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We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Screeny

Screeny is a beautiful, simple and effective utility for taking screenshots and recording screencasts. The controls are basic enough that you can pick the app up immediately and powerful enough that you can create just what you want with almost no effort.

Screeny was just updated with some awesome new features like auto-uploading via CloudApp, multiple frame rates for video and the ability to record system audio. You can see these features in action on the new intro video.

And of course, all of things that make Screeny so amazing are still around:

  • Record video of your screen at any size.
  • Optionally capture audio from your computer’s microphone when recording video.
  • Snap an image of your screen at any size (even across multiple monitors).
  • Videos saved down at highest possible quality, and can be exported for web, etc. using Quicktime.
  • Set your recording canvas size by entering a specific pixel dimension or by choosing some handy pre-set dimensions or by clicking, dragging & expanding the recording canvas.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts for all recording actions.

Screeny is available for purchase on Apple’s Mac App Store.

Many people have bandwidth limits with their ISPs, and with the amount of tempting content on the web these days, it can be hard to stick within these limits. Enter this week’s sponsor — Rubbernet — a new app from Conceited Software which tracks what apps are accessing your network connection, and how much bandwidth they are using.

Not only is this useful for monitoring bandwidth usage, but it can be used to detect any software which might be secretly sending out personal data of yours. Rubbernet is a remarkably useful application, and sports a very pretty interface.

If you have a cap on your bandwidth – or regularly use mobile internet/tethering – this is a fantastic way to keep an eye on what’s going on. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try, and downloading the free trial that’s available from the Rubbernet website.

If you’re already a fan, let us know in the comments!

Our sponsor this week is Radium, a lightweight internet radio player with a wonderfully retro icon! Radium allows you to listen to thousands of radio stations from around the world, right from your OS X menu bar. It’s simple, functional, and an absolutely fantastic way to listen to the radio on your Mac.

In our recent review, we gave Radium a lofty 9/10 rating. For such a simple and understated application, it packs a real functionality punch.

If you like this app as much as we do, you might want to check out the brand new Radium Store with a big collection of fantastic Radium t-shirts! These are super-cool, in a range of different colours and sizes.

Be sure to spend a few minutes giving Radium a try today – you’ll be glad you did!

This week’s sponsor is a fairly unique application – Smoke. Not your usual graphics editor, Smoke is all about creating unique graphical effects.

It offers a unique type of brush that renders stunning graphics with the simplest mouse movements. Abstract backgrounds, lighting texts, art-house drawings – or anything else – this tool helps to convert an idea into a painting.

You can head over to the Smoke website to see an few examples of the application in action, or grab your copy from the Mac App Store. It’s definitely worth giving this unusual, unique application a try – you’ll be surprised by what it can do!

Although we usually feature a Mac application as our weekly sponsor, today I’m excited to tell you about a different company – SoftFacade. They specialize in designing user interfaces for mobile apps, websites and the media – and their work is absolutely fantastic.

You can see a few examples over at their website, and SoftFacade’s previous client list includes FormSpring, Radium, Project Noah, Speedtest.net, Swipely, and various iOS apps.

You can contact the SoftFacade team from their site, follow them on Twitter, or check out their latest creations on Dribbble. Even if you’re not looking for any design work in the near future, I’d recommend checking out their site to see a few examples of icon and interface design at its best!

I’d like to say a big thank you to this week’s AppStorm sponsor – Patterno. This unique app is a tiled pattern and background image generator for Mac OS X, and can be a huge time-saver for graphic designers everywhere.

Patterno allows to create various images that you may use to design your site, Twitter, MySpace or just to create a new wallpaper for your desktop.

There are 50 pre-defined templates to choose from, or you can create your own interesting effects with just a few clicks. Whatever medium you design for, this is a really handy way to easily create repeatable patterns to use as backgrounds and textures.

Patterno is available for $14.99 in the Mac App Store, or you can pick up a trial copy from the developer’s site. It’s definitely worth downloading and giving a try!

This week’s wonderful AppStorm sponsor is a new Mac application called Hearts Cards. For the past decade or so, the card game “Hearts” has been a staple time sink for Windows user, but there hasn’t been a great equivalent for the Mac.

With the recent opening of the Mac App Store there have been several attempts to bring this classic card game to Mac users, but many of these have been somewhat half-hearted (if you’ll excuse the pun).

This is one of the first solid Hearts games on the Mac App Store, and it’s great fun to play. You can check out a video demonstration at the developer site, and submit your requests and feedback for future versions.

If you’d just like to give the app a try (it’s only $4.99, after all), you can head straight to the Mac App Store and take a look!

I’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Twitterrific. I absolutely love every application that the Iconfactory produce, and this is no exception. It’s thoughtfully designed, beautiful to look at, and a pleasure to use.

If you’re growing tired with sparse updates to the official Twitter client (or the gradual integration of ads), look no further than Twitterrific. It’s a great alternative to the official Twitter client, and performs far better in many areas.

It supports multiple accounts, multiple windows, translation, a unified timeline, themes, and full keyboard control throughout. The latest release, version 4, was a huge update which brought a range of new functionality and a clean, minimal design.

You can buy Twitterrific on the Mac App Store, download the free version, or check out our in-depth review. I’m a huge fan, and really can’t recommend this app highly enough. Go try it out!

I’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to our weekly sponsor, Projector.

Projector is designed to keep track of tasks in a project, handle a budget, and plan your time. It provides everything you need for professional project management, whether that’s for construction projects, complex media activities or detailed time schedules.

You can create in-depth Gantt charts, handle multiple people working on a project, and much more. If you manage a team of people, this is a great way to keep a project on track using your Mac. There are plenty of export options available as well, including the ability to send a project to the iPad app!

Now available at the lower price of $49.99, Projector is available through the Mac App Store or you can download a trial directly from the Projector website. Take a look, and let us know what you think!

I’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to our weekly sponsor, gNotifier.

gNotifier is a multi account, multi service notification application for Google Apps and Gmail. Priced at $4.99, it shows notifications for your Google Apps services (Google Docs, GMail and Google Calendar), right on your Desktop.

The app will let you know when someone shares or modifies a document in Google Docs, notifies you of incoming email, and can even launch an alarm as a reminder for one of your Google Calendar events. It’s pretty versatile, and offers a big step up from the default notifier provided by Google.

Working with multiple accounts is also a big bonus, and something that sets it apart from many of the other apps out there.

If you’re a dedicated Google Apps user, I’d definitely recommend taking gNotifier for a spin to see whether it can make your life easier!

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