‘Tis the season to drive around town buying presents, travel hours to see relatives, to try to keep from being the Grimp while muttering Bah, humbug! under your breath. In all seriousness, the holidays are a great time to relax, stay away from email and your desk, and focus on spending time with your family.
If you’re like most of us, your Mac is the machine you use to get work done, and you’d be just as glad to get rid of it for a few days while you unwind. But then, your Mac can be a nice companion on trips and during holiday parties, giving you an easy way to play festive music, throw pictures together into a movie, and more. iOS devices are great for that too, but sometimes its nice to have a full computer at your disposal.
That’s why we’re wondering: when you travel for the holidays, does your Mac come along too? Or are you just as glad to leave it at home and get a few rare days that you’re not in front of the computer? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Our sponsor this week is Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editing app for the Mac. It keeps getting better, with new updates that added soft proofing, new effects and an effects browser, alignment guides, iCloud support, and more!
Best of all, the latest updated added CMYK support to Pixelmator, so you can now work in CMYK colors and print your pictures while making sure they’ll look the same on everything: your computer, your mobile devices, and in print. It even now has advanced PSD support so you’ll be able to work even better with Photoshop files.
That’s in addition to the great editing features that users already love in Pixelmator. With advanced layer support, drawing and retouching tools, file versions, web export features, and more, there’s something for everyone to love. Best of all, it’s built on the best OS X technology, letting it take advantage of your GPU to speed up your work and helping you work faster with Automator integration.
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If you’re ready to get started editing photos and creating beautiful digital art on your Mac in an app that’s designed to make the most of OS X, head over to the App Store and pick up a copy of Pixelmator! Pixelmator usually costs $59, but it’s on sell for the Holidays for just $14.99 right now. You can even download a free trial from their site to try out all of Pixelmator’s features for free for 30 days.
Good evening, folks. It’s Thursday, the 13th of December, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s release is just one day away. (Unless you have the luxury of a 10 p.m. or midnight showing near you.) I’ve been listening to the soundtrack, and in fact it’s been with me during the composition of this entire deals article. So, if you see some old-English, remember why it’s there. Now, on to the deals of post boxes, healing things with a snap, and so many languages, evening an translator can’t help you. Don’t worry though, Elvish is not among them. Let’s be off! (more…)
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in November. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!
Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!
Last year, one of the newest features Apple announced for the iOS and iPhoto was Photo Stream, a simple way to get the pictures you take on the go on your Mac. If you have an iPhone and take pictures all the time, but want to keep them on your Mac, it’s a great service … provided you don’t take more than 1000 pictures before syncing with your Mac.
It’s an interesting way to keep your pictures synced along with the rest of your files with iCloud, but most of us have many different ways we sync data already. From Dropbox and other online storage apps to social networks where we usually share photos directly already, there’s a ton of ways to get your pictures off your phone without syncing or using Photo Stream.
More interesting, though, is that Photo Stream could work just between two Macs, or a Mac and a PC with iCloud installed. That way, your most recently imported photos are on all of your devices, even if you don’t have an iPhone.
So do you use Photo Stream on your Mac? Do you find it very useful, or could you just as easily use something else? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at BundelHunt! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!
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Meet the Holiday Bundle – the latest bundle from BundleHunt. It features 12 of the best-selling Mac apps available today. At AppStorm we’re excited to offer you the chance to win one of two bundles up for grabs!
The Holiday Bundle features an awesome selection apps that collectively retail for $1,150, with BundleHunt you can get them for a mere $49.99, with AppStorm you get the chance to walk away with one for free!
The Holiday Bundle includes a variety of top-quality apps and design goodies, including;
- Billings – Professional time billing for everyone.
- MacFlux – Powerful Mac web design made easy.
- Hydra Pro – Easily create stunning HDR images, either artistic or photorealistic.
- Disktools Pro – Mac defrag, Mac disk repair and more!
- Courier – Share files, images, photos, movies, and more with all your favourite online services.
- iDocument – Smart document management for Mac.
- Art Text – Where text becomes an art.
Head over to BundleHunt to read up on the details!
Read on to find out how to enter!
Our sponsor this week is Ondesoft Screen Capture, the screenshot tool that lets you take a screenshot any way you want, just the way you need. The latest version includes all the great screen capture features you’d expect, along with the brand-new scrolling capture and menu capture tools that make it even more powerful than ever. Now you can grab screenshots of everything, including menus and full-length documents and websites.
Ondesoft Screen Capture lets you use a number of tools to capture anything on your screen. You can capture scrolling areas, individual items, shapes, and more, and then you can edit the screenshots with its built-in editor. You can organize all of your screenshots to keep up with everything you’ve captured, or export your shots in all the standard image formats you could expect. It’s the screenshot tool that can handle everything in one package.
Go Get It!
Ready to start taking screenshots like a pro? Then head over to Ondesoft‘s website to download a free trial. You can then buy a copy of Ondesoft Screen Capture for $29.95 so you can keep capturing everything you can see on your Mac.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!