As most programmers are already aware, Git is a very powerful open source version control system. There are a handful of popular version control systems (VCS) to choose from, but most power users lean toward Git or Subversion (SVN). Schools of thought vary on which is best, but it is universally accepted that professionals of all kinds can benefit from a good version control system. Even for those who don’t write or program professionally, a good VCS can help catalog changes in all sorts of personal projects. Launching into Git for the first time, however, might not be the most pleasant experience for the average first-timer.

Tower changes that and makes Git a tool that everyone should have loaded up in their repertoire.

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Most of us probably have a strange relationship to Internet memes, those photos that everyone uses to make their own version of a particular joke. While we can be fond of some of the funnier Internet memes that make their way through our Facebook and Twitter feeds — not to mention the Reddit forums — we’re probably annoyed by the majority of them. Unfortunately, the people who have the time on their hands to create Internet memes just aren’t as funny as we want them to be.

But now, thanks to Meme Generator, you can stop being annoyed and start getting some skin in the game. (more…)

If you use TextExpander much, chances are you don’t actually think about the app itself that much. You’ve added your own shortcuts to it over the years, and now you type them in and they’re automatically expanded without you even thinking. It just becomes another part of your Mac.

This week, Smile Software released the first full new version of TextExpander since 2010. It adds several new features, but if you’re already using TextExpander 3, a quick glance at their new features list might not even make it seem like its worth your time to upgrade. After all, when’s the last time you opened the TextExpander window, anyhow?

Turns out, there’s more than meets the eye in TextExpander 4.

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Although many developers are porting or even rewriting applications designed for Windows to the Mac, many these days still find the need to run Windows on your Mac. I find that need every single day at work.  While there are three main ways to get the job done, Parallels has always been my favorite.

Parallels Desktop 7 is a dramatic improvement over the previous version, and brings along a few cool new features. If running alternate operating systems on your Mac is a priority, read on as we dive into the latest version of Parallels Desktop!

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Have you ever admired how professionals get stuff done so incredibly fast on their Macs? It’s often hard to follow what they’re doing because they never stop to grab their mouse or use their tablet. They keep hammering away on their keyboard, controlling apps via shortcuts in a way that makes us wonder how they ever memorized them all.

If you want to take your skills on the Mac to the next level as well, a tiny utility will now help you find you all the shortcuts you need to be a pro. Readers, meet CheatSheet.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at BundleHunt! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Joel Castillo
Viktor Korbel

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

You’ve got to move quick on this one! We have two BundleHunt Productivity bundles to give away, but the competition ends tomorrow.

Here’s your chance to get your hands on iStopMotion, LittleSnapper, TotalFinder, Typinator, Default Folder X, Keyboard Maestro 5, PhoneView, the Smashing Magazine Super Bundle, Glyph Ocean Icon Set, 4 ThemeFuse WordPress themes, and Picons Ultimate+.

Read on to find out how to enter…

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Do you have an app or website that you need help promoting?

We’ve got a simply awesome competition for you! The wonderful people at Wyzowl are offering up four free promo videos to AppStorm readers, one each for Mac, Web, iOS, and Android. Get a slick video to show off your iOS app, exhibit your Android app in its full glory, or make an impact by concisely demonstrating why your web app is completely invaluable!

Just read on to enter the competition and have a chance at winning a promo video for your site or app worth $475!

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As more of our documents get moved off our local drives and into the cloud, it can be difficult to stay on top of them all. I keep stuff scattered around in my Gmail account, Dropbox folder, and laptop, among many other places, and can have a hard time remembering where a particular item is.

The developers of Found recognized this problem and created an interesting solution. Using a search concept similar to Spotlight, Found searches not only your local machine but also common cloud services. Any app designed to help you find files needs to do so quickly, using an intuitive interface. How does Found fare under these important conditions?

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This post is part of a series that revisits some of our readers’ favorite articles from the past that still contain awesome and relevant information that you might find useful. Though, over the past year, a few things have changed, so check for the updates below, too.

This post was originally published on June 21th, 2011.

Like most Mac users, I have mixed feelings about the Mac App store. For app users, the App Store makes it easier to find and manage apps all in one place, but largely eliminates the flexibility of free trials. New developers probably enjoy the increased visibility of being in the App Store, but likely lament about the slow acceptance process and numerous restrictions.

Though it seems like most Mac app developers are following the crowd to the App Store, there are still some real gems out there that haven’t made the switch. In this round-up, I’ll go through an incomplete list of fantastic apps missing from the App Store that are worth straying to the browser for. (I’m not including free apps or popular, well-known software like the Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Suites.)

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I’ve got a bit of an OCD issue: I hate cords and cables of any kind. So naturally, when Apple announced AirPlay I was ecstatic, and ever since I’ve been an avid user of this awesome wireless streaming tool. Unlike many of Apple’s other products, AirPlay is both relatively open and extremely easy to hack.

That openness in the AirPlay platform has led to a whole host of cool and unconventional uses for the technology.  In this article I’ll show you five different things you probably didn’t know you could do with AirPlay; and you’ll see that AirPlay is no longer just for iTunes videos.
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