It’s time for another “Ask the Editor” post today. A big thank you to everyone who sent in their questions – it’s great to have the chance to help you out with your Mac-related queries and quibbles.
Some of the topics covered this week include how to recover data from a failed hard drive, setting up your own application to sync with Google Tasks, re-installing system software from your OS X recovery disk, and adding an extra hard drive to your MacBook Pro.
Read on for plenty of handy Mac knowledge, and I hope you’ll find most of it useful for your own situation as well!
We’ve picked the ten lucky winners, and I’m pleased to let you know that they are:
- Jaime Chereau
- Tio Istivi
- Mark Preuss
- Matt Adams
- Mats Hage Eikemo
Congratulations! We’ll be in touch with your license codes soon.
Competition Now Closed
It’s competition time again, and today we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of either GarageSale for Mac or GaragePay. Both of these excellent applications can help make eBay and PayPal easier to use, bringing the experience to the comfort of your Mac desktop.
We have five licenses for each to give away, and will be picking ten winners. Entering just requires you to leave a comment on this post, letting us know something interesting that you’ve bought or sold on eBay. It could be anything – from an iPod, to an old pair of socks!
We’ll be picking the ten winners at random in one week, on Thursday Feb 3rd. Best of luck, and be sure to give both of these applications a try if you’re a regular PayPal or eBay user!
It’s time for another “Meet the Developers” interview today, and I’m excited to let you know that we’ll be talking to Ruotger Skupin of iwascoding. If you’ve ever thought about using a Mac or iOS application for eBay, you’ll have undoubtedly come across their flagship piece of software – GarageSale.
Today we’ll be talking about the iwascoding team, a typical day working as a developer, why the company decided to focus on building software around eBay and PayPal, and offering plenty of tips for any readers thinking about developing an application.
I hope you enjoy the interview!
It seems as though the recent news of Steve Jobs taking another period of medical leave was dominated by how the announcement would affect Apple’s stock. This always angers me a little, as it’s a blatant example of people caring more about their money than the wellbeing of another person.
Of course shareholders have a right to be informed of the situation – possibly more so than Apple makes clear from time to time – but ultimately, we should be happy to take a step back and accept that prying into the situation isn’t going to make life easier for Apple’s CEO.
Shareholders who value and believe in Apple as a company will be investing for the long-term, and appreciate that Steve has created a culture that goes far beyond what any one person contributes. In the short term, Apple will cope just fine (as they have done twice before). And even if Steve decides to step down as CEO permanently, everything we know and love about Apple will continue onwards.
The debate raging around Apple’s share price does raise an interesting question – how many AppStorm readers are financially invested in Apple as a company? I’d love to know if you are, and whether you have any thoughts on this whole issue.
Let us know, and do share your thoughts in the comments!
I’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to our weekly sponsor, Postbox. This is a wonderful email client for OS X, that goes far above and beyond the functionality of Apple’s own Mail.app.
The latest release of Postbox brings an array of fantastic functionality, some of which we covered a few weeks ago. This includes a unified inbox, account groups, improved conversation views, and “Quick Actions” for replying to messages.
I’ve been a faithful Mail.app user ever since buying my first Mac, and never found a reason to try anything else (I never fell in love with Gmail’s interface). But after trying out Postbox a few months ago, I haven’t looked back. It’s fast, beautiful, and I’m continually impressed by the little features that make it a pleasure to use.
If you’re growing tired with non-existent updates to Mail.app, I can’t recommend Postbox highly enough. It’s the best desktop email client I’ve ever used, and you should absolutely give it a try today.
I’m pleased to let you know that the competition is now closed, and we’ve picked the following five lucky winners!
- Rodrgo Leon
- Robin Lundgren
Your licenses will be on the way shortly! Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who took part.
Competition Now Closed
We have another competition for you all today, with a chance to win one of five licenses for the excellent Smaller.
Entering is really easy. All you need to do is a post a comment below. The competition will run for one week, and I’ll pick five winning comments at random on Thursday 27th Jan. Best of luck!
Apple is known for often being one of the fore-runners in adopting new technologies – Firewire, ExpressCard, and Mini DisplayPort spring to mind. But equally, the company can be ruthless about dropping the inclusion of features they no longer feel to be relevant.
Blu-ray is an interesting outlier, and it isn’t obvious whether Apple is planning to adopt the technology yet. As themselves a video distributor through the iTunes Store, choosing to include an optical format that’s almost exclusively used for HD films would not necessarily be in their competitive interest.
Apple is a purveyor of the benefits of downloadable content – whether that be apps, music, or HD movies and TV shows. It even seems that they’d ultimately like to move away from optical media altogether, as is the case with the MacBook Air.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with this. I rarely use the DVD drive in the MacBook Pro – a couple of times per year at most – and I wouldn’t think twice before purchasing a machine with no optical drive at all. I don’t own any Blu-ray equipment or media, and am content downloading HD content from the iTunes Store.
But do you feel the same? Or is it Apple’s duty to support a wide range of formats – especially widespread standards such as Blu-ray? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Sponsoring the site again this week is an increasingly popular app from Realmac Software – Courier. This fantastic piece of software makes it easy to quickly share files, images, photos, movies, and more with all your favourite online services – including Flickr and Facebook.
It’s wrapped up in a functional and beautiful interface, and seven built-in plugins mean you’ll be able to start sharing in under 30 seconds. With Amazon S3, Ember, Flickr, Facebook, FTP / SFTP, Vimeo and YouTube support, Courier has the most-requested services in the bag!
Courier is now a completely Mac App Store exclusive application, and has seen a huge reduction in price to $9.99. This is a great deal, and well worth checking out if you’re looking for a piece of software to make sharing all your social content easier!
Congratulations to our five winners, who I’m pleased to announce are:
- Mauro Strozzi
- Pedro Paulo
- Sarah Doxiadis
- Anggi Krisna
Thanks for taking part – AppSumo will be in touch with your licenses soon!
Competition Now Closed
The popular deals site, AppSumo, has recently kicked off a month long series of Mac software discounts. The first one of these contains a series of apps designed to “Supercharge OS X”, and I’m pleased to let you know that we have five free bundles available to give away to a handful of lucky readers!
The software included in the bundle is:
Entering is very straight-forward. All you need to do is leave a comment below, and we’ll select the five winners at random in three days, on Wednesday 19th January! Best of luck, and be sure to keep an eye open for other AppSumo deals over the course of January!
Although many people have differing opinions on the recently launched Mac App Store, there’s one thing that’s almost unanimously agreed upon – it’s great news for developers.
Many critics cite the restrictions and limitations as being a terrible thing for developers everywhere, but I’ve heard very few complaints from current Mac developers. Everyone seems thrilled with how things have gone so far.
In today’s post, I want to spend a few minutes showcasing how being featured in the Mac App Store has positively impacted developers and their software. We’ve also asked a few developers what the associated increase in support requests has been, and whether they’d consider going Mac App Store exclusive. Some of the statistics shared are truly remarkable, and I’m incredibly pleased to see how much exposure desktop Mac software is receiving.