cut the rope
Apple introduced a new concept of sponsoring one premium app every week, that it chose to call App of the Week. Last week, the latest version of the incredibly popular game Cut the Rope, called Cut the Rope: Experiments HD went free thanks to that. It is time for a second App of the Week though, and that is the criminally underrated Snapseed photoediting app.
Snapseed offers a plethora of options to touch up your photos (via iTunes App Store)
Snapseed has been developed by Nik Software, Inc. and it will be free until the 6th of June. Normally priced at $4.99, Snapseed offers an incredible number of ways to transform and improve your photos before you share them with the world.
In its App Store description, Snapseed offers a peek into the sheer variety of editing options available to its users:
"== Basic Adjustments ==
• Auto Correct - Automatically analyzes your photo and adjusts color and exposure to perfection. • Selective Adjust - Make precise selections and enhancements to specific areas of your photos in seconds with Nik Software’s revolutionary U Point technology. • Tune Image - Use Ambience to create depth and vibrancy that uniquely adapts to colors and textures. Adjust White Balance, Saturation, Contrast, more. • Straighten & Rotate - Rotate 90° and/or straighten photos with simple gesture controls. • Crop - Easily crop images to remove distracting parts of your photo with standard aspect ratios, or a free crop. • Take Photos – Open photos from the Camera Roll or take new photos.
== Creative Enhancements == • Black & White - Get that classic Black and White look with this darkroom-inspired filter. • Vintage Films - Make any photo look like a vintage color film photo from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s. • Drama - Add style with a custom effect specifically tailored to your photos, ranging from subtle textures to wildly artistic effects. • Grunge - Give your photos a totally unique, hip, and dingy look. • Tilt-Shift - Create a narrow in-focus area designed to simulate depth of field, common in a Miniature Scene look. • Details - Enhance details with traditional sharpening or the unique Structure control found in the Nik Software professional products. • Center Focus - Draw attention to the subject of your photo by blurring and adjusting the brightness of the surrounding background. • Organic Frames - Add stylized borders to photos for the perfect finishing touch.
Snapseed offers an interface that will appeal to diehard Instagram fans, owing to its amazing simplicity and the gorgeous results possible in just a matter of taps. It is a complete solution for iPad users who've been disappointed with the unavailability of Instagram for the Apple slate, as it offers the same amount of functionality.
You can download Snapseed for the Apple iPad from here: http://itunes.apple.com/no/app/id439438619
Apple has just brought in some tweaks for its App Store, perhaps signalling the Store's natural evolution brought on by Apple's purchase of Chomp (a renowned content discovery service). The App Store now has an Editor's Choice selection along with a free App of the Week.
The App Store's biggest USP over competing stores for other platforms such as the Google Play store and the Blackberry App World has been the sheer volume of apps available to users. Unlike other mobile operating systems, iOS users are seldom left short of options when they're looking for an app to fulfill a particular need of theirs. But that has slowly started turning into a double edged sword of sorts. It has been getting harder and harder for users to find and discover new apps, beyond the usual ones in the Top Grossing and Top Free picks.
The App Store has an extremely distinct banner in its home page now, drawing users' attention to "Editor's Choice" apps (the first of which happens to be Facebook Camera for the iPhone). Later, Apple came out with a free App of the Week, and it happened to be the much awaited Cut the Rope: Experiments. This is said to be the first time Apple is actually relying on promoting apps this way, of its own accord. Cut the Rope should be the first of many new and premium apps going free in the App Store in the coming weeks.
Apple's efforts point towards making the best possible use of its Chomp purchase - it can now make great apps (that have been hitherto drowned out by competition) more visible to the public. It is also a follow up to its crackdown on bot farms that had been enticing developers to pay them in exchange for pumping up their app download numbers right into the Top picks for both paid and free apps.
Cut the Rope has been a title synonymous with casual gaming on iOS, quite on the lines of other notable names such as Angry Birds and Temple Run. The success of all these games has been quite remarkable, given that physics based games weren't all that popular before the iPhone and iPad came along.
Thanks to a limited period offer, you can now get the newest version of Cut the Rope, called Cut the Rope: Experiments HD from the iTunes App Store. Although it is priced at $1.99, it has gone free for an unspecified but short period of time.
The game remains as addictive as ever - you need to feed the now famous monster, Om Nom, some candy, from a whole gamut of challenging scenarios, while he's suspended from a number of ropes. The newest twist is that Cut the Rope: Experiments HD brings in a new character - a mad (but apparently not evil) scientist who conducts the eponymous Experiments on Om Nom to understand his fascination with candy.
The official list of key features is as follows: - 150 new experiments (levels) across 6 colorful new settings, with more to come! - 6 level packs: Getting Started, Shooting the Candy, Sticky Steps, Rocket Science, Bath Time, and Handy Candy - New gameplay elements like rope guns, suction cups, rockets, water, and robo arms! - New storyline featuring commentary from the Professor - Find hidden evidence for the Professor’s photo album and share it on Facebook or Twitter - New achievements and leaderboards - compare your progress to other rope cutters around the world!
The changelog for version 1.3 is:- 25 new levels featuring new game element - mechanic arms- The new iPad Retina display support- New localizations (Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean)- New photo of Om Nom in the Professor’s Album- New achievements and a new leaderboard
Download it from here soon!: http://itunes.apple.com/in/app/cut-the-rope-experiments-hd/id450795513?mt=8