updated 09:00 pm EDT, Mon May 16, 2011
From vector maps to weather maps
Two different applications for the iPad have received updates, bringing significant new features and improvements. Vector illustration and drawing program iDraw has been updated to v1.2, a major update featuring a redesigned user interface along with new tools, new features and improved SVG support. AccuWeather for iPad, available in both free and paid editions, has upgraded to v1.8 -- adding snow, ice and rain totals along with several other user-requested features.
Indeeo's iDraw 1.2 ($9) is considered by the company to be a major revamp, with a overhauled toolbar and user interface, a new Styles library and Appearance pane, the introduction of an outline editing mode, the ability to put the toolbar on the left or right, increased zoom levels (up to 6400 percent), customizable selection colors and overall significant performance enhancements.
The program also features a re-designed Pen tool, an Anchor Point tool, and tools for rotation, scaling, shearing and selection of points. Users can duplicate shapes while applying transforms as well as set origin points for transform tools. The new version also adds the ability to join paths, save and reuse custom appearance "styles," a line dash editor (and the ability to save custom line dash styles), the option to enable or disable pixel-aligned strokes, and selectable shape opacity. SVG text import and SVG image import have also been added.
Accuweather for iPad (main website not yet updated) comes in two editions, Free and Platinum ($1) that offer the same features, with the only difference being that the free one is ad-supported. Both editions feature hourly updated forecasts, day and night weather forecasts, long-term (15 days) forecasts, current conditions, its patented RealFeel temperature, weather alarms, animated Google maps, satellite images, weather videos, lifestyle and health forecasts, imperial or metric measurements and 12- or 24-hour time display.
Changes in the new version include new ice, snow and rain totals, as well as a convenient toggle for day/night forecasts. Also featured are improved weather forecast videos for city, regional, national and international weather, updated every day.