Adobe has announced the immediate availability of Creative Suite 6, the next reincarnation of its popular graphic and web design software. The company’s official store has been updated with all the new products and users can either purchase the software outright ready for download or upgrade from previous versions of Creative Suite.
This week has (again) been pretty quiet in the world of Mac news but we’ve still managed to find some juicy stories to keep you ticking over till next week.
As always, here are our picks of the best deals on the App Store for this week.
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. 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!
This week, the official dates for Apple’s annual WWDC were announced and most people who have been following Apple rumour sites have a fair idea of what exactly is going to be announced. We here at Mac.AppStorm have a strong inkling that the entire MacBook Pro line is going to be refreshed (possibly with those new Ivy Bridge processors and a high-resolution retina display) as well as the iMac range as well.
But what really got me thinking was the idea of 4G MacBooks (4G meaning cell-network-compatible). Yes, it sounds like a bit of a shot in the dark (especially as we haven’t seen 3G-enabled MacBooks so far) but it does seem like a product that would catch on given the higher transfer speeds of 4G and its suitability to more intense web browsing such as video conferencing, HD video streaming and so on.
Long ago Apple had what seemed like a simple idea: iTunes should be the hub to sync all of your i-devices to your Mac. It made sense at the time, when the decision really only encompassed the iPod line. Then came the iPhone and subsequently the iTunes App Store, the one-stop shop for third party iPhone apps. The final piece of this mess of a puzzle came in the completely separate, non-iTunes-connected “App Store” app, also known as the Mac App Store.
These days, this organization scheme is a frequently complained about aspect of OS X. It seems perfectly logical that Apple would give us a single “App Store” app from which we could manage all things app related on every device we own. This argument suggests stripping iTunes back to what it’s good at (music), and putting all that extra functionality where it belongs, in the App Store app.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with this idea, today we want to know if you think Apple agrees with it. Will we see a simplified iTunes app and a unified App Store any time in the near future or will Apple leave things as they are?
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!
- Zepheer – An awesome and fun way to edit photos on your Mac. Zepheer is so easy that absolutely anyone can use it. You simply drag a photo into the intuitive, single window interface and you’re ready to start applying filters, borders, vignettes and more.
- Instant – This app brings the fun of Polaroid instant cameras to your desktop. There was something great about the old instant Polaroid cameras, an allure that still lasts to this day. Instant is an officially licensed Polaroid app that seeks to bring this timelessly enjoyable experience to the Mac by mimicking the workflow of a real Polaroid camera.
- iDraw – A fantastic vector illustration application. What Pixelmator is to Photoshop, iDraw is to Illustrator. This amazing app will blow you away in its ability to provide professional level vector editing capabilities at a price that you simply won’t believe.
- Radium – The amazing menu bar Internet radio player. We’ve been huge fans of Radium for years now. It’s the fastest, simplest way to access Internet radio from all over the world (50 countries and 100 languages!). The workflow is effortless: just type in a station name, genre or city and you’ll instantly get a list of results to choose from and can begin streaming immediately.
- Studiometry – The ultimate organizational tool for professionals. Studiometry is a powerhouse of project management that’s been serving the industry for over eight years. Whether you’re managing contacts, generating estimates, tracking work, or billing clients, this one app has you covered in a single beautifully cohesive workflow.
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!
Our featured sponsor this week is Zepheer, an awesome and fun way to edit photos on your Mac.
Zepheer is so easy that absolutely anyone can use it. You simply drag a photo into the intuitive, single window interface and you’re ready to start applying filters, borders, vignettes and more.
Zepheer has over fifty effects divided into five categories: cameras, artistic, abstract, style and vintage. All effects take just a click to apply and are fully customizable. No matter what style you’re going for, Zepheer can help you get there in seconds flat. Once you’re finished, sharing to your favorite social networks is only a click away.
Try It Free!
I’m sure you’re just itching to get your hands on Zepheer to try it for yourself. Well you’re in luck, because there’s a free demo on the developer’s website.
When you’re ready to make the jump to the full version, you’ll find Zepheer on the Mac App Store.
This week has been pretty full up with all sorts going on in the Apple world, in particular the official announcement of WWDC 2012 (where we are probably going to see the proper launch of OS X Mountain Lion, a new and updated iMac range and maybe even a sneak preview of iOS 6) and the fact the tickets sold in a mere 2 hours!
In other Apple-related news this week…
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