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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!

Jaksta Music Miner

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.

W3Capture

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!

Doxie One

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!

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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.

Go Get It!

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.

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

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.

Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to Mei and Colin for winning a copy of the bundle!

‘Tis the season for bundles, deals … and our favorite, giveaways! Our friends over at StackSocial have two great bundles this week, and today we’ve got 2 copies of their Mac Utility Bundle to giveaway to our readers. The giveaway ends in just 36 hours, though, so you’ve only got 24 hours to get your entry in. That means you’d better keep reading, fast.

The Mac Utility Bundle includes the latest version of Parallels, so you can run Windows, Linux, Dos, OS X, or any other OS you want on your Mac without having to reboot. We found Parallels 8 to be a great way to run Windows programs and more on your Mac in our recent review, and if you’ve been wanting to try out Windows 8, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s fully ready for Microsoft’s latest OS.

The bundle then includes Snagit, one of the best known screenshot tools. It’s great for capturing screenshots – even full-length shots of websites – and quickly annotating and sharing them. Those two apps make the bundle more than worth its price of $59.99, but you’ll also get several utilities to go along with it.

Plus, you just might win a free copy from AppStorm! All you’ll need to do to enter is post a comment below letting us know if you’d be more excited about getting Parallels 8 or Snagit, then share the giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, or App.net and share the link to your post below for an extra entry. We’ll randomly select two winners 24 hours from now, so be sure to get your entry in quickly!

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

When you bought your Mac, or perhaps another smart device, chances are you didn’t plan on just using the bundles apps that were already installed on it. There’s dozens of apps we all use every day that make our machines vastly more useful than they’d be on their own. When we don’t know what to use for a job, a quick visit to the App Store is usually all that’s required to find an app that’ll fit the bill.

Problem is, there’s too many apps for any of us to ever use, much less master. And there’s always that nagging suspicion that there’s a better app that could let you do what you’re doing faster.

If only you had the best app. (more…)

Our sponsor this week is Doxie One, the little scanner that makes scanning simple. Doxie One scans your paper – simply, automatically, and with no computer required. To scan, just push the button and insert your sheet. Doxie scans anywhere with a simple, elegant design.

Doxie’s different than other scanners. It’s small – about the size of an empty paper towel roll – so you can tuck it in a drawer when you’re not scanning. Setup is easy: Connect power, insert an SD card (included), press Doxie’s button, and you’re ready to start scanning.

When you’re ready to organize, sync scans to your Mac or iPad, just like a digital camera. Doxie’s elegant Mac app creates multi-page searchable PDFs you can save to your computer, send to your favorite apps like Evernote and Dropbox, or share via iMessage. Doxie even works with your iPad with both Apple’s Lightning and 30-pin SD Card Reader accessories.

Doxie’s app sends your paper to Evernote, Dropbox, and even to friends or colleagues with iMessage on iPhone, iPad, and OS X – so it’s easy to share, back up, and access your paper everywhere you go.

Doxie is paperless for everyone – now shipping for just $149. Reserve one now.

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

When you’re always looking for the greatest new app, sometimes you forget about the awesome apps that power your life. The apps you use day in, day out to make money, stay in touch with family and friends, be creative, stay informed, and more are the most important apps, way more important that that new app that might come out tomorrow and just might revolutionize your life … or not.

Funny thing is, apps that you use all the time can fade into the background, and you’ll almost never think about them. It’s easy to take for granted the apps we use most. From your web browser to tools like Dropbox and Alfred or the launcher of your choice, there are apps you use every day without thinking about it, but you’d be hard pressed to live without them.

Today’s Thanksgiving in America, which makes a great time to stop and think of the things you’re grateful for, no matter where you call home. Our team has rounded up some of the apps we’re thankful for this year, and we’d love to hear from you. What Mac apps are you the most thankful to have around this year? Perhaps an older app that’s stood the test of time, or a newer app that’s recently become essential to your workflow. Either way, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Our Productive Macs Bundle giveaway is now closed, and congrats to our winners Wbadger and Oli! If you haven’t grabbed a copy of the bundle yet and didn’t win, you’ve still got 4 days left to get a copy before the bundle deal ends :)

Want to start out 2013 on a productive note? Why not get started now? For the next 10 days, the latest Productive Macs bundle is on sell for $29.99. It’s quite an amazing bundle for that price, including TextExpander, Path Finder, TaskPaper, Optimal Layout, and more.

TextExpander alone makes the bundle worthwhile if you don’t already have it. It’s an essential productivity tool that can help you type repetitive text quicker, fill out forms in seconds, and more. Throw in Path Finder, a utility we recently called a full alternative to Finder that “provides so many additional features that you’ll almost definitely find at least one that’s invaluable”, and you’ve got quite a productivity bundle already. That’s not to mention the excellent plain text to-do list TaskPaper, Concealer for securing your private data, Optimal Layout to help you arrange your windows in the best layout on your Mac, and more, and this is a bundle you can’t miss.

That’s quite a shelf of productive apps.

Best of all, we’ve got 2 complete bundles to giveaway to our readers! Just leave a comment here before Tuesday, November 27th, and we’ll randomly pick two winners. You can also share the giveaway on Twitter, App.net, or Facebook, then comment with a link to your post, and you’ll get an extra bonus entry for each time you share it.

And if you don’t win, you’ll still have a chance to get the bundle, or you can go ahead and pick up a copy of the bundle right now if you can’t wait. It’s sure worth it!

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