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If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!


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.


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.

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When you’re looking for a good way to introduce a product, create a trailer for a film, or even edit a photo, Apple has some good software to offer its Mac users. iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand and other members of the iLife suite are included with OS X. Many users really enjoy these and think of them as prime benefits of owning a Mac. However, there are more professional versions of such software available from Apple. Final Cut Pro, for instance, is a truly professional way to edit a short picture or even a full independent film; Logic Pro brings every single audio tool to your fingertips; and Aperture is nearly on par with Photoshop, just aimed at a different price range.

The product we’re interested in today is Motion, a companion to Final Cut Pro. It’s designed to help you create motion graphics, moving versions of brochures you’d already have designed in Photoshop or Pixelmator. This software can help small businesses create advertisements for their new products at beautiful high definition. However, not everyone wants to create one of these from scratch, so what about a template for it? Our parent company Envato’s VideoHive now offers a section for just that. But there are currently 35 templates available, so which one is best for you? Let’s take a look at eight of the most well-designed.


Clear, a minimalist to-do listing app, was launched to almost-universal acclaim for iOS in January this year. Utilising a very simple UI that resembled a heat map of priority, Clear offered a viable alternative to the recently-shipped stock Reminders app and a simpler competitor to rivals in its category.

We’ve been using Clear for Mac, which launched Thursday, for a couple of days now and, in this article, we’re going to investigate how it stands as a Mac app and alongside its iPhone counterpart. (more…)

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.


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…)

Panoramic photography has become wildly popular in recent years, due in no small part to the smartphone market getting flooded with devices that have the functionality built right in. These sorts of shots have never been a staple of professional or amateur photography, but they can help give a broad perspective on interesting scenes.

Stitcha, by Florian Denis, gives you the ability to merge several different photographs or video clips into a single wide-angle shot. This simple app aims to keep the process as straightforward as dragging and dropping.


Here on AppStorm we’re excited to let you know about the latest addition to the Tuts+ family — Crafttuts+!

Crafttuts+ is focused on teaching everything crafty — fundamental craft skills, decorations, ceramics, crochet, jewellery-making, embroidery, candles, paper-craft, knitting, woodwork, printmaking, as well as how to market, sell, and promote your craft work.

Whether you’ve never even wondered about your crafty side, or consider yourself an expert, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading to learn a little bit more about what we’ll be offering on the site…


Welcome to November, the month of Thanksgiving (and the presidential election) for Americans, the gunpowder plot to kill the king of England, and last, but not least, Sadie Hawkins Day. Now, if you’re done listening to Relient K’s classic song, we should get on with this week’s deals for the Mac. The picks for this week include Colorstrokes, File Organizer, Instalyrics, and Starscape. Keep reading for the full loot. (more…)

iBooks Author first debuted at an unusually dedicated event on education in January this year. A nicely designed too, especially for free, the Mac app allows anyone to create rich, interactive textbooks that can be published on the iBookstore.

At their special event last month, Apple pushed out iBooks Author 2.0 and iBooks 3.0 with a few new, notable features. However, the digital bookstore is still yet to debut itself on OS X. But if you’d like to turn your NaNoWriMo book into a rich iPad reading experience, it might be just what you need. Let’s check out what’s new. (more…)

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