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If you’re a Mac user and operate a website or blog, you owe it to yourself to check out MarsEdit. The app offers a simple way to manage a blog from your desktop, with a range of features including excellent media handling and system-wide bookmarklet support.

Red Sweater have kindly donated three copies to give away, worth $29.95 each. There are two ways to enter:

  1. Via Comment – Tell us why you’d like a copy! The more convincing the better – two comments will be chosen at random for a free license.
  2. Via Twitter – Simply follow AppStorm on Twitter. We’ll choose one follower at random to win a copy (plus you’ll be kept up to date with all the latest Mac app news!)

The competition will run for one week, with winners announced on Tuesday 14th April 2009. As with all competitions, there’s just one legal point to make – you aren’t eligible to take part if you work for Envato.

Good luck! I’m excited to read your (always entertaining) entries. If you just can’t wait, you can download MarsEdit to experience a fully featured 30 day trial.

Thank you to everyone (nearly 200 of you!) that took part in the Pixelmator contest. It’s a fantastic application, and definitely worth finding out more about if you’re looking for a Photoshop alternative.

Without further ado, the three winning comments are:

Congratulations, and I hope you enjoy using the app. Sorry if you missed out this time, but I do have one more copy of Pixelmator that I’ll be giving away at some point via Twitter. Feel free to follow AppStorm so you don’t miss out!

Next week we’ll be giving away three copies of MarsEdit, a desktop blogging tool for OS X. If you want to be in with a chance of winning, get yourself subscribed to the RSS feed.

Using a computer is often all about events and communication. Changes are always occurring, data is being received, tracks are changing, and news is pushed to you. All of these events occur in a bunch of different applications, and each has a specific way of letting you know that something has happened. It could be a Dock badge, a popup window, or even an audible alert.

The problem with this setup is that, as a user, you’re constantly bombarded with notifications from different areas of your screen, grabbing your attention in different ways. Growl aims to solve this by providing a central system for managing events. It integrates with a huge range of apps to provide a single, simplified way to receive notifications.

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Icons provide the basic means of interaction on your Mac. A well designed set can ensure you always know what to click on, and at the same time experience an attractive visual interface. Icons are extremely easy to customize on a Mac, so we’ve gathered together a collection of 50 exceptionally beautiful sets.

Talented icon designers aren’t always that easy to find, and I hope you enjoy being pointed in the right direction towards some really brilliant collections! They’re classified into Apple Hardware, Metallic & Professional, Photorealistic, and Sketch & Cartoon.

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Whether you enjoy cooking or not, it’s a task which most people usually partake in to some degree. I’ve always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, and have built up a fairly extensive (and space consuming!) collection of recipe books. Nowadays I find the internet to be the best resource for finding recipe inspiration. Sites such as BBC Food, and the extensive All Recipes seem to offer a never-ending collection of ideas.

However, until downloading SousChef I lacked a central resource for storing the wide variety of meal ideas collected via the Internet. SousChef is a kitchen companion for your Mac, offering an extensive database of online recipes, powerful storage and search tools, the ability to create grocery lists, and a few entertaining tools to make cooking easier.

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Over the past few years, RSS has become the de-facto way to remain connected to a website without re-visiting it every few days. News items and new posts are ‘pushed’ to you automatically, and can be easily collated into one application for quick viewing.

There are two primary ways to manage RSS subscriptions – either through a website such as Google Reader, or via a desktop application such as NetNewsWire or NewsFire. All of these are free solutions, but offer different advantages depending upon how you work.

Today I’ll be explaining a simple way to enjoy the speed of a desktop application, the convenience of web access, and portability of reading on your iPhone – all using NetNewsWire.

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It’s that time of the week again… are you feeling ready to enter another competition? This week we’re giving away three copies of the fantastic Pixelmator. I was really impressed with the app in my review, and am thrilled that we’ve been offered a few copies to give away to our delightful readers!

To enter the competition this week, you simply need to do two things:

  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

Simple! The competition will run for one week, and I’ll pick three winning comments at random on April 3rd 2009. As with all competitions, there’s just one legal point to make – you aren’t eligible to take part if you work for Envato.

Best of luck!

Changing the theme of your Mac allows you to completely alter the look and feel of the interface. We posted an overview of the two main applications able to deal with themes earlier this week; ShapeShifter, which is best for pre-Leopard systems, and Magnifique, which is Leopard compatible.

Once you’ve settled on an application to try, you’ll need to find a few beautiful themes to apply. Fortunately, we’ve gone away and researched 10 stunning examples for each application, so whether you’re running ShapeShifter or Magnifique you’ll be spoiled for theme-ing choice!

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Security is always a paramount concern when storing a decent amount of information on your computer. Fortunately, OS X is a reasonably secure operating system by default – user data is kept separate, it’s easy to password protect your account, and you can encrypt your whole drive with FileVault if desired. Unfortunately, there’s no simple way to encrypt a particular file, folder or application. This is where Espionage comes in, providing a simple method to password protect and encrypt only the data you want to.

The latest release has brought a number of improvements to the user experience, and integration with other areas of OS X. If you’re interested in securing particular pieces of information on your Mac, read on to learn about how Espionage can help.

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As the range of features in Safari grow with every release, it has started to encompass the additional functionality offered by many third party plugins. There are still a decent number of extra features which you’re able to add on though, and one decent app which supports Safari 4 is Glims.

This review will be taking a look at the functionality offered by Glims, which includes adding a range of search engines to your toolbar, integrating website screenshots into search results, full-screen browsing, website icons in tabs, and a whole host of other bits and pieces.

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