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Survey Now Closed!

Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey! We’ve started the process of going through all the responses, and will let you know how it goes.

I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve picked the winner of the contest, and he/she has been contacted via email!

Previous Announcement

Over the past couple of years, AppStorm has grown from one small blog to a network of three sites (with some exciting new projects in the pipeline!). Today we’re asking for three minutes of your time to help us make AppStorm better than ever.

We’d absolutely love to hear your opinion, and will be awarding one random entrant a $100 gift voucher for either Amazon or iTunes – your call!

Survey Now Closed!

Competition Rules

  • People who submit more than once will be disqualified.
  • The winner will be picked randomly and contacted by email.
  • Entries must be in before Midnight GMT on the 18th October

I’m incredibly excited to let you know that the first ever AppStorm book (in conjunction with Rockable Press) is now available to buy for just $19. iPhone Entrepreneur brings together insight and ideas from experienced iPhone developers and users to help you understand how to approach the development of your own app.

Whether you’re an experienced developer or just starting to think about creating an iPhone app, this book will help you make your next release a real success. Read on to find out more, read a few testimonials, and grab a discount!

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We’re kicking off another new post series today, called “Ask the Editor”. Hopefully it’ll turn into a great outlet for you to ask questions – both about Mac software, hardware, and AppStorm – and for me to share my responses!

Whether you have a burning question about which is the best Mac text editor, want to know what software I’d recommend for students, or even if you’re interested in what happens behind the scenes at AppStorm, I’m here to help!

I’ve had some great questions submitted this week, so read on to find out what my responses are (and how you can submit your own questions for the next article!)

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We’re going to be kicking off a new series next week, called “Ask the Editor”. This will run a few times each month, and give you a chance to submit questions to be answered by our editorial team (and a few expert writers, if we need some assistance!)

Whether you have a question related to Mac software, Mac hardware – or just Mac.AppStorm in general – I’d really love to hear it! I’ll do my best to answer a series of diverse questions that will be interesting for everyone.

Without further ado, here’s a quick form to submit your question for next week’s post. Hopefully you’ll be seeing my response up on AppStorm soon. Thanks for contributing!

I have long been thinking of getting a Mac, but since I am not a developer or designer, there wasn’t really a compelling reason to do so. But when the AppStorm network called for writers a few weeks ago, I jumped ship and bought a MacBook Pro. And boy – am I loving it or what!

Apart from obvious things like being the coolest looking operating system on the fastest hardware available (and being totally immune to viruses and spyware), there are a lot of reasons why I consider this to be my best purchase of the decade. You can find five of the top reasons that made me a Mac fanboy after the jump.

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Winners Announced!

I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve selected all the competition winners, and their details are as follows:

Fontcase Winners
Lestyn Lloyd, Michael Polák, and Riccardo Luigi Varisco

DrawIt Winners
Andrew (@andrewpflynn), Ivan Nikolić, and Schellman

Sketch Winners
RHett, Nur Azam, and Tomas Bartko

SlipCover Winners
Eduardo Partida, WebKarnage, and Aaron Jackson

Congratulations to you all, and thanks for reading AppStorm!

Old Competition Announcement

We have an absolutely fantastic competition for you all today, giving away three licenses of every Mac application developed by Bohemian Coding.

Known for their beautifully designed software, Bohemian Coding have created a series of wonderful apps that you have a chance to win today. They are:

  • Fontcase – Fontcase is a font management application that provides an elegant and powerful workflow to help you organize the fonts you have installed on your system.
  • DrawIt – DrawIt is a vector editing application with support for bitmap-like image filters.
  • Sketch – The most important part of any drawing application is arguably the drawing area, so we’ve just made Sketch contain one big and infinitely large view with no palettes to be seen. That doesn’t mean we’ve compromised on the tools though.
  • SlipCover – SlipCover makes it easy to create custom case icons for all your media files.

How to Enter

Entering is really easy. All you need to do is retweet the following message, and leave a comment with your Twitter username!

Just entered a competition to win Fontcase, Sketch, DrawIt and SlipCover courtesy of @macappstorm: http://bit.ly/cjfLcR

Click here to tweet the message and enter!

Best of luck!. We’ll be picking the winners in exactly one week, on Thursday the 14th. Thanks for taking part!

Third party blogs provide a valuable way to find out about new software and, in the same way, a developer’s own blog is crucial for staying informed about the development process of your favourite apps. It is arguably the same tool that we use to share, review, and use great Mac applications that has also driven the increased importance of communication between a developer and a user.

Successful software developers are fully aware of this relationship, but what happens when a developer fails to uphold this tried-and-true method of communication? My assertion: pay for independently developed software at your own risk.

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Today’s question is a simple one, but I thought it would be really interesting to see where we all fall on the Mac lineup. I use a MacBook Pro personally, and have been thinking about upgrading at some point over the next six months or so. My dilemma is whether to stick with a notebook, or opt for one of the 27″ iMacs.

I really like the idea of a portable computer, but in reality I very rarely use it for that purpose. Maybe my investment would be better made into a Mac that also comes with a gorgeous screen.

While we’re at it, feel free to leave a comment and let us know what the very first Mac was that you ever bought. Mine was one of the first Mac Minis – the day they were announced, in fact! Up until then, Mac hardware had always been slightly too expensive for me to make the jump.

I’d love to hear when and how you switched to the OS X platform, as I expect many of you made the move long before I did. Big points go to any dedicated readers that were die-hard Apple fans right back in the 1980s!

Announcement time! I’m incredibly excited to let you know that the first ever AppStorm book (in conjunction with Rockable Press) is coming soon!

If you’ve ever thought about developing an iPhone app (or even if you already have), this book will be a fascinating read. It will provide you with all the knowledge and technique you need to spot a great opportunity, get the most from the App Store, make smart decisions about development, craft a stunning interface, and promote your app successfully.

I’ve conducted a series of interviews with some phenomenally successful iPhone developers that have kindly shared their expertise, and also completed a fascinating survey of over 1,000 iPhone users and developers.

Read on to find out more, and discover how you can sign up in advance for a voucher that will give you 25% off the purchase price when it goes on sale!

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Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. It was started in 2007 by the Envato founders, Collis and Cyan Ta’eed, and last year over 13,000 blogs participated to draw attention to climate change.

The topic this year focuses on water conservation. Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us who are subject to preventable disease and even death because of something that many of us take for granted. Water is a global issue, and it affects all of us.

Last year, we took a look at How Your Mac is Saving the World, and we’ll be taking part in Blog Action Day across the AppStorm network again this year. Will you? Head over to register your blog, and be part of something amazing!

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