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Apple’s brand-new Logic Pro X is the latest music production app for the Mac, and it’s filled with brand-new features. You’ll find everything from a new interface with more options than ever, JavaScript-powered Midi scripts, powerful tools to tune your songs, a companion iPad app to bring touch controls to Logic Pro, and more. It’s beautiful, powerful, and is just what you need to make the best music on your Mac.

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Our friends at Tuts+ have put together an in-depth set of walkthrough videos about Logic Pro X. They’ll take you through everything you’ll find in the newest version in over 30 minutes of videos. If you’ve been wondering if you should get a copy of Logic Pro X, this is what you need to check out first.

Head Over to Tuts+ to Continue Reading about Everything New in Logic Pro X

We’ve just closed our giveaway; congrats to our winners —Emanuele, Stephanie, ooredroxoo, Maxim, and Carlos.

Keeping all of the info for your projects and tasks together in one place can be difficult, especially if you need to work on a Mac and a PC. I was so excited to see how well Pagico works for cross-platform productivity when I tried it out for our recent review. It more than met my expectations for a cross-platform productivity app, and is honestly one of the nicest team productivity apps for the Mac, period.

That’s why we’re excited to have 5 copies of Pagico Desktop to giveaway this week. You can use it on your Mac or PC — or even on Ubuntu — so this giveaway is something you can take advantage of even if you’re planning on getting a Mac sometime but don’t have one yet.

As normal, just leave a comment below and tell us why you’d be excited to get a free copy of Pagico to enter the giveaway. Then, share the giveaway on your favorite social networks and share a link to your post in a second comment below for an extra entry.

Hurry and get your entry in; we’re closing the giveaway on Friday, July 26th!

Envato staff or those who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.

I’ll never forget the first time I installed Mathematica in college. I was excited by the demos, and wanted to see how much it could help me take my calculus knowledge further — and take the drudgery out of math. Turns out, it was far more complicated to use than I ever anticipated, even more so than my trusty TI-89.

Couldn’t CAS — computer algebra systems — be a bit less complex and more accessible to everyone who doesn’t have time to take a whole class on using them? Computers were designed originally to solve complex math, but normal calculators, spreadsheets, and CAS systems have remained too basic on the one end and too complex on the other to change the way most of us feel about math.

It’s more than understandable that we’d tend to be skeptical when a new app claims to make math simpler for everything from engineering to basic budgets at the same time — but that’s exactly what Calca claims. It’s a markdown text editor fused with a CAS; can it possibly be the answer to the frustrations of math?

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Apple’s best known for its devices and the operating systems that make them shine, but it also has quite the variety of professional software that it produces as well. This week saw Apple unveil its brand-new Logic Pro X, which by all accounts is a great upgrade to Apple’s professional music production tool — but Apple makes far more than just that.

Perhaps most commonly seen on Macs and iOS devices is Apple’s consumer media apps — iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand — that used to make up iLife, but since they come free on all Macs anyhow and aren’t really aimed at pro use, those don’t count for this list. But let’s include the iWork apps — Pages, Keynote, and Numbers — which compete head-to-head with Microsoft Office and can definitely stand for a decent amount of professional use. Then, there’s Aperture, which is the best competition for Adobe’s Lightroom, and Final Cut Pro, one of the top professional film editing apps. There’s also the companion apps — Motion, Compressor, and MainStage — that take them further.

I love the iWork apps, and others on our team love Logic Pro, Aperture, and Final Cut Pro. We’d love to know which of these you use in your work!

We just closed our giveaway — congrats to our winners, Adam and Jeff!

There’s been a ton of great bundles already this summer, but the best one yet just might be StackSocial’s Summer 2013 Mac Bundle. It’s got tons of great apps that we’d recommend any day: Parallels Desktop 8 to run other OSes on your Mac, SnagIt to capture and tweak screenshots like a pro, Typinator to keep you from wearing out your keyboard and fingers typing too much, Boom to make your MacBook’s speakers loud enough to watch a movie with friends, ColorStrokes to make your photos even more special, and more for just $49.99. That’s quite a steal.

If you’ve been wanting those apps, we’ve got the perfect chance for you, since we’ve got two copies of the full bundle to giveaway to our readers. And, even if you go ahead and buy a copy of the bundle today (or already bought a copy), you’ll get your full purchase refunded if you win. How’s that for an awesome giveaway?

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All you’ll need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below and let us know what app you want most out of this bundle. Then, share the link to the giveaway on your favorite social network and leave another comment with a link to your post for an extra entry.

Hurry and get your entry in; we’re closing our giveaway on Saturday, July 20th!

Envato staff or those who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.

Ever wanted a simpler way to share files with Dropbox, Skydrive, or Google Drive? After all, with each of them, you can get tons of storage for free or cheap, and odds are you’re already using one of them to keep your files in sync anyhow. Why not use them instead of signing up for something like Droplr or CloudApp?

There’s a lot of reasons, really. For one, Droplr and CloudApp let you drag-and-drop files from your desktop or any Finder folder to directly share from your menubar, whereas with Dropbox or other services you’d have to add files to your folder first, then get a link, which is more time and steps. Then, there’s no simple way to take a screenshot and upload the file in one step.

That’s where Share Bucket comes in, with its drag-and-drop sharing from the cloud storage service of your choice. It’s not perfect, but it does make sharing files a lot quicker without CloudApp or Droplr.

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If you've been looking for the best way to quickly edit photos and turn them into artwork for free on your Mac, look no further. Fotor, our sponsor this week, is an amazing photo editor that's 100% free, and you've got to try it out.

Fotor brings the best of photo editing basics — along with filters and enhancements that’d rival Instagram — to your Mac for free. You’ll find tools to adjust the color in your photos, crop them to the size you want, tweak brightness and contrast, auto-enhance your photos with a variety of default settings, and more. If you want to make your photos more artistic, Fotor lets you add effects, borders, and customizable tilt-shift effects to your photos. When you’re done, you can quickly share your photos to Flickr and more directly from Fotor.

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That's not all. Fotor can also turn your photos into digital collages with 80 included templates or the photo shapes of your own choice. You can tweak the background, photo corners, shadows, and more to make the collage look just like you want. Then, with Fotor's next update, you'll be able to add text to your images and collages, edit EXIF data, and more.

Get Your Free Copy of Fotor Today!

Best of all, Fotor works wherever you do — on your Mac, but also on your iOS devices, Windows PCs, and Android. It even has an online version at fotor.com where you can edit photos, make photo collages, and even make eCards directly from your browser on any computer. There's no reason not to try Fotor out.

So go download Fotor for free on your Mac this week, and let us know what you're using it for. It's a surprisingly great free photo editor, one we gave a 10/10 in our recent review.

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Need to convert videos and audio to different formats often? The latest version of MacX Video Converter Pro just might be what you need — and it’s for free until July 25th. MacX Video Converter Pro lets you convert video in over 320 formats to the exact format you need, so your videos will look perfect on any device. Plus, it can record your screen or your FaceTime camera, giving you an easy way to make a screencast. The latest version is faster than ever, so you won’t have to worry about your videos taking too long to convert.

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All you’ll need to to get your free copy is head over to the MacX Video Converter site, download a copy, and activate it with the following key before July 25th:

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If you happen to have a Windows PC, you can get a copy of it from their Windows site as well. And enjoy!

This time, the giveaway’s open to anyone — Envato staff, writers, Mr. Scrooge, and anyone else who needs to convert videos!

There’s more to-do list and project management apps out there than you can even reasonably list in one article, and most of us could list a half dozen we’ve tried off the top of our heads. But when you get into collaborative project management, with tasks listed in a calendar flowchart, alongside notes and files for the project, with everything synced with your teammates, there’s relatively few apps that can fit the bill.

One of the best apps to fit the bill is Pagico, a Mac, Windows, Ubuntu, and iOS app that is great for managing your own personal projects or working with a large team on collaborative projects. We liked it when we looked at Pagico 3 years ago, and it’s better than ever today. Here’s what’s brilliant about one of the few cross-platform project management apps on the market.

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Google Reader’s demise has left us scrambling for a new — and hopefully better — way to keep up with the feeds from our favorite websites. There’s tons of new online RSS services, NetNewsWire has come back from the brink of death, and the read-later app ReadKit has emerged as the best Mac app if you want to sync with the best online RSS reading services.

But that doesn’t mean that there’s not room for competition for RSS readers on the Mac; quite the opposite, in fact. There’s so many new online RSS services, we had to trim down the our list considerably to feature only the best Google Reader alternates. On the Mac, the two apps mentioned above are almost all most people would think of for RSS reading on the Mac.

But there’s another new app that is easily one of the top contenders: Caffeinated 2. Our former editor Josh Johnson declared the original Caffeinated beta “a fresh Google Reader app that you’ll love”. Now, just over 18 months later, the same is still true if you replace “Google Reader” with “standalone RSS reader”. (more…)

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