Used to be, if you had an idea for the next billion dollar app, you'd just sketch it on the nearest piece of paper. Napkin lets you do the same thing, right on your phone. Designed to be quick and nimble, it offers some surprisingly advanced features, including the ability to add layout boxes, icons, text labels, and photos from your camera roll to the canvas, with a grid that keeps everything tidy. It also offers support for layers, uses simple taps and drags for control, and automatically saves your design for later when you close the app. Ideal for app developers, mobile web developers, or design nerds in general.
Maps. Information. And killer technology. Fatmap Ski is your new skiing companion, offering ultra-high resolution 3D maps and fly-throughs, designed by skiers with details descriptions, slope gradient information, user ratings, and comments. It also brings you comprehensive resort information, the ability to pinpoint your location, stat tracking and sharing, and if you opt for the Freeride packs, freeride mapping and profiling, gradient heat maps, avalanche zone warnings, and altitude segmentation. A must-have app if you spend a lot of time on the slopes.
10-day forecasts and hyper-local alerts are great, but when severe weather is headed your way, you want as much information as possible. Storm is ready to provide it. Built by the pros at Weather Underground, it boasts the highest-resolution radar imagery available on the iPhone, with interactive animations for both past and future data. It also offers advanced storm tracking capabilities, and real-time weather alerts powered by a network of over 100,000 personal weather stations. Plus, it's free, so even if you're reluctant to give up your Dark Sky, there's little reason not to give it a try.
Notifications can be handy. Managing all the apps needed to get them is a hassle. Hooks is here to help. This app offers over 100 different "channels" for custom alerts, including everything from sports scores by team and Flickr updates by user to TV show airings, temperature drops, and even when a website goes down. In total, you have access to over one million different alerts, all manageable in a clean interface. It'll also work with the Apple Watch, so you won't need to get out your phone to know when your favorite company's stock takes a dive.