Perhaps just in time for the arrival of a brand new OS X version at tomorrow’s WWDC keynote is Mac App Recap, a weekly column that covers the best new, updated and discounted apps for Mac. On the docket this week includes a trio of RSS readers, a modern note-taking and markdown writing tool, a useful visual bookmarks app and more. Read ahead for a look at 9 apps for Mac that you simply can’t miss…
The once popular RSS reader Reeder 2 has finally returned, with support for multiple services like Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, Fever and Readability. The app also supports local or standalone RSS if you do not want to use a third-party service. Features include themes, gestures, customizable shortcuts and sharing. Reeder 2 is $9.99 on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.9 or later.
Write is a modern note-taking and markdown writing tool with a well-designed user interface, perfect for writers, students, bloggers or anyone looking to keep things in order. Write stores and organizes your notes in a clean manner, with features including syntax highlighting and a unique rich text markdown mode. Write is $6.99 for a limited time for OS X 10.8 or later.
Stache is a productivity app that makes it quick and easy to collect and rediscover pages that you find useful, interesting or simply worth looking at more than once. The app has a fully searchable library of pages, with simple visual bookmarking, quick-look previews, browser extensions, iCloud integration and more. Stache is $6.99 for OX 10.9 or later as an introductory price.
MagicalPad is a versatile note-taking productivity app for managing your notes, ideas, mind maps, outlines, checklists and tasks for school, personal and business needs. Its developers dub the app as the ultimate OneNote for Mac alternative, with an iPad version available as well. MagicalPad is 30% for a limited time, going for $39.99 on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.8 or later.
Tokens is not on the Mac App Store, but its recent update to version 1.2 is worth mentioning. The updated version of Tokens introduces a new feature called Campaigns, integrating with Passbook to make it easy for developers to share promo codes at WWDC next week. Tokens has also been reduced in price from $29 to $19 for personal use. Buy the app from Tokens for Mac.
Apple recently highlighted an update to the new minimal text editor Leafnote, in which it gained updated sandboxing support. The app lets you keep multiple documents together as a single project, organized in an easy-to-rearrange tree. It can be used for projects large and small, ranging from simple thoughts to a thesis or novel. Leafnote is $9.99 for OS X 10.6.6 or later.
On Sale Apps
Leaf RSS Reader has been discounted to just 99 cents for a limited time, which is 80% off its regular $7.99 price tag. The sale comes on the heels of Leaf 3, which will be released soon with several new features. Anyone purchasing the app while it is on sale will get the update for free. Leaf RSS Reader is 99 cents on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.8 or later while it is on sale.
Sweetie has gone free for a limited time to celebrate the anniversary of its developer. The photography app stylizes photos and turns them into beautiful text art images. It has a simple and clean user interface for choosing tile types and sizes, fonts, charsets, color options and more. Other features are multiple layouts and accurate edges processing. Sweetie is free for OS X 10.6 or later.
ReadKit, which was included in the Best of 2013 section on the App Store, is on sale for $4.99 for a limited time. The app is a full-featured read later and RSS client that supports services from Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, Pinboard, Delicious, Feedly, Fever, NewsBlur, Feedbin and Feed Wrangler. The app also has built-in RSS capabilities. ReadKit is $4.99 for OS X 10.8 or later.
That concludes another edition of Mac App Recap. We’re curious what your opinions are about this roundup, so any feedback is appreciated. If you know of any new, updated or discounted apps that we have not mentioned above, feel free to share them in the comments section down below.