Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 7th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kingsoft Office Software, Inc. has just released WPS Office 4.0. The new update comes power packed with new features.
The spreadsheets have received new formatting features, the ability to merge cells and freeze panes, full support for formulas, and now users can save spreadsheets to XLS and XLSX formats. For presentations, users now have access to new slide layouts, transitions, animations, and can insert, crop, and resize images in slides. The slides can also be directly exported to PDF format now. Lastly, for writer, users can manage their comments within a document better and directly export files to PDF format.
Mr. Ke Ge, CEO of KINGSOFT said, “With WPS Office 4.0 we introduce what we believe to be the best free office suite available to iPad and iPhone users, but this is just the beginning. We will be launching many additional features and innovations in the coming months.” So it looks like we can look forward to more updates soon.
You can download WPS Office 4.0. for free on the App Store.
Every week, the 148Apps reviewers comb through the vast numbers of new apps out there, find the good ones, and write about them in depth. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Want to see what we’ve been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.
Fantasy based card games are very much an acquired taste. Some have been drawn to the genre since grade school, while others join later in life, but one thing remains the same: Magic the Gathering is by far the most popular example of the genre. On the heels of last year’s Magic 2013, it would only make sense for Wizards of the Coast to follow up their smash hit, for a new year. Can Magic 2014 manage to meet the same bar of excellence raised by the original installment, or is this essentially a glorified re-skin? Fans of last year’s Magic installment have a very similar experience awaiting them when opening Magic 2014. Most of the game’s core interface has remained fairly unchanged, but it really was never broken to begin with, so there was no need for a fix. Newcomers and veterans alike will find more than enough card based shenanigans to keep them busy for countless rounds. –Blake Grundman
The App Store is loaded with many apps that scan documents, but most of them seem to take an eternity to process files. Additionally, they aren’t always accurate. I’ve scanned business cards and manuals, only to go back and enter additional information in manually. There’s a new app that promises users that they will no longer have to wait and it boasts that it can produce PDF documents from any photo at a very high speed and at the highest image enhancement quality. It’s easy to get started with JetScanner as a quick start guide helps users learn the ropes. There are two ways to create documents. Users can either tap the camera icon or tap the album icon. Once a document is created, users can make adjustments by tapping on the wizard icon to adjust the smart crop or edit additional processing options like adjusting color, making the image black and white or quickly reverting back to the original. Additionally, users can tap the information button in the upper right corner to change the paper size of the PDF. –Angela LaFollette
Cling Thing starts off with some great, but little, moments. They feel fleeting. However, then another great little moment appears and another and another. Eventually, these seemingly small yet neat tricks cling together to form a superb whole. In Cling Thing, players guide wacky Madballs-esque creatures to the end of each stage by using their slimy, stretchy, sticky tendrils to move around. The action resembles World of Goo but with just one ball to manage instead of dozens. Those two games also share a similar creative drive to get the most out of their deceptively simple yet deep mechanics. Early levels are pretty straightforward where all the creatures have to do is slime-swing to the end of the stage Spider-Man style. However, later stages introduce doors that need keys, blocks that need moving, wheels that need to be spun, and underwater areas with new physics that need new approaches. –Jordan Minor
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Talking ABC… is a delightful alphabet app which includes charming and impressive claymation animals that will engage adults and children alike. I do love this kind of animation, so I was eager to see the claymation included within, and I can say that these bright and quirky animal creatures do not disappoint, as an estimated 770 pounds of clay was used to create the animals and letters – impressive to say the least. As one may expect, there is a main section of this app which includes 26 letters, each with its own corresponding animal seen to the left of the screen. –Amy Solomon
Pango Imaginary Car is an app that allows children to create cars and other vehicles by combining various parts together. I enjoy this app. It is a concept that is not exactly unique, yet this is an app that is of very high quality and utterly appealing. The first thing one will notice when opening this app is color. A bright, sophisticated lime-green color makes up the background of the center screen where one builds his creation, dragging vehicle elements from the tabs seen left of the page. Eight tabs are included, with details that will create the body of the car, such as the front ends of a few differently shaped cars, trucks and a train as well as basic shapes that can be used to create a larger vehicle as well. –Amy Solomon
Most endless runners inspired by Temple Run take the standard behind-the-back perspective. Sure, Pitfall had a more dynamic camera angle, but that’s the exception. Cubed Rally Redline steps things up and does it from an isometric perspective, similar to developer Jared Bailey’s original version of Cubed Rally Racer that Android gamers sadly don’t have. However, where the game also differs from most 3D endless runners is in the number of lanes: there’s five to deal with here. Good luck. –Carter Dotson
Bombcats Special Edition is Radiangames’ entry into the casual physics-puzzler genre after an assortment of action-oriented titles and block-based puzzle games, and it stands out as a fun and addictive title. The gameplay can be best described as a hybrid between Angry Birds and iBlast Moki. The goal is to free all the bombkittens from their electric cages by launching the bombcats around the levels, eventually using their ability to “tele-splode” (so they don’t actually die) to free them from the cages. However, there’s a fuse on the bombcats, so getting them from point A to point B in a timely fashion is key! –Carter Dotson
Spelling Monster is a gift from heaven to parents with kids in the early school years. it incorporates several learning tools and exercises into the gameplay, which is wrapped in the pleasing veneer of an Android game. The main menu breaks the game into an adjustable word list and a bunch of mini games. The word list allows for the addition of just about any words, which is great for accounting for, say, vocabulary or multiple kids of different abilities using the app. The game list had five different games: Letter Pop, Missing Letter, Letter Catch, Word Traffic and Word Jumble. –Tre Lawrence
It’s been said that everyone has a good novel inside them. It’s just a matter of finding the time to write it all down! Book Writer might not be able to add extra hours to the day, but it can make creating a book that’s possible to read through iBooks or send to friends, much easier.
The app makes it simple to produce all kinds of books from photo books to cookbooks, manuals or even children’s stories, all through the wealth of options within. It’s simple to add photos or videos to a book, as well as resizes such images and move them around easily. It’s the kind of thing that would be great for collating memories from a special event.
Once created, it’s just as simple to share the book via iTunes, email or by printing the document, making it a great way to share creations with friends and family.
Book Writer is out now, priced at $3.99, and it’s an Universal app.
A little over two years ago, Jason Fanguy wrote up a review of Scanner Pro, a portable scanner app by Readdle (also known for other popular file management and productivity apps like Printer Pro and ReaddleDocs).
Many updates ago, when Scanner Pro was on version 1.2.5, Jason described the app as “best in class,” the interface as “refreshingly clean,” and was amazed by the clarity of the text-heavy documents he scanned. Now, many updates later, Readdle has released the 4.0 version of powerful Scanner Pro. This update focused on making Scanner Pro the best scanner app for the iPad.
Since the new iPad boasts such a powerful camera, it’s become the ideal device for an app like Scanner Pro. It’s now a universal app. But the iPad version isn’t just a scaled up version with better graphics. The app has been completely redesigned with the iPad in mind. Other important new features include faster image processing, folders to organize scans, and a search by name or date option.
Three major updates later, Scanner Pro is the same price ($6.99) as it was when Jason reviewed it two years ago.
I used to play both the piano and guitar. And one of the minor, but quite annoying, tasks that I had to do was try to turn a page in my sheet music while still playing the song. I wish I would have had an iPad and an app like MagicReader.
Most prominent of features in MagicReader is the ability to turn a page by simply turning one’s head. The app uses the front-facing camera on the iPad to detect when the user is turning his or her head and then flips the page for them. Uses for non-musicians include reading while eating, reading while typing on a keyboard, and reading while holding a baby.
MagicReader can use PDF and Zip files formats. Also, image formats that can be used include .jpg, .png, .giff, .tiff, and .bmp.
Developers plan to update with new features including landscape mode and hands-free book selection. MagicReader is available for free on the App Store.
Chillingo has announced that they are partnering with Icelandic developer Plain Vanilla to publish a new children’s game for iOS. Entitled The Moogies, this app is intended to be a sort of interactive toy. Children can interact with the various characters and their environments, seeing how each item reacts to the child’s touch. As well, the Moogies react to voice input, so kids get to explore this world on iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch in whatever way they want. The app will be a premium one, with no advertisements, in-app purchases, or external links.
Joe Wee, Co-General Manager of Chillingo says “As more parents adapt to using iOS devices for educational and entertainment purposes, debuting a new children franchise on this innovative platform makes a lot of sense. The Moogies is a fantastic example of how creative apps can transform a child’s learning experience.” The Moogies will be adorabling themselves on the App Store in November as a universal app. Until then, check out this announcement trailer for the app showing what it’s all about.
Like it or not, the PDF document format is here to stay. Originally created as Adobe’s proprietary attempt to undercut Microsoft’s document format, the PDF has not only become widespread, but in some cases it has even become the defacto standard. One such case is when documents need to be filled out and filed on the web. Unfortunately, the were no options to handle this kind of interaction on the iPad until PDF Expert came around.
The app was so well received that it managed to land a four and a half star rating here at 148Apps, in our official review. Along with the obvious ability to read PDFs on the iPad, some of the other standout features included the ability to both highlight and notate the text, as well as efficiently using the real estate available on the iPad. But the application’s developer, Readdle, wasn’t willing to rest on their laurels, despite the product’s stellar launch.
In fact, they just released an update that address a number of different issues that were brought to their attention by already satisfied customers. Here are some of the additions that were made:
Static Adobe LiveCycle forms are supported.
“Submit” and “Email” actions works.
More than 100 small improvements related to sync, annotations and forms.
PDF Expert allows to submit values filled into PDF form fields with full compliance with Adobe specification. Mid-sized and large businesses rely heavily on this feature of PDF forms to capture the data from many people, like customers, students or focus groups.
Desktop tools like Adobe Acrobat Pro or LiveCycle allows anyone to create such form and embed “Submit” button directly into the page. Once user fills out the values, he or she only need to tap the button to send filled data to form creator.
As much as we loved the app the first time around, you can bet that these updates will help further forge PDF Expert into a well rounded product. It is thanks to feedback from you, their customers, that aid in making products that much better. So give yourself a pat on the back, and this irreplaceable app a download. We’re sure you will find it just as useful as we did.
Bio: Web developer by day, Mac and iPhone developer by night.
- Created iPodderX, the world’s first podcast client
- Wrote “Optimizing Your Website for Mobile Safari” prior to the SDK being released
- Loan Shark was chosen early on by Apple as a “Featured” app, and is also featured in Apple’s own “iPhone Your Life” pages.
Finishing up our interview with August, I ask him about what it is like being an iPhone developer in the lime-light, or Celebrity Developer. He talks about how much fun it has been to break out of the traditional role from time to time, and how it has really helped out his programming business.
I also get his opinions on Apple’s filing to have jailbreaking iPhones judged illegal, what that means to the development community, and how jailbreaking is actually beneficial to the App Store and making the iPhone a popular development platform. August also tells us why he has avoided it.
Most importantly, August gives us the breaking story about the soon to be released app, YOWZA!!, and how it will change the way you shop and use your iPhone.
Listen to how August met Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman on Heroes) on Twitter, and joined forces with Rick Yaeger from MacMerc, to create a whole new business model for an iPhone app, and how they have tackled the problems of turning your iPhone into a money-saving shopping tool! And it’s going to be FREE!
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I'm not a scientist or medical professional so I can't attest to all of Papers' merits, but I can tell you that it appears to be a robust app that comes with a fine pedigree: The OS X version of Papers won a 2007 Apple Design Award for best scientific application for the Mac. Since Papers for the iPhone syncs with the OS X version, it allows you to leverage scientific research already in hand and also includes several search engines so you can not only take your research library with you on the go, but also add to it.
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