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9 Mac Apps for Free!

9 free Mac Apps

Who don’t love free software? Macupdate got a great bundle for us Mac users. They are giving out 9 Mac Apps for totally free. Yes free!

The apps that are given out for free:

  • Backblaze – 3 months of free online backup service
  • Grappler – save and store almost any audio or video from the Web.
  • Color Strokes – an interactive photo editor that brings you a bold palette of color manipulation tools.
  • Light Frame – helps you add artful, attractive frames to your photos.
  • Photo Batch – lets you quickly process, adjust, resize, and crop sets of photos.
  • Video Rotate – rotates your videos for optimal presentation and editing.
  • Data Guardian – Secure your files with advanced 448-bit encryption.
  • MacCleanse – Selectively erase logs, caches, and more.
  • SnapNDrag – Capture and share your screen.

So what are you waiting for? Go to MacUpdate and download the free bundle today! It is valid till 28th March 2013.

 


MacUpdate Bundle: Parallels 7, Busycal, ScreenFlow and more for just $49.99

I’m a fan of MacUpdate Bundle/Promo, I bought Macupdate bundle last year, and this year their promotion is here again. Unlike most other promotions, Macupdate bundle usually consist of alot of good and quality applications. Imagine you are getting the usual $79.99 Parallels 7 Desktop, $49.99 BusyCal and $99 ScreenFlow. This 3 apps will already be worth the $49.99 you are going to pay.

Check out the full list of apps below:

1) Parallels Desktop 7 ($79.99)
2) BusyCal ($49.99) (first 10,000 bundles)
3) ScreenFlow 3 ($99.00)
4) Civilization V ($39.99) Gods & Kings expansion pack for just $20
5) Jaksta ($49.95)
6) Espionage 3 ($19.99)
7) Attachment Tamer 3 ($14.99)
8 ) Speed Download 5 ($25.00)
9) KeyCue 6 ($28)
10) A Better Finder Rename 9 ($19.95)
11) My Living Desktop 5 ($29.95)

For more information on the apps, watch the video:

Seriously very worth it. If you are interested, please check out MUpromo.com and save tons of money.


Get a great FTP Client – Forklift at $0.99 in Mac App Store now!

Forklift in Mac App Store got a limited-time offer at just $0.99!

If you have been using Mac for a period of time, you should hear about Forklift. Forklift is a very robust and cool Mac FTP Client.

Here’s the description in Mac App Store:

ForkLift is a robust and elegant file manager and FTP/SFTP client, fully embracing the Apple methodology of bringing incredible power to a beautiful and easy-to-use, approachable interface, it also integrates multiple features you would normally buy in many separate applications. Batch Rename, App Deleter, Archive creation & management, powerful Folder Sync, and the ability to Split and Combine large files are all at your fingertips.

Features
• Dual-pane, tabbed file management
• Connect to a remote or shared volume using FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, iDisk, SMB, AFP, NIS
• Stacks: virtual containers for working with many disparate files across volumes
• Workspaces: save a snapshot of your current directories and connections
• Folder Sync: keep two folders in sync with granular control including powerful RegExp rules
• Synclets: save any sync setup as a stand-alone app for one-button instant updating from your dock or as a cronjob
• Remote Edit files with the editors of your choice, configurable based on file extensions
• Transfer Queue: manage copy operations with global conflict management and file reordering
• Favorites Manager: organize large numbers of connections with ease
• Multi-Rename files with sequencing, add/replace text, RegExp, and metadata support
• Archive creation and management using the Unarchiver framework
• Powerful RegExp-enabled Search, Filter and Select files on any volume
• App Deleter that automatically finds and deletes related app preferences and plists
• Split and combine large files
• Columns, List, Icon and Cover Flow views with full Quick Look support
• Full keyboard support with configurable shortcuts
• Blazing fast transfer engine

Be sure to catch this great deal! You can download Forklift at MacAppStore by clicking here.


Free Snow Leopard OS for remaining MobileMe Users!

 MobileMe to be killed by 30th June

MobileMe will be killed by 30th June 2012, iCloud will be officially taking over MobileMe. But in order to access iCloud services, you will need to be on the latest Mac OS Lion. Thus Apple is giving out free copies of Snow Leopard OS to all remaining MobileMe customers who have yet to jump onboard to Lion.

Free Snow Leopard for MobileMe users!

Please note that you will still need to purchase Lion from Mac App Store after upgrading to Snow Leopard before you can use iCloud’s services. So if you still not on Lion/Sn0w Leopard and still having MobileMe account, check out this link in order to get your free Snow Leopard DVD. Mac OS Lion costs $30.

Existing MobileMe users will be able to get up to 25GB of iCloud Plan.


OS X Mountain Lion AirPlay Mirroring via AppleTV

OS X Mountain Lion AirPlay

One of my favorite feature that Mountain Lion is offering is AirPlay Mirroring. AirPlay mirroring has been available for iPad or iPad, meaning you can stream or mirror what you see in your iPad/iPhone to your AppleTV which will be shown on your big screen TV.

Mountain Lion is going to bring that feature to Mac, so you can stream or mirror your Macbook/iMac screen to your big screen in your living room! Pretty cool huh? It almost makes me wonder, isn’t this going to push AppleTV’s sales, especially in cooperate environment? Imagine having an AppleTV hooking up to your TV in your meeting room. You can present your keynote just on your Mac wirelessly.

Anyway back to AirPlay, so with AirPlay you will be able to stream/mirror your Mac to your TV, and not only image, even sound will be push over to the TV. Thus you can stream any movie to your TV.

Check out Insanely Great Mac‘s Video, he have done a demo on it:


Apple’s Mountain Lion Demo

OS X Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion will be Apple’s up and coming latest OS. OS X Mountain Lion, note that they have removed “Mac” from Mac OS X. It was remove for obvious reason, OS X is slowly integrating with iOS and I’m sure they have plans to just have 1 OS in the future.

So what is new in Mountain Lion?

Quite a fair bit, judging that Lion is not even 1 year old.

  • Better integration of OS X with iCloud, you can upload document and files from your Mac to iCloud
  • Messages – able to send iMessages to any iOS or Mac via this app. GTalk and Yahoo! Messager are supported too! Almost like a all-in-one Message/Chat Client
  • Reminders – Apple brought iOS’s Reminder App into Mac, so now you can access whatever reminder you have enter on Mac/iOS on any devices you are at
  • Notes – Similar to Reminders, all the notes you have written in iPhone/iPad will be accessible on your Mac too. Yes, they are sync over iCloud
  • Notification Center – All your notification like iMessage, Friend Request, Calendar alerts, App Store updates, will be available on Mac. It looks exactly how it looks on iOS 5
  • Share Sheets – It enable to you easily share from anywhere to everywhere. You can tweet a cool site you found from Safari, Send notes via Mail, send video to Vimeo, or even post photo to Flickr
  • Twitter Integration just like iOS. You can quickly compose and send a tweet anywhere on your Mac
  • Game Center – You can now access your Game Center, so in theory you should be able to play games against your friends on your Mac while they are on iPad/iPhone
  • AirPlay Mirroring – My favorite feature of all. You now can stream your entire Mac screen to your HDTV in your living room, wirelessly via AppleTV. Just like what you can do with your iPad. It is very cool.
Check out the demo video from Apple(Please note that this YouTube video is not uploaded by Apple, as they have yet to upload)


New Messages App for OS X, you can now send iMessage to any iOS users on your Mac

Mountain Lion

Apple have just announced Mountain Lion OS, which will be coming to us pretty soon. It will be a refresh with some very cool updates, almost integrating iOS into Mac OS.

Messages

One of the update is an App – Messages.  Messages is almost like iMessage in iOS, but more powerful. In Messages App, you can not only send unlimited iMessages to any iOS/Mac users, you can now also chat via gtalk, Yahoo! Messager or even Jabber.  But of course, the killer feature is iMessage.

Send iMessage to anyone holding on to iOS Devices via your Mac

So what does this means? It means you can virtually reply messages to anyone who is using iPhone via your Mac, you don’t even need to talk your iPhone to do that. How cool is that? Ever seen the launch of Whatsapp, iMessages and so on, I have been thinking, why am I still restricted in replying to my friends via my iPhone since I already have a Mac infront of me. Going back to iPhone to reply a message honestly breaks my workflow.

What I think about Messages

With Apple’s new Message Client on Mac, I can reply to any iMessage I receive, I can even do FaceTime, send photos and video over to any iOS devices! How cool is that? I have been testing it for awhile, it has been pretty good, although I have encounter some issues off and on, but it is still in beta.

You can download beta Messages App now from Apple’s website and give it a try now!

 


LaCie’s Thunderbolt Drives available now!

Thunderbolt drive

Finally we are seeing small progress of 3rd party vendor coming out with Thunderbolt accessories. LaCie has come out with their 2big Thunderbolt Series and they are now available! 2big Thunderbolt drives offer speed up to 327MB/s and 676MB/s if you daisy chain 2 or more of them.

Cool looking, but a powerful device

It’s aluminum shells is pretty cool looking and holds either 4TB or 6TB worth of storages. Thus it will be a very good choice for creative professional for photos or videos, or even home users who just wish to have a quick drive with huge storage. It is heat-sink cooled and also in addition, a thermo-regulated fan which will turn off and on depending on the temperature of the drives.

Overall it is a very cool and fast drive for any Mac owners, but they don’t come cheap. 4TB will cost you USD$650 and 6TB will run up to $800.

For more information, Check out LaCie’s 2big Thunderbolt Series


Alfred 1.0 Free in Mac App Store

Alfred is my favorite App launcher Software on Mac. In short, Alfred works like spotlight, in fact alfred is kind of like a enhanced spotlight. It is much faster and looks much more cleaner than spotlight. Alfred is actually tapping on to spotlight’s database, thus whatever you can search in spotlight, alfred can too, but quicker.

You can download Alfred for free at the Mac App Store

Summary of changes for the Mac App Store version:
* Improved performance
* Drop folders directly into search scope list
* Allow for + for space encodings in custom searches to support more site searches
* Improved look to the “Alfred should have found something” fallback result
* Update to newer Growl framework
* Improve accuracy when using double tap hotkeys, ensuring that shift doesn’t interfere
* Better URL recognition, including .local, localhost and URLs without http
* Cmd+c now copies information for the current result in Alfred’s default results (e.g. file path or URL)
* Word based matching for the ‘quit’ keyword, e.g. ‘quit chrome’ will now quit Google Chrome
* If {query} is used in a custom search’s title, no longer automatically appending {query}
* Alfred can now eject all items in /Volumes (set this in the preferences)
* Improve the ‘play’ keyword to also look at file name as well as track name
* Run “empty trash” command in the background to prevent blocking Alfred with very many trash items
* Fix subtext for iCloud synced contacts for correctly showing in Alfred
* Make the numpad “enter” key work the same as the “return” key
* Work around Lion bug where isCaseInsensitiveLike was failing for certain strings causing a hang
* Stop custom search icon from being lost when adding a second custom search with identical URL
* Fix help text on reindexing shell script, changing ‘any key’ to ‘enter’ for continue
* Update the Google Docs web search URL so that it doesn’t show the old style theme
* Fix Alfred’s default window position quirks when using a second screen with Alfred’s preferences showing
* When running .scpt files with the ‘MS Office’ experimental option selected, ensure Alfred correctly hides
* Improve defence against odd unicode character entry into Alfred search box
* Pre-compile regular expressions to improve performance
* Added defensive code for rare situations where the metadata query may be invalid / null


MacUpdate Bundle 2011 is here [Video]

MacUpdate Bundle is back! With just $49.99, you will be able to get 10 very useful apps which includes Roxio’s Toast Titanium, Data Rescue and Fantastical.

So what will you get for USD$49.99?

  1. Roxio’s Toast Titanium 11 – One of the best Disc burning software for Mac
  2. Data Rescue 3 – Data Recovery on Mac, allow you to recover data when you hard disk went into issue
  3. FX Photo Studio Pro 2.0 – Edit your Photos with ease with FX Photo Studio Pro with over 170 photo effects & filters
  4. Fantastical – The best Calendar App on Mac, allowing you to write natural language and calendar event will be marked
  5. iStats Menu – Monitor your system stats on your menubar.
  6. PhoneView 2.7.1 – Manage your iPhone via PhoneView, access music, videos, sms, mms and more.
  7. Concealer 1.0.8 – Hide and Encrypt your files/folders on your Mac
  8. EarthDesk – Browse the Earth with EarthDesk
  9. Mellel – A very useful Mac App for clean word processing.
  10. Bookends – Manage all your research, reference and information with Bookends.
Check out the Video on all 10 Apps here:

You can buy the bundle from MacUpdate

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