Affinity Designer is a vector-design app that’s been created specifically for the Mac and OS X. It offers smooth panning and zooming, more than 1,000,000 percent zoom, and an unfussy interface. It's fair to call it a genuine alternative to Illustrator.
Something between an old-school adventure and a picture book, this is an iOS game of gentle exploration and gradual discovery, impressively presented and peppered with subtle touches. It’s a slightly abstract and appropriately dream-like experience that has you slowly uncovering fragments of a wistful and sometimes tragic story.
RapidWeaver takes an old-school approach to web design, having you choose a theme, build pages on your Mac, and then publish the lot to the web. It offers 52 templates to choose from, five of which are new to this version and “responsive” to accommodate tablets and smartphones. The new themes are quite swish, if not entirely robust across browsers.
Adobe Premiere Elements is a fantastic video-editing package that provides more than enough power for any home project, as well as plenty of guidance. It’s also half the price of its next biggest rival, Final Cut Pro. However, Elements 13 isn’t a huge update over version 12.
For a company best known for 3D software (including the wonderful 123D apps), Autodesk’s latest release is all about the flattened screen. Now known simply as SketchBook, Autodesk wants to give you the tools to create and output your digital drawings and paintings...so long as you’re prepared to unlock them through an IAP.
When an app gets a new version number, you might expect a bunch of flashy new features, but simple text editor BBEdit has never been a flashy kind of app. It fits, then, that most changes in BBEdit 11 are relatively subtle adjustments to workflow, mostly designed to enhance productivity. Fortunately, relatively minor changes can still be a big deal.
Coda is a friendly, capable website coding environment, suitable for amateurs yet also geared towards professionals. It’s been a while since the last major update, and we now have 2.5, which feels a tad like Panic lobbing new features at the faithful before knuckling down and getting on with whatever Coda 3 becomes.
Pixelmator for Mac has long played rival to Photoshop. With support for layers and comprehensive collage and drawing tools, it’s a far cheaper, but almost equally capable, editing tool. The same is now true on the iPad, where it’s challenging Photoshop Touch.
The latest game from fan-favorite developer WayForward is perfect for people who like puzzle games, cute characters, or titles! With! Extra! Exclamation points! Take 60 seconds to watch our video review and see why Hose It Down! might be your next iOS addiction.
Around a third of the size of an SD card, these MLC flash cards boost a MacBook’s storage capacity by slotting into its SD card slot. Available in 64GB or 128GB capacities, they don’t offer the storage of external hard disk drives or SSDs, but they have the advantage of being super portable and much cheaper.