The Best Apps of the Week, Part 42

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Bright and dark mode: The user decides in iA Writer under which theme he writes his texts (Montage: Gronau)

Write distraction-free: iA Writer has had to compete in this topic for months with my favorite text editor Ullyses. A new big update at iA on iOS 13 brings both programs at eye level. For example, the latest version of the application finally provides support for multiple windows on the iPad. Thus, the app can be opened in parallel and multiple documents can be edited simultaneously. Different iA Writer windows can be combined with different apps in several places on your iPad. The files can now also be obtained from external drives and stored on them. In addition, there is support for the introduced in iOS 13 Dark Mode. Optionally, of course, the white theme or the system-wide adjustment depending on the position of the sun. Also very handy: It is now possible to take screenshots of a whole page. Furthermore, the developers donate the support for more gestures. Version 5.3 is a big step forward. What is still missing, but is already possible with Ulysses: iA Writer continues to be understood not on native shortcuts actions to either create documents or retrieve.

Price: 9,99 Euro for iOS / 32,99 Euro for macOS / free with in-app purchases for Android

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Todoist

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Todoist has expanded his powerful app to manage tasks and projects with Foundations (Photo: App Store)

With a significant improvement this week, the popular ToDo App Todoist, a task and project manager (especially for teams) score points. Basically, the German localized application can be tried for free. The activation of premium features costs 3.99 euros / month or slightly reduced 35.99 euros / year. The upgrade to version 12 is under the motto Foundations. The first innovation concerns the function “Sections”. Here you divide tasks into specific areas. So own tasks are assigned to individual groups by drag’n drop. Teams who work in subdivisions on a project may feel addressed. Even a division by weeks (week 1, week 2, etc.) is conceivable. The “Tasks” section has also become clearer, which can show subtasks in detail by briefly tapping the task. The new dynamic add button allows you to drag the “Add” button to exactly the point of the task where it makes sense. The presentation of already completed tasks now looks much better. New buttons make it even faster to add tasks. For the future, so-called boards are planned in Todoist, which has become almost too powerful. You then display the ToDos graphically even more appealing.

Price: free with in-app purchases

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Todoist is not only available for iOS and Android, but also for macOS (Photo: App Store)

NBA NOW Mobile

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With the start of the NBA season, Gamevil recreates its managerial game (Screenshot: Gronau / App Store)

The NBA season 2019/2020 has started. Fittingly, Gamevil has brought NBA NOW MOBILE into the app stores. The German localized basketball game is suitable for real fans of the sport who are not afraid of one or the other in-app purchase to play their favorite sport on the go. You play against players from all over the world and take on the managerial role of winning the NBA title for the team of your choice that you put together yourself. Controlled by one-touch through the various modes. The real NBA statistics affect the player ratings. There are Achievements for correct forecasts. The controls are kept simple and therefore suitable for beginners and advanced players of managerial games. However, the whole game needs a permanent internet connection, offline you can not gamble. Hardcore basketball fans will enjoy NBA NOW MOBILE, though Gamevil may overdo the frequency of promo stock or in-app purchase pop-ups.

Price: free with in-app purchases

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Yelp

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The New View of Yelp on the Apple Watch Series 5 (Photo: Yelp)

Owners of the new Apple Watch Series 5 with compass should definitely load the Yelp app. The fresh update of the restaurant guide extends the watch support with a practical function: The app now supports the compass function. Thus, you can not get lost and always find the right direction when you aim at a restaurant. The compass needle is updated in real time. Do you turn, the digital display rotates accordingly. If you’ve added your personal preferences to Yelp, watchOS6 will display a list of personalized recommendations on the clock. A heart symbol (“For Her”) serves as a quick identification. “By the way”, Yelp has also refreshed its app visually, including an updated scroll interface.

Price: free

to download for iOS

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YES! App: The non-profit application links cancer patients and relatives in the form of a “digital self-help group”. In addition to the exchange, YES! Information, contact addresses and hints on counseling offers. Brand ambassador is the model Stephanie Giesinger (ex-winner of GNTM).

Price: free

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Babylex: Does my baby already speak so many words for the average baby? The University of Göttingen has developed this test app, which does not understand itself as a means of performance, based on studies of the US University Stanford. Parents enter the words that the baby already articulates. Then a score is determined which can be compared to the mean.

Price: free

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ROME Total War Alexander: The powerful build-up game of Feral Interactive (“Lara Croft”, “Sid Meier’s Civilization”), which was previously available only for the tablet, can now also be played on smartphones. If you already own the tablet version, you can upgrade to the new universal version for free.

Price: 5.49 euros for iOS / 5.99 euros for Android

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