Developers build all the cool tools we use to stay productive and entertained on our Mac and other devices, but it turns out, they need good tools themselves. One of the reasons Macs make such great development platforms are all the great development apps in the App Store and ready for download directly from around the net.

Here’s 30 of the best tools for developers, some of which you might already be using and others you might have just have heard of in passing. Even if you’re not a developer, be sure to give the roundup a look, as there’s a lot of productivity apps in here that just might appeal to you too!

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Half-Life. To this day the series stands as an iconic and fairly revolutionary gaming release that’s legacy commands all the attention of the industry press whenever there’s a whisper of its third iteration. The original Half-Life was released to much critical acclaim and remains a classic in the eyes of gaming history, albeit not one that was ever released for OS X.

While the 1998 game was indeed never introduced on the Mac, the 2004 sequel, Half-Life 2, was released alongside Steam’s debut on the platform. Half-Life 2 and its subsequent episode takes a familiar gameplay setup and key characters while throwing them into a significantly developed storyline and new environment. As we begin to wrap up our coverage of the state of OS X gaming, its time to dedicate some time to one of gaming’s most iconic products and take a history lesson in the Half-Life universe. (more…)

There’s a lot of music all over the internet, which is great, except that it’s in a lot of different places. If you want to listen to something on YouTube, something on SoundCloud, and something in your iTunes library, you’re going to need at least two browser tabs open along with iTunes. And if you want to create a playlist, you’re going to have a job of work getting all those tracks in one place.

Enter CloudPlay, a menubar app for streaming music from all over. Currently in beta, CloudPlay lets you search for music from lots of different sources and then pop it all into one playlist. We’ll take a look at how the app works and find out if it’s really that easy. (more…)

In the summer of 2009 I began working on my Master’s degree part time. In addition to my degree I also work full time and keep up with other activities (such as writing for this site) all while trying to have some semblance of a life. In December I should complete my Capstone project and graduate.

It’s taken a lot of careful management of time and more importantly energy to keep moving to this point. When I moved to a MacBook as my primary computer last summer, I had to redo my workflow and evaluate the best tools to keep up with my courses. Here I’m going to look at a few of the tools that I’ve used to keep my notes, organize my assignments, complete assignment, and work on my thesis project. (more…)

Like many other people in these busy, modern times, I find myself constantly making lists. Things to do, places to go, people to see … And it just never stops! The lists go on forever and I can’t reach the end. Quite frankly, it causes me a great deal of stress and sometimes I just need to stop thinking about the lists. When I reach that point, I often need some help to successfully relax.

Luckily for me, there are a ton of apps out there for the Mac that can really help you to relax. In this roundup, I’ve included some of my favorites. I have selected some apps with instructions for relaxation and meditation, apps to remind you to relax and even a few games that can be quite relaxing. Stick with me after the jump to learn about some of the many relaxation apps that I’ve chosen to include.

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Welcome to our (slightly) overhauled app deals for this week! We have decided that, from now on, we will no longer exclusively feature apps and deals available on the App Store, as we all know that not every single Mac app is on the Store and we don’t want you missing out on any great deals!

So, without further ado, here’s our pick of this week’s best Mac app deals. Enjoy! (more…)

Our sponsor this week is Logoist, an app that makes it simple to design high quality vector logos. You can use it to make everything from logos to book covers, photo collages to website banners, you can design anything you want with Logoist.

Designing high-quality vector graphics doesn’t have to be difficult, but it often can be with most graphics apps. Logoist is designed to make it simple to make exactly the logo you want. It includes the features you need to be productive and creative, with advanced layer and blending support, a sophisticated path editing tool, and touchpad gestures. You can easily use any font and transform the text shape, then apply effects, gradients, and shades to make the text your own. Then, with over 3,000 vector clipart images and 150 patterns, as well as over 200 preset effects, there’s enough features in Logoist to help you design a logo from scratch or quickly make a unique one with predesigned elements.

When you’re done making your logo, you can easily use however you want. Logoist lets you export up to 600 dpi in a variety of formats, or you can even export in Photoshop PSD format and keep your layers intact.

Go Get It!

If you’ve been looking for a great way to make logos, banners, and more without spending hours in Photoshop, Logoist might be just what you’ve been looking for. You can download a free trial from their site, or purchase it directly from the App Store for just $19.99, as it’s currently on a 50% sell off it’s normal price of $39.99. It’s a great time to pick up a copy of Logoist if you’ve been looking for a way to make logos easier!

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There sure is no shortage of “simple writing” apps for the Mac out there. Just recently we’ve reviewed (and praised) apps like Grandview and Free, and we’ve also had a few roundups where we’ve taken to compare all the options out there in the “distraction-free writing” app field.

Today we’re presenting to you an app that could fit in with any of the mentioned above, but it has a little twist to it: it imitates the look of Mac OS’s Launchpad to create a very cool native-looking app. It’s appropriately called Launch Write; want to check it out?

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If you have an iPhone, you probably have a folder of apps dedicated to photos. If you do, it is most likely filled with photo editing apps that enable you to crop, resize, stylize, and upload your images to a few social networks. If this is true for you, you know how nice it is to be able to edit your images with cool effects, a nice frame, and then sending it to Facebook or Twitter. What if you want that same experience on your Mac, though?

Let me introduce you to PhotoMagic. PhotoMagic is exactly like one of those easy-to-use photo editing apps that you have on your iPhone, but for your Mac. With over 200 photo effects, frames and more, PhotoMagic delivers what you would expect from a photo effects app. With its high price and lack of features, however, it doesn’t stack up to competing apps.

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Our giveaway is now closed, and congrats to Asaf Bendor, Sean Sykes, ck, Dimitrios, and Guy Einy, our random winners of this giveaway. Stay tuned; we’ve got new giveaways all the time!

Keeping up with your bills can be so difficult, and it can be rather stressful to know how badly one missed bill can affect you. That’s why Chronicle is such an exciting app. It’s designed to make it easy to remember to pay your bills, with push notifications to make sure you don’t forget, and an integrated browser so you can pay bills without even leaving the app.

Chronicle has been recently updated with retina graphics and more. We love it in our latest review, and think you’ll love it too. That’s why we’re excited to have 5 copies to giveaway for free to our readers!

Chronicle

Tweet to Enter

If you’d like to win a free copy of Chronicle, all you have to do is click the link below and send out the resulting tweet (or just copy and paste), then leave a comment below with a link to your tweet. That’s it! We’ll then randomly pick 5 winners when we close the contest.

 

We’ll announce the winners next week on September 12th, so hurry and get your entry in today!

Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm, however, are ineligible to enter.

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