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If you’ve ever been editing an image and found your eyedropper wandering outside the application window to all of the colors on your desktop and beyond, I can sympathize. You’re not the only one who’s wanted to extend the functionality of Photoshop’s color picker beyond the application and been frustrated when you just weren’t allowed to do that.

Well, be frustrated no more! Meet Frank DeLoupe, a menubar color picker that will work anywhere. Going by Frank for short, this app gives you Photoshop integration and the ability to copy a color’s code to your clipboard. With so much packed into such a tiny app, can Mr. DeLoupe really do it all, or will Frank fall on his face? (more…)

In 2008, Apple kicked off the transition away from physical media. The lack of an optical drive in the MacBook Air eventually influenced the removal of it in the Mac Mini and, more recently, the next-generation MacBook Pro.

With all these Macs ditching their optical drive in order to achieve a thinner form factor, it’s time to take a look at which is better: disk or download? (more…)

Thanks to Our Weekly Sponsor: ANTETYPE

Our weekly sponsor this week is ANTETYPE, an innovative design tool that focuses on the needs of user interface designers to optimize their daily workflows. Designers often have to waste precious time with repetitive tasks and imperfect tools that could otherwise be used for creativity and productivity. This is where ANTETYPE comes in handy.

ANTETYPE offers a comprehensive library of pre-designed, customizable UI elements for Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android that allow designers to create high quality mockups in no time. When the time comes for a custom UI or design, the application supports the designer with its unique layout system, intelligent widget concept, multiple screens and states, as well as comprehensive visual design features.

With a smart layout and widget system for a responsive design, UI elements can be modified on one screen and changes are promoted to other elements of the same type with just one click. There is no need to copy styles manually or to nudge elements back into the right position. ANTETYPE lets you create interactive prototypes and presentations of your designs that can be used for substantial user testing, or to simply show the design to clients via ANTETYPE’s own web viewer or iOS app.

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If you’re ready to get started designing better UIs with interactivity, you should give ANTETYPE a try. You can try ANTETYPE free for 30 days, or buy it just now during the summer sale, where ANTETYPE is available for $99 until August 17, down from its regular price of $289. You can also get an educational licenses for just $19 if you’re an educator or student.

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Best of AppStorm in July

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!

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

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AppStorm’s App Store deals of the week are back! We have some great free and discounted apps available just after the break, so be sure to check them out. (more…)

Thanks to the Mac.AppStorm Weekly Sponsors

We’d like to say a special Thank you! to our weekly sponsors from the past month, for sponsoring our site and for the great apps they make. If you would like to feature your app on our site with an advertisement, be sure to check out our available slots on BuySellAds or register for a weekly sponsorship for your app.

If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!

StackSocial

StackSocial is a site you should follow if you like getting great deals on Mac apps, training material, and more. They feature new deals weekly, letting you save on top apps. Best of all, they even feature free app giveaways, and bundles that let you get a ton of apps you’ve had your eye on at once. You’ll just need to signin with your Facebook account or create an account to start getting their exclusive deals.

Postbox

Sparrow was recently acquired by Google, and Mozilla recently announced that they’re stopping new development of Thunderbird. If you’re looking for an innovative new email app, you might be thinking that there’s not many options left. That’s why you should check out Postbox. For just $9.99, it offers dozens of innovative features that make email easier and nicer than ever before. Even if you’re used to using Gmail, Postbox includes Gmail-style keyboard shortcuts, as well as other innovative features like Dropbox attachments and social network integration.

Slidevana

Creating high quality Keynote and PowerPoint presentations can be time consuming and difficult. Slidevana just might be what you need to let you focus more on your presentation than on how you’ll present it. With over 150 slide layouts in two color schemes, it lets you make professional presentations that focus on your content quicker than ever. You can use their slides to communicate everything from complex business relationship to simple points without having to worry about how you’ll put your presentation together.

And a special thanks to you, our Mac.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Want more Steam games on your Mac? Check out our brand-new roundup of the 13 best Steam games for your Mac in 2013!

Steam is one of the predominant forces in digital distribution of games, and it launched on the Mac just over two years ago. In our continuing effort to dispel the myth that Macs are no good for gaming, today we’re going to take a look at our favourite games available through Valve’s store that you simply must download. (more…)

Macs have never been regarded as machines built for gaming, and are often mocked in the community for their aptitude in this area. In fact, just earlier this day I saw a thread on Reddit mocking the Mac’s ability to play games. That may be true; the Mac certainly isn’t the best platform out there for games.

However, what is undeniable is the improvement the platform has been making in the last 18 months or so. That time has seen the release of two pretty big outlets for games, the Mac App Store and Steam, as well as a steady improvement in the hardware that makes up the Mac family. (more…)

Pandora, the crazy popular internet radio webapp, already has a Mac application of its own, but it’s only for subscribers. With a Pandora subscription, you get lots of little perks, and you get those perks in the Mac app, too. However, the official Pandora app isn’t for the rest of us who use Pandora infrequently or who haven’t found the value there to invest in a subscription, yet.

That doesn’t mean we want to be tied to a browser window to listen to Pandora, either. Tiny menubar app Bandito has that all wrapped up, thankfully. Taking Pandora out of the browser and putting it on your desktop, Bandito’s bringing you the best of both worlds. (more…)

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