After a great deal of deliberation, we have decided upon the winners of our desktop wallpaper competition (in conjunction with PSDTuts+). Thank you to everyone who entered. There were so many fantastic entries, choosing only ten winners was incredibly difficult.

We will be posting a huge roundup of over 160 incredible, original wallpapers tomorrow, so be sure to follow Mac AppStorm on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed so you don’t miss out.

The brief was to design an original wallpaper with a theme centred around Apple, AppStorm, or Lightning. We had a fantastic selection of entries – some covering all three of these areas, others covering one or two. The winning wallpapers cover a broad range of styles and techniques.

Without further ado, here are the ten lucky winners:

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Editing text? What options do you have? Well, there’s the old go-to, Word, which has become bloated over the years; the newcomer Pages, which can’t make up its mind if it wants to be a page-layout utility or a word processor; and then the built-in TextMate, which is a tad too simple in most instances. While those three aren’t the only text editors for the Mac, they seem to the most popular.

Pagehand is a new word processing application that has just entered the market. It sports a number of interesting features yet to be seen in the go-to text editors on the Mac. For instance, instead of coming out with another new format to have to deal with, it simply creates and edits PDF files, so you can easily e-mail the files without having to convert them or run a compatibility check. Plus, anyone can see the fonts you’ve meticulously picked to show how important your dinner party or company volleyball tournament is.

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How often have you sat down at the computer with the best of intentions to complete a job, assignment, or task only to be distracted by incoming emails or instant messages etc. It happens all too often to me. Concentrate, by roobasoft, aims to solve this problem by allowing you to create ‘activities’ which can boost your performance by eliminating all of the unwanted distractions.

This review will cover what Concentrate has to offer, any problems, and a couple of alternative applications.

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It’s that time of year again – when schools and colleges head back for the new academic year. Although it is always bound to be a hectic time, never fear! We are here to help with a selection of applications designed to make your Mac even more useful for school work and college life.

As students are always strapped for cash, each application featured is either completely free or available at discounted student pricing.

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The best way to make work feel like not work is to do something you enjoy, and do it damn well. That’s why I’m happy to announce the newest Envato blog: WorkAwesome! As you might guess from the name, it’s a site for people who want to be awesome at work. After all, if you’re going to spend eight hours a day doing something, you may as well put some heart into it!

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Automator is an incredibly handy automation assistant for OS X. Instead of writing lines of code as in AppleScript, Automator allows you to string together preset actions through an easy to use drag-and-drop interface. The result is no-brainer automation on the fly.

This tutorial will cover a number of basic Automator features including how to work with application-specific actions, creating variables, embedding AppleScripts, and recording custom actions. Let’s get going!

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Thank you to everyone who entered last week’s competition to win a copy of VoodooPad or Pathfinder. They’re both great applications in their respective fields, and I’m pleased to announce that the winners have been chosen!

The two lucky VoodooPad winners are:

  • Wes Crockett
  • Francisco Queiroga

And the ten recipients of a Pathfinder license are:

  • Franky
  • Bruno Moniz
  • Ivan
  • Ramon Barrios Lascar
  • Dani
  • George Calderon
  • Il maistro
  • David F
  • Maeltj
  • Lucas Dohmen

We’ll be announcing the winners of our huge wallpaper competition very soon, so be sure to follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed to find out if you’re a winner!

I’m always thrilled to see Mac software being used for a charitable goal. A recent email from Jim Whimpey drew my attention to his Mac software raffle, with all proceeds going towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF is one of the biggest organizations around committed to fighting type 1 diabetes.

Every $10 you donate to Jim’s Ride to Cure Diabetes between September 1st and 14th will get you a chance to win one of two great Mac software bundles.

The software included seems to be growing every day, and includes Things, MarsEdit, Black Ink, Scribbles, Tweetie, Clipstart, Wii Transfer, TimeBoxed, 1Password, and Family.

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, and do something for a great cause, head over and donate your $10!

Anyone who owns a few domain names will appreciate that it can be somewhat of a pain to keep track of them all. You may have purchased them from a few different providers, some may auto-renew, some may come with hosting, some may be for other colleagues or friends. It can quickly get confusing.

Master of My Domain (MOMD) is an application designed to simplify the management of several domain names. You can keep track of when they expire, analyse where they are hosted (and where they point to), check whether your sites are running correctly, and easily monitor uptime.

This review will take a look at the different features of MOMD, and decide whether the application is worth purchasing (or whether you’d be fine with a simple spreadsheet!)

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