Now that widespread connectivity means you’re rarely without a web connection, the Internet has become a huge part of the way in which we use our computers. Out of the box, your Mac is a powerful machine for making the most of everything the Internet has to offer, but there are a few tweaks, plugins and applications that can make it go a little bit further.
Today I’ll be taking a look at 35 different plugins and applications that will help improve your web browsing experience. Both Safari and Firefox will be covered, along with a few tools relating to networking, search, bookmarking, and – of course – taking a break from the Internet!
Mac software developers are incredibly generous when it comes to giving something away free to the community – whether in a competition or a bundle. Federico got in touch yesterday to let me know about MacStories Festival, a 10 day giveaway of more than 130 different software licenses. That’s an awful lot of free software!
The MacStories Festival includes a variety of popular apps such as:
- Master Of My Domain
Almost 35 different apps for Mac and iPhone are on offer, and 130 licenses are up for grabs. It’s a big party, created with Apple lovers in mind! Head over to the competition announcement to read more and enter. The giveaway closes tomorrow, on Wednesday 7th October. Good luck!
It is fairly well known that using mind maps to organize information and solve problems can have a huge benefit on the way we think, learn, and remember. But how many of us actually do it?
MindNode Pro, developed by MindNode, is an application for creating simple and stylish mind maps. You start with an idea or anything you can think of, and from there branch off wherever your mind leads you. MindNode Pro allows you to produce these mind maps quickly and efficiently in a visually appealing style. This review will cover what MindNode Pro is capable of, and how it could benefit you.
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Think you know everything there is to know about OS X? Here’s a list of secret features and shortcuts known only by the most elite nerds. Test your knowledge and see if you are a good candidate to stand at the Genius Bar and wear a clever T-shirt.
We’ll start with some simple features before moving on to the more obscure. Topics covered include downloading YouTube videos using Safari, accessing an entire second clipboard, placing widgets on your desktop, and taking control of your system volume!
We have three Daylite “bundles” on offer, each including the Daylite desktop client and a 1-year license for the iPhone application. Entering is simple. All you need to do is:
- Post a link to this competition – either on your website, or via Twitter
- Leave a comment, letting me know where you posted the link!
The competition will run for one week, and we’ll announce the winners on the Thursday 8th October.
The 15% Offer
We’re also pleased to let you know that if you’d rather purchase a license outright, you can benefit from 15% off for 30 days (starting from the day we announce the winners). Simply use the code appstorm when making your purchase!
Apple has done an incredible job with Mac OS X and has made great improvements since Mac OS 10.1 was first released. However, Apple still haven’t managed to include essential productivity apps in Mac OS 10.6 such as a clipboard viewer, a note-taking app with keyboard shortcuts, an app to store your code snippets, etc.
For that reason, we’ve listed 10 very useful Mac apps for productivity that will help you greatly in your day-to-day tasks. I wouldn’t suggest that you launch all 10 every time you login, but one or two may seem particularly helpful.
We’d like to say thank you to this month’s AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can order a slot through BuySellAds.
LittleSnapper – Take a look at LittleSnapper from Realmac Software, It’s an awesomely powerful new app to snap, annotate and share screenshots.
Billings – Billings’ simple workflow and intuitive interface makes quoting, invoicing, and time tracking effortless.
Daylite Touch – Daylite Touch is a business productivity manager for the iPhone and iPod touch, winner of a 2009 Macworld Best of Show award, designed as a companion to Daylite on the Mac.
ForkLift – Forklift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client, clothed in a clean and versatile UI.
MiniBooks – A handy iPhone app from FreshBooks that lets you track your time and invoice your clients while you’re away from your computer.
CleanMyMac – CleanMyMac represents a sophisticated all-in-one-suite utility that helps keep your Mac clean and healthy.
Easy Tasker – Manage your projects, invoices, clients and so much more from as little as $11 per month, with a companion iPhone app.
Wallet – Your own flexible, personal database for storing web passwords, serial numbers, and credit cards, and anything else!
Color Stream App – A beautiful iPhone app that can create and store stunning color palettes created from scratch, or generated from a photo.
1Password – The ultimate Mac password manager – a huge time saver, with an incredible array of features.
TidyUp – Tidy Up! allows you to search for duplicate folders; by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents and more.
Super Cool Coupons – SuperCoolCoupons is a social discount community where every day consumers come to find and share coupons for thousands of online stores.
Top Ringtones – A ringtone, wallpaper and joke service for your mobile phone.
Bento is a highly regarded “personal database” application for OS X, allowing you to keep track of almost anything you can imagine. We reviewed both the Mac and iPhone release earlier this year, though I wanted to add a few extra thoughts and comments about the latest version, released today.
Version 3 brings a range of new features – some expected, and some unexpected. Most notably is the integration with iPhoto, giving access to all your albums within Bento. Also new is the ability to share a Bento Library across computers in your home network, a useful “grid view”, and enhanced security features.
This quick review-update will go over the new features on offer in version 3. For a full introduction to what Bento is capable of, I would recommend reading through our previous review.
Trying to stay on top of a business can be a very difficult task – whether you’re a freelancer, or manage several hundred staff. Without a system to keep everything well organised, it can be easy to miss deadlines and lose focus. Today I’ll be taking a look at Daylite, an impressive suite of tools for managing a business.
One of the main selling points behind Daylite is the ability to have everything related to your business in one central place: calendars, contacts, projects, tasks etc. Emphasis is also placed on sharing information, as Daylite is designed to work well in a collaborative setting.
This review will walk through the main features of Daylite/Daylite Touch and outline what I like and dislike about the application. It’s a mammoth piece of software, and it wouldn’t be possible to cover absolutely everything in one review. Instead, I’ll try to give you a feel for what the tool is capable of.
Disclaimer: Although Marketcircle (the developers of Daylite) sponsor AppStorm, our reviews are always completely impartial.