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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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Sending invoices is a vital task if you ever expect to make any money as a contractor or freelancer. Fortunately, numerous applications on OS X can turn this mundane task into a streamlined and efficient process – often also creating great looking invoices.

Today we’ll be taking a look at 7 examples of invoicing software for the Mac, ranging from very simple tools such as Involer through to a more complicated all-in-one packages. Most applications come with a small cost, but we’re also highlighting a free alternative if you’re a little strapped for cash.

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We’re kicking off another big software giveaway today, with two copies of VoodooPad and ten Pathfinder licenses up for grabs.

We have recently reviewed VoodooPad – a place to dump all your information, no matter how obscure. The application is elastic, and can stretch to meet your needs, and shrink accordingly.

Pathfinder featured in our roundup of Finder alternatives, coming out as the most powerful and full-featured of those on offer.

Entering is simple. All you need to do is:

  • Post a link to this competition – either on your website, or via Twitter
  • Leave a comment, letting me know where you posted the link!

The competition will run for one week, and we’ll randomly select three winners on Wednesday 9th September. Good luck!

We’d like to say thank you to this month’s AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can order a slot through BuySellAds.

LittleSnapper – Take a look at LittleSnapper from Realmac Software, It’s an awesomely powerful new app to snap, annotate and share screenshots.

Billings – Billings’ simple workflow and intuitive interface makes quoting, invoicing, and time tracking effortless.

Daylite Touch – Daylite Touch is a business productivity manager for the iPhone and iPod touch, winner of a 2009 Macworld Best of Show award, designed as a companion to Daylite on the Mac.

ForkLift – Forklift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client, clothed in a clean and versatile UI.

The Mac Sale – A great bundle sale of Mac software, which has now ended. You can sign up to find out more about the next one.

Pixelmator – Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images.

CleanMyMac – CleanMyMac represents a sophisticated all-in-one-suite utility that helps keep your Mac clean and healthy.

Easy Tasker – Manage your projects, invoices, clients and so much more from as little as $11 per month, with a companion iPhone app.

Branchr – Simple, effective, affordable, unobtrusive, text and image based pay-per-click internet advertising.

TidyUp – Tidy Up! allows you to search for duplicate folders; by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents and more.

Pi Cubed – Pi Cubed is a visual math application for the iPhone / iPod touch that lets you perform calculations as you would on a piece of paper.

Super Cool Coupons – SuperCoolCoupons is a social discount community where every day consumers come to find and share coupons for thousands of online stores.

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Although spreadsheets aren’t the most interesting or exciting application to discuss, many of us interact with them on a regular basis. Whether it’s for tracking mortgage payments or arranging your kid’s football schedule – spreadsheets are incredibly versatile.

Microsoft Excel has long been the market leader, but various other software is available. Today we’ll be taking a look at 5 different options for Mac users – from the pricey behemoth of Office for Mac, right through to completely free solutions such as OpenOffice.

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Whilst many blogging platforms come with excellent web-based administration interfaces, a variety of desktop tools can make the experience far more enjoyable. With a useful set of applications installed, managing a blog is a far simpler and more natural experience.

Today we’ll be looking at 60 applications for desktop blogging and tweeting, formatting images for your posts, recording screencasts, utilizing social media, communicating with other bloggers, and keeping track of statistics.

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I’d like to hear your thoughts on the MacTastik comic – is it something you have a good laugh at each week, or would you prefer the site focuses solely on Mac app information?

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Today we’re concluding our three part media centre series by taking a look at the different remote control options available. Possibilities explored will include hardware remotes, iPhone/iPod touch applications, and the option of using VLC to interact with your Mac desktop directly.

There’s no fun in getting up from the couch every time you’d like to change the channel, so choosing a good remote control is absolutely vital! Before getting started, you may like to take a look at the other articles in our three part series:

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Thank you to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Snippet, and thank you to the developers for providing the licenses for the giveaway.

I’m pleased to announce that the results are in, and the ten winners are:

  • Scott Cormier
  • Amy
  • Dominik Porada
  • Dan P
  • Sven
  • Anders Adamsson
  • John Einselen
  • elmuymac
  • Josh Boulton
  • oykun yilmaz

Congratulations to the lucky winners, and sorry to those who missed out. Remember, our wallpaper competition is still open over at PSDtuts+, so head over there to try your hand at graphic design!

Today we’re continuing our series on setting up a Mac Media Centre, taking a look at the different software options available for watching TV shows, movies, music and photos on your television. Applications covered include Plex, Boxee, Hulu, Front Row, iTheater, CenterStage and MediaCentral.

You can also take a look at the other articles in our three part series:

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