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Get-Appy: Holidays get boost of cheer with apps

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: December 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm •  Published: December 25, 2012

Get App-y today will eke out one last bit of Christmas cheer by offering a sampling of holiday mobile applications you can download onto your Apple devices, whether they’re new or old.

If you’re going for a final round of caroling and sometimes forget the words to the songs, then a local mobile developer wants to help.

Software engineer Steve Baranski, of komorka technologies, teamed up with his 14-year-old daughter, Emily, and with designer Blake N. Behrens of RadFive Creative in Oklahoma City to create the application “Tannenbaum — Illustrated Caroling Companion.” It is available for 99 cents on the iTunes store for the iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices.

The app combines the lyrics of 14 popular carols, interspersed with vintage holiday illustrations by Behrens. Deer Creek High School freshman Emily Baranski, a member of the Canterbury Youth Choir, chose the lyrics and then found related songs on the iTunes store that the app references (and that you can buy by clicking inside the app).

Baranski said it was a good opportunity to talk to his daughter about public domain lyrics, app development and related topics. Also new is a Christmas offering from Big Fish Games, whose previous puzzle/hidden-object games I have enjoyed as I worked my way through the stories. The one released this month, “Christmas Stories: Nutcracker Collector’s Edition HD” for your iPad, appears to be just as intriguing. It’s free to download, but unlocking the full game will cost you $4.99. It tracks the story of the Nutcracker as you explore the world in search of the evil Rat King and Mary, the princess he’s kidnapped.

For funny photos, try the Santa Bomb (free, MEDL Mobile) app to have Santa Claus “photo bomb” your photos. Take a photo or choose from your library and add a virtual Santa to it, then share with friends.

Thank You Note & Event Manager (99 cents, Manner Monday): Oklahoma City resident Carey Sue Vega, known for her cotillion and etiquette classes in the area, created a thank-you note organizer. Track gifts with photos and set reminders to write notes.

Your turn

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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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