This past weekend, the Sparrow team shook the Mac app world by announcing they had been bought out by Google and wouldn’t be adding any new features to their popular email app. Sparrow was a great example of the amazing Mac-only apps you can get from the App Store, an app that was lovingly created by a team that really knew what they were doing. Now, the team’s moving to work on Gmail, and odds are Google will totally forget about the Mac app the team had built in the first place.
For those of use that use email all the time, many of us exclusively use Gmail or Google Apps on our own domains. However, we usually don’t use Gmail online, preferring instead to use Mail.app, Sparrow, or other 3rd party email apps to manage our email workflow. Sparrow was an especially good choice for Gmail users, as it supported Gmail’s features in a brilliant Mac interface, and just worked so good.
It’s not like Sparrow quit working overnight, but most of us are seriously considering alternate email apps now that Sparrow won’t be in active development going forward. That’s why we’re wondering if you’re going to keep using Sparrow, or if you’ve switched to another email app. We’d love to hear what email app you’re using, and why, in the comments below!
Special thanks to @CoolD78 for the poll idea!
Our giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering, everyone! Congrats to @gustaoo and @Derek_Covatch for winning a copy of TerraRay, @keifun and @lucaschurchill for winning a copy of Sip, and @MohamadAshraf_ and @itkidx for winning a copy of Squirrel!
It’s always fun to snag a great deal on an app. $2 Tuesday has lately been keeping Mac app deals in the headlines with their great deals on popular apps every Tuesday. I personally got a copy of TaskPaper through the $2 Tuesday discount several weeks ago, and it’s quickly become part of my daily workflow.
This week, there’s 3 new apps on $2 Tuesday that just might end up becoming part of your daily workflow soon. All day today, you can get each of the following apps for just $2 (or really $1.99 plus tax in the App Store):
- Squirrel – A great personal finance management app that was a former Apple Design Award winner.
- Sip – A simple color picker app for developers that lets you pick colors and copy them with simple keyboard shortcuts.
- TerraRay – An easy to use terrain rendering app that lets you easily create your own 3D landscape.
Each of these apps are a great deal for just $2, but the best thing is, we have 2 copies of each of them to giveaway to our readers!
Tweet to Enter
If you’d love to win a free copy of today’s $2 Tuesday apps, it’s easy to get your entry submitted. 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 and the app that you want to win. That’s it! We’ll then randomly pick 2 winners of each app when we close the contest.
We’ll announce the winners tomorrow on July 25th, so hurry and get your entry in today! Or if you can’t wait, just head over to the App Store and grab a copy of Squirell, Sip, or TerraRay for yourself. After all, they’re quite a good deal for just $2 each!
Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm, however, are ineligible to enter.
Our weekly sponsor this week is Postbox, a first class email app for your Mac. It’s a powerful way to make you more productive with Gmail and other email accounts, helping you find the conversations and attachments you need while keeping you connected to your contacts.
Most of us use email daily, and often find ourselves sending dozens of emails a day, so your email app can be one of the most important apps on your computer. But as Mozilla’s stopped Thunderbird’s development, and Sparrow has been bought out by Google, you might be feeling like you need to find a new email app to take on your messaging challenges. Postbox might be just what you’re looking for.
It includes advanced Gmail features like labels and keyboard shortcuts, as well as advanced conversation view that makes it even easier to keep up with your email conversations. It has a powerful search tool that can help you find messages and attachments. Better still, it includes social network integration, and lets you send Dropbox links to files instead of having to deal with attachment file size limits. With a native Mac design, support for touchpad gestures, and a team that’s actively developing it, Postbox is easily one of the best email apps today.
Go Get It!
If you’re ready to get started managing your email better on your Mac, it’s a great time to try out Postbox. You can try it free for 30 days, then buy it for just $9.99. Or, if you’ve tried Postbox in the past and have a license for an older version, you can upgrade for just $4.95! Postbox also has new team discounts, so you can outfit your whole company with Postbox’s powerful email features for less than ever.
Fresh off the presses, here is MacAppStorm’s weekly news roundup.
It seems like most of us are taking more and more pictures with every passing year.. The only thing that matches the amount of photos we are taking is the shear amount of photo editing apps available on the Mac. These apps range from photo editing apps costing hundreds of dollars to $1 simple filter apps. The problem is finding something that works for your needs. FX Photo Studio hopes to be that app.
FX Photo Studio is a photo app based on filters that offers more customization and the ability to transfer into other photo editing apps. Who exactly is FX Photo Studio for? Is it any good? Well, all of these questions and more will be answered in this review, so let’s dive in! (more…)
As social networks continue to grow, users share more and more of their lives online. Services like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn are taking over as the primary places we spend our time online. Consequently, these networks are filled with years of our status updates, vacation photos, resumés, and more.
But what would happen if Instagram accidentally deleted years-worth of those 1970’s-style filtered photos of your brunches at the French restaurant down the street from your apartment? What if you lost access to your Facebook account and now would be unable to post a half-hearted happy birthday message to that guy who you vaguely remember from 7th grade P.E.? Fortunately, a service called SocialSafe has your social media life covered.
Simple, cheap (or free) image editing programs are incredibly easy to come by these days. If you simply need to do some basic image adjustments, resize an image or crop a photo, there are a huge number of programs available. This simple fact means that it can be quite overwhelming to sort through all of these programs in order to find one that’s right for you. Some programs, however, offer unique, high-quality features which make them stand out as unique amidst all of the incredibly similar programs available.
One of those programs is Thumbnailer Pro. This application allows you to easily crop, resize and rotate images. Simple editing tools are also available, allowing you to make simple adjustments, view details about the image and even apply some filters. Customizable presets, batch processing and an in-app file browser are rare features in the world of low-price image editing, allowing Thumbnailer Pro to stand out as a unique program. Stick with me after the jump to learn more about the features in Thumbnailer Pro and how well the program works.
I have a Wacom tablet, and I love using it for a variety of purposes. If I want to do any sort of digital drawing or painting it is, of course, my tool of choice. Sometimes the drawings get quite detailed, full of many layers, colors, textures and more. In cases like those, opening Photoshop is completely justified. If, however, I just want to do a quick sketch or mock-up, opening Photoshop (or Corel or Sketchbook Pro or any other feature-heavy digital drawing/painting program) doesn’t always seem justified. When I find myself in that situation, I’m never quite sure what to do. Lately, however, I’ve been utilizing a great program called Inkist.
Inkist is a great new bitmap-based drawing and painting program that is great for simple drawings. The app works well with drawing tablets, boasts a small but intuitive feature set for a quick program, and is quite well designed. It’s definitely worth looking into, especially if you find yourself constantly waiting for Photoshop to load for just a few minutes worth of work. Read on to learn more about Inkist’s features, how it works and what I really think about it.
Our giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Keith, Lucas, and Suonevar who just won a copy of Tower. We hope you’re able to put it to use in your work! And to everyone else, stay tuned for our next giveaways!
Whether you’re a longtime developer or are just getting started coding apps, you’ve likely heard of Git, the popular version control system for source code and more. Git’s an incredibly useful open source tool that’s already built into your Mac, but it can be a bit complicated to get started with and use day-to-day.
That’s where Tower comes in. It’s a Mac app that makes git simpler to use and keeps you from having to remember obscure Terminal commands. It costs $59, but that can be well worth it if it helps you in your development projects. Our writer Duane Stark recently reviewed Tower here at Mac.AppStorm and gave it an impressive 9 out of 10 for its great features, interface, and performance.
That’s why we’re excited today to have 3 copies of Tower to givewaway to our readers, so 3 lucky readers can start making use of the most powerful Git app on the Mac in their development projects!
Tweet to Enter
If you’d love to win a free copy of Tower, it’s easy to get your entry submitted. 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. That’s it!
We’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, July 24th. Good luck to everyone who enters!
Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm, or existing users of Ronin, however, are ineligible to enter.
- Android – EveryU
- iOS – PaperPlay
- Mac – infiniteNIL
- Web – RiddleMe
Congratulations to the winners, you’ll be contacted shortly – make sure you follow AppStorm for more great competitions!