The AppAdvice iPhone App Of The Week:
Jetpack Joyride, $.99 & Universal, Released September 1
Jetpack Joyride by Halfbrick Studios brings back Barry Steakfries, everyone’s favorite hero, in another endless running adventure.
You may remember Barry from Monster Dash, another game that we previously covered, and that awesome weapon – the Machine Gun Jetpack. Well, now you have Barry again, and this time the entire game focuses on him flying through a secret laboratory with his stolen Machine Gun Jetpack, scattering all of the evil scientists around him.
Yes, this is another endless runner, like Monster Dash, except this is the best game of the genre I’ve ever played. It’s just that good.
Adobe CreatePDF, $9.99 & Universal, Released August 29
From the makers of Adobe Acrobat comes a new way to create a high quality PDF right on your iPad, iPhone or other iOS device. Adobe CreatePDF by Adobe Systems is an app that allows you to create a PDF or convert another document into PDF format.
Adobe CreatePDF has a clean interface and uses the same technology as Adobe Acrobat. This intuitive app uses Adobe’s online service to convert the file to PDF, which ensures there is no compromise in quality. The files will be preserved to look just like the original.
Lowe’s, Free, Released August 29
Save time on your next home improvement project by using Lowe’s new app. This free app for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will provide you with helpful information so you can quickly and wisely make the right purchase decisions from Lowe’s.
The entire Lowe’s online catalog will be at your fingertips with this app; you can read reviews, make purchases for in-store pickup and have items shipped right to your home.
If you are looking for some inspiration, the app provides online videos and offers tips on how to accomplish some of the latest design styles.
Minions, $.99, Released September 1
From the creators of Archetype comes a capricious first-person shooter that nearly everyone can enjoy. Appropriately titled, Minions is a game surrounding the story of loyal followers who decide to become the leaders.
Even though Archetype is a successful title with over 1.5 million online players, Villain, the game developer, feels their latest FPS will grab the attention of a broader crowd by having a less complex, more comical, and only single player gameplay. While the concept is simple, it can be just as intensely fun, challenging, and addicting as other FPS titles, but in a less serious manner.
PayMeBack, $.99, Updated August 30
PayMeBack by Rick Waalders, Sjoerd Perfors is a beautifully designed app that will help you keep track of borrowed money.
It always happens – money is borrowed. Whether people borrowed it from you, or you borrowed it from others, it’s just bound to happen. How do you keep track of it? Maybe write it down on paper, or make a note on your phone? These solutions may work, but it won’t be specially designed for the task at hand. This is where PayMeBack comes in.
Pirate Subs!!!, $.99 & Universal, Updated August 30
Super Boise released Pirate Subs v2.0 today, and the update takes the good versus evil battle into new regions.
Traveling beyond the Arctic Circle, the pirate submarines have now been seen in the Amazon River, tropical paradises, and Isle of Industry. These new areas contain more animals you must avoid harming and additional objects to eradicate.
In these new environments, you’ll demolish the pirate subs as usual by blasting them out of the water with one tap, then firing a missile using an above water swipe to fully annihilate them. However, using the Amazon River for example, avoid firing at the bears and whales from before, plus the toucans now souring through the sky.
FiLMiC Pro, $2.99, Updated August 31
FiLMiC Pro by Cinegenix, LLC does for the iPhone’s camcorder what Camera+ does for the iPhone’s still-frame shutter.
It puts the power in the user’s hands, opening up windows of possibility as well as the full creative potential of the device itself. The app comes with enough fine-tune settings to please even the most demanding of directors, and with such a fluid interface, there’s no reason to leave FiLMiC Pro behind during a shoot.
FiLMiC Pro acts as a feature-rich HD video recorder for the iPhone. The app adds functionality to the stock iOS camcorder, including control over the exposure, focus, resolution, frame rate, and framing of each shot.
Nexercise, Free, Updated September 1
Would freebies help you shed a few pounds at the gym? Now your iOS device can help, with the free app Nexercise, by Nexercise Inc. The goal is for these rewards to lead to long-term lifestyle changes.
Nexercise will track your exercise activities, such as running, yard work, weight lifting, dancing and several others. You will earn points for the length of your workout and other positive exercise routines. There are opportunities for earning bonus points for different behaviors such as working out on a rainy day, or with a friend.
Parallels Mobile, $4.99 & Universal, Updated September 1
A recent update to Parallels Mobile has made several changes to the application, including improving the app’s performance and stability. Furthermore, the universal application is now available to download for just $4.99 (for a limited time only).
As outlined in the app’s release notes, new features and fixes include:
- enable you to control your Mac just like you control your virtual machine
- add sound support: now you can play back music and audio files remotely from your virtual machine
- enable you to copy and paste text between your mobile device and virtual machine
- allow you to set Parallels Mobile to connect to your Mac and virtual machines only when Wi-Fi connection is available
- improve support for external displays and keyboards
The app allows users to remotely access Mac and Windows applications running in Parallels Desktop for Mac while on the go (access to Mac apps requires Parallels Desktop 7). Furthermore, it’s possible to connect to the desktop version of the software via Wi-Fi or 3G.
The Best iPhone Apps Of The Week is published each weekend; a companion piece, The Best iPad Apps Of The Week, is published separately.
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