Projectbook, SyncSpace, Camera+

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Thu October 11, 2012 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Projectbook 1.1 ($2) - Projectbook is a notebook app that can store notes, to-do lists, Word docs, web clips, sketches, and more. Version 1.1 adds two new options for placing images within notes. An image can now be anchored to text so it moves with the text as a note is edited, or can be locked to a specific location behind text. The sketching feature has also been optimized for the new iPad and is now both faster and more responsive. [Download - 29.4MB]

SyncSpace 2.5 ($8) - SyncSpace is a tool for creating and sharing visual ideas. The app provides user with a zoomable drawing space that can be shared with friends and coworkers. The v2.5 introduce support for moving and duplicating selected items in drawings, as well as for changing the text and color of any text item. Support has also been added for rotating the canvas, and PDF exporting has been improved. [Download - 7.5MB]

Camera+ for iPad 1.0.1 ($1) - Camera+ builds on the default camera app by adding extra shooting features, editing options, and photo filters. The iPad version builds on the oringal release with the addition of brush on effects, layer effects, image straightening, and advanced image adjustments. The app also includes new options for importing photos from both Flickr and Facebook. The maintenance release resolves a number of bugs. [Download - 24.6MB]

Plants vs. Zombies 1.9.7 ($3) - Plants vs. Zombies is a spin on tower defence style games where players must defend their home from invading zombies. The game includes 50 levels spread across a number of environments, as well as 49 different plants to use against the oncoming zombie hordes. An orientation bug in iOS 6 has been fixed with this release, along with a number of other minor bugs. [Download - 72.1MB]

Kumo Lumo 1.1 (free) - Kumo Lumo puts players in the role of a cloud that is trying to save his world from invading aliens. Players can use rain to grow trees and douse fires, while lighting bolts can be used to eliminate any enemies. The game is broken down into 36 levels of increasing difficulty, and includes a store where players can upgrade all of their powers. [Download - 45.8MB]

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