There’s less than 24 hours before Apple’s big media event on the company’s Cupertino campus and the rumor mill is in high gear. Here’s all the news you need to know for Monday, October 3, conveniently put together in one place!
With news about the economy still as grim as Apple’s prospects in the 1990s, it’s a smart time to use your Mac to keep track of your finances. Unfortunately, that job just got harder. Quicken for Mac, the venerable personal-finance manager, was last updated when the economic meltdown was but a gleam in Wall Street’s eye. And it doesn’t even run at all on Lion (though it’s fine on Snow Leopard, thanks to Rosetta). But fear not. Change can be a good thing, and lucky for you, there are plenty of options for keeping track of all of yours.
Aspiring screenwriters and playwrights can now use the Mac App Store for procuring their favorite tool, as the number one selling scriptwriting software in the world is finally available in Apple’s storefront -- and Final Draft 8 arrives at a 20 percent discount until October 31.
You, Sir Fortix, the lone knight of the kingdom, are called upon to save the land of Artalom from the clutches of the evil mage Xitrof -- alone. Without any help whatsoever. That’s the gist of Fortix 2, an unexpectedly nifty puzzle title -- think of it as a “reverse tower defense” game. You have to control all the units on the map (gates, keys, towers, power-ups, catapults, and so on) by boxing off terrain, which captures anything within it. What’s more, you have to box off the units without disrupting the lines you’re creating -- any interruptions will immediately kill your character.
Gameloft’s slick-looking real-time strategy game Starfront: Collision sure was a hit in the iOS App Store -- the majority of user reviews are for the full five stars. But when we played the Mac App Store port, it was full of bugs and hampered by a weak AI, though the solid multiplayer mode redeems it at least a little.
One of the best small-scale games currently available on the Mac App Store and Steam just got a ton of free new downloadable content.
The legendary puzzle-platformer Edge is now getting a huge 40 level update complete with other new content, absolutely free. If you haven't yet checked out Edge, now is a great time to do so. It doesn't look like much, but the game is an amazing achievement. We're currently working on our rave review of the iOS version right now.
Three months ago, Apple debuted their new vision for Final Cut Pro X, a radical departure from the legacy application that has dominated the professional market for some time. Now, on the heels of Adobe luring away customers to its own Premiere Pro solution, Cupertino fires back with the first update, adding back two critical features lost in the transition.
Apple’s Mac App Store may not be the runaway hit that the company has had with its iOS sibling, but developers are slowing coming around to the new way of doing business. Case in point: The popular application 1Password has finally arrived on the Mac App Store in an OS X Lion-only edition.
With the launch of the Mac App Store, a swarm of new apps have become available for our favorite computing platform, and you can get 'em all with a single click. Then again, with more than 6,500 available, it can be a little difficult to find what exactly you’re looking for. So we did a little digging and found these 10 uber-handy utilities -- all under $10 each.
Any computer task—even one as enjoyable as rockin’ out to some tunes—can get a little dull. Enter MiniTune, a desktop remote app for iTunes. With it, you can control music playback with a little extra flair while adding some cool features to your musical routine.