The Week in iOS Apps: Never-ending notebooks

This week's roundup features updates to three big note-taking apps.

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New iOS apps of the week

This week’s roundup features updates to three big note-taking apps. Read on!



Evernote (free, iPhone, iPad, iMessage, Apple Watch) has long been the premiere note-taking app, and it’s still finding ways to improve. Version 8.0 features a complete redesign that helps you navigate the app more easily, find content quicker, and beautify your notes with a greater variety of formatting options.



Codex (free, iPhone) bills itself as “a thousand notebooks in your pocket.” The app lets you scan documents, upload and organize photos, and is organized by hashtags, not folders. This week’s update makes it easier to crop the pages you’ve captured, and includes some navigation improvements.

Notebook by Zoho


Zoho’s Notebook (free, iPhone, iPad, iMessage, Apple Watch) is clearly trying to usurp Evernote in the iOS notebook wars: The app lets you write notes, record audio comments, take pictures and even make sketches. This week, the service goes multiplatform with the introduction of a new companion app for Mac.




We could feature this in either our app or accessory roundups: Blumoo (free, iPhone and Apple Watch) works in conjunction with the Blumoo Homebase hardware ($80 MSRP); together, the app and device turn your iPhone into a universal remote capable of controlling your video and audio entertainment systems, as well as game consoles and more. It works with more than 250,000 devices.



Um, so, you know: LikeSo ($1, iPhone and iPad) is designed, like, to help eliminate small verbal tics from, er, your speech. “With two modes of play: FreeStyle, your own open mic, and TalkAbout, a conversation game to practice speaking on the fly, LikeSo provides a real-time analysis of your speech fitness, including optimal pacing for the fast or slow talker.” Perfect before your next school or office presentation.



Out of town but still want to catch up on your local newscast? NewsOn (free, iPhone and iPad) lets you find your favorite stations—the app helps you watch live news, previous broadcasts, and local news clips from your hometown.


Nick Jr. Books

Nick Jr. Books (free, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch) “is a collection of digital books featuring stories from all your favorite Nick Jr friends, including PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer” and more. You get three free books with the initial download; additional titles cost $3 each.



We missed when PlanChat (free, iPhone) launched in its current version in November, but the latest update makes it worth mentioning: It’s is a group messaging app that helps two or more people cooperate to plan travel. It features group chat, social itinerary building, and the ability to split expenses among the group. The latest update features some bug fixes.



Others of note

GarageBand has added the new Alchemy Touch Instrument with over 150 synth patches … the TinType (pictured) camera filter has a new “analog” interface … Smithsonian Earth is a new subscription service offering full-length nature documentaries.

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