Maxthon for iPad, Pajanimals, iThoughtsHD

updated 11:12 am EDT, Tue September 11, 2012 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Maxthon for iPad 1.3 (free) - Maxthon for iPad is an alternative web browser that offers cross-platform syncing and gesture-based browsing. The latest release includes a new search feature for finding specific text within a web page, as well as new search engine options and support for Internationalized Domain Names. More websites are also now supported by the software's Reader Mode and the download process has been improved. [Download - 4.2MB]

Pajanimals: Light in the Sky 1.0 ($5) - Based on Henson's preschool series, Panjanimals is an interactive adaptation of an episode that lets children interact with all of the characters. Activities include hide and seek, matching games, and an interactive fireworks display that is triggered by tapping on stars. The app also includes a number of songs from the show that have been turned into a rhythmic touch game. [Download - 278MB]

iThoughtsHD 4.2 ($10) - iThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool that can be used to build lists, plan projects, take notes, and more. Version 4.2 features full screen image support, as well as the ability to import and export spreadsheet friendly CSV files. Three new map view styles are also included, as well as multiple layouts and link styles. [Download - 13.8MB]

Gravely Silent: House of Deadl 1.0 ($5) - Gravely Silent is a hidden object game where players attempt to save their sister from danger. The game includes numerous scenes to explore, as well as a variety of puzzles that must be solved. [Download - 364MB]

Plants vs. Zombies 1.9.5 ($3) - Plants vs. Zombies is a spin on tower defence style games where players must defend their home from invading zombies. The v1.9.5 includes the new Last Stand game pack that features 5 levels and an additional Endless mode. Users can also now get a Mallet Pack to help them whack zombies in Survival and Last Stand Endless modes, and three new achievements have been added. [Download - 78MB]

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