At the top of this week’s list of must-have iOS apps is the awesome comic creation tool that previously came bundled with Intel Macs. Comic Life from plasq allows you to use the photos in your iPad’s camera roll to create your own comic masterpieces.
Notificant is a brilliant new productivity app that makes is fast and simple to create reminders for the things you’d usually forget. Choose to have notifications alert you on your iPhone, as well as any of your other iOS or Mac devices.
Exploring your music collection has never been as stunning as it is with Planetary – a free iPad app that has climbed rapidly to the top of the free app charts. Fly through a 3D universe dynamically created by information about the recording artists you love.
Find out more about the applications above and check out the rest of this week’s must-haves – including Cadence.fm and 4oD Catch Up – after the break!
Comic Life – ($7.99) iPad – Lifestyle
Comic Life once came free with new Intel Macs, and is a great piece of software for creating your own comic books. The iPad app takes the latest functionality from the desktop application and wraps it up into an easy to use touch interface. Create comics out of the photos in your device’s photo library, then add balloons, captions, lettering and templates to tell your story; while the smart text layout and image filtering functions ensure your projects always look fantastic. Use the integrated e-reader to view your creations in fullscreen, and when they’re ready for the big time, share them with your friends via Facebook and email. You can also print your comics via AirPrint and share them between other iPads with the intuitive ‘drag & drop’ feature.
Notificant – ($2.99) iPhone – Productivity
Notificant claims to be the “simplest, fastest and most elegant way to send reminders to yourself on the iPhone, Mac, and email inbox,” and we quite agree. The incredibly simple UI makes it easy to create notifications within seconds which help you remember the things you’d normally forget. Notifications can be sent to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, as well as to your Macs or to an email inbox. You can sync with the Notificant web app to ensure you have access to your notifications all the time, and use it to remotely create new notifications to send to your other devices. There are 9 alert sounds to choose from, and a companion Mac application available in the Mac App Store. Notificant makes it virtually impossible for you to forget.
Planetary – (Free) iPad – Entertainment
Planetary has rocketed up the App Store’s free chart since its release thanks to the stunning and unique way in which it presents your music collection. As you fly through a 3D universe, you can visit planets that represent your favorite albums and control the playback of your music on the iPad by browsing and selecting astronomical objects. Hook it up to your HDTV using the iPad’s AV adapter and experience Planetary’s beauty on the big screen. This is a new type of “visual discovery” app from Bloom Studio and we highly recommend you try it out!
Cadence.fm – ($1.99) iPhone – Health & Fitness
Cadence.fm is a clever fitness application for your iPhone that provides you with a music engine and ensures you have a consistent beat that matches the pace of your workout. It’s designed to enable you to perform exercises – such as jogging, running, cycling or dancing – while listening to a steady stream of songs that match the tempo of your movements. The app provides an on-demand personal DJ and you don’t need to provide your own music – the tunes are all streamed from the SoundCloud music community from a collection of popular trance, house, and club remixes. Choose a channel and select the BPM and matching music will be streamed straight to your device. Cadence.fm supports Apple’s headphone controls so there’s no need to get your device out to control the application during your workout.
4oD Catch Up – (Free) iPad – Entertainment
Unfortunately this one’s just for the U.K. bunch – Channel 4 now has their own catch up service for the iPad. Much like BBC’s iPlayer, 4oD Catch Up provides free and unlimited access to a wide selection of programmes from Channel 4, E4, and More4 for up to 30 days after transmission.