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It’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States and even though a lot of developers wait for Black Friday to discount their creations, there are already a lot of great games and utilities available. Included in the list are Pixelmator, Bastion, MoneyWiz, BioShock 2, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. That’s only a few of the video games (I tried to even them out a bit) — there are a lot more in the full list, so treat yourself to a good time while you’re off from work on Thursday. (more…)

Have you ever wanted to save websites to PDF or image files in bulk? Then you’ll like our sponsor this week is W3capture, which is an app designed to make it easy to save websites in the format you want.

Whether you’re wanting to create full-sized screenshots of websites or want to create a thumbnail image of your new HTML design, W3capture has you covered. It lets you convert any page online or HTML file on your computer into a PDF file or jpg, bmp, svg, or png image. You can even choose whether or not you want to capture any Flash or other plugin based content on the sites.

Just add a list of the sites and files you want to save, then select the screen size you want to simulate. You can include the entire length of the page, or limit it to the size you want. Then, you can choose the final format of each site you’re saving, as well as any headers or footers you want to include, and W3capture will get to work. It’s your one-stop shop for saving webpages the way you want.

Go Get It!

W3capture normally costs $18, but if you’d like to get a copy of W3capture your Mac this week, it’ll only cost you $9 with our 50% sponsorship coupon. Just enter the coupon code AppStorm when checking out, and the discount will be instantly applied to your order.

Then, Ondesoft is running a Thanksgiving promotion this week, giving away free copies of their Audio Recorder and discounting many of their other apps. Be sure to grab your free copy of Ondesoft Audio Recorder before the end of the week!

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In recent iterations of iOS — Apple’s mobile operating system for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad — and in recent versions of OS X on the desktop, you will undoubtedly have noticed a move towards visual elements that mimic real-life objects. The ruled, yellow notepaper for the Notes app, the torn-paper effect at the top of the stitched, leather-bound Calendar app, and more are examples of this.

These software design elements mimicking real world objects have introduced a new word into our vocabularies: skeuomorphism. Such effects have, however, divided opinion, and it is just possible that we will see Apple shift away from these elements in future.

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It’s been nearly 4 months since OS X Mountain Lion was released, and millions of Mac users around the world have already upgraded. Many of us upgraded our Macs as soon as it was in the App Store, while others were running it weeks earlier thanks to Apple’s developer program.

Mountain Lion brought many nice new features to OS X, from the Notifications Center and social network features to new apps like Reminders and Notes. Unfortunately, the new upgrade also left behind some older Macs, and many still don’t like the addition of more iCloud and iOS features in OS X.

I personally have been very pleased with Mountain Lion, and found the upgrade to be a great new change, but not everyone feels the same. That’s why we’re wondering: 4 months into the upgrade cycle, have you switched to Mountain Lion? Or are you still using Lion?

Is the cat that’s currently powering your Mac enough for your needs? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

It’s week three of November and we’re back with another set of app deals. Featured in this edition are Star Wars: The Force UnleashedCloud OutlinerSketcherSkySafari, and more. There’s even a whole section dedicated to Star Wars. (more…)

Our sponsor this week is Jaksta Music Miner, an app that makes it incredibly simple to record streaming audio on your Mac. If you’ve ever wanted to record audio from a live conference or an online radio broadcast, you’ll love Jaksta Music Miner.

Jaksta Music Miner makes it incredibly easy to record any audio you come across online. Just start Jaksta Music Miner and set it to monitor your audio. Then, start playing the audio you want to record in your browser, and Jaksta will automatically recognize it and save it to your computer. It’s that easy.

Once your audio is recorded, Jaksta Music Miner will automatically tag the audio with relevant metadata and save it to your iTunes library. Now, all you’ll have to do is sync it with your mobile devices or play it directly from your Mac whenever you want to listen to it again.

Go Get It!

If you’ve been looking for a great way to record streaming audio on your Mac, then you should definitely try out Jaksta Music Miner. You can download a free trial, which will let you record 10 streaming songs to your Mac. Then, when you’re ready to purchase a copy, you can get it for just $14.95 this week, 25% off its normal price, with the coupon NOV-JMM25. Just enter that coupon code in the Source Code field on the order form, click recalculate, and you’ll see the discount applied to your order.

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

Hot and fresh off the presses, here’s Mac AppStorm’s weekly news roundup.

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

CourseNotes

Need a great way to keep up with your notes from school or college? CourseNotes might be the app you’ve been needing. It helps you keep track of all of your notes for each class, and lets you study on the go with companion iOS apps. From lecture notes to class schedules to team study groups, CourseNotes has you covered with everything you’ll need to keep up with your classes on your Mac.

Last5 Time Tracker

Keeping track of where your time goes throughout the day can be difficult and frustrating. Last5 Time Tracker simplifies it by letting you add buttons for the activities you commonly do on the computer. Then, you can just tap the button when you have a chance to quickly record how you’ve been spending your time. You can use Last5 from your iPhone or PC as well to keep track of your time no matter where you’re working.

Yate

If you take your music seriously, you’ll want to make sure all of your songs have all of the correct tags and metadata so you can find the song you want easily on your computer. iTunes’ built in tagging options leave a lot to be desired, which is why you might want to give Yate a try. You can import tagging info from MusicBrainz or Discogs, or bulk add your own tags to your songs, no matter what audio format they’re in.

Snapheal 2.0

There’s no excuse for not fixing your photos with Snapheal 2.0. The simple photo editor that has topped App Store charts is now more powerful and easier to use than ever. Snapheal removes unwanted objects from pictures, fixes skin imperfections and restores damaged photos faster and better than many expensive photo editing apps. With the new 2.0 update, it got even more cool features, including 3X faster erasing, a smart lasso for better selection, new algorithm for erasing big objects and skin healing, Clarity and 15 other new retouching tools, as well as Mountain Lion, Retina Display, and iCloud support.

Jaksta for Mac

Have you ever wanted to save streaming audio and video to your Mac so you can watch and listen to it anytime later? Sounds like you need Jaksta for Mac. Just open Jaksta, start your media playing, and Jaksta will automatically record it and save it in the formats you want. It works with most standard streaming formats on tons of popular sites, and can even add the recorded media to your iTunes library so you can easily watch or listen to it later.

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

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MacTuts+ is the superb new site dedicated to teaching people how to use their Mac, and OS X, more effectively. We’ve got you covered for apps, but combine that with an in-depth knowledge of OS X and you’ll be unstoppable, limitless!

This is a quick roundup of the best tutorials from MacTuts+ in October, from How to Set Up and Use VoIP on Your Mac to Making Your Mac’s Desktop Better with GeekTool, we’ve got you covered.

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Through the MacBook Air, Apple has pioneered the everyday use of flash storage as an alternative to traditional hard drives. With the inevitable discontinuation of the pre-2012 MacBook Pros, Apple’s MacBook lineup will go completely flash-based and it looks as if the desktop Mac is going that way to… well, kind of.

At their October special event, Phil Schiller announced Fusion Drive, a new storage technology available for configurations of Apple’s late 2012 Mac Minis and iMacs. Fusing together flash and traditional storage, Apple aims to create a faster storage medium that still offers up a large capacity. In this article, we’re going to run through the basics of Fusion Drive, the technologies behind it and what it means for the future of storage on your Mac. (more…)

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