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Billings and Marketcircle: The Subscription Transformation

Back at the end of June, I received a press release from Toronto-based developers Marketcircle, the team behind the acclaimed Mac business app Daylite (which I recently reviewed right here on Mac.AppStorm), stating that Billings would be discontinued and that Billings Pro would be offered in its place. It took me a while (and a couple of reads through the e-mail) to actually process what was going on and, more importantly, what it would mean for me seeing as I was a keen Billings user.

For those of you who don’t know, Billings is a great time-tracking and invoicing application aimed towards freelancers. Not only can you keep track of all your clients (and bill them for your services) but you’ve also got access to some pretty powerful reporting tools (these are especially useful when it comes to filling out your tax return) and the app will also keep track of all your unpaid invoices, reminding you when any are overdue.


Get a Free Copy of MacX Video Converter Pro from AppStorm!

Need to convert videos and audio to different formats often? The latest version of MacX Video Converter Pro just might be what you need — and it’s for free until July 25th. MacX Video Converter Pro lets you convert video in over 320 formats to the exact format you need, so your videos will look perfect on any device. Plus, it can record your screen or your FaceTime camera, giving you an easy way to make a screencast. The latest version is faster than ever, so you won’t have to worry about your videos taking too long to convert.

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All you’ll need to to get your free copy is head over to the MacX Video Converter site, download a copy, and activate it with the following key before July 25th:


If you happen to have a Windows PC, you can get a copy of it from their Windows site as well. And enjoy!

This time, the giveaway’s open to anyone — Envato staff, writers, Mr. Scrooge, and anyone else who needs to convert videos!

The Walking Dead: Back From The Dead With the 400 Days DLC

Last month we took a look at The Walking Dead, a post-apocalyptic adventure game that offered up an enticing narrative worthy of the full 10/10 score that we awarded it. Now, developer Telltale Games has released 400 Days, a DLC installment that brings a new story to The Walking Dead universe while we wait for a full-on second season release.

The Walking Dead: 400 Days is canon to the storyline of the first season of The Walking Dead but, aside from the odd cameo and reference, it is an independent experience, presenting the tales of a new group of survivors. Make sure you’ve checked out our first season review, then join us for a look at 400 Days. (more…)

Weekly Poll: What Should Apple Change About the Mac App Store?

The Mac App Store has become the default place to find and install apps on your Mac, and for the most part it's been a great boon to OS X. It's made it easier for indie developers to get an app published and noticed, and has made it simpler for new Mac users to find the great Mac apps they've heard about. In OS X Mavericks, it's getting even better, with automatic background update installation and options for subscriptions, say, for an Evernote Pro upgrade.

But for many, that's not enough. The Mac App Store works great for selling the first version of an app, but after that, there's no way to sell an upgrade version without releasing it for free, or releasing it as a new app. That takes away the old upgrade incentive of being able to pay less to upgrade to the new version. There's no way for developers to cross-promote their own apps, either, or offer discounts to students and others as they might have in their own online stores.

So what do you think Apple still needs to change about the Mac App Store? And are you excited about the new automatic app updates and subscription options in Mavericks? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks to Our Sponsor: Gemini

It’s so easy to get your Mac cluttered with duplicate files, ones you’d likely overlook or never even know existed when you need to free up space on your Mac. That’s why you need MacPaw’s beautiful duplicate file remover Gemini, our sponsor this week.

Gemini scans your entire Mac — including your iTunes and iPhoto libraries, your download folders, and more — and finds all of your duplicate files. It then makes it simple to select the files you want to remove with the brand-new selection toolbar that lets you choose to remove the newest or oldest copies, and lets you select multiple duplicates at once for removal. You can even make it work just like you want, by setting file extensions and folders to ignore, so it’ll only find the duplicates you want to remove. It’s simple and fast, and makes it as easy as possible to get rid of the duplicates on your Mac.

We loved Gemini when we reviewed it last year, but since then it’s gotten even better. The latest version will also scan your Mail downloads folder, somewhere most of us wouldn’t think to check for duplicate files. It also makes it easier to remove multiple pairs of duplicates at once, can identify empty folders, and includes a brand-new tutorial that’ll help you get the most out of it. It’s the app you need to get rid of your duplicate files.

Get Your Copy of Gemini Today!

Ready to get rid of all the duplicate files on your Mac and reclaim the space on your cramped SSD? Then head over to MacPaw’s website, and download a free trial of Gemini today. You can then buy a copy from the MacPaw Store or from the Mac App Store for $9.99.

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Win a Copy of Radium 3 from AppStorm!

We just closed our giveaway; congrats to our winners Yurgengoa, Taylor, and Andrew!

There’s so many music streaming services, but good old fashioned radio is still one of the best ways to listen to music online. It’s free, curated by professionals, and isn’t locked down to specific countries as most online music services are. That’s why Radium 3 is one of my favorite tiny Mac apps. It lets me listen to internet radio right from my Mac’s menubar while I’m working, and makes it easy to discover new stations and songs.

We gave Radium 3 a high rating in our review, and continues to be the way I and many others on our team listen to internet radio. It’s gotten even better since its release, and now includes higher resolution album art and options to buy songs on Amazon in addition to iTunes. Combine that with its catalog of over 6,000 radio stations, AirPlay support, the Smart Equalizer, and a wish list of the songs you’ve heard and want to buy, and you couldn’t ask for a better Mac radio player.

Radium 3 usually costs $9.99 on the App Store, but we’ve got 3 codes to giveaway to our readers. If you don’t have Radium 3 yet, here’s your chance to get your own copy for free. Just comment below and let us know why you’d love to have a copy of Radium 3 to enter the giveaway. Then, share this page on your favorite social network and comment again with a link to your post for a bonus entry.

Hurry and get your entry in; our giveaway is closing on Monday, July 15th!

Envato staff or those who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.

Thanks to Our June Sponsors!

We’d like to say a special Thank you! to our weekly sponsors from June 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 that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!

Postbox 3

Your email app is one of the most important apps on your Mac, since email is likely the main way you communicate and collaborate with your colleagues. But all email apps aren’t created equal, and while there’s many out there, they all don’t include the features you need. Postbox 3 is the email app you need to try if you haven’t found one to fit your needs yet. It’s got tight Gmail integration, conversation view with inline Quick Reply, Evernote and Dropbox integration, and more.

Visual Watermark

Need a quick way to watermark all of your photos to protect your copyright online? Look no further than Visual Watermark. It’s an easy-to-use professional watermarking app that incluedes over 10 integrated composite watermarks, 250 built-in fonts, an interactive Watermark Designer, and more. You’ll be able to design unique watermarks, preview how they look on your pictures, add it to all your pictures at once, then save it for future use, all in a modern UI that makes it straightforward to use.

Nektony Utilities

Need to keep your Mac’s hard disks clean and working great? Nektony’s Utilities are what you need. They have ClearDisk to clean up your startup disk in few clicks, Disk Inspector to analyze your disk space with a beautiful interface that makes travelling through your hard drive spectacular and very effective, and their flagship app Disk Expert that can help you manage and sort through your files.


Even if you’re a genius, it’s impossible to remember everything possible about all the programming languages and libraries you need to know to build a successful app. Instead, you likely end up Googling answers as you go along, or have to dig though several different documentation sets in different apps at the same time. There’s no reason to waste time like that.

That’s why you need Dash, the must-have documentation app for the Mac. It’ll make your life easier by keeping all of the documentation you need right at your fingertips. Dash supports 80+ API documentation sets, ranging from Cocoa and Android to HTML and CSS, so regardless of what language or framework you’re using, Dash has you covered.

And a special thanks to you, our readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Keep Track of Your Dribbble Score with LastShot

You got Photoshop or Pixelmator or Acorn to create. A Dropbox or Droplr account to share. Email or FTP to send off your creations. But you got a Dribbble account to show off.

That’s not bad — we all want to show off our best work, after all. But really, Dribbble is the place we go when we’ve whipped up some beautiful pixels and want to show them off and let everyone ooh and ahh over them. And what matters most is that people see what we designed, like it, comment on it, or even rebound it with their own design ideas.

And so, for the seriously Dribbbler, LastShot is the app you need to track all the stats on your latest shot.


Clash of the Image Editors: Acorn vs. Pixelmator

In May, Adobe announced that it would be discontinuing the Creative Suite line and focus solely on Creative Cloud. While this decision left the creative professionals somewhat frustrated, it doesn’t really affect the average consumer since Photoshop was already priced out of reach.

However, May also ushered in two bits of news with particular interest to the everyday user — both Acorn and Pixelmator received major updates. While not the powerhouse that Photoshop is, don’t be too quick to dismiss them, since they’re very capable and affordable apps.

I decided to pit the two against one another to see which would fare best and was somewhat surprised by what I found.


Weekly Poll: Do You Use Opera?

In the world of browsers, fortunes can change terribly fast. If you browsed at all in the '90's, you surely used Netscape, at least for a time. Then IE 6 was the only game in town, while the cool kids started switching to Firefox. Apple's Safari came along, and while it didn't seem as important at first, it became the #1 way people browse from phones and tablets thanks to iOS. And Chrome, built on Safari's Webkit foundation, became the most popular browser. IE still has enormous marketshare, but it lost the mindshare long ago.

All along, in the background, Opera has been the alternate browser that everyone forgot about. It's 15th version just got released — now powered by Chrome's fork of Webkit, of all things — but it's still little more than a blip on web browsing statistics. It's had mobile versions for longer than iOS and Android have been around — I originally used it on a Nokia Symbian device, and later used it on a Windows Mobile 5.1 phone, far before the iPhone was around, much less had native apps.

And yet, it's never become a popular browser. But with Opera 15, more developers like Evernote are making browser extensions for it, and it could just possibly become a more popular browser — but the odds are against it.

That's why we're wondering if you use Opera, or if you used it in the past. We'd love to hear your thoughts about the European browser that won't quit in the comments below.

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