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This week’s roundup of iOS apps features two new apps for editing and sharing your photos. There are also updates to some of our favorite productivity apps and a chance to live in M.C. Escher's universe.
Adobe Lightroom has arrived on the iPad, bringing high-level photo editing to the tablet. It can also sync pics to your desktop computer, as well as vice versa. Pro-level tools come with a pro-level cost, however: The app itself is free, but to use it (after a free 30-day trial, anyway) you’ll need to have a subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud service, which typically costs $50 per month.
Buffer for Twitter and Facebook
Here’s a handy tool for all those “social media managers” out there: Buffer for Twitter and Facebook, the free iPhone app, lets you schedule and share posts to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and App.net–all from one place, on your schedule. Version 3.0 brings a number of changes, including design updates for iOS 7, improved analytical tools, and an updated schedule editor.
The free Starlog app for iPhone allows you to record detailed observations of the night sky in a simple fashion—just add the object you viewed, the time, and the equipment you used to see it, along with any notes you have on the topic. Now: Explore Jupiter via your telescope to your heart’s content.
(Grunt grunt. Snort. Yabba dabba dooooo!) That’s Cro-Magnon talk for: If you’re a fan of the “paleo” eating craze then this $3 universal app featuring 200 illustrated paleo recipes is for you.
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Version 2.0 of IFTTT, a free universal productivity app, has launched. It still connects social media, photo, and Web services, but it can now also access iOS’s notifications, and it boasts an iPad-specific interface. It also features a new “recipes collection” full of tricks for using the app to make your phone and tablet do the stuff you want.
Ever wish you could step through the looking glass and explore M.C. Escher’s world? Monument Valley, a $4 iPhone and iPad game, is as close as you’ll come until a real holodeck is invented. (Pro tip: You’ll probably want to wear headphones while playing.)
When Notability for iPad debuted three years ago, we said: “If there’s a more complete note-taking app on the market than Notability, it’s not readily apparent.” Well, the app has now linked your audio recordings to the real-time notes that you take; on playback your writing, scribbles, and photos “come to life” as they sync with the lecture or interview you’re listening to. A great app just got better.