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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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Good news! We’ve selected the winners for the Fantastical giveaway! If your username is listed below, you’ll be receiving an email soon with information on how to claim your prize. Thanks for participating everyone, check back for more awesome giveaways soon.
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Although we usually spend our hours reviewing applications from others here at AppStorm, next week we’ll be doing something slightly different! We’ve developed a delightfully simple app for freelancers, called “Unwind”.

Unwind encourages you to take regular breaks from working at your machine, with a simple countdown timer and a relaxing environment to enjoy during your time away from work. We have some soothing music, and beautiful photos from Envato’s upcoming photo marketplace.

It’s a fun little utility for Mac-using freelancers, and we can’t wait to share it with you next week. To secure your copy, all you need to do is join the AppFanatix newsletter! We’ll be sending out an email to all our subscribers on Monday with details on how to download their free copy of Unwind.

AppFanatix is already enjoyed by over 6,000 people, and it’s the best way to stay up-to-date with the latest developments at AppStorm, receive fortnightly deals on fantastic software, and hear about promotions such as our Freelance Mac App Bundle!

Subscribe now, and secure your free copy of Unwind!

Don’t Forget to Grab the Freelance Mac App Bundle…

We’ve now sold over 1,000 copies of our awesome bundle, that contains every essential Mac app for freelancers: Billings, TextExpander, LittleSnapper, Alarms, Arq, Radium, WriteRoom, 1Password, and much more. Time is ticking away, so don’t forget to grab your copy before it’s too late!

Over $330 of Value for Just $49!

I’m incredibly excited to let you know that we have just launched our first ever bundle! The Freelance Mac App Bundle is an unbeatable deal for freelancers, giving you eight awesome Mac apps, three bonus files from the marketplaces, and two inspiring eBooks – all for just $49!

Which Apps Are Included?

We’re featuring eight awesome applications that can make your life easier, and more enjoyable, as a freelancer. These are: (more…)

Do you work with JavaScript or CSS? If so, we’ve got a treat for you! Don’t miss out! You only have 48 hours, so read on now!

Smaller is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the YUI Compressor. It helps you to batch minify your CSS and JavaScript files (or folders) via a sleek and simple interface for Mac.

We’re giving away copies of Smaller, developed by Chen Luo for free over the next two days! Smaller usually sells for $20, but to reserve your very own free copy, simply sign up to the recently launched AppFanatix newsletter within the next 48 hours, and that’s all there is to it!

The AppFanatix newsletter goes out to subscribers every two weeks and contains all of the latest app news and deals from around the AppStorm network. If you use Apps, you’ll love AppFanatix!

By signing up to the newsletter, not only will you get Smaller for free, but you’ll also be the first to find out all of the details on our upcoming Mac App Bundle, which will feature many more great Mac apps at an amazing price.

How To Get Your Copy!

  1. Subscribe to the AppFanatix newsletter in the following 48 hour period: Thursday 00:01am EST – Friday 11:59pm EST. If you subscribe after this period you are ineligible for the giveaway.
  2. Wait for our email at the end of the giveaway period, with your very own free copy of Smaller!

Thanks to Chen Luo for being a part of this giveaway! If you like Smaller, be sure to check out Chen’s site and his other handy apps Resize and resizeMyBrowser.

Don’t risk missing out, sign up now and reserve your free copy of Smaller now!

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.

Today I’ll be offering some advice about what Thunderbolt means for Mac users, how you can store and organise your recipes on OS X, and a particularly reliable option for an external hard drive.

Read on for plenty of handy Mac knowledge, and I hope you’ll find most of it useful for your own situation as well!

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After my flatbed scanner died around a decade ago, I completely gave up with owning one. They were slow, clunky, and something that I only used half a dozen times a year. Besides, everything was going digital, and we’d soon stop receiving paper altogether, right?

Unfortunately, that never seemed to happen. And eight years later I had two filing cabinets and various files full of receipts, invoices, statements, and all manner of other correspondence. I decided that enough was enough, and picked up a ScanScap scanner to digitise all those documents.

Coupled with DevonThink Pro Office, everything has OCR performed on it (Evernote works just as well), and I’m now filing cabinet free! Scanning once again feels like a state of the art process to be doing, with a modern combination of hardware and software.

But is this something you do? I’m not sure whether a scanner is considered a necessary computer accessory any longer… Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

In today’s WWDC keynote, Apple shared the usual set of Mac statistics that we now almost take for granted. Notebook and desktop sales are up, the platform continues to outgrow the PC industry as a whole, and everything is going swimmingly. There’s still a major bias toward portable computers – 73% of Macs sold are notebooks.

One of the headline stories centred around what to expect in their next operating system — OS X Lion — due for release in July 2011. Not only did Apple announce that this will be a download-only release through the Mac App Store, but it’s also their lowest priced operating system to date, costing $29.99.

Let’s take a look at what you can expect from the big cat!

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Many people have bandwidth limits with their ISPs, and with the amount of tempting content on the web these days, it can be hard to stick within these limits. Enter this week’s sponsor — Rubbernet — a new app from Conceited Software which tracks what apps are accessing your network connection, and how much bandwidth they are using.

Not only is this useful for monitoring bandwidth usage, but it can be used to detect any software which might be secretly sending out personal data of yours. Rubbernet is a remarkably useful application, and sports a very pretty interface.

If you have a cap on your bandwidth – or regularly use mobile internet/tethering – this is a fantastic way to keep an eye on what’s going on. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try, and downloading the free trial that’s available from the Rubbernet website.

If you’re already a fan, let us know in the comments!

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in May. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, iPad, Web, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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We’d like to say a big thank you to this month’s Mac.AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can purchase a banner advertisement through BuySellAds, or sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot.

Thank you to the fantastic applications we had sponsoring each week during the month, all of which we personally recommend you download and try out!

  • Forklift – Now in a seasoned version 2 release, Forklift offers everything you could need from an FTP client. It’s capable of connecting to more or less any type of server imaginable, can split/combine large files, synchronise browsing, and remotely edit files – all with full keyboard control.
  • TextExpander Touch – TextExpander touch replicate the text-expanding magic on your iPhone or iPod touch, and it does so very well! You can store snippets, then quickly retrieve them to send to Mail and Twitter clients, or use them in any other app via copy-and-paste.
  • SoftFacade – SoftFacade specialize in designing user interfaces for mobile apps, websites and the media – and their work is absolutely fantastic.
  • Smoke – Not your usual graphics editor, Smoke is all about creating unique graphical effects. It offers a unique type of brush that renders stunning graphics with the simplest mouse movements.
  • Radium – Radium allows you to listen to thousands of radio stations from around the world, right from your OS X menu bar. It’s simple, functional, and an absolutely fantastic way to listen to the radio on your Mac.

Finally, thanks to you for reading AppStorm this month, and for checking out the software that our sponsors create. I really appreciate it – you make the site what it is!

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