Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 3, 2016

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 Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Ableton has announced that Link, its new technology for playing in time together, is now available in Live 9.6, a free update to Live 9. 

Link synchronizes beat, phase, and tempo of Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless or ethernet connection. It works between several instances of Live, with Live and iOS apps, or even without Live in your setup.

Live 9.6 is a free update for Live 9 users. Link is also now available in a number of iOS apps. Go to the Ableton website for details.

IGG Software says its flagship family of iBank products have a new name: Banktivity, a moniker that combines bank + activity, which more closely aligns with the company's products and goals. 

The new version of Banktivity is free for all existing iBank 5 customers. Banktivity 5 is available for new users for $59.99 after a 30-day free trial through the IGG Software online store. Banktivity 5 for Mac is also available on the Mac App Store. Banktivity requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is fully compatible with 10.11 El Capitan. 

Banktivity for iPad version 3.0 is $19.99 at the Apple Store exclusively, and requires iOS 9 or later. Banktivity for iPhone 3.0, also only for iOS 9, is also available at the App Store exclusively for $9.99. Banktivity Investor is a free App for the iPhone and iPad, available in the Mac App Store. IGG Software offers a free, fully encrypted, private cloud sync option to keep your data seamlessly in sync across all of your devices.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Hovik Melikyan has introduced FutureCalc 1.0. It’s a $0.99 ergonomic calculator that can be used with only one hand. Its buttons are accessible for the thumb without repositioning the phone or supporting it with the other hand. 

Audience Apps Developers has launched Photohance 1.0. It’s a $1.99 photo editor that lets you enhance the appearance of a pic with a single click.

RMKapps has unveiled GUI Speedometer 1.0. It’s a GPS digital dashboard that includes an analog and digital read-out of your current speed in mph or km/h. Swiping right or left on the screen reveals more parameters such as six customizable colors to choose from and current weather update. GUI Speedometer is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

Tenkai and Baked Games have teamed up for Digital Scrapbooking with Handmade Scraps 2.1. The free scrapbooking app lets you create, for instance, a Valentine’s Day card using special backgrounds in red, blue, green, and other colors.