Best New Apps You Cannot Miss, DuckTales: Remastered,Office Lens and More
With a bunch of April Fools’ Day pranks still making the rounds online, you may have overlooked some of this week’s best new apps. Luckily, each weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps, so you won’t miss out.
This week’s list includes Disney’s latest reboot of the DuckTales franchise, Microsoft’s new document-scanning app and an app that helps you share text with your Twitter followers.
Check out the gallery, below, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you’re looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can’t-miss apps.
Cite (Free, iOS.)
Cite joins a growing list of apps that enable users to capture screenshots of text — the company calls these “textshots” — from what they’re reading, and share them on Twitter as a photo.
Cite allows users to quote up to 380 characters of highlighted text by taking advantage of the iOS 8 sharing extension in Safari.
Keep an eye on: future updates, as developers say they will add more customization features, such as different color themes, in future versions.
Pro-tip: If users don’t use Safari as their main browser, they can copy links to Cite’s in-app browser to share clips of text.
DuckTales: Remastered ($9.99, iOS, Android and Windows Phone.)
Prepare for all the nostalgic feels: Disney brought back the NES classic DuckTales: Remastered in an almost perfectly executed reboot of the original. The gameplay is in the same style as its predecessor, although controls have been adjusted for touchscreen, graphics have been improved and the storyline has changed slightly.
Keep an eye on: the scenes in between levels. Disney got the original 1980s cast from Ducktales to voice the mobile version of the game, and dug up original art from the show’s archives, adding to the nostalgia factor.
Pro-tip: Scrooge McDuck’s signature “pogo jump” takes some getting used to on a touchscreen, but Ducktales does support Bluetooth gaming controllers if users have one.
Office Lens (Free, iOS and Windows Phone and Android preview.)
Microsoft brought its document-scanning app to iOS and Android this week. The app connects with OneNote, and enables users to upload photos of text from receipts, business cards, whiteboards and other locations. They can then turn the text into searchable documents.
Keep an eye on: business cards. Scan one, and OneNote turns it into a contact that users can automatically add to their phone.
Pro-tip: Office Lens supports a variety of file types, including PDF, DOCX, PPTX and JPG.
Todoist (Free, iOS and Android preview.)
Task manager Todoistt got a massive update on iOS this week, introducing two new ways to add tasks to projects, improved list views and new color themes. In addition, a new intelligent input feature makes it easier for users to add tasks to their list in natural language.
Keep an eye on: The other versions of Todoist will be given a similar update “soon,” according to the developer.
Pro-tip: Users can now add a task to the middle of a list using a two-finger gesture: Simply pull apart the area of the list where you want to add the task.
Lettercraft (Free, iOS.)
If you like casual word games that are also a brain workout, then Lettercraft won’t disappoint. Each level comes with an ever-changing grid of letter tiles, and players are tasked with finding as many words within the grid as possible before time runs out. Points are awarded based on the length of a word, and the levels get progressively more difficult.
Keep an eye on: the different gameplay modes (users must earn 20 stars before they can unlock “survival mode”). There’s also a multiplayer mode that uses Bluetooth, so users can challenge nearby friends.
Pro-tip: Users can pay for the full version of the game ($2.99) to get access to detailed stats on all the words they’ve ever made, their progress through levels and other details about how they play.