In the world of browsers, fortunes can change terribly fast. If you browsed at all in the '90's, you surely used Netscape, at least for a time. Then IE 6 was the only game in town, while the cool kids started switching to Firefox. Apple's Safari came along, and while it didn't seem as important at first, it became the #1 way people browse from phones and tablets thanks to iOS. And Chrome, built on Safari's Webkit foundation, became the most popular browser. IE still has enormous marketshare, but it lost the mindshare long ago.
All along, in the background, Opera has been the alternate browser that everyone forgot about. It's 15th version just got released — now powered by Chrome's fork of Webkit, of all things — but it's still little more than a blip on web browsing statistics. It's had mobile versions for longer than iOS and Android have been around — I originally used it on a Nokia Symbian device, and later used it on a Windows Mobile 5.1 phone, far before the iPhone was around, much less had native apps.
And yet, it's never become a popular browser. But with Opera 15, more developers like Evernote are making browser extensions for it, and it could just possibly become a more popular browser — but the odds are against it.
That's why we're wondering if you use Opera, or if you used it in the past. We'd love to hear your thoughts about the European browser that won't quit in the comments below.
We’ve just closed our giveaway. Congrats to our winners: rhondaburgin, OST, and Chris!
Ever wished our giveaways let you pick the app you won? Well, this week, we’ve got a giveaway that’ll let you do just that — actually, it’ll let you pick the ten apps you win!
Our friends at Paddle our running their second Pick a Bundle Mac from now until July 14th, and it’s a great way to get a huge discount on a number of great Mac apps. You can pick any 10 apps you want from the included selection of 30 apps for just $49.99. And this Pick a Bundle includes a ton of apps you’ll love, including apps we’ve covered before like ExpanDrive, On the Job, TotalFinder, TotalSpaces, DEVONthink‘s DEVONnote and DEVONsphere, Popchar X, Typinator, and 28 more apps!
But you might just be able to get all of that for free, since we’ve got 3 copies of the bundle to giveaway to our readers this week! This giveaway will take a bit of extra work to enter, but it’s worth it. Here’s what you need to do: sign up for the Pick a Bundle newsletter at http://promo.paddle.com, then comment below with the 10 apps you’d pick if you won the bundle, and finally share this post on Twitter or Facebook and add the link to your post in the comment below. We’ll then pick 3 random winners from the entries!
Hurry and get your entry in: we’re closing the giveaway on July 10th!
Best of all, any competition winners whom have already bought the bundle will be refunded in full for their purchase, so your bundle will be completely free if you win even if you go ahead and buy a copy of the Pick a Bundle before we close the giveaway!
Envato staff or those who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.
Storage space is at a premium these days, with SSDs coming standard in MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros. SSDs are speedy and a huge improvement over platter hard drives in most ways, but it’s rare now to have a 500Gb or larger drive built into your Mac. Rather than having to buy a new Mac, or shuffle files between external drives, why not clean up the space that you have? That’s exactly what Detox my Mac, our sponsor this week, can help you do.
Detox My Mac is an advanced deep-clean app for your Mac running OS X 10.5 or newer. It simplifies the tools that you’d normally find in OS X’ disk utilities, and then gives you over 30 extra tools to clean up your Mac and keep it maintained. It’ll help you find and remove old cache files and logs, the extra files left behind when you uninstall apps, and more. You can clean up all of that and more in just 2 clicks with Detox my Mac.
It won’t magically make your Mac brand new, but it will clean out the old cobwebs from old apps and help you have the most space free for the stuff you really want on your Mac. So, if you’ve noticed that your Mac is running out of storage space, now’s the time to clean it up. There’s no reason for all of your SSD’s space to be wasted by junk files that you don’t need anyhow.
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If you’re still using Google Reader, there’s a weekend project that you’ve got to take on: exporting your RSS feeds, and finding a new RSS reader app. That’s because it’s the end of June already, and Google’s shutting down Google Reader on Monday!
Over at Web.AppStorm, we’ve written a tutorial for getting your data out of Google Reader — including your favorites — and into other services. Then, we’ve just rounded up the 5 best online replacements for Google Reader, most of which already work with Mac and iOS apps you likely already have tried out. They’re all great, and we’re sure you’ll find one you like there — even without leaving your Mac behind.
You’ve done a great job with your Creative Cloud apps. We love the new features, and the new Creative Cloud installation process is worlds better than the old Creative Suite installer. We’re excited about your new direction with training videos, versioned backup, and Typekit font sync. It’s great.
But that hasn’t kept everyone happy. Every time we write about Creative Cloud, our readers let us know how the new subscriptions plans don’t work out for them. Even if they like the new features, they’re not planning to upgrade because of price, or because they want to know that they’ll be able to keep their programs forever. They’re frustrated enough that they’re signing petitions to get you to change back to the old Creative Suite style.
That’s why we’re writing this letter. We think you’re onto something good with Creative Cloud — but you need to go just a bit further to make everyone happy. We think there’s a way to make everyone happy, or at least almost everyone, so here’s the idea. (more…)
If you’ve been using the Mac before the App Store was around, and even before the iPhone was released, it’d be virtually impossible to not have heard of — or tried out — NetNewsWire. Developed by Brent Simmons, lately of Vesper fame, NetNewsWire was the original RSS reader app, all the way back in 2002 before most of us were blogging or had even heard of RSS. It was later bought out by NewsGator, as the Mac counterpart to their FeedDemon on Windows, and was designed to sync with NewsGator’s RSS synchronization service. Then Google Reader came along, and NetNewsWire and FeedDemon jumped ship to the search giant’s reader for sync, just like everyone else.
Google Reader’s impending death on July 1st spelled death for FeedDemon, and could have well done the same for NetNewsWire if it hadn’t been sold to Black Pixel in 2011. It took a while for any news to come out, other than that when NetNewsWire first sold to Black Pixel, Brent Simmons said “NetNewsWire’s best years are still to come.”
This week, at long last, we get to see what the future holds for the Mac’s most storied RSS reader app with the long awaited NetNewsWire 4 beta. And the future looks pretty good.
We all were expecting iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 to be announced at WWDC, and perhaps were hoping to see some new hardware, but no one predicted that the Mac Pro would get such a radical overhaul this year. Sure, Cook promised us that Apple hadn't forgotten pro users, and the old Mac Pro was the most outdated Mac Apple was still selling, but many of Apple's biggest fans and most popular developers had already given up on Apple doing anything interesting with the Mac Pro. The 27" iMac is beautiful and powerful anyhow, and Apple had already killed off the Xserve, so it didn't seem too much of a stretch to think that the Pro was next on the chopping block.
Boy, were we wrong. Apple absolutely had not forgotten Pro users, but instead was quietly building a fully redesigned Mac Pro that looked like nothing before (well, other than perhaps R2D2 with a bit of Darth Vader's style. Or a trash can. Or a Cray, if you squint.). With up to 12 cores on its CPU and two GPUs built in and designed to be used directly for computing power, the Mac Pro new in the way it works internally, as well. It's built to let you, as Apple says, edit 4k resolution video while live-rendering effects in the background. It can take up to 128Gb of Ram — or at least may, based on Apple's OS X Mavericks documentation.
Its only drawback for pros is that its not designed to be upgraded and expanded internally, relying instead on Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3 port for expansion. That, and the lack of dual CPUs, has some pros wringing their hands, wishing Apple had kept the upgradable design of the former Mac Pro.
What do you think? Is the new Mac Pro the True Mac Pro Successor that John Siracusa wished for, one that's for the computer industry what halo cars are for the automobile industry? Or is a computer that's already irrelevant, either by its lack of expandability or its inherent tie to the past of desktop computing?
Your email app is one of the most important apps on your Mac, since email is likely the main way you communicate and collaborate with your colleagues. But all email apps aren’t created equal, and while there’s many out there, they all don’t include the features you need. Postbox 3, our sponsor this week, is the email app you need to try if you haven’t found one to fit your needs yet.
Postbox has tight Gmail integration, including support for Gmail labels and important message indication, but it also works great with any other email service you want to add. It’ll organize your emails into conversations, let you Quick Reply inline in your emails, find your contacts’ avatars from social networks, and let you save messages to Evernote or send larger attachments with Dropbox. Postbox will even make your more productive, with a favorites bar that’ll let you quickly access the folders and labels you access most, and more. Best of all, it’s integrated with the best Mac features, including full screen and trackpad gesture support.
Postbox is more than just a normal email app. It’s team describes it as a “a system for managing your life”, and with its social network integration, advanced search, dedicated views to help you find images and attachments, and more, it’s an email app that can help you stay productive and keep your inbox at Inbox Zero without leaving anything behind.
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If you haven’t tried out Postbox recently, and are looking for a better way to keep your inbox in check, you should definitely give Postbox a try. You can try Postbox for free for 30 days, and then buy your own copy of Postbox for just $9.99. You just might find that Postbox is your new favorite email app.
There’s Markdown writing apps, and there’s rich text editors. Then there’s Ulysses III, the app that combines the best of both into one of the nicest writing environments on any platform. It looks sharp and works great, and I use it for a good portion of my writing these days — something I never would have considered back in the days of Ulysses 2.
Recently I had the chance to talk to Max Seelemann from The Soulmen team, and was able to arrange an interview with him about his team and their work. Here, for your reading pleasure, is their thoughts on OS X Mavericks, iCloud, building the best apps for each platform, and the story behind how Ulysses III came to be.