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Windows 8 updates rolling out for Fantweestic! and OneNote

Fantweestic

As well as a number of Windows Phone app updates, new releases have also been hitting the Windows 8 Store, which include both Fantweestic! and the official OneNote app. So what's new in the new versions for both Windows apps?

First we'll tackle OneNote for Windows 8, which appears to be a minor update adding a handful of languages. That's all the release notes detail so we can't vouch for anything else being included in the latest version. Should you locate an improvement of feature we've overlooked, be sure to inform the gang in the comments.

Moving onto Fantweestic!, the highly rated Twitter client for Windows 8. The app was recently made free, which was to encourage consumers to get in touch with developers and provide constructed feedback. So long as feedback and reviews / ratings continued to flow, developer Liquid Daffodil would maintain the 'free' tag.

Fantweestic!

Unfortunately, the app is back up to its original $10.99 price tag. We reached out to the developer for clarification, but the amount of feedback didn't pave way for the free period to continue beyond 24 hours. The flip-side is the price refresh comes with an update.

So what's new to merit the price increase?

  • Added expandable Web Viewer toggle!
  • Added ability to show "My Mentions" in Quick Columns!
  • Added more and refresh functionality to Search!
  • More coolness and fixes!

Consumers who aren't reading our coverage on the app, who then believe it's free to begin with, are more likely to throw up 1-star reviews and not take the time to contact the developer for suggestions and issues reporting than one who has made an investment. This is an issue Liquid Daffodil wanted to avoid but evidently couldn't.

We have been informed they'd love for it to remain free again should consumer participation remain high though. They are extremely receptive to add themes into the app, so if you do have suggestions, be sure to get in contact with the team!

Here's what the developer had to say on the free period for those who did actively participate:

"We got great support and participation from fans out there and we’ve had phenomenal chatter about fantweestic! on Twitter, etc. We were inundated with a slew of great Theme requests, had a number of great emails from fans asking for features and making comments. It was exactly what we’d hoped for. I don’t have the updated numbers but it looks like high hundreds (maybe thousands) of folks took advantage of this scenario and got a great app for free, which is the win/win."

You can download both Fantweestic! (back up to $10.99) and the OneNote app from the Windows 8 Store.

QR: Fantweestic!                 QR: OneNote for Windows 8

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Jatin Mehta says:

The price tag is pretty high. But looks like a great app. Does not have a "Try" option otherwise would have tried it.

jhoff80 says:

OneNote has had that same changelog for the last 2 or 3 updates.  It seems the Microsoft apps haven't really been keeping up to date changelogs in general.

David Ray says:

Is this site going to turn into Windows Central? I'm perfectly ok with that btw as long as it's WP7-WP8 and W8. 

bbennett40 says:

Wondered that a few times myself.

exyaster says:

Well I always thought that they could go back to calling it Windows Mobile and theme talk about all the mobile versions of windows. Which in this case is now everything.

bono5112 says:

I DL'd for free and contacted developer for a Yankees theme... Within 30 minutes I had my Yankee theme. These guys are hardworking. They are an asset to windows 8 and wp8

Codesmith says:

Thank you for those comments! Sincerely! We love happy fans! :)

dhaoracle says:

What did it really update??? Because it still does not auto update at all. So what really is knew??

Codesmith says:

Unlike alot of developers, we find fans appreciate smaller updates more often. This update incorporates most of the things fans requested in email, such as the ability to expand the in app Web Viewer to a wider width, enhancements to Hotkeys, and some miscellaneous fixes. Although some folks would like "auto update", it's actually a rarely requested feature, so it will be in a major update, not a minor one.

dalascby says:

Wow, didn't know about this or that it was free for a while, would have loved to have participated. I would love to compare it to Tweetro+ but $10.99 is too steep for a "try out".  Any chance that you'll offer it free for a couple of days again? 

Kale Flagg says:

Have heard so much positive reviews about the app,and the updates have promise of better performance. I would love to give it a try. - Kale Flagg