If you’ve never come across Pixelmator before, you’re really missing out. Pixelmator is an absolutely incredible image editor for the Mac, exuding quality, style, and speed. It’s a piece of software I use every day, and it’s a pleasure to feature one of the founding partners – Saulius Dailide – today.
Saulius co-founded Pixelmator in 2007, and since then it has seen a great deal of success. Today we’ll be chatting about his motivation for creating the app, taking a look inside their incredible “iOffice”, and getting a better picture of what goes on behind the scenes at Pixelmator!
I’d like to take a few moments to say thank you to our weekly sponsor, CleanMyMac. This is a great tool for keeping your Mac in tip-top shape, and packs an impressive functionality punch for the price.
You can uninstall software more effectively, manage and delete plugins and extensions, clean up system caches and logs, remove unnecessary language files, and so much more. I run CleanMyMac every couple of months, and it always manages to free up several gigabytes of unnecessary data.
Although most of this functionality can be achieved for free if you’re a Terminal whizz-kid, I find that $30 (or $15 for a 6 month license) is an absolute bargain for so many helpful tools wrapped up in a gorgeous interface.
We’re constantly striving to make AppStorm the go-to place for discovering high quality Mac software, and I really value the time you dedicate to reading what we have to say. It means a lot! For this reason, if we haven’t extensively tried and tested a piece of software, it’s unlikely to be featured on the site.
Although Quick Look has been a great way for developers to get the word out about their apps on AppStorm, it’s difficult to write about – and recommend – a piece of software that we aren’t completely familiar with.
For this reason, we’re phasing out Quick Look, and introducing a new way for developers to share their latest and greatest apps with you. Weekly Sponsorships will involve one extra post per week, highlighting a particular developer or application that we personally recommend.
We’re setting a really high standard for the sponsors we accept on AppStorm, and will only be recommending software that we’re tried, tested, and use ourselves on a regular basis!
I hope this will give you a chance to find out about great new software that you haven’t come across before, while at the same time maintaining the high quality of coverage you’ve come to expect from AppStorm.
If you’re a developer and would like to find out more, you can read all about Weekly Sponsorships here. We’re launching this service on Mac.AppStorm next week, with Web.AppStorm and iPhone.AppStorm to follow shortly.
One of the excellent tools that comes standard with OSX is iCal, a basic calendar and task management program. Although it is a sufficient program for many Apple users, there are times when it would be great to have greater functionality, and a bit more flexibility than comes out of the box. Fortunately, there’s a program called BusyCal.
Not only does it have the same features and appearance as iCal with just a few tweaks, but it also provides many other functions that make it stand head and shoulders above its competition. Why? Well, I think that there are 7 good reasons…
Simply put, this will be a way to stream content between all your different Apple devices. At the outset, you’ll be able to stream music from iTunes to AirPlay enabled devices (as you could previously with the previous iteration, “AirTunes”), and also wirelessly stream video and audio from your iOS device to a new Apple TV.
This new wireless video streaming is something I’m really looking forward to. I often have a video on my iPad that I’d love to watch on a larger screen – or vice versa – I’d like to stream a video from iTunes on my Mac down to my iPad to watch on the couch.
It isn’t really clear what will be possible with AirPlay just yet. Whether it will allow video streaming to/from your Mac seems to be an unknown factor. I really hope that this will be possible, but I guess we’ll find out soon!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you’ll be using AirPlay. Is it something you’re really looking forward to, or are you a little bit indifferent about the whole thing? Let us know using the poll above, and feel free to voice your opinion in the comments!
If you’re a long-time reader of the AppStorm network, you’ll know how much we all love and adore Dropbox. It’s an absolutely fantastic application – for so many reasons – and often crops up in our reviews and how-tos. Simply put, you have to give it a try.
Yesterday, our sister site Web.AppStorm posted an absolutely fantastic article entitled The Ultimate Dropbox Toolkit & Guide. I don’t often cross-post to other articles on AppStorm sites, but this is such a fantastic post that you really owe it to yourself to check it out.
Whether you’re completely new to Dropbox, or a real seasoned power-user, I guarantee you’ll find something interesting to read about in this ultimate guide.
Bundles still seem to be all the rage in the Mac software world at the moment, and today marks the launch of another popular bundle – iUseMac. This one is priced at $29 for a whole range of handy Mac apps in different categories including Picturesque, Renamer, and TypeIt4Me.
Read on to find out what’s available, and discover how you can be in with a chance of winning the whole bundle!
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 order a slot through BuySellAds.
CleanMyMac – CleanMyMac represents a sophisticated all-in-one-suite utility that helps keep your Mac clean and healthy.
Billings – Billings’ simple workflow and intuitive interface makes quoting, invoicing, and time tracking effortless.
MiniBooks – A handy iPhone app from FreshBooks that lets you track your time and invoice your clients while you’re away from your computer.
Daylite Touch – Daylite Touch is a business productivity manager for the iPhone and iPod touch, winner of a 2009 Macworld Best of Show award, designed as a companion to Daylite on the Mac.
App4Mac – Makers of several different Mac applications, including CheckUp, SecretBox, Sequence, Projector, FlexTeam, and Delegate!
ImTOO Video Convertor – Looking to convert all your media files on your Mac to just about any format you fancy? Look no further than ImTOO Video Converter for Mac. This versatile Mac video converter can convert between nearly all HD/SD format videos.
Raskin App – Inspired by Jef Raskin, our zoomable user interface shows you all the stuff on your computer on a single surface. Using zoom and pan to view, arrange and open documents feels so right.
Mac OS X Screencasts – An open venture to collect a central repository of OS X screencasts, available in both English and German.
Yum Recipe Manager – Yum is the cooking companion for your Mac. Add your favorite recipes, organize them like a pro, scale recipes, and be inspired by recipes uploaded by fellow Yum users.
Radium – Say hello to your new internet radio player. It sits in your menu bar and stays out of your way. No browser necessary. And it just works.
Pixmac – Stock photos and vector illustrations for all your print advertising and website needs. And there’s no need to register – you can buy an image in 3 minutes without registering!
Path Finder 5 – Path Finder is an award-winning file browser and management application for Mac OS X. If you’ve ever wished Apple’s Finder just did feature X or feature Y, Path Finder may be what you’ve been looking for.
MacX DVD Video Converter – An all-in-one DVD video converter for Mac users to rip any DVD to a wide range of files for both Mac and iPhone/iPad.
It’s time for another “Ask the Editor” post today. A big thank you to everyone who sent in their questions – it’s great to have the chance to help you out with your Mac-related queries and quibbles.
Some of the topics covered this week include cleaning your Mac, handy keyboard shortcuts for save dialogs, and where to find great free Mac software. Read on to find out what my responses are (and how you can submit your own questions for the next article!)
Today we’re talking to Daniel Jalkut, the man behind Red Sweater Software, and developer of the popular desktop blogging tool MarsEdit. Red Sweater makes some incredibly handy Mac software, and today’s interview shines a little light on what goes on behind the scenes.
I hope you enjoy the first in our new interview series. We love the developers that produce the amazing software we review, and hopefully this will be a great way for you to meet the names and faces behind the apps that you use every day!