Macs have kept their reputation as the machines of choice for those in creative fields – and hey, why let them take the title away? After all, there’s a ton of creative apps on the Mac that can help you make just about anything you want, and Apple itself has quite the portfolio of pro creative apps that are exclusive to the Mac. Take, for instance, Motion.
The sidekick to Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion is a great and relatively affordable way to make cinematic effects and animations from your Mac. It’s a lot to master, though, if you’re starting out, but that’s where templates come in. Our parent company Envato’s VideoHive marketplace has a ton of great Apple Motion templates that can make it simple to produce high-quality animations in Motion on your Mac. We’ve looked at some great Motion templates here before, and now’s the time for another look at what VideoHive has to offer.
There’s two kinds of Mac users: the ones who love the iOS-style simplification that’s come to OS X in recent years, and the older-school Mac users who love the keyboard shortcuts, automation, scripting, terminal, and more that make OS X one of the most powerful – and productive – operating systems on the market. These two camps seldom find common ground.
When PopClip first came out, I tried it out, but decided I vastly preferred tried-and-true keyboard shortcuts, and uninstalled the trial. It just wasn’t for me, and felt like iOS eye candy compared to what I was used to.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that PopClip is quite the productivity tool these days, one that geeks and everyone else can love. What made the difference? Extensions.
We just closed our book’n'keep giveaway. Congrats to our winners: Cody, Kim, and Michael!
book’n'keep is designed to make accounting simpler for the sole enterprise. When you’re working on your own business, the last think you want is to have to spend too much time managing the accounting, when you could be designing new products and giving better service to your customers. That’s why book’n'keep helps you keep track of all of your receivables, payables, payments and assets, store detailed info on your customers and suppliers, keep track of due dates and payments, and more. It’ll even sync via iCloud so all of your data is on all of your Macs!
book’n'keep usually costs $29.99 on the Mac App Store, but today we have 3 free copies for our readers. Just comment below and tell us a bit about the business you’ll be managing with book’n'keep if you win the contest, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win! You can also share the giveaway publicly on Facebook, Twitter, or App.net and share a link to your post in a second comment for an extra entry in our giveaway.
We’ll be closing our giveaway on February 20th, 2013, so hurry and get your entry in!
Envato staff or those who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.
If Apple keeps up with its new annual OS X release cycle, then we should be expecting to see a new cat roaring on our Macs before the end of 2013. Mountain Lion was released last July, and its claim to fame was bringing more iOS features to OS X. iCloud, Notes, Dictation, Reminders, and more came as a reminder (pun not intended) that iOS was Apple’s more well-known and widely used operating system these days.
There’s little more from iOS we can imagine that Apple would bring to the Mac, aside from Siri and possibly Maps (oh, and iBooks), but there’s quite a few power user features that iOS users are clamoring for in iOS 7. If anything, it seems that Apple needs to bring some Mac features to iOS this year.
That’s not to say there’s nothing for OS X 10.9 to conquer this year. At the very least, I’d love to see a vastly improved iCloud and Messages, perhaps Siri, Maps, and iBooks, and some much needed love for older OS X apps like Automator. It’d also be great to be surprised with some new, OS X only features, stuff to make Macs stand out even more than they already do from the competition – and Apple’s iOS devices. iWork and iLife could desperately use a new upgrade as well, though that’s hardly a core part of OS X.
With Jony Ive the head of Apple’s software design, it’ll be interesting at the very least to see what design changes, if nothing else, show up in the next version of OS X. So what are you hoping to see in the OS X 10.9? It may just be wishing, but we’d sure love to see what you hope to see from Apple this year in the comments below!
There’s so many things we all need to remember. That’s why you need a robust notes app that works the way you do. NotesTab Pro, our sponsor this week, is a great notes app that runs in your menubar and has enough features to make it terribly useful but not enough to get in your way.
NotesTab Pro lets you quickly take notes and sync them to all of your devices, right from your menubar. There’s quick editing buttons and keyboard shortcuts to let you add formatting to your notes and quickly create and find the notes you need. Want more editing space? You can even take NotesTab full-screen to have more space to see your notes. When you’re all done, you can save them to view later, or share the with others online with OS X’s native sharing options.
We called it “The Best Note-Taking App in Your Menu Bar” in our recent review of NotesTab Pro, and it keeps getting better with new updates, most recently adding indenting and auto-hyperlinking support.
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NotesTab Pro usually costs $4.99 in the App Store, but it’s on sale today only for just $2.99! That’s why you should hurry and get your copy of NotesTab Pro before the sale ends! Then, you can also get NotesTab for your iPhone, iPad, or Windows 8 tablet as well, to keep your notes with you everywhere.
Streaming music apps are definitely in vogue these days, and with Spotify, Rdio, and other services’ slick Mac, mobile, and web apps, it’d seem that you wouldn’t need anything more. There’s plenty of companion apps in the App Store so you can get exactly the music experience you want. It’d seem that you’d never need anything more.
That is, unless you live somewhere that doesn’t have access to the most popular streaming music services, like in Asia. Then, Grooveshark is your best option, and it’s only available as a web app, albeit one that works globally. So if you’re a Grooveshark fan but want a nicer way to play music on your Mac, what are you to do?
Shiny Groove is fresh out of beta, and you can get your own copy of Shiny Groove from the App Store today for $3.99
The Dashboard seems in many ways to be a ghost of OS X past, but the version in Mountain Lion has enough iOS-style tweaks to make it seem like Apple’s going to keep it around. There’s a number of ways you can still put Dashboard to use, even today, and the built-in widgets and Safari web clips can make it quite useful.
Back in 2011, Josh asked if you still use Dashboard, and just under half of our readers said they don’t use it. I’d figure less of us use it today in 2013, but was curious to see.
So: do you still use Dashboard? If so, what widgets do you still use? I’m still using it for the Stocks and weather widgets, as well as Safari web clips myself.
Want to manage your whole business directly from your Mac? Then Studiometry, our sponsor this week, might be just what you need. It’s been trusted by Mac users for nearly a decade, and its 10th version is better than ever.
Studiometry includes everything you need to manage your projects from start to finish. It’ll let you manage your project with professional Gantt charts, to-do lists, and time tracking. You can use it to keep track of your business contacts, and can create estimates and invoices quickly using your own templates. When it comes time to do your accounting, you can manage all of your payments, balances, client statements, and more inside Studiometry. It’s everything you’ll need to manage your business so you can focus on your work.
The latest version, Studiometry 10, lets you add roles for your employees, as well as weekly timesheets to make it easier to visualize the work you’ve entered. You can add custom data for specific clients, and take advantage of Mountain Lion notifications, in addition to over a hundred other new features and updates.
Best of all, you can use Studiometry wherever you work. It’s available for Windows in addition to OS X. There’s also a dedicated Touch version for your iPhone and iPad, and all of your Studiometry installs will stay synced thanks to Studiometry server.
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Ready to get started with Studiometry 10? You can download a free 30 day trial from their site, then purchase a copy of Studiometry for $199.95. If more than one user on your team will be using Studiometry, you can take advantage of their discounted multi-user packs, or purchase a site license. Or, if you have an older version of Studiometry, you can upgrade to Studiometry 10 for just $59.95.
We’d like to say a special Thank you! to our weekly sponsors from January for sponsoring our site and for the great apps they make. If you would like to feature your app on our site with an advertisement, be sure to check out our available slots on BuySellAds or register for a weekly sponsorship for your app.
If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!
Logging into Gmail in your browser every time you want to check your email can get annoying, and you end up missing out on the great integration native apps have with notifications and more. But, if you’re already used to using Gmail online, using it in a native app can feel strange. MailTab Pro for Gmail is designed to give you the best of both worlds. It lets you access Gmail from your menubar, letting you see the mobile version of Gmail to quickly check and send emails, and also lets you switch to the full Gmail experience if you want.
Creating detailed, highly realistic 3D models from your Mac doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive with Cheetah3D. At just $99, it’s far cheaper than most 3D modeling apps, but includes the features you’d need to create 3D artwork for your next iPhone game or make your first animated character. With a full set of polygon, subdivision surface and spline modeling tools you can focus on creating, safe in the knowledge that Cheetah3D has a breadth of features for the task.
MenuTab Pro for Facebook gives you access to the mobile Facebook site from your menubar, which is a great way to keep up with what’s going on without having to take up all of your desktop. With color-coded notifications and quick options for posting status updates and more, it might be all you’d ever need. The nice thing is, MenuTab Pro also lets you switch to the full desktop Facebook site if you’d like, including full chat support with desktop notification integration so you’ll never miss out on your Facebook conversations.
Macbundler’s latest bundle is a Mac twist on the Humble Bundles, as it lets you pay just what you want for 5 great Mac apps. There’s only a few hours left on the bundle, so if you’re interested, you’d better hurry and get a copy while the deal’s still available!
And a special thanks to you, our Mac.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We couldn’t do it without you!
We just closed our giveaway, and want to say a quick Congrats to our winners: Glendson, Jon, Richard, gustao, and Matt!
If you’ve been looking for the best way to go paperless with your Mac, Prizmo 2 is the app you need in your arsenal. We gave it a 9 in our recent review, and found that it was one of the best OCR apps for the Mac that we’d tried out. With a modern UI and a speedy text deception engine, plus extras like curvature correction and translation, it’s the companion your scanner has been needing.
We’ve got 5 copies of Prizmo to giveaway to our readers, and all you’ll need to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment below and let us know what scanner you use to get your documents saved on your Mac. You can also share the contest on Twitter, Facebook, or App.net, and share a link to your post here for an extra entry.
We’ll be closing the giveaway on February 6th, so hurry and get your entry in!
Envato staff or those who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.