It’s not particularly new news, but in case you haven’t been following along, Evernote has been very busy building a fleet of useful, cross-platform applications to help you stay organized and “remember everything.” In addition to the handful of tools sporting the actual name Evernote, the company added formerly-independent applications Penultimate and Skitch to their lineup. Along with this recruitment came some app updates to include standard things like Evernote integration, but Skitch, in particular, received a pretty handsome makeover.

If you’ve never even heard of Skitch, it is an application whose main functionality is designed to help you take and annotate screenshots. Today, we’re going to look at how Skitch has changed since we last reviewed it, and whether or not the tool is still worthy of helping you use your images to communicate. Hit the jump to read on. (more…)

This won’t be the first time I geek out over Wikipedia or a related app. I’m a huge advocate for the repository of all human knowledge (I will go toe-to-toe with any high school teacher over the veracity of Wikipedia as a source), as both an academic utility and a great way for those of us who learn for fun to expand our knowledge. Wikipedia is a vast and powerful outlet of information, and lately it has been really exciting to see how app developers come up with new ways to navigate and grasp that information.

Today we’re going to take a look at Wikiweb, an iOS application from Friends of The Web whose unique approach to Wikipedia aims to help you visualize the relationships between various topics and pages. Grab some coffee, sit back with your iPad and get ready to learn something new after the jump. (more…)

It’s important, from time to time, to discuss the delicate yet essential process of protecting your sensitive data. We’ve discussed apps before that are designed to help you do this, but today we’re going to take a look at another entry in that race.

I’ve been exploring mSecure, an app for iPad from the developers at mSevenSoftware, that aims to organize and secure all sorts of sensitive information, whether it’s personal or business related. There are many apps on the market that fill this niche, and even some clear frontrunners. So the question is: is there room for another password manager on the App Store?

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I think it’s safe to say that we talk about a lot of games here. After all, the iPad is simply dripping with opportunity for developers who want to create unique and original games and control platforms. But not all great games reinvent the wheel, and I personally find it important to acknowledge the games that become great by utilizing a tried-and-true style or genre.

Today I’m going to take a look at Fancy Pants, a really fun platformer from Chillingo that originally began as a browser-based flash game. Grab your iPad, get your thumbs ready, and hit that jump to read more.

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Almost 2 years ago, Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey founded a company called Square, and released an eponymous service and iPad application that promised to revolutionize the way that people pay and get paid.

Signing up for the free service netted you a free card reader that plugged into the headphone jack and allowed you to take credit card payments on your iOS device. A while later, Square released Card Case, an iPhone app that let you start a tab and pay using your name at any business that utilized the Square system. I’ve been absolutely fascinated by both of these apps, and all of the things that Square has been doing since. So much so, in fact, that I’ve often wished that I had a small business of my own, just so I could use this more often.

We’ve talked about Square before, so I won’t go into the specifics of how the service itself works. Instead, I want to talk about a new addition to the service. Last week, Square added a third iOS app to their lineup: Square Register. Register takes the register-like features of the original Square app, and fleshes out functionality to provide a more POS-like experience. Interested to see what Square Register does for you that the original Square app might not? Read onward!

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Check. Check. Is this thing on? Hello everyone. If you’re a developer of iPad applications, then today, I’m talking to you. More specifically, the one’s who shouldn’t snooze through today’s address are the iPad game developers, but what I want to talk about applies to a wide range of apps.

I come to you today with a problem that I’ve been putting a great deal of thought into over the last few months. You see, I’m what the tech world might call a “dinosaur.” I got my iPad (the original iPad) around Christmas time the year it came out. This was, if you don’t recall, only months before the iPad 2 was released. I’ve watched as the new iPads and the apps developed for them have gotten better, and I can’t help but feel like I’m being left in the dust – specifically, regarding graphics.

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For most power users (and I’ll assume that most of you are), security is important. Even for you non-power users, it should be important. Don’t make the tragic slip-up of using “123456” as your password for every site and service you frequent. But when you start using a different complex, alphanumeric password for every login, how do you keep track of them?

We have discussed (at length) the merits of and differences between Wallet and 1Password (and even some other competitors) here on AppStorm. As a big fan of Acrylic Apps, I tend to lean toward Wallet, but it even slipped past me when Acrylic quietly updated the iOS version to a universal app, complete with a freshly designed, iPad-optimized interface. It should go without saying, but if you already own the iPhone app, you’ll have access to the iPad version for no additional charge. However, if you haven’t sprung for Wallet on iOS yet, will the iPad version be the deciding factor?

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How do you keep track of the bills you have to pay, how much they are, and when they’re due? Perhaps you use sticky notes that you take down and throw away after paying a particular bill. Maybe your monthly expenses are noted in a spreadsheet where you can mark them off the list after putting the check in the mail. Or maybe, like me, you have recurring tasks in your calendar to pay each bill on the day that it’s due.

Some developers, I’ve noticed, tend to take the relatively mundane, day-to-day tasks that might be tedious or disorganized, and try to make performing them a more pleasant experience by designing an app to help you do it. Today, I’m going to talk about Bills On Your Table – one such app by the folks at PoweryBase designed to make the process of paying your bills that much more pleasant.

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Music and tech geeks alike have long discussed the usability of the iPad as a music production device. There has been debate over the viability of recording accessories like Apogee Jam or the iRig. Many musicians, however, cast that confusion aside in favor of self-contained electronic music production. And sometimes, all you need is the right suite of apps to turn the iPad into an electronic music studio.

Today I’m going to take a look at Looptastic HD, a loop recording app that is part of the production suite from Sound Trends that includes studio.HD, meta.DJ, and Gruvtron. Looptastic is suitable for both recording or performing, with many powerful and intuitive features that facilitate both.

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One of my favorite genres of iPad apps and one that gets very little love, all things considered, is music creation apps. The large touch screen has the potential to be very useful in the studio, as well as a platform for unique instruments and creation interfaces that can’t necessarily be recreated elsewhere.

If you’re interested in electronic music, you’ve no doubt heard the name Moog, one of the most prolific names in synthesizers. Today I’m going to talk about the new synthesizer app that they designed specifically for iPad: Animoog. Animoog is built on the company’s new Anisotropic Synth Engine, which is designed (in contrast to ‘isotropic’) to allow you to construct fluidly dynamic soundscapes in a highly customizable X/Y environment. I could go on, but unless you’ve studied synthesizers in detail, this is probably a bunch of gobbledegook. Hit the jump to check out more of the good stuff!

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