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Email’s the essential private messaging tool that’s been with us since the earliest days of the internet, but sometimes it can be so frustrating. Most email apps are inflexible, with dated interfaces you can’t tweak. That’s what’s so nice about Airmail, our sponsor this week.

Airmail’s the new email app that’s gotten everyone’s attention this year, and for good reason. It combines the simplicity of a modern Mac email app with the customization you’ll love, so your email app can work just like you want. You can pick from 8 different message styles, so your email inbox is as full-featured or minimal as you’d like. There’s options for a modern or classic window style, and three composer window views. Then, you can tweak font sizes, badges, and language, so everything in Airmail looks and works the way you’d expect.

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Airmail also includes a ton of extra features so it’ll work with the services you want. It’ll check your email no matter what service you use, and includes IMAP, POP3, and even Exchange support. It can automatically upload your email attachments through Dropbox, Google Drive, Droplr, CloudApp, or your own server, and can archive emails to Evernote so you can easily find them later.

Get Your Copy of Airmail Today!

There’s no reason to start the new year with your old email app, when you can get your own copy of Airmail from the App Store for just $1.99! So why wait? Go get your own copy of Airmail, and see what everyone’s been talking about. It’s a fresh new email app that’ll look and work the way you want, so your email experience won’t be so annoying in 2014.

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Merry Christmas!

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone already! And yet, it’s been a great year. Apple showed us they’re still serious about pro users — and, of course, tested our faith with iWork. And then, 3rd party developers did their best again this year, amazing us with great new apps and updates. There’s so many apps that it’s hard to imagine we didn’t have last year — and old favorites that have become even dearer to us.

Whether you got a new Mac today, or perhaps got an App Store gift card that’s burning a hole in your pocket, or just happen to have some holiday downtime and would like to try out some new apps, here’s the very best app reviews, op-eds, and more from Mac.AppStorm this year. So get your reading later app ready, and enjoy!

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There’s so many video file formats, it can be infuriating trying to figure out how to play them all. So why not convert your full video library and put all of your videos into your favorite formats, then save them in the sizes that’ll be best on each of your devices? That’s exactly what Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate, our sponsor this week, is designed for.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate can convert over 100 video formats — everything from .mov and .wma to DVD ISO images — into any format you’d like. But it’s far simpler than you’d imagine. All you have to do is drag in your videos, select the device you want to watch the video on, and let Wondershare do its job. Or, you can tweak the settings if you like to the exported video format and size you want. Then, you can use it to add the metadata you want to your videos, and it’ll automatically add them to your iTunes library for simple playback and sync to your devices.

And that’s not all. Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate also includes a simple video editor so you can trim, add effects, and subtitles and more to your video clips and share just what you want. You can also can download online videos so you can watch them offline on your Mac just like you could with YouTube’s mobile apps. It can also burn videos to DVD, so you can backup your special footage and share it easily with anyone.

Get Your Copy of Wondershare Video Converter!

Want a simple way to share all of your great holiday videos, or perhaps convert some of your videos to keep the kids entertained on your Christmas road trip? Then grab your own copy of Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate today. It’s 20% off for the holidays, so you can get your own copy for just $59.95 this week!

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There’s so many things you could get as a gift, but there’s only a few things you’d actually hope to get. Surprises are always the best, but it’s hard to silence the inner child and not wistfully think of what gifts you’d like to get if you could get anything you want.

I know, I know. Every self-respecting Apple fan would kill to have a new Mac Pro — especially in Ive’s signature RED edition — under the tree, but the chances of that — at least without you knowing about it — are rather slim. But there’s still tons of other great gifts, from the practical ones like external hard drives to the surprising ones like hardcover books about Apple or perhaps coding and design that you’d love to have grace your bookshelves.

We’ve already rounded up the Mac gifts we think are the very best, but I’m certain there’s other great geeky gifts we overlooked. So, assuming you were nice and not naughty this year, what geeky Christmas presents are you hoping will be under the tree this year? Or did you already go out and splurge on some geeky gifts for yourself? We’d love to hear about them!

I’ve long said that the best tools are the ones that do one thing well. There are some app categories that really benefit from this, but something I’ve been learning with all my photo-taking tools is that photography apps often benefit the most from it. I love my all-in-one kits like Photoshop and Aperture, but they’re not perfect. There’s certainly room for improvement in certain areas.

One of those areas, at least for me, lies within vignettes and focus points. I like to tinker with them, and they often cause really cool effects, but I never like to keep them — they never turn out well. For the longest time, I thought it was just me, but I’ve come to realize it’s also the tool. It should be no surprise to many that MacPhun, one of the kings of photography apps, has come up with an incredible solution for this problem called Focus 2. Read on to find out what makes this a must-have for photographers who love a little focus in their lives.

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I bought Day One as a gift to myself on all of my devices last January. I’ve always wanted to keep a diary and have been consistently impressed with the diligence of those who return to a journal day after day. I just never seem to keep up with daily personal writing, and I inevitably misplace my journal, eventually forgetting about it entirely for months at a time. Day One’s omnipresence on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad seemed like it would fix all of that for me.

And it did! Now Day One has updated with some great new features on the Mac app, and I wanted to take a closer look at all the improvements. (more…)

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” wrote Charles Dickens, in a sentence that happens to sum up almost every human experience in my opinion. But for technology, the one thing that brings that quote to mind most is eBooks. See, eBooks are a brilliant idea. With a simple tap, you can download a full book that’d otherwise have taken a trip to a book store or a wait of a few days from Amazon. That downloaded book can be read on your phone, tablet, Mac, or eReader, devices which you already cary around and most of which weigh less than the average hardback — and which can also hold hundreds and thousands of books. It’s a bookworm’s dream come true.

And yet, eBooks are far from perfect. For every beautifully detailed eBook, like those made for iBooks with iBooks Author, there’s a horribly formatted Kindle book that doesn’t do justice to any text. Or, there’s the low-quality scanned PDFs of books that you’ll find online from questionable sources, that’ll quickly convince you eBooks are a terrible idea.

But eBooks shouldn’t be a bad idea, and you shouldn’t need an interactive, multimedia eBook to make it nice. Enter Vellum.

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Storage space is at an all time premium these days, with the shiniest new Macs shipping with incredibly fast — but also rather small — SSDs. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re not wasting space on your Mac, which is exactly what MacBooster, our sponsor this week, is designed for.

MacBooster will scan your Mac for bloated caches, the old files left behind by apps you’ve uninstalled, duplicate files, and more. It’s stuff you could delete yourself, but nobody has has time for that — and odds are you’d overlook most of the stuff taking up space. So MacBooster does the hard work for you, finding what’s taking up space and clearing it out for you. Minutes later, your Mac will have a lot of free space that was simply taken up by junk.

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There’s more, too. MacBooster will help you fully uninstall apps the next time you’re removing an old app. It’ll also find the biggest files on your Mac, so you can perhaps find those old videos that need a new home on an external drive to free up space for the stuff you’re actually using. Then, it’ll show you what’s starting up when you boot your Mac, so you can turn off the stuff you don’t need and speed up your startup time.

If your MacBook’s SSD has started feeling cramped and you want to save yourself some cleanup time, here’s the tool that can clean it up and free up the valuable space you need before the holidays. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for your Mac!

Get MacBooster 60% Off for Christmas!

Best of all, you can get your own copy of MacBooster for just $19.95 from now until December 25th in the MacBooster Christmas Sale. That’s 60% off its normal price, and if you’ve been wanting an app to make it easier to clear out your app caches and fully uninstall apps, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a cleaner Mac for Christmas.

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A week or two ago, I read an article that talked about the concept of Enough.” The idea is that you don’t need to make a million dollars a year to be happy, you just need Enough to buy what you need when you need it. Shortly thereafter, a friend of mine and I have a conversation about his shoes, of all things. Turns out that he owned a pair of Dr. Martens shoes, and for the past seven years he’s just had them resoled, keeping them in his rotation ever since the first day he bought them.

So what the heck do these two things have to do with Apple? It’s about a little epiphany I had the other day. Bear with me, there’s a point to all this. (more…)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, croons Andry Williams, and if free stuff makes your day, that’s never more true than online during the Holidays. There’s giveaways galore — and for the next 30 hours or so, there’s a giveaway that’s come all the way from 1997 to wish you a happy 2013 holiday season.

The GOG team — the people behind the DRM free game store that re-releases classic games for the Mac and PC — have just launched their 2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale with over 600 games discounted by at least 50%. There’s different deals available every day, with everything from sets of classic games to discounts on newer games like Papers, Please and Faster Than Light. There’s apps for every genre and taste — relive classic sims with SimCity 2000 and Rollercoaster Tycoon, or take on Duke Nukem 3D, all with steep discounts. Each deal’s for a limited time, so you’ll need to hurry and grab the games you want when you see they’re discounted.

But the very best deal is just for today, so you’d better hurry and grab it. From now until 1:59PM GMT on Saturday, you can get Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics for free from GOG. These classic post-apocryphal RPG games would normally sale for $29 on GOG, and you can now download the whole set for nothing. Each game is dated — original Fallout is now 16 years old — but hey: how can you pass up an opportunity to get what Gamespot called “one of the best role-playing games to be released in several years” back when they reviewed it?

Be sure to tell all of your gaming friends — here’s your chance to almost give them a Christmas gift for free! And hey, even if you miss out on this giveaway, you might as well add some holiday cheer and pick up a few discounted games from the still ongoing sale through the end of the holiday season. You’ll even be able to vote on the deals you’d like to see, and could check some special people off your holiday gift list by gifting them a game or three while saving money yourself.

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