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Firing up iPhoto just to pull a few pictures off your iPhone is too much trouble. So is emailing a voice recording to yourself. Videos? Well, they’re big enough, you’ll likely have to sync with iPhoto to get them.

There’s a whole market of tools to help people get files off their iOS devices, and Macroplant — the people behind iExplorer — have just made a free Finder for your iPhone: iBrowse. It’s a simple app that lets you get pictures, videos, recordings, and books off any iPhone or iPad just as easily as you could copy a file off a flash drive.

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Minimalist writing apps have taken the App Store by storm, from the extreme of iA Writer’s entire lack of settings to full-featured writing environments like Ulysses III. It’s great to write without worrying on your final formatting, focusing instead on your actual words. Eventually, though, you’ll need to export your work to publish it on the web or in print. Your writing app likely includes a number of basic export tools, but for serious writers that want the best export options, Brett Terpstra’s Marked app is the best tool in town.

Today, it gets even better, with the just-released Marked 2. It’ll preview anything from a draft blog post in MarsEdit to a whole folder of Markdown documents, show you your overused phrases that’d be best cut out of your document, and give you the best exports with MultiMarkdown 4.2 support and the option to save in DOCX, paginated PDF, and much more.

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Flash died in 2007, and everyone’s been catching up since then. It’d long since been the worst part of the web, responsible for buzzing fans and auto-playing audio, but it took the advent of modern touch devices to make it outdated for good. That didn’t mean animated websites were gone along with Flash, though — it only meant we’d need more creative solutions.

Into the void came Hype, the Mac app that made it easy to create web-ready animations with just HTML, CSS, and Javascript — but without any coding. It brought drag-and-drop simplicity back to online animations. And now, just over 2 years after it was introduced, Hype 2 is here and is better than ever. It’s the simplest way to make interactive and animated content for the web — indeed, it’s as simple as making a Keynote presentation.

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Missing a bill payment is more than just frustrating — it can be a very expensive experience thanks to overdue fees, not to mention the inconvenience if your utilities get cut off. But then, there’s no reason to forget to pay your bills nowadays. You could add calendar reminders or put your bills in your todo list or Reminders.app.

Or, you could use Chronicle, the Mac app for keeping track of your bills. With its brand-new iCloud sync and a fully redesigned companion iOS app that looks great in iOS 7, its the best way to keep track of all your bills and more.

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We’re two days into Fall 2013, and Apple’s promised for months now that OS X Mavericks is “Coming this fall”. Mavericks isn’t here yet, but after a blockbuster opening weekend for the iPhone 5c and 5s and the long-anticipated iOS 7 release, Apple’s finally turning its attention back to the Mac. Nope, the anticipated Retina Display MacBook Pro isn’t here, nor is the announced revolutionary Mac Pro.

Instead, first up in Apple’s fall Mac refresh is a new iMac. This year’s refresh brings a welcome but modest spec bump to the existing thin iMac design, with the latest quad-core Intel i5 Haswell processors (at the same speeds as last year’s models), high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Intel’s Iris Pro graphics on the low end. The higher end iMacs now include NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, 755M, or GTX 775M graphics cards, respectively, for even better graphics performance, but even the base-model iMac’s Iris Pro graphics should perform better than last year’s baseline NVIDIA 600 series graphics. In a somewhat surprising move, though, Apple’s still shipping 5400rpm platter HDDs with the base iMacs, and an SSD or Fusion Drive is still an extra upgrade for all iMacs.

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This year’s iMacs likely won’t prove a temptation for anyone with a 2012 iMac, but the spec upgrade at least puts them in a more competitive spot with this year’s chips. There’s still no Retina display, or anything more exotic like a touch screen, so Apple’s got plenty of stuff left to add to the iMac in coming years.

The new iMacs should be just the start of Apple’s fall Mac refresh. We’ve still got OS X Mavericks and the new Mac Pro coming for sure, and during WWDC a new iWork was mentioned as well — something we sure hope comes sooner rather than later seeing as we’re all still using iWork ’09 today. The MacBook Air was already updated this year, but both the Retina Display MacBook Pro and the Mac Mini could at least use a similar spec upgrade as the new iMacs, so hopefully we’ll at least get that this fall as well.

Now, let’s just hope Apple doesn’t wait until the last day of fall — officially December 20th — to get Mavericks onto the App Store!

We just closed our giveaway; congrats to our winners lapfelix, Poporin, ptrix, Markus, and Andrew!

Everyone loves bundles, but how about 3 new bundles? That’s what our friends at Paddle have this week. They’ve got two new games bundles — the Pay What You Want Variety Games Bundle and the Fall Pay What You Want Game Bundle — with 5 games each for Mac and PC, as well as a bundle of Mac apps from Little App Factory.

Each of the bundles are a great deal since they’re pay-what-you-want bundles like the popular Humble Bundles, but we’ve got something even better: 5 copies of the bundles for our readers. 5 lucky readers are going to win all 3 of these bundles this week.

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It’s almost time to upgrade your Mac to OS X Mavericks — and if you’re going to opt for a clean install, that means it’s time to reinstall many of your older apps. There’s also brand-new versions of VMware Fusion and Parallels that came out recently, and special deals from Adobe on Creative Cloud upgrades. That means you need all of your old software keys. But what if you’ve thrown away your disks, deleted old purchase emails, and lost your paper records?

That’s where Mac Product Key Finder comes in. It’ll scan your Mac for over 180 supported programs and recover your keys automatically. You can then copy the key to use wherever you need — to activate software on a new Mac, or to purchase an upgrade at upgrade pricing. Or, you can export a whole list of your product keys for your records, so you won’t have to go searching again next time.

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The pro version of Mac Product Key Finder goes even further. In addition to uncovering your old keys on your Mac, it’ll let you scan your external drives, Time Machine backups, and networked Macs for product keys so you can inventory every key you own even if you’re not currently using them. It’ll also let you see the serial number, IMEI, and more info from your iOS devices, and includes a terminal tool to let you generate a CSV or TXT file with all of your license keys.

Go Find Your Lost Keys Today!

There’s no reason to pay full price for an upgrade to your older apps — and no reason to quit using your older apps just because you’re getting a new Mac. Go download a copy of Mac Product Key Finder this week, and rediscover the keys you’ve lost. You can try out the free version if you only need to look for the basic supported apps, or get the pro version with all its features for on sale for 20% off this week with our exclusive coupon code APP20STORM which makes it just $19.96!

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OS X Mavericks is bringing a number of features power users have wanted for year: better multiple display support, tabs and tags in Finder, all while using less system resources than before. The menubar itself, however, has mostly gone untouched.

That’s still Bartender’s domain. And with the just-released v1.2, Bartender remains the app anyone with a packed menubar needs in any version of OS X.

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It’s been a busy week for Apple, with the iPhone 5c and 5s hitting the streets today, only days after iOS 7 was finally released. Apple’s never released two new iPhones at once before, opting instead to simply discount the older model, so it’ll be interesting to see how the new strategy fares in the market.

Macs have to wait a bit longer to get Mavericks, but there’s been a ton of interesting stuff written about Apple this week — from AnandTech’s detailed analysis of the new iPhones to USA Today and Businessweek’s interviews with Apple’s leadership. Here’s the best articles from this week to fill up your weekend reading queue.

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Evernote’s a great notebook app. It makes it simple to write notes down, record audio or drag in images to remember everything, and then find it all again quickly with a click.

But then, what makes Evernote so nice — something so many people rely on — is far more than just being a notes app. There’s plenty of places you can jot down notes, from the built-in Notes app to services like Simplenote. Evernote, though, ends up being far more than just that since there’s so many ways to add info to it. You can clip web pages with the brilliant new Evernote Web Clipper, snap pictures and add notes on the go with the new iPhone app, or use IFTTT to save stuff to Evernote on the go. If only you could do something with all that info.

Well, now you can. That’s where Evernote’s new Presentation Mode comes in.

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