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Today’s Apps Gone Free: Instapaper, The Room, Bogga Christmas Tree And More

Today we are focused on apps that will help you get the family together by decorating Christmas trees, enjoying a good puzzle game, taking and sharing photos, and saving your favorite web content for later.

All app prices are subject to change at any time and without notice regardless of stated free duration. Price changes are solely under the control of the developers.

iPhone:

Dramatic Black & White ($0.99 → Free, 11.9 MB): Turn your favorite photos into black and white works of art with this photography app.

You're able to choose from a vast selection of preset filters, and then make intricate adjustments to the lighting, contrast, texture, and other parameters. You can also adjust the focal point of your image using the unique ellipse spotlight tool. The app includes the ability to save your favorite custom presets, a randomizer, and a variety of sharing options. Dramatic Black & White is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 280 ratings.

Laminar (for iPhone) - Image Editor ($1.99 → Free, 91.2 MB): A complete photo editing suite for your iPhone or iPod touch.

You're able to import photos from a variety of sources including your library. You're then able to adjust the components of your photo via sliders, apply filters, add borders, paint directly onto it, and annotate it. You're also able to manage, rearrange, duplicate, and delete layers, and view all of your edit history. Your final creations can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Dropbox, or email. Laminar (for iPhone) - Image Editor is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 494 ratings.

Universal:

Photo Transfer WiFi - Quickly Send and Share Photos and Videos over WiFi ($2.99 → Free, 12.0 MB): Cut the cord and effortlessly transfer photos and videos between your iDevices and computers with this photography app.

You don’t even need an internet connection to perform your transfers. Just make sure that Photo Transfer WiFi is installed on your iDevices and they’re on the same network. Then just drag and drop photos, videos, or entire albums to the iDevice of your choice to transfer. You’re also able to make your media accessible to other users on the same network to allow them to grab whatever they want. The app includes a large selection of tutorials to ensure everything goes smoothly. Photo Transfer WiFi - Quickly Send and Share Photos and Videos over WiFi is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 220 ratings.

Bogga Christmas Tree ($0.99 → Free, 11.5 MB): Grab the family and gather around your iDevice to decorate your own Bogga Christmas Tree!

Pick a base and then drop the tree on it. You’re able to decorate your tree with different garlands, ornaments, lights, balls, stars, and treats by tapping to place them. You’re also able to create your own custom ornaments and backgrounds using your iDevice’s camera. When you’re all finished decorating, snap a photo of your tree and share it. Bogga Christmas Tree is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 7 ratings.

Monopoly Slots ($1.99 → Free, 47.8 MB): EA is giving users 500 free coins in their new Monopoly-based slots and bingo game!

Here is a fresh take on the wildly popular board game, Monopoly. Monopoly Slots includes both slot and bingo games that do a great job of incorporating the nostalgic look and feel of Monopoly. There are bonuses where you get to roll dice and try your luck with "Chance" and "Community Chest" cards. You get 500 free coins to get the slots rolling and if you're lucky you'll win a lot more! Monopoly Slots is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 2955 ratings.

Instapaper ($3.99 → Free, 17.1 MB): Save and store your favorite articles from the web offline for on-the-go reading with Instapaper.

Instapaper perfectly optimizes your saved content for your iPhone and iPad, providing you with a clean and uncluttered reading experience. You’re also able to adjust fonts, text sizes, line spacing, and margins to match your preferred reading style. Your list of content can be sorted, filtered, and organized within folders, and you can share it via email, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, and other supported apps. Instapaper also includes tilt scrolling, dictionary and Wikipedia lookups, a dark mode, and a built-in browser. Instapaper is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 7055 ratings.

Christmas Carols for Kids, Sing Along Songs - Jolly Jingle ($2.99 → Free, 35.3 MB): Get into the Christmas spirit with this sing-along app.

It includes five festive songs each with their own set of lyrics, interactive environments, and variations. The lyrics will scroll across the top of the screen so everyone can join in on the fun, and you can jump between the variations by tapping the note icon in the top left corner. Christmas Carols for Kids, Sing Along Songs - Jolly Jingle is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 31 ratings.

Drawing with Carl ($1.99 → Free, 42.7 MB): Don't just doodle alone, draw with Carl and his friends with this art creation app.

It includes a variety of drawing tools and colors to choose from along with a set of cool stickers of Carl and his friends. The app also includes a nifty mirroring effect, the ability to load images from your library, and the ability to share your creations via Facebook or email. Drawing with Carl is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 7637 ratings.

City Maps 2Go - Offline Map and Travel Guide ($2.99 → Free, 23.1 MB): Download entire city, county, district, and province maps for offline viewing with this navigation app.

You're able to look through maps by country, or you can search for a specific one by name. Downloaded maps include the ability to search for specific streets, view points of interest, and bookmark your favorite locations. The app includes a total of 6,700 downloadable maps. City Maps 2Go - Offline Map and Travel Guide is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 5129 ratings.

iPad:

Dramatic Black & White HD ($1.99 → Free, 17.0 MB): Turn your favorite photos into black and white works of art with this photography app.

You're able to choose from a vast selection of preset filters, and then make intricate adjustments to the lighting, contrast, texture, and other parameters. You can also adjust the focal point of your image using the unique ellipse spotlight tool. The app also includes the ability to save your favorite custom presets, a randomizer, and a variety of sharing options. Dramatic Black & White HD is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 66 ratings.

The Room ($1.99 → Free, 177.2 MB): Get ready to experience the most beautiful and mysterious puzzle game to ever grace the App Store!

Apple’s iPad Game of the Year 2012 winner traps you within a dark and unsettlingly realistic room and won’t let you out until you have solved every last puzzle. Just put some headphones on, turn down the lights and get sucked into the immersive atmosphere. The puzzles themselves will guide you along and challenge your senses. When you’re finished unraveling the mystery, check out the sequel which just hit the App Store today. You won’t be disappointed. The Room is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 139246 ratings.

That concludes today's issue of Apps Gone Free. If you like staying on top of these daily deals, don't forget to check out our free AppsGoneFree app. It provides all the deals each day, and even an archive of past deals that are still active.

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