In 2008, Apple kicked off the transition away from physical media. The lack of an optical drive in the MacBook Air eventually influenced the removal of it in the Mac Mini and, more recently, the next-generation MacBook Pro.
With all these Macs ditching their optical drive in order to achieve a thinner form factor, it’s time to take a look at which is better: disk or download? (more…)
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We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!
Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!
Dropbox has been the go-to for cloud storage for many of us for many years now. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest cloud sharing service there is, and for those of us who like to keep our files all together, that’s a problem. There are some pretty prominent services, perhaps most notably Cloud.app and Droplr, that allow easy drag-and-drop sharing from your desktop, but Dropbox hasn’t kept up.
Currently in free beta, Droplings is a new app that allows you to share in a similar way to the other cloud services, but from Dropbox. Droplings uploads files to your Dropbox Public folder and creates a download page for your file, just by dragging your files to your menubar. We’ll take a look, after the jump! (more…)
This week has been another quiet one in terms of app news but we’ve still found a couple of stories to keep you ticking over till next week.
AppStorm’s App Store deals of the week are back! We have some great free and discounted apps available just after the break, so be sure to check them out. (more…)
We’d like to say a special Thank you! to our weekly sponsors from the past month, for sponsoring our site and for the great apps they make. If you would like to feature your app on our site with an advertisement, be sure to check out our available slots on BuySellAds or register for a weekly sponsorship for your app.
If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!
StackSocial is a site you should follow if you like getting great deals on Mac apps, training material, and more. They feature new deals weekly, letting you save on top apps. Best of all, they even feature free app giveaways, and bundles that let you get a ton of apps you’ve had your eye on at once. You’ll just need to signin with your Facebook account or create an account to start getting their exclusive deals.
Sparrow was recently acquired by Google, and Mozilla recently announced that they’re stopping new development of Thunderbird. If you’re looking for an innovative new email app, you might be thinking that there’s not many options left. That’s why you should check out Postbox. For just $9.99, it offers dozens of innovative features that make email easier and nicer than ever before. Even if you’re used to using Gmail, Postbox includes Gmail-style keyboard shortcuts, as well as other innovative features like Dropbox attachments and social network integration.
Creating high quality Keynote and PowerPoint presentations can be time consuming and difficult. Slidevana just might be what you need to let you focus more on your presentation than on how you’ll present it. With over 150 slide layouts in two color schemes, it lets you make professional presentations that focus on your content quicker than ever. You can use their slides to communicate everything from complex business relationship to simple points without having to worry about how you’ll put your presentation together.
And a special thanks to you, our Mac.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We couldn’t do it without you!
Steam is one of the predominant forces in digital distribution of games, and it launched on the Mac just over two years ago. In our continuing effort to dispel the myth that Macs are no good for gaming, today we’re going to take a look at our favourite games available through Valve’s store that you simply must download. (more…)
Macs have never been regarded as machines built for gaming, and are often mocked in the community for their aptitude in this area. In fact, just earlier this day I saw a thread on Reddit mocking the Mac’s ability to play games. That may be true; the Mac certainly isn’t the best platform out there for games.
However, what is undeniable is the improvement the platform has been making in the last 18 months or so. That time has seen the release of two pretty big outlets for games, the Mac App Store and Steam, as well as a steady improvement in the hardware that makes up the Mac family. (more…)