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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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It’s competition time again, and this week we have three licenses for Espionage up for grabs. Espionage is a data encryption app for OS X, which we recently reviewed. If you don’t want the system wide performance hit of FileVault but do have the odd application/folder to encrypt, it’s a great solution.

As promised, we have three copies to give away. All you need to do is:

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

Two comments will be selected randomly as winners on the 27th April. The third copy will be given away at some point this week via Twitter (we have a riddle planned!). To be in with a chance of winning, be sure to follow us!

Best of luck, and as with all competitions, there’s just one legal point to make – you aren’t eligible to take part if you work for Envato.

Tweetie has long been my iPhone Twitter client of choice, and news of a desktop application being developed certainly caught my attention. Launched today, Tweetie for Mac represents an extension to atebits already popular iPhone client. It’s the first time that an iPhone application has been ported to the desktop with such fanfare, and is certainly worth taking a look at.

The interface takes a slightly different approach to a standard Twitter client, but still feels incredibly natural and easy-to-use. Performance is excellent, the app is free (for an ad-supported version), and it offers a comprehensive set of features. We’ll be taking a look at what’s on offer, and walking you through what Tweetie for Mac is capable of.

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We regularly feature commercial software on AppStorm, so decided it was time to bring a roundup of completely free (and often open source) apps to your attention. If you’re on a budget, you’ll be pleased to know that a variety of great OS X software is available free.

Applications are broken down into various categories, with each one containing a ‘featured’ app and several other free solutions. I hope you find something useful, and do let me know if your favorite freeware app isn’t on the list!

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Despite the ever-increasing capacity and speed of Mac computers, there comes a time when everyone needs to find out what is eating away all their disk space. I always enjoy giving my Mac a thorough spring clean, removing all the rubbish which seems to accumulate at an alarming pace.

With spring in the air, there’s never a better time to ruthlessly delete those apps, documents and videos which have built up over the last year. In true AppStorm style, we have a tool which will save you a huge amount of time – Disk Inventory X. It’s completely free, and offers a quick way to generate a visual representation of what, exactly, is consuming all your hard drive space.

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Operating a paper-free office is, for many people, an enviable goal. For the last few years, I’ve been attempting to cut down on the paper I receive; asking people to send emails rather than post, receiving statements and forms via the internet, and recycling all the post I receive that isn’t absolutely necessary.

This has gone a long way towards achieving a paper-free setup, though I’ve still had several years worth of paper filed away. After spending a while settling upon a good solution for digitizing all this old information, I finally settled upon a combination of DevonThink Pro and a Fujitsu ScanSnap. I’m thoroughly impressed.

This how-to will take you through the hardware and software required for setting up a completely paper-free office, ensuring that it’s thoroughly easy to use, and carefully backed up.

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Thank you to everyone who entered our recent MarsEdit competition. I’m pleased to say that the results are in! If you haven’t used MarsEdit before, be sure to check out our review. It’s a great desktop blogging app for OS X.

Three copies of MarsEdit were up for grabs, with two going to randomly selected commenters, and one going to a random Twitter follower (selected via TwitRand). Here are the lucky three winners:

JustinGermany, via Twitter

Kat, via comment:

I run several blogs, one of which is a travel information blog about a province where I live. It’s a pretty great place, and has everything from awesome beaches, mountains to scale and art centers. I put alot of info in just one post, and editing them on the blog’s wysiwyg or on a word processor isn’t helping much. MarsEdit could help me managing this blog.

Mads Thygesen, via comment:

Would really like this app :-) Im still new to to Mac and OSX, and this would be the perfect app to manage my blog.

Congratulations to all the winners – you’ll be contacted shortly. If you didn’t win this time, don’t despair. We’ll be kicking off another competition to win Espionage early next week. To make sure you don’t miss out, feel free to follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to the RSS feed.

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Easter is approaching quickly and the spirit of spring is in the air. What better time to re-think the way you work with your Mac, and take on board a few time saving tips and shortcuts? We won’t be covering the basics, and assume you’re already familiar with using the keyboard to copy, paste and save!

There’s something for everyone, whether you’d like to show Expose in slow motion, quickly empty your Trash, automatically save text to a sticky note or zoom in and out of your screen.

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All of us deal with bills in one way or another, whether through running a house, car, family, education, or expensive software obsession. It’s easy to lose track of what needs to be paid, and at what time. Rather than having an elaborate system of sticky notes, Chronicle aims to provide a central resource for storing all your bills and recording payments.

The application is still young with a number of areas for improvement. That said, I’m a fan of the concept, iCal integration, handy reminders, and quirky, original interface.

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