Here are the week’s best new photo, writing and music apps

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What a feast of glitchy electronica we have for you this week.
What a feast of glitchy electronica we have for you this week.
Photo: Cult of Mac

This week we mangle music with Enso, the amazing new audio looper for iPad, and chop up images with Hyperspektiv 2.0. Plus we showcase a new music player app and a big update to our favorite writing app.

Ulysses

Ulysses gets a dark reading mode on iPad.
Ulysses gets a dark reading mode on iPad.
Photo: Ulysses

My favorite writing app got a big update this week. Ulysses 15 now offers split-screen on the Mac, along with a great new keyword manager/search feature. And on iOS, you can now see thumbnails and previews of image links that you add to your documents. (Previously you had to actually embed an image to see it.)

Price: Free trial, with subscription options

Download: Ulysses from the App Store (iOS)

Hyperspektiv 2.0

Every single filter on Hyperspektiv is killer.
Every single Hyperspektiv filter looks killer.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Hyperspektiv 2.0 takes the best photo-glitching app on the iPhone to a new level of craziness. You won’t see any fake light leaks or film grain here. Hyperspektiv is all digital, with weird color shifts, bent perspective, and vertiginous kaleidoscopic symmetry. You have to try it.

Price: Free with premium features available by subscription

Download: Hyperspektiv from the App Store (iOS)

Enso Looper

Enso looks as good as it sounds.
Enso looks as good as it sounds.
Photo: Audio Damage

Enso Looper is an audio looper for musicians. It is also one of the best audio unit apps to show up on the iPad this year. Not only can you loop your live audio, you can glitch it and add effects. You can even decouple the record and play heads for some incredibly creative, and sometimes trippy, results.

Price: $5.99

Download: Enso Looper from the App Store (iOS)

Sathorn

Sathorn looks quite nice.
Sathorn looks quite nice.
Photo: Sathorn looks quite nice.

Sathorn is a new music player app for the iPhone, designed as a replacement for the stock Music app. The trouble is, it doesn’t offer much more than the built-in Music app. It has a nice true-black dark mode, plus customizable colors, and it is easy to love/dislike tracks using its Today widget.

But otherwise it’s more a matter of taste than features. And I’m no fan of the too-bold text labels. $5 will let you try it out.

Price: $4.99

Download: Sathorn from the App Store (iOS)