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.
iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Andrew Kaz, developer of the app Classics that inspired iBooks, has created iBrary, a $1.99 interface and collection of audiobooks on the iPhone. Kay says iBrary is meant as a friendly, fun, joyful way to hear the best literature, with some of the very best books all in one place.
Red Card Studios has grown Veggie Bottoms Kitchen 1.0, a $1.99 app that encourages parents and kids to cook real recipes together, while promoting healthy eating, and making learning to cook fun. It has over 40 recipes packed with fun food facts, cooking tips, techniques, and step-by-step recipes,
Jeffrey Yim has introduced High Fives 1.0, a free puzzle game about combining colors and numbers. Players must slide colors and numbered tiles into other tiles to create high numbers. However, certain rules turn this simple task into a mind bending challenge. Combine two 5 tiles to earn coins, which are used to unlock new tiles and change the way the board looks and sounds.
Creaked has launched Collectarium 1.0 for iPad. The $4.99 app lets you capture and store any number of collections, including images, descriptions, and custom data for any objects. Collectarium lets you organize collections at three different levels, including Cards, Series, and Collections.
SpiritBomb has debuted NOVA Strikers 1.0.10, a free sci-fi arcade flyer and shooter game game. You play as a squad leader to fight against hordes of cyborgs invading the galaxy. The game aims at casual and mid-core gamers who prefer simple, fast paced arcade-style gameplay. Players will learn to collect minerals to upgrade their fire power and summon assisting drones to help them in battles.
Mac OS X Apps/Updates
Flexible Tales has debuted Ogg, a physics-based puzzle game for OS X. Players move and flip caveman clubs to alter the path of Ogg's wheel, rock, vegetable, fruit, and others so it reaches the bottom of the screen.
The puzzles take place over a wide range of illustrated environments. Ogg offers 150 levels with 15 worlds. It has a built-in hint system, complete with solutions.
Ogg requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2.4 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version contains improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure and fixes compatibility issues with 1Password. It also adds compatibility with the latest versions of supported web browsers and resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release. Cocktail updates are now distributed over HTTPS (HTTP over SSL) for extra security.
Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).
Cocktail 9.2.4 costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
XCOM 2, the critically-acclaimed turn-based strategy game and massive Steam hit, is now available from the Mac App Store. It costs $39.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.11 or higher.
Here’s how the game is described: “Earth has changed and is now under alien rule. Facing impossible odds you must rebuild XCOM, and ignite a global resistance to reclaim our world and save humanity.
“You must take command of the Avenger, an alien supply craft converted to XCOM’s mobile headquarters. Open-ended gameplay lets you decide where to guide your strike team, how to grow popular support, and when to combat enemy counter-operations.”