Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 31, 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.

Ultralab Apps has announced Pattern Soup 1.0, a creative toolkit that makes it possible to create unique patterns by melding user photography with artworks of contemporary designers. The app is free but does offer additional art packs as in-app purchases. 

Aadi Zetta Techsoft has released Export Messages. The $4.99 app allows you to backup iMessages and SMS from your device to a Mac or PC in XLS/CSV/HTML format. Using Export Messages, you can archive and maintain records of all your messages at a single location in a Excel file.

Learn Photo365 iPhotography Assignment Generator is a new $1.99 app that offers iPhoneography lessons on learning camera settings, light, composition, photographing people, landscape, nature and more.

Barracuda Partners has introduced Diet Hero 1.1.1. It’s a $1.99 weight loss app that create a new eating plan every day with portion sizes listed for each food. It takes into consideration the user's food preferences, the foods that are available in the kitchen, and information about a user's weight loss goals.

Clockwork Development has launched Citrus 2.0, an update to their free task manager. It’s designed to help anyone form good habits and break bad ones.