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David Appleyard is a designer and writer based in the UK. He manages Tuts+, along with having founded several design websites including Design Shack and PixelsDaily.

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As another year draws to a close, it’s time for the inevitable “end of year bundles”! There are three to look out for this year – The Humble Indie Bundle, Fusion Ads Holiday Bundle, and MacUpdate’s December 2010 Bundle. Each of these offers some excellent software at a great price.

Read on for the lo-down on what’s available, an overview of how the (very unique) Humble Indie Bundle works, as well as a few links to our reviews of the software on offer!

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In today’s interview, I’m talking to Zac and Nik, the developers behind the very highly regarded Acqualia Software. Acqualia are responsible for two excellent Mac applications — Picturesque and Soulver — as well as the associated iPad and iPhone versions.

Today, Zac and Nik are offering a little insight into their development process, being an intern at Apple, their series of iOS workshops, and a few updates that are currently in the pipeline.

I hope you enjoy the interview!

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Interested in finding a beautiful new desktop wallpaper for the holiday period? I’ve collected a selection of thirty vivid photo wallpapers, all available in a huge resolution for your 30″ monitor!

These are bright, bold, and colourful – perfect to chase away those winter blues! I hope you enjoy the collection, and I’d love to see a few of your own suggestions in the comments.

Want to see more gorgeous desktop wallpapers? Simply check out our recent roundup of 100 Gorgeous Wallpapers for Your Mac.

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Although OS X is (at least in my humble opinion!) the best operating system on the market, most people have a need to boot into Windows, Linux, or another OS from time to time. Apple made this easier with the release of Boot Camp a few years ago, and dual booting your Mac is now a pretty simple process.

There are, of course, several other ways to run multiple operating systems within OS X itself (we’ve written about the process a few times), using applications such as Parallels Desktop.

Various advantages exist for each method. Using Boot Camp gives better performance in your alternative OS, making it a great option if you want to run processor-intensive applications such as the latest games. Running both operating systems side-by-side is more practical for simpler tasks, such as testing a website in multiple browsers.

So my question for you today is, do you dual boot?

When working as an editor or writer online, it’s easy to stay behind the scenes and remain something of an elusive shadow. AppStorm is no exception – we have a great team of editors and writers who work really hard to bring you a regular stream of top-notch articles across the sites.

I’ve recently published my own interviews with Josh Johnson, our iPhone.AppStorm editor, and Jarel Remick, our Web.AppStorm editor, and these are a great way to meet the people working behind the scenes of your favourite sites.

Obviously it would be awfully self-serving to publish my own interview with myself on Mac.AppStorm, so instead I thought I’d post up a quick link to a recent interview I completed with Adrian Try over at the Envato Notes blog. If you’re interested, be sure to check it out!

This week, I’m incredibly proud to have Pixelmator as our Mac.AppStorm sponsor. One of my all-time favourite apps, this is a fantastic alternative to the increasingly-bloated Photoshop for all manner of graphic editing work.

Labelled as an “image editor for the rest of us”, Pixelmator’s interface is enjoyable to use while maintaining a simple learning curve for new adopters. If you’re already a seasoned Photoshop pro, you’ll feel right at home with the familiar palette interface and similar tools.

Pixelmator is based on Core Image technology that uses your Mac’s video card for image processing. This means that it’s fast. It supports a huge range of graphics formats, and the price of $59 is a welcome change to the inflated charge for many competing apps.

Although I still use Photoshop from time to time, Pixelmator has become by go-to tool for 80% of tasks that require working with graphics. If you yearn for a faster, sleeker alternative to Photoshop, give Pixelmator a try today.

Today we’re giving away two copies of a high-quality wire-framing tool for OS X, Justinmind, usually priced at $495. It allows you to easily create wireframes for web, desktop and mobile applications, and quickly generate great prototypes for HTML layouts.

If you’re a web or software developer, Justinmind can act as a really helpful tool for planning and preparing a new project.

You can create fully functional wireframes and simulate them, even testing the behaviour of passing data in/out. If you’d prefer to simply have a HTML output, then Justinmind is also capable of exporting a live, interactive HTML website wireframe.

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post, letting us know what you’d like to use Justinmind for. We’ll randomly select the winners in one week, on Friday 17th December.

Best of luck!

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part, and congratulations to the two winners, who we’ve chosen as:

  • Liam Cain
  • Jens Thomsen

Well done, and we’ll be in touch with your license code very soon!

For those who didn’t win a free license, you can apply for one if you publish a review of Justinmind Prototyper and Justinmind Usernote on your blog. Just contact [email protected] if you are interested!

The software industry is moving ahead at a rapid pace at the moment – particularly on the Mac. We’ve seen some brilliant new applications released this year, and a few classics updated with an impressive new feature set.

Before we forge ahead into a new year, likely dominated by the onset of the Mac App Store and everything that entails, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the past twelve months to remind ourselves of what happened.

I’d be honoured if you’d join me in this review of Mac apps in 2010. You might just find some fantastic new software along the way!

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It’s a big day at AppStorm HQ today, as we’ve launched an exclusive preview of two new sites that are due to kick off in the New Year. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming both Android.AppStorm and Windows.AppStorm to our growing family of sites!

As a die-hard Mac user, I know what you’re thinking… Windows and Android? Well allow me a minute to explain our thinking. After all, even the most dedicated Mac user has a reason to boot into Windows from time to time, and it’s difficult to ignore the storming success of Android in recent months!

Windows.AppStorm

With Windows 7 restoring some lost Windows pride, it’s time PC users had a place to find awesome apps from both small indie developers and the big powerhouses. Plus I’ve been hearing really good things about the new Windows Mobile, so you can expect to get a dose of non-desktop apps too! To kick things off we have:

90+ Incredibly Useful Windows 7 Apps & Tips

If you’re interested in checking out what’s available on the other platform, be sure to take a look! Perfectly happy with your Mac? Don’t worry – we won’t be inundating you with Windows content here at Mac.AppStorm and you can stay in your beautifully designed Mac bubble!

Android.AppStorm

Lately Android has been appearing on all sorts of devices. With a few different app stores and so many incredible developers making apps for Google’s open source platform, you need a trusted place to get the low down on Android Apps. So head over and check out the new site!

I know plenty of Mac users who love their Android phones, so hopefully this one will be useful for quite a few of our readers. Our first bumper post takes the form of:

100+ Absolutely Essential Android Apps & Tips

The New AppStorm Homepage

Last, but not least, we have a brand new AppStorm homepage over at AppStorm.net. This offers a central place to find out about all the different AppStorm sites, and we’ll be expanding and improving this over the coming months.

Thanks for Reading!

Thanks again for taking the time to read our sites every day. I hope you enjoy the teaser posts we’ve launched today, and I’m really looking forward to getting into full swing with both sites in 2011.

Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments, along with any suggestions for content you’d like to see on the new sites!

With Macworld 2011 slowly approaching, I thought it would be interesting to ask whether any of our readers have attended this conference previously (or are planning on going next year).

If you’re unaware of what Macworld is, essentially it’s a four day event that covers everything to do with the Mac. It includes user sessions focusing on teaching, an Expo floor for software exhibitors, various conference programmes, and generally lots of Mac-geekery! It’s based in San Francisco, running from the 26th-29th January.

Although Apple used to attend this event, the company pulled out prior to last year’s event. It seems that the 2010 conference was still a major success, despite their absence, and Macworld will be running once again next month.

The AppStorm team is going to be in attendance in January (a first for all of us!), and we’re really looking forward to meeting a few of you there. Let us know if you’ll be going in the comments!

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