New iPhone apps worth downloading: Camera+ update, Note Anytime, Cut the Rope 2

Dec 18, 2013
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Create great mobile photos with our first app worth downloading today, Camera+. The photography app’s latest update adds lots of new features for editing images and making them as cool as possible. Following that is Note Anything, a powerful note-taking and annotation app that lets you mark up lots of things, including PDFs and even […]

Create great mobile photos with our first app worth downloading today, Camera+. The photography app’s latest update adds lots of new features for editing images and making them as cool as possible. Following that is Note Anything, a powerful note-taking and annotation app that lets you mark up lots of things, including PDFs and even websites. Finally, we have Cut the Rope 2, a new edition to the physics puzzler franchise that adds new features and more cute monster-feeding levels.

Camera+ update ($1.99)

What’s it about? Step up your mobile photography with Camera+, a camera app that brings editing capabilities and other features to your shots, both as you’re taking them and after.

What’s cool? Camera+ packs a lot of power for making your mobile images look as good as possible. The app includes a number of features to help you get the right look and accommodate your photographing conditions, with 16 “scene modes” that let you get the best photo you can in various lighting and framing situations. There’s also an image-adjusting “clarity” setting that scans your photos and makes small adjustments to make the overall image clearer. Once you’ve got your shot, Camera+ includes a number of editing features, like one-touch filters. The app’s latest update throws in even more editing features with The Lab, which includes settings like exposure, temperature, soft focus, duotone, exposure, sharpness and more.

Who’s it for? Anyone interested in getting great photos out of their iOS devices should give Camera+ and its new update a try.

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What’s it like? Other solid photography apps include Camera Awesome and Snappy Cam.

Note Anytime (Free)

What’s it about? Take notes on images, mark up PDFs, save your ideas to the cloud and share them across social networks with note-taking app Note Anytime.

What’s cool? As its name suggests, Note Anytime is a note-taking app that lets you jot down thoughts, lists, information and just about anything else into saveable bits using your iOS devices. But the app provides quite a few more capabilities than just taking notes, like the ability to mark up and save PDF files and to create drawings and full access to files like images and documents that are saved to cloud services such as Google Drive. You can also do things like browse the Internet and mark up sites from within the app, and everything you make can be shared with other users by email or through social networks.

Who’s it for? If you need a robust note-taking app with a ton of capabilities, check out Note Anytime.

What’s it like? Similar features are available in other notes apps, such as Evernote or Penultimate.

Cut the Rope 2 ($0.99)

What’s it about? Rope-cutting puzzles and super-cute monster Om Nom are back in Cut the Rope 2, which adds new features to the game’s signature physics puzzles.

What’s cool? More physics-based puzzles are back in Cut the Rope 2, the series that’s about manipulating a candy to fall into the mouth of a cute monster named Om Nom who is waiting to be fed. Cut the Rope 2 sees the return of Om Nom and the addition of lots of new puzzle elements to the title, while maintaining things like ropes to be cut, bubbles to be pushed, balloons to be popped, and more. Puzzles step up their complexity a touch in the new game with the addition of being able to move Om Nom as well as other objects, and new characters change the way objects move and behave in each of the puzzles. There are also new challenges for each level, like earning only one star or hitting a particular score or time, that provide players with a good reason to replay the game and try to increase their skills.

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Who’s it for? Players who like casual puzzle games and smart use of physics will want to dig into Cut the Rope 2.

What’s it like? Don’t forget to check out the earlier titles in the franchise, including Cut the Rope: Time Travel and Cut the Rope: Experiments.

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Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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