As always every Wednesday, here are our weekly picks of the best (and free) deals on the App Store for this week.
If you send large amounts of personalised e-mail messages to a number of people, then Mailings Lite can help you both send and keep track of these. You can use it for newsletters, marketing campaigns and so on and the app has plenty of features in to help you do this, such as HTML support, attachments, a variety of built-in templates and automated setup. The Lite version doesn’t allow any adjustment of the settings, so unfortunately you’re stuck with the ones that the developers prescribe but if you need these, then the full version is priced at just $24.99.
There are certainly no shortages of task managers on the App Store but Activity tries to eliminate most of the clutter seen in other applications. You can filter your tasks by date and show which ones are either starred or overdue and your tasks can also be sorted into groups and colour-coded. Activity also integrates with Lion’s built-in autosave feature and has a really nice, simple interface.
Significator for iTunes
Significator is a great little way to control iTunes straight from your menu bar. You can play and pause tracks and select new songs without having to go into iTunes first and the interface is based on the Music app on the iPhone, making it easy to find the song you want to listen to even if you have an enormous iTunes library.
Sip is a great little colour picker tools for developers and designers that allows you to select any colour on your desktop for use in your favourite code editor. The app supports a wide range of colour formats, including HEX, CMYK and Generic RGB and stores all your recently picked colours in a history file for easy access. There are also a range of system-wide OS X shortcuts built into the app for easy and quick access.
Snappy allows you to capture an area of your screen by using the default shortcut ⇧⌘2 and pin it above all windows, meaning that it is constantly visible. This is great if you need to remember something or if you are trying to compare two things (for example documents) without having to flick between two windows constantly. The app features built-in sharing with Pinterest and you can e-mail and print all snapshots directly from the Snappy app.
Oh, and one more thing…
Although not strictly free, this is probably one of the best deals you are going to get on the App Store for quite some time. ForkLift is a complete and elegant FTP/SFTP client which has stuck to the OS X design principles and supports a wide range of volumes, including WebDAV, Amazon S3, iDisk, SMB and so on. The interface is resembles that of Finder and there are plenty of features built-in to help you manage your website and files. ForkLift has a perfect 5-star rating so go ahead and grab it whilst it’s hot (and cheap).