Hot off the presses, here’s Mac AppStorm’s weekly picks of the best (and free) deals on the App Store for this week.
A drawing tool and social network for neon paintings? Sure, there have been wackier ideas – I’ll give you that. Amoneon allows you to create the perfect neon painting either from an existing image or on a new canvas and has plenty of tools, brushes and shapes built in to keepyou busy. The icing on the cake for me, however, is the spirograph function, so you can create those weird geometric shapes like I used to do when I was younger. Pure genius – and free.
One of my pet hates on Mac is the fact that when you click on the little red button of a program, it doesn’t quit automatically and sits open in the background hogging system resources (this is probably still the Windows user in me). cmdQuit is a great little utility which can automatically close down all open programs with one single click, freeing up your computer’s resources.
€ 0.79 – free
Developer: Diego Arraez
App Store link: cmdQuit
OneTrash, which is made by the same developer as cmdQuit (mentioned above) is another great little utility that allows you to get rid files easily. The app promises to empty your Mac’s trash bin up to 10 times faster than OS X does itself and has the advantage of being able to delete individual files out of the Trash, instead of simply emptying it of all its contents.
Instalyrics detects what song you are listening to on your Mac, whether it is in iTunes or even Safari (for example on YouTube) then automatically finds the corresponding lyrics on the Net – all you need to do is click on the app’s icon in the Status Bar to bring them up. Instalyrics works really quickly and can display lyrics in pretty much any language – as long as the song title and artist match up then it’ll find something. The app integrates with sites such as Last.fm and Grooveshark as well as Mac music programs such as Spotify, Rdio and Radium.
€ 2.99 – free
Developer: Tal Shrestha
App Store link: Instalyrics
Easy Screen Record Lite
If you’ve ever wanted to make a screencast for either a tutorial, a review or simply just out of fun, then Easy Screen Record Lite is the app for you. The program supports high quality audio either from your Mac system or via an external microphone (if, for example, you want to add your own audio track such as a description) and you can record either full-screen videos or just the area you choose. The Lite version only records videos of up to 300 seconds and if you need longer, then the full version is currently on offer at $4.99 (regular price $8.99).