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This debate has raged on for years in the photography community. Lightroom and Aperture are aimed at very similar audiences and they share very similar workflows that allow you to quickly browse, sort and edit your photos without the pain of opening and saving each file individually like you would with Photoshop.

Adobe fans stick to their guns that Lightroom is the most powerful solution for the professional photographer’s workflow, but others have found exactly what they’re looking for in Aperture’s awesome organizational features such as automatic face recognition.

When it boils down to it, if you were forced to pick one and only one, which would it be? Would you side with Adobe or Apple? Vote in the poll and then leave a comment below defending your answer.

Our featured sponsor this week is Magican, a great way to monitor and clean up your Mac’s system.

Magican is a Swiss army knife of Mac utilities. It’s positively overflowing with incredibly useful ways to help you keep your Mac running smoothly. Search out and delete useless files, remove bloat from caches and old binaries, watch your active processes, adjust your fan speeds, see suggestions for great free and discounted apps; this app does it all.

The crazy part that you simply won’t believe is that this is a free application. You read that right, there’s easily $40 in value here but the developers have seen fit to simply give it away.

Go Get It!

Magican is available as a free download on the developer website. Go grab it right away and get your Mac back in shape.

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

Physics based puzzler games are definitely a fun way to pass the time. They offer a decent amount of challenge and require some mental effort but they’re still the kind of game you can pick up and play for just a few minutes at a time. A new arrival to the world of physics-based games is Arriving, a simple game where you simply draw lines and shapes to solve the puzzles.

The Arriving story is based around Ano, a young dinosaur that has not yet hatched from his egg. He hasn’t been able to enjoy the world yet, but he was able to avoid the destruction of the dinosaurs. Several years later, he is alive but he lacks the power to break out of the shell. It is your job to help Ano acquire the energy necessary to break through the shell. Read on to learn more about the game and how you can help Ano.


Fresh off the presses, here’s Mac AppStorm’s weekly app news roundup.

Happy reading!


As of late, triple-A video games have sneakily made their way to OS X for the delight of many Mac users. While this is not a bad trend, the sneakiness of it is a bit alarming. Due to the lack of new and popular games on the Mac App Store, many lesser known games go unnoticed as they are released on the store without a lot of press behind them, and even though stealth is the name of the game, this is one amazing title you don’t want to let off your radar.

Feral Interactive has brought Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Ultimate Edition to the Mac with authority. Packing all previously released DLC, the Ultimate Edition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the prequel to the first game, Deus Ex, released in the year 2000. Back in 2000, Deus Ex was a critically acclaimed title that became the “Best PC Game of All Time” in PC Gamer’s Top 100 PC Games. Human Revolution is no different. Giving the player the freedom of an open world environment, the satisfying stealth gameplay with role-playing abilities to “augment” the main character to the players liking, and a superb science fiction plot that hinges on humanity vs. technological evolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is undoubtably a must buy.


Earlier this week, we posted an article on the awesome app deals available at $2 Tuesday, a site that promises to bring you unbeatable weekly discounts.

Today we’re hooking up with $2 Tuesday to bring you nine free copies of the software that was a part of this week’s deal. We’ve got three codes a piece for WriteRoom, CodeBox and Chronicle and we can’t wait to hand them over!


WriteRoom, CodeBox and Chronicle

Tweet to Enter

Entering is simple, 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. Also be sure to specify which app you would prefer to win. That’s all there is to it!

We’ll announce the winners on Thursday, June 7th. Good luck to everyone who enters! In the mean time, be sure to keep an eye on the $2 Tuesday website for awesome app deals.

Our featured sponsor this week is USBMate, an awesome app that optimizes your external drives.

Your external drives can easily become cluttered with temporary files or perhaps even infested with malware. All of this can be avoided with a quick trip to USBMate right before you eject your drives.

Every time USBMate is run, it will clean and optimize your connected external disks and USB flash drives, purging them of all the temporary files that your system throws on there. It will also automatically check your drive for any AutoRun viruses and take the appropriate actions to get the drive back in perfect shape.

USBMate is a menu bar app so it sits quietly out of the way until you’re ready to eject a drive, then you’re only a click away from maximizing your drive’s performance.

Go Get It!

USBMate is currently available on the Mac App Store, so be sure to stop by and download your copy. Your USB drives drives will thank you!

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I’ve always been a big fan of tower defense games. However, until pretty recently I had stuck to the web or my iOS devices to play these types of games. I recently began the search for some different tower defense-type games for the Mac and found a pretty decent variety.

This round-up features eight of the tower defense games that I enjoy. Some are traditional land-based games, others are more futuristic and some are a simpler and more accessible type of game. Read on to learn more and see which is right for you.


As always every Wednesday, here are our weekly picks of the best (and free) deals on the App Store for this week.

Happy downloading!


As we sit on the precipice of another generation of new Macs, I thought it would be fun to take a look back. It’s time to throw open the closets, dig through the garage and climb up into the old dusty attic. We want to know the age of the oldest Mac that you still have in your possession.

Are you a new Mac user who doesn’t even remember the days of the sunflower iMac or are you an old school user who remembers what Macs were like back when Jobs was a long-haired hippie? Perhaps you even owned an Apple computer before the days of the Mac!

Cast your vote in the poll and then leave a comment with the dirt. Which Apple computer is it? When did you purchase it? What are the technical specs? We want to know! Also, if you happen to have a picture, we’d love to see it.

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