If an alien visited Earth and wanted to capture a summary of video gaming, they’d quickly become aware of Half-Life. The series is far from foreign to the hearts of most gamers, and the products of the Half-Life universe — both the Half-Life and Portal series — remain some of the highest rated games by critics. However, the series has become even more iconic for its unreleased sequel, Half-Life 3.
Half-Life 3, or perhaps more appropriately Half-Life 2: Episode Three, has become a notable case of anticipation and speculation. Years after the latest instalment to the Half-Life series, the game is yet to even get a mention by developer Valve, even though the episodic sequels to Half-Life 2 were announced as a triology. In this article, we’ll take a look at the story of Half-Life, both in the games released already and what’s speculated for the future.
Be warned: spoilers ahead! (more…)
When it comes to image editors, Adobe Photoshop remains the gold standard for professionals. But for students, the amateur, or anyone starting their career, the $700 price tag (or even ~$200 with a student discount) is likely prohibitive. There are cheaper apps available, such as Acorn and Pixelmator, but they offer far fewer features.
Luckily, there’s GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) a completely free and open source image editor that nearly matches Photoshop’s versatility. It’s long been available on the Mac if you had X11 installed, but never looked the part of a high quality Mac app. That’s all changed with the latest 2.8.2 release of Gimp, which shipped as a fully native Mac app. That’s what prompted us to take a closer look at the most popular Photoshop alternate.
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It’s been an exciting week for Apple news what with the announcement of the iPhone 5, new iPods and iTunes 11 (in fact, my Twitter feed has seemed to consist of nothing but these topics) but we’ve still managed to find you some different news for your browsing pleasure this week.
If you still haven’t caught up on all the action from last Wednesday (and frankly, where have you been living these past few days?!) then be sure to check out our full roundup of all the new product announcements.
Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to each of our winners!
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to fill your Mac with duplicate photos? If you’re using a Mac with an SSD, such as a MacBook Air, you’ll notice it quickly, but even if your space requirements aren’t as stringent, it’s still frustrating to have to browse through duplicate photos.
That’s what’s exciting about PhotoSweeper. It’s a nicely designed app that takes the pain out of sorting and removing your duplicate pictures. It uses 5 methods to find duplicate photos, even ones that have been edited or saved in other apps. Then, you can preview photos together to decide which one to keep. It’ll make organizing your photos easier than ever.
Earlier this year, our team gave PhotoSweeper a 9 out of 10 in our review, and found it to be a great way to reduce the space pictures are taking up on your hard drive. That’s why we’re excited to have 25 copies of it to giveaway to our readers!
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If you’d like to win a free copy of PhotoSweeper, 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. Alternately, if you’d like to share the exact same post on Facebook or App.net, feel free to do that and then leave a comment with the link. That’s it! We’ll then randomly pick 25 winners when we close the contest.
We’ll announce the winners next week on September 21st, so hurry and get your entry in today!
Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm, however, are ineligible to enter.
You’ve probably gotten invited to more than your share of Facebook events, and if you’re like me, you tend to lose track of them fairly quickly. Either you RSVP that you can’t make it, and when you change your mind, you can’t find the event to save your life, or you did let the organizer know you’d be coming but promptly forgot until Facebook reminded you the day of the event.
With seemingly everyone using Facebook events to plan everything from baby showers to beauty pageants, I’ve thought there has to be a better way. So did the developers of Going, a menubar app that keeps track of all your Facebook events for you and even syncs up with Calendar. With the ability to RSVP, create events, and event post to Facebook, is there anything Going can’t do? (more…)
Imagine being a kid in this generation. Some kids today are able to enjoy technology like we never had back when we were kids. From iPods and iPads, to iMacs, MacBooks, and gaming consoles, kids nowadays have so much technology around them that it is extremely hard to imagine how it would have been like for us.
The good thing is, electronics aren’t only for entertainment either, but they can be used as learning tools that develop your children’s motor skills, comprehension, creativeness, and so much more. With that in mind, we’ve gathered up some of the coolest children games in the Mac App Store. Some of them are just games, while others are meant to be learning games. So, quit Coda or iWork for a bit, and let your children enjoy some of these games.
September 12th, 2012 was a day that had been anticipated by many for a long time. Ever since Apple released the invitations with the mysterious caption “It’s almost here”, along with a number 5 in the shadow, almost every tech blog has been speculating what will be announced. Maybe the long awaited iPhone 5? A refresh of the iMac line? A whiff of iTunes 11?
Today, those rumours have been debunked and at 10 AM local time, Tim Cook took to the stage of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The world was watching and so were we. Here’s what Apple announced.
Whether you got your Mac from the Apple store, customised it online, or found it on the street, for the most part your Mac is the same as pretty much everyone else’s Mac – at least as far as the eye can tell. For some people, that’s okay. But others strive to make each machine their own, to show the world that they are different. You could do something simple like changing the wallpaper on your Mac, perhaps using one of the many wallpapers we’ve rounded up. Or, you could get several monitors to turn your Mac into the perfect workstation. Customizing your wallpaper then, though, can be a rather difficult task if you want a continuous picture across your screens that looks perfect.
This is where Multi Monitor Wallpaper comes into play. No longer are you forced to open photoshop and manually split the wallpaper into parts and attempt to align it perfectly for your display setup, only to find you misses it by a few pixels. With Multi Monitor Wallpaper, you can now get a wallpaper to span across your displays perfectly every time. Read on for our in-depth review of the app. (more…)
Over the past few weeks here at Mac.AppStorm, we’ve been taking a look at the state of gaming on Mac OS X, taking a look at and rounding up some of our favourite games on the platform. We’ve looked at the how the Resonance Cascade not only had drastic consequences for the Half-Life universe but revolutionised first-person shooters and some of the top games available to be downloaded right now on Steam and the Mac App Store.
It’s time to take a look back at the past month of gaming content in case you’ve missed any of our coverage! (more…)