I have been putting Ramp Champ on hold for a long time and was a little sceptical of it. With the update of Ramp Champ to version 1.1. IconFactory and DS MediaLabs decided to make it free until midnight e.s.t Monday, December 7th, complete with its four default ramps.

Yesterday, I downloaded Ramp Champ and have been addicted to it since. It is definitely a game that would be unique to the iPhone/iPod Touch and makes the device much more enjoyable. It is very iPhone-like and brings back memories of playing the actual games at fairs and arcades. It can be very frustrating when you can’t get the ball where you want and find it hard to put your iPhone/iPod Touch down.

Being an Iconfactory product, the graphics are beautifully designed. The physics engine is well done, although I sometimes deny my misses due to poor skills, and gameplay is engaging. You are also able to play you music collection while the game is running. However, it is noted on the site to disable sounds for smoother gameplay.

The aim of the game is to complete the goals given for each ramp and collect tickets to exchange for prizes. Every 500 points awards you with 1 ticket. The ticket idea certainly got my friends going when they saw it.

The game comes with 4 ramps with the ability to do in-app purchases of 4 more add-on packs with 2 ramp each.



To celebrate the release of 1Password 3 and Thanksgiving which is this Friday, the nice people at 1Password are giving away 1Password Pro for iPod/iPhone for free!

1Password Touch securely stores your important information and logs you into websites automatically with a single tap on your iPhone or iPod touch. No need to remember the username, password or even the website address. Your data is protected using the same state of the art encryption algorithm used as a national standard in the United States.

The give away is for 1Password Pro which has more features like copy and paste and better Mobile Safari integration. Don’t miss out your chance to get this great app for your iPod/iPhone. If you think this is great, check out 1Password for Mac


MacHeist has released a nanoBundle to keep us occupied till MacHeist 4 which probably won’t happen till quite a few more months. Till then, you will have the nanoBundle to keep you busy. Drop by MacHeist to pick up the licenses, you don’t even have to solve a puzzle. I believe most of us wouldn’t pay to get those apps but since its free, we might find some use for it. Here’s the line up:

ShoveBox App IconShoveBox
ShoveBox catches all those little scraps of information that you can’t act on now but would rather not forget. It sits up in your menubar, waiting for you to drag in text, images, URLs, and more.
It’s much like having a cork board up on your wall and you can just pop something up there for later. Might be useful if you’re doing research or just need to be more organized.

Writeroom App IconWriteroom
WriteRoom is a simple, but powerful app that provides you with a distraction-free writing environment. WriteRoom does one main thing and does it incredibly well: It’s all about writing…
This is one app that I have been considering getting my hands on. I love the idea of being able to black out and just focus on your writing. There are freeware on the Windows platform but I missed it after switching to Mac. MacHeist just put a huge smile on my face.

Twitterrific App IconTwitterrific
Twitterrific is an exquisite app that enables you to make the most out of your Twitter experience. It has a clean user interface that’s designed to take up little of your precious desktop space.
I would have been a very happy man if I got this a few weeks back but after switching to Tweetie, there isn’t much of an incentive to head back since the ads in Tweetie are actually unobtrusive and nice.

TinyGrab App IconTinyGrab
TinyGrab is a simple, powerful app that enables you to quickly share screenshots of everything on your Mac.
Having an app for taking screenshots is a great idea and with how easy TinyGrab makes it, its hard not to. But sharing them, I haven’t really found a new to do too much of that.


Hordes of Orcs App IconHordes of Orcs
Hordes of Orcs is a Tower Defense strategy game where you build walls and towers to defend your village from orcs gone rogue.
This is an interesting one, its a game. I don’t think I will be using this as I like to leave my MacBook Pro for work and using it for games just feels like I’m abusing it. Another time maybe?

MarinerWrite App IconMariner Write
Now unlocked. But there are only hours left to get the nanoBundle!
Mariner Write is a fast, streamlined word processor that’s useful for everyone… professional writers, educators, students, casual computer users, and everyone in-between. It has a simple, elegant user interface so that you can create beautiful documents the very first time you start using it.
I would like to give this a shot and see how well it works. Having Pages and Word on my MacBook Pro seems like overload so this would have to be able to replace one of them to make a spot on my MacBook Pro.

I’m exploring the apps, starting with Writeroom, to see if they could earn a spot on my MacBook Pro. Some might not be that useful to me but given the option to get $154 worth of apps free, you must be crazy to pass it by. Getting the licenses and taking your time to check it out is totally worth the minutes you’ll need to get a MacHeist account. And you can contribute in the effort to unlock Mariner Write.


The latest update for TouchOSC is now available in the iTunes Store. The change log includes:

  • Fixed problem with some characters in label texts corrupting layout
  • Added global option to enable/disable sending of ‘z’ messages
  • Received label strings are now interpreted as UTF-8

I have been looking forward for the option to turn off sending of ‘z’ messages as I don’t have any use for them at the moment and I keep having to turn them off in OSCulator. Not too sure how interpreting of label strings as UTF-8 is going to help as I haven’t had much experience with labels but I’ll post an update once information is released. Note: this update has even appeared on the TouchOSC site yet.


Something is happening at MacHeist! Quick hurry over and don’t miss out a chance to win a copy of DaisyDisk for free! As of this post, you have 3 days and 10 hours left.
DaisyDisk
DaisyDisk is a disk virtualization tool that helps you find out what is creating the bulk in your hard drive. The program scans any mounted disks and displays it on the sunburst map, where segments mean files and folders, proportionally to their sizes. It is much easier to clean out your disks when you see how much space the folders are taking up. I have managed to clean up my thumb drives with DaisyDisk after realizing the amount of junk that have accumulated on them.


TouchOSC ScreensI have always wanted a controller where I can easily map controls for my software and finally came across TouchOSC. TouchOSC is an iPhone/iPod Touch app which allows you to use the touch screen of the device as a controller. TouchOSC, as in the name, uses the Open Sound Control(OSC) protocol which transmits data over WiFi. This information can be used immediately if you have a software with OSC implementation or convert into a more popular format like MIDI with OSCulator.

It comes with 5 non-specific layouts for you to get started, or you can download the TouchOSC Editor from the website to create your own custom layouts which I highly recommend. The editor is very intuitive and easy to use. The only drawback with the editor is the lack of ability to reorder your pages. This means you have to plan your layout well before creating it as you can’t insert a page in between something you have created.

I have been using TouchOSC and OSCulator to trigger clips and control filters in Ableton Live. Working with a layout I have been creating myself, it makes Ableton Live a much better performance tool as I am able to perform multiple functions with one hand on the MacBookPro and the other on my iPod. The best tool in TouchOSC would be the XY pads and the labels. The XY pads allows you to have more creative sonic possibilities by changing two parameters with one control. Some might contest that you can map two parameters to one control but you would not be able to change the ratio between the two parameters without some inconvenience. Labels are great if you need to view visual feedback of control values. I found this out by accident when I mapped a MIDI CC output to my label and the label changed to reflect the current value of the controller. This could be useful to some who would like visual feedback of a particular set of value, with the editor this can be easily displayed on one screen.

With the ability to create a network with the MacBookPro, I can use TouchOSC where ever I choose to go without fear of not having a WiFi network to connect to. Connecting on a busy shared network could also pose problems with transfer rates although I have not attempt anything similar.

I highly recommend this amazing app to anyone who does music or video performances and has an iPhone/iPod Touch. You would definitely find some use for a customizable controller at such low price point. I understand that OSC has implementations outside of audio and video applications like controlling robotics and other interesting fields and this could also prove interesting for such applications.

TouchOSC in iTunes Store


Wordpress 2 for iPhoneChecking my tweeter feed was the first indication that WordPress 2.0 for iPhone was out. It’s a separate app from the previous WordPress app, its not very easy to notice and you’ll to download it again. Being a free app its a no brainer for those who are already using WordPress for iPhone.

The first thing you’ll notice is the cleaner interface, and more consistent controls with other apps. It feels faster than its previous incarnation and folder based navigation is replaced with the more common navigation button at the bottom of the screen. The refresh button is shifted from the bottom corner to the top of the page.

The huge ugly red delete button under the blog settings page is finally gone and replaced with the more popular method of sliding the entry to the left and the delete button appears.

Effort has definitely been spent in improving the moderation of comments as it’s probably what most people are using it for. Gravatars and author URLs now appear next to the comments. There is an option to filter just the pending comments to clean up your view. You still can’t edit comments, just approve or spam them.

The posts pages is quite the same, you still can’t view the status of the posts without opening them. I would appreciate if they split the posts according to their status like how they divide the Local Drafts and Online Posts. Writing posts doesn’t seem have changed from the previous version.

The Pages tab allows you to create or edit pages and its pretty much the same as WordPress 1.3 so no comments there.

Other points to note, the landscape option works much better now. It used to crash or glitch on me but it seems to be resolved now. The app opens in your previously viewed blog. Features highlighted on their blog are passwords are now stored in the keychain, autosave and restored of posts if network connection is lost, and fixes for connecting to self-hosted WordPress setups.

Couple more things to wish for, the ability to create new categories without being connected to the net. As most of you would know by now, I using an iPod Touch instead of an iPhone. I do my blogging, organizing my Things for iPhone, pretty much everything offline while on my bus ride home and sync everything once I get WiFi. The ability to work offline is a huge plus to every iPod Touch user. The ability to place photos in the middle of you post, it currently places them at the bottom of your post.