At the top of this week’s list of must-have iOS applications is one of our favorite instant messaging tools: IM+ Pro. It has already featured in our list of the ‘Best iOS Apps for Instant Messaging‘, but the introduction of its new Neighbors service meant we couldn’t help but shout about it again.
TweetyPop is a super new Twitter application from TapFactory that allows you to view and interact with your tweets in a unique new way. It throws away the chronological list you get with every other Twitter client and delivers a 3 dimensional Twitter space.
Adobe first announced its first three Photoshop Touch applications at Photoshop World back in March, and they’re now available to download from the App Store. Color Lava, Eazel and Nav are all designed for the iPad and aim to enhance your desktop Photoshop experience with the help of a touch-based device.
Find out more about the applications above and check out OmniOutliner – this week’s final must-have – after the break.
IM+ Pro – ($9.99) Universal – Social Networking
The hugely successful IM+: Pro Instant Messaging application from Shape Services has just been updated to introduce an innovative new feature called ‘Neighbors’, which offers users the ability to find new friends in their vicinity who share the same common interests. When users are signed into the Neighbors service, they will be greeted by a map that allows them to locate and chat with friends in their area, post and view local announcements, and initiate conversations with other people nearby. Neighbors is just another feature that makes IM+ one of the most impressive instant messaging applications for iOS, and a must-have app for anyone who uses IM services on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Users of the free version of IM+ can also enjoy this new feature.
TweetyPop – ($0.99) iPad – Social Networking
TweetyPop is a unique Twitter client that does away with conventional chronological lists and presents your tweets in a cool new way. “TweetyPop offers a visually stunning way to stay up-to-date with your Twitter accounts with [a] one of a kind 3 dimensional Twitter space.” As your tweets appear, they are sorted in the “space-time-Twitter continuum,” and as you read them, you can fling them off the screen with your fingertips to send them away. A screensaver mode automatically cycles through your timeline and displays new tweets; there’s support for Instapaper, TextExpander, OmniFocus and Things; and dedicated views for your timeline, direct messages, mentions and more.
Adobe Color Lava – ($2.99) iPad – Photography
Color Lava lets you use your iPad and your fingertips to mix colors and create custom swatches and five-swatch color themes. Immediately access those color creations within Photoshop on your desktop while at home, or use the application on-the-go whenever inspiration strikes to import into Photoshop later. Dab, swirl, and smudge to create unique color swatches; interact with Photoshop on your desktop in real-time; make fine adjustments to your color creations; and share your swatches and color themes with friends directly from the application.
Adobe Eazel – ($4.99) iPad – Photography
Eazel lets you create beautiful paintings with your fingertips. Get amazing color blends thanks to a painting technology that offers a new kind of interaction between “wet” and “dry” paint; enjoy a unique user interface that lets you paint across the entire iPad display; and easily access the tools you use most frequently. Eazel lets you send your paintings straight to Photoshop on your desktop, save them to your camera roll, and share them with your friends.
Adobe Nav – ($1.99) iPad – Photography
Nav allows you to access Photoshop tools and browse and select open documents at the tap of a button. Customize the application’s toolbar with up to 16 tools of your choice to provide you with quick and easy access to all of the things you use most frequently. Browser, reorder and zoom in on up to 200 open documents, and tap any document on your iPad to activate it within Photoshop on your desktop.
OmniOutliner – ($19.99) iPad – Productivity
As you collect, compose and rearrange text, OmniOutliner’s powerful outlining features emerge, offering you a powerful tool with which to organize your ideas. Use hierarchy, columns, styling and notes to keep documents notes in order. From basic lists and tables to serious writing data dangling, this application makes it incredibly easy for you to structure your day. You can share your documents in OmniOutliner via iDisk, WebDAV, or email in a variety of formats.