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Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to our winners: Kevin Kirchner, Luigi, b-0-m, Austin, Dan Oanta, Rudolph, THL, Chris W., Marc Simons, and Paul Dunahoo!

Have you ever been frustrated by your Mac’s display dimming, then going to sleep, right while you were in the middle of reading an article or waiting for a task to finish? Your Mac will usually keep the screen running while you’re watching a movie, but otherwise, it’s up to you to move the mouse or tap a key every so often to keep your Mac awake.

Our own Heather Weaver recently reviewed the new Mac app Should I Sleep, and found that it was a great solution to this problem. It’ll monitor almost everything on your Mac, detecting everything from your face to currently active downloads, to keep your Mac from going to sleep when you’ve got work to be done.

Should I Sleep is a free download with in-app purchases for the extra sensors beyond the free included face detection. Getting all of the sensors usually costs $2.99, but this week, we’ve got 10 copies of Should I Sleep with all of the sensors included to giveaway to our readers. Just comment below and let us know what you’re usually doing when your Mac goes to sleep but you don’t want it to, and we’ll enter you in our giveaway. Better yet, share the giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, or App.net and share the link below, and you’ll get an extra bonus entry.

Hurry and get your entry in; we’ll close the giveaway on January 17th, 2013!

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

The new year is here, and with it should come a ton of exciting new apps and app updates. A number of our favorite app developers have already announced major updates coming this year. Throw in the countless new apps that will come out, and perhaps an as-yet-unannounced app upgrade from Apple or Adobe, and it should be yet another exciting year for apps on the Mac.

Here’s some of the apps we’re most excited about in 2013.

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We’d like to say a special Thank you! to our weekly sponsors from December 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!

Ondesoft Screen Capture

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.

Pixelmator

Pixelmator is easily one of the best photo editors on the App Store. 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.

Ondesoft Audio Recorder

If you’ve ever wished you could record audio directly from your Mac apps, Ondesoft Audio Recorder is the app you need. From recording a Skype conversation to saving a broadcast from your favorite internet radio, you can record anything you hear on your computer with this app. It can grab the audio from any of your apps and record it in the formats you want, individually, at the same time. You can even plug in a mic and record your own audio with all the audio controls you want.

And a special thanks to you, our Mac.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We couldn’t do it without you!

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot and join the apps above.

Our sponsor this week is MenuTab Pro for Facebook, a great way to access Facebook right from your Mac’s menubar. It’s the Facebook that millions use on their Macs to check their profile, news feed, photos, groups and much more without having to open a web browser.

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.

MenuTab Pro for Facebook feels right at home on your Mac. You can access it anytime from your menubar with your mouse or keyboard shortcuts, resize the window to just the size you want, navigate with multi-touch gestures, and make sure your posts sound perfect with integrated spellcheck. It’s the app you need to stay on top of Facebook from your Mac desktop.

Go Get It!

If you’ve been wanting a better way to quickly stay on top of your Facebook account from your Mac, MenuTab for Facebook is an app you should definitely try out. Right now, you can get MenuTab Pro for Facebook for just $1.99 in the App Store, 33% off its normal price. It includes all of MenuTab Pro for Facebook’s great features, and promises new free updates coming soon!

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

There’s so many Mac apps these days, it’s impossibly to use all of them. Odds are your Launchpad is filled with apps that you seldom or never use anymore. From apps you might have picked up while they were free or on sale to apps that you replaced with an alternate, it’s rather easy to quit using apps without even really thinking about it.

I’ve personally quit using several apps this year. Once Tweetbot for Mac came out, I pretty much quit using all other Twitter apps on the Mac, and only use Tweetbot online occasionally to schedule tweets. I’ve also quit using almost every other writing app I have installed other than iA Writer and Sublime Text, because no matter how many I try out I always come back to those two for writing and coding, respectively. Then, I quit using the Read Later for Mac app with Instapaper when Pocket for Mac was released, and comically that made me switch the web and iOS app I was using for web reading as well.

How about you? What apps have you quit using this year? This time, you’ll have to leave a comment to let us know!

Our sponsor this week is Ondesoft Audio Recorder, a powerful audio recorder that’ll let you record any audio from any of your apps. With a brand-new interface and tools to help you crop, trim, cut, and split any audio file, it’s the recording solution your Mac is missing.

If you’ve ever wished you could record audio directly from your Mac apps, Ondesoft Audio Recorder is the app you need. From recording a Skype conversation to saving a broadcast from your favorite internet radio, you can record anything you hear on your computer with this app. It can grab the audio from any of your apps and record it in the formats you want, individually, at the same time. You can even plug in a mic and record your own audio with all the audio controls you want.

When it comes time to save and share your audio, Ondesoft Audio Recorder has you covered. It can record to any of the most popular audio formats you want, at any of a wide range of sampling rates. You can even edit the audio in the app to make sure it’s perfect before you save. And don’t worry if you won’t be at your Mac at the perfect time to record; the built-in scheduler lets you schedule recording exactly when you need it.

Go Get It!

Ready to start recording audio from your Mac apps like a pro? Then this is the time to get a copy of Ondesoft Audio Recorder with the Ondesoft Christmas 2012 Promotion. You can get Ondesoft Audio Recorder half off for just $14.97, and can also get a free copy of their iTunes Converter for Mac in addition to discounts on most of their other apps.

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

‘Tis the season to drive around town buying presents, travel hours to see relatives, to try to keep from being the Grimp while muttering Bah, humbug! under your breath. In all seriousness, the holidays are a great time to relax, stay away from email and your desk, and focus on spending time with your family.

If you’re like most of us, your Mac is the machine you use to get work done, and you’d be just as glad to get rid of it for a few days while you unwind. But then, your Mac can be a nice companion on trips and during holiday parties, giving you an easy way to play festive music, throw pictures together into a movie, and more. iOS devices are great for that too, but sometimes its nice to have a full computer at your disposal.

That’s why we’re wondering: when you travel for the holidays, does your Mac come along too? Or are you just as glad to leave it at home and get a few rare days that you’re not in front of the computer? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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.

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

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.

Go Get It!

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.

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.
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