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Wordsmyth review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 26th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMOOTH SEARCH
Wordsmyth is a refreshingly chill take on Boggle.
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Spelltower+ review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 30th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: POLISHED REWRITE
Spelltower+ is an incredible overhaul of a really great word game.
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Alphabear 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 11th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BEARLY UPGRADED
The sequel to Alphabear doesn’t change things up too much, but that’s ok. It’s still pretty great.
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Sushi Cat: Word Search Game review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 27th, 2018
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: UNREMARKABLE URAMAKI
This word game is cute, but otherwise forgettable.
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Sidewords review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 20th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SPATIAL SPELLING
Sidewords turns the traditional conventions of word games on their heads in a way that is truly unique and fun.
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7 alternatives to Microsoft Word on iPhone and iPad

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 24th, 2015

When most people think "word processor," Microsoft Word comes to mind, and usually not because people are particularly fond of that piece of software. Most accept it as the defacto word processor of choice because of its ubiquity in offices all over the world, but would prefer something a little less bloated or perhaps more specialized.

Luckily, there's lots of folks out there looking for a better word processor and the App Store has a ton of them.

Here are seven different takes on the word processor, each of which is equally viable and offers something unique.

Android's Popular OfficeSuite Now Available for iOS

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 30th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Once only available for Android devices, OfficeSuite has finally landed on the app store. The Mobile Systems app lets you view, edit, create, and share Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents as well as convert them to/from PDFs. It's touted as being like having a desktop on your phone.OfficeSuite supports Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and iCloud so you can save and share easily.

You can download the free version of OfficeSuite, or puchase OfficeSuite Pro for $9.99 or OfficeSuite Premium for $19.99.

Zynga Celebrates Five Years of Words With Friends By Making it New

Posted by Ellis Spice on October 10th, 2014
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Zynga's Words with Friends will be hitting its fifth anniversary very soon, and to celebrate 7.7 billion games played (and many, many uses of the word "qi" over the past 1800ish days), the game has been refreshed into New Words With Friends - now with some much-requested features.

The most requested feature was Solo Play, which now makes its début in the updated version of the app. Solo play allows players to practice without an Internet connection or direct opponent, with the game adjusting to the level of the player to still provide them with a challenge.

Community Matches, meanwhile, allow players to opt-in, search through a series of profile cards, and find themselves potential new opponents to face off against. Profiles are also new, with stats including high score, number of games completed, and average word score now available to show off to both your friends and recent opponents.

New Words With Friends is available now on the App Store and is worth 99 points free to download.

4 Snaps Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on May 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SNAP HAPPY
Could 4 Snaps be the next big thing in social gaming? Most definitely.
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Microsoft Releases Office 365 Software Suite for the iPad - Includes Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Posted by Rob Rich on March 27th, 2014

Today Microsoft has confirmed that Office is on its way to the iPad. In fact, the entire suite (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) is available now for free, with a subscription service available for full functionality.

Word is in many ways the same word processing program that you're no doubt already familiar with, only retooled for touch screens. Tables, charts, graphics, a table of contents, and all those other useful features are available on your iPad. Charts and other images that have been imported from Excel can be edited from within the app, and text will dynamically adjust around these items as you drag them around the page. Co-op features are also built in, which will allow multiple users to edit a document simultaneously in real-time across a number of different devices. No worries about things getting too confusing, though. It's also possible to display markup so that you can see what edits have been made, have conversations with your fellow users within the margins, and so on.

Excel carries over all the familiar features from its PC counterpart, along with the obvious changes for a touch-based interface. You can sort through chart layouts quickly and easily, and the app will even make recommendations for you with samples that use your data. Even the keyboard has been adjusted to cater to iPad users, with a customized numeric keyboard that should make data entry a lot easier.

PowerPoint allows you to import and edit your slides and images, includes all those popular transitional effects everybody seems to love, and has added some new functions that are specific to touch screens. First, you can call up a digital laser pointer by tapping and holding your finger on the screen, in order to make it easier to point out specific elements in a presentation. Second, you can add annotations by drawing highlights directly on the screen.

All of the apps in the Office 365 series also share data across multiple devices (iPhone, iPad, PC, etc) using Microsoft's OneDrive service. The entire collection is available now, for free, and uses the Office Mobile subscription-based model. So you can opt to pay $9.99/month or $99.99/year (family) or between $60.00/user/year and $180/user/year (business) in order to access the complete list of features across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Bonza Word Puzzle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on March 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE CROSSWORD REINVENTED
Put down the newspaper, Grandma! There's a newer, more exciting, more challenging crossword available.
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Word Puttz Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on February 17th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: WORDS WITH PUZZLES
Words games played with friends may not be nearly as popular as they once were, but that didn't stop the makers of You Don't Know Jack from spinning the popular genre, giving it a new outlook on life.
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Wordrop Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Stacy Barnes on September 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLEETING ADDICTION
It’s not raining men, or cats and dogs, but it is raining words and word game adrenaline junkies might want to hop on board. This is not for the faint-hearted academic; speed is the name of the game.
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Depixelate Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: PIXELATED SCRAMBLE
Decipher pixelated pictures and fill in the blank in this new word game.
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Polaris Office Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on July 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOBILE OFFICE SOLUTION
Polaris provides users with a way to view and edit MS Office documents on any iOS device thanks to its intuitive interface and many impressive features.
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