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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…)

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…)

We’re excited to let you know about the latest addition to the Tuts+ family — Gamedevtuts+!

Gamedevtuts+ is dedicated to teaching game development, with tutorials, tips, and articles about level layout, game design, coding, and working in the industry. We walk you through how to create games from scratch, go into the theory behind game development, level and character design, discuss working in the industry, and much more…

Read on to find out more about the all-new Gamedevtuts+!

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Minecraft is a phenomenon. The game that was born from one man’s mind has sold nearly 7 million copies and generated an immensely devoted community of fans. It’s been heralded as one of the best games of all time, and it’s not at all difficult to see why.

When we reviewed it last, Minecraft was still in beta, version 1.9, and has since been officially released, taken out of beta and received a wealth of significant updates. With Minecraft 1.3 hot off the presses and hitting as a free update, it’s time to take another luck at why this game is so successful and offer some update views. (more…)

Our weekly sponsor this week is Slidevana, the ultimate presentation toolkit. It helps you build better Keynote and PowerPoint presentations in less time than ever, giving you time to focus on what you’re presenting instead of how you’re presenting it.

How often have you worked for hours on a presentation, only to realize that you’ve spent most of your time pushing pixels in Keynote or PowerPoint rather than really honing your message? Slidevana is a unique presentation toolkit takes the tedium out of creating clear, elegant slides and enables you to focus on conveying your message.

Slidevana contains over 150 slide layouts including everything from basic layouts, such as lists, charts, and tables, to layouts that communicate complex business concepts such as timelines, architectures, sales funnels, and common frameworks. Slidevana’s vast array of layouts means that creating a presentation is as easy as copying the perfect slide and pasting the content that captures your message.

Slidevana features a clean, minimal design that looks professional and highlights your insights. It is available in two color schemes: Slidevana Dark is designed to deliver maximum visual impact for audiences of any size, and Slidevana Light is perfect for presentations that need to be both projected and printed.

Go Get It!

If you’re ready to get started spending less time on your presentations while making them more powerful than ever, you can get Slidevana for PowerPoint or Keynote for $79.00. Your purchase includes free, unlimited lifetime updates, and if you’re not satisfied for any reason, you can get a 100% refund just for asking.

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Mountain Lion has been out just under a week, and millions of us are already running it on our Macs. Apple’s announced that they sold 3 million copies of Mountain Lion in 4 days. Despite some initial problems with the Up to Date program, and expected slowdowns for first-day downloads, Mountain Lion is running strong, and very few of us have encountered major problems with it.

That’s why we’re wondering if you’ve taken the plunge and upgraded already, or not. Did your upgrade go good, or are you having trouble taming Apple’s latest cat? Or are you waiting for updates and for time to try upgrading? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

And, if you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to read our own Mountain Lion review for an overview of the new features, as well as our roundup of smaller changes throughout the OS, including new iCloud features.

Free-To-Play games have been part of gaming for a while, but they are often seen as low budget and graphically-ugly MMO games. After E3 closed its doors this past June, however, some of the most notable titles that emerged from the event were Free-To-Play. This has shaken up the industry a bit, and from it, we now have a future console in the works like the OUYA (which is aimed at supporting free-to-play games), new free-to-play games coming out left and right, and even some retail games embracing the free-to-play model.

Today, the free-to-play model is being adopted by more and more developers. These games are no longer ugly-looking creations that attract only a certain type of gamers, either. From MMOs to FPS games, there is a free-to-play game for everyone.

Now, most recent free-to-play games are not Mac bound (yet), but there are still plenty of titles to enjoy on your OS X machine. The following is a list of some of the greatest free-to-play games available for the Mac. Keep in mind that some of these games may be rough around the edges if you’re playing on Mountain Lion.

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