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10 top Free web dev Apps For Apple Web Designers

Posted on 15 April 2017 by Couchy

aptana Studio: Build, deploy, scale

Supporting PHP, ROR and Python this is a serious tool. Although I have only used it for basic HTML, CSS editing I found that a breeze with helpful hints and colour coding of syntax. It’s going to be around for the long run as they just secured $7.8 Million in Funding. Its 100% free and monetises via its web app hosting platform.

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GIMP

An alternative to Photoshop its completely open source and has a plug-in available that converts the layout closer to Photoshop for an easy learning curve. A great way for aspiring web designers to start honing there skills.

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Handbrake

For converting your video files into a web friendly format you cannot go past this one.

 

Caliper Project

For pixel perfect designs you need a simple measurement tool like Caliper.

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MAMP: Mac – Apache – MySQL – PHP

The essential coding environment just a few clicks away :>.

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Cyberduck

FTP browser that also supports, SFTP, WebDAV, Cloud Files & Amazon S3.

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Dashalytics

Google Analytics on your Dashboard.

Sequel Pro

MySQL database management app.

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Dropbox

File sharing the way it should be :>. Great if you are often moving between the office, your home Mac and your MacBook.

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Paparazzi!

A tiny app that makes screenshots of websites.

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Bad news for blokes

Posted on 22 March 2017 by Katie

Sorry guys, looks like the iPhone app Hottest Girls has been pulled out from the Apple Store. Seems like the application was getting too raunchy for Apple when it started posting nude and topless photos of models.

What’s your opinion boys and girls?

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10 of the Best Free Games on Mac

Posted on 13 March 2017 by jake

Have you ever tried searching for that certain game to play on your Mac OS X? Well, worry no more because here’s 10 of the best FREE games available on any console including Mac OS X. The list is based from PC Fastlane. These games are available for download. Just click the titles.

10th – Battle For Westnoth

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Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host against whom none can stand! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition.

9th – Scorched 3D

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Learning how to play is easy, just point the turret, adjust power and trajectory, select a weapon – and shoot! Manage your inventory of weapons with the prize money you can win during each round of combat. Learn the basic controls using the tutorial mode, or set up your own game by customizing dozens of economy and environmental conditions to your liking, or simply play online immediately at one of the various public servers.

8th – Chopper

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Chopper is an action-packed, side-scrolling helicopter game. Complete your mission, and return to base, while avoiding enemy fire from tanks, bazooka-wielding mad men, and jets.

7th – Sauerbraten (Cube 2)

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Free single and multi player 1st person shooter game with some satisfying fast old school game play. A large variety of game play modes from classic SP to fast 1 on 1 MP and objective based team play, with a great variety of original maps to play on.

6th – Freedoom

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This game is an open source version of Doom. Enjoy a jam-packed action of zombie-killing madness.

5th – Neverball

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Tilt the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course before time runs out. Neverball is part puzzle game, part action game, and entirely a test of skill.

4th – Quinn

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Quinn is an arcade-style tetromino puzzle game written and designed specifically for Mac OS X.  It features a clean, elegant user interface, beautiful graphics, and smooth, subtle animations for fluid gameplay.  Instead of reinventing the game with yet another variation of the rules, the goal of Quinn is to combine the simplicity of the original idea with the genuine Mac experience for perfect user enjoyment.

3rd – Glest

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Glest is a free 3D real-time strategy game, where you control the armies of two different factions: Tech, which is mainly composed of warriors and mechanical devices, and Magic, that prefers mages and summoned creatures in the battlefield.

2nd – FreeCiv

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Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the stone age to the space age.

1st – PlaneShift

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PlaneShift is a Role Playing Game immersed into a 3D virtual fantasy world which is FULLY FREE to play. Fully free means you will have no surprises of premium content which will limit your game play or unbalance the game. There are no limitations in skills, ranks, abilities, items you can gain with your free account.

Enjoy!

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SenseApp, Google Adsense on your iPhone

Posted on 24 February 2017 by Couchy

Seriously cool display of your Adsense earnings on the move. A must have for those making money on Adsense. Supports channels, view by day and storing history on the iPhone for when your sailing in and out of reception.

All data is SSL encrypted so it will keep your account secure.

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Top 10 apps that make you want to switch to Mac

Posted on 30 December 2016 by Couchy

LiveView: on-screen prototyping on your iPhone

This is just freaking cool. LiveView can send a preview of what ever you are working on straight to all the iPhone’s on your LAN. The iPhone appears on your screen so you can position it over what you want to stream 1:1.

I’m sure we will see some innovative extensions come out of this. Although designed for collaboration you could use it to keep an idea on whats happening on your mac when you are away, say for example if you were in a chat application or some work specific program that can’t run on your iPhone.

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Billings

Fast, efficient and beautiful invoice creation. If you read any freelance blogs there is no doubt you have heard of it. We cannot find any alternatives on other platforms that do the job quite as well.

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Coda: Grow beautiful code

This is one of the apps that has switched the most web developers from Windows to Mac. Created to streamline your entire web process it achieves it in style.

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EventBox: Social networking in a box

A smart way to organise your Twitter, Facebook, Google, Flickr, Digg profiles to name a few, also supports RSS content. $15.00 while in beta.

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Scrivener: The biggest software advance since the word processor.

If you do any freelance writing or need to compile a hefty research report than this will be right up your alley. A 30 day free trial is available so away you go get scriving! (yeah that’s not really a word).

Delicious Library

Although not very practical for sheer OMFG look at this this app takes the cake. One of the coolest features though is to keep track of who borrowed your stuff by drag and dropping into your address book.

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Think

Designed to help you block out all those social networking apps and distractions, it can’t block out your girlfriend (yet) but other than that its got all the moves to help you focus on the task at hand.

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MacSaber: I can’t believe you thought this was just for iPhone

Free for all your duelling fun. It comes with one instruction do not get carried away and drop your $2000.00 PowerBook.

Cha-Ching

Track your spending with Cha-Ching for Mac and iPhone. Free for Mac and $2.99 for the iPhone companion.

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iLife ‘09

This sells Macs period. Whether its the parent who could never work out how photo editing worked on a PC or the kid who wants the simple Mac way this is the killer app.

iLife ’09. iPhoto. iMovie. GarageBand. iWeb. All part of every new Mac.

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Foursquare the new social networking phenomenon

Posted on 01 December 2016 by Couchy

Foursquare may be the next Twitter. This location based social networking application, was initially rejected  by Apple but after a second submission by its founder, Dennis Crowley, it is now available for your iPhone.

It comes with an innovative design which allows users to interact with friends while discovering their city. You get points and badges for special achievements by checking in with the application wherever you go which includes: restaurants, bars and nightclubs. For now the database only extends to the U.S. and the 12 larger metropolitan areas like  Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Austin, Boston, New York, San Francisco and LA.

So while you do your usual friday night drinks with the boys/girls  this cool application rewards you for it!

Who has it and what city are you in?

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Free Yelp app and virtual reality easter egg

Posted on 19 November 2016 by Couchy

Check out the Yelp app from Apple Store, its available free.

Based on the popular review site it allows users to view bar, restaurant etc ratings using their camera and the direction it is pointing.

It is released as a hidden easter egg as the feature is not yet officially supported by Apple.

Jen from Mashable explains.

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Firemint’s Real Racing Game

Posted on 11 November 2016 by Katie

For anyone who enjoys a good game on the go, Firemint’s Real Racing is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch. The people at Firemint are behind mobile games such as Need for Speed: Most Wanted, The Fast and the Furious: Fugitive and FIA World Rally Championships.

This game has been praised for it’s attention to detail and ability to act as a simulator. It features 36 cars, 12 tracks and five different game modes. Steering is controlled depending on preference, via tilt or touch. Other than the cool graphics it can also show up to six cars on the screen at once. Another great feature is the ability to interact with other players by posting playbacks directly on YouTube from the phone.

Have any of you played this game?

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Apple’s App Store Total Downloads Top Two Billion

Posted on 06 September 2016 by kristen

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Today Apple announced that more than two billion applications from its iTunes App store have been downloaded to date.

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Whirlpools Creator Simon Wright announces Whirlpool App

Posted on 23 July 2016 by Couchy

At Optus Happy Place amidst much speculation Whirlpools Creator Simon Wright has announced there will indeed be a Whirlpool App coming.

He showed a slick looking preview version which supported  whims via push notification and kept track of unread whims across the online version of Whirlpool and the iPhone. It will also feature a news section and the forums.

In broader terms he talked about how he would like to see the quality of discussion improve and that he considers the site under moderated overall.

He also showed off his new Lingopal application.

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