Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 8, 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 Mac OS X, iOS, and tvOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

 Alien Skin Software has announced Exposure X for OS X and Windows. It’s a digital imaging app designed to helps photographers quickly organize, edit, and enhance their photos. Exposure X streamlines routine tasks and gives photographers a set of software tools for developing photos.

It can be used as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a complete photo editor on its own. Exposure X is configurable so photographers can move tools exactly where they want them and hide ones they don't use. Users can browse preset styles visually with a grid of images to see how they will look on their photos. Exposure X edits non-destructively, so a photographer's original photo is never touched and changes can always be undone. Additionally, using proprietary algorithms Exposure X handles RAW images from a range of popular cameras.

Exposure X is available now for $149. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $99. Free upgrades will automatically be sent to everyone who purchased Exposure 7.

Electronic Arts says The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion Pack is now available on the Mac in North America. Players can create and play with groups of Sims as they explore the European-inspired world of Windenburg.

Brand new to The Sims 4, players can introduce their Sims to a variety of different Clubs, featuring Sims with distinct interests, personalities, and styles. If players can’t find the perfect Club for their Sims, they can create and customize their own Clubs to play any way they like.  The Sims 4 Get Together is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and is available for $39.99.

Bits&Coffee has updated BatchPhoto, its photo manipulation app for Mac OS X, to version 4.1 that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. A user can simply select a group of photographs, and with a single operation annotate, transform, touch-up, apply special effects, convert to different image types, and rename every image in the group.

New features in version 4.1 include full support for OS X El Capitan, an improved Date graphical filter with lots of options for formatting and drawing the date/time stamp, improved support for Retina on Mac, the option to pause the photo processing, and more.

Bits&Coffee BatchPhoto 4.1 comes in three editions: Home, Pro, and Enterprise priced at $29.95, $49.95 and $129.95, respectively $129.95. A demo is available at the product website.

iOS Apps/Updates

Tamper has released Curiosity, a $1.99 Wikipedia reader. The app surfaces interesting and relevant content to users based on their location, recent events, and hand-curated lists.

Pullbutton has released its self-titled app for free. It’s sourcing engine app designed to help simplify commerce with a messaging system that enables users to pull products, services and information directly to them. The system matches user queries with providers based on keywords and location.

Ammar Salem has announced The Audio Extractor 2.1, an update to his audio utility app. It offers the ability to extract audio from videos stored in a device's Camera Roll. Audio Extractor also offers a song editor, a voice changer, a BPM calculator, text-to-speech, and music recognition capabilities. Version 2.1 includes MemoTone, a tone memory game.

Rubicon Development has unleashed Combat Monsters 4.3, an expansion to its free CCG/TBS game. In Combat Monsters, the player's hero spawns 3D creatures to a large board that serves as the battlefield. Once spawned, each creature can attack, move about, heal itself or others, or cast devastating spells like the ever-popular fireball. Version 4.3 contains new content and new features.

Selfhug Studios has cooked up Number Chef 1.3, an update to their innovative puzzle game. Players face a series of ever more challenging puzzles as they "cook the numbers" together, fulfilling the orders of the Head Chef. Version 1.3 offers Leaderboards and achievements, with difficulty level tweaks for the first episode.