Want to start the year out on a productive note? We’re already almost a full month into 2013, but it’s never too late to get more productive. The App Store has an official Get Stuff Done Sale this week, starting with apps that help you prioritize what needs to be done. Unlike other app deals, where there’s a few apps that we like and a number we’re not too terribly excited about, this one is full of apps that we’re very excited about and really use in our own daily work. Most of them don’t go on sale often (or ever), so this is a great chance to pick up these apps for 50% off.
The sale includes such great apps as:
If you’re needing a new productivity app, and perhaps have been eying Things or Clear for some time, now’s the time to go pick up a copy on the cheap! We’ll be excited to see what else goes on sale over the next two weeks with the Organize and Utilize specials.
We’ve just closed our giveaway, and would like to say Congrats! to our winners: Arun, Vanna, Brad, Nienque, and Fernando. Stay tuned for our next giveaway coming soon!
If you’ve been looking for a great way to keep up with all of your passwords on your Mac and your iPhone or iPod Touch, then PassLocker is a slick new app you should check out. It’s not as advanced as some of the more popular password apps, but then, if you don’t have hundreds of secure accounts to keep up with, it just might be what you’re needing. It’s slick, runs right from your Mac’s menubar, has AES 256-bit encryption, auto-fill, and can keep your passwords in sync between your Mac and your iPhone via iCloud. Sounds like quite the handy app.
PassLocker for Mac usually costs $4.99, while PassLocker for iPhone usually costs $1.99, but we’ve got 5 sets of PassLocker for Mac and iPhone to giveaway to our readers. This time, you’ll need to have an iPhone or iPod Touch as well as a Mac. Just leave a comment below and let us know what Mac and iPhone you have, and you’ll be entered in the contest. You can also share the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or App.net and share the link below for an extra bonus entry.
We’ll close the contest on Wednesday, January 30th, 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.
Creating detailed, highly realistic 3D models from your Mac doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive with Cheetah3D, our sponsor this week. At just $99, it’s far cheaper than most 3D modeling apps, but includes the features you’d need to create 3D artwork for your next iPhone game or make your first animated character.
With a full set of polygon, subdivision surface and spline modeling tools you can focus on creating, safe in the knowledge that Cheetah3D has a breadth of features for the task. Cheetah3D makes modeling in 3D a breeze for new and experienced users alike. It then smoothly integrates the industrial strength Bullet physics engine to simulate rigid body and soft body dynamics. No matter if you want to spill a bowl of marbles on the floor or simulate a waving flag in the wind. Cheetah3D can handle it with just a few mouse clicks.
Raytracing, Global Illumination, HDRI, Caustics and much more means Cheetah3D can produce stunning images and animations using advanced techniques. In fact, from looking at the gallery, you’ll find examples of beautiful building renders, cartoon art, and more that were created with Cheetah3D. Everything you create can be exported in a variety of industry standard formats for animation (fbx, stl, 3ds, obj, and more), images, and movies (png, jpg, mov, and more). Your models can be exported to be used in iBooks Author or many popular game engines as well.
Go Get It!
Cheetah3D costs just $99, and you can download a free trial of Cheetah3D to see if it’s the 3D app for you. You can try out all of the features, then if you want to save or export your designs, you can get a license for the app.
In 2012, the Mac community lost one of the Mac OS X mail clients that many considered to be the best on the market: Sparrow. Development has stopped (which doesn’t mean you can’t still use this app, though, at least for now) since the team has been acquired by Google.
Some claim that the whole email concept needs a refresh and solutions are offered, and the previously reviewed Mail Pilot and its upcoming Mac client, or the upcoming .Mail app are proof of that. Others still prefer to use web-based apps like the popular Gmail.
I, for one, still think that Mail.app, since its OS X Lion revision, is the best. It’s built-in, offered at no cost, and is completely integrated with OS X. I’ve customized it to fit my needs and developed my own workflow to deal with emails.
In my humble opinion, you should be able to jump into your emails, process them quickly, and then get back to work. A mail client, for me, is just a way to send and receive emails, not a big messy, clunky, filing cabinet with hundreds of manually created and sorted folders. Read on to find out why, in that case, Mail.app is the best for me, even when processing hundreds of incoming messages per day.
We reviewed an app called Characters back in August. It gives you quick access to a large number of special characters, making it an indispensable tool for web developers, technical writers, and anyone else who needs to go beyond the standard ASCII fare on a regular basis.
But I think the best tool for the job is PopChar X, not Characters, nor OS X’s built-in character viewer (and not any of the many web-based alternatives, either). It nestles itself in the top-left (or right) corner of your menubar, and it has everything you could need. Allow me to explain.
It’s hard to throw a stone without hitting a new to-do list app for the Mac. From Apple’s Reminders app to the new, iPhone inspired apps like Clear to the old, trusty workhorse apps like Omnifocus and Things, there’s a million ways to get things done on your Mac.
The thing is, we all need different things from to-do list apps. I personally used a plain text file (with TaskPaper or any plain text editor) for the longest time to keep track of everything I needed to do, before it became too hard to keep up with the tasks that have deadlines. I then switched to Omnifocus, and rely on it to make sure I don’t miss anything I need to do. I still like using plain text files for to-dos, though, and also have taken to using Clear to keep up with lists of random things that don’t matter as much (say, apps I want to try or movies I want to watch).
There’s far too many to-do list apps to list in a poll, so I thought instead we’d just ask what apps you use to keep up with your todos. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Our sponsor this week is MailTab Pro for Gmail, the ideal app for instantly accessing your Gmail account without having to open your web browser. It lets you do everything you’d need to do in Gmail right from your Mac’s menubar.
Logging into Gmail in your browser every time you want to check your email can get annoying, and you end up missing out on the great integration native apps have with notifications and more. But, if you’re already used to using Gmail online, using it in a native app can feel strange. MailTab Pro for Gmail is designed to give you the best of both worlds. It lets you access Gmail from your menubar, letting you see the mobile version of Gmail to quickly check and send emails, and also lets you switch to the full Gmail experience if you want.
MailTab Pro for Gmail has been designed to fit in perfectly with your Mac. It runs right from your menubar, sends native desktop notifications when you get new emails, and has retina display-ready icons in its toolbar. It even supports standard OS X keyboard shortcuts and multi-touch gestures. You can pick notification sounds and set the menubar icon to change when you get new emails. You’ll get the best of Gmail with the best of OS X in MailTab Pro for Gmail.
Go Get It!
MailTab Pro for Gmail usually costs $3, but is currently on sell for just $1.99 in the App Store. That includes all of MailTab Pro’s features, including full Gmail mobile and desktop support, notifications, chat, and more. If you’ve been wanting a simpler way to access your Gmail web app from your Mac, now’s the time to grab a copy of MailTab Pro.
As someone who writes about software (or apps, as we’re apt to say these days) daily for work and fun, I always enjoy reading the story behind the software we use. Folklore.org is one of the most fun sites online, in my opinion, simply because it tells the story behind the early days of Apple and the Mac (as well as a few interesting stories about Microsoft).
If there’s any company we’d be interested in the story behind its apps, it’d be Apple. Over the past month, that’s started happening, to a degree, thanks to Don Melton, a former Apple employee who started the Safari and Webkit projects. He’s quite an interesting guy, having first worked as a member of the Netscape team, then after releasing Safari worked on Calendar, Contacts, Messages, and FaceTime for Mac in Apple. He’s started writing since his retirement from Apple, and has started out with three fascinating short peeks at Safari’s development in Apple. (more…)