Mac App Recap: 10 apps for OS X to test drive

By , Jun 8, 2014

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We’ve already hit the one month mark since we introduced Mac App Recap, a weekly column that covers a handful of the best new, updated and discounted apps for OS X. The idea stemmed from our daily App Recap roundup for iPhone and iPad apps, but this one is posted on a weekly basis because of less activity on the Mac App Store. This week, we’ve got 10 apps to show you for to-do lists, RSS feeds, password management and more. Check it out… 

New Apps

BF WarBlock Fortress: War is a new real-time strategy game set in an alternate and blocky dimension, home to a diverse collection of alien civilizations. Take control of an army and fight epic battles across a huge campaign, with several heroes and five unique races to master. Block Fortress: War is $9.99 on the Mac App Store and requires OS X 10.9 or later and a 64-bit processor.

TaaskyTaasky is a beautiful task manager for Mac with several innovative features: editable colored lists, priority tasks, intelligent reminders, iCloud synchronization and more. The app has an award-winning design that looks best suited for the all-new OS X Yosemite, with simple and intuitive controls. Taasky is $3.99 on the Mac App Store and requires OS X 10.8 or later and 64-bit.

RecipesRecipes is a recipe manager for building a visual library of all of your favorite food dishes, while making the documentation of your cooking process a delight. You can categorize recipes from around the world, search for recipes in the in-app web browser, create grocery lists, share recipes and more. Recipes is $9.99 on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.9 or later and 64-bit.

Anomaly DefendersAnomaly Defenders is a fast-paced turret defense game where you must defend the alien home world from human counterattack. In this tower defense sub-genre game, do everything it takes to destroy humans: repair your towers, sacrifice your towers, plan decisive counterattacks and more. Anomaly Defenders is $9.99 on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.6.8 or later.

Updated Apps

1P MacEarlier this week, our own Christian Zibreg covered a recent update to the password manager app 1Password. The update adds support for the WhiteHat Aviator web browser, adds a Watchtower vulnerability status column in the Top View, improves the performance of code signature verification and more. 1Password is $49.99 for OS X 10.8.4 or later and 64-bit.

Reeder 2Following its reintroduction on the Mac App Store last week, the popular RSS reading platform Reeder 2 has been updated to version 2.0.1. The app now lets you set various syncing options as gesture actions, alongside bug fixes for Pinboard login issues, adding subscriptions and more. Reeder 2 is $9.99 on the Mac App Store, and requires OS X 10.9 or later and a 64-bit processor.

On Sale Apps

LIMBOUncertain of his sister’s fate, a boy enters LIMBO. If you have a moment to try out this dark and mysterious game, it has been discounted from $9.99 to $4.99 on the Mac App Store for a limited time. In LIMBO, you wake up as a boy lost in a strange forest, with no indication of where he is headed. The touch-based platformer game requires OS X 10.6 or later.

BatmanBatman Arkham City GOTY has been on sale all week for $9.99, down from its regular $29.99 price tag. In the game, Batman is imprisoned alongside Gotham’s most notorious criminals, and he must use all of his wits, gadgetry and skill to escape before it’s too late. Batman Arkham City GOTY is $9.99 on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.7.5 or later.

PopClipPopClip has become of the top paid apps, thanks to a sale that drops the regular $4.99 app to 99 cents for a limited time. PopClip is a simple extension that appears when you select text with a mouse on Mac, providing instant access to actions like copy and paste, spelling corrections and more. PopClip requires OS X 10.6.8 or later and a 64-bit processor.

LockoLocko is a password manager and file vault app that draws some comparisons with 1Password. It is substantially cheaper, however, discounted from $19.99 to just 99 cents on the Mac App Store. The app stores confidential information such as web logins, credit card data, computer accounts and more. Locko requires OS X 10.8 or later and a 64-bit processor.

As always, we appreciate any feedback about this column in the comment section down below. If there are any new, updated or discounted Mac apps that we overlooked, feel free to share an App Store link with us. If you’re an app developer yourself, connect with us through email or on our social platforms if you would like to share your app for coverage consideration.

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  • Omar Abbasi

    Awesome post! Keep the awesome work up!

  • AnArcticMonkey

    Personally I feel like iCloud Keychains had pushed 1Password out of the picture. $49.99 is already a high price, although nearly worth it, but with Keychains I do not see why anyone would drop that much.

    I also cannot wait until iOS 8 where they “re-code” the entire app and charge for it again /s

    • Omar Abbasi

      I agree, the best part of Keychain is that its integration in iOS, but everything has their Pros and Cons

    • Noaaahh

      I agree too. 1Password has a lot of features, but the price is what is keeping me from getting it. Maybe if it was around $10/$15 (AUD) I would purchase it. Other than that, I have no problems with iCloud Keychain.

    • Eitot

      Why should they not charge for the iOS 8 update? From what I’ve seen thus far of iOS 8, it seems to bring so many significant changes that will undoubtedly have a huge impact on 1Password too. I would be happy to pay for such an update. To be fair, every re-release came with an initial discount. If the App Store would allow update pricing, I’m sure they would do it (as they do for non-App Store customers).

      iCloud Keychain only stores passwords and certain billing information, which is only part of what 1Password can do. I use it to manage separate profiles per website by adding security questions, registration numbers, and e-mail addresses. I also store game keys, banking details, secure notes and so on. This combined with a good UI and security audits, makes it a much reliable solution for me. In addition, iCloud Keychain only really works with Safari. It’s a good starting point, but just not as powerful as a dedicated password manager. I think 1Password will do just fine, their app always seems to hit the top lists once a discount is offered.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I think iOS 8 will have a bigger impact on the developers of Tweetbot. We still haven’t seen an iOS 7 iPad app so are we going to have to wait until iOS 9 for an iOS 8 app?

    • Alex

      iCloud Keychain is great, but it has plenty of shortcomings. Many sites prevent password storage and even iCloud Keychain (though it asks to store) will not pop up automatic re-entry for that login or logins. Not to mention, 1Password’s universally available on many platforms and it’s security watchtower feature is indispensable. You can also sync with dropbox and other services as well as iCloud. The price is also competitively priced with other high quality Mac OS apps (maybe not the same category, but in general). I don’t like the price being what it is, but I got my copy during a MacHeist giveaway and then upgraded at a discount and never looked back.

      Also, the password generator for iCloud Keychain (excellent as it may be) does not take into account automatically yet that some sites set max password length limits of 8 characters and ask for 1 cap, 1 number, 1 special character, to create a password. I would like to see these sites get with the times in regards to password creation, or the apps to realize this and adjust for these sites.

      Currently, I use both iCloud Keychain and 1Password and store the same passwords in both. One day (not too far in the future either), I suspect 1Password will become obsolete, but not unless it adds the features above.

    • Byron C Mayes

      The only people who complain about the price of 1Password are people who don’t really know what it does.

      If the only thing you plan to do is save passwords and only use Safari as your browser, then by all means just use iCloud Keychains. It’s quite adequate for that in most cases (except for those sites that don’t allow password storage, which is an increasing number). I use it for that myself, alongside 1Password.

      If you want to save/generate passwords, use them in browsers other than Safari, save credit card information, have an encrypted file saver, keep track of your software licenses, and [for some reason] access these on other platforms like Android and [ugh] Windoze (which some people are forced to use at work), then iCloud Keychain isn’t going to cut it and 1Password fills the bill — plus a bit more — quite nicely.

      And it’s well worth the full price, but it’s always going on sale for one reason or another.

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  • omrishtam

    why does all of the apps on the mac app store are priced? there are almost no useful and good apps for free, i know that people say that anyone with mac is rich or has a lot of money but this is getting out of hand, i don’t want to have to buy everything.
    don’t be surprised that people pirate your apps, developers.