It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all of the new apps you might have missed throughout the week.
The all-new CleanMyMac is here to... er.. clean your Mac, an update to the best app finder out there, a crazy awesome app for mixing drinks, and a great language translation app made it into this week’s roundup.
Without further ado, here are this week’s awesome apps!
CleanMyMac is like having a swiss army knife for diagnosing and making OS X run better. Version 3.0 was released this past week, which is a major update.
The new menubar interface lets you easily free up RAM, check battery health, drive usage, etc. The app is also great for freeing up hard drive space in unexpected places, so especially if you’re running low on storage, give it a go.
If you’ve never heard of Product Hunt, it’s basically what App Store discovery should be. Hot new apps and startups are submitted and voted on Reddit style, and you can create collections and read about the inside stories behind the products from founders.
With the new iPhone app, you can finally follow other users, curate collections, bookmark products, search, and use the new discovery interface for finding cool stuff. It’s every app geek’s dream.
Studio Neat already makes great tools for creating cocktails, and now they have an app to match. Highball is a recipe app for making delicious mixed drinks, and it allows you to even create your own and share with others on social media.
The design is gorgeous, and the card interface for swiping through drinks is fun to play with. If you’re interested in becoming your own bartender, it’s a great way to get started.
iTranslate Voice is already one of the best translation apps, but this week it got even better with the addition of Phrasebook, a feature for quickly saving frequently used phrases and translating them into another target language.
There are also 17 new localizations, so pretty much every language you can think of is supported. Don’t go on your next international trip without this app on your iPhone.
Apple released big updates to iOS and OS X today, and among the changes is a whole lot of new emojis.
There are over 300 emojis added by Apple as part of an update to the Unicode standard, and most of them focus on racially diversifying the existing emojis we all know and love. There’s also an awesome Spock emoji for when you’re wanting the world to live long and prosper.
But the catch is that if you’re not on the newest iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, you won’t see these new emojis. Instead, you’ll see an alien or an empty box!
Snapchat used to have a “Best Friends” list that showed you who each of your friends snapped with the most. It was a weird, slightly stalkerish part of the app that was removed last year.
Now Snapchat has brought back a way to see top friends, but in a more fun way that relies totally on emojis (and won’t destroy your relationships). Here’s how to decode what the new Snapchat emojis mean.
Adobe’s latest app is a powerful brainstorming and publishing tool for laying out words and images in a beautiful web layout. Whether you’re a student working on a project or a businessman creating an office presentation, Slate is designed to be flexible with pre-installed themes and plenty of tools.
The easiest way to summarize Slate is a dumbed-down version of InDesign for the iPad. It’s nice to see powerhouses like Adobe continuing to invest in the tablet as a content creation tool. For an example of what you can make with Slate, check out this gorgeous story on Snowy Owls.
Originally only available on Windows Phone, the favorably reviewed Office Lens app launched on iOS this week.
Office Lens is like a swiss army knife of scanners. It can scan everything from paper documents, business cards and whiteboards and then format it into a PDF, PowerPoint, or Word document. Printed text is scanned with OCR to make it editable like a normal document, and save options include OneNote or OneDrive.
Version 10 of Todoist is a big update. It’s got Fantastical-style natural language parsing for adding tasks, a new quick add experience for adding tasks and notes on the fly, and multi-task editing.
There’s also the addition of start and end dates, collapsable list views, and 10 new themes. Bottom line: if you’re looking for a cheap, well designed, feature-rich todo app, you’d be crazy to not at least consider Todoist.
Available on: iPhone/iPad
Price: Free (certain features unlock with Premium in-app upgrade)
What if you combined the viral nature of Vine with the mini-story capability of Snapchat? That’s what Facebook is trying to do with Riff, a new app that was released in the App Store this week.
Created by Facebook’s Creative Labs (the same group behind Paper, Groups, Rooms, etc.), the Riff app lets you create a 20-second video, post it, and have your friends add to it with short videos of their own. The idea is the same snowball effect that made the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge such a viral phenomenon; you keep a video meme going by letting others pile on.
Will it catch on? The odds aren’t too great when you consider how crowded the market already is for this kind of app. But there’s no harm in giving it a test run to see if it’s got potential.