Everyone generally agrees that having some form of backup solution in place is vitally important. Hard drives are far more reliable now than ever, but they’re still prone to fail from time-to-time. Many people consider Time Machine to be the de-facto backup solution for the Mac, but you’d be surprised how many others are available.

This roundup will take a look at a new way to customize Time Machine, a variety of different drive cloning utilities, and a few online backup tools. I hope you find something new, and however you choose to go about it be sure to backup your data!

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Following our review of The Hit List a couple of days ago, I’m pleased to announce that we have two copies of the fantastic application to give away. Worth $49.95, it’s a great chance to get your hands on one of the best task managers available.

Entering is simple – all you need to do is leave a comment, letting us know the main tasks you’re working on today (I’m intrigued to know what all our wonderful readers get up to!)

The competition will run for one week, and we’ll randomly select the two winners on Wednesday 15th July. Good luck, and be sure to follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed to find out if you’re a winner!

The Hit List is an excellent new Getting Things Done (GTD) application from Potion Factory. Many GTD applications suffer from an overly complex experience that leaves you spending your days creating and customizing your task list rather than completing it. The Hit List instead opts for a simple, streamlined interface void of clutter and big on productivity.

This review will cover the basic functionality of The Hit List as well as it’s major selling points and shortcomings. Keep in mind that The Hit List hasn’t reached version 1.0 yet, so anything lacking may be addressed before the official launch.

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As a Mail.app junkie, it’s hard to convince me to try another mail app, but Postbox seemed compelling. Based on Mozilla’s Thunderbird engine, Posbox takes that code and integrates it’s own unique features into a very attractive package.

The moment you install the application (and they do have a Windows version available as well) you quickly realize that this is not like any other mail application you have ever used before.

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With it’s ability to run so many different applications at the same time in Mac OS X, it can often become a task of its own just to locate the specific window you may be after. This is where Exposé comes in… Possibly one of the most productive features that OS X yields under its belt, Exposé allows you to access any window you like instantly in a user-friendly way.

Exposé can be used to efficiently flick between open windows, and to swiftly reveal the Desktop when you need to. This article will cover all of the basics of Exposé, and give a few tips and tricks. It will also offer a way in which to unlock a few extra features of Exposé which Apple decided not to include.

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I have previously written about DiskInventory, a great solution for discovering the files and programs eating up hard drive space. The main problem with DiskInventory was a lack of development, and I expressed a wish to see a modern solution.

Enter DaisyDisk. Whilst no relation to DiskInventory, DaisyDisk takes the concept of visually displaying your drive and brings it into the 21st Century. With some fantastic interface features and speedy analysis, it’s certainly worth taking a closer look at.

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Flux & Forklift bumper giveaway, and to Binary Nights and The Escapers for sponsoring the competition. We’ve randomly chosen the fifteen winners, and will be sending through serial codes shortly.

Without further ado, here are the winning names:

Flux Winners

  • Adam Souders
  • Ceena
  • eMeM
  • Matthew Craig
  • Annette Benkie

Forklift Winners

  • Matt Milligan
  • Silverhawkclass
  • webbografico
  • Ryan Bruce
  • Garrett
  • Shishir
  • Russe
  • Rauniste.eu
  • blissdev
  • Nicolas von Rosen

Thanks for entering, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed for information about our next giveaway (it will be a few copies of The Hit List)!

OS X is a popular platform for professional photographers, and offers a huge range of software which can help to take better photos, streamline post-processing, sell images, and publish them for others to view. Whether you’re a complete amateur or a seasoned pro, this roundup will have something new to show you.

We’ll be covering 50 fantastic applications for various areas of photography: organizing, post-processing, geo-tagging, panoramas, HDR images, uploading/sharing images, and more.

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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.

Pixelmator – Pixelmator, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images.

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.

Cram – Create and study flash cards and multiple-choice tests on your Mac. Ace your next exam with Cram.

Keynote Quartet – Offering you the most attractive and popular presentation-making tools that will help to capture your audience.

Involer – Invoicing doesn’t have to be tedious and boring. Involer proves that with a sleek intuitive interface that makes invoicing quick, easy and fun.

Flux 2 – An all-in-one web design app which handles CSS, WYSIWYG, coding, debugging, publishing, and even basic image editing.

Super Cool Coupons – SuperCoolCoupons is a social discount community where every day consumers come to find and share coupons for thousands of online stores.

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