Hot off the presses, here’s Mac AppStorm’s weekly picks of the best (and free) deals on the App Store for this week.
If you’re sick of the default date and time view on OS X, then you can change it easily using Super Date. The app features more date and time formats than OS X, and you can also have it to display the week number as well. Simple, free and very useable – what more do you want?
Fresh Feed Pro
Fresh Feed Pro is an elegant, light and ad-free RSS and Atom reader which is easily accessible from your toolbar. Once a new story arrives, the app alerts you with a short tone and you can preview the story straight from the app or, if you want to read more, you can click on the story to bring up the full version. Fresh Feed Pro allows you to share the story via Twitter or Facebook directly and the Pro version has a few hidden gems, such as Google Reader support and the ability to add feeds directly from any browser.
Web Slices, developed by the same people as Fresh Feed Pro (see above), allows you to create snapshots of websites, allowing you to monitor them over time. The app can take imprints of virtually any web page and saves them automatically and you can also configure it to do this automatically (for example if you are the administrator of a page with regularly-changing content). Web Slices saves all pages for offline use and can integrate with Growl, alerting you when a new snapshot has been taken.
If you want to discover what’s whirring away underneath your Mac’s outer shell, then OS Track is the app for you. You can easily see which applications are either eating up your bandwidth or CPU processing power and the app can graph the results for you. OS Track also sports a history feature, meaning that you can view the results from the last 60 days, which gives it one up on the default Activity Monitor built into OS X.
Easy Video Converter
Why pay for an OS X video converter when you can get one for free? Although it won’t win any awards for looks, Easy Video Converter lets you drag and drop videos straight into it and will convert most videos (including HD ones) into a wide range of output formats, including for all iOS devices (the Apple TV included). The app supports batch conversion and you can configure it to add converted videos to iTunes automatically. For a free app, this is a real steal and a great little tool for anyone who wants to watch their own videos on their iOS devices.