Space Age is an earnest game that wears its heart on its sleeve and keeps its tongue in its cheek, charting humanity’s first — give or take one — visit to an alien planet. It’s a tale largely told in dialog and wry comments, from the characters’ constant banter to moments where the current objective window admits it has no idea what’s going on. It’s at its best in these bits, with the dialogue neatly timed to build amusing character without rambling on too much.
Dropshelf is a place to hold files, perhaps temporarily during what would otherwise be a long-winded drag-and-drop. This is useful when moving files or collecting items from different folders to attach to an email, for instance. We’ve seen this kind of thing before, but Dropshelf impresses due to its execution, stability, and hidden features.
FileThis is a cloud-based repository for paperless documents, including bank statements, credit card and utility bills. The free service can add up to six connections, automatically downloading online statements and parsing them into text-searchable PDF files which are then uploaded to your choice of providers, including FileThis Cloud.
For years Apple fans have clamored for Nintendo to bring its catalog of vintage games to iOS, and though that’s not likely to happen anytime soon, the arrival of Shovel Knight on Mac might be the next-best thing. Clearly inspired by the games of yesteryear, Shovel Knight feels like a lost classic from Nintendo’s 8-bit glory days in the best ways possible.
Viewsonic is targeting the pro crowd with its latest 1440p monitor, the VP2772. At a penny shy of $1,020, there are more affordable consumer panels with similar features out there. But Viewsonic is pitching the VP2772 specifically at photographers, graphic designers, video editors and other design and multimedia professionals.
Fresh from successful and well-produced iOS ports of Gemini Rue and The Shivah, point-and-click adventure maker Wadjet Eye Games has shifted its gaze to the Blackwell series that made the company’s name. Once again it does not disappoint. These are smart, witty, thoughtful tales of ghostly intrigue, and each is better than the last.
Austria’s Sonico has had a rich history of creating slick mobile productivity apps since the dawn of the App Store, but has steered clear of the desktop until now. iTranslate for Mac takes everything users love about the classic iOS version and drops it onto the OS X menu bar. Featuring more than 80 different languages, the Mac App Store edition can open automatically at boot-up, ready to be summoned via a mouse click or a user-defined keyboard shortcut.
At first glance, Write looks a lot like current text-editing darling Ulysses 3, only at a much cheaper price — even factoring in a paid-for iOS version for taking work on the move. Glances three through six are mostly devoted to looking for the catch, and being surprised that there really isn’t one — not a big one, at least. Write is a gorgeous-looking editor with a lot of power just a click away.
iPhone owners are shooting more photos and video than ever, creating an insatiable demand for some way to back up all of that media. Unfortunately, most cloud services are handicapped by artificial storage limitations, a dilemma the creators of StreamNation attempt to solve with their latest app.
In the heady days before the Internet and social networking, the original “killer app” for Macintosh was desktop publishing — software that is today primarily aimed at pros (Adobe InDesign, QuarkXpress), or dumbed down for the masses (Pages, Microsoft Word). Into this fertile middle ground comes BeLight Software and its inexpensive new Mac App Store solution: Printworks.