Have you considered keeping a digital diary? There’s never been a better time to take up the writing habit, with the best journal-keeping app for iOS available completely free of charge for the week.
This week’s other offers include a collection of four unique photo editing apps, Halftone 2 for turning your photography into full-blown comic books, a handy bill-splitter and a creepy house simulator that’ll get your heart racing.
Apple’s App of the Week, and thus free until Wednesday, is the much-celebrated journal app DayOne. It’s a universal app that syncs with either iCloud or Dropbox, and supports the separate Mac version (also currently reduced at 30% off). Whether you’ve kept a journal for years and are upgrading it to a digital version, or if you’ve never tried before and would like to improve your writing then DayOne is the gold standard for iOS diary keeping.
The original Halftone app allowed you to create simple comic strips from your images, and Halftone 2 takes it even further by throwing whole comic books and videos into the mix. Use one of the 30 unique balloons to add your own dialogue and commentary, tilt your Whams and Pows with the new 3D perspective feature and turn your comic strips into 720p videos.
Dispatch is an action-based email client that mixes elements of the Getting Things Done method with other time-saving features like TextExpander snippets to save you time while typing. The app uses gestures and a focuses on speed to put your inbox to work, and allows you to send email to different apps and use snippets (think auto-responses) to deal with your inbox blockage in record time.
Pixite have put their whole range of photo editing apps on sale at only a dollar each for a limited time. The apps mostly focus on remixing and blending existing photos together, and there are four to choose from:
Union focuses on taking two images and blending them together in interesting ways.
Fragment (video above) takes one photo and applies pattern-based effects that can be further tweaked and randomised.
Tangent is an all-rounder that transforms images by layering up effects, with lots of styles to choose from.
LoryStripes is, as the name may suggest, an app that’s all about adding stripes and 3D ribbons to pictures.
Never worry about how much you owe at a shared dinner event again when you can split the bill with Splittr. It’s certainly not the first app of its kind (and it probably won’t be the last either) but it’s useful and free for now. Splittr also includes the ability to work out the tax and tip.
I’ve seen it said before that an app that can pay for itself many times over is always worth the price you pay, but this one’s free. Time-tracking apps for independent contractors, freelancers or anyone who needs to bill by the hour and invoice employees can definitely boost business. Billing Hours is a brand new app that takes a refreshingly simple approach to tracking hours worked, with the ability to generate invoices included.
Nearly all video games feature an element of “death” but Sometimes You Die takes it to the next level, using death as a core gameplay mechanic. It’s a platformer, with plenty of deadly spikes with levels that are essentially impossible until you die a few times. Each time you expire, your square pixellated body remains as a platform for you to avoid that obstacle next time round. It’s a devilishly good idea, and provides a refreshing spin on the platforming genre.
Break into a house, steal a few items, get out quickly – it seems so simple, but that’s when Eyes strays from the plan. Riding the same, ever-growing wave of Slender-esque “creepy house” simulators, Eyes is all about the scares. The game even features a “facecam” that uses your iOS device’s FaceTime camera to capture the scares.
We’ve featured every Infinity Blade game in this column over the past year or so, and now it’s time to save some money on the third installment once more. Infinity Blade III is the prettiest of the bunch, but it doesn’t stray from the hack, slash and progress formula of the past two too much. That’s led to a bit of criticism from fans, but at only $3 for a limited time there’s little to complain about here.
That’s all the best apps for this week, let us know if you grabbed any bargains in the comments!