It’s the weekend and that means it’s time to take a look at the best sales on the App Store right now. If you’ve never tried browsing the full list of App Store sale items, you’d be surprised how bad the noise-to-signal ratio really is.
This week’s big savings come from Readdle, who are celebrating seven years of creating great apps. You’ll find their array of PDF and organisation apps on offer, as well as an open-world sci-fi adventure and one of the best platformers of the last four years.
Scanner Pro (
$6.99, now $2.99)
Readdle are having a sale, and Scanner Pro is currently less than half-price. The app turns your iPhone into a portable scanner, and in that sense it’s not unique. One thing we found out during our smartphone scanner app round-up is that Scanner Pro does just about anything you could want a scanner app to do: real-time edge detection, iCloud sync and integration with Evernote, Google Drive and more.
Calendars 5 (
$6.99, now $2.99)
Fellow author Dave LeClair reckons you’ll get on better with Calendars 5 than the default iOS app, even at its full price of $7. Readdle’s sale has reduced this to $3 for the meantime, so if you’ve been looking for a unified calendar and task management solution with proper Google Calendar Sync and a playful look and feel, Calendars 5 is it.
PDF Expert 5 (
$9.99, now $4.99)
If you feel like you live your life out of a series of PDF documents, PDF Expert 5 might be just what you need. The app is designed to make reading, annotating and even editing PDFs on your iOS device a cinch. Add handwritten notes, text and stamps or sign your PDF as if it were a paper document. You can merge multiple documents into one, and even fill out interactive forms. Few other iOS PDF solutions come close.
Printer Pro (
$6.99, now $2.99)
Designed to be something of an “AirPlay for printers”, Printer Pro allows you to print anything from your iPhone or iPad to your Wi-Fi or USB printer. The app depends on a companion app that runs on your desktop, which allows you to use the iOS “Open In…” dialog to direct Printer Pro at the files you wish to print. If your printer doesn’t support AirPrint but you still want to print via Wi-Fi, this is a great solution.
Arturia currently has a half-price promotion on both of their synthesizers. The iMini, the company’s faithful representation of the 1971 Minimoog and the iSEM, their iPad version of Oberheim’s 1974 SEM can both be picked up for the bargain price of $4.99 each. Both apps have full support for MIDI and can share audio with other apps via Inter-App Audio and AudioBus.
$1.99, now free)
Apple’s App of the Week this week is Deemo, a rhythm-action game from Rayark that blends a mysterious story with fast-paced gameplay that requires fast reactions. The game comes with 33 songs (with 99 variations), to be unlocked as you progress and more are available via in-app purchase. It’s a simple premise that takes skill and patience to master, and it’s definitely worth a punt for free.
Out There (
$3.99, now $1.99)
Described by many as being utterly “melancholic”, Out There is a dark sci-fi adventure set in a hard sci-fi universe that mixes elements of exploration and survival; resulting in a very difficult game that will have you trawling the forum for tips. There are over 300 different unique text-based adventures included, a main story with multiple endings, a crafting system, eight spaceships, various different alien races and languages and… no combat?
A Dark Room (
$3.99, now free)
Critically acclaimed, A Dark Room is a text adventure that takes place in a dark room. It’s a minimalist experience that has you setting traps, gathering supplies and recruiting survivors before you really know what you’re doing. The game fuses elements of interactive fiction, roguelikes and resource management to create a unique and imaginative RPG that’s different every time.
$4.99, now $2.99)
Playdead’s delightfully dark platformer needs little introduction, having made a huge impact on the indie game scene since its release in July 2010. Four years later and it’s still an enchanting experience as you guide a young protagonist across a hazard-laden landscape of traps, spiders and treacherous drops. If you still haven’t gotten round to enjoying Limbo, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of this offer.
That’s everything from Apps on Sale for this week, check back next week for even more!