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This week has been another fairly quiet one in terms of app news but we’ve still managed to find a couple of stories to keep you ticking over till next week.

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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 September, from How to Launch Any App with a Keyboard Shortcut to Awesome Reader Submitted Mac Tips and Tricks.

This Week in Mac News is a new column we’re now publishing each Saturday, rounding up the latest Mac and Apple news. Just the fact here; no rumors. See, rumors are expensive, so we’ll stick to the facts.

Welcome to the first edition of This Week in Mac News. There’s so much going on in in the world of Apple, beyond just regular app updates, we wanted to be able to help our readers stay a bit more informed about what’s going on without having to trace down every rumor and Apple press release. That’s why we’ve started this new column, and we hope you enjoy reading. Let us know your thoughts about it and if there’s anything we’ve missed in the comments below.

With that out of the way, let’s get started with this week’s news. Briefly, Apple released a OS X 10.8.2 and 10.7.5 supplemental update with bug fixes, the company’s fourth quarter earnings will be announced on October 25, and Ping closed at 11:59 p.m. September 30. Keep reading for full coverage of these topics. (more…)

The Mac App Store is rife with price cuts this week, so come take your bounty from Mac.AppStorm’s deals.


Almost everyone loves going on trips and getaways. Whether it’s for business or for pleasure, it’s nice to experience new places. Whilst it can be remarkable seeing different cultures and experiencing different ways of life, it can be daunting and overwhelming just trying to plan your trip.

YourtTrip aims to simplify the process of preparing for a trip and aims to help you plan out where you’re going, what you’re going to pack, budgets and also helps you make an itinerary. Let’s take a look. (more…)

When Mactuts+ first launched, we gave $1,000 to the person who submitted the best Mac Quick Tip screencast. Only one person could win (props to Joseph Darnell for snagging first place), but we received a ton of really good submissions. We’ve tossed them all onto YouTube and rounded them up for your enjoyment and education. Take a look, you’re sure to learn something cool!

Head over to Mactuts+ to read more!

Winners Announced

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:

Cristianno Martins

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!

Old Competition Post

Meet the Mega Fall Bundle – the latest bundle from BundleHunt. It features 11 best-selling Mac apps and design goodies. At AppStorm we’re excited to offer you two chances to win one of the bundles!

The Mega Fall Bundle features an awesome selection apps that collectively retail for $1209, with BundleHunt you can get them for a mere $49.99, with AppStorm you get the chance to walk away with one for free!

The Mega Fall Bundle, their latest bundle, includes a variety of top-quality apps, including;

  • Kinemac
  • Moneywell
  • Printopia
  • Mailtags
  • PDFclerk Pro
  • Garagesale

Head over to BundleHunt to read up on the details!

Read on to find out how to enter!


I have a lot of music, as most of us do, and I need to keep my music organized. I download and import music from lots of different places, so my music files end up tagged with all sorts of different genres, artist and song titles are garbled, and they get all kinds of comments stuck on them. It can be a burden to clean all that up.

Yate, an audio file tagging app, can edit metadata and get all your music organized the way you want it. We’ll try editing a few files, see if Yate stands up, and find out whether it can really clean up the mess of your iTunes library. (more…)

Apple Stores have become all but ubiquitous in most major cities around the world. I live in Thailand, which doesn’t actually have its own Apple Stores, but their Apple Premium Resellers here, iBeat and iStudio, look quite the part of their Apple Store counterparts. And they’re everywhere, in all major malls and even small-town superstores.

Apple Stores are great places to try out the latest Macs and iOS devices, and make it rather easy to, say, buy anything from new power adapter for your MacBook or a new MacBook in just a few minutes. But if you’re not content with the default specs, you’ll want to head to Apple’s online store. There, you can trick out your Mac with all the ram and SSD space Apple offers.

Or perhaps you’re looking to save some money. In that case, you might be better heading to or a brick-and-mortar retailer. They don’t offer quite as fancy of a shopping experience, but they often are a bit cheaper at least.

That’s why we’re wondering: how do your buy your Macs and other Apple hardware? I personally have purchased all of my Macs from Apple’s online store, though I tend to pick up accessories as I need them at local Apple Premium Resellers. How about you?

Our sponsor this week is CourseNotes, a great app for taking notes for school on your Mac or iOS devices. It’s been recently redesigned and is on a 50% off sell right now, so if you’ve been looking for a great app to help you out with your classes this semester, it just might be what you’ve been looking for.

CourseNotes describes itself as a student’s class companion for Mac, iPad and iPhone. It helps you take notes during classes, and keeps them organized by subject and class meeting. You can then review notes later and search through multiple class meetings or notes all at once. Best of all, you can track assignments by due dates, so you’ll never miss that important deadline for your term paper.

Even if you don’t take your Mac into the classroom, CourseNotes can still help you out with its iOS versions that sync over the air with your Mac. That way, you could type up notes on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch in class, then review your notes later in the dorm on your Mac. Then, if you’re trying to study as a team, you can share notes with your classmates over Bluetooth or through email, and can print notes via AirPrint or save them to Dropbox. That makes it quite the study aid for everyone!

Go Get It!

If you’d like to start keeping your classwork organized with CourseNotes, now’s the time to get it. It’s currently on a 50% off sale until October 14th, so you can get CourseNotes for your Mac for just $3.99. You can also grab a copy of the universal CourseNotes iOS app for the same price so you can keep up with your notes everywhere.

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