AppStorm’s App Store deals of the week are back! We have some great free and discounted apps available just after the break, so be sure to check them out.
Much like Star Walk for iPad, SkySafari gives you a great look at constellations, suns, and many other notable objects in space. This version of the Mac app lets you view 46,000 stars and 220 of the most popular constellations, nebulae, and galaxies in the beautiful night sky. All imagery is from NASA’s spacecraft and even the Hubble Telescope, giving you a deep insight into space.
You should grab SkySafari while it’s free. The developer assures that it will remain discounted until August 8th so you have a few days. The Plus version of the app, which includes access to millions of stars and more, is discounted at $14.99 until August 8th as well.
$4.99 -> FREE
Requires: OS X 10.6.6 or later
Developer: Southern Stars
One of my favorite iOS photo editing apps, Snapseed, brought all of its amazing features to the Mac earlier this year. Our own Julia Altermann reviewed it, calling a great app for “the casual user who wants to spruce up their photos without the hassle of any learning curve at all and who are on a budget.” She gave it a 9/10 and I agree with that score: it’s a fantastic app that any basic user should use.
Even I, an owner of Photoshop CS5 use Snapseed on occasion because it has some nice filters and makes things like tilt-shifting much simpler. The user interface may look basic, but this app has a lot to offer for $9.99 — it’s typically $19.99, but they’ve dropped the price to celebrate a new version release.
$19.99 -> $9.99
Requires: OS X 10.6.6 or later
Developer: Nik Software, Inc.
Playdead’s “artful puzzle adventure” is a game that you probably shouldn’t pass up. Mac.AppStorm’s Scott Danielson reviewed it back in February and gave it a 9/10 for such an “enjoyable gameplay experience” and this title really does deserve it. I personally enjoy artistic games like Braid; LIMBO is no exception to this genre, though it also happens to have its own place in horror games so beware.
Before you buy, I must warn you that your Mac may not be equipped to play LIMBO due to its graphics requirements. You’ll need an ATI or NVIDIA card with at least 256 MB of shared or dedicated video RAM to play Playdead’s haunting title. If all of that sounds good then go grab the game while it’s still 50% off for the weekend!
$9.99 -> $4.99
Requires: OS X 10.6 or later with a good graphics card (see app page)
Have you ever wanted to organize all your recipes? (Okay, maybe you’re not a cook, but it doesn’t mean you can’t become one.) Michael Göbel’s Recipes is by far the finest way to catalogue your collection of recipes, whether they’re complex or minimal. The app has a sharing feature in case you wanted to tell your friends on Facebook or Twitter about something you’re going to cook. You can even publish a recipe online for anyone to peruse via a computer or any mobile device.
When I told my mother about this app, she was glad she’d purchased a Mac. There’s are even iPad and iPhone apps coming soon; the Mac version already has iCloud sync to keep things backed up and the iPad app is currently in closed beta. At $.99, this app is too good to pass up, so go grab it!
$2.99 -> $.99
Requires: OS X 10.7.3 or later with a 64-bit processor
Developer: Michael Göbel
Be Sure to Check Back Next Week!
We post an article containing price changes on popular apps every week, typically on Wednesdays. Make sure you check back here for some great discounts on apps you should buy. Have a wonderful weekend!