Although you may not realize it (and the transition is extremely subtle), Apple is becoming more and more game-orientated and it’s pretty clear to see why. In 2010 (the latest year for which I could find accurate figures for), revenues in the games industry totalled a massive $60 billion, with a market capitalization of around $100 to $105 billion. This is a pretty big market – and Apple certainly wants a slice of it.
On the App Store, there are currently around 116,000 apps in the “Games” category (as of mid June 2012) and on average, around 90 new games are submitted each day. The average game costs around $1.05 (with Apple taking 40% commission of course) and the App Store can turn relatively unkown game makers into worldwide superstars (just look at the success of Angry Birds or Doodle Jump, to name but two examples).
If you’re looking to snag a great bargain, then now’s the time to do it. Currently there are 3 (that’s right, 3) great Mac app bundles on sale with plenty of high-quality, useful apps for OS X at one low price.
Read on after the break for more information about these bundles and where you can get them from!
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in May. 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!
We’d like to say a big thank you to last month’s Mac.AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can purchase a banner advertisement through BuySellAds, or sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot.
Thank you to the fantastic applications we had sponsoring each week during the month, all of which we personally recommend you download and try out!
- USBMate – Every time USBMate is run, it will clean and optimize your connected external disks and USB flash drives, purging them of all the temporary files that your system throws on there. It will also automatically check your drive for any AutoRun viruses and take the appropriate actions to get the drive back in perfect shape.
- MindNode Pro – With MindNode Pro, you can collect, organize and outline your ideas into attractive mind maps. Most of us don’t think in bullet points, instead ideas come to us in a scattered, organic fashion that challenges traditional note-taking methods. With MindNode Pro, you can capture your ideas as they come to you in a way that helps you make sense of the complex nature of brainstorming.
- Chronicle – If you’re looking for a way to get more organized with your bills, Chronicle is your answer. It’s beautiful, easy to use and powerful enough to keep you on track. Set up bill payment reminders, track and reduce debt, keep a full payment history, view graphs of your spending, and more! From Mac.AppStorm to Macworld, reviewers everywhere are giving this app high rankings.
Finally, thanks to you for reading AppStorm this month, and for checking out the software that our sponsors create. I really appreciate it – you make the site what it is!
As always every Wednesday, here are our weekly picks of the best (and free) deals on the App Store for this week.
This debate has raged on for years in the photography community. Lightroom and Aperture are aimed at very similar audiences and they share very similar workflows that allow you to quickly browse, sort and edit your photos without the pain of opening and saving each file individually like you would with Photoshop.
Adobe fans stick to their guns that Lightroom is the most powerful solution for the professional photographer’s workflow, but others have found exactly what they’re looking for in Aperture’s awesome organizational features such as automatic face recognition.
When it boils down to it, if you were forced to pick one and only one, which would it be? Would you side with Adobe or Apple? Vote in the poll and then leave a comment below defending your answer.
Our featured sponsor this week is Magican, a great way to monitor and clean up your Mac’s system.
Magican is a Swiss army knife of Mac utilities. It’s positively overflowing with incredibly useful ways to help you keep your Mac running smoothly. Search out and delete useless files, remove bloat from caches and old binaries, watch your active processes, adjust your fan speeds, see suggestions for great free and discounted apps; this app does it all.
The crazy part that you simply won’t believe is that this is a free application. You read that right, there’s easily $40 in value here but the developers have seen fit to simply give it away.
Go Get It!
Magican is available as a free download on the developer website. Go grab it right away and get your Mac back in shape.
Fresh off the presses, here’s Mac AppStorm’s weekly app news roundup.
Earlier this week, we posted an article on the awesome app deals available at $2 Tuesday, a site that promises to bring you unbeatable weekly discounts.
Today we’re hooking up with $2 Tuesday to bring you nine free copies of the software that was a part of this week’s deal. We’ve got three codes a piece for WriteRoom, CodeBox and Chronicle and we can’t wait to hand them over!
Tweet to Enter
Entering is simple, all you have to do is click the link below and send out the resulting tweet (or just copy and paste), then leave a comment below with a link to your tweet. Also be sure to specify which app you would prefer to win. That’s all there is to it!
We’ll announce the winners on Thursday, June 7th. Good luck to everyone who enters! In the mean time, be sure to keep an eye on the $2 Tuesday website for awesome app deals.
Our featured sponsor this week is USBMate, an awesome app that optimizes your external drives.
Your external drives can easily become cluttered with temporary files or perhaps even infested with malware. All of this can be avoided with a quick trip to USBMate right before you eject your drives.
Every time USBMate is run, it will clean and optimize your connected external disks and USB flash drives, purging them of all the temporary files that your system throws on there. It will also automatically check your drive for any AutoRun viruses and take the appropriate actions to get the drive back in perfect shape.
USBMate is a menu bar app so it sits quietly out of the way until you’re ready to eject a drive, then you’re only a click away from maximizing your drive’s performance.
Go Get It!
USBMate is currently available on the Mac App Store, so be sure to stop by and download your copy. Your USB drives drives will thank you!