Over the weekend and into Monday we unfortunately experienced some pretty severe downtime on all Envato WordPress blogs and here on the FreelanceSwitch Forums. The downtime was due to problems in the data centre of our current hosting company which was out of our control.

It seems to all be resolved now, but I just wanted to make a quick apology for the inconvenience and interruptions. We’re going to be re-examining our hosting setup to make sure we avoid this situation in the future and to generally try to pull up the quality of service across the board.

In the meantime there may be some further minor interruptions as we shore up the setup. Thank you for your patience!

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Having recently rounded up a range of audio recording apps, we wanted to spend some time taking an in-depth look at another contender: TapeDeck. This particular piece of software stands out on account of the retro concept, interface, and functionality.

Rather than fit in with the standard OS X look-and-feel, TapeDeck takes a step back in time to the day of the humble audio cassette. It’s a great idea, and is executed very well in this quirky application. Whether you regularly record audio on your Mac, or just take an interest in application design, this review will be particularly fascinating.

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Thank you to everyone who entered our competition to win the whole suite of apps created by The Little App Factory.

This was a particularly big competition, and we received some fantastic comments packed with suggestions for the AppStorm websites. I’ll be reviewing these over the next few days to pick out a few new ideas for reviews, articles, and changes to the network.

Without further ado, here are the three lucky winners who are walking away with the full suite of apps created by The Little App Factory:

Congratulations, and we’ll be sending through your license codes shortly! Once again, thank you to everyone who entered, and thank you to the developer for generously donating the licenses.

To be notified when our next competition kicks off, be sure to follow us on Twitter, or subscribe via RSS.

Do you consider yourself to be an aspiring photographer, slinging your DSLR everywhere you go? If you, like me, are building up a bigger and bigger library of photos, organization can get a bit crazy.

With the current iPhoto software, it has become much easier to manage the thousands of photos on our computer, organizing by faces, places and events. However, would having multiple iPhoto libraries be a benefit? In this how-to, I will take a look at iPhoto Library Manager, which aims to provide a simple way to control multiple iPhoto libraries on one computer.

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When iTunes was first introduced, it was lean, trim, and efficient. It was focused and to the point. However, as the version number has grown, iTunes now manages, plays, and purchases your movies, TV shows, music, and podcasts.

It’s a mammoth of an application, especially for those of us on a basic MacBook (yours truly). When you just want to play your media, iTunes can be overkill. A simple player is what you need, and Everplay aims to be that player.

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How often have you copied something to the clipboard, only to accidentally overwrite it by copying something else before pasting it? No doubt this has happened too often, and it’s time to find a way of avoiding this accident waiting to happen.

This roundup will have a look at 9 different clipboard utilities for OS X that let you manage your clipboard and hold more than one item at a time. Have a read through, and see if you can find a clipboard utility that suits you.

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With the days of the static desktop almost in the past, moving around with your computer has become easier than ever. However, getting everything set up right at home, work, Starbucks or an airport can be time consuming and repetitive. Enter NetworkLocation, an application with the goal of automating this process.

NetworkLocation aims to to adjust your settings when you might forget to – like muting the volume when in a coffee shop, or changing the timezone when you head out across the country. Through the use of Apple’s Core Location technology, first seen in the iPhone and recently implemented in Snow Leopard on the Mac, the application is able to detect your location via nearby Wi-Fi networks, internet connections and connected devices. Hopefully this $29 application can save you enough time every day to make the price worth it.

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We’re kicking off a bumper competition today, to win every single one of the applications created by The Little App Factory. We have three packages to give away, each worth over $60.

Here’s what you stand to win:

  • iRip – Easily transfer your songs and media from an iPod/iPhone back to your computer.
  • Ripit – The fastest and simplest solution for archiving your DVD movies to your Mac.
  • Evom – This is a free app but certainly worth mentioning, letting you convert and transfer your favourite movies onto your iPod, iPhone or Apple TV.
  • Rivet – Stream your music, movies, and photos to your Xbox and Playstation 3.
  • Ringtones – Last but not least, Ringtones creates high-quality ringtones for your iPhone straight from your own music.

Read on for more information about how to enter!

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