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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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Marketplaces Exceed 1,000,000 Members: Infographic!

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:

@framedrop
@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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Though several of us had dreams of lining up in bookstores and having Steve personally sign a copy of his upcoming biography, sadly we know now that day will never come. Though you can still hope to catch author Walter Isaacson and thank him for his work in penning the stories of the father of modern computing.

If you’re like me, you’ve been looking forward to this book for quite a while. The official release date, October 24th, is quickly approaching and today’s poll question asks whether or not you plan on picking up your own copy. Will you preorder it? Wait for it to hit bookstores? Reserve it at the library? We want to know.

After you vote, leave a comment below and let us know whether you’ll be grabbing the hard copy or perhaps reading it on your iPad as a tribute to those amazing devices Steve spent the latter half of his career perfecting.

Our sponsor this week is Studiometry, an amazing professional project management tool from Oranged Software.

Studiometry is a powerhouse of professional organization tools that’s been serving the industry for over eight years. Whether you’re managing contacts, generating estimates, tracking work, or billing clients, this one app has you covered in a single beautifully cohesive workflow.

Small businesses, freelancers, large organizations, all types of professionals from every industry can relate to the incredibly practical suite of tools in Studiometry. Unlike simple todo apps, which are a dime a dozen, this is a genuinely useful and fully featured productivity tool that can help you manage almost every aspect of your company.

I particularly like the invoicing capabilities with Studiometry (customizable templates that are edited with a built in WYSIWYG editor) and the fact that the whole suite of tools syncs seamlessly with Studiometery Touch so you can take your work everywhere you go and aren’t necessarily tethered to a laptop.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, then get involved below!

Go Get It!

Studiometry is available on Oranged Software’s website for $199.95 (multi-user packs also available). If you’re interested in giving it a shot, check out the Free Trial.

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This isn’t going to be your typical Mac app review. Minecraft isn’t sold on the Mac App Store. It’s a cross-platform game that has over 3.5 million paid players across Windows, Mac, and Linux, making it one of the most wildly successful indie games in recent memory.

Minecraft is a creative/adventure sandbox game originally devised by independent Swedish game developer Markus Persson (known to the community as Notch) and continually developed by his company Mojang. Minecraft has its inspirations, but as a gamer, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a game quite like Minecraft gain so much steam and such a huge following. What makes it so great?

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Our sponsor this week is Drive Genius 3, an awesome and affordable way to mange your internal and external drives.

Drive Genius 3 is the ultimate tool for whipping your drives into shape. Whether you want to free up space with the super easy DriveSlim feature or are looking to perform some maintenance, Drive Genius 3 has you covered. Defrag, scan, repair repartition, duplicate, securely erase your drives and a whole lot more.

Used By Apple Geniuses!

Drive Genius 3 is the best hard drive utility on the Mac platform and is used by Apple at the Genius Bar as part of the ProCare Yearly Tune Up. Maintain, Manage and Optimize your Hard Drive with Drive Genius 3. Work on your external, non-start up drives with the special Mac App Store version, Drive Genius 3 LE.

Go Get It!

Drive Genius is available on the Prosoft Website for $99. The special Mac App Store version, Drive Genius 3 LE is available for only only $59.99. Go grab your copy today and take control of your drives!

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Several months ago, I wrote this piece regarding the then-current state of syncing among Mac apps and their mobile counterparts. What I didn’t know at the time was that Apple was toiling away in the forges of 1 Infinite Loop on what we now eagerly look forward to as iCloud. In case you’ve been living under a rock, iCloud is Apple’s latest attempt at a cloud-based sync service. Though we all saw the tragic end to .Mac and MobileMe, iCloud shows quite a bit more promise.

Today, I’d like to explore what iCloud means for third party developers. Specifically, I want to outline the potential I see in iCloud, and where I would like to see it go with regard to third party software.

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