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Josh Johnson is a writer, designer, photographer and lover of all things Apple from Phoenix Arizona. He's been using Macs since the logo on the laptops was upside down.

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Choosing between a default Mac utility and a more powerful third party client is always difficult. Tighter system integration and the “free” aspect are on your side with the built-in tool, but there’s often a shortage of the kind of powerful features that a freestanding application offers.

Font management is a perfect example of this. Font Book is a decent way to manage your fonts, but creative professionals and anyone else who deals with fonts daily might find it fairly lacking.

Today we want to know how you manage your font library. Do you use third party software or have you stuck with the tools that Apple has provided? Cast your vote above, then leave a comment letting us know which font management apps you’ve tried and which you like the best.

We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Postbox.

Postbox is one of the most powerful alternatives to Mail.app that you’ll find anywhere and is a simply incredible email client. In addition to your favorite standard Postbox features like tabs and beautiful reply formatting, Postbox 2.5 sports several brand new features that make it even more irresistible.

New Interface!
The Postbox interface is now simpler and more intuitive, plus there’s a fresh new theme for the Mac by Benjamin De Cock, and a new icon set by Kenichi Yoshida.

64-Bit Support
On the Mac, Postbox 2.5 is now running in 64-bit mode, so it can take advantage of all the computing power your Mac has to offer.

Vertical View
Postbox now supports a double-row Vertical Thread Pane View, which makes more efficient use of widescreen displays.

Postbox 2.5 is available for purchase on the Mac App Store. Not convinced? No worries, you can download and try the app for 30 days free from the Postbox Website.

For those of you from the U.K. and other fortunate regions that have been enjoying Spotify for years, this is a non-event. However, for any readers from the U.S., this is huge news. Get ready to completely neglect Grooveshark, Pandora, Last.fm and any other Internet radio you listen to. Spotify is that good.

What is Spotify? How does it work? How do you get it? Keep reading, we’ve got the answers.

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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 apps for taking student notes, concentrating, dimming your screen and managing your contacts. Read on for some awesome tips and tools to make your Mac experience even better.

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If you’re a regular Mac.AppStorm visitor, then you probably love apps as much as we do. You might even have some ideas floating around in your head for an app that you’d like to build whether for your own purposes or to strike it rich on the Mac App Store.

The biggest hurdle to many would-be developers is a complete lack of knowledge of where to even start! How are Mac apps created? What skills are required? Where do I go to learn these skills? Today we’ll find out!
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We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Screeny

Screeny is a beautiful, simple and effective utility for taking screenshots and recording screencasts. The controls are basic enough that you can pick the app up immediately and powerful enough that you can create just what you want with almost no effort.

Screeny was just updated with some awesome new features like auto-uploading via CloudApp, multiple frame rates for video and the ability to record system audio. You can see these features in action on the new intro video.

And of course, all of things that make Screeny so amazing are still around:

  • Record video of your screen at any size.
  • Optionally capture audio from your computer’s microphone when recording video.
  • Snap an image of your screen at any size (even across multiple monitors).
  • Videos saved down at highest possible quality, and can be exported for web, etc. using Quicktime.
  • Set your recording canvas size by entering a specific pixel dimension or by choosing some handy pre-set dimensions or by clicking, dragging & expanding the recording canvas.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts for all recording actions.

Screeny is available for purchase on Apple’s Mac App Store.

The Mac App Store has been out for quite a while now and we like to check in from time to time to see what you guys think of it. The most honest way that we give a product an up or down vote is with our wallets so today we want to know how many paid downloads you’ve made from the Mac App Store to date (free app downloads don’t count).

Choose one of the options on the right and then leave a comment below telling us which apps you’ve purchased and what you think of them. Also feel free to chime in on the overall pricing scheme of the App Store. Do you think apps are fairly priced for the most part? Too high? Too low? Your opinion matters and we want to hear it!

Dropbox is a service that we all know and love. This amazing product has made a huge splash in the app industry and has gone far beyond a simple backup service and become a way for us to all share files and keep data synced between devices.

Recently, the Dropbox team updated their terms of service and in doing do caught the attention of several tech blogs and users. Rumors began circulating wide and far that the company had stepped over the line as far as file usage rights. We were sick of rumors and went straight to the source and asked some people at Dropbox what was going on. We gave them an opportunity to give us three reasons we should still trust them with our data. Below we’ll share with you what they said.

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Congratulations to our 25 Postbox winners! Check the list of Twitter usernames below to see if you won. If you’re on the list, you’ll be receiving an email shortly with more information. Thanks to everyone who entered, be sure to check back for more great giveaways soon!

  • @christophermar
  • @fellowweb
  • @livvyme
  • @luweekoh
  • @wkeving
  • @Sadalira
  • @anler
  • @tenkabuto
  • @shutterT
  • @drderr
  • @scwang74
  • @ivonnespinoza/
  • @omfgjeannie
  • @mrtnway
  • @rbika
  • @goranhalusa
  • @tahewett
  • @smileyxtra
  • @berry_eric
  • @elevad
  • @mariolaszczapa
  • @toddsingletary
  • @mrvkino
  • @levi_io
  • @buffaloseven

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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!

  • Rubbernet – A new app from Conceited Software which tracks what apps are accessing your network connection, and how much bandwidth they are using.
  • Jumsoft – Jumsoft is comprised of an extremely talented team of people and is behind an absolutely stellar line of apps: Money, Relationship, Operation, Home Business Trio and Process
  • Music Commander – A fully-featured menu bar utility that allows you to control iTunes from anywhere.
  • SideFolders – An extremely useful little utility that gives you quick and easy access to your files from anywhere. By docking on the side of your screen and only showing up when you want it to SideFolders is never in your way but is always ready to go when you need to open something.

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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