Getting apps for free is all well and good, but they’re usually either full of in-app purchases or just not very good. What’s really great is when a paid-for app goes free for a limited time, because not only do users get apps for free, but the developers also get some added publicity as well as the chance to get a healthy bump up those all-important Apple App Store rankings.

So yeah, we like apps that shouldn’t be free, but are for a limited time. Which is why we’re going to tell you about nine that we’ve come across very recently that would have cost you a bit of money not too long ago and, if you wait too long, probably will in the future too.

Why wouldn’t you download them now while they’re free?

ICOON global picture dictionary ($0.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

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Phrase books are OK, and iOS apps that take those phrase books and turn them into apps are good. What’s great though is an app that does the translating for you, but takes its cues from logos rather than you having to type anything. That’s ICOON, and it’s sold very well in book-form before now, and it’s just as good in the digital realm, too.

Download it on iTunes here.

Enpass Password Manager ($4.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

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Security is important these days, so having all your online accounts live behind the same, weak password is never a good idea. That’s why apps and services that put all your strong passwords in one place and then makes accessing them as easy as pie are all the rage. Enpass is one such app, and it allows cross-device syncing using Dropbox or iCloud, so you can take your passwords with you.

Download it on iTunes here.

Zombie Gunship ($0.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

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It may have plenty of in-app purchases, but we’ll let Zombie Gunship off seeing as it’s just so damned good. Stellar reviews abound, this iPhone and iPad game is a must-have, especially while it’s free.

Download it on iTunes here.

AllBudget2 ($0.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

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Keeping track of finances can be a difficult thing in this day and age, especially if you’ve got money going out all over the place like we seem to. There are plenty of iOS apps that can help make money management a little easier, and AllBudget2 is one of them. It’s free, and is a universal app so will work on both iPhones and iPads. What do you have to lose by trying it, at least?

Download it on iTunes here.

MagicalPad HD ($3.99 – FREE / iPad)

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MagicalPad HD is one of those apps that we can’t really explain here. You need to go and download it just to get your head around what it’s capable of, but let’s just say this: MagicalPad HD could theoretically replace your task management app, your outlining app, your note-taking app, your brainstorming app, your…

You get the idea.

Download it on iTunes here.

ProCam XL ($0.99 – FREE / iPad)

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All updated for iOS 7 and looking great, ProCam XL is a camera app for the iPad. Capable of both taking still photos and videos, ProCamXL looks lovely but also has plenty of options and toggles to back the good looks up. Again, at the bargainous price of free, what’s not to like?

Download it on iTunes here.

Movie360: My Movies, My Life! ($4.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

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A movie-taking app with a few interesting features like the ability to pause recording instead of stopping and starting, Movies360 brings plenty to the table that the stock iOS Camera app does not. If you’ve found the stock option lacking, then this is worth checking out. Especially if you like filters.

Download it on iTunes here.

Mad Skills BMX ($0.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

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With over 40 challenging tracks to compete on, Mad Skills BMX should keep you plenty entertained. Racing against competitors while performing tricks, gamers will be able to play on either their iPhones or iPads and, even better, it’ll have cost them nothing!

Download it on iTunes here.

PDF Connect ($5.99 – FREE / iPhone and iPad)

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A universal app and representing quite the saving, PDF Connect is a powerful PDF annotation, signing and scanning application that will do just about anything you throw at it. If you’ve been holding off buying an app for handling PDFs because of their price, then now is the time to pick this one up.

Download it on iTunes here.

You’re off to download all of these right now, right?

Note: These apps are available for free for a limited time only. Download them as soon as possible as these deals usually don’t last for more than 24-hours after posting.

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