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, tvOS, and Mac OS X:
So, you want to write music but you don't play any instruments? Don't let that stop you. iMaschine 2 (US$4.99 with in-app purchases) is a powerful but easy universal iOS app for creating melodies, bass lines, and beats that can be saved and shared. The app is on sale between now and December 1, 2015, so be sure to buy it today if you're interested!
One of my favorite games on Monument Valley ($3.99), a beautiful and challenging puzzler that was Apple's top iPad game pick for 2014. Since then, the developers have added an in-app purchase for Forgotten Shores, an additional puzzle pack that picks up where the first game ended. The world of Monument Valley is ethereal and mind bending -- get the app today.
Mac OS X Apps/Updates
Do you occasionally need to run a Windows or Linux app on your Mac but don't want to spend the money on Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion? VirtualBox (free) can help you out; it's a freeware x86 virtualization environment supported by Oracle, and it has recently been updated to version 5.0.10, fixing some bugs and enhancing performance.
A few weeks ago we talked about Aurora HDR, the new High Dynamic Range photography app from Macphun. Well, the app is now shipping and available for US$39.99 from the Mac App Store or as a Pro version directly from Macphun for $99.00. The pro version adds multiple licenses, native RAW support, unlimited numbers of layers and brackets, Trey Ratcliff signature HDR presets, plug-in support for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, and more. Oh, and that $39.99 price on the Mac App Store? It's for a limited time only.
Want to try your hand at blogging, but you're afraid of arcane editors and content management systems? Blogo ($29.99) is an amazingly powerful tool that's easy to use, and the newest version (2.4) supports Medium. You can, of course, also use it with WordPress and Blogger. Blogo makes it simple to add media, quotes and links, and even includes a built-in image editor. I just wish it worked with Squarespace since Safari keeps crashing on me...