Fantastical, Oceanhorn, MindNode

updated 11:42 am EDT, Fri August 8, 2014 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Fantastical 2.1.1 ($8) - Fantastical is a calendar utility that allows users to create events by explaining events in basic English. For example, a user can enter "Lunch with John at 123 Main Street on Tuesday," and the software will add all of the relevant information to a new event. In v2.1.1 the list now shows reminders that have an alert time, but not a due date. Reminders can also now be opened directly with the URL handler, and a number of reported bugs have been fixed. [Download - 18.7MB]

Oceanhorn 2.0 ($9) - Oceanhorn is an adventure game that challenges players to explore the islands of Uncharted Seas in order to discover the mysteries of an ancient kingdom. Version 2.0 introduces an additional four hours of gameplay with new mysteries to solve. A new fishing mini-game has also been added, where players can compete against others in the Game Center leaderboards to catch the biggest fish. [Download - 178.4MB]

MindNode 3.2.1 ($10) - MailNode is a mind mapping tool that can be used to create a visual representation of ideas. A crash that occurred when displaying a mind map on an external screen has been fixed, along with a crash related to connecting an external keyboard. A localization layout issue that appearing during MyMindNode uploads has also been fixed. [Download - 8.5MB]

Notability 5.24 ($2) - Notability is an iPad app that integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organization tools into a single app. The handling of iCloud conflicts have been improved in this release. Various bugs have also been fixed. [Download - 69.1MB]

Yahoo Mail 3.2.1 (free) - Yahoo Mail is the official iOS client for accessing all Yahoo e-mail accounts. The latest release introduces a new and improved search experience. When searching for a persons name users can now filter results by e-mail, photos, or files. [Download - 39.5MB]

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