Meetup, Fantastical, Foldify

updated 11:12 am EDT, Tue March 26, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Meetup 3.0 (free) - Meetup helps users to find local community groups, including running groups, book clubs, photography groups, and more. With this update users can now view a list of suggested Meetups based on their interests, what is located nearby, or by category. The apps notifications have also been improved to provide users with better information. [Download - 13MB]

Fantastical 1.1.1 ($4) - Fantastical is a calendar utility that allows users to create events by explaining events in basic English. For example, a user can enter "Lunch with John at 123 Main Street on Tuesday," and the software will add all of the relevant information to a new event. Version 1.1.1 includes a new setting for displaying one day at a time in the event list. The handling of invitations for recurring events has also been improved, and users can no longer add multiple alerts to exchange events as Exchange does not support it. [Download - 7.7MB]

Foldify 1.2 ($3) - Foldify allows users to design and share 3D foldable figures. Numerous templates are included for different foldable shapes, all which can be customized with built-in stamps or personal images. A new Color Book mode with eight different templates has been added with this update. Overall stability has also been improved and a crash that caused the app to crash on iOS 6.1.3 has been fixed. [Download - 1.2MB]

Pac-Man for iPad 3.5 ($5) - Pac-Man for iPad is a recreation of the original arcade game. Players can choose between three different game modes, Original, Normal or Easy, as well several different control modes. Support is also included for the iCade Bluetooth controller. The v3.5 update includes support for iOS 6 and fixes an issue related to Game Center. [Download - 4.7MB]

Tab Pro 1.3.5 ($4) - Tab Pro gives users access to over 150,000 guitar tabs from Ultimate Guitar's database. User's can choose between multiple instrument tracks for learning different parts of the song, and adjust tempo control for practicing along with the tab. Version 1.3.5 offers improved sound quality, as well as a new Capo feature for transposing progressions. Additionally, the contributor's name and tab rating is now shown within the app. [Download - 11.6MB]

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