Notable apps and app updates for October 16, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps and Updates

Here's a fun app -- take any one of your photos, and add text, artwork and images to it with Over ($3.99 with in-app purchases). Over isn't new, but it has gone through a huge update in version 3.0 and it's being used to make everything from birthday cards, fancy tweets, Apple Watch backgrounds, and even recipes. Over runs on both iPhone and iPad, and a lot of the in-app purchases are free. Time to give it a try and put your artistic side to work.

Do you feel like you don't get enough notifications about the things that matter in your life? There's a solution for that. Hooks (free) is an app that sends you notifications from... well, a lot of different places. Want to know when a new episode of Game of Thrones has aired? Would you like to be notified when the Broncos win (or lose) a game? How about getting alerts of concerts by your favorite band? All of these, and more, are possible with Hooks. Oh, and it also has an Apple Watch companion app and it supports 3D Touch on appropriate devices. 

Graphic designers -- why not do work when and where inspiration hits you? That's what Autodesk Graphic  ($2.99) is all about. It's a fully functional drawing and illustration application for iPhone that you can use to start your drawings, then pick up on your work on Mac or iPad later. Drawing tools include a full-featured Bezier pen, shape creation tools, dimensioning tools, and more, and your images can be exported as SVG, PDF, PNG, PSD, JPG, GIF or TIF. 

Mac apps and updates

Those Windows users always gloat -- they may not have much to be happy about, but they do have a really cool built-in Solitaire game. Well, it's not part of OS X, but Full Deck Solitaire (free with in-app purchases) is a beautiful game that will make your Windows buddies wish they had a Mac. The in-app purchases provide new games and extra animated backgrounds, and the app has a lot of happy users.

I'm the chef in our house, which means that I'm constantly on the lookout for new recipes to tantalize the taste buds of the picky eaters. To organize recipes on OS X (and also on iPad), I use Paprika ($19.99), a spicy app that lets you download recipes from hundreds of websites with a click, cross off ingredients when you're one with them and highlight the current step in a recipe, and store nutritional information from sites that provide it. You can even create meal plans, and sync all of the features with the iPhone and iPad versions of the app (available separately). 

Yep, National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner (it's November, and we call it NaNoWriMo). One awesome tool for cranking out that novel that's going to make millions in just movie rights alone is Scrivener ($44.99), a time-tested app that's been updated for El Capitan that will get you organized and writing in no time.