Heads Up! Penultimate for iPad is FREE for a limited time!

On appSIZED: Penultimate for iPad is FREE for a limited time
I’m happy to announce that Penultimate for iPad is FREE for a limited time!
If you don’t have it yet, go and download it now while it’s free!
Penultimate is one of my favorite note taking apps, and I’ve gone through a LOT already. (Second favorite would be Noteshelf) It has an excellent handwriting engine and wrist protection that minimizes stray marks on the iPad screen. Unlike most apps, you don’t need to select a certain area to write on, or conversely, keep stray marks out – Penultimate bases its wrist protection on the angle or position of your wrist. So far this is the best set up I’ve experienced.
What makes it hugely popular and the go to note taking app by default is its simplicity and elegance. Plenty of writing apps offer a lot more features but Penultimate is the one that really lets you focus on the writing. It has introduced a couple of new features since I first purchased it in 2010, such as the ability to add photos, select and move something you’ve written, and a store to offer free and paid kinds of paper. You may prefer a different, more feature packed writing app, but at the end of the day, it’s Penultimate that you come back to.
H(app)y shopping! 🙂
Device: iPad only
Price: FREE (was $0.99)
Publisher/Developer: Evernote

iOS Weekend Alert: Angry Birds and Diner Dash Games Go on Sale!

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As Christmas approaches, more and more sales are popping up. Notably, Rovio (of Angry Birds fame) and Playfirst (of the hit Diner Dash series) have put up their hugely popular games on sale for a limited time. If you have only a few dollars left in your account, here are appSIZED’s picks for you:

1) Angry Birds Space HD ($0.99/iPad only) – I am not a fan of Angry Birds at all, but I loved what Rovio did with this installment. The laws of physics are at work in outer space, making gameplay more challenging and fun. It’s still the best looking AB game in my opinion.

2) Angry Birds Star Wars HD ($0.99/iPad only) – I like Angry Birds Space more but this is Rovio’s latest game so getting it on sale so new is a great deal to me. Also, if you are a Star Wars fan, an avian Hans Solo should be fun to look at.

3) Cooking Dash Deluxe ($0.99/Universal) – I am probably one of the few who prefer Cooking Dash over the original Diner Dash franchise. Buy it because it’s universal so you can enjoy it anywhere. Unfortunately it’s not optimized for the taller iPhone/iPod screen and you do have to pay for additional levels on top of the standard 50 – not to mention . Again this is a small price to pay for Dash addiction.

4) Bad Piggies HD or Angry Birds Seasons HD ($0.99/iPad only) – I haven’t tried out Bad Piggies yet but it looks promising, and offers a different type of gameplay from the standard Angry Birds fare. Take note however, that Bad Piggies HD has in-app purchases for additional maps. On the other hand, Angry Birds Seasons HD only offers a single in-app purchase for unlimited use of the might eagle (to solve levels) and it’s the kind of game to make you feel a little festive all throughout the year.

5) Wedding Dash Deluxe ($0.99/Universal) – Frantic gameplay and some wedding day drama make up this unique time management offering from Playfirst. Having played Wedding Dash 4-Ever and its tiny people on my iPad, Wedding Dash Deluxe is a welcome alternative.

H(app)y shopping! 🙂

iOS App Review: Cover Photo Maker for Facebook Pro+

Cover Photo Maker for Facebook Pro+

We choose our Facebook profile photos with care, displaying our photos which paint us in the best light. Cover photo opens up a whole new layer of expression and meaning, allowing us to share with people a photo that we like or made – a beautiful panoramic photo of a place we’ve been, a family portrait, our pets … The possibilities are endless.

Now that Facebook is set to roll out its Facebook timeline feature with a prominent cover photo as its centerpiece, many users will want to choose one major defining photo that’s even bigger than their profile picture. While having a statement cover photo is a fantastic idea, I find the cover photo feature rather frustrating to work with since there was no way to resize photos in such a way that the whole picture can be seen and not just some blown up part of it. Choosing a photo that will fit in Facebook’s irregular cover photo frame is quite challenging, if not outright difficult. Those with some photo editing knowhow will have to edit photos and customize them to appear properly in the Cover Photo section on Facebook.

Luckily, for non-photoshop users like myself, Cover Photo Maker for Facebook Pro+ – is a real godsend. It just made my life a lot easier and my Facebook profile page a lot easier on the eyes, too.

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iOS Sale Alert! Pacquiao’s Pound for Pound, 2 EA Games Gone Free, and EPOCH On Sale!

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Because it’s the season to be jolly, some great games have gone on sale early into the Yuletide season! 
 
1) Pound for Pound (Universal/FREE) – Manny Pacquiao fans might want to check out this boxing game with an RPG flavor, to throw some fancy punches, rescue a damsel in distress and be Pacquiao for a few hours. The game needs some work in the controls department, but as far as likeness goes, this freebie for a limited time is a must for Pacquiao fans. 
 
2) EPOCH (Universal/$2.99) – Apple’s former Game of the Week for iPad is a futuristic, cover shooting action game boasting of some pretty gorgeous graphics courtesy of UnrealEngine, the guys behind Infinity Blade. Now that it’s on sale for a limited time, make sure you don’t miss it! 
 
3) Mirror’s Edge for iPad (iPad/FREE) – You gotta love EA for their daily freebies! Mirror’s Edge is a platform game where the Runners (such as Faith, the character you’ll be playing) are the last bastion of freedom in a dystopian future. You can do some pretty fancy running and jumping tricks while admiring the city scenery. The iPhone version is also FREE
 
4) Flight Control HD (iPad/FREE) – This is the game that launched a thousand line drawing games. As part of EA’s freebie deals, this retro-inspired iOS classic is one for the books. The iPhone version is also FREE
 
EA’s other games are also on sale, including Dead Space, Apple’s iPad Game of the Year pick, so don’t forget to visit the EA page in the App Store. 
 
 
H(app)y shopping! 
 

iOS Weekend Sale Alert! Ninjatown, Shift 2 Unleashed, Unlikely Suspects and Space Miner HD!

 

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Just when you thought the massive Thanksgiving holiday app shopping spree was over, this weekend is just full of more surprises and great deals! There are so many to choose from, but here are some handpicked appSIZED recommendations:
 
1) Shift 2 Unleashed (iPhone/iPad) – Love racing? Love the Need for Speed series? Then you wouldn’t want to miss EA Mobile’s freebie of the day. Yup, you read it right – it’s FREE.
 
2) Ninjatown: Trees of Doom (iPhone/iPad) – Climb your way to the top, ninja-style, in this utterly charming game kids will also love. The game is FREE for a limited time to celebrate Venan Entertainment’s new game, Book of Heroes for the iPhone.
 
3) Unlikely Suspects HD: Full (iPad) – Hidden object adventure fans with a penchant for crime solving ought to check out this interesting title from MumboJumbo games, now on sale for $2.99 only. You might want to check out their other titles, such as the Luxor series and Midnight Mysteries titles, which are also on sale.
 
4) Space Miner (iPhone/iPad) – One of my favorite games, Space Miner HD makes busting up space rocks awesome thanks to its deep gameplay and wicked sense of humor. The fact that it’s FREE this weekend only is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so grab it now. 
 
H(app)y shopping! 
 
 

iOS Red Alert Sale! Jelly Defense, Scribblenauts Remix, Spirits and Contre Jour

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Three acclaimed and award-winning puzzle/platformer games, and one beautifully unique tower defense game – you can get them all for just $5 while they are on sale this weekend.

1) Jelly Defense ($0.99/Universal) – You cannot miss 2011’s most engaging and whimsical tower defense game yet! Save these adorable jellies from losing their home and immerse yourself in a beautiful, colorful jelly world. You can read the full review here.

2) Scribblenauts Remix ($0.99/Universal) – Using the power of words, make objects come to life and help solve Max’s various riddles. ou are only limited by your own imagination. This recent Game of the Week makes wordplay exciting, silly and fun.

3) Spirits for iPad ($0.99/iPad) – Unleash your creativity as you guide these spirits home using a bit of ingenuity and skill in guiding them to where the wind literally takes them.

4) Contre Jour HD ($0.99/Universal) – The third puzzle/action/platform to make the cut, this former Game of the Week pick is beloved for its striking visuals, immersive gameplay and haunting soundtrack.

Highly acclaimed and award-winning games all this weekend!

h(app)y shopping!

iOS Sale Alert! Fling A Thing, Sword of Fargoal and A Monster Ate My Homework

Awesome games and apps are on sale today! Here are appSIZED’s top 3 picks:

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Massive Sale Alert! 5 Awesome Games on Sale This Halloween!

There are Halloween treats all around! Check out today’s top 5 picks:

1) Flight Control HD ($0.99/iPad) – This cutesy retro game, the mother of all line drawing games on the iPhone, is just so distinctively iOS. Warning: frustrating and addictive!

2) Zombieville USA ($0.99/Universal) – The original Mika Mobile classic is on sale to celebrate the launch of the much-anticipated Zombieville USA 2 (which, incidentally, is also on sale for just $0.99).

3) Resident Evil 4 iPad edition ($1.99/iPad) – Survive ’em fierce aliens in this gory action adventure shooter on sale this Halloween.

4) Civilization Revolution for iPad ($1.99/iPad) – A classic PC simulation game, this is the biggest price drop yet, down from $12.99!

5) Dark Meadow ($2.99/Universal) – This former US App Store’s game of the week pick is sure to be a hair rising ride into the eerie and paranormal.

So many games are on sale from the usual suspects like EA Mobile, too.

Have a great Halloween ahead and h(app)y shopping!

Sale Alert! Puzzle Quest HD, Gamebook Adventures and Stand O’Food (iOS)

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There are a number of awesome games on sale today, and here are appSIZED’s top 3 picks:

1) Puzzle Quest HD ($1.99/iPad) – This award winning game is not just about match three, combo and tile elimination goodness,it’s also an excellent action/adventure game with a solid storyline. Don’t let this massive price drop from $4.99 go unnoticed!

2) Gamebook Adventures (All titles $2.99 only/Universal) – If you are looking for an excellent read that’s interactive at the same time, look no further than this excellent fantasy adventure series which puts you in control of the story. Take advantage of the 50% off rate on all Gamebook titles and stay tuned for the upcoming Temple of the Spider God Gamebook, out in November! Meanwhile, here are the gamebooks on sale:

Book 1: An Assassin in Orlandes
Book 2: The Siege of the Necromancer
Book 3: Slaves of Rema
Book 4: Revenant Rising
Book 5: Catacombs of the Undercity
Book 6: The Wizard From Tarnath Tor

3) Stand O’Food (Free/iPhone) – Time management games fiends, this unique food assembly game is a test of your skills, reflexes and efficiency. Think you have what it takes to slap a couple of burgers and drinks together? Think again.

If I missed anything, feel free to post in the comments section.

H(app)y shopping!

Sale Alert! Fishdom: Spooky Splash, Notability and Contacts to VCard

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Who says it’s just another Monday? Today is a great day for app shopping!

1) Fishdom: Spooky Splash Premium (iPad) – The Fishdom series is an addictive combination of match three with simulation elements and Spooky Splash is no exception. Build the fish tank of your dreams and prepare for aquarium domination! The paid/premium version is free for a limited time but take note, I’m being asked to shell out the regular price for the full version.

2) Notability (iPad) – This awesome notetaking app is back on my top apps list thanks to a free massive update – themes, paper backgrounds, full-blown handwriting function and PDF import and annotation support. A note taking app that is a powerful mini-word processor on its own, the $0.99 is a steal!

3) Contacts to VCard (iPhone) – With zero user ratings on the app store, and the price tag of free, I figured downloading the app would be a risk-free endeavor. The app does what it says, which is to convert your contacts list to VCF and vice versa, and does it fast.

If I missed anything, please feel free to leave a message in the comments section. In the meantime, h(app)y shopping!