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We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Music Commander.

Music Commander is an awesome menu bar utility that allows you to control iTunes from anywhere. Music Commander isn’t just another basic iTunes controller mind you, it’s a full-featured iTunes access panel with social integration built right in.

With Music Commander you have access to all your typical controls like play, pause, shuffle and skip, and lots of advanced controls like playlists and ratings. Music Commander shows you the complete information for the current song, including the album art, all right in the menu bar.

Want to share the current song with others? Facebook and Twitter integration make it easy to tell all your friends what you’re listening to. Also, my favorite feature is the Last.fm integration, which automatically scrobbles the songs you hear to your Last.fm account.

You can snag all this functionality for less than a buck on the Mac App Store. If you’re an avid iTunes user, this is one app you won’t want to pass up!

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had any fun with AppleScript so today we’re going to build a super basic script that automatically reads a list of URLs and turns them into screenshots.

If you’re new to AppleScript, be sure to read our introduction and advanced articles! We’ll be explaining things as we go but everything will make a lot more sense once you do your homework.
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Do you work with JavaScript or CSS? If so, we’ve got a treat for you! Don’t miss out! You only have 48 hours, so read on now!

Smaller is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the YUI Compressor. It helps you to batch minify your CSS and JavaScript files (or folders) via a sleek and simple interface for Mac.

We’re giving away copies of Smaller, developed by Chen Luo for free over the next two days! Smaller usually sells for $20, but to reserve your very own free copy, simply sign up to the recently launched AppFanatix newsletter within the next 48 hours, and that’s all there is to it!

The AppFanatix newsletter goes out to subscribers every two weeks and contains all of the latest app news and deals from around the AppStorm network. If you use Apps, you’ll love AppFanatix!

By signing up to the newsletter, not only will you get Smaller for free, but you’ll also be the first to find out all of the details on our upcoming Mac App Bundle, which will feature many more great Mac apps at an amazing price.

How To Get Your Copy!

  1. Subscribe to the AppFanatix newsletter in the following 48 hour period: Thursday 00:01am EST – Friday 11:59pm EST. If you subscribe after this period you are ineligible for the giveaway.
  2. Wait for our email at the end of the giveaway period, with your very own free copy of Smaller!

Thanks to Chen Luo for being a part of this giveaway! If you like Smaller, be sure to check out Chen’s site and his other handy apps Resize and resizeMyBrowser.

Don’t risk missing out, sign up now and reserve your free copy of Smaller now!

After months of speculation and rumors, Apple’s famed iCloud service has finally been revealed. Despite the fact that just about everyone in the industry, including myself, was pretty sure they knew what iCloud would be, Apple threw us a curveball and gave us something completely different.

Today we’ll discuss what iCloud is in terms of something almost equally important: what it isn’t. What was it that everyone expected and how does iCloud differ from that expectation?

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At this point, you probably know all about the newest update to Apple’s legendary operating system: OS X Lion. It has over 250 new features, including new gestures, full-screen apps, Mission Control, Launchpad and all kinds of other goodies that I just can’t wait to get my hands on.

The demos at WWDC had us all drooling over this new toy and we learned that it will hit the Mac App Store in July for a mere $29.99! This marks a serious shift in the way that Apple does business. Never before have they released a major operating system update as a download-only product. At over 4GB, many are nervous about the logistics of this affair. It’s easy to imagine Apple forums filling up on launch day with stories from frustrated users.

Today we want to know whether or not you will purchase and download Lion right away. Will you hit the Mac App Store as soon as possible on launch day or wait a while to see how things work out for early adopters before jumping on the bandwagon? Vote in the poll and leave a comment below with your thoughts.

This review should, in hindsight, be more of an obituary. As you are probably aware, Apple is planning to ditch Front Row from its latest release of Mac OS X, Lion. Why is anyone’s guess, but the fact that the last update for it was released in November 2009, I think we could all see it coming.

In comparison to other applications, Front Row is very basic and only offers a limited number of functions. Apple may want people to switch to the Apple TV, a small digital media receiver which did borrow heavily from Front Row, or maybe it ditched Front Row because of the rise of other, third-party media applications.

Boxee is one of these. Although the whole app and its interface had larger TVs in mind, it can still be used on desktops without too much trouble. Boxee has been around for a little while now – the public beta was released in January 2010 – however the application is still in its beta stage of development. It does boast a neat interface and some handy in-built features so even if you don’t have a large TV, you can still gain some use out of it on your computer.

Boxee is, in my opinion, the final nail in the coffin for Front Row. Read on to find out why.
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I’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Jumsoft.

Jumsoft is comprised of an extremely talented team of people dedicated to bringing you stellar software products for the Mac. The apps that they’ve created are well known and solidly praised on this site and others: Money, Relationship, Operation, Home Business Trio and Process. Together these apps create an unbeatable collection of business utilities that cover everything from accounting to customer relations and beyond.

In addition to their prestigious line of apps, Jumsoft is also known for their line of add-ons for Keynote, Pages and Mail. If you want to make your documents, presentations and email messages look absolutely stunning, be sure to check out their site.

Because they’re just that great, Jumsoft even has a page full of free goodies for you to download and try today!

It’s time for another “Ask the Editor” post today. A big thank you to everyone who sent in their questions – it’s great to have the chance to help you out with your Mac-related queries and quibbles.

Today I’ll be offering some advice about what Thunderbolt means for Mac users, how you can store and organise your recipes on OS X, and a particularly reliable option for an external hard drive.

Read on for plenty of handy Mac knowledge, and I hope you’ll find most of it useful for your own situation as well!

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iTunes. You can’t live with it, and yet you can’t live without it. Sure, it does its job, but there are a whole lot of features which are unnecessary, and necessary features which haven’t been implemented. It has Ping, a social network used by about 7 people, but no support for AVI videos, a video format loved by millions. Unfortunately for us, there aren’t many decent alternatives.

Miro 4 was released recently, and although Miro was always an iTunes competitor, version 4 has really brought it into its own. The 100% free and open source media library does all of the things you want iTunes to do, and more. But is it worth abandoning iTunes for? Read on to find out.

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Good news! We’ve chosen our five winners to receive a free copy of the Mac Essentials Bundle. Check the list below to see if you won. If you’re one of the lucky winners, go check your email right away for download instructions. The Bundle ends today at at 11:59 PM PST so you’ll only have on shot to redeem your prize!

Winners

  • Mekanics
  • Joe Casabona
  • Eden T.
  • Goran Halusa
  • Lia Belle

Didn’t Win? Get $5 Off!

Unfortunately, despite a huge response, only five people could win a free copy of the bundle. However, everyone can shave $5 off the price of the bundle right now by following the link below!

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