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September 29, 2016
Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Flowing. This means that for the next 7 days, you can get the popular meditation and mindfulness app for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $3.
For those who aren’t familiar with Flowing, it’s a health and fitness app that promises to help you upgrade your sleep, focus, and productivity. Its features include guided meditation, 3D parallax scenes, and customizable white noise.
From the App Store Editors’ Notes:
What good are guided meditation and mindfulness? To start, they’ve helped us sleep better and be happier. That’s why Flowing is so valuable: it provides three guided meditations, peaceful illustrated landscapes, and customizable white noise (you can mix in music, bird chirping, and rain). Now, we’re relaxed—and that’s pretty exciting.
And here’s a clip of the app in action:
Flowing is available in the App Store for free.
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No matter how simple or complex the bill, SplitWizard will help ensure everyone pays their fair share. Start off by entering the total bill amount, how many people are included, and the quality of the service to determine the tip total. You’ll then see the amount everyone has to pay including tip. If you don’t want to deal with exact change, tap the up arrow in the bottom left corner to round up the bill. SplitWizard also allows you to split bills between multiple people with different expenses. It includes four currencies to choose from, two rounding options, and two decimal separation options.
LoryStripes transforms your photos into 3-D works of art. It allows you to import any photo from your library, and then choose a stripe that fits with your photo’s theme. You’re able to move and resize the stripe using common gestures. Stripes can appear as if they’ve been weaved into your photos by erasing portions. It’s a pretty neat effect. You’re able to choose from 70 stripes, 70 colors, and 10 shading and blending options.
Chuck has been captured by an evil monkey ring master. To escape from the circus, you must help Chuck perform pool diving tricks while catching bugs along the way. While Chuck is on his platform, you’re required to move a wide variety of objects to ensure he safely lands in the pool. When you believe you have everything just right, flip the switch and see how he performs. The game includes 100 puzzles, five bonus levels, and in-game helping hands.
BendyBooth allows you to use 28 crazy effects to distort your face. The effects are applied in real-time, and you can adjust the position and intensity to ensure your photo or video comes out just right. The non-destructive editing also allows you to edit your face and voice even after you record. Captured clips can be sped or slowed down as well.
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September 28, 2016
Ever since Apple integrated support for Twitter sharing into iOS, I’ve been an avid Twitter user. It’s where I get the majority of my tech headlines, an occasional dose of national or world news that makes it past my Tweetbot mute filters, and how I discover most of my new apps and friends, even. It also happens to be where my app discoveries, tech opinions, and bad jokes get posted. If you’re not following me on Twitter, you’re probably better off for it, but I’d appreciate you giving it some consideration regardless.
All this results in me becoming keenly interested when a new Twitter app is released, and the latest addition to the many clients I’ve tried is Leaf, a brand new app designed by Surenix and developed by iPlop, both prominent members of the jailbreak scene. Based on my experiences thus far, Leaf is best described as an alternative to Twitter’s official client rather than an opponent of Tweetbot, the Twitter power user’s app of choice. If you dislike Tweetbot for whatever reason but aren’t entirely satisfied with Twitter’s default option, Leaf may be for you.
The strong points of Leaf are in its design, simplicity, and the fact that its name isn’t a derivative of “Twitter”, “tweet”, or some species of bird. There are subtle visual cues throughout in Leaf that lead me to truly appreciate the effort put into the design and development of the app, while the lack of some features that I use often leaves me waiting for an update.
I must disclose early on, though, that while I have my quibbles with Tweetbot, I consider it to be the best Twitter client available on iOS for my personal needs, and I take advantage of its power user features on a daily basis. I don’t feel that the two can be fairly compared due to the obviously varying feature sets, and therefore the varying audiences, each app targets, so I will attempt to avoid contrasting the two directly.
Leaf has several subtle touches that give the user a real appreciation for the attention to detail that went into the design and development of this app. Right away, you’ll notice the translucent Leaf emblem in front of the gradient background of the app’s icon, a trademark of Ayeris, Surenix’s jailbreak theme, and this emblem remains translucent in the menu bar of the app.
Opening the app to the main timeline presents an array of vertically-narrow tweets, an effort to display as many statuses as possible in a single few. It’s worth noting, however, that these screenshots were taking on a Plus-sized iPhone with a text size that is one level below halfway, so your results may vary.
Swiping right on a tweet invokes a reply sheet, which contains a preview of the tweet to which you are replying above the compose field. A short swipe left displays retweet and like options and a details button, with a longer right-swipe jumping directly to the details view of the tweet, displaying information such as its timestamp and the client with which it was posted.
Image previews are thin but edge-to-edge and have a gradient that gradually transitions from the tweet’s text to its image, creating an interesting visual effect. I’m personally not a huge fan of this design from a utilitarian standpoint, as it sometimes obscures enough of the image’s contents that I have to tap on the photo in order to tell what it is. Some users may value its visual appeal, however, so draw your own conclusions.
The tweet compose view has a pleasant design, with the card taking up only as much screen real estate as is necessary and the remaining space being a simple Gaussian blur that provides context of where the user is within the app. Attached image previews line up neatly below the tweet’s text, and each can be expanded or removed individually.
The upper portion of the profile view displays information about the user, while the lower area displays the user’s tweets and accounts they recently followed – or if you’re viewing your own profile, you’ll see an account switcher (if you’re signed into multiple accounts), a settings button, and a night mode toggle.
Yes, Leaf has a night mode, a standard in Twitter apps that makes evening scrolling much more bearable. Leaf’s night mode consists of a black background rather than a dark blue or gray, with a dark Gaussian blur replacing its white counterpart. Naturally, black text changes to white, and light backgrounds change to dark, but hyperlinked text and other colors remain the same.
Scrolling further down a profile shows accounts that the user whose profile is currently being viewed has followed recently. In reality this same information could be found by tapping the profile’s following count, which would display all the followed accounts, but it can be convenient to have that information readily available, although some users may prefer less easily accessible information, such as accounts both you and the profile are following.
Of course, design is more than aesthetically pleasing visuals, and it extends to the user experience, which is where I really begin to appreciate Leaf’s design. Direct messages have a unique side-scrolling UI, enabling users to switch between threads with a horizontal swipe, making for a convenient way to carry multiple conversations simultaneously.
Rich notifications in iOS 10 are also well done, as Leaf displays profile pictures inline and even loads your tweet after you reply to someone from a notification as a way of confirming that your tweet has been posted, a small detail that I find absolutely delightful.
Although Leaf isn’t yet as feature-rich as some of its peers, the Twitter client does have a few nice touches when it comes to functionality. Naturally, night mode is always a welcomed feature and may be considered necessary in Twitter clients today. The currently signed-in profile is easily accessible with a swipe down from the top of the app, and when viewing a profile’s tweets, users can filters those tweets by mentions. Viewing the search tab displays a long list of trending topics below the search options, which is a welcome interface for anyone who frequently checks popular topics on Twitter.
The direct message experience in Leaf is exceptional with sideways swipes being an easy way to quickly switch between threads without having to back out of an conversation in order to enter another. There is a dedicated button for dismissing the keyboard in the DM view, but it’s rather difficult to reach with one hand on Plus-sized phones, and I’d like to be able to swipe down to dismiss the keyboard as well.
In the app’s settings, users can enable streaming, a feature that is available over both Wi-Fi and cellular, and the “Pin To Top” option scrolls new tweets in as they’re streamed. Night mode can be automatically turned on when the device’s brightness is below a certain level, push notifications can be granularly controlled, Tweet Marker can be turned on or off, and in-app notifications can be enabled.
Unfortunately, I’ve noticed a few features missing from Leaf that other Twitter clients have had for a while. Some of these many people won’t care are missing, while their absence may be a deal breaker for others. I’m told that some of these features will be added in an upcoming update, but they simply aren’t present in the release version.
For a start, there is currently no way to mute tweets, users, or hashtags from within the app. Additionally, users cannot sign out of an account without deleting and redownloading the app, and signing into an account can only be done by adding an account that’s already signed into iOS. Further, while users can filter an account’s tweets to view only tweets in which they’re mentioning someone, there is not presently a media filter for viewing only tweets contain photos or videos. There are preview images for YouTube links but not Instagram links, and 3D Touch has yet to be enabled in the app in any form. Users can save a tweet as a draft, but Leaf only saves one draft at a time, and saving another draft will overwrite the previous draft.
It’s also worth noting that Leaf is iPhone-only at launch, with no iPad or Apple Watch app currently available. Naturally, any of the features listed as not present may be added in the future, and updates to the app are already in the works.
Leaf is a new Twitter client with novel ideas in a field that other apps have occupied for years, which may be considered a difficult feat that gives me hope for what else we might see come from Surenix and iPlop down the road. While it’s difficult for me recommend Leaf as a valid alternative for Tweetbot lovers or as a primary app for power users in its current state, the possibility remains that it could become the Twitter client of choice for iOS users after more work is done and more features are added.
My view from the beginning has been that enthusiastic Tweetbot users who couldn’t live without advanced mute filters or who love viewing their profile stats won’t get much use from Leaf, at least for a while. (A few feature-packed updates could change that rather swiftly, I’d imagine.) However, anyone who is dissatisfied with Tweetbot’s design or who gets by with Twitter’s official app but would like something new and refreshing should definitely consider Leaf as a primary Twitter client. Succinctly put, Leaf is a young but well-designed Twitter client that, with a few feature updates, has a gleamingly bright future.
You can purchase Leaf on the App Store for $4.99, and more information is available on the designer’s website.
Starting with iOS 10, Messages allows you to tap to send stickers in a thread, adjust their size, rotate them or peel and place stickers on top of bubbles, other stickers and photos in your conversations. Anyone can create stickers without no coding experience and users can download them through the built-in Messages App Store.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to obtain, use and manage Messages stickers like a pro and spruce up your messaging game.
Before we get started, here are some commonly asked questions about stickers in Messages, how they’re created and distributed and more.
Sending and receiving stickers requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10 or later. macOS Sierra users can receive, but not send or download stickers because Messages for the Mac lacks a built-in App Store. Non-iMessage users receive stickers as MMS image attachments.
Stickers can be:
Many high-quality sticker packs will cost you some money.
That’s especially the case for branded sticker packs like Disney and Star Wars, for example. People who are reluctant to buy stickers needn’t worry as there are plenty of free sticker packs available in the App Store to get you started.
Just about anyone can create stickers without any prior coding experience.
Static stickers are made from a set of image files in PNG, JPEG or GIF format that you can create in image editing programs such as Pixelmator and Adobe Photoshop.
Animated stickers are made in Apple’s Motion app as APNG or GIF files.
To create and submit sticker packs, you will need a Mac and a developer account with Apple, plus know your way around Xcode 8 which you’ll use to turn individual images into a sticker pack that’s ready to submit to the App Store.
A great starting point to familiarize yourself with the whole sticker creation process is Apple’s Creating Stickers for iMessage webpage.
Stickers are distributed as downloadable sticker packs in the App Store.
Sticker packs can be standalone downloads or bundled with apps and games. Standalone stickers put an icon on your Home screen and can be normally re-downloaded through the App Store’s Purchased section like any other iPhone or iPad app.
Standalone sticker packs are labeled with “Only for iMessage” in the App Store.
Bundled stickers are distributed as part of apps or games and don’t have their own Home screen icon. Removing a container app/game from the Home screen also uninstalls its underlying sticker pack(s).
Apps bundled with stickers are labeled with “Offers iMessage App” in the App Store.
Any installed sticker packs can be managed via the Messages App Store’s Manage tab.
Your friends and family can send you stickers that you do not have installed on your device and they will be displayed normally, and vice versa. You must, however, install a sticker pack before you can send any of its stickers. If you’d like to, you can easily download the underlying sticker pack right from any received sticker in the conversation.
Static stickers sent as is to non-iMessage users (folks on Android or other non-Apple platforms) are delivered via MMS as image attachments. Animated stickers are also delivered via MMS to non-iOS 10/macOS Sierra devices but appear for the recipient as static images that don’t animate.
A stickers cannot be attached to a specific bubble for contacts who don’t use iMessage. Stickers you stamp on chat bubbles or photos load one after the other for iOS and Mac users who haven’t upgraded yet to iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.
Sticker packs can be downloaded in the Messages App Store.
You can browse featured sticker packs, see all stickers packs in the store, browse sticker packs by category and use the search feature to find ones you wish to add to your chats. In addition, it’s easy to download stickers your friends send you in conversations with just a few taps.
When someone sends you a sticker you don’t have installed in Messages, you can easily see its originating sticker pack and download it from the App Store with a few taps.
1) Open Messages on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and tap a conversation in the list which contains a sticker you would like to download.
2) If a sticker was sent standalone and not stamped on chat bubbles, tap and hold it, then select “From [STICKER PACK]” in the popup menu.
3) You’ll be taken to the sticker pack page in the Messages App Store. Tap the Buy or Get button to download the sticker pack to your device for use in Messages.
2) If a sticker was stamped on top of a chat bubble, photo or another sticker, tap and hold it, then choose Sticker Details in the popup menu.
3) On the next screen, tap the View button next to the sticker pack you’d like to download.
4) The sticker pack’s listing on the Messages App Store pops up in an overlay. Tap the Buy or Get button to download it to your device.
As the screenshot above tests, a “Sticker by” label may appear below the chat bubble for stickers not installed on your device. Tapping the hyperlinked name of the sticker pack instantly takes you to its page on the Messages App Store.
1) Open Messages on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and tap a conversation in the list or create a new one.
2) Tap the Apps button (it resembles an App Store icon) to the left of the text entry field to access the Messages app drawer.
3) Hit the App Shelf button in the bottom left corner (it resembles four ellipses in a grid).
4) Tap the Store button.
5) The Messages App Store appears in an overlay, allowing you to:
6) When you find a sticker pack you wish to use, tap the Buy or Get button to grab it.
If this is a bundled sticker pack, it will be downloaded along with its container app/game. To have Messages automatically use any sticker packs bundled with apps/games you download, set the toggle Automatically Add Apps under the Messages App Store’s Manage tab to the ON position.
As you download or update apps, their sticker packs appear under the New and Updated heading of the Manage tab so you can instantly see both your recently added sticker packs and those that have been updated with new content.
The Manage tab’s title and the Store button in the Messages App Shelf will use a badge to denote the number of iMessage Apps and stickers that have been updated.
Tap the Featured tab to see a list of stickers, iMessage Apps and other downloadable content for Messages that was hand-picked and curated by Apple’s editorial team.
To browse all of the stickers that are currently available in the Messages App Store, tap the Categories tab, then tap the All Stickers sub-category.
To narrow the listing to a specific category, tap a desired category in the list of built-in sticker categories on the Messages App Store:
Apple may add new sticker categories over time.
Then tap the magnifying glass icon in the top left corner of the Messages App Store to find a specific sticker pack you want. Include the word “sticker” to make your query more relevant (i.e. “Star Wars stickers”, “summer stickers”, “sports stickers” etc.) and to exclude iMessage Apps and other unrelated content from your search.
With your favorite sticker packs downloaded, it’s time to learn how to use them.
2) Tap the Apps button (it resembles an App Store icon) to the left of the text entry field to reveal the Messages app drawer at the bottom of the interface.
3) You can now:
Both methods are described right below.
By default, the app drawer displays your recently used stickers, iMessage Apps and other third-party Messages content you have downloaded to this device.
Swipe left or right to flip through your recently used stickers and other third-party content installed on this device until you find a recently used sticker you’d like to send. Tap the sticker to send it standalone in a thread or tap and hold to peel and stamp it on top of chat bubbles.
To take your Recents fullscreen, tap the arrow pointing upward in the lower right corner.
While in fullscreen mode, you can also tap a sticker to send it or tap and hold to peel it, which will exit the fullscreen mode so you can drop the sticker in your conversation. To cancel dragging the sticker, drop it on the Messages status bar at the top.
To choose a specific sticker pack, tap the App Shelf button in the bottom left corner which looks like four ellipses in a grid. You can now swipe between pages of downloaded stickers and other third-party Messages content.
Tap a sticker pack to see its stickers, then tap a desired sticker to send it, or tap and hold to peel it and stamp it on top of chat bubbles. To browse the chosen sticker pack fullscreen, tap the arrow pointing upward in the lower right corner.
4) Use stickers in conversation in four different ways:
You can also rotate and resize a sticker before it’s sent.
Just tap a sticker to add it to the conversation. You can accompany the sticker with an optional message before you tap the Send button.
You can peel a sticker and stick it anywhere on the chat bubble: just tap and hold a sticker, then drag it over any chat bubble in your conversation and let go.
Tap and hold a sticker you wish to use, drag it over a photo in the conversation and let go. The sticker must be dropped within the photo’s boundaries.
Tap and hold a sticker you wish to use and drag it over a bubble, photo or another sticker in the conversation, but don’t let go. Tap and hold with another finger, swipe up or down to rotate a sticker, then let go.
Tap and hold a sticker you wish to use and drag it over a bubble, photo or another sticker in the conversation without letting go of the finger. Now tap and hold with another finger anywhere on the screen and swipe left or right to rotate a sticker, then let go to release it.
Any stickers stamped on top of chat bubbles, photos or other stickers in the conversation can be removed at any time by following the instructions below.
1) Open Messages on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and tap a conversation from which you’d like to remove certain stickers.
2) Scroll within the conversation to find a chat bubble, photo or another sticker that you stamped a sticker on top of, then tap and hold that sticker.
3) Tap Sticker Details in the popup menu.
4) A new screen pops up, listing all of the stickers stamped on the selected item. Swipe a sticker you wish to remove from the conversation, then tap Delete.
Unfortunately, deleting a sent sticker doesn’t remove it on the recipient’s end.
To delete a sticker that was sent as a standalone message (tapped rather than peeled), you’ll need to use a different method which is described further below.
If you sent a sticker as a standalone message, delete it like you would a chat bubble.
1) Open Messages on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and tap a conversation in the list.
2) Tap and hold a message bubble with a standalone sticker you’d like to delete, then choose More in the popup menu.
3) Tap the Delete button.
4) Tap Delete Message in the popup menu to confirm the operation.
The standalone sticker will be removed from your chat.
2) Tap the Apps button to the left of the text entry field.
3) In the Messages app drawer, tap the App Shelf button in the bottom left corner that looks like four ellipses in a grid.
4) Tap and hold any icon until the icon start shaking, then drag the icon to a new position and let go of the finger. To move the sticker pack to another page, drag its icon to the edge of the App Shelf and wait a moment until a new page swooshes into view, then drop the icon onto a desired position.
5) Press the Home button to finish reordering the icons.
You can delete sticker packs in two different ways:
5) The Messages App Store appears in an overlay. Tap Manage to continue.
6) To uninstall a sticker pack, slide its switch to the OFF position.
Bundled sticker packs like Canva, Alto’s Adventure and Jetpack Joyride can be disabled and re-enabled at any time as long as their container app is installed on your device.
7) Tap Done to finish making the changes.
Standalone sticker packs you delete are instantly removed from the Manage tab.
Disabling sticker packs which are bundled with apps/games won’t remove them from the Manage tab when you flip their switch to the OFF position. This lets you re-enable any bundled sticker packs through the Manage tab as long as their container app is still installed on your device.
Delete sticker packs even faster: tap and hold an icon in the Messages app drawer and hit the “x” in the upper left corner to remove the sticker pack from Messages.
Deleting a bundled sticker pack won’t automatically remove its container app from the device. However, deleting an app or game that came with sticker packs will also remove its stickers from Messages and delete the sticker pack from your device.
You can re-download sticker packs at any time through the App Store’s Purchased section in the case of standalone sticker packs. Bundled sticker packs don’t appear inside the App Store’s Purchased tab, but will re-appear in Messages once you re-download the app or game that package it.
Like third-party keyboard, standalone sticker packs are packaged as native apps that you can re-download at any time through the App Store’s Purchased tab like you would any other app.
1) Launch the App Store on your device and tap the Updates tab.
2) Tap Purchased at the top.
3) Find a sticker pack in your list of previously downloaded or purchased items, then tap the cloud icon to re-download it to this device.
Or, use the Messages App Store’s search to find and re-download the sticker pack.
Because bundled sticker packs are packaged inside app/game binaries, they don’t show up in the App Store’s Purchased section. Not to worry: re-downloading the actual app or game in question will also re-add the switch for its sticker pack to the Messages App Store’s Manage tab so you can easily toggle it.
In addition to the regular App Store, the Messages App Store can also be used to find your previously downloaded apps and games with bundled stickers.
After reading this tutorial, you now know everything there is regarding stickers in iOS 10 Messages. If you like this how-to, please share it on social media and don’t forget you can send us your submissions for future tutorial coverage at tips@iDownloadBlog.com.
Klocki is all about connecting lines. Each puzzle has a jumble of tiles that aren’t in order. Tap to select a tile and tap another to swap them out. The goal is to create completed lines from every last tile. Things start to get complicated when 3-D shapes are added since you must take into account corners and intersections. Best of all, you can solve puzzles at your own pace since the game lacks timers.
Hook is void of menus, tutorials, timers, and achievements. Just launch the game and enjoy the calming experience. The basic idea is to tap on circles to reel in their lines and create new pathways for the other lines to go. If a line gets hooked on another, you’ll have to start the level over.
Don’t let the minimalist graphics fool you, this is one difficult game. You’re put in control of a little white ball as it spins round and round circles. Each circle is interconnected, allowing you to move from one to another by tapping to shift from the inside to the outside. If you mistime your tap, your white ball will be placed at the nearest checkpoint. Things get really complicated when spikes are introduced, requiring you to constantly move in and out of circles to avoid certain death.
You begin with a basic clay model. A toolbar across the top of the screen allows you to select different parts of the doll in order to customize it. You’re able to change the color and material type for everything from your doll’s bows to her shoes. At any time during the creation process you’re able to preview your doll in full screen with just a tap. When you’re finished, you’re able to save your doll and use it wherever and however you wish.
Division Flashcard Match Games is loaded with positive reinforcement. It will help your child learn to divide by having them play a variety of memory matching games. You’re able to choose the best number range for your child’s skill level, but no matter which you choose your child will be able to hear the numbers and equations as they are touched. After each round, they’ll receive positive feedback and balloon popping rewards. Hints are available along the way, and “Show Me” and “Peek” features make it even easier for young learners to enjoy.
Eddy allows you to tap into all of your favorite online storage services at once. You can then stream any MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, AIFF, or M4R files located within. Your files can be copied, moved between cloud services, renamed, and even downloaded for offline play. The app also includes search, AirPlay support, and the ability to create playlists.
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