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Weekly Poll: What do You Want to See Announced at WWDC?

Apple’s 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference starts on Monday, June 10th. By this time a week from now we’ll already have seen what Tim Cook and the rest of the Apple team have prepared to show the world. The whole world — not just techies this time — is anticipating iOS 7, but there should be a lot more interesting stuff.

There’s OS X, of course: it’d be tough to forget that here at Mac.AppStorm. Apple’s committed to a yearly upgrade cycle for OS X, and Mountain Lion was released at the end of July last year. That should mean that we’ll get word of the stuff coming to OS X v.NeXT.

There’s also Apple’s own apps, from iLife and iWork to their pro tools, all of which seem far overdue for a new version. There’s iCloud, which almost every developer would like to see improved. There’s also the iOS apps like iBooks that have never made their way to the Mac, even though they seem like perfect fits.

Then, there’s hardware. Apple hasn’t updated the Mac Pro in forever, and the rest of its lineup is likely due at least for a spec bump. And none of us would mind if Apple decided to release some brand-new, non-rumored hardware like a new addition to the Mac lineup.

We’d all like to see all of the above, I’m sure, but what do you want to see most? Is iOS mostly on your mind, or are you hoping for more Mac attention? We’d love to hear what you want to see at WWDC 2013 in the comments below.

And, stay tuned: our AppStorm team will be live-blogging the keynote speech, and we’ll have more to share about that later this week!

Test Your Mettle in Hero Academy

I love turn-based strategy, and tactics games are just the thing to scratch my itch for scheming. Even better that rough-housing against the CPU is facing off with a real person. Hero Academy, new to the Mac from iOS, has my back on this one. With lots of maps and character teams to pit against friends and randomly matched players, there’s plenty to love here.

Let’s see whether Hero Academy can pass the test or if it flunks out. (more…)

Thanks to Our Sponsor: Nektony Utilities

Nektony, our sponsor this week, is a company focused on creating simple and intuitive business applications. Among others there is significant line of products that started Nektony’s history – its file and disk management utilities. If you want to keep your Mac’s hard drive or SSD organized and cleaned, they’re the apps you need.


ClearDisk is a great app to clean up your startup disk in few clicks. It helps you to get rid of “straggler” files that remain after applications usage – Cashes and Logs – as well as unwanted Language Resources for localizations in various countries. At the same time you can quickly manage your Trash and Downloads folders during the same interaction with the app. So ClearDisk is great for quick plain cleanup of most clogged system folders.

Disk Inspector is a disk space analyzer with a beautiful interface that makes travelling through your hard drive spectacular and very effective. Inspector represents file system in a form of sunburst diagram, where biggest sectors represent biggest files and folders; its special color-representing algorithm makes this process simpler and just fun. It is also able to scan any type of disks and drives, even folders with FileVault protection. Disk Inspector will be extremely useful if you need to find and delete unnecessary files and folders.

Disk Expert – Nektony’s flagship application – is an elder brother of Disk Inspector that has even more specific features that will be extremely useful during general file management. For every folder, Expert creates list of 25 biggest files, which changes during navigating. You can form “drop lists” of files from different folders and transfer them together to external drive or just to Trash at once. Furthermore, instead of scanning only full disks, it could scan custom folders and display hidden and system files. Disk Expert is like a surgical knife to perform operations of any complexity for any disk.

So don’t waist your time and energy on organizing of your hard drives! Let family of Nektony disk utilities to do all the nasty jobs for you.

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Thanks to Our May Sponsors!

We’d like to say a special Thank you! to our weekly sponsors from May 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!

Pixelmator 2.2

Pixelmator’s already one of the best graphics tools on the Mac, and it’s even better with its latest updates. Now, you can use custom vector shapes in your creations, tweak text as shapes, make quick changes with the quick paint selection tool, and move objects smarter with the new move tool. There’s even a new light leak effect, gradients, and color popovers to easily pick the colors you need.

It’s a free update from the App Store if you’ve bought Pixelmator already, or buy your own copy from the App Store for $14.99.


doo is the one app for your documents. It brings together all your documents, wherever you keep them: in folders on your Mac, or in Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive, email accounts, and more. It then automatically generates intelligent tags for individual categories such as Companies, Document Types, Filetypes, People, Places and more, to help you quickly sort through your documents. It also seamlessly integrates with scanners and your smartphone’s camera, and uses OCR to let you search for text even if it’s in an image or scan.

Download doo for free from the App Store and try it out today!

Family Tree

The Family Tree app has everything you need to keep track of everything you know about your family, and more. You can include personal info about everyone in your family, complete with photos, documents about them, and more in an intuitive interface. You can track where everyone lived on a map, connect everyone’s relationship in a beautiful tree view, or switch over to the chart view to see your family info in a circle graph.

Get your own copy of Family Tree from the App Store for $11.99.


Collector includes a whole encyclopedia of more than 100,000 movies and series in its download. By rating the movies and persons, you’ll remember what you’ve seen and how much you’ve liked it, and you’ll highlight your favorite actors and directors. This personalization, combined with the IMDb rating and the Youtube trailers, will allow you to quickly estimate if a movie is worth watching or adding to your wish-list.

Try out Coollector Lite for free, then upgrade to the full version for $19.99

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Sip: Making It Easy to Grab Colors, Anywhere

I love finding color inspiration from all over, but short of taking screen shots of every website I visit or opening all of my favorite photos in the same image editor, it’s been impossible to get those colors where I can use them. Sure the green of the grass in a photo may be exactly what I want for my website header, but it’s not an easy job converting that to something that makes sense to Tumblr or WordPress.

Sip is here to help, though, allowing you to copy colors from all over and then keep a history of what you’ve seen. We’ll look at how useful it really is and if it saves all that much effort! (more…)

Parcel: Better Package Tracking Management

Ever been surprised by the arrival of something you ordered or have you found a package waiting for you after several days in some weird hiding spot created by the delivery person? Sure would have been nice to have known ahead of time that you had a delivery due so you could be on the lookout.

If you get a lot of things shipped to you or send a lot of stuff to others and are always trying to keep track of all of those tracking numbers, you could probably use a little assistance. Let’s take a look at Parcel and see if it can deliver on its promises to help you manage package tracking better. (more…)

Tabular: An Intuitive Music/Tabs Editor and Practice Suite

Good apps for musicians that don’t cost an arm and a leg are hard to come by on the Mac — perhaps owing to the fact that Apple provides a fine one with every computer in GarageBand. But there’s no one-size-fits-all music creation apps, since we all have different needs and use cases.

Tabular bridges the two core prongs of creating music. It’s a composition and notation app, suited to writing and editing music for multiple instruments with both tablature and the modern stave/staff format. But it’s also a MIDI reader and a practice tool, specifically geared toward — but not limited to only — guitarists and drummers.

Weekly Poll: Have You Ever Purchased Fonts for Your Mac?

Most people don’t spend their days obsessing over what fonts they should use. They use Times New Roman for documents, the default font (Helvetica or Ariel, usually) in other apps, and only think about switching that around when they’re making a banner or something else with special type. Then, though, there’s those of us who love collecting fonts, debate over the best fonts for coding, writing, reading, and more, and go crazy when we see a new, beautiful font. There’s finally those who are a step above the rest of us: the designers who actually make fonts.

Now, Macs come with quite a number of great fonts. In fact, they’re one of the many added values in OS X, since just adding Helvetica Neue to a PC would cost you € 35 per weight. On a Mac, it’s included, gratis. Then, if you own Creative Suite (or even just a single Adobe design app), you’ll get quite a lot of beautiful fonts from the Adobe collection. And then, there’s free fonts, including Source Sans Pro, Maven Pro, and so many more.

But sometimes, if you love typography, you’ll come across a font that you’ll just have to buy. That happened to me before when browsing the fonts on Envato’s GraphicsRiver, and it happened to me recently when I came across Klim Type Foundry’s Pitch font recently. The latter’s become my default writing font in Sublime Text, and it’s beautiful.

So how about you? Have you ever purchased a font? Tell us about some of your favorites in the comments below.

Thanks to our Sponsor: Pixelmator

Looking for a great new way to edit your photos and make digital graphics? Then you’ve got to check out Pixelmator 2.2, our sponsor this week.

Pixelmator’s already one of the best graphics tools on the Mac, and it’s even better with its latest updates. Now, you can use custom vector shapes in your creations, tweak text as shapes, make quick changes with the quick paint selection tool, and move objects smarter with the new move tool. There’s even a new light leak effect, gradients, and color popovers to easily pick the colors you need.

That’s in addition to all of the great Pixelmator features you love, including its beautiful, Retina Display ready UI, painting tools, and more. It’s got over 160 effects to make your photos pop, is designed to work great with OS X, and has the awards that set it apart.

It’s great.

Go Get it!

If you’ve ever bought Pixelmator from the App Store, but haven’t tried out the great features in Pixelmator 2.2, be sure to download it today! It’s a free update for anyone who’s ever bought Pixelmator from the App Store, and has more features than ever. If you don’t already own Pixelmator, you should get your own copy from the App Store for just $14.99. That’s cheaper than one month of a Photoshop CC subscription!

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Game Dev Tycoon: The Game to Build All Other Games

If you’re like me, you probably play quite a lot of games and, at one time or another, have probably considered a life of developing your own games. Not all of us possess the skills to develop our own games (nor the contacts and finance to get someone else to on our behalf) so our ideas remain mere concepts… until now.

Game Dev Tycoon is an indie business simulator that centres on the life of a game development studio, starting out at the birth of the industry as a garage programmer and eventually evolving into an AAA-creating development powerhouse. You may have already heard of it, though, after it garnered many headlines for an innovative stance on piracy. Let’s take a look at while you’ll be investing hours on end into setting the scene for your own Call of Duty knockoff. (more…)

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