The least enjoyable part of setting up new computers is installing apps, for me anyhow. The Mac App Store makes this a lot easier, but many essential and valuable Mac apps are not present in the App Store either by choice from the vendor or due to the limitations placed on apps located in the store. Instead, you have to find the installer, download it, install it, then rinse/repeat a dozen times.

In the Windows ecosystem, Ninite offered a way around this problem. It allows you to install a number of popular apps from their library by running a single application. It’s simple and convenient, and made setting up a new PC or reinstalling Windows a little bit less annoying.

While you need to reinstall OS X far less often than Windows, it’s can still be a time consuming task when needed. Plus, you still need to setup apps anytime you get a new Mac. That’s where Get Mac Apps comes in. Their home page says “It’s like Ninite for mac!”, so let’s take it at its word and see how well it works. (more…)

We just closed our giveaway, congrats to our winners: geevanlal, ari, rjko, Jonathan, KuanWei, tomeg, Dan, otak1, dion, and Daniel!

If you still haven’t found the perfect notebook app to organize your thoughts and ideas along with the snippets of info you find online and more, then you need to try out NoteSuite. It’s a new notebook app that brings together rich-text notes with full formatting and images, to-dos, and web clippings in a nice interface. Combine it with its companion iPad app, and you’ve got a serious competitor for the notetaking crown.

We found it to be a powerful productivity tool in our NoteSuite review. It’s especially nice if you like the tabbed interface of apps like OneNote, but want the flexibility of an app like Evernote without relying on their cloud storage. It’s currently on sale for just $4.99 in the App Store, but we’ve got something even better: 10 copies to giveaway to our readers!

NoteSuite lets you bring everything together in your notes.

As with most of our giveaways, just leave a comment below and tell us why you want a copy of NoteSuite to enter our contest. Then, share the giveaway on your social networks and leave a second comment with a link to your post for an extra entry.

Hurry and get your entries in; we’re closing the giveaway on Wednesday, August 28th!

Also, our sister site iPad.AppStorm is running a NoteSuite for iPad giveaway as well; be sure to enter it also if you have an iPad!

Envato staff or those who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.

Even though Apple users are blessed with iMessage, it’s not truly cross-platform, so some people prefer Google Hangouts (which doesn’t have a native Mac app) or Facebook. There are even those who still use WhatsApp, but this once-popular system has recently been challenged by Line, a competitor from Japan. Sporting “stickers” and a solid messaging platform, the service has taken Asia by storm; it’s now becoming very popular stateside as well.

Line’s developers recently released a Mac companion to the fleet of mobile apps. It looks nice, but is it worth using? (more…)

I’ve been using Mac for years, but sometimes there are apps that everybody else swears by that I’ve never used. One of those apps is Yojimbo, which has a long history on the platform and is something many popular bloggers completely swear by.

Recently, Yojimbo was upgraded to version 4.0, which brings with it a new syncing option and — well, not much else. But in today’s day and age, is a service like Yojimbo still relevant when our Macs aren’t our sole tool anymore and we’re all using iPads and smartphones everywhere we go? Read on to find out what my thoughts are on the state of Yojimbo in 2013.

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You don’t have to be a designer to be surrounded by images you need and love. There’s always Instagram, pictures you were tagged on Facebook, a cool infographic you saw at a random page, photos from your child’s birthday or your New Year’s party. Snapping a picture is so effortless these days we even burn ‘film’ on our so-so everyday meals. We’re swarmed by images, some of them we’d like to store.

Regarding this personal matter, we recently reviewed Ember, but some readers weren’t satisfied by its terms of acquisition and lack of a few features to justify its price tag, some even mocked it as nothing but a private Pinterest. Among the comments, we heard of a promising upcoming app, currently in beta, called Inboard. Can it rekindle the flame of our image libraries?

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Quick access to a reliable forecast is important for reasons beyond simply having some fall-back material during lulls in everyday conversation. Knowing what the weather has in store for your location can guide wardrobe decisions and help you decide on whether that picnic should be postponed to a drier day.

There are plenty of websites that offer accurate forecasts, and even Google can give you a quick-look at your location’s weather with a simple search query. Living Earth HD for Mac aims to keep you up-to-date on weather conditions without having to open your browser. Is it ready to replace your local weatherman?

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Bored of your iTunes music? Want more music without paying for a subscription to any of the new online music services? Then you need to get a copy of Radium 3, our sponsor this week.

Radium is the Mac app for serious internet radio listeners. It’s beautifully designed, simple to use, and filled with over 8,000 stations of every genre so you’ll always have something to listen to. Just search for the type of music you feel like listening to, and get back to what you’re doing. Radium will stream the music, let you easily see what’s playing in your menubar, and keep a list of your favorites so you can buy them from iTunes later. It’s great.

Radium 3

If you take your internet radio seriously, then you’ll want the best audio quality possibly. Radium makes that easy, with a built-in equalizer, and support for AirPlay to send music to your wireless speakers or Apple TV. It’ll let you share the songs you like with your social networks, find the currently playing song on iTunes, and even lets you subscribe to premium radio stations if you want. It’s everything you could want from an internet radio player app, and it works great.

Rediscover Internet Radio with Radium Today!

There’s no better way to enjoy internet radio on your Mac than with Radium, so why not give it a try today? You can download a free trial of Radium 3 from their site, or get your own copy of Radium 3 from the App Store for just $9.99. Then sit back, and enjoy the music.

We’re pretty sure you’ll decide it’s chocolate for your ears, too.

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For the past five years, I’ve been relying upon FileMaker’s Bento to manage structured data on my MacBook. Unfortunately, the Apple subsidiary recently announced that it was ending development of the friendly database application. The company will stop selling Bento after September 2013, and will end user support after July 2014.

It’s time for a new simple databasing app for the Mac. In this review, I’ll be looking at an indie database app called Tap Forms to see how it stacks up as a Bento replacement. It looks promising — and hopefully it can eventually take the Bento crown. (more…)

Marketcircle’s Billings was discontinued in June 2013 in favour of their subscription-based Billings Pro, an app which we’ve reviewed and think is awesome. Subscription-based software isn’t for everyone, however, and we’ve been frequently asked to recommend some alternative apps to Billings Pro that doesn’t require any recurring costs.

If you’re looking for an invoicing or time tracking app to replace Billings, or perhaps simply want to know what’s out there, here’s the 10 best simple time tracking and invoicing apps on the Mac today.

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I do a fair bit of photo editing — everything from screenshots to engagement and wedding shoots — and there are some things that take way too long to do in Photoshop or any of its equivalents. One of those things is collages. Another one is setting up a background image.

In Photoshop, you’d have to create a background layer, adjust the colour, adjust the size of your next layer, and drag them around until it fit right. That’s great if you’re really particular and know exactly what you’re looking to do. But sometimes, you just want a really cool and quick way to show off your weekend at the beach. And you want it to take about ten seconds from conception to Facebook sensation. This is where Diptic comes in.

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