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New iPhone apps worth downloading: Switchcam, Outright update, Burt Defense

by Phil Hornshaw

Today's apps worth downloading list starts with Switchcam, an app that lets users band together to become their own iPhone-powered camera crew, recording events they attend from multiple locations and angles. Following that is an update to Outright, a free financial services app for small businesses, and Burt Destruction, a side-scrolling platformer in which players team up with Bigfoot to fight Yeti.

Switchcam (Free)

What’s it about? Become a member of an iOS camera crew along with friends or family with Switchcam, which lets you team up with others to record events.

What’s cool? Switchcam allows multiple users to create a camera crew, which makes it perfect for recording events as a group. It works by starting with a single person who acts as the event's “Director,” and that person then invites others to film an event as its taking place – be they friends, family, or whoever. Each member of the crew downloads Switchcam, shoots video, and uploads it to Switchcam's online servers, where the director can access and cut it together. It's a great solution for shooting things like kids' sports games, weddings, or what have you.

Who’s it for? If you've ever thought that combining forces with friends and family to document an event would be better than each of you working alone, check out Switchcam.

What’s it like? Get more movie-shooting capabilities with MoviePro and Pro Camera HD.

Outright update (Free)

What’s it about? Outright provides small businesses with free online bookkeeping features, making it easy to keep finances organized.

What’s cool? Outright is meant to make keeping track of finances easy for small business people by simplifying the grind of managing receipts and multiple financial accounts. The app helps users keep track of everything, from bank accounts and credit cards to PayPal and Etsy accounts. Its most recent update adds capabilities like adding receipt images to users' records and gas mileage tracking. All that information helps cut back on time spent prepping for things like taxes, and helps businesses keep track of their total finances as well as day-to-day spending.

Who’s it for? This one is specifically aimed at small businesspeople, so if you could use some help keeping track of your business's finances, check out Outright.

What’s it like? You can get more business financial help with Bookkeeper Zoo, and personal financial assistance with Mint.com.

Burt Destruction (Free)

What’s it about? Side-scrolling runner Burt Destruction has players fighting an evil yeti, transforming into a giant hulk guy, fighting mutants and grabbing coins.

What’s cool? Burt Destruction keeps things simple. A platforming runner, it keeps players using only a single control for jumping, but demands timing and precision as you work through its levels. Each is populated with insane henchmen bent on bringing about Burt's end, but you can use allies such as Bigfoot and power-ups that transform Burt into Big Burt in order to fight them off. Each level has players grabbing coins and avoiding death as Burt runs through them, and over time you can unlock cinematics that tell the game's story and additional costumes for Burt.

Who’s it for? Platforming fans and those who like their games a little crazy will get a kick out of Burt Destruction.

What’s it like? Check out Cordy and Wind-Up Knight for games with a similar set of controls and mechanics.

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