Facetune, layrs, TextExpander

updated 09:56 am EDT, Fri September 27, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Facetune 2.0 ($2) - Facetune is a photo touch-up tool that can be used to make various adjustments to faces. The app includes tools for smoothing skin, adjusting hair color, removing imperfections such as pimples, and enhancing eyes. Version 2.0 offers the ability to specify exactly where on an image a filter will be applied, as well as to apply a number of different textures to any image. New frames, a menu redesign, and improved share screens are also featured in the update. [Download - 33MB]

layrs 2.3 (free) - layrs is a digital imaging app that can be used to separate a photo into layers and edit each layer separately. Various imaging tools are available to apply to each layer, allowing users to add blur, sharpen, increase contrast, saturate colors, and more. The v2.3 update fixes a compatibility bug with iOS 7 that caused items to be displayed at the wrong location on the screen. [Download - 28.9MB]

TextExpander 2.2 ($5) - TextExpander allows users to create a library of abbreviation shortcuts for frequently used snippets of text. These snippets can then be used to quickly type text in more than 150 apps that include TextExpander support, such as OmniFocus, Things, and WriteRoom. The latest release includes a new Emoji snippet group and addresses a potential hang that could occur when tweeting. [Download - 3.6MB]

Limbo 1.1 ($3) - Limbo is a mobile port of the popular monochromatic puzzle-platformer. In the game players are challenged to explore a 2D world full of environmental puzzles and hazards. Support for iOS 7 game controllers has been added in this release, and a number of minor bugs have been resolved. [Download - 105MB]

Terraria 1.0.1 ($5) - Terraria is an iOS port of the full desktop game that features exploration, crafting, construction and combat. The game includes more than 25 block types that can be used to create various weapons, armor, and buildings, as well as more than 75 monsters to battle and 5 bosses. Version 1.0.1 adds full support for iOS 7 along with a number of bug fixes. An issue that could result in corrupted save files has been resolved, along with an issue with NPCs spawning inside of tiles. [Download - 37.4MB]

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Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July

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