This week on the Free Apps Roundup: The holidays are over and chances are good you had to head back to work this week. CloudOn wants to help with their MS Office app that creates, views and edits Excel, Word and PowerPoint files. Now you can work anywhere. Joy. In case you’ve had enough work, you’ll enjoy the other great apps and games I found, all of which will only be free for a limited time.
- CloudOn – You had your one week of vacation last week, so it’s time to get back to work! For many of us, that means having to deal with MS Office documents. Thanks to CloudOn, you can create, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents right on your iPad. The only catch is that you need a Dropbox account, which is free, so it’s not much of a catch. What’s surprising is that you can even do more complicated things like create charts, change formatting, track changes, use pivot tables and insert formulas where appropriate. The app is pretty sophisticated and even has the ribbon you’ve come to love (or hate) at the top. Documents are saved automatically, and you can share them via email or your Dropbox account itself. This app is either a dream come true for productivity or a nightmare since you can now work anywhere. Enjoy?
- iFlurry – You know that one screensaver called Flurry? This is like that, only you get to control the particle system’s speed, size and stream count. It’s not really useful; it just looks cool. Free for a short time.
- Craigslist! – Browsing Craigslist is less than optimal on an iPhone, but this app reformats things for you to make it a much more enjoyable experience. It will find the closest Craigslist site based on your location, save common searches, view images full screen, search multiple cities, help you find directions to locations of items and much more. It’s an essential tool for Craigslist fans. Free for now.
- VideoFX Live – Camera.app does a great job at taking video, but can it apply effects in real time or even at all? I think not (yet?). It even allows you to edit various clips together after taking them. If you like taking video, it’s definitely worth a look. Free for a limited time.
- UnArchiver – Other apps will open .zip archives for you, but UnArchiver can handle just about anything. It does Zip, Tar-Gzip, Tar-BZip2, RAR, 7-zip and a whole bunch more that you’re even more likely to need to google just to verify they are actually compressed file formats. Opening these files is just great, but what do you do with it after that? Thankfully, UnArchiver can pass files off to other appropriate apps. Some things it doesn’t even need to, since it can handle it on its own. It can view pictures, play videos (TV out and AirPlay support). Files can even be shared via HTTP file sharing over WiFi, USB via iTunes or Email. Such a thorough app to be free, so it’s only free for a limited time though. Grab it now.
- HiCalc PRO – I love calculators. Big surprise. It’s your card into the geek club. So if you want to be a card carrying member, here’s one of the best ways to do it. HiCalc PRO contains 12 different kinds of calculators in one well-designed app. It has three modes: Standard, String and RPN. It converts units, handles time calculations, converts currencies, solves equations, graphs, does statistics and likely handles all of your math homework. It’s one of the best calculator choices out there, and it’s free for who knows why.
- Take Me Home – Here’s a unique game for kids (not necessarily determined by actual age;). You play as Neelo, who is lost in space. There’s no mention of robots alerting you to danger so let me do that for you. Danger! Neelo can’t breathe, so he has to move from bubble to bubble to stay alive on his journey home. That journey will take place in four different ways with over 96 levels. Free until they make it not so.
- Kunundrum – Want a mind challenge? Here it is. You’ll have to guide some glowing, sparking globes to their goals to clear each of 150 levels. If you enjoy a good logic puzzle, you’ll want to grab this one before they start charging again.