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Our featured sponsor this week is Live Interior 3D, a powerful and intuitive home and interior design application that lets you build the house or office of your dreams right on your Mac.

Live Interior 3D is amazingly easy to use. 3D modeling is typically a painstaking process that takes years to master, but with Live Interior 3D I was setting up and tweaking rooms in my house in minutes. The intuitive drag and drop interface allows for absolutely anyone to quickly spec out a floor plan and begin adding walls, furniture, lighting and more. The result is an unbelievably realistic fully 3D render of your home that makes it easy to plan and experiment with changes, whether you want to move a sofa or knock out a wall!

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You’ve really got to try Live Interior 3D for yourself to see how incredible it is. Be sure to download the free trial and give it a test drive.

Live Interior 3D comes in two flavors: Standard and Pro. Both are super powerful and come with completely free tech support so you can be sure that you’ll achieve complete satisfaction and stellar results.

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Who doesn’t love a good world domination game? I mean, a good game is one thing. And a good fighting game is another. But a good fighting game where the goal is to take over the world? And with robots, no less!

Independent game studio Hexage fills this precise opening with a game called Robotek. Robotek is a turn based combat game in which you aim to reclaim the world from the evil robot uprising that caused the fall of humanity. Intrigued yet? Hit the jump to find out more!

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Gaming on the Mac has always been a sore topic for most gamer and users of the platform, as there hasn’t always been support from game studios and developers, and the topic of gaming on the Mac has always been taken as sort of a joke by most serious gamers.

However, lately a few things have changed with the Mac, like the launch of Steam for Mac and the Mac App Store, which have made things a bit different. Has it changed things much or is Mac gaming still stuck in the past? Let’s take a look.

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Apple released their large overhaul to their Mac operating system with Mac OS X Snow Leopard in June of 2009. This update seemed fairly basic to the naked eye as there weren’t many end-user feature updates, but under the hood the OS took strides in performance, efficiency and memory consumption. It was essentially laying the groundwork for the future. While I think Mac OS X users were happy with this update, I can say from personal experience that there was certainly some anticipation for what was next.

Mac OS X Lion launched barely two months ago and I was quick to give this new operating system a try. Developers had been working with versions of the operating system for some time prior and were talking about some of the features that were being played with by the Apple team. It appeared that this would be that major update that we’d been waiting for, bringing along with it many new end-user features.

I’m the type of person that is always looking for ways to be more efficient with my work. This is essentially a never ending journey, but the quest always continues on nonetheless. I grabbed a copy of Lion soon after it was released, anxious to see how the new features I had read about could possibly improve my productivity and efficiency.

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After at least a year of rumors about an Apple cloud service and months of anticipation after the official announcement was made, we’ve finally gotten our hands on iCloud. It’s the perfect example of how Apple doesn’t always get things right from the start. They started with .Mac, evolved that into the train wreck that was MobileMe and have hopefully finally gotten things right this time around with iCloud.

Now that you’ve had a little while to kick the tires, it’s time to weigh in. What do you think of iCloud? Is it everything you hoped it would be or did all that hype lead to a disappointing reality? We want to know!

After you vote in the poll, leave a comment below telling us about your iCloud experience. Tell us your horror stories and your raving praise, let’s hear it all.

Our sponsor this week is Disk Drill by Cleverfiles, a powerful Mac utility that enables you to undelete and recover your lost data with ease.

Disk Drill recovers data from HFS/HFS+, FAT, NTFS & other file systems right on your Mac. It helps you undelete Mac OS files using its two powerful Mac recovery methods: Quick or Deep scanning. Disk Drill data recovery for Mac OS X locates and recovers deleted files from any mountable media like your main drive, external hard disk, memory cards, iPods Classic, etc.

Disk Drill can recover deleted files for Mac OS X: photos, music, documents, applications, specific Mac OS X and other file formats.

If you’ve ever been in a situation where you find yourself desperately wishing you hadn’t deleted that vitally important file, then Disk Drill could be your new best friend! It’s an intuitive app that gives you easy access to its powerful features, there’s no need to take your Mac to a specialist to recover those lost files – Disk Drill is the answer.

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Since its inception, the Grand Theft Auto series has gained both controversy and phenomenal success for Rockstar Games and now GTA III, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas have all been made available to Mac users via the Mac App Store.

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is the most recent title currently available and is arguably the greatest chapter in the entire GTA series, but is still over eight years old itself. How well does this aging game hold up in 2011? Let’s take a look!

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Hey folks! I’m Jordan McNamara, the Community Manager for Envato and I wanted to share some exciting news with you about the Envato Marketplaces.

The 12th of September was an exciting day for me as a member of our thriving Marketplace community. I along with everyone here at Envato HQ watched eagerly as the global Marketplace member count steadily grew higher and higher and higher… We were close, very close to the 1,000,000 member milestone. With every page refresh the count grew higher and I began to reflect on just how staggering having 1,000,000 members really is and on just what a fantastic community everyone has helped to build here.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at StackSocial! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

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@ziogaschr
@Kino_cc

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

StackSocial has just launched a Mac Photo Effects Bundle, and I’m pleased to announce that we have 3 bundles to give away to our readers!

The bundle includes FX Photo Studio Pro, Colour Splash Studio, and InstaDesk – the first 500 people to buy also get four extra licenses of the first two to share with their friends and family. It’s a great chance to get your hands on some quality, and versatile, photo editing apps!

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If you are a professional or at least enthusiastic user of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you will have worked with brushes. And the beauty of brushes is that there are millions of them out there and that they can be loaded into PS fairly easily.

But how often has it happened to you that you’ve downloaded some brushes and then later forgot what they looked like? Or maybe you have a huge collection already in PS, but finding the right one requires clicking on every one of the sets. That’s where Brush Pilot comes in – it previews your brushes and saves you oodles of time. We’ll take a look at the helper app after the break.

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