Posts Tagged ‘Sale’

Clear for iPhone and iPad Goes Free for 24 Hours

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Clear for iOS 7 IconSince Apple doesn’t allow developers to charge additional money for app upgrades, their hands are tied when it comes to deciding how to handle significant changes to an app. Developers can either bite the bullet and just release an upgrade without earning any additional money from those who already purchased the app, or they can make it a completely new app such that even those who had purchased the old app now have to buy it again if they want it. Neither of these are great choices for developers who want to earn money for their time and effort and attempt to keep existing customers happy at the same time.


The original promo video for Clear

Realmac Software, one of the developers behind Clear, a gesture-driven list app released two years ago, ran up against this problem when updating Clear to add iPad support. At that time, Realmac released a new version, dubbed Clear+, so any existing users of the app had to buy it again to get iPad compatibility.

That decision didn’t sit well with those who had purchased the original version of Clear and Realmac is trying to make it right. As described in this letter, Realmac is making Clear free for two 24-hour periods. Realmac is going to return to a single, universal version of Clear and making it free allows those who purchased Clear+ to migrate to the original version, which will be the only one updated going forward, without paying again.

This the first 24-hour period when Clear will be free. It will go back up to $4.99 in the morning tomorrow, February 28, so click that Buy Now button below ASAP to get it for free.

Realmac will be offering Clear for free for 24 hours one more time in the near future, and we’ll let you know when that happens (you can also sign up to get notified via email directly from Realmac at the bottom of this page.)

Clear is still one of my most-used apps to hold my shopping and to do lists and it occupies a precious spot on the first home page of my iPhone. If you haven’t already tried it, now is an excellent time to give it a whirl.

  • Productivity

    Clear – Tasks & To-Do List

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    Rating:
    4.50 (450)
    Version:
    1.3.6
    iOS Universal

    Featured in the App Store “Best of 2012” Collection “Clear’s interface is elegant and clever…” — The New York Times “Clear is quick, simple, intuitive, and perfect for busy...

‘Cut the Rope’ for iPhone and iPad Goes Free for One Week

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

cut the rope iconAs part of its App of the Week program, Apple is now offering Chillingo’s Cut the Rope for free from now through September 4. This is the first time that Cut the Rope has ever been free since it debuted in the App Store in October 2010. The iPhone version normally costs $.99 and the HD iPad version normally costs $3.99 (though it’s gone as low as $.99 a couple of times).

If you’re not familiar with Cut the Rope, your goal is to cut various ropes to release pieces of candy so that they fall into the mouth of a cute little monster named Om Nom. It may not sound terribly challenging and the early levels are definitely easy so you can get a hang of the mechanics, but it gets trickier as you progress. Also, Om Nom is adorable and I never seem to get tired of the cute little sounds he makes. Here’s the official trailer for the game:

If Apple’s timing for the App of the Week holds true, Cut the Rope will remain free through the end of the day on Wednesday, September 4 and possible into September 5 as well. But there’s no reason to wait until the last minute to download this charming game for your iPhone and iPad so go hit those Buy Now buttons below before you forget and miss the opportunity to get them gratis.

  • Games

    Cut the Rope

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    Rating:
    4.50 (1853)
    Version:
    2.3.2
    iOS iPhone

    Cut the rope to feed candy to little monster Om Nom®! 400 million downloads around the world of this phenomenal puzzle game. 375 levels and more to come! A mysterious package has arrived, and the...

  • Games

    Cut the Rope HD

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    18 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (690)
    Version:
    2.3.2
    iOS iPad

    Cut the rope to feed candy to little monster Om Nom®! 400 million downloads around the world of this phenomenal puzzle game. 375 levels and more to come! A mysterious package has arrived, and the...

Apple Celebrates App Store’s Fifth Year with 10 Free Apps

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Apple’s App Store turns five years old this week and Apple is celebrating by dropping the prices of several apps all the way to $0 for a limited time. These featured apps include the popular Over that lets you add custom captions and text to your photos as well as a number of games, like Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP and Infinity Blade II, which have never been free before.

From the 500 apps available at launch in 2008 to the more than 900,000 at your fingertips today, it’s been a remarkably prolific five years for the App Store. To celebrate, we’re giving everyone five landmark games and five groundbreaking apps for a limited time.

Below is the full list of what’s currently free. Click those Buy Now buttons to get them before the prices go back up!

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    Barefoot World Atlas

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    11 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (39)
    Version:
    3.0.3
    iOS Universal

    Barefoot World Atlas puts the world at your children’s fingertips! With this incredible app, anyone can fly around the magical, interactive 3D globe and discover the rich wonders of our planet. ...

  • Lifestyle

    Day One (Journal / Diary)

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    Rating:
    5.00 (98)
    Version:
    1.14
    iOS Universal

    *2012 Mac App of the Year* Award-winning journaling app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac: 2011 #1 Best Apps of Mac App Store, and Jan 2012 App Store App of the Week. Record life as you live it. From...

  • Food & Drink

    How to Cook Everything

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    2 days ago
    Rating:
    5.00 (377)
    Version:
    1.9.12
    iOS Universal

    This first-of-its-kind app of the bestselling cookbook—How to Cook Everything® from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman—has 2,000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, and a host of features that...

  • Photography

    Over

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    1 week ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (993)
    Version:
    2.2.2
    iOS Universal

    “This is a fantastic idea!” —Jason Fried of 37 Signals "We’re obsessed." —Brit+Co "Instagram suddenly got a lot more interesting." —Uncrate Over is...

  • Music

    Traktor DJ for iPhone

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    6 weeks ago
    Rating:
    5.00 (71)
    Version:
    1.3.3
    iOS iPhone

    The world’s #1 pro DJ software brings high-impact DJing to iPhone. Touch your tracks and create stunning mixes in seconds. "Incredibly well designed and packed with great...

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    Traktor DJ

    Last Changed:
    9 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (171)
    Version:
    1.3.3
    iOS iPad

    The world’s #1 pro DJ software brings high-impact DJing to iPad. Touch your tracks and create stunning mixes in seconds. "Incredibly well designed and packed with great...

  • Games

    BADLAND

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    2 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (446)
    Version:
    1.95
    iOS Universal

    Fly and survive through the award-winning action adventure BADLAND. More than 10 MILLION players and counting! #1 GAME in 83 countries! App Store iPad GAME OF THE YEAR 2013! WINNER of 2013 Apple...

  • Games

    Infinity Blade II

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    10 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (48063)
    Version:
    1.3.2
    iOS Universal

    **2011 IGN "Mobile Game of the Year"** **2012 AIAS "Mobile Game of the Year"** **Winner of the IMGA "Excellence in Gameplay" and "Grand...

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    Superbrothers: Sword &...

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    7 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (42)
    Version:
    1.11
    iOS Universal

    Selected as a "landmark title" by Apple to celebrate Five Years of the App Store! *****UNIVERSAL VERSION. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an exploratory action...

  • Games

    Tiny Wings

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    10 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (18446)
    Version:
    2.0.2
    iOS iPhone

    You have always dreamed of flying - but your wings are tiny. Luckily the world is full of beautiful hills. Use the hills as jumps - slide down, flap your wings and fly! At least for a moment - until...

  • Games

    Tiny Wings HD

    Last Changed:
    10 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (8515)
    Version:
    2.0.1
    iOS iPad

    You have always dreamed of flying - but your wings are tiny. Luckily the world is full of beautiful hills. Use the hills as jumps - slide down, flap your wings and fly! At least for a moment - until...

  • Games

    Where's My Water?

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    5 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (64)
    Version:
    1.13.1
    iOS Universal

    Get the GAME OF THE YEAR award-winning puzzler! Help Swampy by guiding water to his broken shower. Each level is a challenging physics-based puzzle with amazing life-like mechanics. Cut through dirt...

The App Store made its debut on July 10, 2008. (In case you’re wondering, AppShopper went live just a few months later on October 10, 2008.) There’s no question that Apple changed the smartphone landscape with the App Store and we look forward to the next five years!

‘Analog’ for Mac Gets New Filters, Goes on Sale for Half Off Until June 10

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Realmac Software has released an update for its Mac photo editing app, Analog, adding new filters and dropping the price from $9.99 to $4.99 through the end of the day on Sunday, June 9.

Analog’s eight new filters come from Analog Camera, Realmac’s new iPhone app (my review) that was released last week. The eight new filters (Camden, Superior, Marble Arch, Brunswick, Pavilion, Honeycomb, 1978, and Inky) join the 27 filters previously available along with several borders to gussy up your pictures.

Analog debuted in the Mac App Store in 2011 and offers very basic photo editing features to crop or rotate images only with the focus on applying filters and borders and then sharing your photographic masterpieces via email, CloudApp, Picasa, Facebook, Flickr, or Tumblr.

If Analog has been on your Wish List, now is the time to get it –– it hasn’t been priced this low very often and even peaked at $14.99 earlier this year.

  • Photography

    Analog

    Last Changed:
    10 weeks ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (133)
    Version:
    1.4.1
    Mac OS

    OS X Mavericks and Retina-Ready Analog makes it easy to improve your photos with a stunning selection of filters and borders. We built Analog to make it as fun and easy as possible to give your...

 

‘Angry Birds Space’ for iPhone and iPad Now Free Until May 29

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Apple’s free App of the Week is another major title from a line of games that are pretty much a household name these days. Rovio’s Angry Birds Space for iPhone and iPad are now free and if Apple’s timing for this special holds true to form, they’ll remain free through May 29.

Angry Birds Space first debuted in the App Store in March 2012 and it’s received several updates since then to add new levels and other goodies. If you’re somehow not familiar with the Angry Birds franchise, check out this trailer:

If that trailer doesn’t do anything for you or you still want more information, you can read the review over at TouchArcade.

If you watched that video and read that review, good for you! Now hit the Buy Now buttons below to get Angry Birds Space for free (the best price ever) right now before next Thursday. This is the first time both versions have ever been free and I doubt we’ll see this again any time soon.

  • Games

    Angry Birds Space

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    13 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (253)
    Version:
    1.6.9
    iOS iPhone

    #1 in 116 countries! Big thanks to all our fans! “Intergalactic phenomenon worth every penny” – AppCraver “Takes the fundamental physics-based flinging of the original and turns it on its...

  • Games

    Angry Birds Space HD

    Last Changed:
    13 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (269)
    Version:
    1.6.9
    iOS iPad

    #1 in 116 countries! Big thanks to all our fans! “Intergalactic phenomenon worth every penny” – AppCraver “Takes the fundamental physics-based flinging of the original and turns it on its...

‘Fruit Ninja’ for iPhone and iPad Free Until April 18

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Apple’s App of the Week promotion goes big again this week, offering Halfbrick Studio’s wildly popular Fruit Ninja for free. The respective versions of Fruit Ninja for iPhone and iPad will cost you zero dollars right now and should continue to do so until April 18 if Apple’s timing remains consistent.

Apple started the App of the Week promotion last summer and it’s featured a few major titles recently, including Angry Birds, which had never gone free before, last month and Plants vs. Zombies in February.

Fruit Ninja has been in the App Store since 2010 and it’s even been featured in one of Apple’s iPad commercials. If you’re not familiar with it, you’re armed with a virtual sword in the game and your goal is to slice as much fruit tossed on the screen as possible by swiping with your fingers. There are various game modes where you need to avoid slicing bombs, avoid letting any fruit drop un-sliced, or slice as much fruit as possible in a short period of time.

Here’s the trailer for the iPad version:

Not convinced it’ll be fun? Download it anyway – it’s free!

  • Games

    Fruit Ninja

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    Rating:
    4.00 (199)
    Version:
    1.9.1
    iOS iPhone

    For the hundreds of millions of fans around the world with trillions of fruit sliced - thank you for your amazing continued support! You have made Fruit Ninja one of the most popular games of...

  • Games

    Fruit Ninja HD

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    2 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (51)
    Version:
    1.9.1
    iOS iPad

    For the hundreds of millions of fans around the world with trillions of fruit sliced - thank you for your amazing continued support! You have made Fruit Ninja one of the most popular games of...

‘Reeder’ for iPad and Mac Now Free

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Last month, Google announced that it will shut down its Google Reader RSS service on July 1, 2013, citing a decline in the usage of the service. With hundreds of apps in the App Store relying on Google Reader, this shutdown puts a lot of developers in a tough place, forcing them to find an alternative or retire an app entirely.

In response to the uncertainty, Silvio Rizzi, the developer of popular RSS app Reeder announced via Twitter this afternoon that the iPad and Mac versions of the app are now free. In a blog post explaining the change, Rizzi states that development of Reeder to work around the Google Reader shutdown is in process. While the iPhone version of Reeder already offers support for other RSS services (with support for Feedbin on the way), the iPad and Mac versions will be getting the same treatment in version 2.0 and they will be free until then.

Reeder has been my preferred RSS app for a while now and I have confidence that Rizzi will adapt and keep Reeder as useful as it’s always been. If you’ve had Reeder on your Wish List or are just getting into the RSS game, now is a great time to get the Mac and iPad versions to take advantage of the temporary price reduction.

  • News

    Reeder for iPad

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    14 months ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (271)
    Version:
    1.5.7
    iOS iPad

    Google Reader Client. - Syncs with Google Reader - Browse by feed or folders - Manage starred items, notes - Mark as unread - Image caching - State saving - Slider control for list entries: ...

  • News

    Reeder

    Last Changed:
    14 months ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (405)
    Version:
    1.2
    Mac OS

    Google Reader Client. ★ Syncs with Google Reader. ★ Full Readability (readability.com) integration (see Preferences → General) ★ Customizable interface (see Preferences → Appearance) ★...

‘Launch Center Pro’ Gets In-App Actions, Goes on Sale

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

App Cubby’s Launch Center Pro, which is one of my most-used apps, got a major update late last week and it’s now on sale for 40% off for a limited time, bringing its price down to $2.99 from $4.99.

Launch Center Pro is a productivity app that can help you complete common tasks you do with your iPhone more quickly. For example, you can set up Launch Center Pro to open Instagram and go right to the camera tab so you can quickly capture an image. Or, you can define an action to call or text message your spouse with a single tap.

Launch Center Pro works using URL schemes to interact with other apps. Think of URL schemes as a way for Launch Center Pro to open another app and go to a specific action, like a browser bookmark to your favorite page within a website. Not all apps work with Launch Center Pro out of the gate, though – an app’s developer must incorporate URL schemes into their app so that Launch Center Pro can use these “hooks” to open the app and carry out actions within it. For a bit more on how Launch Center Pro works and how I have it set up on my iPhone, see this article.

In version 1.1, which hit the App Store late last week, several actions can now be completed right within the app. For example, you can now draft a text message right within Launch Center Pro and it will be sent without switching you over to the Messages app. The same goes for emails as well.

The full list of what’s new in 1.1 is as follows:

  • In-app messaging actions — group messaging and preset text
  • In-app email actions — attach last photo taken or attach photo from the clipboard
  • Clipboard actions — place text on clipboard, place last photo on clipboard, convert text on clipboard, and x-callback-url support
  • Expanded Text Expander support — snippets can now be expanded automatically while launching an action
  • New Tweet action — tweet last photo taken
  • Reorganized Action Composer
  • Bug fixes and other enhancements

I use Launch Center Pro multiple times every single day and highly recommend it to automate common tasks you do regularly. Buy it now while it’s on sale. If you already have it, now is also a good time to gift it to someone else to save yourself a little scratch and share a bit of app joy at the same time.

  • Productivity

    Launch Center Pro

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    10 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (52)
    Version:
    2.2.1
    iOS iPhone

    Launch actions, not just apps! It’s like speed dial for everyday tasks. Launch Center Pro saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap. Message a loved one, search Yelp for the...

‘Angry Birds’ for iPhone and iPad Free for First Time Ever

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Apple has been running an  App of the Week promotion, in which a paid app is made free for a short period of time, since last summer. A couple of weeks ago, Popcap’s Plants vs. Zombies was the featured app for this promotion and this week sees another well-known game, Rovio’s Angry Birds, under the App of the Week spotlight.

The original Angry Birds for the iPhone debuted in the App Store in 2009 while the HD version for the iPad arrived in April 2010. The game proved to be tremendously popular, prompting Rovio to release additional versions including Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Space, and Bad Piggies as well as t-shirts, hats, and just about anything else that you can slap the likeness of an Angry Bird on.

Since its release, the original Angry Birds for iPhone has been priced at $.99 for most of its time in the App Store while the HD version has jumped around between $.99 and $4.99. Neither app has ever been available for free until now.

Apple’s App of the Week promotion usually runs from each Thursday through the following Wednesday. If this pattern holds true, Angry Birds and Angry Birds HD will remain free through Wednesday, March 13 and go back to their regular prices on Thursday, March 14. That gives you a nice window of time to download them but you should get to clicking the Buy Now buttons below sooner rather later lest you forget before this week’s promotion ends.

  • Games

    Angry Birds

    Last Changed:
    7 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (128)
    Version:
    4.1.0
    iOS iPhone

    Use the unique powers of the Angry Birds to destroy the greedy pigs' defenses!

 The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs. Use the...

  • Games

    Angry Birds HD

    Last Changed:
    7 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (165)
    Version:
    4.1.0
    iOS iPad

    Use the unique powers of the Angry Birds to destroy the greedy pigs' defenses!

 The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs. Use the...

‘Polymer’ for iPhone and iPad Free for a Limited Time

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Whitaker Trebella’s Polymer is free for a limited time, down from its regular price of $1.99, as part of TouchArcade’s Free Play program. Polymer debuted in the App Store last year and offers a unique twist on the sliding puzzle genre.

In Polymer you’re presented with a grid of various shapes. Each shape has at least one dot that acts as a connection point where it can be attached to other shapes. To create a finished shape, you must slide columns and rows to put together a shape that has no exposed connection points. A shape with no exposed connection points is a polymer and you then tap on it to remove it from the board, which earns you points. The more pieces a polymer has, the more points you earn.

This probably sounds a bit confusing so here’s the trailer video where you can see how it works:

TouchArcade gave Polymer four stars in its review when it was first released and the game has received several updates since then. Polymer is an unusual puzzle game that can be played in quick bites here and there and it also has the power to draw you in for long sessions to create the biggest, baddest polymer you can make. It’s definitely worth a download now while it’s free (and even at its regular price of $1.99 if you miss this sale).

  • Games

    Polymer

    Last Changed:
    2 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (241)
    Version:
    2.4
    iOS Universal

    Polymer is a strategic shape-creating game that combines the logic of Rubik’s Cube, the sliding mechanism of Chuzzle, and the creativity of Lego. Slide columns and rows to create...