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Plenty of great apps on sale in the App Store over the holidays, including a few personal favourites:
1Password for $9.99 (regularly $17.99)
- The latest version is great for browsing the web with all your passwords available at a tap.
Tweetbot for $1.99 (regularly $4.99)
- You can’t get a better Twitter client for your iPhone than Tweetbot. Pair it with the Mac version and you’ll be tweeting and muting to your heart’s content.
Launch Center Pro for $2.99 (regularly $4.99)
- Quick access to actions/apps on your iPhone.
Day One for $2.99 (regularly $4.99)
- The best journaling app to be found for your iOS device of choice.
Calendars 5 for $2.99 (regularly $6.99)
- I haven’t tried this yet but from what I hear it’s a great calendar app for iOS.
PCalc for $6.99 (regularly $9.99)
- Calculate how much you’ve saved on apps in style.
Screens VNC for $14.99 (regularly $19.99)
- If you ever need to control your Mac from your iOS device, this is the app you want to get. The Mac version is better than Apple’s own Remote Desktop.
Vesper for $2.99 (regularly $4.99)
- Simple note taking app named after a drink from James Bond, what could go wrong?
You can visit AppSanta.co for more apps on sale.
MacHeist’s NanoBundle for 2013 includes some great apps for $9.99:
- xScope is for developer/designers who need pixel measurements.
- iStopMotion is an app to record and create stop motion videos.
- Totals I’m not familiar with but it’s an invoicing app.
- Clarify is an app to more easily send screenshots and instructions.
- CLean My Mac does what it sounds like.
Fantastical is the app that I’m most interested in picking up. I just don’t do enough calendar/event scheduling that it makes it worth it to me. And the places I do a lot of scheduling for, namely SSKTN, I do it in Basecamp so Fantastical doesn’t help there.
Totalled up the apps would cost $250 if you bought them all. Just about all the apps included are more than $9.99 on their own so even if, like me, you’re after just one it’s still worth it to pick up the bundle.
Will you be buying the 2013 MacHeist Bundle?
TUAW lists a bunch of App Store games on sale for the holiday rush. Here are some of my picks from their list:
- Kingdom Rush for iPhone is free right now.
- Sid Meier’s Pirates! for iPhone and Sid Meier’s Pirates! for iPad are both on for $0.99.
- The Settlers for iPhone and The Settlers HD (iPad) are both on for $0.99 as well.
Found an app you’d recommend that’s on sale? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.
Apple has their annual World Wide Developer’s Conference this week, with the keynote happening this morning where they’re expected to announce
that they’ve cured cancer, developed a lunar colony, solved the mystery of how a Caramilk chocolate bar is made, new updated versions of their hardware and/or software to make Apple nerds drool and fork over their wallets. Oh, and maybe a TV interface of some sort that will revolutionize the way you and I watch TV.
In honour of this event, there’s a few Mac developers that have put their wares on sale. I’ll try and update this post throughout the week if new ones come up that I feel are worth mentioning.
- Drafts for iOS is free until the keynote starts so you’ll have to act fast. It’s a quick note taking app described like this:
In Drafts, you can get that text down quickly, and decide what to do with it later. Extensive output options let you send your text to Twitter, Facebook, email, SMS, a Calendar event, quickly save it to Dropbox or Evernote – or forward it to a growing list of other Apps such as OmniFocus, Things, The Hit List, Byword, Sparrow and more (see below for full list).
- ColorSnapper ($0.99) 80% off is the missing colour picker for OS X
ColorSnapper is an easy-to-use tool for quickly finding out the color of any pixel on the screen. It is activated via a system-wide hotkey (configurable), giving you a magnifying loupe to easily pick the pixel you need.
The resulting color is copied to clipboard in a format of your preference.
Crazy good deal for the next 2 weeks on a bunch of Mac apps. But the main two that you might be interested in are Parallels, which normally sells for $79, and Screenflow, which sells for $99.
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The Main Apps I’d Recommend the Bundle For
Parallels is the app that allows you to install Windows (or other operating systems) on your Mac and run them in parallel to OS X. Great for web designers who need to test on multiple browsers, businesses that need to run Quickbooks or other arcane Windows software in an otherwise Mac world or even gamers who still want to play the occasional Windows game.
Screenflow is the app I use for any of the video capture/tutorials that I’ve done over here. It’s a great program that’s very intuitive to use and tremendously powerful despite being fairly simple on the surface. I know of a few people who use it as their video editor instead of iMovie because of it’s traditional timeline editor view. I recommend this app at it’s regular $99 price – a steal at $49.
BusyCal is a replacement calendar app for iCal – that suede/faux leather designed hideous app that somehow made it on to Lion. Better Google Calendar syncing and full support for iCloud/iCal Server. Think of BusyCal as a free add on in the bundle that you’re purchasing one of the two apps above for that will just make your Mac a nicer looking computer.
Other Apps Included
The other apps included in the bundle are Civilization V (game), Jaksta (audio/video recorder from the web), Espionage 3 (data security), Speed Download (download manager), Attachment Tamer 3 (better Mail.app attachment support), KeyCue 6 (utility to learn and memorize keyboard shortcuts), A Better Finder Rename (utility to rename files on your Mac) and My Living Desktop 5 (desktop screenshot).
You can watch a video tour of the apps included to see if any of them might be what you’re after.
Buy the Bundle
Pick up the bundle while you can if any of the big three apps listed above appeal to you. The rest of the apps are hit or miss for me, but maybe you’ll find a use for some of them.