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

MailTab Pro for Gmail

Logging into Gmail in your browser every time you want to check your email can get annoying, and you end up missing out on the great integration native apps have with notifications and more. But, if you’re already used to using Gmail online, using it in a native app can feel strange. MailTab Pro for Gmail is designed to give you the best of both worlds. It lets you access Gmail from your menubar, letting you see the mobile version of Gmail to quickly check and send emails, and also lets you switch to the full Gmail experience if you want.

Cheetah3D

Creating detailed, highly realistic 3D models from your Mac doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive with Cheetah3D. At just $99, it’s far cheaper than most 3D modeling apps, but includes the features you’d need to create 3D artwork for your next iPhone game or make your first animated character. With a full set of polygon, subdivision surface and spline modeling tools you can focus on creating, safe in the knowledge that Cheetah3D has a breadth of features for the task.

MenuTab Pro for Facebook

MenuTab Pro for Facebook gives you access to the mobile Facebook site from your menubar, which is a great way to keep up with what’s going on without having to take up all of your desktop. With color-coded notifications and quick options for posting status updates and more, it might be all you’d ever need. The nice thing is, MenuTab Pro also lets you switch to the full desktop Facebook site if you’d like, including full chat support with desktop notification integration so you’ll never miss out on your Facebook conversations.

Pay What You Want Bundle

Macbundler’s latest bundle is a Mac twist on the Humble Bundles, as it lets you pay just what you want for 5 great Mac apps. There’s only a few hours left on the bundle, so if you’re interested, you’d better hurry and get a copy while the deal’s still available!

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

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot and join the apps above.

We just closed our giveaway, and want to say a quick Congrats to our winners: Glendson, Jon, Richard, gustao, and Matt!

If you’ve been looking for the best way to go paperless with your Mac, Prizmo 2 is the app you need in your arsenal. We gave it a 9 in our recent review, and found that it was one of the best OCR apps for the Mac that we’d tried out. With a modern UI and a speedy text deception engine, plus extras like curvature correction and translation, it’s the companion your scanner has been needing.

We’ve got 5 copies of Prizmo to giveaway to our readers, and all you’ll need to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment below and let us know what scanner you use to get your documents saved on your Mac. You can also share the contest on Twitter, Facebook, or App.net, and share a link to your post here for an extra entry.

We’ll be closing the giveaway on February 6th, so hurry and get your entry in!

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

Remember Dashboard? That area where you keep these tiny, simple widgets for converting measurements, checking sport scores and stock prices, and more? It happens to still be alive, even if you’ve likely quit paying much attention to it these days.

Is there any reason you should still use the Dashboard? Turns out, it’s still a plenty useful little Mac tool, and I’ll likely still be using it until Apple finally drops it entirely. Here’s why.
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We love learning about the work that goes into making the apps we love. We got a chance to talk to Marcelo, the developer behind Should I Sleep, an app that we’d reviewed and ran a giveaway of recently. He provided some insight into their development process, and how they get the ideas for their apps.

Join us after the break to learn more!

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It’s been 29 years since Apple unveiled the original Macintosh, long enough that the Macs most of us use today would seem like science fiction compared to the original Macintosh. But the story of Apple doesn’t start with the Mac.

8 years earlier, Jobs and Wozniak demonstrated the Apple I, the computer that started it all, at the Homebrew Computer Club. Then, a year later, the Apple II was demonstrated, and it soon became one of the first computers to be released that was a mass success. The Macintosh came along, but it was still years before the Apple II computers had fully disappeared from Apple’s lineup.

My own first Apple computer (of sorts) was decidedly not a Mac. Instead, it was the one Apple device that seems to be the early predecessor of Apple’s real future as a mobile device company: the Newton.

So did you ever use an original Apple computer? If so, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

And if you’re curious what Macs your fellow AppStorm readers are using, our giveaway from last week turned into an impromptu poll about that!

Like the Humble Bundle’s pay what you want bundles? Then you’ll love Macbundler’s latest bundle: the Pay What You Want Bundle!

This bundle is similar to the Humble Bundles, since you can pay what you want for the bundle, starting at $1. That’ll get you the first two apps: the game Destination: Treasure Island, and Imagericks Pro, a simple image editor using Core Image filters. Beat the average price that everyone else has paid, and you’ll also get Data Guardian, a secure database for your Mac, Cockpit, the missing control center for all your apps, and Thoughts, a great way to keep your info together on your Mac.

Best of all, with every purchase you can give to the two charities that the bundle is supporting: charity: water and StandUp To Cancer. So what are you waiting for? Go get your own copy of the Macbundler Pay What You Want Bundle! It’s only available through Friday, so don’t wait too long.

Right now, you can get the first two apps for $1, or pay more than $7.90 to get all of the apps. Or, donate even more and help make sure everyone can get the bonus extra app that’ll be unlocked when $10,000 has been raised for charity!

If you happen to get the bundle, be sure to come back here and tell us what app you liked the most!

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

If you’re looking for a great new way to take notes on your Mac, there’s a new app you might want to check into: Noted. Our own Stef Gonzaga recently found it to be a simple but powerful note-taking application in her recent review of Noted. With a touch of Things’ design, bright icons, and Markdown support, it sure looks nice.

There’s so many notes apps, it’s terribly hard to choose between them. That’s why it was interesting to get a chance to talk to Allen, the developer behind Noted. Stay with us after the break to learn more about the inspiration behind Noted and what’s next for the app!

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In an earlier Mactuts+ article, “Picking Passwords: Pitfalls, Practicalities and Protection”, we examined the requirements and problems of modern passwords and why they are hard for humans to remember but easy for computers to crack. We also touched on how we can manage this conundrum. In this article, we will have our cake and eat it; we will use complex, secure and unique passwords for everything. All of those passwords will confirm the specific requirements and rulesets of each service – even if that means that the criteria differs between services. And we will remember just one secure password to do this.

Head over to Mactuts+ and read more!

Having trouble finding the right app for the job? Or are you having trouble getting your favorite app to work the way you want?

The world of apps can be rather confusing. There’s dozens of similar apps that make it tough to decide which one is really best, and then there’s things that seem impossible to do with any app out there. We’re trying to help with our reviews and app comparisons articles, but we just might be missing that one category where you need more info.

That’s why we’re restarting our Ask the Editor series. If you’ve got questions about the best app for the job, or want to find an app for a specific purpose, fill out the form below, and we’ll find the best answers and round them up in an article next week. Or, if you just have an app you want more info about, or some ideas about things you’d find useful for us to write about, send them in, too!

We’re looking forward to seeing what answers we’ll have in our Ask the Editor post next week!


Want to start the year out on a productive note? We’re already almost a full month into 2013, but it’s never too late to get more productive. The App Store has an official Get Stuff Done Sale this week, starting with apps that help you prioritize what needs to be done. Unlike other app deals, where there’s a few apps that we like and a number we’re not too terribly excited about, this one is full of apps that we’re very excited about and really use in our own daily work. Most of them don’t go on sale often (or ever), so this is a great chance to pick up these apps for 50% off.

The sale includes such great apps as:

…and more!

If you’re needing a new productivity app, and perhaps have been eying Things or Clear for some time, now’s the time to go pick up a copy on the cheap! We’ll be excited to see what else goes on sale over the next two weeks with the Organize and Utilize specials.

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