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In the mobile, digital world in which we live, it is more important than ever to have your data, calendar appointments, contacts, notes, and to do lists up-to-date, no matter where you are or what device you are using.

In a perfect world (for me, anyway), all of the software I use would stay synced with MobileMe (and MobileMe would be free!). Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and different software developers provide different services and methods for keeping the desktop and mobile versions of their apps in sync.

So what are the options, and which one is best?

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Winners Announced!

First of all, thank you so much to everyone that took the time to share their thoughts and suggestions about the site. It’s amazing to hear your feedback, and we’ll certainly be taking it on board.

I’m excited to let you know that we’ve gone through and chosen the competition winners! Congratulation are in order to the following ten commenters:

  1. Barry
  2. Robert Hoppe
  3. Steven Griffiths
  4. Antonija
  5. Dario
  6. Ryan Quintal
  7. Josh H.
  8. Thomas Furlonger
  9. T24G
  10. Thomas Wylie

We’ll be in touch soon with your license codes!

Competition Now Closed

I’m excited to let you know about an awesome competition kicking off today, with ten licenses of Tagalicious up for grabs! We reviewed this app last week, and it’s a fantastic way to clean up your music library and ensure all your tracks are correctly tagged.

Tagalicious automatically finds the right information and tags for songs in your music collection, and the information Tagalicious finds for your songs is seamlessly updated in iTunes.

Not only does the app add tags, but also album art and song lyrics. In no time at all, your music collection looks richer everywhere, from Cover Flow in iTunes to the Now Playing screen on your iPhone.

Entering the competition is really easy. All you need to do is leave a comment below, telling us one thing that you’d like to see change on Mac.AppStorm. I’d love to read a little bit of feedback about how we could make the site better for you!

The competition will run for one week, and I’ll pick ten winning comments at random on Thursday, 10th March. Best of luck, and I look forward to reading your suggestions in the comments.

We’d like to say a big thank you to this month’s Mac.AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can purchase a banner advertisement through BuySellAds, or sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot.

We still have a few Weekly Sponsorship positions available in March, so act fast to get your slot booked in now!

Thank you to the fantastic applications we had sponsoring each week during the month, all of which we personally recommend you download and try out!

  • Smaller – Smaller is a graphical user interface for YUI Compressor on the Mac. It helps you batch minify CSS and JavaScript files, and is the perfect tool for web designers and developers.
  • PDFpen – If you regularly work with (or need to edit) PDF documents, PDFpen can be an absolute life saver. It has a friendly, easy-to-use interface, with a feature set that rivals that of Acrobat Pro.
  • gNotifier – gNotifier is a multi account, multi service notification application for Google Apps and Gmail. Priced at $4.99, it shows notifications for your Google Apps services right on your Desktop.
  • Projector – Projector is designed to keep track of tasks in a project, handle a budget, and plan your time. It provides everything you need for professional project management.

Finally, thanks to you for reading AppStorm this month, and for checking out the software that our sponsors create. I really appreciate it – you make the site what it is!

Earlier today Apple made good on their promise to wow us once more with yet another new multi-touch wonder: the iPad 2 (Steve Jobs himself kicked off the presentation).

Rumors have been flying for months about what it would and wouldn’t include, many of which were proven true, though as always Apple still had a few surprises up its sleeve.

Keep reading to see what the hype is all about. We’ll go over all the details of the new and improved iPad so you can see whether or not it’s time to give in and get one!

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Today’s interview is with Gedeon Maheux, Principal / Designer at the Iconfactory team. World-renowned for their design work, the Iconfactory offer thousands of free icons, Mac and iOS software, royalty-free stock icons, and much more.

We’ll be talking about the history of the Iconfactory, why the company started developing software, how Gedeon believes this has changed their identity, the Twitter client ecosystem, and hearing about a brand new application called “Flare”!

I hope you enjoy the interview!

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Despite many complaints, niggles and annoyances, Apple has stuck by their cloud service for over a decade. Originally introduced in January, 2000 as iTools, it has gone through countless revisions, updates and re-branding efforts. Now called MobileMe, it’s a huge improvement over the years of neglect we saw to .Mac.

But does MobileMe cut it as a cloud service? Although it now does a pretty great job of syncing all your information, it falls down when it comes to file sharing and cloud data storage. There are plenty of rumours circulating about a major upgrade (centred around their big data centre project), but these are now over a year old and we haven’t seen an announcement.

Personally, I’ve been a MobileMe subscriber for the past five years. I love the sync functionality, and consider the price to be justified for this integration alone. Of course it’s possible to use Google’s free option, but it never feels quite as polished to me.

What do you think? Are you a loyal MobileMe subscriber of several years, or is it something that you’d never consider in the present format? Have your say in the poll and feel free to share any thoughts in the comments!

Interested in learning about some of the alternatives available? Check out MobileMe: A Worthy Investment? (And a Few Alternatives) for everything you need to know!

I’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to our weekly sponsor, Projector.

Projector is designed to keep track of tasks in a project, handle a budget, and plan your time. It provides everything you need for professional project management, whether that’s for construction projects, complex media activities or detailed time schedules.

You can create in-depth Gantt charts, handle multiple people working on a project, and much more. If you manage a team of people, this is a great way to keep a project on track using your Mac. There are plenty of export options available as well, including the ability to send a project to the iPad app!

Now available at the lower price of $49.99, Projector is available through the Mac App Store or you can download a trial directly from the Projector website. Take a look, and let us know what you think!

Today’s interview is with Jean MacDonald, one of the talented members of the Smile Software team. Smile was founded by Greg Scown and Philip Goward, who both love to write fun and useful software for the Mac and iOS devices.

I’m a long-time user of Smile’s software – in particular the excellent TextExpander. In our interview with Jean, we’ll shed some light on the company, discuss the importance of desktop software in an increasingly web-dominated world, and consider the benefits and drawbacks of developing a single application.

I hope you enjoy the interview!

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As we’d expected for a few days, Thursday saw the release of a brand new MacBook Pro lineup. Though these machines look more or less identical on the outside, they come complete with upgraded processors, new graphics capabilities, and the all-new “Thunderbolt” I/O standard.

Today we’ll be providing a quick overview of what to expect in the new lineup, along with a few thoughts on hardware features we’re surprised to see left out!

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We live in a busy world nowadays. What with our e-mail, text messaging, and even phone calls interrupting our flow, it can be difficult to sit down and write something of substance. And when it comes to multitasking on the computer, well there are almost always ten windows open at any one time, and if that Apple Mail icon starts bouncing, we know it’s time to go get our dopamine fix…

Because of these distractions, there have been a crop of writing programs that have popped up for the Mac and iPad recently that strip away all of the apps running in the background, letting you focus on the task at hand: writing.

But is any of this stuff necessary? Is there any reason why you can’t just sit back with your laptop and a good word processing program and get the next great novel written?

Let’s talk this out after the break…

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