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Name: Magic Window
Quick Pitch: Magic Window turns your iPad into a virtual window with magical views of beautiful scenes.
Genius Idea: Magic Window’s creator calls it “the ultimate in relaxation apps. If you are often stuck in a room with no window or a bad view, Magic Window is for you.”
The app lets users choose between ten stunning scenes to act as virtual screensavers of a sort. The vistas offered incude sunsets, mountain scenes and even a fireplace. The user can adjust the speed of the passage of time in this app, as well.
Here’s an overview of how the app works, as well as an idea of what the graphics are like:
Magic Window is currently featured in the “New and Noteworthy” section of the App Store. It’s holding a #1 in the entertainment category and is #14 in overall grossing apps. The current list price at press time is $2.99, although marketing copy states the app usually sells in the App Store for $9.99.
Magic Window’s creator, Josh Michaels, is a former Microsoft employee. He’s been developing mobile applications for 2 years, and this represents his first big success.
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