When I first started this review of Afloat, I seriously wondered what on earth it was good for. An app that can let you keep windows stay on top of others or make them semi-transparent? Why? You see, I usually work on a 21″ iMac with an additional 24″ HD screen attached and – for work reasons – I am switching to a 27″ iMac. Screen estate really isn’t an issue for me!

But then I whipped out my 13″ Macbook I had an epiphany. All of a sudden, the ability to stack windows became useful. And then I discovered some more awesome features that I never suspected this little app could hold. Interested? Then keep on reading!

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Just under a year ago, we published a review of Snowtape, an internet radio player for OS X. I was incredibly impressed with the polish of the interface, functionality, and the range of features available.

Today we’re pleased to give you a sneak preview of what to expect in Snowtape 2.0 – the second major release of this app. Complete with a brand new icon and a major batch of new features, it’s a release not to be missed if you’re a fan of internet radio. Read on for more information!

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An essential tool for both web and software developers is a text editor. Text editors streamline the process of working with code, and save time by providing shortcuts for repetitive tasks. Text editors are also useful for other web users – for example, they are very handy for tidying up text that has been copied online, before pasting it into a blog or word document.

Fraise is an app that sits at the ‘basic’ end of the market for text editors, and performs these basic (and some more advanced) tasks well.

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It’s been over six months since we first took a look at Alfred, a fantastic application launcher for the Mac. Since then, I’ve heard about many of you switching to this system from Quicksilver, Google Quick Search Box, and various other launchers.

I’ve become a devoted fan of Alfred, and it’s probably now one of the most oft-used apps on my Mac. A recent update to the app comes in the form of the Alfred Powerpack, bringing a set of fantastic new features and significantly broadening the scope of what Alfred is capable of. He’s turning into a pretty handy butler!

I’ll be taking a look at some of these new “Powerpack features” after the break.

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There are two things that you probably hate: being late, and your boring alarm clock. And there’s also one thing that you most likely love: Your Mac. Well then why not use your Mac as your own alarm clock, and wake up to your newest iTunes acquisitions?

Whether you want to wake up to the most recent episode of your favorite podcast, or you are simply looking for something to replace your old boring alarm clock, we have something for you.

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With the use of tiny USB flash-drives becoming increasingly common in our lives, it is scary how heavily we rely on these not so reliable storage devices. They can go missing, get stolen, or just pack it in and die. And if you haven’t backed up all your files from it, then this can be really devastating.

But few people remember to regularly backup so here’s an easy tutorial on how to get your computer to automatically backup your flash-drive for you. Following this, you should be able to rest assured that everything is safe. This how-to uses SilverKeeper, a free backup application made by Lacie.

This article will also show you how to make backups happen as soon as you mount your flash-drive using Do Something When, and a basic Automator workflow. Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Whenever Apple announces a new feature or application update, there’s always a huge amount of commotion and furious opinion sharing. iTunes Ping was one such feature addition, aiming to broaden iTunes into a social network for music.

I think Apple is really starting to stretch the limits of what iTunes is capable of. What started as a simple application for collating your music library now stores TV Shows, Movies, and Podcasts as well, is a full-fledged music and video store, your iPod/iPhone/iPad sync tool, your Apple TV counterpart, an App Store, online radio player, and – now – a social network as well. Phew!

Almost all the software tools I love and use every day on the Mac succeed because they do one thing remarkably well. Simplicity is the absolute key for a successful piece of software, and Apple themselves know this. Most of their software for the Mac and iOS leaves out many features that are packed in by competitors (consider the one-button simplicity of the iPhone camera app, for instance).

My question for you today centres around your thoughts on iTunes Ping. Is this a valuable service for music lovers, or have Apple finally succumbed to the perils of feature-bloat?

Have you ever wanted a fully featured command center for your Mac, allowing you to create a iCal event, control your iTunes library, or anything else? How about an application that lets you map all those commands to keyboard shortcuts, giving you access to them with only a few keystrokes?

Cockpit for Mac is all that and more. Cockpit is the perfect way to control all your applications and increase your productivity. Easily manage and add new commands with the built-in Actions builder, which uses Apple’s Automator style drag and drop to make both simple and complex actions.

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Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Wondershare Web Gallery for Mac. The developer describes Wondershare Web Gallery for Mac as the best solution to make professional Flash web photo gallery on Mac, remaining easy to use without any Flash programming knowledge.

With the built-in templates you can combine your photos and music into a 3D flash gallery, web photo album, or Flash movie slideshow in 3 simple steps. Read on for more information and screenshots!

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I can’t believe that we’ve featured 75 MacTastik comics over the past 18 months. How time flies! It’s been a fantastic addition to our usual content, and always provided an interesting break from the norm.

Today marks the end of the MacTastik series, as we make some changes to our publishing schedule and move on to offer ever more useful and interesting content.

I’d like to say an absolutely huge thank you to N.C. Winters, the talented artist and writer behind MacTastik. You can still catch his work in the form of the Freelance Freedom comic strip over at FreelanceSwitch.

Without further ado, we’ll leave you with the final instalment of MacTastik. I hope you enjoy it!

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