Apple undoubtedly make some of the best keyboards, mice and trackpads that money can buy. Their Magic Trackpad is perhaps more a work of art than it is an input device. For those of us who, for one reason or another, prefer to use devices from companies other than Apple then you may find your options limited due to poor driver support or lack of customisation.

USB Overdrive has been around since the days of Mac OS X Jaguar, over ten years ago, and provides a whole suite of controls for customising your input devices. I spend some time with the app to see just how much we can tame our USB input devices.

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We love the apps that developers make for the Mac, but it’s easy to forget about the apps that help developers make the apps. From code editors to icon designers to documentation and snippet repositories, there’s a ton of different apps that developers rely on to help them make the best Mac apps they can. This week, we’ve got an exclusive interview with a developer who’s apps are expressly designed to help Mac developers.

Vadim Shpakovski is the creator of CodeBox, the wonderful snippet-storing application for OS X that we liked when we reviewed it last year. He’s also made ResolutionTab, PNG Compressor, and Hunting, all tools aimed at helping developers on the Mac platform, and released a decent amount of open source work at his own site. We thought it would be interesting to talk to Valdim about his work, and he kindly agreed to answer some questions about OS X and what it means to be a designer of top-notch OS X applications.

Here’s the scoop for your weekend reading pleasure!

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Firefox is the alternate browser we all switched to back when the rest of the world was using IE 6. It was refreshing, with far better standards compliance and performance than other browsers at the time. We’d customize our Firefox install with themes and extensions, have our own favorite shortcuts and default tabs. It was the serious web user’s browser.

Then, Safari happened. Google, Firefox’ chief supporter, built Chrome. Microsoft even got its act together, and made current versions of IE far less reprehensible. And casual browsing shifted to smartphones and tablets, where the built-in browser is all most people think to use.

Firefox is still around, with decent marketshare, even, but the energy feels gone. The newest extensions come out for Chrome first. Firefox’ UI still doesn’t fit with modern OS X’ scrollbars and pinch-to-zoom, and it still feels more sluggish than Chrome.

So why stick with it? But then, many still do. So today, we’d love to hear why you’ve stuck with Firefox. If you still use Firefox regularly, we’d love to hear why in the comments below!

I thought I could outrace the sun. I knew it was impossible, that I was always going to lose, but still I thought that somehow this time I would actually make it — that I’d reach some kind of singularity where I’d somehow be past the sun, or that I’d find a way to keep it indefinitely up in the sky above me.

There’s no “winning” in Race The Sun, a game about endlessly speeding toward the horizon in pursuit of nothing in particular, but you’ll often be lured into the preposterous notion that your run will end in something other than a crash or the disappearance of your almighty glowing foe. This is its great strength — that you’ll want to keep battling the impossible — but ultimately also its weakness, as you become conditioned to crashing and losing all the time.
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In the past few months, RSS has gone through a dramatic transformation from being a one-man show to becoming a free-for-all with many players in the fold. I know a lot of people on Feedly, but I ended up going with Feed Wrangler to get things done. I think the transition to privately owned content, instead of Google’s focus on ad-serving, is highly beneficial.

But that being said, some services have been replaced by apps who operate independently of any free or paid RSS service. These are app-dependent RSS feeds that operate independently of cross-platform services. The most popular of these is probably NetNewsWire, but with version 2.0 of Leaf RSS Reader, Leaf enters the fold as a prime contender. I imported my Feed Wrangler feeds to the service to give it a whirl.

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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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