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Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements (http://www.adobe.com) are two topnotch products for the Mac. Recently upgraded to version 10, the consumer photo- and video-editing software packages are available... Read more »
Since we’re MacTech, and we’re known for benchmarks, we get questions like “How much faster is VMware Fusion 4 vs. 3?" We decided to put VMware Fusion 4 to the test and compare version 4.0.1 to version 3.1.3, the... Read more »
By Daniel East onOne Software (http:www.oneononesoftware.com) has rebranded Genuine Fractals, the industry standard for image resizing, as Perfect Resize. The new version has quite a few improvements to make enlarging... Read more »
My past in gaming involved videogames, not computer games . In my younger days, I owned a ColecoVision and an Atari 2600, Atari 4800 and Atari 7800. I enjoyed playing games like Pac-Man and Centipede using a joystick or... Read more »
Inpaint for Mac (http://www.theinpaint.com/) lets you remove unwanted objects from a photo easily -- as long as you're not trying to remove complex objects. You can use it to repair old photos, remove watermarks,... Read more »
Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") will be happy to know that Micromat has "lion-ized" TechTool Protogo (http://www.micromat.com/protogo) as of version 3.0. The software allows you to turn an USB or FireWire device, such as an iPod... Read more »
Logitech's US$59.99 Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac (http://macte.ch/MjdS9) will tempt you if: You want a keyboard that doesn't require a physical connection OR batteries. You want a full-sized keyboard with a... Read more »
Tired of switching between documents and wishing you could just see 'em all at once? Then Light Pillar's (http://www.lightpillar.com/) Window Tidy 1.0 (its first app for Mac OS X) may be for you. Window Tidy is an... Read more »
There are a handful of keyboard cases to turn your iPad into a netbook-type device, but I've seen none implemented any better than the Versavu Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Case (http://bit.ly/qr5NfW) for the iPad 2. The... Read more »
By the Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher MacTech Labs puts the new Parallels Desktop to the test to answer this question. The Upgrade Question One of the most frequent questions we've been getting recently is "... Read more »
Acclivity's AccountEdge 2011(http://accountedge.com/mac/), the latest version of their business accounting software for the Mac, offers a plethora of new features, including retainers, progress billing, AccountEdge... Read more »
I'll give Targus' Lap Lounge for iPad 2 (http://bit.ly/qL6Ytz) this much: at least it's a new take on iPad accessories (if an imperfect one), and it's rare I see much innovation in this area. The Lap Lounge is an US$49.... Read more »
If you're like me, you have a half-dozen remotes for your AV equipment in the living room -- and half of them are hiding at any given time. Griffin Technology and Dijit Media have partnered to create the Beacon... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum Macware’s Disk Tools Pro (http://macte.ch/aqv1N) is an excellent all-around utility for maintaining, optimizing and protecting your Macintosh hard drive. The suite of modules is an excellent... Read more »
Dockem (http://www.dockem.com) is a an universal phone and tablet wall mount that works with just about any smartphone (including the iPhone) and tablet (including the iPad). It offers a solution for displaying, storing... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum Although I’m usually a huge fan of Otterbox products (http://www.otterbox.com), the current iteration for the iPhone 4 has been disappointing. The new “Reflex” case (US$44.95) for the iPhone 4... Read more »
iHome's SD63 retro-style, hi-fidelity stereo headphones (http://www.ihomeaudio.com/SD63/) are cool looking, but didn't sit on my noggin especially well and lacked some oomph in the bass department. The SD63 headphones... Read more »
By Jay Nelson The text-handling tools in Photoshop are mostly adequate, assuming you know which fonts you want to use and have them activated. But what if you’re exploring and you want to try combinations of fonts that... Read more »
If you're an audio/video enthusiast (and who isn't these days?), Akitio's (http://www.akitio.com/) Taurus Mini Super-S provides an easy-to-use, reasonably priced (US$199), 2.5-inch, dual bay SATA enclosure, compact in... Read more »
WaterField Design (http://www.sfbags.com)'s Smart Case doesn't bring anything dramatically new to the MacBook Air market, but offers good-looking protection for the ultra-sleek laptop. The Smart Case is made of an... Read more »
If you're considering the US$129.99 iSound Portable Power Max (http://macte.ch/K38or) back-up battery, ask yourself two questions: Am I regularly running out of juice on my iOS devices? Do I need to charge more than one... Read more »
Posted by Greg Mills Back a few years ago, I invested in Dreamweaver and bought a manual the size of the New York City yellow pages required to understand how to do things with it. I built a few web sites with that... Read more »
Posted by Greg Mills It has been rumored for a while, that there was some sort of collaboration going on between Apple and Nuance, the Speech to Text company. Speech to Text is something that has been the fodder of... Read more »
Recently, I began ripping my entire DVD collection to save for viewing on my Mac. I have a BIG DVD collection and that requires lots of storage, which is where Western Digital's (http://www.wdc.com/en/) newest... Read more »
Even with the arrival of Lion and its LaunchPad app and other goodies, Yellow Lemon Software's FolderGlance (http://www.scsc.no/products/folderglance/), a utility for browsing files and folders, is still a sweet... Read more »
 
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Elastic Drums (Music)
Elastic Drums 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Music Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: *** Introduction price 3,99$ instead of 7,99$ ***Elastic Drums is a music app with 6 channels of synthesized drum sounds, a step sequencer and 4 fx channels, all tweakable in an elastic way. The sound range is from analog "... | Read more »
Fireworks Simulator (Games)
Fireworks Simulator 1.0.8 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.8 (iTunes) Description: *** 50% discount – For a short time only ***You can play Fireworks Simulator on these devices:- iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6+- iPad 3, 4- iPad mini 2- iPad air, iPad air 2 | Read more »
Nicky's Gift (Games)
Nicky's Gift 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Everybody! Merry Christmas!There's 48 levels in the game.Let's go! Nicky's Gift | Read more »
The Hit List — Simply Powerful Tasks, To...
The Hit List — Simply Powerful Tasks, To-Dos, Projects, & Reminders 2.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Productivity Price: $9.99, Version: 2.0 (iTunes) Description: >> LAUNCH SPECIAL: The Hit List 2 for iPhone is ONLY $9.99 for a LIMITED TIME. << | Read more »
Mahjong Journey Review
Mahjong Journey Review By Jennifer Allen on December 18th, 2014 Our Rating: :: STEADY MATCHINGiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Aimed at the more laid back gamer, Mahjong Journey isn’t for everyone, but those looking for some classic solitaire action will be happy.   | Read more »
Emoji Type - custom keyboard with predic...
Emoji Type - custom keyboard with predictive emojis 0.4.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Utilities Price: $.99, Version: 0.4.0 (iTunes) Description: Emoji Type is custom keyboard for iOS 8 that auto suggests emojis as you type. ABOUT EMOJI TYPE | Read more »
Game of the Year 2014 – 148Apps Staff Pi...
The end of 2014 is almost here, which can only mean one thing. Okay it can mean a lot of things, but in this specific context it means Game of the Year lists! Which is why the 148Apps staff have all picked their favorites from the past year. And why we’ve put them all into one handy list for you all to enjoy. It’s a nice list, too. Lots of variety... | Read more »
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