BooksWing, Total Player Pro, Synotes

updated 09:54 am EDT, Mon August 13, 2012 | Posted in iPhone Apps

BooksWing 1.0 ($2) - BooksWing is designed as a book reading and management tool for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app enables users to keep track of what they are currently reading, and to store or share any thoughts, quotes, or pictures during reading. Support is also offered for creating a wish-list of books you want to own. [Download - 14.3MB]

Total Player Pro 1.0 ($3) - A new media player has recently been unveiled for the iPhone and iPad, called Total Player Pro. The program can play any video format directly on your mobile device without the need to convert it, and comes with a wide range of features including video management tools and password protection. [Download - 25.7MB]

Synotes 2.0 (free) - Virtual Programming has launched a major 2.0 upgrade to Synotes, its note taking and editing tool for iOS devices, complete with Facebook and Twitter support for sharing notes. The latest version has been completely rewritten from the ground up, and sports a brand new design and user interface. [Download - 9.3MB]

Ancient Quest 1.0 (free) - Ancient Quest is a new action adventure game where players must bring peace to the land by eliminating all evil forces lurking about. During the game players can use a sword, a bow, or magic to defeat their enemies, and must overcome 10 different levels that span four maps. [Download - 113MB]

Collage Art 1.0 ($2) - Collage Art enables users to create unique artistic photos by cutting off parts of an image and editing them. The app comes with a wide range of basic and special filters, as well as 49 built-in fonts, and the ability to adjust the size and position of the image pieces that were cut off. [Download - 18.3MB]

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Industry  1d

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