect, avoid enemies and feed yourself to the monster at the end!

Folia [OS X; Free] Create. Connect. Comment. Express big ideas better with Folia, the brand new cross-platform app from the makers of iAnnotate.

Updates you don't want to miss

Camera+ [iPhone; $1.99] Whether you're a seasoned photographer or someone who's barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos. Version 5.2 brings the following changes:

  • With iOS 8 right around the corner, we've got some pretty big things planned for the near future, both with the iPhone and iPad versions of Camera+. To tide you over until then, we've just put out Camera+ 5.2 with a few very nice additions, along with a handful of bug fixes.

  • The first thing to note is that we've added a new adjustment to the Vignette effect in The Lab. So now, in addition to being able to adjust the intensity of the vignette, you have control over the size of it. It makes it a lot more flexible of a tool to use.

  • We've also made a few improvements to the Soft Focus and Film Grain effects in The Lab. The end result is that they look far more realistic now and your photos will look a lot better when you use them.

  • Oh Clarity Pro... he can be like a petulant teen who's always trying to be the center of attention. This time around, we discovered that low intensity levels could get inappropriately boosted under certain circumstances. That won't happen again. This isn't the first time Clarity Pro has acted-up in a similar manner, so we've taken away his car privileges for a month to teach him a lesson.

  • To continue their ongoing mandate of paranoia to make everything more "secure" while making everyone's lives much more difficult in the process, Yahoo changed the way 3rd-party apps like Camera+ access Flickr. This, of course, broke Flickr sharing in Camera+. It's now working properly once again. We tried contacting Marissa Mayer so that we could get a bit of a head's-up when something like this happens again in the future. Unfortunately, she's hunkered-down somewhere in Texas in a bunker with a cache of assault rifles, so she couldn't be reached for comment.

  • So again, get ready for some cool, new things in Camera+ very soon. We've been slaving away at it since Apple announced iOS 8 and we're sure you're going to enjoy using it as much as we're enjoying creating it for you!

Dropshare [OS X; $4.99] Dropshare is a menu bar app that enables you to drag & drop upload files, screenshots and even directories to your own server, Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files to share them with anyone you like! Version 3.3 brings the following changes:

  • Introducing support for Rackspace Cloud Files: You're now able to configure Rackspace Cloud Files as upload target, among Amazon S3 and your own server
  • Introducing Markdown to HTML conversion: If enabled in the preferences, .md and .markdown files will now be converted to HTML before uploading
  • Updating history window: Uploads older than 48 hours will now show the full upload date and time
  • Updating Amazon S3 integration: Uploads to S3 will now have a Cache-Control max-age header set
  • Minor improvements under-the-hood

Maxthon [OS X; Free] Maxthon for Mac provides the same high-performance browsing experience offered by Maxthon for many years around the globe. Version 4.3.0 brings the following changes:

  • New Ads block feature added
  • New Drag&Drop feature added
  • Improved search feature
  • Improved address bar
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

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