Improving the scrolling experience on your Mac might not be the first thing you think of doing, but it turns out that a few tweaks and changes can actually make scrolling around much easier and more efficient. Smart Scroll from Marc Moini offers an abundance of features to make scrolling a better experience, and after using it for a few days, you might not want to go back.

A big feature of Smart Scroll is smooth scrolling – a feature now implemented by default in new MacBooks and the Magic Mouse, but a must have for users of older hardware. It’s also packed with other useful features for those of us already up to date with smooth scrolling.  Read on to find out more!

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Do you ever wish there was a single place you could keep all your notes, web clippings, voice memos, and incredible ideas for screenplays? Somewhere that synchronised your notes across all your various devices and made them fully searchable by their content or tags?

Introducing the uninitiated to Evernote – a single place for all the things you need to remember! Is it worth the money you ask? Well it’s free so we should probably have a look…

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We have a slightly different sponsor this week, in the form of Yellow Media Group. This innovative company offers a telephone support service for Mac developers, making it easy to add an extra level of support to users without spending 24 hours a day by the phone.

They work with companies such as MacPaw to offer various services that make it easier than ever for users to solve any problems they encounter when using your app.

Yellow Media Group are doing something really interesting in conjunction with their sponsorship. They’d like to know which applications you’d like to have telephone support for. Share your thoughts in the comments, and they’ll offer their services for free to the chosen developer!

Everybody knows about Safari, and most people agree that it’s good. It’s fast, it’s stable, it’s sexy —  and everybody knows about other popular web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. But there are several other lesser known web browsers that offer cool features that Safari lacks.

Although you don’t need to use them all the time, unless you want to, they’re nice to have around to utilize every once in a while. Whether you’re wanting social integration or parallel sessions, it’s a good idea to have them there.

Let’s take a look at a selection of Safari alternatives!

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Well, the end of 2010 is almost upon us! It’s been a fantastic year of technology releases, and announcements – not just in our Apple bubble, but across the whole industry.

For me personally, my iPad has changed the way I read, the iPhone 4 completely revolutionised my appreciation of screen technology, and I finally got around to purchasing an SSD (the verdict is in – they’re astounding).

A few weeks ago, I published a few thoughts on what I considered to be the Best Mac Software of 2010, but there’s a whole lot to look forward to over the coming year.

Whether you’re stoked about OS X Lion, excited to try out the Mac App Store, or on the edge of your seat about the iPad 2, 2011 is going to be an action packed year for Apple users everywhere.

But what’s the one thing that you really can’t wait for? Let us know in our weekly poll, and we’ll be extra sure to bring you plenty of news and coverage around that particular event next year!

Way back when I first became aware of the existence of a technology that could allow mobile handset-handset video chatting, my mind was thoroughly blown. Surely this was something that was only possible in the movies, and couldn’t exist in the real world, right?

But it was indeed possible. And long after it first became possible, Apple did what they always do, and refined power and utility down to awesomeness and perfection.

With the announcement of the iPhone 4, Apple announced to eagerly awaiting fans everywhere that their mobile device to trump all mobile devices would be capable of video chatting.

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I wanted to take this chance to show my appreciation to everyone who reads Mac.AppStorm, and wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Whether or not you receive a shiny new Apple gadget as a gift this holiday, I hope you have a great few days away from the hustle and bustle of technology.

We have plenty in store for 2011, including the official launch of Android.AppStorm and Windows.AppStorm, as well as countless more reviews, how-tos, roundups and news! I hope you’ll join us on the journey, and am looking forward to sharing everything we have lined up with you.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful holiday.

Perhaps you’ve already made the move to digital media. Maybe you get your newspapers and magazines directly in your computer, instead of physically delivered to your door. Maybe you don’t even read newspapers anymore. With devices like the iPad and the Kindle, digital media has cannibalized physical media, and along with it, some of our traditions have been extinguished. Traditions like solving puzzles in the morning.

Do not worry, though. Here at AppStorm we have what you need to get back into those mind-exercising, and at times even frustrating, little puzzles. Read on to find some of our favorite apps for finding (and solving) crosswords and sudoku puzzles on your Mac.

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iPhoto is a great application for storing your photos. But as your library gets bigger and bigger, it can all turn into a bit of a mess and make locating that photo you’re after more of a mission than it should be. Shoebox from KavaSoft is a photo organization app which sorts your pictures by content based on tags and categories.

For those of you who feel like you are growing out of iPhoto, Shoebox might be just the solution. In this review I’ll take a look at how it compares to iPhoto, what it has going for it and what it doesn’t.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who entered! I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve chosen our five lucky winners, and their names are:

  1. Steve Howe
  2. Hiroshi
  3. Dreadedkilla
  4. Thomas Stark Jr.
  5. Apisit

Congratulations, and we’ll be in touch soon with your free license code.

Old Competition Post

As well as sponsoring the site this week, I’m pleased to let you know that Realmac Software has offered to give away five copies of their latest application, Courier, to a handful of lucky readers (aren’t they nice!).

We wrote a little bit about Courier earlier this week, but essentially it’s an easy way to quickly share files, images, photos, movies, and more with all your favourite online services – including Flickr and Facebook.

Entering is really easy. All you need to do is retweet the following message, and leave a comment on this post with your Twitter username!

Just entered a competition to win a Courier license, courtesy of @macappstorm and @realmacsoftware: http://bit.ly/hJt3sA

Click here to tweet the message and enter!

Best of luck! We’ll be picking the winners in exactly one week, on Thursday the 30th December. Thanks for taking part!

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