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Free iOS Apps Today: Download Paid Apps for Free, June 26, 2017

Here is your weekly dose of free iOS apps to download.

Note: These apps are free as of this writing; they will go back to their regular price anytime.)

Paid apps for free today

Ratio Rumble

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he battle is on in this game where you build your own potions! Create ratios to win this mixture mix-off!

Ratio Rumble supports mathematical learning about equivalent ratios, and is relevant to Common Core topics such as:

•Identifying ratios when used in a variety contextual situations
•Providing visual representations of ratios
•Solving common problems or communicating by using rate
•Explaining why ratios and rates naturally relate to fractions and decimals.

This app was developed as part of the Math Snacks initiative. Additional games, animations, and teacher support materials are available at http://mathsnacks.org.

Developed by mathematics educators, researchers and game developers at the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University. Games developed by the Learning Games Lab undergo a rigorous instructional design process, extensive user testing, and input from learners, teachers, and researchers. For more information about the NMSU Learning Games Lab, visit http://learninggameslab.org.

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Reckless Getaway

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Description

Who’d a thought robbing the bank would be the easy part? Now comes the real challenge – to escape with your hard-earned loot having the fuzz hot at your heels!

Weave in and out of oncoming traffic; dodge, outrun or ram pursuing police cars
and just generally crash, smash and thrash your way through 16 varied levels.

Let’s face it: beating someone across the finishing line is a lot of fun,
but not nearly as much fun as tackling them into oncoming traffic to watch
chaos ensue. The Developers behind Reckless Racing now brings you Reckless Getaway!

FEATURES:
– 16 eye-popping, visually amazing Tracks
– Simple and effective controls
– Unlock new tracks by being Reckless and earning stars
– Game center enabled, show you’re better than the rest and complete all achievements!
– Astonishing physics brings chaos to another level

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Who Am I – ugly face cam face crop & fog face iswap

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Take hilarious pictures of yourself and your friends with WHO AM I Packed with many gut-busting, high quality effects, WHO AM I goes far beyond your average funny cam. Touch to tweak your creations in real time and share the laughs with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and email. WHO AM I is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

? WHO AM I FEATURES

• Take your pictures with a real-time WHO AM I camera
• Select your pictures in WHO AM I album
• Select your WHO AM I – see what will you look like Funny
• Match real WHO AM I effect to your funny face picture for a super-realistic funny face
• Custom your Funny Face picture with many effect
• Apply funny face effects to existing your fun photo
• Save your Funny Face photo to camera roll in high resolution
• share your Funny Face photo to social in high resolution

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Sketchworthy – Notes, Sketches, and Ideas

paid apps gone freeSketchworthy is designed as a beautiful and innovative way to create and manage all your notes, sketches, scribbles, and more. Create notebooks and pages of your sketches, annotate maps and webpages, add photos, text, draw, and more. The app takes advantage of new iOS 9 technology to offer an experience unseen in other note-taking or drawing apps.

SIMPLICITY MEETS FUNCTIONALITY
Sketchworthy is beautiful. Interfaces are clean and intuitive, and Menus are uncluttered and easy to navigate. Built-in help makes the app easy to learn and use. Yet despite its beauty and simplicity, the app packs a powerful productivity punch!

ANNOTATE EVERYTHING
With Sketchworthy, you can capture and save maps, web pages, and photos. Anything you capture becomes a page in your notebook, and can be drawn on just like any other paper. Mark up and annotate to your heart’s content with our smooth and fluid drawing engine, and bring your concepts to life.

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PhotoTangler – Best Collage Maker to Blend Photos

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PhotoTangler Collage Maker is a powerful image app that instantly turns your favorite photos into beautiful collages. It allows you to blend them together in unique and creative ways. It’s easy, fun, and the results look like magic! Just drop photos on the canvas, and watch PhotoTangler seamlessly blend them together with any other photos nearby. Anyone can get gorgeous, professional looking results, even with no graphics experience!

Unlike many collage makers out there, PhotoTangler does the hard work behind instantly blending and merging photos together for you. Instead of getting caught up learning grueling technical details, you can focus your time and energy on making gorgeous photo projects! Whether you’re using it for stunning social media pictures, general artwork, digital scrapbooking, to make a quick gift for a friend of family member, or even as a marketing tool for your business, the quick, high-quality results from this app will surely impress. PhotoTangler is a unique, easy and exciting solution to instantly merge photos into impressive collages.

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Installing and Using Python 3 On Your Mac

When you get a brand-new Mac, you might assume it’s loaded up with brand-new software. And for most apps, you’d be right. For underlying frameworks, however, it’s a different story. Brand-new Macs fresh from the factory floor still ship with Python 2.7.10, even though the most recent stable release is Python 3.6.1. This might seem like a pretty significant gap between versions, and that’s because it is. But newer isn’t always better. Python 2 is still the default language, but that’s likely to change in the coming years.

python 3 mac

 

It’s natural think that Python 3 is better because it’s newer. They wouldn’t be totally wrong: Python 3 includes some cool new features that Python 2 lacks. However, alongside those new features, Python 3 also has a problem. It’s not backwards compatible with Python 2. That means that programs written for a Python 2 interpreter won’t run on a Python 3 interpreter. Even fundamental commands like print and integer comparison work differently between Python 2 and 3, complicating the process of moving from one language to another. You can check out a list of the most significant changes on the Python 3.0 documentation.

But why hasn’t the whole world switched over to Python 3? The main problem is that there’s a lack of compelling motivation. Python 2 is a strong language, and only power users will get to experience the full benefit of Python 3’s new features. Plus, Python 2.7.10 is pre-installed on all Macs and a number of Linux distros. With the significant differences between the two versions and the work required to convert from 2 to 3, it’s hard to find strong reasons to move Python 2 apps to Python 3. It’s true that utilities like 2to3 make it easier to transform a Python 2 program into valid Python 3 syntax, but if you’ve ever used Google Translate, you know this won’t be perfect.

Unfortunately, Python 2 isn’t going to be around forever. The developers have set 2020 as the final year for Python 2 support, and everyone will need to transition their programs over to Python 3 by then. If you’re writing new programs in Python, you might be interested in starting to use Python 3. But first, you’ll need to install a Python 3 interpreter on your Mac.

Even if it isn’t the de facto standard, you can run Python 3 on your Mac today. You can even run it alongside a concurrent Python 2.7 installation without affecting the version 2.7 installation.

1. Download the most recent package from the Python website.

python 3 mac download page

 

2. Double-click the downloaded package and run the Python installer.

python 3 mac installer

3. Once the installer is finished, you’ll find a new Python 3.6.1 folder inside of the Applications directory. The installer also installed the Python interpreter and binaries in your /usr/local/bin folder.

python 3 mac application folder

 

4. This folder contains a GUI for launching Python applications called Python Launcher. It also includes IDLE, an IDE for developing Python applications, a link to Python’s documentation and miscellaneous documents.

python 3 mac application contents

 

1. If you want to run a Python 3 script or application from the command line, you’ll need to use the command  python3. Notice the difference when compared to the python command, which runs Python 2.7. If you end up using Python 3 as your primary interpreter, you can change this alias, but python3 is the default.

python 3 mac command line

2. Without additional arguments, the python3 command will invoke the Python 3 interactive interpreter. This allows you to type Python 3 code into the Terminal and run it on a line-by-line basis.

python 3 mac command line

3. If you do something a little more useful and run a script with the Python 3 interpreter, follow the python3 command with the path to your .py file.

python 3 mac command line

 

Launching Python 3 from the GUI

You can also run Python 3 programs from the Python Launcher GUI.

1. Open the Python Launcher found in “/Applications/Python 3.6.1.” (Note that the version number in the Python folder’s name will change with future versions of Python. Just look for the one that starts with a 3.)

python 3 mac application launcher

 

2. This opens the Preferences window for the launcher. The application is set to run everything with a Python 2 interpreter by default, but we can change that. Change the path under “Interpreter” to “/usr/local/bin/python3”, which is the default directory of the Python 3 interpreter.

python 3 mac launcher preferences

python 3 mac launcher preferences 2

3. Chose “File > Open…” from the menu bar. Then, select the Python program you want to run.

python 3 mac launcher open app

4. The selected program will now run. GUI programs will launch their visual interface, and scripts will run in the Terminal window.

python 3 mac launcher run app

 

You can also run Python programs with the GUI by adding the Python launcher icon to your Dock and dragging Python scripts on top of it.

Getting Python 3 running on your Mac ins’t hard. However, changing your coding habits can take some time. If you’ve been writing Python 2 for a while now, switching to Python 3 can be a tedious and frustrating process. You’ll have to update your knowledge eventually, however, so you may as well get started now, while you’ve got a couple of years ahead of you.

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Customize the Touch Bar with BetterTouchTool

Once you get past the gee-whiz factor of your new MacBook Pro’s contextually-aware Touch Bar, you might start to wonder if it can do anything useful. Fortunately, it’s capable of more than meets the eye. You can customize it using some built-in tools, or get serious about tweaking with BetterTouchTool.

Customize the Touch Bar with Built-In Tools

macOS does offer some built-in options for customizing the Touch Bar. They’re limited, but worth investigating anyway.

1. In certain system apps, you can select “Customize Touch Bar…” from the view menu.

customize the touch bar view menu

2. Then you can drag a set of preset options to and from the Touch Bar. It’s a lot like customizing the toolbar in an application.

customize the touch bar finder menu

The available palette of Touch Bar buttons will be different for each application.

Regardless of the app, you’re limited to the options made available to you by the app’s developer. You can’t create custom buttons or bind keyboard shortcuts to Touch Bar commands. That’s where customization tool BetterTouchTool comes in.

Using BetterTouchTool to Customize the Touch Bar

customize the touch bar bettertouchtool

BetterTouchTool has been a staple of macOS customization for years. It started out as a tool for customizing trackpad gestures, dramatically expanding the number of gestures available and the actions those gestures could trigger. Today, it encompasses nearly every input method available on the Mac, from the keyboard to the AppleTV’s Siri Remote.

You can create a Touch Bar button to trigger a specific keystroke, or bind it to one of the many pre-defined actions available through BetterTouchTool. There’s a long list of those actions available, so do some exploring to find out what’s possible.

Create Global Commands

Global commands are visible regardless of the focused application. Since global shortcuts will always be visible, choose wisely. You don’t want to clutter up precious Touch Bar space with rarely-used actions.

1. Make sure “Global” is select in the left-hand pane. Then click “+TouchBar Button.” This will generate a new, always-visible button on the Touch Bar.

customize the touch bar global command

2. Name the Touch Bar button. If you want to add an icon, click “Add Icon” and drag an option from the included set onto the icon box. You can also drag custom icons to the “Add Icon” box.

customize the touch bar global shortcut

3. If you want to trigger a keyboard shortcut with the button, click inside of the “Custom Keyboard Shortcut” box and enter the keyboard shortcut.

customize the touch bar global command

4. If you want to use a predefined action, select that option from the “Predefined Action” drop down menu next to the keyboard shortcut box. You can set either a keyboard shortcut or a predefined action for a button, but not both.

customize the touch bar global command

5. There’s no specific “Save” command in BTT, so the button will be available as soon as you set all the parameters.

Duplicating System Actions

You might notice pretty quickly that BTT’s Touch Bar buttons are visible right next to the Escape key. Since they’re always visible, you might duplicate Touch Bar buttons that already exist in the system menu. This way, you can have customizable buttons available for instant access.

1. Create a Global Touch Bar button.

2. Choose the always-visible action from “OS X Functionality” that you want to execute. For example, you might choose “Show Desktop.”

customize the touch bar duplicate macos actions

Create App-Launching Shortcuts

You can also create a secondary Touch Bar-based Dock using BetterTouchTool.

1. Create a new Global command.

2. Choose “Open Applications” under the “Predefined Action” dropdown menu. You’ll find it under “Controlling Other Applications.”

3. Select the application you want to launch from the pop-up menu.

customize the touch bar dock icons

4. Set an icon for the application. You can find simplified versions of many app icons by searching on DeviantArt. You can also use the app’s actual icon, found inside the Resources folder inside the application’s package contents.

5. Click “Advanced Configuration” to set an appropriate background color. Click “Save” to confirm when done.

Creating App-Specific Commands

As you might guess, I spend a lot of time using WordPress. It has a couple of key commands that I use constantly and yet often forget. For example, the command to set text as a second-level header is Opt+Ctrl+2. I can save myself the trouble of triggering the wrong command by assigning that keyboard shortcut to a Touch Bar button. Better still, I can create an app-specific command so that button is only visible when relevant.

1. To add a specific app to BetterTouchTool, click the “+” button on the left-hand size and select the app from the pop-up window.

2. Make sure you have the app selected in the left-hand pane.

3. Click “+TouchBar Button” to add a new button. This button will only appear when the application is open and you have the BetterTouchTool menu visible on the Touch Bar.

4. Set commands as normal.

Creating Button Groups

You can combine buttons into nested groups that only reveal their contents when tapped. This would be great for tucking away the secondary dock we created previously, or cramming a long list of closely-related or rarely-used buttons into a small space.

1. Click “+ Button Group” to create a new button group

customize the touch bar group

2. Name the button group and set an optional icon. This is the name and icon you’ll tap to expand the button group, so it should indicate the group’s theme or contents.

3. To add buttons to the group, click “+TouchBar Button” and choose “Add to Selected Group.”

customize the touch bar group 2

Conclusion

There’s more than one way to customize the Touch Bar. If you just want to move pre-existing buttons around, the built-in tools will be sufficient. But if you want to wield supreme power over your Touch Bar, BetterTouchTool is the program for you.

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Free iOS Apps Today: Download Paid Apps for Free, June 19, 2017

Here is your weekly dose of free iOS apps to download.

Note: These apps are free as of this writing; they will go back to their regular price anytime.)

Paid apps for free today

I Am Sober

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I Am Sober is a motivational companion app for tracking your sobriety.

**** As seen on the Netflix original series: Love! ****

Features:

• Sobriety clock
Track the hours, minutes, and even seconds of how long you’ve been sober. You can also see the total number of days you’ve been sober.

• Watch your savings
Tracks how much money you’ll be saving by not drinking alcohol (or using your drug of choice).

• Reach new milestones
Get special notifications when you reach key milestones like 7 days or 1 month. Add a memorable photo for each milestone that you can save or share.

• Get daily notifications
Reinforce your journey with daily achievement notifications that keep you focused on the path to recovery.

• Customize your experience
Manually configure your sober start date, habit, and notification times.

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Orderly – To-do Lists, Location Based Reminders

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“Orderly is designed based on how the human-mind visualizes to-do lists !” It is a nice and incredibly easy to use to-do list app, that features a breath-taking interface, seamless cloud sync, and comes with “Location Based Reminders”, so that the users never miss a to-do task at a particular location.

It is now updated with great features like unlimited categories or folders, and powerful search.

Orderly displays the to-dos using the APPLE’s bookshelf metaphor, so that you get a glimpse of your to-do lists without having to open them individually.

THE BEST part of the App is:

* Orderly automatically prioritizes your to-do list items by moving around those sticky notes between various priorities *

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Word Seek HD

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You’ve always loved word find puzzles, think you’re pretty good at them, too. Sure, it’s kind of a lonely game but you don’t mind so much. You have the words and the board to keep you company.

But wait, it doesn’t have to be like that! Playing word finding games isn’t a solitary pursuit anymore, now that there’s Word Seek HD. This app offers the very best in high-quality game boards and stunning HD graphics, as well as interaction with others who love word finds as much as you do.

If you enjoy playing Scrabble, Text Twist, Scramble With Friends, or Words With Friends, then we’re sure you’ll love Word Seek HD.

Avid users have already played more than 50,000 hours worth of Word Seek HD and hundreds of games are being played every single minute!

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PhotoWizard-Photo Editor

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Powerful photo editor for editing your photos on iPhone/iPod. Play with your photos, make photo editing fun.

Either on the full image or selectively apply filters with advanced image masking tools. Mask a portion of an image with a magic touch.

Apply any filter to the unmasked portion from a wider range of filter choices. Apply multiple filters to achieve custom effects. For example you can easily create color splash, hue splash, tilt shift etc. just by combining mask and filters.

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iVoice Maker

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Turn your device into Powerful iVoice Maker Machine. Super Crisp Voice Recording only with “iVoice Maker”

iVoice Maker is a Fun and Versatile Voice Recording application. Use it to record business meetings, lectures, and personal notes or sing & check how beautiful your voice is, without time limits!

————— Awesome Features——————–

  • Set your preferred recording bit rate from 12 kbps to 160 Kbps.
  • Write in Text to Voice box and play it via Multiple Speakers with variations of Pitch & Speed.
  • Save Recordings to Cloud Storage like Dropbox & other drives, Email or Post in Facebook.
  • Set schedule to play recorded files with respect to Time and Date.
  • Several Formats available to Record.
  • Super Crisp Voice Quality and Clarity of Sounds.

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How macOS’ Activity Monitor Like Power User

Activity Monitor does what it sounds like: it monitors the activity on your Mac, keeping track of the system resources that Mac apps are using. It’s a lot like Windows’ Task Manager, revealing all the apps and system processes that are currently running. You might have used Activity Monitor to force quit apps in the past, but the utility capable of more than just killing apps.

What Is Activity Monitor?

To launch Activity Monitor, type the application’s name into Spotlight or Launchpad. You can also find the application at Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor.app.

In the default view, Activity Monitor provides a table of all the currently-running applications and the amount of CPU “space” they’re taking up. It doesn’t just show user applications either – you’ll also see system processes and daemons.

There are five tabs at the top of the window: CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk and Network. Each of these tabs show data about that particular resource, and how much of it the app is using. Click on each category to see how much of a given resource all running processes are using.

activity monitor tabs

At the bottom of the window, you’ll find a graph with some high level data. This summary-level view is useful for quickly getting a handle on how much of your system is currently occupied. For example, under the CPU tab, you’ll see a graph showing the percentage of CPU power that system and user processes are using, along with a graph showing the same data. The graph and summary data changes contextually as you click on different tabs.

Force-Quitting Applications

When applications stop responding to your input, you’ll sometimes need to force them to close. You can do this by right-clicking in the Dock, but Activity Monitor can give you more information about what other apps have crashed, if any. Since Activity Monitor lets you see everything that’s currently running, it makes it easy to quickly identify applications that have hung or crashed and need to be put out of their misery. In any Activity Monitor tab, hung applications’ names will turn red. You’ll also see “Not Responding” appear in parentheses. When you see that, you know you’ll need to force quit an application.

activity monitor not responding

To force an application to close, click on its name. Then click the force quit icon in the upper left, which looks like a stop sign with an X through it.

Sorting Data to Find CPU Hogs

Like any table in macOS, you can sort by data by columns in Activity Monitor. For example, clicking “% CPU” will sort applications by the percentage of the CPU’s capacity that they’re using.

activity monitor sort by cpu percentage

You’ll quickly see which apps are using the lion’s share of your CPU’s capability. If your fans suddenly started spinning, looking at CPU-heavy apps will help you nail down the culprit.

Note that sometimes you’ll see apps using more than 100 percent of the CPU, or notice that all these numbers add up to more than 100 percent. This happens on systems with multi-core CPUs, since each core is considered 100 percent. That means a four-core processor technically has 400 percent processing capacity available.

Do You Need More RAM?

While Macs no longer allow users to upgrade their RAM, you can still use Activity Monitor to find out if you need more. This helps when buying a new Mac: you’ll know if you need more memory than you currently have, or confirm that the existing allotment is enough.

First, figure out all the apps you typically have open while you’re using your Mac. Then open Activity Monitor and Click the “Memory” tab up top.

activity monitor memory tab

Take a look at the graph on the bottom labelled “Memory Pressure.” Under light load, that graph will be green, indicating you have enough memory to get the job done. If that’s orange or red in places, that’s an indication that you need more memory than you currently have.

activity monitor memory pressure

For confirmation, take a look at the “Swap Used” field at the bottom of the middle column. If you have plenty of memory, that number should be at or very close to zero bytes. However, if it’s a high number, that means your computer is regularly “swapping” information from fast memory to slow hard disk storage. This can slow down your system significantly, and it means you don’t have enough RAM to support your current workflow.

Quitting Memory Hogs

Activity Monitor can also quit RAM-hogging applications to help free up your system’s resources. Click the “Memory” column to sort by the most memory-intensive applications. Once you have the list sorted, you can start closing applications that take up a ton of memory.

activity monitor memory management

Figure Out Which App Is Using Your Bandwidth

You can also use Activity Monitor to reveal apps using significant Internet bandwidth. If your connection has suddenly slowed, this might help get you back up to speed. Click the “Network” tab to reveal a table showing how much communicating each of your applications is doing. You can sort by “Sent Bytes” or “Received Bytes” to see which apps have been the most active.

activity monitor network tab

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