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Best of AppStorm in January

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in January. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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The Dashboard seems in many ways to be a ghost of OS X past, but the version in Mountain Lion has enough iOS-style tweaks to make it seem like Apple’s going to keep it around. There’s a number of ways you can still put Dashboard to use, even today, and the built-in widgets and Safari web clips can make it quite useful.

Back in 2011, Josh asked if you still use Dashboard, and just under half of our readers said they don’t use it. I’d figure less of us use it today in 2013, but was curious to see.

So: do you still use Dashboard? If so, what widgets do you still use? I’m still using it for the Stocks and weather widgets, as well as Safari web clips myself.

Macworld has always been a great place to network with your favorite app developers. There were even times when apple attended the conference and announced its own products. Now that those days have come and gone, it’s important to focus on the smaller companies, like Smile Software.

While at Macworld 2013, I spoke with Greg Scown and Jean MacDonald about the company’s history and latest developments. It’s the perfect follow-up to our previous interview with the company.

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Want to manage your whole business directly from your Mac? Then Studiometry, our sponsor this week, might be just what you need. It’s been trusted by Mac users for nearly a decade, and its 10th version is better than ever.

Studiometry includes everything you need to manage your projects from start to finish. It’ll let you manage your project with professional Gantt charts, to-do lists, and time tracking. You can use it to keep track of your business contacts, and can create estimates and invoices quickly using your own templates. When it comes time to do your accounting, you can manage all of your payments, balances, client statements, and more inside Studiometry. It’s everything you’ll need to manage your business so you can focus on your work.

The latest version, Studiometry 10, lets you add roles for your employees, as well as weekly timesheets to make it easier to visualize the work you’ve entered. You can add custom data for specific clients, and take advantage of Mountain Lion notifications, in addition to over a hundred other new features and updates.

Best of all, you can use Studiometry wherever you work. It’s available for Windows in addition to OS X. There’s also a dedicated Touch version for your iPhone and iPad, and all of your Studiometry installs will stay synced thanks to Studiometry server.

Go Get It!

Ready to get started with Studiometry 10? You can download a free 30 day trial from their site, then purchase a copy of Studiometry for $199.95. If more than one user on your team will be using Studiometry, you can take advantage of their discounted multi-user packs, or purchase a site license. Or, if you have an older version of Studiometry, you can upgrade to Studiometry 10 for just $59.95.

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Thanks to our January Sponsors!

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!

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Snapshot tells the story of a clumsy robot who finds himself lost and alone, left nothing but an abandoned world full of dangers and his trusty camera. His camera provides him the ability to photograph objects, removing them from the world completely and pasting them back into the world via that very same camera.

This ability in turn affords you the opportunity to solve Snapshot’s collection of increasingly difficult puzzles. Along the way you’ll encounter and interact with a number of objects both helpful and harmful, everything from dangerous spikes to bouncy elephants. If these adventures sound like a challenge you’re ready to take on, stick with me to learn more about Snapshot.

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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.

Alter Reality with Light in Closure

“Do I need the light on or is darkness the key to my salvation?” After my latest Humble Bundle download, I spent many long, late nights pondering that question as I slowly but surely worked my way through my latest favorite, Closure. It’s is an independent puzzler that found its start as a Newgrounds flash game. Closure has since been released for Mac and is available via a Steam purchase.

In Closure the name of the game is the manipulation of light, balancing lightness and darkness to suit your needs. Will the spots of darkness allow you to pass through a seemingly solid wall or will they cause you to tumble into the abyss, falling to your inevitable death? If these questions pique your interest, stick with me to learn more about how Closure works.

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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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Meet Marcelo, the Developer Behind the Should I Sleep App

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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