Welcome to our weekly installment of Picks of the Week at iSource where we provide our expanded coverage of Apple accessories and applications Here we will promote our favorite iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and Apple TV related items, as well as bring you occasional tips and tricks. Hopefully many of our favorite items will also […]
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iSource Picks of the Week

Welcome to our weekly installment of Picks of the Week at iSource where we provide our expanded coverage of Apple accessories and applications Here we will promote our favorite iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and Apple TV related items, as well as bring you occasional tips and tricks. Hopefully many of our favorite items will also be of interest to you. Please feel free to comment on our selections, and suggest picks of your own. Check out this week’s picks after the break.

 

NFL Flick Quarterback  [ v 1.2 ]

Picked by: Brandon K

Now that my hometown Detroit Lions are all out of roar, I found a neat way to fill the Stafford-sized void in my life:  NFL Flick QB for the iPhone.  It has quickly become one of the most-used apps on my phone.  The gameplay is simple enough.  As you can probably guess by the title, you flick to throw the ball.  You don’t move your QB (you can juke, though).  You don’t worry about fumbles.  You just focus on throwing… and juking some wannabe-sackers.  The QB editing options are sparse (just name, number, and team), but this game isn’t about options.  It’s about throwing in one of four uniquely fun modes (not counting the training drills).  The basic mode has you trying to find your receivers between some corners and linebackers.  As you would expect, it starts out simple but gets progressively more difficult.  Then there’s a “play against the clock” mode, which I’m sure you can figure out.  Then there are two trick shot modes where you aim for barrels instead of receivers.  The game also keeps track of your stats through all four game modes; I’m at 13,085 career yards.  Game Center support is also present, but it’s nothing really to bother with, except for keeping track of where you stand progressing through the eight ranks, starting with draft pick and ending with hall of famer.  I definitely recommend you check this game out, especially since it’s only $0.99.

$o.99 [ iTunes ]

 

Wallpapers by GelaSkins  [ v 3.5.1 ]

Picked by: Patrick

I have to thank Thomas for making me aware of Gelaskins, the superb, ultra-thin skins for iPad, iPhone and other devices. I’ve found that for me a Gelaskin is the perfect companion for my iPad 2 and Apple Smart Cover. Apart from their ultra-thin, light qualities the best thing about Gelaskins is the great range of unique and striking designs they offer. My pick for today is the excellent wallpapers app from Gelaskins that brings all these beautiful designs to your iDevice home and lock screens. The designs range from Van Gogh and other impressionist scenes, to MC Escher works, to abstract art and the glorious madness of Ralph Steadman.

The app’s UI is kept very simple and very easy to use – so you can fully enjoy all the content, and there’s lots of it. You can even choose a wallpaper and then go get a Gelaskin that matches it to apply to your iPad or iPhone.

Free  [ iTunes ]

 

 

Words With Friends  [ v 4.10.1 ]

Picked by: AliciaB

My pick this week is the Zynga app Words with Friends for iPhone.

I have played Scrabble ever since I could spell and also played Yahoo Literati for years and years so I am no stranger to playing Word games, both with people I know as well as those I don’t.  I decided to take a closer look at this app ever since Alec Baldwin’s widely covered slap-on-the-wrist early December.  After tentatively testing it for a few weeks, I decided to make my experience ad-free by purchasing it for 0.79 EURO cents (0.99 US).

How do I like Zynga’s take on Word Games for the mobile generation?  I like it a lot.  It turns out that this may be the only (although never say never) Zynga game that I may decide to keep.  I had de-Zynga’ed my life a few years ago after a phase of intense virtual farming and cooking, managing quite well to ignore requests, gifts and all sorts of nags to come back.  Now I’ve find myself playing 3 parallel games with my sister who resides in Trinidad as well as 2 parallel ones with a fellow iSourcer who shall remain nameless especially since he beat me in our first game (oh the shame!).  The rules are straightforward so I won’t repeat them here.  The app and its experience is well done, easy to understand and strangely satisfying.  The aspect“with friends“ is a great step in the right direction.  Getting notifications that my sis has finally played her turn is pretty cool.  Splurge on the paid version to enjoy hassle-free sleuthing.

$0.99  [ iTunes ]

 

Knowtilus Pro  [ v 2.0 ]

Picked by: Jay

This week I am recommending an intriguing universal app called Knowtilus Pro. What seemed to me like a over-hyped web browser at first glance is proving to be a potent suite of tools with a browser at its core.

Included in this handy little suite are:

  • Tabbed web browser (where tabs can be stacked to see more than one website) that “automatically strips ads and banners”
  • Text Editor space (plain, HTML, or Markdown)
  • Text-to-Speech reader and translator
  • RSS reader
  • Sketching tool
  • Sharing through social network sites
  • File saving to Dropbox, Evernote, etc.
  • QR Code reader (iPad 2 and iPhone)

The browser shares its re-sizable screen with a Text Editor so you can copy, paste, and edit the content of web pages and your notes. Highlight, doodle, draw, on your text or webpage, and save a picture copy to your photo album, email a copy to a friend, or share it through your arsenal of sharing sites.

Download and save content content to read later when offline; have Knowtilus Pro  translate and/or read text aloud through its embedded digital assistant (with 28 voices to choose from); highlight a word and select “Knowtilus Options” to choose from a huge menu of options – read aloud? Search for that word on the page, at Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, Bing, or Dictionary? Copy to your text Document?

Confused by all the possibilities? Check out Knowtilus Pro’s YouTube Channel here to see it in action!
$3.99 [ iTunes ]

 

 

Week Calendar  [ v 4.2 ]

Picked by: Renkman

Week Calendar is one of those apps that just keeps getting better.  I reviewed the app when version 1.5 had just been released in September of 2010.  It was head and shoulders above the competition then.  You never feel like it needs to get any better, but with every iteration, it just does–and that’s a good thing!  Too often applications in the App Store just don’t evolve or update in a timely fashion.  One of the things I like best about Week Calendar, is how responsive, and approachable the developer is.  You have suggestions, comments or problems, you WILL hear back from the guys at Utilitap–usually within a day or less!

Satisfied customers can’t say enough about the customer support…

I sent an e-mail to Week Calendar asking how to specify the duration of a recurrent event; just a few minutes later I got the answer – outstanding support. I fully recommend this app.

This is an excellent excellent app. The author is responsive to questions and feedback. Thank you for the “duplicate and move” action button.

Week Calendar is such a full feature app,  your going to be blown away by what you get for $1.99. You can configure as much as you’d like, with every color, view and detail you can think of–truly the epitome of customization.  Version 4.2 is no slouch either.  Take a look at the “new” features in the most recent update…

– premium calendars
– Rolling month view: always start at the current week and show one month in advance
– search improvements: fuzzy matching, search on contacts or colors, recent searches
– Random Colors: select a random color for new events, templates or as default color
– Drag & drop in the all-day area
– VoiceOver improvements
– Added option to recur events on the 5th of the month
– All-day alarms under iOS5 are now set at the start of the day, rather than at midnight
– More compatible icons
– Go to 1st occurrence Menu Action
– Duplicate and Move Menu Action

$1.99  [ iTunes ]

 

There you have it! Hope you enjoyed this week’s installment of Picks of the week. Please let us know what you think, and share with us some of your favorites.

 

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