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We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in November. 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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Editing pictures can be such a hassle, especially if you rely on a professional image editing app. While applications like Photoshop are great, they can be overkill when I just want to share my weekend photos from the beach. Still, I want those pictures to look good, or better than they do now, so I need an image editor that’s just enough for social sharing.

Polarfox may be that app. With some great presets and fun filters, image editing is easy while still making some great pictures. Integrated sharing lets me put all those pictures on display, too. But is this tiny image editor enough or will I end up wanting more? (more…)

Last year, one of the newest features Apple announced for the iOS and iPhoto was Photo Stream, a simple way to get the pictures you take on the go on your Mac. If you have an iPhone and take pictures all the time, but want to keep them on your Mac, it’s a great service … provided you don’t take more than 1000 pictures before syncing with your Mac.

It’s an interesting way to keep your pictures synced along with the rest of your files with iCloud, but most of us have many different ways we sync data already. From Dropbox and other online storage apps to social networks where we usually share photos directly already, there’s a ton of ways to get your pictures off your phone without syncing or using Photo Stream.

More interesting, though, is that Photo Stream could work just between two Macs, or a Mac and a PC with iCloud installed. That way, your most recently imported photos are on all of your devices, even if you don’t have an iPhone.

So do you use Photo Stream on your Mac? Do you find it very useful, or could you just as easily use something else? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

I work at home and can go days at a time only seeing my cats and my husband (occasionally confusing the two in my otherwise solitary existence), so social media lets me keep in touch with my friends and keep my sanity, such that it is. Besides being a fan of social media, I’m also a big fan of the Mac menubar, and I have lots of little apps up there that put me in contact with my friends. I’ve got Messages and an instant messaging app, I’ve got an email app, and I’ve got all my social network apps.

That’s a lot of apps, and only today my husband (or was it my cat?) asked what’s going to happen when I run out of room on my menubar. It’s time I consolidate, and SocialButterfly is going to help me do that. Four social networks in one, SocialButterfly is a menubar app that can replace at least a few of my icons up there. Does SocialButterfly have the features to replace the apps, though? (more…)

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at BundelHunt! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@MichaelTheGeek
@shutterT

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

Meet the Holiday Bundle – the latest bundle from BundleHunt. It features 12 of the best-selling Mac apps available today. At AppStorm we’re excited to offer you the chance to win one of two bundles up for grabs!

The Holiday Bundle features an awesome selection apps that collectively retail for $1,150, with BundleHunt you can get them for a mere $49.99, with AppStorm you get the chance to walk away with one for free!

Enter below for a chance to win a free bundle!

The Holiday Bundle includes a variety of top-quality apps and design goodies, including;

  • Billings – Professional time billing for everyone.
  • MacFlux – Powerful Mac web design made easy.
  • Hydra Pro – Easily create stunning HDR images, either artistic or photorealistic.
  • Disktools Pro – Mac defrag, Mac disk repair and more!
  • Courier – Share files, images, photos, movies, and more with all your favourite online services.
  • iDocument – Smart document management for Mac.
  • Art Text – Where text becomes an art.

Head over to BundleHunt to read up on the details!

Read on to find out how to enter!

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More indie developers are showing up on the games market, and with that we’re seeing more and more retro-inspired and 8-bit style games available. While their graphics may not look like much at first glance, these games can pack a surprising visual punch. Often partnered with invented gameplay and exciting soundtracks, these games can be a nice change from the mainstream console games we’re more used to.

That said, it’s not always easy to find the good stuff for the Mac. It’s no secret game developers have long shied away from the Mac, and we’ve often had a long wait for ports, if developers even ever got around to us. That’s all changing with a new generation of game developers who value their Mac fans and are producing OS X releases earlier and more frequently. We’ve pulled together six retro-inspired games for the Mac, both old and new, that you may not have played yet and should really give a look. (more…)

Our sponsor this week is Ondesoft Screen Capture, the screenshot tool that lets you take a screenshot any way you want, just the way you need. The latest version includes all the great screen capture features you’d expect, along with the brand-new scrolling capture and menu capture tools that make it even more powerful than ever. Now you can grab screenshots of everything, including menus and full-length documents and websites.

Ondesoft Screen Capture lets you use a number of tools to capture anything on your screen. You can capture scrolling areas, individual items, shapes, and more, and then you can edit the screenshots with its built-in editor. You can organize all of your screenshots to keep up with everything you’ve captured, or export your shots in all the standard image formats you could expect. It’s the screenshot tool that can handle everything in one package.

Go Get It!

Ready to start taking screenshots like a pro? Then head over to Ondesoft‘s website to download a free trial. You can then buy a copy of Ondesoft Screen Capture for $29.95 so you can keep capturing everything you can see on your Mac.

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

We’d like to say a special Thank you! to our weekly sponsors from November 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 and products that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!

Jaksta Music Miner

Ever wanted to record an online broadcast, or perhaps save a lecture to listen to later? There’s a number of apps that would make this easy for online text, such as Instapaper or Pocket, but what can you do to save audio for later? Enter Jaksta Music Miner, the simplest way to record streaming audio on your Mac. It grabs whatever’s playing in your browser, and lets you save it in the format you want and listen to it later.

W3Capture

Whether you’re researching online or trying to put together a collection of your company’s press mentions online, you’ll want a tool that makes it easy to save and archive the sites you come across. That’s exactly what W3Capture is for. It lets you create anything from thumbnail images to full-length PDF copies of all the sites you add to its queue, in one click. No more pressing CMD+S and fussing with settings for each of the sites you want to save!

Doxie One

Scanning all of your documents shouldn’t be any harder than taking a picture with your snapshot camera. The Doxie One makes it even easier than that. Just insert your documents and Doxie will scan them to the included SD card, which you can then sync with your Mac in seconds. It includes powerful OCR and integrates with your favorite Mac and web apps to make sure your documents are preserved the way you want. The Doxie One makes the paperless lifestyle easy for everyone!

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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“This is proof of extra-Tennesseean life,” says Rochard’s main character John Rochard, Skyrig employee number 90210, after learning that aliens do indeed exist. His wise-cracks are a special highlight of what at first seems a fairly generic — if well-executed and humorous — side-scrolling shooter/platformer-hybrid game, which soon bends you to its will. Rochard doesn’t take itself too seriously; it’s silly from start to finish, making no attempt to dress its ridiculous plot in fancy clothes, and this filters through to the light-hearted, entertaining action set-pieces.

We’ve got free download codes to giveaway to two lucky readers. Check out the review, then see how you could win.
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Optical Disks are rapidly going the way of cassette tapes, zip disks, floppies, and every other form of removable storage we’ve used over the years. Yes, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray disks are still important, but they’re far from the most important thing for computer users today. We watch movies and listen to music online or download them from the iTunes store, we download programs from the App Store and games from Steam, and we backup and share files with Dropbox, iCloud, and dozens of other online backup services.

CD and DVD drives are annoying at best. They break more often than not (yes, I’ve seen over a half-dozen DVD drives break over the past several years), and keeping your disks scratch-free is an exercise in futility. Then you have to keep the disks around just in case you ever want to rip that song or install that program again.

That said, DVDs are still rather useful, if for nothing else than watching movies. Downloads are great, but when your internet connection is slow or the discount section at the store beats iTunes prices, the trusty old DVD still serves its purpose. That’s why I own a Samsung external DVD drive to use along with my MacBook Air (I know, Samsung and Apple, sitting together on my desk…).

How about you? Do you use an external DVD drive, or have you kicked disks to the curb as Apple has started dropping DVD drives from its latest Macs? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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