Merry Christmas, happy Boxing Day, and a fine Friday to everyone else. With the new year less than a week away, this will be the final installment of 5 Intriguing Apps of 2014.
This week, our favorite Twitter app made the official jump from beta, bringing along with it a plethora of new features, and a classic online word game made its way to Windows 8.1. There are also a few apps that grabbed my attention in the Windows Store, that I will share with you.
Along with shedding the beta tag, Tweetium added a whole lot of new features, including a new theme system, improved user interface, multiple photo uploading, and a host of other improvements and bug fixes.
If you are a Twitter user and have not tried Tweetium, you are missing out. Whether you just use the basic client or pony up for Tweetium Pro, it is likely the finest Twitter client out there.
And as a true universal app, you can get it for Windows and Windows Phone for one fair price.
- Download Tweetium for Windows 8.1 ($2.99, buy once, buy everywhere)
- Download Tweetium for Windows Phone 8.1 ($2.99, buy once, buy everywhere)
Words with Friends
Zynga's smash hit game is a Scrabble clone that pits you against your Facebook friends and other online players. With its move to Windows, Word With Friends is now a universal app, so now you can pick up any of your devices and continue your battle of words.
- Download Words With Friends for Windows 8.1 (Free)
- Download Words With Friends Windows Phone 8.1 (Free)
Coollage is collage-making app for photo-editing-challenged folks, like myself. It really couldn't be easier to use unless it came with someone to move the mouse for you. All you need to do is browse to the photos that you want included in the collage and add them to the list. Then select Create and see the end results. You can easily edit the collage by dragging and dropping the photos into position.
Once done, you can save the picture or share it with others.
Coollage is technically free, but the free version limits the resolution of your collages and watermarks them. In reality, I cannot imagine sticking with the free version. If you are not very handy with photo-editing software or just want an easy way to make collages, check out Coollage.
- Download Coollage Windows 8.1 (free, $2.99 to remove ads and watermarks)
How to Cook Everything
Recipe apps are fairly common in the Windows Store, but that doesn't mean they are all good. How to Cook Everything is one that every cook could benefit from, regardless of your level of expertise.
Based on the best-selling cookbook by New York Times food writer Mark Bittman, How to Cook Everything is a comprehensive culinary reference. Though it is packed with delicious recipes from all over the world, this app is beyond just a cookbook.
It is also a guide for learning about kitchen equipment and techniques. The illustrated how-tos will instruct you on everything from sharpening knives with a steel to cleaning a squid. And it is all searchable and sharable from within the app.
Novices and seasoned cooks alike will love this app. For less money than just about any cookbook, the $6.99 price tag is a steal.
Last up this week and this year is VLC for Windows 8. As you may know, VLC is an open source media player that is available on just about all platforms. It plays almost any multimedia file type, including FLAC, OGG, and MKV, regardless of the codec.
While VLC is still in private beta testing for Windows Phone, it is available free of charge on Windows 8.1. If you are looking for a versatile media player in a modern-style app, this is the one.
- Download VLC for Windows 8.1 (free)
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