iPad Apps Of The Week: VLC, Origami, And More

You're a musician, a media junkie, and an all-around family man/lady — in other words, you've got a lot to juggle. So here are some apps to easily squeeze into your life and take some of the pressure off. Go on, champ, you deserve it.

VLC: Hey now! VLC, the bestest fastest sweetest codec-iest easiest to usiest and every positive -est adjectie there is video player around, is now available (again) on iOS. If you're looking to play videos on your iPhone and iPad, VLC is probably going to be your best bet. The app also lets you adjust playback speed, tweak brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. and supports subtitles. It's a welcome return to VLC which was kicked out of the App Store in the beginning of 2011. [Free]

Origami: No one wants their parents on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media site they might be busy embarrassing themselves on. They surely don't want to see pictures of you on the verge of consciousness every night and you certainly don't want them posting embarrassing things in a public forum. Origami keeps things private, so everyone wins. [$5/month]

Apple Logic Pro X: Apple just announced a new version of its top-end music production software. It's been four years since Apple updated its professional editing suite, so there's a long list of upgrades in Logic Pro X. The improvements range from an overhauled interface to an iPad controller app to a new automatic drummer feature to help fill in your song when you can't get a drummer into the studio. It's available now. [$209]

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