I love Tumblr. I didn’t think I would, after I saw some of the stuff that my younger sister was always checking out on it, but sometimes I surprise even myself. At this point, I keep two blogs up on the site: a rarely-updated personal blog that’s not even worth linking to and a music recommendations blog called Unsung Sundays, and I couldn’t be happier with the service. It’s one of the few CMS systems that doesn’t feel totally broken.

That being said, I didn’t think I’d ever start making posts on my iOS devices and keeping them. While the Tumblr app for iPhone and iPad has been capable of doing that sort of thing for a while, it hasn’t always been as smooth of an experience as it’s been on the desktop. But recently, that changed with the iOS 7 update for Tumblr, which makes it the best blogging app on iOS bar none. Read on to find out why you might consider taking up blogging again, but from your phone.

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A lot of people talk about image editing on iPad, but I’m not sure it’s quite there yet. Until it handles RAW, I’m going to be continually disappointed by some of the controls these apps offer. But some of them are so promising that it’s hard not to be tantalized by them, not to think that they offer a real glimpse of the photo editing future.

Some people have said things like that about iPhoto. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fine app, but it’s never going to replace some of the finer tools we’re used to on our desktops. Other people have said similar things about Snapseed, an app I really admire for what it’s doing on an iPad. But at the same time, Snapseed feels like it’s a little non-intuitive. It takes me a long time to really “get” what it’s about. That’s not the case with Photoristic HD though. Photoristic is an iPad photo editor’s dreamland: it’s fast, powerful, and a lot of fun. Read on to find out what makes this a must-have image editor.

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It’s been a long time since I owned a Nintendo system that I actually used (that old Gamecube still works though), but I have really fond memories of some of the games I used to play. I get cravings for a few of them on iOS: namely, Mario Kart, Super Mario 64 (if Nintendo made that happen I’d die), and a Legend of Zelda game.

Well, with Oceanhorn, my request for the latter has been answered with a fantastic adventure RPG that pulls out all the stops in an effort to amaze me. And amaze me it has, to the point where Oceanhorn has absolutely become my game of the year. Read on to find out what makes Oceanhorn a must-play experience.

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Selling a home is hard. I mean, maybe that should go without saying, but there’s a reason that we use realtors to do the dirty work most of the time. But if you’re a realtor, print design work might not be your strong suit. And if you choose to skip the realtor and try and sell it on your own, I hope I’m not insulting you when I say you’re probably not prepared.

My parents skipped a realtor when they sold their last home two years ago, and I know it was an arduous time for the entire family — not to mention the poor dog, who met more strangers on house tours than he probably ever had in his entire life (I kid; I’m sure the dog was fine). I know my parents would have appreciated a tool like Breeze Real Estate Flyer Maker, which makes the whole process inexpensive and easy.

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For the past several nights, I haven’t been able to sleep. Between tossing and turning in my bed and dreaming of something other than sugar lumps and Christmas elves and Santa Clause, this was not how I wanted to spend the Christmas season this year. But I can’t help it: for whatever reason — most probably too personal to share with anybody outside of my closest friends and family members (sorry, AppStorm readers) — I’ve been struggling with nightmares on a daily basis.

So when I picked up Device 6 on my iPad, I knew right away I was in for a treat the likes of which I hadn’t had in a video game in years. This is exactly the sort of nightmare-like game that Stanley Kubrick would have made if he used an iPad. Eerily enough, one of my dreams was filled with mannequins, which I didn’t know I had a fear of until I had the nightmare just last night.

Within the first chapter of Device 6, there were mentions of voiceless mannequins having a tea party in the dining room of an abandoned house. Read on to find out what makes this bone-chilling little horror masterpiece so good, and I promise not to spoil anything beyond the first ten minutes of gameplay. (more…)

One of the reasons I own a full-sized iPad is because it’s closer to the size of an 8.5“x11” sheet of paper. That has a lot of advantages: photos blown up to that size won’t look as clear as they will on an iPad mini with Retina display (not just because of the pixel density, although that does play a role, but largely thanks to the physical size of the screen), but they will appear closer to how they’d look if they were printed. That’s one huge improvement for me, particularly with clients.

But the other big reason for me to go for a full-sized iPad was so I could view PDFs. I use my iPad to keep my business as paper-free as possible. Although clients are often passing me paper to work on and I work with print layouts all the time, there are other times when the iPad has revolutionized the way I handle PDFs. This is largely thanks to apps liked PDF Expert 5, the successor to my most-used PDF app that came out recently. Read on to find out why it’s a must-have for both new users and upgrades.

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There’s no shortage of conversion utilities available for iOS, but very few of them have a keen eye for design. Even fewer are beautifully designed while offering professionals the things they need to get their work done. So many conversion calculators are happy to be only glorified calculators, still relying too much on human measurement and inaccuracies. Vert is one of the rare few that excels at everything it does, and looks beautiful to boot.

I reviewed Vert for iPhone when it was initially released, and was thrilled when they got in touch with me to announce an iPad version. The iPad edition is everything the iPhone version was, and then a little more. Read on to find out why this might become your favourite conversion tool while you’re on the job.

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I’m not much of a gamer on my iPad or iPhone, but I like having something to do while I watch TV or take a breather from work. My goto genre, when I’m not reviewing the latest adventure game, is the puzzler or a great word game. One of my old favourites was Circles, a memory game that relied on a cool (albeit familiar) formula and a strong multiplayer.

The latest game from Snowman, the developer behind Circles, is called Super Squares. It doesn’t have a multiplayer, but I’ve been having more fun with it than I did Circles — and that’s saying something. Read on to find out what’s hooked me with Super Squares.

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I’ve long wanted a Mario Kart-esque game for iOS, something I can play that delivers a madcap sense of karting fun without requiring a Nintendo console. So naturally, when I saw Angry Birds Go, the latest arcade thriller in the series that’s arguably the king of arcade thrills, I got really excited. Who can blame me? This looked like Mario Kart, but on my iPhone with characters that my little cousins don’t think are hopelessly outdated (sorry Nintendo).

The question is, though, despite all the hype, what are we really in for? Naturally, I have a few opinions. Read on to find out whether or not Angry Birds Go is worth getting all fast and furious over.

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Squarespace is a great website builder for those of us who don’t have the time to either code our own websites or simply don’t know how. I’ve used it for both my personal blog and my professional site, and I’m largely happy with it. (Once I find time, I’ll be hand coding my own professional site, but that’s not because Squarespace isn’t adequate. It’s because I want to code it when I can find the time, simply for the joy of coding.)

That being said, anybody who uses Squarespace knows that it was a giant pain to post anything to your site from your iPhone or iPad. Unlike CMS like Tumblr or WordPress, Squarespace’s older apps were massively inconvenient. They didn’t allow you to edit any posts that had images, and you couldn’t write in Markdown or do any layout work. With Squarespace Blog, that all changes. Read on to find out more about the conveniences of a Squarespace blog on your iOS device. (more…)

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