Apple has removed the free trials for two of its most popular software packages, the photo editing program Aperture and the office suite iWork, from its website as of yesterday and instead redirects users to the Mac App Store, where they have the choice to buy the product at full price.
Our featured sponsor this week is 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.
iDraw for Mac possesses all of the tools you need for a powerful resolution-independent workflow: layers, text, a bezier pen tool, gradients, brushes, masking, shape tools, versatile export options, boolean operations, and a lot more. Create beautiful works of art in an attractive and easy to use interface, whether at your desktop or on the go. iDraw for iPad is the perfect companion to iDraw for Mac and is the one and only vector editing application that I personally use on my iPad. I’ve tried the rest and nothing comes close to iDraw in providing a top notch vector experience in iOS.
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If you’re looking to get started in professional vector editing on the Mac, you simply have to try iDraw. Other high end options will run you in the ballpark of five hundred dollars or more, while iDraw is a mere $24.99. You simply can’t beat the value here and I can’t recommend enough that you give this app a shot.
As always, here’s Mac AppStorm’s weekly roundup of news and this week, it isn’t related to Facebook’s purchase of Instagram. Enjoy!
There are plenty of deals to be had on the App Store, however with such a huge number of apps, it is impossible to scout out the best ones without a bit of help. Well, that’s where we come in! From now on, Mac AppStorm will be publishing every Wednesday a weekly roundup of some great deals on the App Store, such as apps that are free or reduced for a certain time.
This week we dove deep into the Photoshop CS6 Beta preview and told you all about the great new features and changes (see that article here). This is one of the most dramatic updates Photoshop has seen in years. It sports a completely overhauled interface, lots of functionality improvements such as layer searching and group effects, and some awesome brand new features like Iris Blur.
Needless to say, there are a lot of great things to say about this new version, but oddly enough one topic that’s getting a ton of discussion around the web has nothing to do with any of these new features: the icon. Adobe has been giving us slight variations on the table of elements style icon theme for years and it appears that this time around they’re adding a thick border around the edge, a choice which has sent more than a few users hunting for good replacement options.
Today we want to know what you think of the new icon. Is it a decent evolution of what we’ve seen for the past few years or a hideous beast that you would never consider allowing to reside in your dock? Vote in the poll and then leave a comment below with your thoughts.
Our featured sponsor this week is 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.
There are plenty of great features for power users as well, including AirPlay, social sharing, a comprehensive song history, customizable keyboard shortcuts and an impressive equalizer. Radium strikes that perfect balance between being powerful and so easy to use that anyone could pick it up immediately. We know you’re going to love it.
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If you’re ready to give Radium a test drive, head over to the CatPig Studios site and grab your free thirty day trial. Once you’re convinced that you need to own Radium, and you will be, check it out on the Mac App Store.
Apple has pushed two critical security updates to Java for Mac OS X this week in order to patch up some critical security loopholes found in the previous release of Java, version 1.6.0_29. The updates, which were released on Tuesday and Thursday of this week, are available via Software Update for Snow Leopard users running OS X 10.6.8 and Lion users running OS 10.7.3.
The updates were released after a Russian antivirus company, Doctor Web, discovered that Macs were vulnerable to the BackDoor.Flashback trojan, which saves an executable file on your Mac’s hard drive then downloads malicious code from a remote server.
The trojan has affected an estimated 600,000 Macs worldwide, with the majority located in the United States (around 55%), Canada (around 20%) and the UK (around 13%). An analyst at Doctor Web also reported that 274 of these infected computers were based in Cupertino, California – the same city as Apple’s headquarters meaning that some of Apple’s own computers may have been affected.
At AppStorm we love helping you get the most out of your devices, mostly by giving you the low-down on the latest and greatest apps! Occasionally, however, it’s good to highlight the very best apps available; whether they be old classics, or new gems.
Recently each site has published a massive, and eminently thoughtful, roundup of the very best apps available, and I’ve collected them all together! Our editors and teams went to herculean lengths to ensure that these roundups would be more than worth your time, so without further ado…
- 100 Mac Apps To Rule Them All
- 111 Web Apps to Rule Them All
- The Top 100 iPhone Apps
- The Top 100 iPad Apps
- Our Top 100 Android Apps
- 100+ Absolutely Essential Windows Apps
When OS X Lion was released last year, Apple put a lot of emphasis on how speedy it was on their MacBook Air line of ultra-thin notebooks – or “ultrabooks”, if you will. An example of this can be seen all over the operating system’s main webpage as Apple seems to be giving attention to mainly the MacBook Air in their slideshow of the key features included with OS X Lion. It’s quite apparent that Apple is trying to say something with all of this, but what exactly is that message?
I believe the corporation is hoping to move towards the MacBook Air and oust the Pro from the picture almost entirely. It was obvious that they were going to do this when they discontinued the original MacBook last year; this in turn made the Air their entry-level notebook, which is what they wanted since it sported an SSD that was ten times faster than the white MacBook – regardless of the task. But what is their master plan for all of this? Let’s explore some potential scenarios.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at MacPhun! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. If your Twitter user name is listed below, you’ll be receiving an email shortly with instructions for claiming your prize:
Congratulations to the lucky winners. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!