All the best new apps and app updates to land in the App Store this week [March 30 – April 3]

BY Kelly Hodgkins

Published 3 Apr 2015

app storeEach week, a new round of apps and app updates land in the iOS App Store. This week is no exception with the debut of Microsoft’s Office Lens app , Slate publishing tool from Adobe and a huge update to OmniFocus for iOS. These titles are only a sampling of what is available. Read on for our picks of the best new apps and app updates this week that you shouldn’t miss.

New and notable apps

  • Office Lens [Free] Office Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens can convert images to editable Word, PowerPoint, and PDF files.
  • Adobe Slate [Free] Turn your next newsletter, report, invitation or travel adventure into a gorgeous story that delights readers on any device.
  • Last Voyage [Free] Last Voyage is an adventure through space and mind in 5 unique chapters.
  • Marvel Mighty Heroes [Free] The universe is under siege and it’s up to you to assemble the most powerful team of fighters you can find.
  • Lazoo Art Box [$1.99] The universe is under siege and it’s up to you to assemble the most powerful team of fighters you can find.
  • Tinkerplay [Free] With Tinkerplay you can easily design and 3D print fun characters, scary creatures or anything else you can imagine using the built-in part library. Simply drag parts together and they snap in place, just like in reality.
  • Crazy Gears [$0.99] Explore a captivating digital playground in this tantalizing puzzle game! Children manipulate gears, chains, rods, and pulleys, to pull themselves through each level, which teaches them how different mechanisms affect one another when constructing a machine.

Updates you don’t want to miss

  • OmniFocus 2 [$39.99] With flexible viewing options, location-awareness, and on-the-fly task entry from just about anywhere, OmniFocus is the trusted system you need for managing everything in your busy life. Version 2.1.1 brings a variety of features including a customizable Today extension (pro feature), a new Review perspective for the iPhone and a tiled home screen (pro feature). The app also is a universal app that runs on both the iPhone and iPad.
  • Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic [Free] Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Version 3.9.4 brings a new traffic bar that shows how long you will wait in that jam, improved support for U-turns and a new way to learn which route Waze is taking with ‘Let’s go via’ voice instruction.
  • Microsoft Outlook [Free] The official Microsoft Outlook app designed for iPhone and iPad. Version 1.1.3 includes an all new design for the calendar event screen and lots of bug fixes.
  • Twitterrific 5 for Twitter [Free] Twitterrific is the award-winning, elegant Twitter client that’s easy to understand and a delight to use. Version 5.1.0 brings draft support, smart quotes support and a new muffling and muting feature.
  • Fantastical 2 for iPad – Calendar and Reminders [$6.99] The award-winning, best-selling calendar app has been redesigned and reimagined for your iPad with iOS 8. Version 2.2.5 adds Handoff support and a new 12 hours alert setting.

Apple’s App of the Week

  • Back to Bed [$3.99 → Free]Back to Bed is a 3D indie puzzle game set in a unique and artistic dream world, wherein you guide the sleepwalker Bob to the safety of his bed.

Apple’s “Best of March” and other highlighted collections

Apple this week updated the iOS App Store with its monthly selection of the most popular and noteworthy releases. These “Best of March” apps include the Great Games and Amazing Apps collection. Apple also highlights Autism apps for Autism Awareness Month and discounts a variety of photography and video apps as part of its “Amazing Photo + Video apps” promotion.

Top iPhone and iPad Apps in the App store

Know of a new app or app update that is not on the list? Then share your personal favorites in the comments.