Twitterific 5: New design, same quality
I reviewed Twitterific 5 some months ago and concluded at the time that it was one of the best Twitter apps for the iPad.
I am pleased to say that nothing much has changed in that respect, despite the introduction of the redesigned iOS 7-compatible app with a flat user interface, the new typography and the new virtual keyboard.
The app continues to draw some parallels with the design of Windows Phone, and remains easy for switch between Twitter accounts, while there are enhanced buttons at the top for writing new tweets, viewing messages and favoriting items.
So far the changes sound subtle but there have been some more distinct upgrades. You can now open links in Chrome for iOS and add items to Apple's Reading List bookmark service, while the new sidebar to switch accounts is convenient.
Cleaner Zite makes news reading more enjoyable
I am a huge fan of Zite and use it on a daily basis for seeing what’s happening in the industry as well as in other areas of interest; such as sports, politics and journalism.
Like many others, the news aggregation app (free, iTunes) updated to support iOS 7 prior to the launch and now sports a cleaner, flatter and smarter interface. The font is new and easier to read, the card layouts support bigger images, and articles really pop out at you when you turn pages.
One other minor change sees some enhancement of the ‘Quicklist’, which is less crowded and generally easier to digest than before.
Photo Editor Aviary
Photo Editor by Aviary has been a popular image editing app on iOS some time now and was one of the first apps to move across to iOS 7 (notably, it no longer supports iOS 6 which seems to be a new trend from developers).
Now on version 3.0, Photo Editor by Aviary has a reimagined, very visual user interface. As before, you swipe between your photos with a neat new feature being that the background matches the color of your photograph.
Once you’re happy with your selection, you can tap icons at the bottom to edit, share or to take a new photo using the iPad camera. Other icons for settings and shop let you reorder the tool selection or buy new premium effects, frames and stickers.
You can share images via Facebook, Twitter and email as well as Chinese social networks Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo. Flickr and Tumblr support, however, appears to have been dropped.
AroundMe is useful for on-the-go directions
One of the less-heralded new apps for iOS 7 when it comes to directions and map information is AroundMe, which this week updated to version 7.0.1.
Available for free on the App Store, the app uses your location to see what is nearby. A split-screen view shows your location and a left-hand-bar for finding bars, bars, coffee shops, taxis petrol stations and more.
When tapping on your chosen selection, the map pinpoints its whereabouts on the map. Tapping on the information bar shows a pop-out box with contact information, a link to a search on Google and even tips and reviews from Foursquare.
You can also send contact information via iMessage, Mail or Twitter, add a result to your contacts and get directions for walking or driving.
The only downside here is that what is otherwise a very fluid and flat design is spoiled somewhat by ads.