Best of AppStorm in May

We’ve collected the top five reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in April. 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! Don’t forget, you can always keep track of the whole network via the AppStorm Dashboard.

Best of iPhone.AppStorm

100 Incredibly Useful & Free iPhone Apps

The best part of the iTunes App Store is that you don’t need to spend a single cent to fill your iPhone with amazing applications.

In honor of cheapskates everywhere, this article features 100 free and useful iPhone apps. The apps are organized into ten categories: Social, Business, Productivity, Financial, Utilities, Mobile & Remote File Access, News & Weather, Travel, Food, and Audio & Video.

Send Free Text Messages with Textie

The complete cost of all this texting about is no doubt astronomical. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could join the conversation for free? A number of services have cropped up in the past few years promising to do that very thing. Today we’ll look at Textie, an iPhone app from the creators of Borange and Tweetie that allows you to send and receive free SMS text messages.

The Ultimate List of Stylish iPhone Case Designers

Some cases are meant to withstand mild blows, some are merely aesthetic, and others serve both purposes remarkably well. Today we’ll look at 20 of the coolest places online to pickup the perfect iPhone case that serves your desired aesthetic and/or functionality.

The iPad Web Design & Development Toolbox

A few months ago, we published a set of resources for iPhone developers, covering a huge range of different types of resource. From podcasts and conferences to design kits and frameworks.

Today we’re doing something similar, but specifically with designing websites for the iPad in mind. It should offer a brilliant set of resources for developing a browser-based site or application for Apple’s latest gadget.

An In-Depth Look at Kindle for iPad and iPhone

While Amazon originally released the Kindle strictly as a hardware platform for reading eBooks, that changed with the release of an iPhone app in March, 2009 – a full year and a month before Apple would release the iPad and the iBooks platform.

Today we’re reviewing both the iPad and iPhone version of Kindle, and drawing some in-depth comparisons to Apple’s latest offering in the form of iBooks.

Best of Web.AppStorm

101 Apps for Your Web App Startup Toolbox

From mind mapping, design and development to collaboration, project tracking and accounting; this roundup of 101 fantastic web apps for startups and businesses are sure to reduce operating costs and increase both productivity and efficiency.

10 Marketing Resources Every App Should Provide

There are ten resources every app should make easily available to members of the press, including bloggers, via their website. These are resources for people interested in sharing information, reviews or thoughts about your web app — with a few being tremendously helpful for your users. If you offer a web app or service, you need to check this list to see what kind of marketing you’re missing.

The Landing Page Design and Resource Toolkit

Here at work we’re building some landing pages for ThemeForest and our other Envato Marketplaces, so I’ve been rounding up some design examples and resources on the subject. I’ve compiled it all here for anyone else building a landing page. If you know of any great examples or great links on the subject, add them in the comments!

22 Brilliant Tumblr Themes

In the online Universe, packaging the content is as important as the content itself. You might be the new Wordsworth, but a sleepy blog design will not inspire readers. Now that Tumblr is becoming the undisputed platform of choice for micro blogging, tonnes of themes – free and paid – are available at your disposal. Here are twenty-two gorgeous themes to dress up your tumblog.

12 Templates and Themes with Kickass Javascript Effects

Our sister site ThemeForest is jam packed with killer templates and themes, and many of them have some pretty spectacular Javascript and jQuery effects. We’ve compiled a dozen of the best and brightest into today’s roundup to show off what your next website could look like!

Best of Mac.AppStorm

100 Incredibly Useful & Free Mac Apps

We’ve compiled an enormous list of 100 amazing free Mac applications that you can download and start using today. These apps span multiple categories and offer an incredibly diverse pool of functionality so there’s definitely something here for everyone.

5 Apps to Enhance Your Trackpad & Magic Mouse

Your MacBook trackpad (and the back of that fancy new Magic Mouse) is a blank slate. It’s simple, sleek, and elegant. The functionality of these pieces of gadgetry has gradually improved with every release, and recent “multi touch” capability has made your trackpad far more useful.

There are plenty of applications and utilities that can really boost the functionality of your trackpad and Magic Mouse – today we’ll be looking at a selection!

The Ultimate List of 50 Free Mac Games

Today we’re rounding up over fifty games in a variety of genres, ranging from shooters to strategy. Best of all, they are all completely free. Who said the Mac wasn’t for playing games?

Transmit 4: Meet Your New Favorite FTP Client

Today we’re going to get our hands on the newest version of Transmit, Panic’s longstanding FTP client. Though it’s the patriarch of Mac FTP applications, Transmit has been knocked about recently by a few new competitors upping the ante for innovation and style.

Transmit 4 has risen to the challenge with a completely redesigned interface, newly streamlined workflow and stunning speed increases.

How and Why to Upgrade Your Mac’s Hard Drive

As a follow up to our article on upgrading your Mac’s RAM, this article will outline how to go through the same process to upgrade your hard drive.

We’ll begin with a brief discussion on why upgrading your hard drive will improve your system and conclude with a step by step tutorial on finding and purchasing the right HD for your Mac!

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