App Deals This Week

With Christmas just next week, developers are starting to decrease the prices on their creations. From Boom to N.O.V.A. 2 to Sketch to Dropzone, the prices continue to drop across the board. There will be a special edition of the weekly deals with all the great apps you need for your new Macs next week, but for now let’s check out what’s on sale at the moment.

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Screencasts are a useful tool for learners. We use them at our Tuts+ Web sites to ensure that you learn by doing and watching rather than reading and viewing screenshots. If you like to make tutorials or sometimes send friends videos showing them how to do something on their computer, a great app for it is Voila. It supports one-click uploading to an FTP/SFTP server, Flickr, YouTube, and emailing with so you can send things right when you’re finished recording. You can also add some captions, crop the screen a bit, and even blur out personal information with just a few clicks. That’s the start of something great, and it’s a third of the usual price until the new year.

Price: $14.99 » $4.99
Requires: OS X 10.6.6 or later
Developer: Global Delight

Mint QuickView

I like to keep track of my finances, so a few months back I decided to try out Intuit’s, a free cloud-based tool for doing so. It’s simple, works well, and tracks everything without me needing to type in a lot of information constantly. The best part, however, is that the service makes use of iOS and Mac apps. The Mac one sits in your menu bar and lets you know when a new transaction has taken place, if a bill is due, and other alerts from your account. It also has a small browser that lets you view all your recent transactions, along with a pie graph that shows you how you’re spending your earnings. All the useful features are now free. (I’m not sure how long this is going on.) I bought them at full price and would still recommend this app, so give it a try.

Price: $7.99 » Free
Requires: OS X 10.6 or later with a 64-bit processor
Developer: Intuit Inc.


You know that time when you turn YouTube up and do the same with your Mac’s volume but the video won’t get loud enough? Boom wants to fix that by boosting things. It works for the whole system, so you don’t have to worry about balancing the volume elsewhere. There’s also an equalizer so you can listen to music from Spotify and customize it to your liking instead of playing it with your settings in iTunes. Beware that this app may cause your audio to clip — it all depends on what you’re using it for.

Price: $6.99 » $3.99
Requires: OS X 10.6.6 or later
Developer: Global Delight

N.O.V.A. 2

The holidays are a perfect time to get your game on, both in the house and outside (ice hockey, skating, and snowboarding). One of the best games of all time, as true gamers would say, is Halo. The franchise is growing strong, but it’s not available on the Mac or iOS. That’s why Gameloft decided it was time it made its own alternative to the game. Its title is N.O.V.A., or Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance. The sequel to this game is currently on sale for a mere 99 cents. Whether you’re a fan of first-person shooters or just want to spend a weekend achieving success, this will not disappoint. From the beautiful graphics to the fun gameplay (the story is lacking), it’s worth the 99 cents.

Price: $6.99 » $0.99
Requires: OS X 10.6.6 or later
Developer: Gameloft


Designers rejoice: your fantasy toolbox has arrived at $20 cheaper than its normal price. Featuring an interface of pure organization, this app enables anyone to make their images look like they were created by a master. If you’re a user interface designer, it’s the perfect instrument to help you craft a masterpiece. So, next time you release an app on one of Apple’s content stores, think twice about creating its aesthetics with this. Be sure to grab it while the deal lasts.

Price: $49.99 » $29.99
Requires: OS X 10.6.0 or later with a 64-bit processor
Developer: Bohemian Coding


What do you say to optimizing your workflow for some speedy navigation? Dropzone will help you with that. Instead of uploading things by opening an app and going through the usual process, consider a quick drag and drop. Off the file will go to your FTP server. You can also download scripts from users to upload your images to places like TwitPic and Dropbox. Emailing and compressing files now takes a single click rather than multiple. That’s just the start of what you can do with Dropzone, and for $1.99, it’s hard not to try it out.

Price: $9.99 » $1.99
Requires: OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: Aptomic Limited


Instagram isn’t the only way to add bling to your photos. You can also make beautiful filters in Photoshop or Pixelmator. For the less advanced users, however, there’s a nice tool from The Iconfactory (developers of Twitterrific) called Flare. It has over 90 included effects and lets you take control of them all with exposure, saturation, brightness, contrast, tint, and other adjustments. When you’re done, export the images as a JPEG or share them to Flickr. Even consider adding a frame to your photo for some extra personality. All this for just $4.99.

Price: $9.99 » $4.99
Requires: OS X 10.6.6 or later
Developer: The Iconfactory

See You After Christmas

That’s all for this week, but be sure to tune in next time for what are sure to be some fantastic sales. You can also check out Two Dollar Tuesdays on Christmas for some quality apps at a bit more than two dollars. Have a merry Christmas and I’ll see you next week!