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There are lots of RSS readers in the App Store, and with each release, it seems they’re each more feature-rich and impressive. What if you don’t need all of the bells and whistles and the sometimes hefty price tag? What if you just need to know when the sites you’re interested in get an update?

NewsBee, more or less just a menubar app that links to your favorite sites, may be the answer. It’s not really an RSS reader, since you can’t actually read anything in NewsBee. Instead, it aggregates the titles and links of all the most recent posts of a particular site. But is NewsBee just enough for a menubar RSS app or not even close? (more…)

Back in July of this year, I reviewed a highly rated Mac App Store app called “Photo Album” and found it to be very disappointing and lacking quite a few basic features. FlippingBook, the developers, has just released version 2.0 with new and improved features that hopes to bring their score up and become open to a new set of users. I will be looking at the new version and comparing to the original, and will also provide a fresh perspective.

The goal of Photo Album is to allow users to take all of their photos and transform them into stunning photo albums that they will share with family and friends. As a promotional special, Photo Album 2 is 25% off the regular price. Will version 2 erase all of version 1’s shortcomings? Read on to find out!


December has arrived and Christmas is now not far off. As we know, there will be many deals towards the holidays, but right now we’re focused on the early days of the month. This week in Mac App Store deals, we have an app to tell you if it’s going to snow soon, another that’ll enable you to read RSS feeds in a stylish way, and a most useful one that can save your passwords for nearly everything.

In fact, we have more deals this week than we have had in a while, so let’s get started. (more…)

Our sponsor this week is Studiometry, the ultimate organization tool for professionals. The newly released version 10 brings over 150 new features to the already feature-packed program. If you’re team’s been looking for an app that can bring all of your business info together on the Mac, Studiometry might be just what you’re looking for.

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.

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

Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to our winners: sergio, Justin, JTFMT, Kosztalma, and Zeng Guan Wen!

Yup, that’s right: we’ve got another awesome Mac bundle to giveaway this week! The MacBundler team is back at it with an awesome bundle, this time with over $500 worth of software for just $45. The bundle includes a number of apps you’ll want to put to work in your workflow.

It includes Rapidweaver 5, a great app for designing websites quickly from templates, as well as MotionComposer, a great app for making HTML5 and Flash based animated content for the web. Along with that, you’ll get iFinance, Screenium, DEVONsphere Express, and more!

It’s a great value at $45, but best of all, we’ve got 5 copies of the bundle to giveaway to our readers! Just leave a comment below telling us what app in the bundle you want most, then optionally share the giveaway on Twitter,, or Facebook and share the link to your post for a bonus entry. We’ll close the bundle giveaway on Saturday, December 8th, 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.

It’s been a good week for Mac users this week what with the (slightly delayed) release of iTunes 11, the next reincarnation of Apple’s default music player, back on Thursday. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you check out Jacob’s detailed review and critique of all the new features in this release.

Otherwise, it’s been a fairly quiet week but we’ve still found a couple of stories to keep you ticking over until next week.


Jelly Belly rang this morning, saying they wanted their selling point back. While I do enjoy their sour variants and assorted flavours always have been quite delicious, iTunes 11 also matches this little catchphrase. Take its new icon, which is conveniently sitting just above this paragraph. It appears to be bubble-like, does it not? In fact, it looks like the designer took the iTunes 10 icon and added a few layers to it in Photoshop to give it a more 3D look.

That’s not why we’re here though. iTunes 11 is a big release and it shouldn’t be reduced to the size, or design, of its icon. All proportions aside then, I’d like to take you on a ride into a different kind of Apple. Whether this is just something the company will be doing with iTunes or we may be seeing it in other OS X apps, the 11th edition of a Mac music player is a big deal. Let’s see what the company decided to change. (more…)

At Envato we’ve been building something really awesome over the last couple of months, and it’s finally time reveal it! We’re extremely excited to announce the launch of the Tuts+ Jobs.

Tuts+ Jobs is a job board for full time, part time and casual employment opportunities for web and creative professionals, such as app developers and interface designers. A brand new site to go alongside the Tuts+ Educational Network and the Envato Marketplaces, all run by Envato. Read on to find out more!


We recently rounded up ten of the best journal and note-taking apps here at Mac.AppStorm. Many people commented, listing their favourite apps and why they’ve remained so dedicated to them all this time. While some of the apps in that roundup have probably been in your Launchpad at one time or another, there is a newcomer that has only been recently released.

The new guy is Sockii’s Capture 365 Journal. After mentioning it in the roundup, we felt it was time to compare it to Day One and have a full look at what the app’s capabilities are and why you should or should not use it. If you’ve been waiting for this kind of a read before you spend your hard-earned cash on such a young app, the following review should prove most helpful. The main question is, does this app live up to reasonable expectations for a digital journal? (more…)

After a slightly embarrassing setback to its development, iTunes 11 has finally been released by Apple after a month’s delay, bringing a whole new slew of features to the renowned music player. The new version was first announced at the iPhone 5 media event back in September, with a promised release date of October, however Apple decided that they needed “a little more time” to get it just right.

Well, it’s now available and ready for the world to see. Let’s take a quick peek inside and see what’s new. We will, of course, be getting a full review to you in the next couple of days :)


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