David Appleyard

David Appleyard is a designer and writer based in the UK. He manages Tuts+, along with having founded several design websites including Design Shack and Themelantic.

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I’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, LittleSnapper. This is a wonderful application for collecting, organising, and sharing inspiring snippets and images you come across on the web.

LittleSnapper really does make this whole process incredibly simple and, if you’re the type of person with screenshots scattered across your desktop, it can be a huge time-saver. I love the design of the interface as well, which feels really intuitive to use.

Editing your screenshots—adding arrows, boxes, and text—couldn’t be easier. And I don’t think I’ve ever come across a more beautifully designed arrow…

When you’re done editing, sharing is versatile and fast, with support for FTP, Flickr, exporting a file, or Realmac’s very own Ember web service.

If you’re a visual person, and like the idea of a central repository for all the inspiring design work you stumble across online, you absolutely have to give LittleSnapper a try. It costs $39, but a completely free trial is available.

We’ve collected the top five reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in December. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, or Web 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’ve had a wonderful holiday period!


We’d like to say a big thank you to this month’s Mac.AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can purchase a banner advertisement through BuySellAds, or sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot.

Thank you to the fantastic applications we had sponsoring each week during the month, all of which we personally recommend you download and try out!

  • RapidWeaver 5 – Released just a few weeks ago, RapidWeaver 5 is a worthy upgrade to an already stellar piece of web design software for the Mac.
  • Pixelmator – One of my all-time favourite apps, this is a fantastic alternative to the increasingly-bloated Photoshop for all manner of graphic editing work.
  • Courier – This fantastic piece of software makes it easy to quickly share files, images, photos, movies, and more with all your favourite online services – including Flickr and Facebook.
  • Yellow Media Group – This innovative company offers a telephone support service for Mac developers, making it easy to add an extra level of support to users without spending 24 hours a day by the phone.

Thanks for reading AppStorm this month, and for checking out the software that our sponsors create. I really appreciate it.

Winners Announced

I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve selected the five book winners! It was fascinating to read all your New Year resolutions – I hope you’re managing to stick with them…

Congratulations are in order to:

  1. Travis
  2. Luiz Felipe Berti
  3. Frankelly Valdez
  4. Johan B.
  5. Lia Belle

We’ll be in touch shortly with information on how to download your free copy of the book. Thanks for entering!

Competition Now Closed

If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year when you start planning all the resolutions and achievements you want to try and reach in 2011. It’s always an exciting process, and something that often leads to an unusual brainstorming process of weird and wonderful things you could try in the New Year.

Well, why not add another idea to the pile? We published our first AppStorm book a few months ago, iPhone App Entrepreneur, which explains everything you need to get started in the wonderful world of iPhone (and iPad) software development. It isn’t as difficult as you may think, and could definitely be something to explore next year.

We’re giving five copies of the eBook today, to help you on your way. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, sharing one idea for a New Year’s Resolution. It could be anything at all…

We’ll be picking the winners in one week – best of luck, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday!

We have a slightly different sponsor this week, in the form of Yellow Media Group. This innovative company offers a telephone support service for Mac developers, making it easy to add an extra level of support to users without spending 24 hours a day by the phone.

They work with companies such as MacPaw to offer various services that make it easier than ever for users to solve any problems they encounter when using your app.

Yellow Media Group are doing something really interesting in conjunction with their sponsorship. They’d like to know which applications you’d like to have telephone support for. Share your thoughts in the comments, and they’ll offer their services for free to the chosen developer!

Well, the end of 2010 is almost upon us! It’s been a fantastic year of technology releases, and announcements – not just in our Apple bubble, but across the whole industry.

For me personally, my iPad has changed the way I read, the iPhone 4 completely revolutionised my appreciation of screen technology, and I finally got around to purchasing an SSD (the verdict is in – they’re astounding).

A few weeks ago, I published a few thoughts on what I considered to be the Best Mac Software of 2010, but there’s a whole lot to look forward to over the coming year.

Whether you’re stoked about OS X Lion, excited to try out the Mac App Store, or on the edge of your seat about the iPad 2, 2011 is going to be an action packed year for Apple users everywhere.

But what’s the one thing that you really can’t wait for? Let us know in our weekly poll, and we’ll be extra sure to bring you plenty of news and coverage around that particular event next year!

I wanted to take this chance to show my appreciation to everyone who reads Mac.AppStorm, and wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Whether or not you receive a shiny new Apple gadget as a gift this holiday, I hope you have a great few days away from the hustle and bustle of technology.

We have plenty in store for 2011, including the official launch of Android.AppStorm and Windows.AppStorm, as well as countless more reviews, how-tos, roundups and news! I hope you’ll join us on the journey, and am looking forward to sharing everything we have lined up with you.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful holiday.

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who entered! I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve chosen our five lucky winners, and their names are:

  1. Steve Howe
  2. Hiroshi
  3. Dreadedkilla
  4. Thomas Stark Jr.
  5. Apisit

Congratulations, and we’ll be in touch soon with your free license code.

Old Competition Post

As well as sponsoring the site this week, I’m pleased to let you know that Realmac Software has offered to give away five copies of their latest application, Courier, to a handful of lucky readers (aren’t they nice!).

We wrote a little bit about Courier earlier this week, but essentially it’s an easy way to quickly share files, images, photos, movies, and more with all your favourite online services – including Flickr and Facebook.

Entering is really easy. All you need to do is retweet the following message, and leave a comment on this post with your Twitter username!

Just entered a competition to win a Courier license, courtesy of @macappstorm and @realmacsoftware:

Click here to tweet the message and enter!

Best of luck! We’ll be picking the winners in exactly one week, on Thursday the 30th December. Thanks for taking part!

It’s time for another “Ask the Editor” post today. A big thank you to everyone who sent in their questions – it’s great to have the chance to help you out with your Mac-related queries and quibbles.

Some of the topics covered this week include assessing the health of your MacBook battery, monitoring network traffic, pausing background applications, and picking a battery charger.

Read on for plenty of handy Mac knowledge!


For many people, Christmas Day is a great opportunity to switch off completely. I always try to avoid using gadgets and technology, preferring to spend quality time with the people that I really care about. It sounds cliché, sure, but days like these are incredibly important from time to time.

We’re all permanently connected to the Internet, and our access to emails, social media, and the ongoing barrage of communication is no longer limited to “the office”. If you’re anything like me, it sometimes feels that your iPhone is physically attached to your body, following you around everywhere you go.

Sometimes, this is brilliant. Being in constant communication and always “plugged in”, gives us a connection to the world that people would never have dreamt of a few decades ago.

But it’s no way to live your life every day of the year.

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, why not consider the 25th December a day to leave your MacBook lid firmly shut, turn off your iPhone, and just enjoy the day with family and friends? You never know – it might just be something you want to make a regular thing!

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