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Julia Altermann

I'm a fangirl for all things Apple, love to try out new apps and tell others about them - here as well as on my German blog.

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Are there any folders which you access more often than others? And does it bug you that you have to navigate the folder structure again and again?

True, you can just create an alias on your desktop, but that really looks awful and cluttered after a while. So why not give Desktop Shelves a try? The Mac app lets you access your folder content beautifully and easily directly from your desktop.

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As we move to more and more things becoming digital, it’s not surprising that we can now have cookbooks as eBooks and even as apps on our Macs. And thanks to integrated technologies cooking apps don’t have to simply hold a recipe, but can include detailed photos of ingredients and step-by-step tutorials.

The Photo Cookbook makes it deliciously easy, to fix any kind of dish and it does so with beautiful images and easy to follow instructions. Learn after the break how this app can bring you on your way to be the chef in your kitchen.

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Most of us find ourselves writing at least once a day on a computer. And surely you have found yourself more than once annoyed at having to type out the same phrase over and over again. Or maybe you’d like a way to quickly insert an image, date or signature?

Here’s where Typinator comes in. The tiny tool helps you to set up abbreviations, which it will expand to whatever text you define. How exactly that works we’ll have a look at after the break.

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If you are a professional or at least enthusiastic user of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you will have worked with brushes. And the beauty of brushes is that there are millions of them out there and that they can be loaded into PS fairly easily.

But how often has it happened to you that you’ve downloaded some brushes and then later forgot what they looked like? Or maybe you have a huge collection already in PS, but finding the right one requires clicking on every one of the sets. That’s where Brush Pilot comes in – it previews your brushes and saves you oodles of time. We’ll take a look at the helper app after the break.

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The one part about a project that always gets neglected is documentation – it may that be tutorials, user guides, project notes or manuals. It’s time consuming and to do it well, you’ll need screen shots with annotations and much more. Shrinking away from this task often results in poor and visually appalling documents.

But what if there was an app that would do the bulk of the work for you? MacSnapper allows you to grab screen shots very easily, annotate them right within the app with only a few clicks and add text. Imagine going from a day’s work to mere hours. In the following review, we’ll show you how. And we’re sure that by the time you’ve finished reading it, you’ll look forward to your next documentation.

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No matter if you are attending school, college or self-teaching yourself, your Mac can be a valuable tool to help you accomplish your goals. We’ve rounded up 9 fantastic apps which will help you to teach and organize yourself better than ever, hopefully getting you on the road to improving your knowledge.

Whether you’re wanting to learn a language, improve your math, or structure an academic course, there’ll be something for you in today’s roundup.!

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If there’s a reason we love our Macs so much, it’s because there literally is an app for almost anything. If your ambitions lie in  professional looking video broadcasting – well, that dream just became affordable.

With BoinxTV Home you can go far beyond the capabilities of iMovie and create stunning videos for private or business use, if you are willing to spend some time getting to know the app.

Today we’ll take a look at its strengths and weaknesses. Read on after the jump…

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While the iPhone can already be considered beautiful in itself, there’s nothing wrong with adding some personal touches to it. Specifically, setting your own custom backgrounds – after all, it’s your phone so why not make it look like it belongs to you?

So far, for creating backgrounds on your computer, you had to manually set the size of the desired image (which at least for me involves Googling around a bit) and then send it in some awkward way to your iPhone. Not to mention setting images for your contacts.

With Ensoul, a nifty Mac application, you can create backgrounds and set images for your contacts with just a few clicks, work in a beautiful interface, and transfer everything to your iPhone easily. Meet your iPhone’s new beauty advisor!

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Time is valuable. This is not just true for freelancers, but for everyone who has to be accountable for the time spent on a task. When you are in a creative mood, eager to start on a project, or when you are drowning in work, hastening to get everything done in time, the last thing you want to be doing is working through a complicated time tracking process.

With Tictoc, a new app to be found in the Mac App Store, you can set up time tracking in a matter of seconds and then get to what you do best.

Read on to find out how Tictoc can integrate into your workflow…

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“The Mac is geared towards creatives.” That’s what you hear most often when a discussion turns to the benefits of operating systems. But what exactly are those fantastic apps that appeal to us creative folks?

Other than the well known giants of Adobe Creative Suite, there are many other software gems with plenty of functionality (and a far lower price tag). Today I’ll be showcasing the giants in the design software world, and a few alternatives that may actually suit you better.

Read on for a showdown of the essential Mac design software – whether it’s for the web, bitmap, or vector design (and I’ve thrown a few apps for developers in for good measure too!)

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