Flickr is arguably the most widely used photo sharing website around, with hundreds of thousands of photos hosted online and a fantastic API resulting in many third party apps.

Today we will look at Flickery, a Mac desktop client which pretty much does it all, from managing your account to searching the Flickr photo library. Flickery has been developed by Eternal Storms Software who also brought us Hierarchical Dock and GimmeSomeTune.

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It’s widely accepted that Microsoft have done a fairly good job with Windows 7, managing to overcome many of the problems associated with Vista. Although I’m a content Mac user, I’m the first to accept that there are circumstances where it would be great to run a copy of Windows on my machine. Whether it’s for playing a little Modern Warfare 2, testing a website in Internet Explorer, or just experimenting with the latest Microsoft have to offer.

Today I’ll be looking at four different ways you can quickly and easily set up a working copy of Windows 7 on your Mac.

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Loren Brichter of atebits has become a highly acclaimed OS X/iPhone developer in recent years as the man behind Tweetie, but that’s not all he’s worked on in the past. Today we’re going to delve into another atebits application – Scribbles.

Put simply, Scribbles is a lightweight tool for drawing on your Mac. It reminds me of Microsoft Paint, but with all the power and flair you’d expect from an OS X application. Deceptively simple at the outset, the power behind what you can do with Scribbles is remarkable.

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Gaming has come an awfully long way over the last decade, but many of us still have fond memories of the age of DOS based gameplay. Whether it’s to rekindle a sense of nostalgia, or enjoy some of the classic game story-lines, the ability to play DOS games on a modern Mac is something that many would find interesting.

Enter Boxer, a wonderfully designed OS X application for running these classic games on your Mac. Boxer is completely free, and takes away all the hassle of getting these old games to run. It even includes a few sample titles, and points you in the right direction to find more.

This how-to will walk you through the process of setting up Boxer, and explain where you can get your hands on a few classic titles to experiment with.

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Mac software bundles are becoming ever-more common, and today sees the announcement of another. MacGraPhoto is dedicated solely to graphics and photo applications for OS X – the first to be made available for a specific software niche.

A variety of different apps are on offer, ranging from the widely popular Picturesque to slightly more specific “niche” software such as HoudahGeo. It’s definitely worth taking a look at, and for the low price of $39.99 you might be able to grab a real bargain!

Read on for a quick summary of each of the apps included in the bundle.

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A big thanks to everyone who entered our Code Collector Pro giveaway and followed Mac.AppStorm on Facebook last week. We’ve selected the two lucky winners, and I’m pleased to say that they are:

  • Anaïs Pirio
  • Josh Spry

Congratulations to you both, and a big thanks to MCubed Software for sponsoring the competition. We couldn’t run these weekly giveaways if it wasn’t for all the generous developers out there.

Sorry to those who missed out, but don’t worry – we’re giving away thousands of dollars of software in December. Stay tuned for more information…!

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In 2005, Apple released the first Mighty Mouse. A year later a bluetooth version was released. As much as we appreciate Apple’s attempt to creating a good looking mouse, the Mighty Mouse was heavily criticized for its usability – right click was awkward and the scrolling wheel was difficult to keep clean. How many times did we bang our heads because the wheel had stopped working?

The future of Apple’s mouse family is all of a sudden looking brighter with the introduction of the new Magic Mouse. If you are inline with Apple’s design philosophy, you would love the hardware design of the Magic Mouse – it’s simple, and it’s beautiful. The Mighty Mouse was a great piece of design with only a visible scrolling wheel on the top surface, the Magic Mouse takes one step further and presents you with one clean, curved top surface. From purely the appearance perspective, the Magic Mouse is absolutely breathtaking.

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I’ve long been a fan of iWork and Pages, and enjoy the design aesthetics of the templates included with the app. I recently went on the hunt for some third party templates that could make the Pages experience even better.

Some are free, others are commercial, but hopefully they will help to make Pages more versatile and powerful than ever before!

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As a precursor to this review, I’d like to mention that Vibealicious will soon be releasing version Notify version 2.0. Around half the features covered are those planned for inclusion in the updated version. I have been lucky enough to beta test the forthcoming app, which has a number of changes that make Notify far more than just a regular email notifier.

Notify does what it’s name says – it tells you when you have a new message in your inbox. Version 2.0 goes beyond that, from viewing messages on multiple accounts to quickly responding to messages. This review will run through what you can expect from the app at the moment, along with what’s coming in the next few months.

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