People have mixed opinions about notifications. Is it better to have a subtle popup appear every time an email arrives, or would you prefer to just check it manually?
And what about changing iTunes tracks, Twitter DMs, Dropbox uploads, and everything else that happens in the background. Should you be informed about all these events as well?
The worst case scenario would be that each of these events is handled by different applications, leading to a complex mess of different notification locations, styles, and sounds. Thankfully, we have an application called Growl that does a wonderful job of solving this problem.
Put simply, Growl is a central “notification server” for your Mac. It takes information from all your different applications, and shows relevant notifications in the same consistent way. You may even be running Growl without realising it, as it comes bundled with many popular Mac apps (though they’re not particularly happy about it…)
I’d be interested to hear what you think about notifications. Are you a Growl-lover, or do you prefer to work uninterrupted? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, and vote in our poll above!
I’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Jumsoft. In particular, their latest release of Keynote Themes. This is a fantastic selection of fifteen beautifully hand crafted themes for Apple’s Keynote, designed to make your presentations stand out from the crowd.
The whole pack includes 15 themes: from the clear and crisp “Subtle Mind”, to the cold, stylish “Glossy Metal” and the richly-textured “Nostalgia”. Each theme includes 50 master slides – a mix of bullet, text, and photo-oriented layouts – plenty of versatility for any presentation.
If you’d like to find out more, be sure to visit the official Keynote Themes site, and take a look at what’s on offer. The full collection of 15 themes is available to buy now for $79. Definitely worth considering if you’re a regular Keynote user!
It used to be that the world of games on the Mac was an open wasteland, populated by software that was more appropriate for children than for console-loving adults. But now, that’s not really the case. Yes, sometimes the games take slightly longer to come to market, but they come to the Mac all the same, ready for some hardcore action.
So here we have Bioshock, a very popular game for the PC and consoles that was released several years ago. In fact, it’s even seen a sequel, which isn’t yet available for the Mac.
So is this game worth the $40 price tag? To find out, I downloaded the demo and gave it a shot. The results are after the jump.
In the mobile, digital world in which we live, it is more important than ever to have your data, calendar appointments, contacts, notes, and to do lists up-to-date, no matter where you are or what device you are using.
In a perfect world (for me, anyway), all of the software I use would stay synced with MobileMe (and MobileMe would be free!). Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and different software developers provide different services and methods for keeping the desktop and mobile versions of their apps in sync.
So what are the options, and which one is best?
First of all, thank you so much to everyone that took the time to share their thoughts and suggestions about the site. It’s amazing to hear your feedback, and we’ll certainly be taking it on board.
I’m excited to let you know that we’ve gone through and chosen the competition winners! Congratulation are in order to the following ten commenters:
- Robert Hoppe
- Steven Griffiths
- Ryan Quintal
- Josh H.
- Thomas Furlonger
- Thomas Wylie
We’ll be in touch soon with your license codes!
Competition Now Closed
I’m excited to let you know about an awesome competition kicking off today, with ten licenses of Tagalicious up for grabs! We reviewed this app last week, and it’s a fantastic way to clean up your music library and ensure all your tracks are correctly tagged.
Tagalicious automatically finds the right information and tags for songs in your music collection, and the information Tagalicious finds for your songs is seamlessly updated in iTunes.
Not only does the app add tags, but also album art and song lyrics. In no time at all, your music collection looks richer everywhere, from Cover Flow in iTunes to the Now Playing screen on your iPhone.
Entering the competition is really easy. All you need to do is leave a comment below, telling us one thing that you’d like to see change on Mac.AppStorm. I’d love to read a little bit of feedback about how we could make the site better for you!
The competition will run for one week, and I’ll pick ten winning comments at random on Thursday, 10th March. Best of luck, and I look forward to reading your suggestions in the comments.
We’d like to say a big thank you to this month’s Mac.AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can purchase a banner advertisement through BuySellAds, or sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot.
We still have a few Weekly Sponsorship positions available in March, so act fast to get your slot booked in now!
Thank you to the fantastic applications we had sponsoring each week during the month, all of which we personally recommend you download and try out!
- PDFpen – If you regularly work with (or need to edit) PDF documents, PDFpen can be an absolute life saver. It has a friendly, easy-to-use interface, with a feature set that rivals that of Acrobat Pro.
- gNotifier – gNotifier is a multi account, multi service notification application for Google Apps and Gmail. Priced at $4.99, it shows notifications for your Google Apps services right on your Desktop.
- Projector – Projector is designed to keep track of tasks in a project, handle a budget, and plan your time. It provides everything you need for professional project management.
Finally, thanks to you for reading AppStorm this month, and for checking out the software that our sponsors create. I really appreciate it – you make the site what it is!
Earlier today Apple made good on their promise to wow us once more with yet another new multi-touch wonder: the iPad 2 (Steve Jobs himself kicked off the presentation).
Rumors have been flying for months about what it would and wouldn’t include, many of which were proven true, though as always Apple still had a few surprises up its sleeve.
Keep reading to see what the hype is all about. We’ll go over all the details of the new and improved iPad so you can see whether or not it’s time to give in and get one!
I’ve always had a thing for Lego. When I was a kid, I lived and breathed the blocks, playing with them every day until eventually, I grew up and sold them all to buy a Game Boy. About 5 years ago, I decided to get back into them a bit as a relaxation technique, and now I find myself picking up a set every few months.
Recently, Lego reinvented themselves by adding a video game lineup to the mix. For the past few years they’ve put out games such as Lego Batman, Lego Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones, all based on the popular properties.
Their latest one is Lego Harry Potter (Years 1-4), and it’s available on the Mac App Store right now. So how does the Mac version stack up to the console models?
Despite many complaints, niggles and annoyances, Apple has stuck by their cloud service for over a decade. Originally introduced in January, 2000 as iTools, it has gone through countless revisions, updates and re-branding efforts. Now called MobileMe, it’s a huge improvement over the years of neglect we saw to .Mac.
But does MobileMe cut it as a cloud service? Although it now does a pretty great job of syncing all your information, it falls down when it comes to file sharing and cloud data storage. There are plenty of rumours circulating about a major upgrade (centred around their big data centre project), but these are now over a year old and we haven’t seen an announcement.
Personally, I’ve been a MobileMe subscriber for the past five years. I love the sync functionality, and consider the price to be justified for this integration alone. Of course it’s possible to use Google’s free option, but it never feels quite as polished to me.
What do you think? Are you a loyal MobileMe subscriber of several years, or is it something that you’d never consider in the present format? Have your say in the poll and feel free to share any thoughts in the comments!
Interested in learning about some of the alternatives available? Check out MobileMe: A Worthy Investment? (And a Few Alternatives) for everything you need to know!