InstaFonts, iDotsConnect, Easy German

updated 09:58 am EDT, Mon August 20, 2012 | Posted in iPhone Apps

InstaFonts 1.0 ($1) - InstaFonts makes it possible to add colorful text to your photos, and to experiment with dozens of different fonts and textures. Currently, the app sports 35 different colors, 38 unique fonts, and 51 texts to choose from. It also allows users to scale and rotate text, as well as share images directly to Instagram [Download - 9.1MB]

iDotsConnect 3.0 ($1) - A new 3.0 version of the puzzle game iDotsConnect, has recently become available for download on the App Store. The program is now designed to run on Apple's iPad, as well as the iPhone and iPod touch. It also offers new and enhanced graphics for standard and high-definition Retina displays. [Download - 11.3MB]

Easy German 1.1 ($1) - Sand Mobile has launched a new German-language teaching-tool for iOS devices, called Easy German. The app comes with 1000 most frequently used German words that span 20 different topics, high-quality audio recordings, and a Quiz section that enables users to test and rate their skills. [Download - 39.3MB]

The Simpsons: Tapped Out 2.1.0 (free) - The Simpsons: Tapped Out enables iPhone and iPad users to create their own Springfield, and to take part in unique quests. The latest 2.1.0 version includes enhanced HD graphics for the new iPad's Retina display, multitasking support, and improvements to the overall stability of the game. [Download - 44.4MB]

Ness Dining Guide 1.5 (free) - Ness Computing recently unveiled Ness Dining Guide 1.5, an update to its GPS-based restaurant guide for iOS devices. New features include support for making reservations through OpenTable, and the added ability to view menus with prices for over 325,000 restaurants. [Download - 10.2MB]

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