Notable apps and app updates for January 28, 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 iOS, watchOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Only one pick for iOS today, and it's something that a lot of people have probably been looking for -- a free flexible database and organizer for iPhone and iPad. Airtable is an incredibly powerful database application with collaborative tools that syncs across your devices. Version 3.0 was released last week and includes full compatibility with iOS 9 and the iPad Pro. Rich fields can be connected to just about any cloud storage service (like Dropbox or Google Drive), and it's a fully relational database that's driving Airtable, so related data can be linked with a tap. On Mac or PC, you can see, create, and edit your databases from any web browser. AMAZING!


We don't often highlight watchOS apps here, but iDownloadBlog featured a couple earlier this week that caught our attention. First, Note Tapper ($0.99) is a wonderful little app for all of you who have wanted to take notes on your Apple Watch but find dictation -- and the need to use Siri and an iPhone connection -- to be less than perfect. Note Tapper provides a scrolling built-in keypad that lets you write and store notes on your Apple Watch. To ensure that your tap has actually landed on a key, you get audio and haptic feedback from your watch. There's no syncing with your Mac or even your iPhone, but it's still cool. 

The other note-taking Watch app highlighted by iDownloadBlog is WatchNotes ($0.99), which provides a way for you to take a quick note and then display it in a complication either in the Modular or Utility watch faces. The notes can be entered on the iPhone along with a scheduled time, and once displayed on the Watch, the Time Travel function can be used to see what's scheduled in the future. Notes can also be dictated, although as most Watch users are aware, dictation can sometimes be inaccurate.

OS X Apps/Updates

My OS X Twitter client of choice is Tweetbot ($9.99), which today received an update to bring the app in line with recent changes made by Twitter. Those changes change "Favorites" to "Likes" and Stars are now Hearts. Tapbots has also made a number of fixes and enhancements in version 2.3.2, available now in the App Store.

Our next pick is an app that has a limited audience, but if you're a pro video editor and want a new tool that can do non-linear editing and color correction, DaVinci Resolve Studio ($499.99) from Blackmagic Design is amazing. As one of the reviewers states, DaVinci "is not for the faint of heart" but "with all of its amazing color grading tools Resolve is a great place to send your Final Cut Pro X projects for finishing."