There is a healthy abundance of writing apps in the App Store, all vying for that top spot on your iPad Home Screen. The fact is that there are a whole host of superb choices, which one you use will almost certainly come down to personal preference – where do AppStorm readers go to put their thoughts into words?

I, personally, am a big fan of minimal writing environments and have used iA Writer for the last year or so, but I’m definitely tempted by Byword.

Does Markdown support make a big difference in your choice? Do you want options, or a distinct lack of choice? Does the icon make a difference?

Is having iCloud sync a deal breaker, or is Dropbox your go-to service? All of these factors will come into play when weighing up the best writing app for you – where have you landed?

Let us know in the comments if I’ve missed a big one, I’ll add it in if possible, and what factors influenced your choice.

Games are often the very first thing that people download when they fire up their iPad for the first time. Though that may surprise you, it makes complete and total sense to me; however great this new device is for browsing the web and reading, to begin with you just want to play with it!

It’s clear that Apple understands the allure and power of games; they even took to demoing them on stage at the announcement of the new iPad. I’ll admit that I couldn’t wait to try out the dogfighting game they showed, and thoroughly enjoyed my first flight, in spite of the chaos that surrounded me; the peace of the luscious landscapes broken by the roar of thrusters as I pirouetted gracefully into the side of a mountain.

This is a roundup of some of best gaming content on iPad.AppStorm, from casual arcade games that pass the time to games that really make you think, from huge franchise blockbusters to beautiful independant titles, get ready to play with your iPad again!


The range of Twitter clients for the iPad is numerous and, as a new iPad user, you can often get confused on which one you should download for your shiny new device. A few months back, I looked at several clients and compared their features with one another and I found that Osfoora HD is a pretty decent offering when it comes to tweeting on your iPad. It’s the brainchild of independent developer Said M. Marouf (there’s also an iPhone version as well) and features nearly everything you’ll want (and has a few tricks hidden up its sleeve!).

All sounds great doesn’t it? Let’s have a look at Osfoora HD in a little bit more detail.


Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Soonr! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen, and there are more of them than you might expect…

The developer has been kind enough to give away 50 promo codes! I can’t really list the winners here, but congratulations to those of you who have grabbed a copy!

Old Competition Post

Soonr Scribble for iOS is the natural way to markup any document. I’m pleased to announce that we have 15 promo codes to give away!

Soonr Scribble is an annotation application that lets you easily markup any file and work naturally on your iPhone and iPad. With Soonr Scribble for iOS, you can handwrite comments, draw illustrations, sign contracts, fill out forms, or mark changes on any document.

Get a FREE stylus after you buy (or win) Soonr Scribble. Simply visit, fill out the form and they’ll send you their insanely great stylus that works on your iPhone and iPad!


The very first Angry Birds game was released on the iPhone in 2009, and has since become one of the top-selling iOS apps of all time. Millions upon millions of users have found themselves addicted, frustrated, and endlessly entertained by the simple act of flinging birds at pigs with slingshots.

The birds have travelled through deserts and forests, across seasons, and even down to Rio. Now, Rovio have taken the birds even further, all the way into the final frontier: Angry Birds Space is the newest addition to the series, and is packed with gravity puzzles, secret levels, and of course evil pigs.

Read on past the break for the full review!


Okay, so you’ve got your amazing new “resolutionary” iPad and you’re looking for the best way to show off the powerful display. I mean really, you’re going to want some breathtaking wallpapers and backgrounds that are the same resolution as your new iPad to go along with the device – so that people can see how great it is. Well you’re in luck, because I’ve managed to gather 100 of the best iPad Retina-optimized wallpapers, saving you all the work of searching the entire World Wide Web for them.

After the break, you’ll find everything from retro pixels and abstract patterns, to breathtaking views of New Zealand and flying birds, so you’re not going to want to miss this! Some of them are not the full 2048 by 2048 pixel resolution, but they work great in landscape mode, so check them out anyway. You’re going to want to download the largest resolution available, which is usually about 2560 by 1600 pixels. Get set for an exhaustive and beautiful collection of backgrounds and wallpapers!


Podcasts are always flowing through my headphones, and the list of excellent tech podcasts grows everyday. I relied on the native iOS music app to deliver my podcasts, but I found that the growing list was outgrowing the capabilities of the app. Sure, the native music app “supports” podcasts, but it does little to manage them. It’s frustrating to switch back and forth between the music app and iTunes to download more episodes, and streaming can only be done within iTunes. I needed a better podcast manager to tame the pile.

Downcast, by Jamawkinaw Enterprises is a highly customizable podcast manager that trumps the native music app’s feature set. There’s considerable competition in the podcast manager category, and today we’ll look at what features, if any, set this app apart from its competitors.


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.


Since the release of the first iPad in 2010, writers of all sorts – bloggers, journalists and journal-keepers alike – have been using Apple’s tablet to take their writing even further.

To that end, developers have been looking to create apps with the post-PC era writer specifically in mind; apps that put the emphasis on simplicity, productivity, and focus rather than seeing who has the longest feature list. Byword and iA Writer are among the best of these apps for the 21st-century writer; jump past the break to see how these two apps compare to one another!


The one thing you need to know about me is that I am a huge Hunger Games fan. I have read all books, and the minute I found out that the Hunger Games movie was going to become a reality, I was ecstatic. Needless to say, I can’t wait to see the Hunger Games movie as it premieres this weekend.

What better way to kick off a premiere weekend than with the movie’s own iOS application? That’s right, Lions Gate Films did create a teaser game for the movie called Hunger Games: Girl on Fire. Will this application be worthy of carrying the Hunger Games title? You’ll see after the break.


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