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Last week, yet another Humble Bundle was launched, and the special is still running through this week. The Humble Bundle has become one of the best known software bundles ever, and the team behind it continues to surprise with consistently high-quality bundles.

The Humble Bundle is unique in the world of bundles for the way it does business. You can pay whatever you want for a bundle, legitimately getting a ton of games for perhaps mere cents. Now, though, it offers extra games for those who beat the average price paid for the bundle, which is a great incentive to pay more for the bundle. Even still, most of the time, you can get over a dozen games for less than $6, including their soundtracks, Steam licenses, and the option to play them on OS X, Windows, or Linux. Not bad at all.

That’s why we’re wondering: have you ever bought a Humble Bundle? Do you look forward to new ones coming out so you can get more games for your library? We’d love to hear your thoughts about the most popular bundle in the comments!

Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to our winners! Stay tuned for more great giveaways coming up soon!

Bundles are a great way to get a ton of new apps for a great price. I’ve gotten several of the apps I use all the time, including Billings and WriteRoom, from bundles, and recently picked up some great new games and soundtracks from the latest Humble Bundle. The Humble Bundle is especially neat since you can pay just what you want, and this week, there’s a great new bundle with apps to help you be productive on your Mac that works the same way.

Our friends at StackSocial are running their Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle this week, which is one of the best deals we’ve ever seen for Mac software. You can get 6 great apps for any price you want, and if you beat the average price others paid for the bundle, you get Forklift 2, Typinator, and MacFlux 4 as well! Best of all, 10% of your bundle price goes to charities such as the EFF and Charity:Water.

All the goods in the bundle!

The Name Your Own Price Bundle is a great deal already, but we’ve got an even better deal for you. StackSocial gave us 10 of the full, beat the average price bundles with all 9 apps for our readers! You just might get the whole bundle for free!

Tweet to Enter

If you’d love to win one of 10 Name Your Own Price Mac Bundles, it’s easy to get your entry submitted. All you have to do is click the link below and send out the resulting tweet (or just copy and paste), then leave a comment below with a link to your tweet and the app you’re most excited about from the bundle. That’s it!

 

We’ll announce the winners on Saturday, September 29th, so hurry and get your entry in!

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

Our sponsor this week is Ondesoft AudioBook Converter, a great tool that can help you listen to your audiobooks wherever you want. It removes the DRM on standard audiobooks and converts them into the format you need for your player.

It’s frustrating to find audiobooks that can work just like you want, as most are locked down with DRM and won’t play on your car stereo or many portable devices directly. Often you could burn them to CDs, then rip them as mp3, but that’d be a slow, tedious process and you’d have to manually label each track.

That’s where Ondesoft AudioBook Converter comes in. It can convert your audiobooks into any of the most popular audio formats at 16x. It’s simple enough for anyone to use, but with advanced bitrate, sample rate, codec, and more controls to make it work just as you want. Best of all, it’ll automatically transfer all of the metadata, so your converted audiobooks will have everything the original DRMed files had.

Go Get It!

If Ondesoft AudioBook Converter sounds like just what you’ve been needing, then there’s no need to wait. You can download a free trial directly from Ondesoft and see if it’s what you need. Then, if you’re ready to buy a copy, you can purchase it directly for just $14.97, 50% off the normal price, by clicking this link or by entering the coupon code AppStorm at checkout. Hurry, though: the discount expires on November 30th!

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

Apple’s best known for its beautiful hardware and native software that works together so great. Then, over the past year we’ve seen Apple push its iCloud services stronger, integrating them tightly into the latest versions of OS X and iOS. We’re used to that, now, but most likely think of iCloud as web services you use through native apps like Mail, Calendar, Reminders, and any of your other apps that sync data through iCloud.

Turns out, Apple’s been working hard at its own web apps for iCloud at the same time. Just head over to iCloud.com, sign in with your Apple ID, and you’ll get the same great experience with Calendar, Contacts, Mail, and now Notes and Reminders that you would have expected from your Mac or iPad. Only thing is, this time, they’re web apps that can run in any modern browser. Next time you’re stuck on an XP desktop at work, you could still use these apps from the web.

If you want to see more about the latest new iCloud.com features, head over to Web.AppStorm, where we recently dug into the latest and greatest parts of Apple’s web app suite.

Continue Reading at Web.AppStorm

The Humble Bundle has become one of the most popular and longest-lasting software bundles ever. After releasing a number of Android-centric bundles that included Mac games as well, they’re back again with the 6th of their namesake Humble Indie Bundles. This time, for any price you want to pay, you can get 5 popular indie games, as well as their soundtracks, and can get an extra game for beating the average.

It’s quite the deal, one you’ll likely want to check out as soon as you can. This time, though, there’s a bit more than just the bundle.

But first, you might want to go grab a copy of the bundle before it expires in early October. We’ll wait. All set?

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Let’s face it: a new Mac can be rather pricey. There’s many reasons that they’re a great value, from their build quality to the components inside to the software they run, but at the end of the day, if you only have a limited budget for a Mac, it can be tough to find the Mac you need.

We’ve talked before about getting your Mac ready for sell, which is a popular way to recoup some of the cost of your old Mac when you’re getting a new machine. But what about buying a used Mac instead of getting the latest model straight from Apple?

The good thing is, there’s quite the active market for used Macs, and you can usually find almost any Mac you can think of for sell on Craigslist, eBay, or from a local shop. If buying used sounds a bit too risky to you, you could always go for a refurbished Mac straight from Apple, where you can get as much as $200 off many Macs.

So, have you ever purchased a used Mac? How’d it work out for you?

Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to each of our winners!

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to fill your Mac with duplicate photos? If you’re using a Mac with an SSD, such as a MacBook Air, you’ll notice it quickly, but even if your space requirements aren’t as stringent, it’s still frustrating to have to browse through duplicate photos.

That’s what’s exciting about PhotoSweeper. It’s a nicely designed app that takes the pain out of sorting and removing your duplicate pictures. It uses 5 methods to find duplicate photos, even ones that have been edited or saved in other apps. Then, you can preview photos together to decide which one to keep. It’ll make organizing your photos easier than ever.

Earlier this year, our team gave PhotoSweeper a 9 out of 10 in our review, and found it to be a great way to reduce the space pictures are taking up on your hard drive. That’s why we’re excited to have 25 copies of it to giveaway to our readers!

PhotoSweeper

Tweet to Enter

If you’d like to win a free copy of PhotoSweeper, all you have to do is click the link below and send out the resulting tweet (or just copy and paste), then leave a comment below with a link to your tweet. Alternately, if you’d like to share the exact same post on Facebook or App.net, feel free to do that and then leave a comment with the link. That’s it! We’ll then randomly pick 25 winners when we close the contest.

 

We’ll announce the winners next week on September 21st, so hurry and get your entry in today!

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

When Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone 5 years ago, many downplayed the device’s significance to the industry but still assumed it’d sell good thanks to Apple’s Mac fanbase. The iPhone quickly proved it could hold its own in the world, and thanks to the App Store and iCloud, you could easily use an iPhone today even if you didn’t own any other computer at all. Many iPhone users have never owned a Mac, and despite most Mac users love of all things Apple, there’s still many Mac users that have never owned an iPhone.

I’m one of those. I’ve owned an iPod Touch, and loved it, but continued using my old phone for voice calls and txts since iPhones are only sold unlocked in Thailand and cost more than an iPad upfront. Even with Apple’s upcoming launch of the next iPhone, I’ll be paying more attention to details about the next iPod Touch unless they seriously cut the unlocked iPhone’s price.

Whether for cost or just because you don’t use the phone that much, there’s still many of us who don’t have an iPhone. Are you in that number, or are you more devoted to your iPhone today than your Mac? We’d love to hear your thoughts in this week’s poll on the eve of Apple’s next major iPhone launch.

Our sponsor this week is Get Dealy’s Summer Bundle, one of the best deals on Mac apps you’ll find this summer. You’ll get $500 worth of great Mac apps for just $49, and can even get one app for free!

The Get Dealy Summer Bundle includes 10 apps, including award winning Mac and web apps that can help you be more productive and make it easier to work on your Mac. You’ll get Crossover XI to run Windows apps on your Mac, GaragePay to keep up with your PayPal payments easier, Snippets to help you quickly reuse code snippets, Espionage to encrypt folders and keep your data safe, Ronin to track time and make invoices, and more.

Best of all, the Get Dealy Summer Bundle is the exclusive way to preorder a license for Archy, the Mac app for getting the most out of Google Drive. We called it a Must-Have app in our recent review, and if you’re using Google Drive all the time, it’s sure to be a handy app to have around.

Then, if you’re ever looking for deals on software in the future, be sure to check Get Dealy, as they’re always running great discounts on apps you’ll love.

Go Get It!

If you’ve been looking for a great bundle of Mac apps this summer, your search is over. Head over to Get Dealy’s site to get your copy of the Summer Bundle before the deal’s over a week from today. Best of all, you can get a free copy of Speedy, an app to help you launch favorite apps, sites, and more quickly, just for entering your email. That’s a deal you really shouldn’t pass up!

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

Our sponsor this week is Logoist, an app that makes it simple to design high quality vector logos. You can use it to make everything from logos to book covers, photo collages to website banners, you can design anything you want with Logoist.

Designing high-quality vector graphics doesn’t have to be difficult, but it often can be with most graphics apps. Logoist is designed to make it simple to make exactly the logo you want. It includes the features you need to be productive and creative, with advanced layer and blending support, a sophisticated path editing tool, and touchpad gestures. You can easily use any font and transform the text shape, then apply effects, gradients, and shades to make the text your own. Then, with over 3,000 vector clipart images and 150 patterns, as well as over 200 preset effects, there’s enough features in Logoist to help you design a logo from scratch or quickly make a unique one with predesigned elements.

When you’re done making your logo, you can easily use however you want. Logoist lets you export up to 600 dpi in a variety of formats, or you can even export in Photoshop PSD format and keep your layers intact.

Go Get It!

If you’ve been looking for a great way to make logos, banners, and more without spending hours in Photoshop, Logoist might be just what you’ve been looking for. You can download a free trial from their site, or purchase it directly from the App Store for just $19.99, as it’s currently on a 50% sell off it’s normal price of $39.99. It’s a great time to pick up a copy of Logoist if you’ve been looking for a way to make logos easier!

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