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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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With all the speculation surrounding a possible new Apple Tablet/Netbook, we thought it would be fun to take a look at 52 visually stunning Apple concept products. We’ve broken products down into categories such as Tablets, Netbooks, Notebooks, Desktops, iPod, iPhone and Media Centre.

It’s obviously important to note that none of these products are actually real! That said, there’s no harm in dreaming every once in a while…

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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.

Springy – Springy is a great archiving app for Mac. You can browse archives without extracting, extract only files you need, create and modify archives, and do it all from the Finder contextual menu.

MacBundleBox – A soon-to-be announced bundle sale of Mac software.

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.

Mail Stationery – Hundreds of templates for your e-mails, totally different from those simple dull letters, able to add a hint of emotion.

Cram – Create and study flash cards and multiple-choice tests on your Mac. Ace your next exam with Cram.

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

Today I’ll be reviewing a remarkably simple application, but one that can have a surprising impact on how you work when using your Mac. It’s called FuzzyClock, and is a menu bar tool for altering the way in which your Mac reports the time. Rather than a simple time such as 14.45, FuzzyClock would display “Wed, quarter past two”.

The review will take a look at the various preferences available within FuzzyClock, and investigate the impact it can have on how you work. I’ll also showcase a few other menu bar clock applications for displaying the time in a different fashion.

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Thank you to everyone who entered our iBank giveaway last week.

iBank combines a robust feature set, simple interface and streamlined import process to create a very attractive financial application. At $59 it doesn’t come cheap, but is competitively priced for the functionality offered.

We have randomly chosen one winner, and I’m pleased to announce that it is:

  • Ryan Leach

Congratulations Ryan – you should be receiving a license code shortly! Sorry to all of you who didn’t win this time, but rest assured we have some awesome software giveaways coming over the next month. Stay tuned via RSS to make sure you don’t miss out!

If you’re anything like me, you have a few different email accounts and a fairly large backlog of archived messages. Storing several thousand emails can gradually introduce problems – either from your mail client slowing down, or through concern over all your information being held remotely with a service such as Gmail.

I have recently started experimenting with MailSteward as a method of archiving and backing up email. It can significantly speed up your mail client, make moving computers easier, and offer greater peace of mind.

This how-to will walk you through the basic process of setting up MailSteward, archiving messages, and searching them at a later date.

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Everyone loves feeling productive, and OS X is an excellent platform for working efficiently and getting things done. In recent months we have rounded up 5 productivity applications along with reviewing Things and The Hit List.

Today we’re venturing to the OS X menu bar to showcase 10 simple utilities that can help you work smarter. You’ll be able to launch applications quicker, worry less about the time, track the unproductive parts of your day, and even manage a small to-do list – all for free!

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The popularity of online music streaming services has rocketed in recent years, as bandwidth costs decrease and record labels begin to understand the benefits of online music. Today I’ll be taking a look at Spotify – a relatively new, and excellently designed, music streaming application for OS X.

This is our first screencast review, and something we may do more of in the future (if you like it!) Please feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Following our review of iBank, I’m pleased to announce our latest competition to win a free license! The application is worth $59.99, and offers a great way to stay on top of your finances.

We have one license up for grabs, and all you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. The competition will run for one week, and we’ll randomly select the the winner on Wednesday 29th July.

Good luck, and be sure to follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed to find out if you’re a winner.

Happy banking!

After reviewing Cha-Ching a few weeks ago, I thought it was only fair to take a look at another popular financial application for the Mac: iBank. Although it doesn’t sport a cute piggy bank icon, iBank has an impressive feature set and an award-winning user interface design.

This review will provide an overview of the features offered by iBank, highlight how to import transactions, showcase a the graph functionality, and also explain how the application connects to MobileMe for backing up and accessing transactions on-the-go.

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