By Douglas Applewhite
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Ions was selected by Apple as a New and Noteworthy app in February and was the #1 Entertainment app for nearly a week! Ions was then selected as a Staff Favorite in March!
Control up to 20,000 particles of light! Ions is an addictive virtual sandbox where you can create dazzling patterns in realtime. Ions runs at 60 fps and really shows off the power of the iPad. There are infinite creative possibilities with Ions - you won't be able to put it down!
Use your fingers to either paint with ions or interact with them. Place emitters to control where new ions are created and their initial speeds and directions. Then use fields to either attract or repel ions, altering their velocities.
Accelerometer support allows the ions to respond to gravity. You also have five different looks to choose from; each one completely changes the appearance of the ions. Additionally, you can save and load your favorite layouts at any time.
What's New in Version 1.1.1
Saving works again! Added workaround for iOS bug that caused saving a layout to crash Ions.
Awesome fun time waster!
When you need something entertaining and fun to do, look no further than to this app. I bought for $.99, and it is one of my most played apps. All around fun, and definitely worth the money. If I could make any changes, I would add arrow controls to the field pop-up controls for fine editing of the strength of the attract or repel, when playing with ions on low speeds I sometimes take 5-10 uneccesary minutes fine tuning the strength of the field. also, allowing for a raise of the ion cap would be fantastic. Test out the true capabilities, because even at 20k ion bits, the graphical abilities of the iPad don't show any strain.
Otherwise, Keep It Up!!!
An excellent app!
I'm not quite sure how I stumbled upon this app, but I am glad that I did. I have spent hours playing with the app, mainly trying to come up with complex patterns that keep the ions from leaving the screen (when they leave, they disappear until the emitter releases a replacement). It's an app that's full of eye-candy but has some nice physics involved. Also, to top it off, the developer is very helpful. I recommend this app to everyone I know and show it off to my friends as often as I can. Give it a chance, you really can't go wrong for the price!
Please update with more control - *read*
I love this app - I want to be able to create a system. A hybrid of this app along with something like "electrons" app where we could assign / draw boarders with ( + or - ) charges would be fantastic. Please consider some of these suggestions and update this. Also a fun - but unnecessary feature could be 3d tv AirPlay like Vito's solar system app would be fun too.
This app has spurred countless 10's of hours of pure creative brainstorming for me. Please give us more ... Please