Archive for the ‘Mac’ Category

Task Manager ‘Things’ for Mac Now 50% Off

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Developer Cultured Code has put its highly-rated task management Mac app, Things, on sale, dropping its price to $24.99 from its regular $49.99 until January 31. This sale is significant because Cultured Code hasn’t ever put Things on sale since it’s been available in the Mac App Store, so if it’s been on your Wish List, now is the time to get it.

Things is a heavy-duty task management app that is flexible enough to let you take a detailed approach to document multiple levels of tasks as part of a large project or create straightforward lists of single tasks you need to complete in the course of a day or week. There are companion apps for the iPhone and iPad (which are, alas, not on sale) and you can sync everything across all of your devices via Things Cloud, Cultured Code’s free synchronization service.

If you’re still not sure about spending $24.99 on Things for Mac, you can download a trial version through Cultured Code’s site. If you like it after seeing the trial or are willing to pony up the money to buy it for keeps sight unseen, be sure to do so before its price goes back up on January 31.

Editor’s note: iCloud was originally listed incorrectly as the synchronization service used for Things but this has been fixed.

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    Things is a delightful and easy to use task manager. It's the perfect companion for everything you want to achieve in life, offering a great balance between ease of use and powerful features. ...

‘Keycard’ Locks Your Mac When Your iPhone Goes Out of Range

Monday, January 7th, 2013

If you’ve ever wanted a quick way to ensure that others can’t use your Mac when you step away from it and you’re the type of person to keep your iPhone with you wherever you go, developer Appuous has a solution for you with its new Mac app, Keycard.

Keycard is a tiny app that lives in your Mac’s menu bar (you can opt to keep its icon in your dock while it’s running as well) that locks your Mac when a paired Bluetooth device goes out of range. Once you and your device get back into range, Keycard will unlock your Mac automatically.

To use Keycard, you must first pair it with an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad (Appuous states that it will work with almost any other Bluetooth device as well though I’ve only used it with an iPhone and iPad mini). The pairing process with Keycard is not as involved as with a headset, speaker, or most other devices since all Keycard does is detect the device, log its identifier, and keep track of its Bluetooth signal so the Bluetooth indicator on your iOS device won’t light up to indicate the pairing.

Here’s a demo video showing Keycard in action:

After using Keycard for the past week with my MacBook Air (a mid-2011 model) and my iPhone 5 and iPad mini, I’ve found that it works as shown in that demo video. The Keycard lock screen appears when my iPhone gets anywhere from 15 to 30 feet away as the crow flies (with walls and furniture interrupting the Bluetooth signal in my house) and disappears by the time I get close enough to my Mac to type. While it’s locked, you can’t access any applications or use keyboard commands to force quit or switch applications. You can still power off a Mac and turn it back on manually, so you should enable a log-in password for your Mac for more security.

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While Keycard works with multiple devices, it will trigger based on the Bluetooth signal of only one device at a time. For me, pairing it with my iPhone is the best method since that’s the device I almost always carry with me wherever I go, which is not the case with my iPad.

In situations where your iPhone or iPad is out of Bluetooth range and you still need to work on your Mac, you can designate a 4-digit passcode that will unlock your Mac. I found this passcode to work as expected but entering it was a little buggy from time to time, with the cursor skipping backwards as I entered the code for no discernible reason. Also, once unlocked this way, my Mac would periodically re-lock as if Keycard momentarily detected my iPhone on the other side of the house and then lost the signal, requiring me to enter the code again. If your iPhone or iPad are going to be away from your Mac for a while, it makes sense to just quit Keycard to avoid this.

Despite these glitches, Keycard does what it promises. If you have mischievous coworkers who might take advantage of a brief absence from your Mac to post something inappropriate through your Facebook account or if you simply want to lock down your Mac to keep its contents relatively secure when you step away for a short period of time, Keycard will be ideal for you.

Keycard debuted in the App Store yesterday and is on sale for a special introductory price of $6.99 and its regular price will be $8.99. I have a hard time reconciling its regular price when comparing Keycard to an app like Clear, which is $9.99 and offers far more functionality albeit in a different category entirely, so I’d recommend you buy Keycard now before its price goes up.

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    Keycard is undoubtedly the easiest way to keep your Mac secure when you're not around. Using Bluetooth®, Keycard locks your Mac using your iOS device when it detects you are leaving your computer....

AppShopper Picks: 2012 Apps of the Year

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Apple’s App Store continues to grow and a number of excellent apps debuted this year. While it’s impossible to look at every single new app, we did come across several stand-outs this year that deserve a place on our year-end list of the best apps.

If you’ve been following the AppShopper blog, you know that we tend to focus on apps that are well-designed and useful. We don’t look at fart apps or silly dating advice apps that will give you a few minutes of entertainment before you delete them off your iOS device or Mac. With that in mind, this list is cultivated from apps we’ve seen this year that have intuitive user interfaces and do what they’re meant to do very, very well. In short, if you have a need for apps in these categories, these apps are worth your money.

Productivity

I’m a big sucker for productivity apps. If an app will help me get things done more quickly or more efficiently, I’m all for it. Bonus points if it’s fun to use at the same time. In 2012, there were several notable apps in this category that deserve mention. The first is Clear, a lists app created by Realmac Software, Impending, and Helftone that has a gesture-driven interface (look, ma, no buttons!) to create and navigate around your lists. The iPhone version was released in February 2012 (my review) and the Mac version was released in November 2012 (my review). If you have both a Mac and an iPhone, Clear will synchronize automatically between the two devices via iCloud. If you like to keep lists for groceries, tasks, or anything at all, Clear is our top pick for you this year.

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    Clear – Tasks, Reminders &...

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    Over 2 million people de-clutter their lives with Clear, so stop stalling and start organising your daily routine. Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive....

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    Clear – Tasks, Reminders &...

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    Rating:
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    Over 2 million people de-clutter their lives with Clear, so stop stalling and start organizing your daily routine. Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive....

Though Siri can make it easier to create calendar appointments with natural language, sometimes speaking aloud to your phone isn’t always appropriate or practical. Also, what if you don’t have one of the newest iOS devices that supports Siri to begin with? This is where Fantastical by Flexibits comes in. Fantastical lets you use natural language to create calendar events, so you can just type (or dictate if you have dictation-capable iOS device) “Lunch with Susie at 4 on Saturday” to create an event, which takes far fewer steps than it normally would in the built-in Calendar app (or most other third-party calendar apps I’ve seen). To see it in action, check out the video in my review.

(A Mac version of Fantastical is also available and it isn’t technically on this list of 2012 Picks since it was released in 2011 but I use it daily and still recommend it.)

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    *** Fantastical 2 for iPhone (iOS 7 only) is coming soon and will be a separate purchase. If you use iOS 6, this is your last chance to get Fantastical 1 at a special price before it’s gone! *** ...

Apple doesn’t make it easy for you to quickly toggle system settings or add shortcuts to make calls or complete other common tasks on an iPhone or iPad. If you’re a fan of jailbreaking, this isn’t an issue for you with all of the tweaks (like SBSettings) out there that let you get around this. However, if you’re running iOS 6 and unable to jailbreak your iPhone (at the time of this post, an untethered jailbreak method for newer devices running iOS 6 is not yet available), App Cubby’s Launch Center Pro should be front and center on your home screen. Launch Center Pro can act as an app launcher for your most-used apps and lets you set up shortcuts to complete actions in compatible apps (of which there are hundreds – the full list is here). Launch Center Pro has been useful enough to me to boot Safari from my iPhone’s dock and you can read how I have it set up here if you’re looking for ideas on how to use it.

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    Launch Center Pro

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    Launch actions, not just apps. It’s like speed dial for everyday tasks. Launch Center Pro saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap. Message a loved one, search Yelp for the...

Weather

Though you could argue that it’s easy enough to just look outside to check the current conditions and a handful of weather apps to provide information you can’t glean from a glance out your window should suffice in the App Store, this message apparently hasn’t reached developers. There are thousands of weather apps in the App Store and it’s a tough crowd to stand out in. However, Jackadam’s Dark Sky managed to do something different in this category this year by offering precise precipitation predictions for your location. Dark Sky can alert you before it starts to rain or snow, allowing you to squeeze in that dog walk or finish up the yard work beforehand. While it’s not perfect in its predictions, I’ve found it to work very well (see my review) and it’s gotten me and my dog out of the house in time to enjoy a walk before downpours that would otherwise have kept us indoors all day.

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    Dark Sky can tell you at a glance exactly when it will rain (or snow) up to an hour in advance, so you’re free to walk the dog or run out to lunch and know you’ll stay dry. You can also explore...

Social Networking

It seems that everyone is on Twitter or Facebook these days and the App Store is filled with apps to let you share anything and everything through these networks, making it another tough category to stand out in. However, The Iconfactory managed to shine with Twitterrific 5 for iPhone and iPad. The new Twitterrific has a gorgeous interface and plenty of features to make your Twitter experience a treat though it does lack push notifications, which could be a deal-breaker if you like to be notified of your Twitter mentions and direct messages as soon as they happen. Read my review for details and to see a video of Twitterrific 5 in action.

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    Now with live streaming of tweets, Twitterrific is the award-winning, elegant Twitter client that’s easy to understand and a delight to use. The unified timeline lets you browse mentions and direct...

An honorable mention in this category goes to Tweetbot for Mac. The iPhone version was released last year and it’s a regular in the Top 200 Paid Social Networking apps and the Mac version debuted in October 2012. While it’s every bit as functional and fun to use as its iOS counterpart, its $20 price tag keeps it off this list since there are several other options in the Mac App Store that cost less and are just as capable.

Games

As you probably already know, we usually leave game coverage to our sister site, TouchArcade. However, I’d be remiss in failing to mention a couple of games that have stolen hours of my time in 2012. First is Loren Brichter’s Letterpress, a cooperative word game with Boggle overtones. In Letterpress, you fight your opponent for ownership of as many tiles in a 5-by-5 grid of letters by creating words. The tiles you claim by creating words become yours, which is denoted by the color of the tiles, though they can reclaimed by your opponent if you’re not careful. The player who has claimed the most tiles once all of the letters have been used wins the game. See the full review over at TouchArcade for a more detailed look at Letterpress.

Next is a game called 10000000 that combines tile matching with RPG elements that blew the mind of TouchArcade’s Editor-in-Chief Eli Hodapp and earned a 5-star review shortly after its release over the summer. I’ve played through 10000000 a total of three times now from beginning to end, using the acquisition of a new iOS device each time as an excuse to install it and start over again from the beginning. Check out the review and video over at TouchArcade and download it now – you won’t regret it.

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    Letterpress – Word Game

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    Find words, steal tiles, color the board! Letterpress is a fresh new word game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Play against your friends using Game Center! The perfect blend of fun and strategy. ...

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    10000000

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    10000000 is a Dungeon Crawling RPG Matching Game. Run the dungeon and match to handle the things you encounter “This game is so good it makes me want to cry” - Eli Hodapp – Editor In Chief...

If you’re looking for more recommendations on the best games of 2012, check out the series of Best iPhone Games and Best iPad Games articles over at TouchArcade.

This last pick was admittedly driven by a little bias but since it’s free (and awesome), I hope you’ll forgive me. Our sister site TouchArcade released an app earlier this year so that you can have even easier access to its excellent editorial content covering the best in iOS games and its active forum. With push notifications, you can even be alerted right away when a game you’ve had your eye on is released or goes on sale. If you like to play games even casually on your iPhone or iPad, the TouchArcade app is a worthy download.

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    TouchArcade - The Best New Games

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    Find the Hottest new games for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad before everyone else! Save money by bookmarking games to your own personal Watch List which notifies you of any sales, updates, and...

That’s it for our 2012 picks. We look forward to what 2013 will bring to the App Store and sharing the best of what we find with you as always!

iTunes Connect Holiday Closure: No New Apps or Updates December 21-28

Friday, December 21st, 2012

As in previous years Apple is shutting down iTunes Connect, the tool through which developers manage their apps available in the Mac and iOS App Stores, for the holidays from December 21 through December 28. This means that Apple isn’t approving or releasing any new apps, app updates, or allowing price changes during this entire period. Since AppShopper gets its information in real-time directly from Apple, our price drop, updates, and new apps lists on our site and in our app will consequently not change during this time.

So if you see these lists look the same to you over the next few days, don’t worry – nothing’s wrong or broken on our end. Our site and app are just reflecting the lack of activity in the App Store because of this closure. You’ll start seeing new apps, updates, and price changes on December 29 when iTunes Connect opens back up. Note that our Popular lists will continue to change during the closure since they rely in part on other data that doesn’t come from Apple.

Notable Holiday App Sales

Friday, December 21st, 2012

If you’ve been waiting for price drops to buy some apps, I’m pretty sure the time has come for you to go through your Wish List and browse our Price Drops list and open up your virtual wallet and buy it all because it feels like everything is on sale right now. It’s not possible for me to list every app sale in this post but I’d like to at least highlight some of the significant ones, particularly for apps that were featured or reviewed here on AppShopper this year.

But first things first.

If you’re new to AppShopper, see this article on our Wish list function and how to use it.

Now on to the sales!

First up are a few notable paid apps that are completely free for a very limited time. Snowman’s location-aware tasks app, Checkmark, is free for today only while Blux Camera for iPad has also dropped to $0 from $1.99 for a short time. WhatsApp Messenger, the incredibly popular cross-platform text messaging app, is now free as well, down from $.99.

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    Checkmark

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    Checkmark is the fastest way to remind yourself of all the things you have to do in your busy life. NOTE: We just announced an all-new version of Checkmark that's coming soon. The new version will...

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    Blux Camera for iPad

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    ON SALE!BUY NOW BEFORE THE PRICE GOES UP! Celebrating for Blux camera Pro being selected in App store "Essential Photography 101". The world’s 1st camera app custom-designed...

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    WhatsApp Messenger

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    WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for iPhone and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp...

Clear, the lists app for iOS and Mac made by Realmac Software, Impending, and Helftone, is on sale for Christmas. The iOS version (my review) is 50% off, bringing it down to $.99 from $1.99 and the Mac version (my review) is 30% off, bringing it down to $6.99 from $9.99. (Realmac Software’s other apps are also on sale for Christmas and you can find a full list of these here.)

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    Clear – Tasks, Reminders &...

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    Over 2 million people de-clutter their lives with Clear, so stop stalling and start organising your daily routine. Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive....

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    Clear – Tasks, Reminders &...

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    Rating:
    4.50 (34)
    Version:
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    Over 2 million people de-clutter their lives with Clear, so stop stalling and start organizing your daily routine. Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive....

Though you may not want to be thinking about taking notes for class or work meetings or Microsoft Office documents over the holidays, there are a couple of apps now on sale that you should know about. Dataviz’s Documents To Go Premium is on sale for 40% off, bringing the price of the universal iOS app down to $9.99 from $16.99 while Noteshelf, an excellent handwriting notes app for iPad is now 70% off, bringing its price down to $1.99 from $5.99.

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    Documents To Go® Premium - View...

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    Rating:
    3.00 (5432)
    Version:
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    iOS Universal

    Office anywhere with Docs To Go: View, edit, and create Microsoft® Office files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) & view Adobe PDF® files on your iOS device with the original & #1 selling...

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    Noteshelf - Take Notes, Sketch,...

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    Rating:
    4.50 (11)
    Version:
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    iOS iPad

    Noteshelf lets you write notes, annotate PDFs, sketch and draw, sign contracts, fill in forms, print documents and more right on your iPad. Sync one-way with Evernote and import from & export...

If you plan to play DJ at any holiday parties, algoriddim has reduced the price of its impressive djay for iPad by 50%, bringing it down to $9.99 from $19.99. If you’re not going to get a chance to inflict your DJ skills on friends and family in person, you can chat with them via Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, instant messaging, and more with Shape’s IM+ Pro for iPhone and iPad which is now 50% off, putting it at $.99 down from $1.99.

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    djay 1

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    *** NOTE: This is the old version of djay. A brand new version with over 30 new features is available now. Please look for djay 2 on the App Store! *** djay transforms your iPad into a...

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    IM+ Pro

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    Rating:
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    Version:
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    iOS Universal

    After 5 bright years, IM+ Pro is ready for the awesome iOS 7. We call it IM+ Pro7 and it's the most secure chat app with free built-in Off-the-Record P2P encryption! Chat on Skype, Facebook,...

That’s all for now. Happy shopping!

 

AppShopper App Removed from the App Store For Now

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

As some of you may have noticed, our official AppShopper App has been removed from the App Store. The App was removed by Apple due to a conflict with some new rules that Apple introduced with the iOS 6.

Current users of the AppShopper App will be able to continue to use the app, and we are working on a new version that we hope will be approved by Apple.

That new version will support the taller screen of the iPhone 5, that I know many have been waiting for:

We don’t have any more details quite yet, but will post more when we can.

Readers should also be reminded that Apple shuts down their iTunes Developer portal around the holidays, so from the dates of Dec 21 to Dec 28th there will be minimal to no activity in the App Store. As a result, AppShopper will also show little activity during that time.

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    The official AppShopper.com app from the creators of TouchArcade.com AppShopper keeps you up to date on the newest App Store apps, sales and freebies. Organize apps in your own customized Wish List...

Apple Releases iTunes 11 With Redesigned Interface

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Apple has released a significant update today to iTunes, its media store and management app for Mac and Windows.

The update was initially announced at the company’s media event in September along with the iPhone 5. At that event, the release timeframe for iTunes 11 was announced as late October but an Apple spokesperson stated late last month that it would be pushed back to the end of November.

iTunes 11 features a redesigned interface for the media library, a new look for the iTunes store, and additional iCloud features. The complete list of the changes is as follows:

  • Completely Redesigned. iTunes makes it more fun to explore and enjoy your music, movies, and TV shows. You’ll love the beautiful edge-to-edge design, custom designs for each album, movie, or TV show in your library, and getting personal recommendations any time you click In the Store.
  • A New Store. The iTunes Store has been completely redesigned and now features a clean look that makes it simpler than ever to see what’s hot and discover new favorites.
  • Play purchases from iCloud. Your music, movie, and TV show purchases in iCloud now appear inside your library. Just sign-in with your Apple ID to see them. Double-click to play them directly from iCloud or download a copy you can sync to a device or play while offline.
  • Up Next. It’s now simple to see which songs are playing next, all from a single place. Just click the Up Next icon in the center display and they’ll instantly appear. You can even reorder, add, or skip songs whenever you like.
  • New MiniPlayer. You can now do a whole lot more with a lot less space. In addition to showing what’s playing, MiniPlayer now includes album art, adds Up Next, and makes it easy to search for something new to play—all from a smaller and more elegant design.
  • Improved search. It’s never been easier to find what you’re looking for in iTunes. Just type in the search field and you’ll instantly see results from across your entire library. Select any result and iTunes takes you right to it.
  • Playback syncing. iCloud now remembers your place in a movie or TV show for you. Whenever you play the same movie or episode from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV, it will continue right where you left off.

iTunes 11 is a free download available from Apple’s site for Mac and PC.

Cyber Monday Mac and iOS App Sales

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Today is the day when online retailers get their turn to drop prices drastically to entice you to spend your hard-earned money in a wild holiday shopping spree all while sitting comfortably at your computer. And it’s also a day that app developers use as an excuse to reduce app prices since you’re already at your computer and buying stuff anyway so, why not?

A few of the app deals we mentioned on Black Friday are still going but a few new deals have popped up, so hop to it if any of these sales look good to you.

For Mac, the fantastic Fantastical calendar utility is down 50% to just $9.99 from $19.99 while Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is down 25% to $29.99 from $39.99. And Apple’s subsidiary, Filemaker, has joined in on the app sale fun by bumping down Bento to $29.99 from $49.99.

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    Fantastical - Calendar and...

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    Presenting the calendar app you'll actually enjoy using. Type in that you have "Lunch with John on Friday at 1pm" and Fantastical will schedule it! Or type in that you need to...

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    Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing

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    Mavis Beacon's avatar is so realistic in the Ultimate Mac Edition 2.0 from Software MacKiev, that you'll think she's inside your computer, cheering you on. And there's plenty to cheer about in this...

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    Bento - Personal Database

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    IMPORTANT NOTICE: FileMaker will stop offering Bento Sept. 30, 2013. Learn more >www.filemaker.com/bento/en Bento® is the leading personal database. Now you can organize contacts, track...

For the iPhone, the location-aware reminders app Checkmark and the daily diary/journaling app Momento are both down to $.99 from $2.99 while Ultralingua has knocked 20% off the prices of several of its foreign language dictionary apps (here’s a full list of all of Ultralingua’s apps).

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    Checkmark

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    Rating:
    4.00 (31)
    Version:
    1.1.2
    iOS iPhone

    Checkmark is the fastest way to remind yourself of all the things you have to do in your busy life. NOTE: We just announced an all-new version of Checkmark that's coming soon. The new version will...

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    Momento (Diary/Journal)

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    Version:
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    iOS iPhone

    Keeping a private diary / journal has never been so easy. Momento helps you privately capture your daily activities, thoughts, ideas and photos, and combines them with your activity from social...

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    English Dictionary and Thesaurus...

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    Rating:
    3.00 (286)
    Version:
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    iOS Universal

    Download Ultralingua and get instant access to 65,000 English definitions and synonyms, 5,500 fully conjugated English verbs, 4,500 English phrases, and updated slang and technical language. Works...

If you’ll be traveling over the holidays, Cynapse’s Localscope is just $.99, down from $1.99 (our review) and it’s a great resource for finding businesses and other local information while you’re traveling.

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    Localscope - Find places and...

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    Location Browser for your iPhone Localscope is a window to your world that lets you explore your surroundings like never before. Discover and find places, people and information around you using...

If digital magazines are your thing, Future has reduced the price of back issues for several of its magazines down to $.99 for the post-Thanksgiving shopping bonanza. Future publishes Mac Life Magazine and Mac Format, among many others. While the apps themselves are free, the back issues can only be obtained via in-app purchase. Here’s a full list of all of Future’s magazine apps.

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    Mac Life: the ultimate Apple...

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    ***FREE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TRIAL – GET OUR LATEST ISSUE FREE TODAY!*** Mac|Life is the ultimate magazine about all things Apple. Mac|Life is authoritative, ahead of the curve, and endlessly...

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    MacFormat: the Mac, iPad, iPhone...

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    ***FREE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TRIAL – GET OUR LATEST ISSUE FREE TODAY!*** ***NOW FULLY INTERACTIVE ON iPAD*** MacFormat is the UK's best-selling magazine for the home Mac user. Each issue brings...

If you’re looking for accessories for your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, check out this post over at MacRumors that highlights several online deals available today only.

Happy online shopping!

Black Friday: iPhone and iPad App Deals

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Today is Black Friday and retail stores aren’t the only ones offering massive discounts for you to get your holiday shopping started with a bang– app developers are also using this as an excuse to offer deals on iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps.

I wanted to highlight a few of these sales for you but first, here a few links for you to check out now and bookmark since they can be used at any time to find the biggest deals–when developers lose their minds and make their paid apps completely free:

You just bookmarked those links, right? Also, don’t forget about our Wish List feature so you can mark those apps you want to buy when they go on sale. Our Wish List feature can automatically notify you by email when this happens (or you can get a push notification through our official AppShopper app for iPhone and iPad).

Navigation apps are often the most expensive ones in the App Store because of the map data they requires (getting and updating map data for the millions of miles of roads in countries around the world is not a cheap endeavor) but many of the big name brands in this category have reduced app prices this weekend. TomTom has knocked $20 off of many of its offerings and Garmin/Navigon has gone big by knocking 50% off its iPhone apps for today only.

  • $5999Buy Now
    Navigation

    NAVIGON North America

    Last Changed:
    12 weeks ago
    Rating:
    2.50 (34)
    Version:
    2.8
    iOS Universal

    With NAVIGON you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a fully functional mobile navigation system. Thanks to a faithful adaptation of the menu functions, the app fits in seamlessly with the iOS...

  • $4299Buy Now
    Navigation

    TomTom U.S. & Canada

    Last Changed:
    4 days ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (2884)
    Version:
    1.19
    iOS Universal

    Get the TomTom App. Now for less, for a limited time. Last minute plans? With the TomTom Navigation app, driving somewhere new couldn’t be easier. You’ve always got your iPhone with you, so...

  • $5999Buy Now
    Navigation

    Garmin N. America

    Last Changed:
    10 weeks ago
    Rating:
    2.50 (18)
    Version:
    2.8
    iOS iPhone

    Download Garmin StreetPilot® Onboard North America and give your iPhone® or iPad® the best in GPS navigation with photoReal junction views, 3D buildings, speed/red light camera alerts and more. ...

Here are links where you can find all apps for each respective developer in a single list so you can more easily find the location you need:

If you’ll be documenting your holiday adventures with friends and family photographically, there is no shortage of camera apps for the iPhone and iPad and several popular ones are on sale today and this weekend. Hipstamatic is now 50% off, and both Blux Camera and ProCamera are currently down to $.99 from their regular price of $2.99,

  • Photography

    Hipstamatic

    Last Changed:
    2 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (23)
    Version:
    278
    iOS iPhone

    Digital photography never looked so analog. Make and share beautiful photography with Hipstamatic. • Swap lenses, flashes, and films for hundreds of different effects • Instantly share your...

  • Photography

    ProCamera

    Last Changed:
    10 months ago
    Rating:
    3.50 (17)
    Version:
    4.2.3
    iOS iPhone

    *****Download the @FreeAppADay App and wish for more top rated paid apps like ProCamera to become FREE for a day!***** This is the classic version of ProCamera. It will be only available for a very...

  • Photography

    Blux Camera Pro

    Last Changed:
    11 months ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (77)
    Version:
    1.1.1
    iOS iPhone

    ON SALE!BUY NOW BEFORE THE PRICE GOES UP! Celebrating for Blux camera Pro being selected in App store "Essential Photography 101". WINNER OF TAMAM'S "GOLDEN...

Bad weather can wreak havoc on your holiday travel plans and a few app developers out there are making it less expensive for you to get comprehensive weather information on your iPhone or iPad. Weather Alert USA, an app we’ve recommended before that provides NOAA weather forecasts and a bajillion severe weather alert options, is down to $2.99 from $3.99. And the recently-released Check the Weather, which gives you forecast information plus short-term precipitation forecasts powered by Dark Sky, is down to $.99 from $1.99 through tomorrow only.

  • Weather

    Weather Alert USA

    Last Changed:
    9 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (68)
    Version:
    5.0
    iOS Universal

    Fast, practical, and comprehensive NOAA weather app. ………………………………………………………… • Provides immediate access to the most relevant Weather Forecasts and...

  • Weather

    Check the Weather

    Last Changed:
    18 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (79)
    Version:
    1.5.2
    iOS Universal

    "It’s fast, it’s clever, and it’s distinctive...You’re nuts if you don’t buy it." John Gruber, daringfireball.net "...a gorgeous interface with clean design and...

While any time off from work you have during the holidays will probably be spent with friends and family, you’ll probably have some time to kill (or need to escape from said friends and family) here and there and games are a perfect way to while away those minutes. Chair Entertainment has reduced the prices of both Infinity Blade and Infinity Blade II by 50% while Electronic Arts has knocked down a boatload of its games to just $.99 (click here for a full list of all of EA’s offerings).

  • Games

    Infinity Blade

    Last Changed:
    11 weeks ago
    Rating:
    5.00 (172156)
    Version:
    1.4.1
    iOS Universal

    Winner of the 2011 Apple Design Award, and more than 20 “Game of the Year” & “Top App” awards! Tons of NEW FREE CONTENT available now! See below for more details. From Epic...

  • Games

    Infinity Blade II

    Last Changed:
    11 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (55416)
    Version:
    1.3.2
    iOS Universal

    **2011 IGN "Mobile Game of the Year"** **2012 AIAS "Mobile Game of the Year"** **Winner of the IMGA "Excellence in Gameplay" and "Grand...

For an extensive list of sales going on now among the biggest iOS game developers, see this article over at TouchArcade.

We hope you’re recovering well from any tryptophan-induced lethargy triggered by Thanksgiving turkey consumption and that any holiday shopping you’re doing this weekend is safe and filled with the best bargains!

Review: ‘Clear’ for Mac

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

As promised last week, Realmac Software, Impending, and Helftone have released Clear for Mac today. Clear for iPhone made quite an impression at its release (I loved it and use it almost every day) with its fluid, gesture-driven interface and it’s been a regular in the Top 200 Paid Productivity iPhone apps since. The new Mac version offers synchronization with its iOS counterpart via iCloud and I’ve found over the past week that it manages to keep the spirit of the iPhone version’s button-free interface alive on the Mac.

Clear is, at heart, a simple lists app. You can create lists for items you need to buy or do or anything your little heart desires. There are no alarm options or sub-levels to break list items down into multiple parts. It’s meant to be straightforward and effortless to use so you’ll need to look elsewhere if you want a tasks or lists app that lets you customize every last thing six ways from Sunday.

When you first open Clear for Mac, you’ll get a short and very helpful tutorial that walks you through how to create lists, add to and modify them, and navigate through the app. After this, using Clear for Mac will feel very familiar if you’ve already used the iPhone version with a few minor changes to accommodate and even work around the mouse-driven interface of a computer compared to the iPhone’s touchscreen. For example, you can just start typing to create a new list or add a new item to an existing list and to create a new item in between other existing items in a list, you can just hover and click in between them to insert the new item in that spot.

Here’s a video overview I recorded of Clear for Mac in action:

You couldn’t tell in the video, but navigating through Clear is easy with a mouse and keyboard but really shines with a trackpad on a laptop or if you have a Magic Trackpad or even a Magic Mouse for your desktop Mac. The swiping and pinching gestures these devices allow you to use are what keep the spirit of the iPhone version of Clear alive on the Mac. It’s not exactly the same but it’s still enjoyable and unique compared to most desktop apps where pointing and clicking rules the day.

Like the iPhone version, there are several color themes to choose from. In the iPhone version, you can unlock bonus themes by installing and using other selected apps (Tweetbot, Temple Run, and others) or doing certain things (using Clear for 7 days straight or between 12:00 am and 3:00am) and these bonus themes sync over to the Mac version accordingly. Clear for Mac also has the same cute sound effects as the iPhone version though you can elect to turn them off if you want.

I’ve been using Clear for Mac for about a week now and the only issue I’ve found is that it’s a little too easy to create lists and new items or navigate to lists I don’t mean to when using a mouse. I often scroll up or down too far, which will prompt the creation of a new list when I’m in the Lists view or a new item when I’m within a list. Other than this, Clear for Mac is just as functional and almost as fun to use as the iPhone version. The iCloud synchronization between the Mac and iPhone versions has worked very quickly and reliably in the short time it’s been available (the iPhone version was just updated yesterday to add iCloud synchronization in time for today’s Mac version release) though it’s not all unicorns and sunshine for everyone and Realmac has posted a troubleshooting support page if you’re seeing slow syncs.

Clear for Mac hit the Mac App Store last night and it’s on sale at a special introductory price of $6.99 through Monday, November 12 Sunday, November 11. After this it will go up to its regular price of $14.99 so mash that Buy Now button below before the price goes up. It’s a worthy purchase, particularly if you already have Clear for iPhone.

  • Productivity

    Clear – Tasks, Reminders &...

    Last Changed:
    3 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (34)
    Version:
    1.1.3
    Mac OS

    Over 2 million people de-clutter their lives with Clear, so stop stalling and start organizing your daily routine. Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive....