As always every Wednesday, here are our weekly picks of the best deals on the App Store for this week.
It semems like us Mac users are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to minimal writing environments given the likes of apps such as Byword and iA Writer and now there’s one called Grandview which takes an interesting approach to ‘distraction-free’ writing environments. The app allows one-word-at-a-time text entry and by pressing a hotkey from any application, you can quickly enter Grandview’s full-screen writing environment. The app sits nice and discreetly in the menu bar, ready to access whenever you need to use it and is currently on offer for free, so it’s worth grabbing for a trial run – even if you hate its approach.
YourtTrip makes trying to plan an itinerary for a big trip really easy. The app will help you confirm any specific location that you want to visit plus will help you find places through the integrated Map Search function. It will also help you pack by suggesting common items to take with you making sure that you don’t forget anything, and the integrated Smart Budget planner will ensure that your trip stays within your allocated budget. Itineraries can be e-mailed, printed off or mailed as PDFs directly from the app, and YourtTrip is currently free until August 26.
CodeRunner is an excellent application for editing and running code in virtually any programming language on OS X, including AppleScript, C, C++, Java and Objective-C (and there are plenty more languages that are supported – just head over to the app’s page on the App Store for the full list), as long as you have already got the application installed on your Mac. The app sports a tabbed interface, syntax highlighting and colour themes and also includes a file browser, allowing easy access to all your source files. CodeRunner integrates with Lion’s built-in autosaving, versions control and fullscreen mode and is fully compatible with both Mountain Lion and the retina display on the new MacBook Pro.
I’m sure almost every Mac user has heard of Fantastical (we gave it a commendable 9 out of 10 in our full review of it last year) and it advertises itself as the calendar app that “you’ll actually enjoy using”. It offers integration with most calendar services, including iCal (or Calendar in Mountain Lion), Outlook and Busycal and supports iCloud, Google Calendar, Yahoo! Calendar and more. Other features include automatic alarms for new events and Reminders support in both Mountain Lion and iOS. The app is currently running a 50% off promotion for a limited time only, so grab it whilst it’s hot!
Numi is a wonderful little utility that sits quietly in your menu bar and lets you perform calculations by simply typing in (either in text or numbers) exactly what you want it to work out for you. It combines calculations with text and fully transforms text into calculations so you don’t have to switch between what you are entering – simply type it all in and let the app do all the work for you. Most basic operations are supported and the app is easily accessible through a shortcut (the standard one is Ctrl + Alt + =)
Mental Case is a great app that helps you create flashcards for your studies. You can integrate audio, video, images and text into them and the app is also one of the only flashcard apps for OS X that integrates downloads from FlashcardExchange as well as Quizlet and you can sync all the flashcards you’ve created with your iPhone or iPad via Wi-Fi (if you have the separate iOS client installed) as well as across multiple Macs via iCloud. The app is currently 65% off as part of their back to school sale and I think that students everywhere will benefit highly from this app (the full list of features is available on their App Store listing).
Check Back Next Week!
Remember to check back next Wednesday for some more hot (and free) App Store deals and if you can hardly wait until then, feel free to share your thoughts and comments on the apps featured above!