Adobe shocked the creative world by announcing last month that it’s abandoning its Creative Suite in lieu of Creative Cloud subscriptions. Rather than paying thousands of dollars for a complete set of Adobe creative apps, you’ll only pay $50/month for everything they sell. That little change has many Adobe users up in arms, ready to desert Adobe for alternate apps.
But Adobe’s not the only one making a subscription play this year. Microsoft’s now doing the same thing with Office 365, and Autocad, Mathematica, and other major developers have done the same for years. The difference is, Adobe’s making a subscription-only play: individual purchases are no more, and subscription is the only option.
That doesn’t have to be such a bad option, though. Here’s why.
Leviathan: Warships, the recently released strategy game, is about as much fun as you can have without actually living off of hardtack and getting seasick yourself. You command a fleet of ships and face off against a computer, your friends, or other Leviathan: Warships players in online mode, creating a new gaming experience each time.
Let’s see if Leviathan: Warships indeed lives up to its hype. (more…)
If you were a pixel on the wall of our team’s Basecamp, listening to our conversations, you’d know that we’ve been looking for the perfect Markdown-powered Mac blogging app. There’s blogging apps for the Mac, but if you like writing in Markdown in apps like Byword and iA Writer (and we do), there’s none that fit your workflow perfectly.
So instead, we each have our favorite writing apps, export our text as HTML, and paste it into WordPress. It works, but it’s far from seamless.
That all changes today, with the hot-off-the-press Byword 2. It has built-in publishing to WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Scriptogram, and Evernote, and a handful of other improvements. If you need a focused Markdown writing app and a blogging app, it’s the one app you need. (more…)
Apple’s 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference starts on Monday, June 10th. By this time a week from now we’ll already have seen what Tim Cook and the rest of the Apple team have prepared to show the world. The whole world — not just techies this time — is anticipating iOS 7, but there should be a lot more interesting stuff.
There’s OS X, of course: it’d be tough to forget that here at Mac.AppStorm. Apple’s committed to a yearly upgrade cycle for OS X, and Mountain Lion was released at the end of July last year. That should mean that we’ll get word of the stuff coming to OS X v.NeXT.
There’s also Apple’s own apps, from iLife and iWork to their pro tools, all of which seem far overdue for a new version. There’s iCloud, which almost every developer would like to see improved. There’s also the iOS apps like iBooks that have never made their way to the Mac, even though they seem like perfect fits.
Then, there’s hardware. Apple hasn’t updated the Mac Pro in forever, and the rest of its lineup is likely due at least for a spec bump. And none of us would mind if Apple decided to release some brand-new, non-rumored hardware like a new addition to the Mac lineup.
We’d all like to see all of the above, I’m sure, but what do you want to see most? Is iOS mostly on your mind, or are you hoping for more Mac attention? We’d love to hear what you want to see at WWDC 2013 in the comments below.
And, stay tuned: our AppStorm team will be live-blogging the keynote speech, and we’ll have more to share about that later this week!
I love turn-based strategy, and tactics games are just the thing to scratch my itch for scheming. Even better that rough-housing against the CPU is facing off with a real person. Hero Academy, new to the Mac from iOS, has my back on this one. With lots of maps and character teams to pit against friends and randomly matched players, there’s plenty to love here.
Let’s see whether Hero Academy can pass the test or if it flunks out. (more…)
Nektony, our sponsor this week, is a company focused on creating simple and intuitive business applications. Among others there is significant line of products that started Nektony’s history – its file and disk management utilities. If you want to keep your Mac’s hard drive or SSD organized and cleaned, they’re the apps you need.
ClearDisk is a great app to clean up your startup disk in few clicks. It helps you to get rid of “straggler” files that remain after applications usage – Cashes and Logs – as well as unwanted Language Resources for localizations in various countries. At the same time you can quickly manage your Trash and Downloads folders during the same interaction with the app. So ClearDisk is great for quick plain cleanup of most clogged system folders.
Disk Inspector is a disk space analyzer with a beautiful interface that makes travelling through your hard drive spectacular and very effective. Inspector represents file system in a form of sunburst diagram, where biggest sectors represent biggest files and folders; its special color-representing algorithm makes this process simpler and just fun. It is also able to scan any type of disks and drives, even folders with FileVault protection. Disk Inspector will be extremely useful if you need to find and delete unnecessary files and folders.
Disk Expert – Nektony’s flagship application – is an elder brother of Disk Inspector that has even more specific features that will be extremely useful during general file management. For every folder, Expert creates list of 25 biggest files, which changes during navigating. You can form “drop lists” of files from different folders and transfer them together to external drive or just to Trash at once. Furthermore, instead of scanning only full disks, it could scan custom folders and display hidden and system files. Disk Expert is like a surgical knife to perform operations of any complexity for any disk.
So don’t waist your time and energy on organizing of your hard drives! Let family of Nektony disk utilities to do all the nasty jobs for you.
For sole enterprises, keeping a good set of books is probably one of the most essential tasks. It helps keep all your paperwork in order and it makes it far easier when it comes to the end of the year and that massive tax bill is due. Unfortunately, though, Mac users are slightly neglected when it comes to this, and although OS X has slowly but surely clawed some of the market share away from Microsoft, when it comes to business-related apps, Windows rules the roost.
Not wanting to be outdone, Austrian-based developers Teischl, the team behind Employment:app (which we reviewed last year) have developed book’n'keep – a simple accounting software designed for sole enterprises. Unlike other accounting software, which can often run into the hundreds of dollars and require an extensive set of licences, book’n'keep is available on the App Store for a mere $29.99. Let’s take a look at it and see if it’s a worthwhile purchase for sole enterprises.
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If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!
Pixelmator’s already one of the best graphics tools on the Mac, and it’s even better with its latest updates. Now, you can use custom vector shapes in your creations, tweak text as shapes, make quick changes with the quick paint selection tool, and move objects smarter with the new move tool. There’s even a new light leak effect, gradients, and color popovers to easily pick the colors you need.
It’s a free update from the App Store if you’ve bought Pixelmator already, or buy your own copy from the App Store for $14.99.
doo is the one app for your documents. It brings together all your documents, wherever you keep them: in folders on your Mac, or in Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive, email accounts, and more. It then automatically generates intelligent tags for individual categories such as Companies, Document Types, Filetypes, People, Places and more, to help you quickly sort through your documents. It also seamlessly integrates with scanners and your smartphone’s camera, and uses OCR to let you search for text even if it’s in an image or scan.
Download doo for free from the App Store and try it out today!
The Family Tree app has everything you need to keep track of everything you know about your family, and more. You can include personal info about everyone in your family, complete with photos, documents about them, and more in an intuitive interface. You can track where everyone lived on a map, connect everyone’s relationship in a beautiful tree view, or switch over to the chart view to see your family info in a circle graph.
Get your own copy of Family Tree from the App Store for $11.99.
Collector includes a whole encyclopedia of more than 100,000 movies and series in its download. By rating the movies and persons, you’ll remember what you’ve seen and how much you’ve liked it, and you’ll highlight your favorite actors and directors. This personalization, combined with the IMDb rating and the Youtube trailers, will allow you to quickly estimate if a movie is worth watching or adding to your wish-list.
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I love finding color inspiration from all over, but short of taking screen shots of every website I visit or opening all of my favorite photos in the same image editor, it’s been impossible to get those colors where I can use them. Sure the green of the grass in a photo may be exactly what I want for my website header, but it’s not an easy job converting that to something that makes sense to Tumblr or WordPress.
Oh, another application for screenwriters. Before you wonder about niche-dedicated applications, think about that day you had an epiphany that would be an awesome movie. One of those you would pay twice to watch, like you did with Avatar. Then you looked for an application to write a screenplay only to find out it would cost you more than what you’d expect it to sell for. So you opened your everyday word processor and began typing your story. As you’re finished, you sent to a few movie agents.
You never got a reply, even after your mother got high hopes that her child would become famous. That’s because writing a great story is not enough. The screenwriting business also requires your script to to follow a strict presentation style, which those expensive apps help achieving. Fountain changed the table, allowing regular Jacks to write screenplays in plain text. Slugline takes the game to the next level.