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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring an easy way of digitising your documents, a trip around the world and an app for defacing friends’ photos.

Image: YouTube/80 Days

EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.

This week includes an easy way of digitising your documents, a trip around the world and an app for defacing friends’ photos.


ForiOS, Android

Cost: Free (basic), €4.49 (pro)

- Printers are slowly going the way of the dodo and, with them, scanners are becoming rarer fixtures in homes and offices

- Scanbot lets you use an iOS or Android device’s camera to scan documents at up to 200 dpi resolution and save them as either a JPEG or PDF

- It includes technology to reduce blurring and it also has built-in “perspective correction”, which can straighten up an image before it is saved

- The free version covers all the basics, but the pro features pack some punch – like automatic word recognition to produce searchable and copyable text from an image

- Scanned documents can be sent straight to cloud services like Dropbox and they can also be edited for a quick crop or note to be added

Source: doo GmbH/Vimeo

80 Days

For: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire

Cost: €4.49

- This retro-themed game has been getting rave reviews and has made a bunch of “best-of” lists already this year

- Set in the “steam-punk” world of 1872, players have to make their way all the around the world from London and back again using various kinds of transport – and against the clock

- Based very loosely on the Jules Verne classic, Around the World in 80 Days, it’s an interactive adventure game from the team at Inkle Studios

- The game is heavily story-based, with your choices pushing the main characters (you play Passepartout, French valet to Verne’s lead character, Phileas Fogg) down different paths to produce new plotlines

- There’s a lot of freedom in how the game plays out, making it a good option for repeat playing even once the 80 day goal has been cracked

Source: inkleStudios/YouTube

Stickered for Messenger

For: iOSAndroid

Cost: Free

- OK, this app has no practical purpose – but that doesn’t stop it from being a good diversion from doing something more useful

- The add-on to Facebook’s Messenger lets you put stickers on photos then send them to friends via the messaging app

- Most of the stickers are cutesy cartoon characters or emoticons, which means it will probably appeal most to younger users. Or Hello Kitty fans

- You can easily cover faces or do other customisation jobs with the stickers – which can be stretched and shrunk as necessary – before adding a caption to the image

- The Android version came out last week, but Facebook only released the iOS version on Tuesday



For: iOS, Android

Cost: Free (regular), €1.79 (pro)

- SuperBeam is designed to make it easier to send big files between devices without fiddling with cloud solutions or chewing up battery life using BlueTooth

- It uses WiFi to hook up the device to a partner – that could mean transferring between a smartphone and a tablet, or to a PC using either the companion software or web interface

- Devices are linked using a QR code or a manual sharing key (Pro version only). It remembers paired devices so you only need to go through the hassle of the process once

- An Android version of the app has been out for a while now, but the iOS version has only been released this week

- If you’ve got an Apple device the app makes less sense because it doesn’t have Android’s WiFi Direct feature – which allows transfers to be done without the devices being on the same network



For: Windows Phone

Cost: €0.99 (free trial)

- One of the best options if you want a YouTube client for Windows Phone since the Google-owned video-sharing service pulled its flawed client from the OS altogether

- MetroTube has been around for a few years now, but it just got an update – adding support for playlists to the continual-playback feature that was included earlier in the month

- It now supports videos in qualities up to Full HD and the user interface was also recently upgraded to look prettier

- Most of the features are the same as you would expect from a YouTube client, like the ability to like and comment on videos, and log in for favourites and subscriptions

- You still can’t upload and share videos direct to YouTube from the app however, so another third-party app is needed to send your content to the site


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Peter Bodkin  / Editor, Fora

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