Penultimate, AfterLight, Angry Birds: Star Wars

updated 12:57 pm EDT, Tue March 12, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Penultimate 4.0.3 (free) - Penultimate is a note taking app that lets users create handwritten notes on photorealistic paper templates. All notes can be organized into customized notebooks, separated by topic, project, or category, each which can be synced to and Evernote account for sharing across devices. Version 4.0.3 addresses a security issue and requires all users to reset their password. [Download - 43.9MB]

AfterLight 1.5 ($1) - AfterLight is a photography app that includes a number of filters and effects for editing images on iOS devices. The update includes an Instant Film pack featuring 19 textures and three frames, all inspired by and created with instant film. Additionally, the update includes five all new original filters that can be unlocked by liking the company's Facebook page. Other changes include a new Mid Tone tool, enhanced pinching and zooming support, and improved Clarify and Cropping tools. [Download - 23.1MB]

Angry Birds: Star Wars 1.1.3 ($1) - Angry Birds Star Wars is a physics based puzzle game where players must help the Rebel Birds take down the evil Imperial Pigs. The game builds on the original Angry Birds game with the addition of Star Wars themed powers, such as lightsabers, blasters, and Jedi powers. The minor update addresses several bugs in order to improve the user experience. [Download - 36.5MB]

Pinbrowser for Pinboard 1.0 ($1) - Pinbrowser is a tool for browsing through Pinboard bookmarks, as well as sharing them on social networks or saving them for offline reading. Within the app users can browse through all of Pinboard's popular bookmarks, search for bookmarks, and send links to Pinboard, Instapaper, and Readability. [Download - 0.2MB]

Zitrr Camera 1.0 ($1) - Zitrr Camera is an alternative camera app that features various shooting modes, filters, effects, and lenses for capturing and editing digital images. In total, the app includes 34 live presets that can be used for capturing both photos and videos,as well as six difference composition modes with grids, the golden ratio, and more. Additionally, Dropbox integration is included for archiving images and social network integration lets users share images directly to various profiles. [Download - 17.4MB]

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