The Mac App Store certainly has made buying Mac software a convenient affair -- just a click and a password, and boom, there it is. But like the iOS App Store, it's starting to fill up fast. That's good news for you -- lots of choice -- but it also means that when you type in a keyword or open up a category, you're faced with multiple options.
We're here to help.
We put dozens of Mac App Store offerings through our ringer of a reviews process and settled on 20 diverse applications that all scored well and come with our recommendation. Even better? They're less than $20 a pop.
Ok, there are admittedly some Google products that haven't quite worked out as well as Google would have liked and have yet to change the computing world as we know it -- Google Wave, anyone?. But for Google's products that changed things, their presence ranges from pretty useful to indispensable. Among these is Google Calendar, which has the advantage of being online, customizable and easy to share with a group of friends and surprisingly simple to share with your iCal app. Read on to find out how to create a Google group calendar to share with your friends, family and bowling group, and how you can export it to iCal so that you never miss an important date again.
Let's face facts, your Mac games rock, but your Windows PC-using friends have pointed out some pretty cool mods and expansion packs for their games over the years.
And they WERE pretty cool.
Moving beyond the fact that both Boot Camp and virtualization programs are out there and you could readily switch over to the Windows partition on your Mac or boot a program like Parallels, Fusion or CrossOver and work with game mods that way, we'd like to offer the following five native Mac OS X games with accessible expansions and downloadable levels, the expansion installations ranging from least to most technical.
If you simply can’t get enough of social networking apps, you’ll be overjoyed with Mobli, which hit the App Store over the weekend. Billed as “a new real-time visual media platform,” its founders are calling it “what Twitter should have been.”
We've made a small change to our formatting here in In Case You Missed It. News is a bit hotter than this easy like Sunday morning format we've got rolling here, so we've set things up for a Friday afternoon roll out of the ten hottest Apple news stories. By all means, be sure to check that out, and be sure to still check out the biggest other kinds of stories, right here, just in case... you know.
Many Mac applications have an Open Recent command in the File menu, and with a simple Terminal command you can even add a Recent Applications stack to your Dock. But none of this is necessary if you install Blast Utility, which keeps any recent item just a click (or hotkey press) away in a handy window that pops down from your menu bar.
Making art in Artboard is easy. Instead of focusing on layers and attributes and all the little 1’s and 0’s that make professional art programs such a drag, Artboard encourages a smorgasbord of shapes piled on shapes. After slathering the forms together, you can group them, recolor them, adjust their sizes, and all that good stuff.
You know how the song goes: I get by with a little help from my apps. Your apps can help guide you through the levels of a difficult console game, learn to play an instrument, and keep time, just like your human friends would. Well, except for that last part -- especially if you're trying to make it home by curfew. That never works out, so stop trying.
You may not know this, but iTunes can show you the BPM (beats per minute) of your songs. You can even create smart playlists based upon the BPM. This is helpful when you’re working out and you want a constant rhythm for running or Tai Bo, or if you’re planning a party playlist and don’t want slow songs to bring down the dancing frenzy. But while iTunes can store and display this information, it can’t discern the actual BPMs from your tracks. But Cadence BPM Analyzer Pro can.
Paradox Interactive announced today that its mass transportation simulator, Cities in Motion, will be released for Mac today. If you've got a burning desire to design mass transit systems to get millions of people to work (or if you're just frustrated with your own city's transit system and want to show them how it's done) this ultra-nerdy simulation may be for you.