GoodReader for iPhone, Drafts, Hundreds

updated 10:54 am EST, Tue February 12, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

GoodReader for iPhone 3.19.1 ($5) - GoodReader is a PDF reader that features both annotation and cloud sync capabilities. The latest release includes SMB/CIFS protocol support that allows uses to create a direct connection to shared Windows folders and various NAS drives. The latest release adds a new option to enable thumbnail previews for PDF files and pictures in the file list view. RAW image files from various Canon, Nikon, and Phase One cameras are also now properly recognized as pictures. [Download - 30.6MB]

Drafts 2.5.3 ($3) - Drafts for iPad is a text editor that allows users to quickly take notes and choose where to send them later. In v2.5.3 [[date|format]] tags are now supported in configurations for Dropbox Actions and URL Actions, where "format" is any valid strftime format string. Support has also been added for using any of the tags supported by Dropbox Actions in URL Action URLs. A number of minor fixes are also included, along with improved support for right-to-left languages. [Download - 7.8MB]

Hundreds 1.2.2 ($5) - Hundreds is a puzzle gamer where the glow is to grow at least 100 points between the circles in each level. Circles turn red and volatile while being grown, and if they collide the game ends. Version 1.2.2 should no longer lose a player's progress in cases where recovery is possible. [Download - 26.7MB]

Grid-Diary 1.0 ($2) - Grid-Diary is based upon the methodology introduced in "The Miracle with a Daybreak Diary." Everyday Grid-Diary will provide users with a series of questions about their day that can guide them through the creation of a diary entry. User's are given the option to pick questions they want to answer everyday from a library, or to pick questions on a day-to-day basis. [Download - 5.9MB]

Survivor Z 1.0 ($2) - Survivor Z is a text-based role playing game that is set 311 days after a zombie apocalypse has wiped out 90 percent of the world's population. Player's must use the available supplies, including weapons, armor, and food, to complete varying challenges. The game also takes advantage of location data to provide players with new challenges based on their real world location. [Download - 27.7MB]

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