I have a lot of music, as most of us do, and I need to keep my music organized. I download and import music from lots of different places, so my music files end up tagged with all sorts of different genres, artist and song titles are garbled, and they get all kinds of comments stuck on them. It can be a burden to clean all that up.

Yate, an audio file tagging app, can edit metadata and get all your music organized the way you want it. We’ll try editing a few files, see if Yate stands up, and find out whether it can really clean up the mess of your iTunes library. (more…)

Apple Stores have become all but ubiquitous in most major cities around the world. I live in Thailand, which doesn’t actually have its own Apple Stores, but their Apple Premium Resellers here, iBeat and iStudio, look quite the part of their Apple Store counterparts. And they’re everywhere, in all major malls and even small-town superstores.

Apple Stores are great places to try out the latest Macs and iOS devices, and make it rather easy to, say, buy anything from new power adapter for your MacBook or a new MacBook in just a few minutes. But if you’re not content with the default specs, you’ll want to head to Apple’s online store. There, you can trick out your Mac with all the ram and SSD space Apple offers.

Or perhaps you’re looking to save some money. In that case, you might be better heading to Amazon.com or a brick-and-mortar retailer. They don’t offer quite as fancy of a shopping experience, but they often are a bit cheaper at least.

That’s why we’re wondering: how do your buy your Macs and other Apple hardware? I personally have purchased all of my Macs from Apple’s online store, though I tend to pick up accessories as I need them at local Apple Premium Resellers. How about you?

Our sponsor this week is CourseNotes, a great app for taking notes for school on your Mac or iOS devices. It’s been recently redesigned and is on a 50% off sell right now, so if you’ve been looking for a great app to help you out with your classes this semester, it just might be what you’ve been looking for.

CourseNotes describes itself as a student’s class companion for Mac, iPad and iPhone. It helps you take notes during classes, and keeps them organized by subject and class meeting. You can then review notes later and search through multiple class meetings or notes all at once. Best of all, you can track assignments by due dates, so you’ll never miss that important deadline for your term paper.

Even if you don’t take your Mac into the classroom, CourseNotes can still help you out with its iOS versions that sync over the air with your Mac. That way, you could type up notes on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch in class, then review your notes later in the dorm on your Mac. Then, if you’re trying to study as a team, you can share notes with your classmates over Bluetooth or through email, and can print notes via AirPrint or save them to Dropbox. That makes it quite the study aid for everyone!

Go Get It!

If you’d like to start keeping your classwork organized with CourseNotes, now’s the time to get it. It’s currently on a 50% off sale until October 14th, so you can get CourseNotes for your Mac for just $3.99. You can also grab a copy of the universal CourseNotes iOS app for the same price so you can keep up with your notes everywhere.

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

Today, we are excited to announce Building a Career Around Photoshop, a live online workshop that will help you take your Photoshop knowledge and skill to the next level.

Attendees can join in each week, download video recordings of each session, take part in homework exercises, and interact with other attendees, live and from the comfort of your own home. During these workshops we will be covering photo editing and retouching, graphic and web design, user interface design, digital art, and much more.

Each weekly session lasts two hours, giving you the chance to receive live training from one of our post popular and talented authors — Martin Perhiniak. It is an amazing investment in your future career, and we think you are going to love everything we have planned!

Visit the Tuts+ Live Workshop Page to Find Out More

There is no shortage of so-called ‘distraction free writing’ apps for our beloved Mac platform, a trend that started with the excellent WriteRoom from Jesse Grosjean’s Hog Bay Software in 2008. WriteRoom was the original full-screen minimalist text editor that inspired many similar writing apps that fill the App Store today. The company later followed up with a plain text to-do list app, TaskPaper, and also released QuickCursor, a simple app to edit text from any text field in your favorite text editor. Hog Bay Software not only made it nice to write plain text, but made it simple to do so whenever you want for whatever you want.

After creating the genre, the little company now re-invents it with FoldingText, an incredibly easy-to-use combination of plain text based tools. Geeks, nerds, writers, productivity gurus, rejoice: a new plain text productivity platform is born.

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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!

Logoist

A great icon can be the difference between success and failure for your app or company, so its worth it to take the time and make a great icon. Logoist can help you make a great icon even faster, with intuitive vector controls and touchpad support that make it easier than ever to design a vector icon. And if you’re stuck for ideas, Logoist includes textures and vector icons to help you make great icons on your own or with pre-made designs.

Get Dealy

Get Dealy is a great site for software discounts. They recently sponsored our site to feature their Summer Bundle, which offered great deals on popular Mac apps. The bundle’s now over, but you should be sure to check their site frequently for the latest Mac deals and bundles.

Mighty Deals

The Mighty Deals team keeps putting together great bundle deals filled with apps, icons, WordPress themes, eBooks, and more. Right now, they have a deal on a course to help you learn how to make your own professional icons, as well as a web design eBook bundle. If those don’t interest you, they’ve got more deals coming out all the time. It’s a great site that you should be sure to check out frequently for the latest deals!

Ondesoft AudioBook Converter

Ever wanted to take an audiobook you own along on a roadtrip, only to find that your in-car mp3 player can’t play the audio files? Ondesoft AudioBook Converter might be just what you need. It’s a great app for converting your DRM-protected audiobooks into almost any audio format you need, at 16x speeds. It’ll even make sure your metadata is intact so there’s nothing left for you to tweak. You’ll never need to burn and rip DRM-protected audio files again!

And a special thanks to you, our Mac.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We couldn’t do it without you!

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot and join the apps above.

If your day looks anything like mine, you probably spend a fair amount of time requiring some sort of time-sensitive response. Perhaps you need a file for work, an rsvp for an invitation or any myriad of responses. The problem, of course, is that once you hit send it’s qutie easy to forget about the message. An app to track replies to the message, then, is a great idea – and that’s where RSVP comes in.

RSVP is a unique Mac app. It integrates with Apple’s mail app via a menu-bar application and allows you to set reminders. The reminders track any responses to an email within a given time-frame, and send you a reminder at the end of the time frame if no one has responded to the message. It’s a simple app, but quite an ingenious idea. Stick with me after the jump to learn more about how the app works and what I thought of it.

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There’s no denying that Macs have been quite popular with students for years, and with good reason. Apple’s computers are ideal for an academic context (and, we’d argue, almost any context, but we might be biased), given their reliability and features that help its users to get stuff done. However, I’ve come to realize that students often use their Macs superficially. Most are not taking full advantage of everything OS X offers them, not to mention the myriad of incredible third-party apps.

I’ll attempt to capitalize on my 4-year experience with using Macs as a student. In all honesty, many of these tips can be applied to any situation, so long as it involves productivity in one way or another. Moreover, don’t expect these tips to be mindblowing; they’re aimed at new Mac users, but even old timers might find a new tip or three.

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For a lot of applications that save data, it’s difficult to accidentally quit; there’s going to be a prompt that stops us from making a huge mistake, but I’ve blown past that prompt to save when I was in a hurry more times that I’d like to remember. It’s possible to turn some of those prompts off, too, if you’ve gotten a bit cocky. You may be able to recover some of that, but it’s going to pull you out of whatever you were doing if you have to start even an internet browsing session over.

Helping prevent some of that accidental quitting is CommandQ. Never again will you attempt to select all (Command+A) and quit an important application with a rogue Command+Q keystroke. CommandQ makes it just a little more difficult to go for that shortcut, but does it really make a difference? (more…)

QR codes are kind of ubiquitous now, but they all sort of look the same. For the most part, you can expect a QR code to be black and squarish, boring and samey. If you want something that looks really special, you’re on your own.

Until now. iQR Codes helps you create interesting and attractive QR codes that you can stick just about anywhere. That’s not all, though; iQR Codes will help you make lots of different kinds of codes. From contact cards to URLs to maps and more, iQR Codes has you covered. (more…)

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