Notable apps and app updates for May 4, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Fortyfox has introduced Lunar 1.0. With the free app, you subscribe to your favorite podcasts, and it notifies you when the latest episode releases. Lunar will automatically download that episode.

Wasabi Productions has unleashed One Giggly Gorilla, the sequel to Ten Giggly Gorillas for iOS. Th $3.99, child-safe app lets kids help one, then two, three, four and more gorillas get to the bananas at the top of the tree. The fun is in catapulting each gorilla up to the branch above. The learning is in listening to and learning to follow the instructions in the narration, recognizing colors and numbers and using simple logic to help the gorillas on their way.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Noodlesoft has announced Hazel 4, an update to its housekeeping utility for Mac OS X. 

The utility watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. Using Hazel's rule engine, you can easily create workflows that keep your files organized automatically. The app also features options for managing your Trash and includes an app uninstaller. 

Hazel 4 introduces a new live preview of your rule while editing it. With the new preview feature, users can quickly see whether their rules are correct before deploying them. This version also includes syncing rules using any file syncing/sharing service such as Dropbox or iCloud drive. Also new is the ability to have Hazel monitor Smart Folders. Version 4 includes other features such as rule search, an expanded status interface, a toggle extension action, and more.

A 14-day demo version is available for download. Hazel 4 has a retail price of $32. Existing registered users can upgrade for $10. Those who purchased from Sept. 6, 2015 onwards will get a free upgrade.