The first edition of Mac App Recap focused on the best apps for OS X developers, but this week around it will feature the best new, updated and discounted apps on the Mac App Store. The roundup is highlighted by a sale on over a half dozen LEGO games, while important apps such as Feedly and Day One received major updates. Read ahead for over 12 apps for OS X to look at as the weekend winds down…
If you could have one app for getting things done, OmniFocus 2 for Mac would probably be a good choice. The app received a favorable review from Shawn Blanc and similar accolades from Stephen Hackett in recent reviews, and is a no-brainer for everything from managing projects to making to-do lists. OmniFocus 2 is $39.99 on the Mac App Store and requires OS X 10.9.2 or later and a 64-bit processor.
PencilSketch 2 turns your digital photos into natural looking pencil sketches. Simply drag and drop a photo into the app to turn it into a sketch, and use the built-in features to adjust the brightness and change the frame or background type. PencilSketch 2 is free on the Mac App Store and requires OS X 10.9 or later and a 64-bit processor. The full version can be unlocked for a $4.99 in-app purchase.
Follow the path of a great hero in The Path of Hercules, embarking on an exciting new journey to Ancient Greece to restore seven ancient artifacts, appease the gods and save the wonderful Peloponnese from destruction. The game has a mix of match three, hidden object and adventure gameplay. The Path of Hercules is free on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.6 or later. The full game can be unlocked for $6.99.
If you are looking to take your screen capturing ability to the next level, look no further than Powershot. The new app allows you to capture anything with a hotkey command, quickly add annotations and save the screenshot to your Mac clipboard or as an image file. The app supports multiple displays. Powershot is $1.99 on the Mac App Store and requires OS X 10.9 or later and a 64-bit processor.
Feedly has emerged as one of the most popular RSS readers following the shutdown of Google Reader, and just a few days ago its official Mac app was updated with the ability to open articles in a new tab inside the app. There were also bug fixes to resolve issues surrounding popup resizing, login buffering, OPLM file uploading and more. Feedly is free on the Mac App Store and requires OS X 10.9 or later and a 64-bit processor.
The award-winning journaling app Day One, which lets you record everything from once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, received an update this week with improved search for multi-byte characters, tags for Momento text entry imports, improved rendering of Chinese character dates, improved rendering, bug fixes and more. Day One is $9.99 on the Mac App Store and requires OS X 10.7.4 or later and a 64-bit processor.
Earlier this week, our own Christian Zibreg told you about an update to Pixelmator that brought the app to version 3.2 and included several new features: an all-new repair tool for removing unwanted objects or image imperfections, 16-bits per channel support, lock layers, the ability to convert selections into shapes and more. Pixelmator is $29.99 on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.9.1 or later and requires a 64-bit processor.
Ember is a creative app for storing your ideas and design inspiration, organizing them into collections based on tags and other metadata in your library. You can build a scrapbook of designs that interest you, subscribe to your favorite websites, take screenshots, sketch feedback on images and more. Ember, which made the Best of 2013 list, is $49.99 on the Mac App Store and requires OS X 10.9 or later and a 64-bit processor.
On Sale Apps
The useful productivity app Easy Notes has gone free for the first time since its release on the Mac App Store in April. The simple note-taking app, accessible from the OS X menu bar, has been steadily discounted from $9.99 to $4.99 to $1.99 to free over the past two months. You can grab Easy Notes for free on the Mac App Store for a limited time if you have OS X 10.9 or later and a 64-bit processor.
Nine different LEGO games for Mac are on sale through May 29th. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, LEGO Star Wars Saga, LEGO Indiana Jones 2, LEGO The Lord of the Rings, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 and LEGO Batman are all discounted by up to 75% off.
If you need to know the name of a chord, Chord Dictionary will tell you. It names every conceivable chord on the guitar neck, even the ones that are physically impossible to play. The app has gone free on the Mac App Store for the first time since November, down from its regular $1.99 price tag, so guitar players should get downloading. Chord Dictionary requires OS X 10.7 or later and a 64-bit processor.
The award-winning Mac security app PrivacyScan has been discounted from $14.99 to $1.99 for a limited time. The app securely erases pesky files to clean up your system and maintain your privacy, such as cache files, browsing history, cookies, flash cookies and temporary files. While the sale is on, PrivacyScan can be yours for $1.99 on the Mac App Store if you have OS X 10.6.6 or later and a 64-bit processor.
As there is less activity on the Mac App Store, this column is posted on a weekly basis. If you are looking for new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch instead, check out the regular App Recap posted throughout the week. If you know of any noteworthy changes to OS X apps that aren’t mentioned above, share them in the comments section below.