Our sponsor this week is Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editing app for the Mac. It keeps getting better, with new updates that added soft proofing, new effects and an effects browser, alignment guides, iCloud support, and more!
Best of all, the latest updated added CMYK support to Pixelmator, so you can now work in CMYK colors and print your pictures while making sure they’ll look the same on everything: your computer, your mobile devices, and in print. It even now has advanced PSD support so you’ll be able to work even better with Photoshop files.
That’s in addition to the great editing features that users already love in Pixelmator. With advanced layer support, drawing and retouching tools, file versions, web export features, and more, there’s something for everyone to love. Best of all, it’s built on the best OS X technology, letting it take advantage of your GPU to speed up your work and helping you work faster with Automator integration.
Go Get It!
If you’re ready to get started editing photos and creating beautiful digital art on your Mac in an app that’s designed to make the most of OS X, head over to the App Store and pick up a copy of Pixelmator! Pixelmator usually costs $59, but it’s on sell for the Holidays for just $14.99 right now. You can even download a free trial from their site to try out all of Pixelmator’s features for free for 30 days.
Last year, one of the newest features Apple announced for the iOS and iPhoto was Photo Stream, a simple way to get the pictures you take on the go on your Mac. If you have an iPhone and take pictures all the time, but want to keep them on your Mac, it’s a great service … provided you don’t take more than 1000 pictures before syncing with your Mac.
It’s an interesting way to keep your pictures synced along with the rest of your files with iCloud, but most of us have many different ways we sync data already. From Dropbox and other online storage apps to social networks where we usually share photos directly already, there’s a ton of ways to get your pictures off your phone without syncing or using Photo Stream.
More interesting, though, is that Photo Stream could work just between two Macs, or a Mac and a PC with iCloud installed. That way, your most recently imported photos are on all of your devices, even if you don’t have an iPhone.
So do you use Photo Stream on your Mac? Do you find it very useful, or could you just as easily use something else? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.
Our sponsor this week is Ondesoft Screen Capture, the screenshot tool that lets you take a screenshot any way you want, just the way you need. The latest version includes all the great screen capture features you’d expect, along with the brand-new scrolling capture and menu capture tools that make it even more powerful than ever. Now you can grab screenshots of everything, including menus and full-length documents and websites.
Ondesoft Screen Capture lets you use a number of tools to capture anything on your screen. You can capture scrolling areas, individual items, shapes, and more, and then you can edit the screenshots with its built-in editor. You can organize all of your screenshots to keep up with everything you’ve captured, or export your shots in all the standard image formats you could expect. It’s the screenshot tool that can handle everything in one package.
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Ready to start taking screenshots like a pro? Then head over to Ondesoft‘s website to download a free trial. You can then buy a copy of Ondesoft Screen Capture for $29.95 so you can keep capturing everything you can see on your Mac.
We’d like to say a special Thank you! to our weekly sponsors from November 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 and products that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!
Ever wanted to record an online broadcast, or perhaps save a lecture to listen to later? There’s a number of apps that would make this easy for online text, such as Instapaper or Pocket, but what can you do to save audio for later? Enter Jaksta Music Miner, the simplest way to record streaming audio on your Mac. It grabs whatever’s playing in your browser, and lets you save it in the format you want and listen to it later.
Whether you’re researching online or trying to put together a collection of your company’s press mentions online, you’ll want a tool that makes it easy to save and archive the sites you come across. That’s exactly what W3Capture is for. It lets you create anything from thumbnail images to full-length PDF copies of all the sites you add to its queue, in one click. No more pressing CMD+S and fussing with settings for each of the sites you want to save!
Scanning all of your documents shouldn’t be any harder than taking a picture with your snapshot camera. The Doxie One makes it even easier than that. Just insert your documents and Doxie will scan them to the included SD card, which you can then sync with your Mac in seconds. It includes powerful OCR and integrates with your favorite Mac and web apps to make sure your documents are preserved the way you want. The Doxie One makes the paperless lifestyle easy for everyone!
And a special thanks to you, our Mac.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We couldn’t do it without you!
Optical Disks are rapidly going the way of cassette tapes, zip disks, floppies, and every other form of removable storage we’ve used over the years. Yes, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray disks are still important, but they’re far from the most important thing for computer users today. We watch movies and listen to music online or download them from the iTunes store, we download programs from the App Store and games from Steam, and we backup and share files with Dropbox, iCloud, and dozens of other online backup services.
CD and DVD drives are annoying at best. They break more often than not (yes, I’ve seen over a half-dozen DVD drives break over the past several years), and keeping your disks scratch-free is an exercise in futility. Then you have to keep the disks around just in case you ever want to rip that song or install that program again.
That said, DVDs are still rather useful, if for nothing else than watching movies. Downloads are great, but when your internet connection is slow or the discount section at the store beats iTunes prices, the trusty old DVD still serves its purpose. That’s why I own a Samsung external DVD drive to use along with my MacBook Air (I know, Samsung and Apple, sitting together on my desk…).
How about you? Do you use an external DVD drive, or have you kicked disks to the curb as Apple has started dropping DVD drives from its latest Macs? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Our sponsor this week is Studiometry, the ultimate organization tool for professionals. The newly released version 10 brings over 150 new features to the already feature-packed program. If you’re team’s been looking for an app that can bring all of your business info together on the Mac, Studiometry might be just what you’re looking for.
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.
Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to our winners: sergio, Justin, JTFMT, Kosztalma, and Zeng Guan Wen!
Yup, that’s right: we’ve got another awesome Mac bundle to giveaway this week! The MacBundler team is back at it with an awesome bundle, this time with over $500 worth of software for just $45. The bundle includes a number of apps you’ll want to put to work in your workflow.
It includes Rapidweaver 5, a great app for designing websites quickly from templates, as well as MotionComposer, a great app for making HTML5 and Flash based animated content for the web. Along with that, you’ll get iFinance, Screenium, DEVONsphere Express, and more!
It’s a great value at $45, but best of all, we’ve got 5 copies of the bundle to giveaway to our readers! Just leave a comment below telling us what app in the bundle you want most, then optionally share the giveaway on Twitter, App.net, or Facebook and share the link to your post for a bonus entry. We’ll close the bundle giveaway on Saturday, December 8th, 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.
At the end of last year, it looked like Apple just might release a TV in 2012. Our readers were skeptical, but still, many indicators seemed to point in that direction. But here we stand, with the year all but past, and unless Apple decides to release something in the next 4 weeks, 2012 will end without a TV from Apple.
That is, except for the Apple TV. No, Apple doesn’t make a TV itself, but its $99 set top box just might be the handiest little device you can hook up to your TV. Steve Jobs referred to it as a hobby, but it’s been a hobby Apple keeps coming back to. It’s more affordable than ever, so tiny you’ll hardly notice it in your living room, and with AirPlay and a Mac or iOS device, it can be the simplest way to show off a presentation or play a game on the big screen.
That’s why we’re wondering if you have an Apple TV. If so, do you ever use it with your Mac via AirPlay, or do you just use it to play online and iTunes media on your TV? Or is an Apple TV on your Christmas wish list? We’d love to hear your thoughts on Apple’s non-TV in the comments below.