TextExpander, Angry Birds Star Wars II, Amplitube for iPad

updated 11:09 am EDT, Thu April 3, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

TextExpander 2.5 ($5) - TextExpander allows users to create a library of abbreviation shortcuts for frequently used snippets of text. These snippets can then be used to quickly type text in more than 150 apps that include TextExpander support, such as OmniFocus, Things, and WriteRoom. The v2.5 update has been optimized for iOS 7 and makes use of the sharing view for Copy, E-mail and Tweet actions. An option to avoid the expansion of certain groups on iOS has also been added, along with improved support for VoiceOver. [Download - 2.3MB]

Angry Birds Star Wars II 1.4 ($1) - Angry Birds Star Wars is a physics based puzzle game where players must help the Rebel Birds take down the evil Imperial Pigs. In v1.4 1000 free coins that can be used in the shop have been hidden throughout the levels. Players who wait for the carbonate to melt will also unlock a new character and the ability to play as the birds or pigs on any Bird or Pork Side level has been added. [Download - 49.9MB]

Amplitube for iPad 3.3 ($20) - Amplitube is a guitar amp modelling app that can be used to play, practice, and record. The software includes a built-in four track recorder, as well as a variety of amp models and effects for capturing different tones. This minor update solves a number of reliability problems. The v3.3 update brings nine new Orange models, including six amps with matching cabinets, and three additional stomp box models to the gear shop. [Download - 400MB]

Image Blender 2.2 ($3) - Image Blender is a tool for combining images with masks and different blend modes. Within the app users can specify exactly where images should be blended, and personalized filters with overlays can be saved for later use. New to v2.2 is the ability to mask with both linear and radial gradients. The app has also been localized in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, German, French and Swedish. [Download - 7.9MB]

Argus 2.10 (free) - Argus is a fitness app that allows users to track their exercise, diet, hydration, and sleep. Version 2.10 expands the app’s social abilities with an updated News Feed. Users can now see what all of their friends and family have been up to after inviting them from their address book, Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. Overall stability and accuracy has also been improved. [Download - 24.7MB]

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