It’s always exciting to find a new app that perfectly fits your needs. Some programs are great, and you’ll use them every day, but then sometimes you need this one little utility to make a part of your life easier. Even if you only use it a few times it feels amazing that there was an app that did just what you needed.
App Stores are great for discovering apps like this. I once needed to quickly crop and rotate a set of images on my iPad. Without knowing any apps that could do that, I searched the App Store and quickly found OneEdit, which did exactly what I needed.
On my Mac, I’ve recently started using QuickCursor and Sublime Text 2, both apps that I thought I didn’t need but now would hate to live without. It made me wonder how many apps our reader have recently discovered that really helped them.
So, what’s the greatest new app you’ve started using on your Mac? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, and maybe we’ll discover a few apps we didn’t know of before, too!
I know: it can’t be a poll without a poll, but hey, you have to change things around sometimes, right?
Our sponsor this week is employment:app, a great way to manage your employees and simplify HR duties from your Mac.
HR and other internal business apps are often confusing, with outdated designs built for PCs. employment:app is an exciting break from this tradition, bringing modern Mac app design to the enterprise. You can manage your employees, keeping up with detailed personal info, files, trainings, and vacations for each employee. You’ll be able to look through your database of employees and find the right person for any job based on their abilities.
employment:app is as easy to use as any other Mac app. It can sync your employee info to all of your Macs over iCloud, and sync calendar info to iCal. Then, when you need to put your data to use, you can export info in standard formats, and create advanced reports about your employees, all from employment:app.
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Ready to start making it simpler to manage your employees? You can register for a free trial from employment:app’s site, or you can go ahead and buy it directly from the Mac App Store for $34.99. If you’d like more info about employment:app, you can check their features and screenshots on their website, or join in the conversation about it on their Facebook page.
If you’ve been a Mac user for a while, then you’ve probably heard of Fluid. It’s a simple tool that lets you make websites feel like actual apps, with their own webkit-powered window and dock icon. You can customize icons, save userscripts for individual sites, and more. It’s quite the useful app if you use web apps often.
I’ve been using it more frequently lately to replace the Twitter clients I used to have on my Mac. Why, you ask? Well, there are a few reasons. Join me after the break for an example of how you can use Fluid to make your experience with Twitter and other apps on the Internet more up-to-date and smooth.
Fresh off the presses, here is Mac AppStorm’s weekly app news roundup.
Most of us probably have a strange relationship to Internet memes, those photos that everyone uses to make their own version of a particular joke. While we can be fond of some of the funnier Internet memes that make their way through our Facebook and Twitter feeds — not to mention the Reddit forums — we’re probably annoyed by the majority of them. Unfortunately, the people who have the time on their hands to create Internet memes just aren’t as funny as we want them to be.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at BundleHunt! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
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!
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You’ve got to move quick on this one! We have two BundleHunt Productivity bundles to give away, but the competition ends tomorrow.
Here’s your chance to get your hands on iStopMotion, LittleSnapper, TotalFinder, Typinator, Default Folder X, Keyboard Maestro 5, PhoneView, the Smashing Magazine Super Bundle, Glyph Ocean Icon Set, 4 ThemeFuse WordPress themes, and Picons Ultimate+.
Read on to find out how to enter…
Do you have an app or website that you need help promoting?
We’ve got a simply awesome competition for you! The wonderful people at Wyzowl are offering up four free promo videos to AppStorm readers, one each for Mac, Web, iOS, and Android. Get a slick video to show off your iOS app, exhibit your Android app in its full glory, or make an impact by concisely demonstrating why your web app is completely invaluable!
Just read on to enter the competition and have a chance at winning a promo video for your site or app worth $475!
WWDC brought a little more clarity to the story of Apple’s next major operating system: OS X Mountain Lion. There were no real surprises, but we should all have a solid idea of what’s to come.
Because of the Mac App Store’s inability to handle paid upgrades, many tech blogs and Mac users have been speculating lately that Apple would transition us all into a utopian world of free software upgrades. I never bought that story for a second and Mountain Lion’s recently announced $20 price tag validates my skepticism. Personally, I think $20 is a small price to pay given that it’s not unprecedented for operating systems to cost over $100.
However, plenty of people are not happy about the dream of free operating system upgrades vanishing. For this and other reasons, I’m sure there are many users out there who will hesitate to hit the download button on the day that Mountain Lion releases.
In this week’s poll, we want to know if you’ll be among the early adopters who will download Mountain Lion right away or if there is something holding you back. Cast your vote in the poll and leave a comment below explaining your answer.
Our featured sponsor this week is TaskBurn, a fun and unique task manager.
Have you ever thought about how satisfying it is to complete an item on your todo list? It makes you feel productive and encourages you to push forward and complete more tasks. Now, with that in mind, think about how much more fulfilling it would be if, instead of simply checking a box, you could set your tasks on fire and watch them burn, reveling in your victory. This somewhat maniacal dream becomes a reality with TaskBurn.
Aside from the fun and crazy animations, TaskBurn is a serious task manager with great features: iCloud sync, easy task addition, task groups, burned task recovery, menu bar access and more.
If you’re looking for a way to add a little excitement to your task management process, check out TaskBurn and set your todo list on fire!
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Some exciting changes are afoot at AppStorm!
Josh Johnson is sadly stepping down as editor of Mac.AppStorm to work on something which you’ll be finding out more about in the near future. We’ll miss him and everything he brought to the site, and I’m sure he’ll still write the occasional thing, but I’m excited to announce Matthew Guay (of Web.AppStorm fame) as the new editor of Mac.AppStorm!
Many of you will know Matthew from his previous writing and in his role as editor of Web.AppStorm, but be sure to give him a warm welcome to the site! Matthew’s a huge Mac fan and an all-round great guy, you can follow him on Twitter.
It’s privilege to work for such a fantastic readership and Matthew’s someone who’s passionate about growing Mac.AppStorm and making it simply the best place to come for everything Mac App related!