Notable apps and app updates for October 6, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a short 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/Updates

The Paragon Software Group has announced the Oxford Collocations Dictionary for Students of English. It's an US$32.50 app that shows students the most frequently used word combinations (in both British and American English). 

Appdore has introduced Salt & Pepper 2: A Surreal Salty Physics Game 1.0, their new physics-based game for iOS devices.The concept of the game is simple: draw paths to lead the spices to their bowls. The game features Game Center leaderboard and achievements. Salt & Pepper 2 is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Whopping Apps has released Guess & Spell Halloween 1.0.1, an update to their $1.99 Halloween-themed spelling app for the iPad. The game teaches children how to spell by asking them to reveal an image, and then to spell the word the image clue represents by entering it on-screen. The game offers a timely Halloween theme, making learning fun. The game offers 60 different images and words to guess. Version 1.0.1 streamlines the app icons and contains small bug fixes.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Wolfgang Augustin has developed Rapid Hue for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher). The US$3.99 lets you control your Philips Hue Lights from your your Mac. 

Developed as a Menu bar app, Rapid Hue is always available. No navigation is required; just one click to set brightness, hue or saturation for each light or group of lights. You can turn all lights off by clicking one button. 

Rapid Hue is available at the Mac App Store. A demo version is available at the product website.

Brawer Software has introduced uBar 3.0, an update to their app and window manager for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher. The app allows users to quickly launch and manage their apps, all via a convenient visual interface. 

Users can create shortcuts, and quickly open files with a simple drag 'n drop of a file or folder onto the bar. Version 3.0 brings the ability to position uBar on any side of the screen, offers custom dial timepieces, and visual window previews.

uBar 3.0 costs $20 and is available exclusively through the Brawer Software website. Current uBar 2 users can purchase version 3.0 for $10.

Ergonis Software has launched Typinator 6.7, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade is scriptable. This means that you can control many aspects of Typinator via AppleScript or JavaScript. 

Typinator 6.7 also expands the range of possibilities for using scripts in your expansions. Scripts can now be stored in compiled form. In addition to AppleScript, these scripts can now also be written in JavaScript. 

Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to Typinator 6.7 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses.

Econ Technologies has rolled out ChronoSync Express 1.1 for Mac OS X. ChronoSync Express is the entry level version of ChronoSync, s synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X. 

ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to most anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. Version 1.1 offers several of the new features offered in ChronoSync and fixes compatibility issues with El Capitan. ChronoSync Express 1.1.0 costs $29.99 and the standard version of ChronoSync is $49.99.