Pocket, Meetup, iBank for iPad

updated 04:08 pm EDT, Fri September 7, 2012 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Pocket 4.1.3 (free) - Pocket is a tool for saving web content for offline viewing. The app automatically syncs across multiple devices, and displays content in an easy-to-read layout. The v4.1.3 update adds the ability to share directly to Google Chrome, Kippt, and App.net. Pocket.co URLs have also been removed from archival services like Pinboard and Evernote, and overall security has been improved. [Download - 7.3MB]

Meetup 2.5 (free) - Meetup helps users to find local community groups, including running groups, book clubs, photography groups, and more. Version 2.5 provides even more information on Meetup Groups. People that users are connected to now appear at the top of member lists, and support for leaving a group has been added. Users can also now access all of their Meetup Groups in one spot from the Menu. [Download - 7.9MB]

iBank 1.1 ($15) - iBank for iPad is a financial analysis tool for the iPad. Within the app users can manage various bank accounts and sort transactions into different expense groups. Support for monitoring stocks and other financial investments is also included. The latest release includes significant speed improvements, as well as the addition of interactive help through the app. Account downloading and investment support has also been improved, and the accuracy in data handling has been refined. [Download - 18.8MB]

Fieldrunners 1.6.1 ($1) - Fieldrunners is a tower defense game optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch. Players seek to take control of a field with the use of upgradeable towers and a wide array of tactics and strategies. The v1.6.1 update offers full Retina support, as well as an all new soundtrack and refined controls. Additionally, a number of under-the-hood optimizations have improved the overall speed of the game. [Download - 46.2MB]

Drafts for iPad 1.0.1 ($3) - Drafts for iPad is a text editor that allows users to quickly take notes and choose where to send them later. The latest release includes a new Print action that sends the current document to AirPrint as a plain text document, as well as a new Markdown Print option that sends the document as formatted HTML. The Appigo Todo action has also been fixed and should now be properly configurable. [Download - 3.5MB]

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