30 Killer Apps Now Available in the Mac App Store

With the initial download issues surrounding the launch of the Mac App Store slowly being cleared up (a reboot seems to fix most problems!), it’s time to dig around and see what new software is available to download.

In this post, we’ll be taking a look at some brand new apps now available, along with a few important updates that have launched to co-incide with the App Store. We’ll also showcase a few fantastic bargains that you should take advantage of while they’re still available!

Read on to find out about the most exciting Mac software updates you’ll have seen for quite some time…

Twitter for Mac

Twitter for Mac

Twitter for Mac 2

This has to be one of the stars of the show today, and judging by the response so far on Twitter, everyone seems really impressed with how well it works. My first impression is that it looks like a great step forward, but I’m not sure how I’ll feel about the futuristic interface after a few weeks of heavy use.

A worthwhile update, though, and we’ll be publishing an in-depth review very soon with full details!

Price: Free

SketchBook Pro

SketchBook Pro

SketchBook Pro

It’s rare to see a new graphics application grace the desktop stage, and SketchBook Pro is definitely an interesting candidate. Moving across from the iPad (as is the trend with many new apps today), it’s a welcome alternative to the standard Photoshop setup.

This is a really powerful beast, and it’ll be interesting to see what type of adoption it receives from the graphic design crowd.

Price: $29.99

While we’re on the topic of graphics apps, Pixelmator has taken a dive in price to just $29.99. This is a bargain for such a powerful piece of software.

MiStat

MiStat

MiStat

I’m a huge fan of everything Bjango produce, and MiStat is no exception. A beautiful icon and interface are coupled with a very functional piece of software that provides a quick overview of all your system stats and vitals.

It’s interesting to note that Bjango have developed this new app, rather than adding iStat Menus to the Mac App Store. I suspect this could be to do with permissions, and type type of APIs developers are able to use (as iStat Menus integrates with OS X on a fairly low level).

Price: $4.99

Angry Birds

Angry Birds

Angry Birds

I’m a big fan of the occasional Angry Birds game on my iPad, but wasn’t sure how well it would convert across to the desktop. Although it doesn’t have the same natural feel when compared to using a touch screen, it’s a fun addition to my Mac desktop.

Certainly worth a few dollars for killing time while waiting for your next conference call, but unfortunately all the levels and gameplay are identical to the existing mobile version for now.

Price: $4.99

iMovie

iMovie

iLife

The main thing to note here is that the three main iLife applications are now available to buy separately, rather than solely as a package. Priced at $14.99 each, this is a trend that also carries across to the iWork suite of apps.

I really welcome this, as there are apps in both packages that I don’t use regularly (iWeb, iDVD, and Keynote to name a few). Being able to pay just for those that you regularly use is a great step forward.

Price: $14.99 per app

Chopper 2

Chopper 2

Chopper 2

Heavily discounted for the launch of the Mac App Store, this iOS game has made the jump across to the desktop. Classic side-scrolling gameplay combined with impressive graphics make this a steal at just $0.99.

You can also use your iPhone or iPod touch as a wireless controller for the game, though there’s a bug in the initial version that means you’ll need to log out of MobileMe for this feature to work.

Price: $0.99

Courier

Courier

Courier

Courier has hit the App Store with a huge reduction in price, down to just $4.99. We’ve mentioned this app a few times on AppStorm, and it’s a great way to quickly share content on social media. A great example of the type of well-designed utility I can’t wait to see more of on the App Store.

Price: $4.99

Aperture 3

Aperture 3

Aperture

Aperture has seen a huge reduction in price to coincide with the App Store launch, and is now a really affordable upgrade for people using iPhoto. For this reason alone, it’s worth featuring in this roundup.

Whether or not you’ll want to buy it depends largely upon what type of photographer you are. Unless you need the advanced features offered, it’s best to stick with the faster performance and simpler interface of iPhoto.

If you’re starting to take a more advanced approach to photography, this new lower price could be a compelling reason to buy Aperture today.

Price: $80

DropBook

DropBook

DropBook

DropBook is a simple way to post anything to your Facebook profile, right from your desktop. It doesn’t have the slickest interface ever, but works fairly well and is a good way to quickly and easily get information over to Facebook.

Perfect if you’re a really dedicated Facebook fan, but probably not worth downloading if you’re just an occasional user.

Price: $2.99

The Incident

The Incident

The Incident

This a game that’s making the jump across from iOS, and is a fast-paced, retro style action affair. The graphics and fun and friendly, and it’s an indie Mac game that’s worth exploring if you have a spare evening on your hands.

Price: $2.99

Relationship

Relationship

Relationship

Although this isn’t a new application, I spotted it on the Mac App Store for the first time today. If you’re looking for a contact and project management solution, this could be a great alternative to many of the web applications available.

The interface is fairly slick, and it could be a worthwhile investment (rather than signing up to a monthly web app subscription).

Price: $38.99

Filed Documents

Filed Documents

Filed Documents

I’m a paper-free nut, and currently use a fairly expensive piece of software called DevonThink Pro Office for managing my scanned documents. This simple alternative, Filed Documents, plays nicely with the most popular document scanners, and looks like a simple solution if you’re wanting to start organising that overflowing filing cabinet.

Price: $4.99

Sound Stage

Sound Stage

Sound Stage

To use the developer’s wording, “Sound Stage helps developers create stunning, high-quality video demonstrations for iOS or Desktop applications”. It takes high resolution screen video capture a step further, adding various pieces of functionality to make it particularly useful for software demonstrations.

Now if only the Mac App Store allowed developers to serve video demonstrations of their software…

Price: $19.99

AppControls

AppControls

AppControls

AppControls caught my eye on account of the simple-but-sleek application icon. It’s essentially a way to create high-quality graphics with minimal effort, perfect for use in your mobile application, website, or mockup.

It can generate the resolution required for the Retina Display, and also generates custom CSS for Webkit and Mozilla. Impressive stuff, but a touch on the expensive side unless you know you’ll use it regularly.

Price: $19.99

ZenBound 2

ZenBound 2

Zen Bound 2

Another game here, Zen Bound takes a more laid-back approach to gameplay and is a fairly relaxed affair. It’s calm, soothing, and makes use of the multi-touch controls available on most Apple trackpads/mice.

Get your zen on…

Price: $4.99

Fun Booth

Fun Booth

Fun Booth

Taking Photo Booth to the next level, Fun Booth is a silly-but-fun piece of software that makes it easy to capture and manipulate images from your iSight/FaceTime camera. Add hats, props, and all manner of crazy alterations before uploading the result to your social media website of choice.

Not the Mac App Store’s finest hour in terms of professional software, but there’s no harm in a bit of fun from time to time…

Price: $0.99

Astraware Solitaire

Astraware Solitaire

Astraware Solitaire

This is the first (and is unlikely to be the last) application that I purchased completely accidentally, but it turns out to be a fairly neat collection of solitaire card games.

There’s plenty on offer here, but you may also like to check out the free alternative entitled Solitaire Greatest Hits. Also, be careful where you click in the App Store!

Price: $1.99

iSlice

iSlice

iSlice

If you’re a web designer and regularly find yourself slicing up PSD files to create a new design, iSlice might be able to make the process quite a bit simpler.

It’s completely free, and supports a wide range of different graphics formats for reading and writing files.

Price: Free

YummySoup!

YummySoup!

YummySoup

I’m all for a fantastic recipe/cooking application, and YummySoup is a good looking piece of software. It’s currently on sale for half price, and makes it easy to create and store a digital copy of all your favourite recipes. The interface is very visual, and it’s a fun app to use.

You can also import recipes from many different websites automatically, and publish your own creations for other people to try out.

Price: $14.99

Tiptoe

Tiptoe

Tiptoe

If you’re a regular user of Safari’s Private Browsing feature, Tiptoe might be an interesting application to check out. It essentially allows you to privately use your computer, doing it’s best to mask any traces of files saved, opened, and applications used.

It supports 24 applications at the outset, and is certainly a unique concept!

Price: $19.99

CoverSutra

CoverSutra

CoverSutra

CoverSutra has taken a dive in price, and is a fun application to try out if you’re looking for an iTunes controller.

The interface is beautifully crafted, and it packs a wide range of functionality – search your music, access playlists, show your current track, and lots more.

Price: $4.99

OldBooth

OldBooth

OldBooth

OldBooth makes the jump from iOS, and is another fun way to play around with the webcam built into your Mac. It applies a range of filters to make photos look antique, sports a delightful interface, and is generally all-round goof fun.

Price: $4.99

FBContacts

FBContacts

FBContacts

I’ve often thought that it would be useful to have a way to merge all the information Facebook stores with my local Address Book, and FBContacts seems to be just the ticket. It has a simple interface for showing potential matches, and can automatically sync Address Book with Facebook.

Price: $1.99

myTracks

myTracks

myTracks

GPS Tracking and Paths are all the rage at the moment, and myTracks seems to be a good option for making the most of the data captured by your GPS device. It can plot a path taken, automatically geo-tag photos, and lots more. Worth a look if you regularly travel, or don’t have a GPS-equipped camera.

Price: $15.99

unDock

unDock

unDock

I often find myself frustrated when trying to reboot, having to manually unmount all the various drives and devices I have attached to my Mac. This simple utilities handles the process automatically – even stopping a Time Machine backup if there’s one currently in progress. Well worth a dollar.

Price: $0.99

Apptivate

Apptivate

Apptivate

Apptivate is a “simple, beautiful hot key manager”. This new version allows you to launch/execute/open a file by pressing a sequence of key combinations, sports a really attractive interface, and is a good way to speed up your computer workflow if you feel the need to!

Price: $2.99

Galleried

Galleried

Galleried

If you regularly find yourself browsing various web design “inspiration galleries”, Galleried is a fun way to quickly receive a dose of inspiration on your desktop. It takes a feed from a handful of different web gallery sites, and feeds it up in an attractive application.

Whether it’s worth $10 is very much a personal decision. I’d probably be happy sticking with a handful of RSS feeds, but you might think differently!

Price: $9.99

Weather HD

Weather HD

Weather HD

Time for the obligatory weather applications… Weather HD is a fairly traditional app that shows the current weather and temperature, along with a forecast for the next few days ahead. Well designed, though there are plenty of websites that offer a very similar experience for free!

Price: $0.99

Swackett

Swackett

swackett

Taking a completely different route, swackett is something very unique. Turning complex weather information into something easy to understand, swackett will tell you whether you need a sweater, coat, or jacket before you head out the door.

Great fun, and a refreshing take on a sometimes-stale genre of software. It seems to only be available in the US store at the moment.

Price: Free

What Are Your Favourites?

So which software have you been particularly impressed with? These are the new and interesting apps that have stood out of the crowd for me, but I’d love to hear which software you’ve really enjoyed using over the past few hours.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the Mac App Store in general as well!


  • http://hacksocialmedia.com Tony

    So far, I’ve downloaded Twitter for Mac, Virus Barrier Express, and Mindnode. I love the simplicity of the Mac App Store. Can’t wait to see more apps available to download.

    • Guy

      You missed SplitScreen off the list, def one of the most useful apps I have come across… use it the whole time. http://l.ginkapps.com/splitscreenapp

      • dedward

        ShiftIt 1.5 Does all that and more for free…..

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    • Phil

      Cool! been waiting for something like that

  • http://mhdbadi.me Mohammad Badi

    These apps are totally nice apps but I am looking forward to see a post about free mac apps available in the app store.

  • dynamesx

    the hell is coming: pixelmator only sells in mac app store from now! “a new way to get apps for the mac”, I think this become THE ONLY way to get apps. I think is just the begining but is time to think about it.

    • gaston

      redrum

      • Gaston

        Don’t be paranoiac… before today the only place you could get Pixelmator was on their website. What was wrong then?

    • JeremyUK

      Not only that but they’ve cut existing customer off completely sneding an email to existing customers telling them in effect if they wanted any upgrade to v2 they needed to repurchase the application from the app store. What’s more we should do it NOW (no matter how recently customers had bought the app) as otherwise they’d be charged the higher price! Here’s the text from that email:

      “Dear Pixelmator User,

      We have some great news for you today!

      The recently launched Mac App Store makes it easy to explore, purchase, and download apps directly on our Macs. We, the Pixelmator Team, believe that the Mac App Store is going to be an absolute hit and are very excited to be part of it.

      Moreover, because it offers so many benefits to our customers, we are fully committed to supporting the Mac App Store by completely moving Pixelmator sales and distribution to the Mac App Store in the upcoming months.

      To ease the transition to the Mac App Store for our users, we came up with an exciting solution that we think everyone will love taking advantage of. We call it the Pixelmator transition to the Mac App Store and it means the following:

      * You can download Pixelmator on the Mac App Store for just $29, for a limited time.

      * By transitioning to the Mac App Store, you will get the totally awesome Pixelmator 2.0 (and, of course, still lots of 1.X updates) for free once it is out in the Mac App Store later this year.

      Yup, you read that right.

      In case you are not yet convinced that moving Pixelmator to the Mac App Store is a good thing to do, click here for a few more reasons to transition to the Mac App Store.

      We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind support and look forward to further improving Pixelmator in future updates.

      Therefore, now is the perfect time for you to click this button:”

      So customers are being asked to pay again for Pixelmator, no recognition of their purchase. If they don’t there will be no way they can upgrade to v2.

      Remember v2 is still a long way off, this take no account of how recently Pixelmator was bought, and no details of v2 are available.

      Poor customer service, very poor.

      • Donna

        I agree it was really poor customer service. At the time I didn’t have Snow Leopard, which is required before you can even use the App Store. I only just got it. I am not at all happy about paying full price for it.

  • Marcel

    I like: Alfred, Twitter, UnRetina (free for limited time). For now is it.

  • http://ryancash.tumblr.com/ Ryan Cash

    Don’t forget Billings :)

  • Jason Jones

    The App Store neat althrough I have not been able to find it.

    • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

      Just click on the Apple logo in your Menu Bar, followed by “Software Update”. It comes as part of the latest OS update, but you need to be running Snow Leopard to get it.

  • http://garrettgee.me Garrett Gee

    Great Apps. But I’m still looking for my perfect Clip Board app. Suggestions?

  • Mike

    Loving CodeBox – a steal at the price.

    Hate the new Twitter though, for me it’s a huge step back from Tweetie. Fiddly to use – it won’t let me use the scroll wheel on my mouse to scroll through tweets and to move it round the screen is a pain as there’s only a tiny area of black that I can use to actually drag it.

    • http://www.goreki.com Goreki

      You can use the whole black area/sidebar to click and drag the app around.

      • Mike

        True, but once you have 3 or more accounts, the area you have available is tiny.

  • Jon

    AudioNote is nice on my macbook pro.

  • http://www.chimpstudios.com/ Chimp Studios

    Nice list, with 1 shameless self promoting addition: Light Quest. It’s our indie game that we developed exclusively for the Mac App Store. Check it out, http://bit.ly/hKgqGt

  • http://adrusi.com Adrian

    Apptivate is free outside of the app store. This is going to drive up prices, however I don’t think it’s a problem if this becomes the only way to get most apps, because if apple doesn’t approve then they would just be made available online, however, if it raises prices then it’s an awful thing

  • Michael

    SketchBook Pro is not an iPad App moving over, it´s a software Autodesc has been selling for many years. This new Version is about one month old and priced at about 100$ outside the Appstore. So a realy good deal for very good software.

  • docMD

    MindNode for Mac definitively needs to be on here. Great app and I can’t believe its free. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mindnode-for-mac/id402397683?mt=12

  • Ryan

    Twitter is a joke. They took AWAY features from Tweetie, changed the UI, and threw it out there. I’ll stick with HootSuite, thanks.

    • Nick Lo

      …and if all that wasn’t bad enough; they give it away for FREE! Unbelievable!

  • http://drdkl.isgreat.org Dreadedkilla

    I have some of the apps installed from before the Mac App Store was released. Some of the software has been recognized as being installed but many aren’t. For example CoverSutra, it forces me to buy the app again so that I can update it to 2.5. Too bad I don’t have a credit card to buy the free update. So even if I already have a license for it, there’s no use for it since buying it will give me a new one.

    • JeremyUK

      You don’t need a credit card, you can “buy” free apps without payment details…

      • http://drdkl.isgreat.org Dreadedkilla

        Last I heard, CoverSutra is $5, not free. Essentially, we were promised free updates until version 3 (which sadly, has now disappeared) so 2.5 should have been a free update for us. But alas, Apple and their tyrannious control over developers…

  • Gaston

    Aperture is actually better priced at 69$ than >200$ given the serious performance problems several users are experiencing. I really like the “buy what you’ll use” approach of iWork and iLife suites. My understanding is that everyone is getting the academic discount which is fair enough.

  • http://wetuts.com/ Jay

    I just downloaded MiStat and Angry Birds. Cool App list.

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  • http://www.soundslikeyou.no Lamoy

    I highly recommend Clyppan if you’re looking for an awsome but lightweight clipboard manager.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clyppan/id412728586?mt=12

  • simon

    bowtie!

    same as coversutra but free!

    • dev

      not the same. bowtie can’t search the way coversutra does

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  • http://www.lawnmowerkids.com MowMan

    Lawn Mower Kids, cute multitasking game.
    http://itunes.apple.com/app/lawnmowerkids/id411900205?mt=12

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  • Twitter

    So sad how Twitter app is the star of the show, how sad if this is all people have to do no wonder the world is in the state it is.

    Enjoy tweeting you lot.

  • Jason

    Alfred and Itsy are musts!! I was using Weet for a long time and found Itsy and converted. I don’t like the big Twitter UIs out there.

    Alfred is just cool, and quick to rely on than using spotlight and just general searching.

  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ninja-puzzle/id410796469?mt=12 First Free

    I like Ninja Puzzle, good game idea Action+Puzzle
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ninja-puzzle/id410796469?mt=12

  • Javid

    I downloaded djay and played with it for hours. Awesome interface and it works seamlessly with your iTunes library.

  • Jen

    I like the new personal fiance app called savings. It’s a simple yet smart app.

  • Craig

    This is a test

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  • http://Haha Ana

    Does any body know how to download games with out using the apple Id please

  • http://Jayjay Ana

    Plz send me how to and I do not have a cydia or way eva day thang is .

  • http://seo4norge.wordpress.com Bra Søkemotoroptimalisering

    I must say I like botwie more than anything :)

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