The built-in camera in the MacBook Pro and Apple Cinema Displays isn't just for FaceTime and Facebook photos -- it can be used to record dynamic video to send out to friends and family, or even to bravely start your own YouTube channel. But even if you wanted to record video, you'd still have to edit it and make it interesting to watch, though you might not want to pay for any of that fancy studio editing software, and iMovie can only do so much. Fortunately, there's two gems in the Mac App Store that'll help you make more interesting-to-watch, candid videos without knowing a thing about time tables.
To say that the response to Apple’s all-new Final Cut Pro X was mixed would be putting it mildly. While users of the new version are still waiting (im)patiently for a first update to that app, Apple has quietly slipped the previous Final Cut Studio 3 back onto the radar, which is again available for sale -- if you know where to look.
Love your Mac but just can’t feel the emotional connection to the iPhone the way the rest of us can? Perhaps you’ve turned your back on BlackBerry, webOS and Android in favor of the Microsoft flavor, Windows Phone 7. With a new version of the Windows Phone 7 software (codenamed “Mango”) just around the corner, you’ll be happy to know your Mac is ready for it.
The announcement of Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple CEO hit the internet hard this week, so I thought it'd be appropriate to theme Free App Friday with current events. Now, Steve Jobs isn't completely gone here, people. He's still around in some form or another on Apple's Board of Directors, and you can probably still spot him out once in awhile near his favorite pizza joint in San Francisco. But if you want to keep his legacy going on your Mac and iOS devices, check out these free apps that let you pretend Steve Jobs is still the CEO of Apple.
For most of us, OS X Lion’s first minor patch to 10.7.1 is old news after Apple pushed it out last week. The rest of you may have wondered if and when Apple would get around to updating the version posted on the Mac App Store -- but worry no more, Cupertino has taken care of that.
You don’t have to be Don Draper to get a great-looking assistant to hang on your every word. You can turn to Fantastical, which syncs with iCal, Outlook, Entourage, and -- through iCal -- BusyCal to make it easy to view and create appointments from anywhere on your Mac.
We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but not everything about your Vegas vacation stayed in Vegas. iPhoto’s Info button can show your pictures’ resolutions, shutter speeds, and so on -- but it can also reveal more private stuff, like the location of your hotel room and the time an image was captured. That’s metadata, and there’s plenty to explore inside every photo on your Mac. To see it all, you’ll need a metadata reader like iExifer. Apple’s Preview can do the job for free, but iExifer’s interface tweaks make it worth a look when looking into your pics.
It’s hard to say what you’d do in the event of a zombie apocalypse, though most people agree that they’d arm themselves to the teeth -- and perhaps set the undead hordes on fire. As you do in Burn Zombie Burn, a third-person strategic shooter in which you fight wave after wave of assorted zombies. Initially you have a revolver and a torch, then upgrade to assorted Uzis, shotguns, clubs, explosives, flamethrowers, chainsaws, lawnmowers, mind control rays, and Gatling guns.
Games, games, games. The more you play, the more you enjoy, the better you feel. Mac gaming hasn't always been a priority for game publishers, but with digital distribution platforms like Steam and the Mac App Store, the world's made it easier to buy a game, download it and then play it right away. So if you're ready for it, from free to five bucks to full-priced must-plays, here are 10 top-shelf games every Mac gamer should be playing right now.
Good Mac gaming news like this doesn't come along every day, folks, so cherish this. Word has reached our ears that Grand Theft Auto III will be in the Mac App Store today, and that its sequels (Vice City and San Andreas) will follow shortly.