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App Wrap: "Fresh Paint," "Lionel Battle Train"

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Fresh Paint

Yes, there are loads of apps for kids and adults to doodle and paint on mobile devices, but few give you the feeling that you're really painting with real paint, minus the mess. One that most definitely does is called Fresh Paint. If you can spring for a $40 capacitive paint brush, a paint brush designed to work with mobile devices, it is almost a certainty that even the most jaded technologist will have that "wow" moment.

Most likely, it'll happen when you start mixing oil paints and you see how every bristle seems to hold paint just like they would in real life, as the paints blend with one another just as they would in real life. The same goes for when you start painting on the virtual canvas, as the paints will blend and spread just as they would on real canvas.

The benefit to doing this digitally, though, is that if you do want to paint on top of previous strokes without blending, you don't have to wait several hours for the first strokes to dry. Just hit the fan button on the bottom and anything you've already laid down is no longer wet.

There are, as you might imagine, several virtual brushes, sizes, tools, and painting surfaces to choose from.

"Fresh Paint," which incidentally, you can also do with your finger, is a free app for Windows 8 devices.

Lionel Battle Train

Another age old hobby gone digital: Lionel Corporation, the company that's been making model trains since 1901, has just released "Lionel Battle Train."

You are the conductor of a virtual version of the classic toy making deliveries in order to earn money. What's that money for? Well, there are little trains shooting at you, and you can try to run them off the track in order to protect yourself and your cargo, but often times there are several, which means you need to shoot back. The money you earn goes towards tricking out your train with different weapons and defenses to help you get from point A to B safely.

For real Lionel aficionados, you'll be happy to know that you can choose to take the helm of one of four three-engines: The General, Santa Fe, FT Diesel or the New York Central Flyer.

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