While many great apps are free or only cost a few dollars, some more powerful apps can quickly creep up in price. Thankfully, the Microsoft Store features frequent sales so that you can get these apps on the cheap. This week you can save big on an app for taking notes, a powerful media player, and more.

Taking notes: Penbook

Penbook supports a variety of digital paper including graph paper and notebook paper. You can use it to sketch, take notes, or calculate math equations. It also can be used to import PDFs that you can then mark up and draw on. It's a great tool for keeping a variety of content organized. It's normally $20 but is currently on sale for $10.

$10 at Microsoft

Photo editing: Adobe Photoshop Elements

Photo editing doesn't require a subscription. Adobe Photoshop Elements allows you to make collages, remove objects from backgrounds, make edits to images, and more. It's an excellent alternative to more expensive photo editors because it has enough power for the average user. It's on sale for $70, down from its standard price of $100.

$70 at Microsoft

Enjoying media: Scorpio Player

This media players supports a long list of file formats and has an impressive feature list. You can control your content using touch, gestures, your phone, keyboard shortcuts, and the Xbox One media remote depending on the device you're using. It even supports advanced subtitle features including bilingual subtitles and the ability to copy and paste subtitles. It's usually $15 but is on sale for $3.

$3 at Microsoft

Light party: hueDynamic for Hue

This app controls your Phillips Hue smart lights and can sync your lights to either audio or video from your PC. You can have your lights flash like a disco to the beat of music or have them change color to extend the colors on your screen. It can also be used to enhance the level of control of Phillips Hue hardware by giving you multiple options for buttons on your smart light switches. It's on sale for $5, down from its normal price of $7.

$5 at Microsoft

Catching up on content: Nextgen Reader

This RSS reader integrates with Feedly so you can stay up to date with all of your favorite content. It has a minimalist design and a light or dark mode. It's normally $6 but is on sale for just over $2.

$2 at Microsoft

The Microsoft Store has at least a few good apps on sale just about every week. hueDynamic for Hue is an incredible app that lets you extend your media to your smart lights and also enhances your smart hardware. If you're looking for a media player, Scorpio Player has an impressive feature list and is available on both Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One.

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