Free
Apps

Blizzard Entertainment StarCraft

Blizzard Entertainment has made its iconic StarCraft military strategy game free for Mac users ahead of the release of StarCraft: Remastered, a new version of the classic game complete with crisply updated graphics. For those who haven’t already invested countless hours in this series, StarCraft puts the player in the middle of a struggle for survival between three space-faring races: humans (or Terrans in the game), the buglike Zerg and the mysterious Protoss. Each race has its own units and structures with unique abilities, leaving the player to gather resources and figure out how to best upgrade their forces to combat a variety of threats. The free download also includes the StarCraft: Brood War expansion.

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$10
Apps

Overmacs PhotoSweeper 3.0

If you’re anything like us, you probably have more duplicate photos laying around your Mac than you know how to deal with, especially considering the multiple tools Apple has created over the years for managing photos. We’ve been through iPhoto, and then Aperture, and now the macOS Photos app, and since digital memories are often precious, it’s not uncommon to be a little reluctant to trash a folder of photos unless you’re absolutely certain that you’ve got a copy somewhere else. So unless you’re hardcore about spending time keeping your file system and photo libraries in pristine order, chances are you’ve got duplicate folders of photos sitting around in dusty corners of your filesystem. Enter PhotoSweeper 3.0 ($10), OverMacs’ latest update to our favorite app for dealing with duplicate photos across all of your libraries and filesystems. Version 3.0 adds a great new “side-by-side” view that lets you much more easily compare photos from two distinct sources, ensuring that you’re only cleaning up photos from one place while ignoring duplicates within each group. So you could put your Apple Photos library on one side, and a folder full of JPGs on the other to easily eliminate those that you’ve already imported.

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Logitech MK850 Performance Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Logitech’s new MK850 Performance Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Comb is the company’s latest in its lineup of input devices for power users, combining a full-featured ergonomic keyboard with the company’s M720 Triathlon wireless mouse. Although the MK850 doesn’t exactly have a Mac-like aesthetic, don’t let that fool you, as Logitech’s Options software is fully Mac-compatible and Mac-aware, providing support for controlling all of the usual keyboard functions, and mapping mouse gestures to swiping between desktops, bringing up Mission Control, LaunchPad, Exposé, and more. Further, Logitech has introduced a new “DuoLink” feature that pairs the mouse and keyboard to work together, allowing a second set of actions and gestures to be assigned to the mouse buttons that can be triggered when holding down the Fn key on the keyboard. For example, if you regularly listen to music on your Mac, you could set up the mouse so that holding down Fn and middle-clicking or tilting the scroll wheel pauses or switches between tracks, or scrubs forward and backward between tracks.

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$30
Cables

Belkin DuraTek USB–C Cable

While we don’t normally get all that enthused about cables, if you need a USB-C cable for your new MacBook Pro that will withstand just about anything, you’ll want to take a look at Belkin’s new DuraTek USB-C cable ($30). Inspired by industrial cabling, race car and aerospace construction methods, this new USB-IF certified cable features Kevlar-reinforced conductors that protect the wires inside, a double-braided nylon cable jacket, and longer, flexible strain relief to help absorb bending stresses. As cables go, it’s also one of the more attractive designs we’ve seen.

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$60
Apps

IK Multimedia Fulltone Collection for AmpliTube

As if the collection of gear in IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube 4 wasn’t already impressive enough, the music tech company has released another new collection of great high-end sounds and effects in the new Fulltone Collection for AmpliTube. Featuring a wide range of tones from the classic to the contemporary, the new collection promises “boutique sound for the discerning musician” inspired by guitarist and composer Michael Fuller’s vision for quality stompboxes.  The Fulltone Collection includes three powerful processors that work great in both music production and creative sound design, which, thanks to IK’s usual focus on hyperrealism, provide all of the mojo and feel of the original Fulltone hardware folded into the intuitive design of AmpliTube.

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$80
Cases

Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series Case for MacBook Pro 15-Inch with TouchBar

If you’re a road warrior looking to take your new MacBook Pro with you on all of life’s adventures, you’ll be happy to know that Urban Armor Gear (UAG) has just released its latest drop-tested MIL-SPEC case for the new 15” TouchBar MacBook Pro. The new Plasma Series Case for MacBook Pro 15-Inch with TouchBar ($80) features a translucent “Ice” design that allows you to show off your MacBook Pro while still providing three layers of comprehensive wear, tear, and drop protection.

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$30

SmallCubed Mail Act-On

For those who aren’t quite comfortable living entirely on the web, Apple’s macOS Mail is actually a pretty capable e-mail app, providing a nice, clean user interface and all of the features that most users would need. However, like most Apple apps, power users will probably find Apple Mail to be a bit light on more advanced features, which is where third-party developers come in with to fill the gaps with plugins to extend Mail’s functionality while preserving it’s straightforward design. SmallCubed’s Mail Act-On ($30) is at the top of our list of indispensable plugins that add significant power to the Apple Mail experience — allowing you to file messages into folders using only the keyboard, set up sophisticated “macros” using standard Apple Mail rules that can be triggered using keyboard shortcuts, and even creating rules that can be applied to outgoing messages. As if all of that wasn’t enough, Mail Act-On also bakes in the ability to create templates for quickly sending canned replies.

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Henge Docks Horizontal Docking Station

Henge Docks’ Horizontal Docking Station ($499) remains one of the coolest and most powerful docking stations we’ve seen for the MacBook Pro. While it doesn’t come cheap, you’re getting what you pay for here, providing your MacBook Pro with Retina Display with a solid and attractive “home base” on your desk and a ton of extra ports to go with it. If you regularly hook up your MacBook to an external monitor in your home or office and have a lot of external accessories, it’s a much more elegant solution than juggling cables and smaller hubs — you just drop your MacBook Pro into the Horizontal Dock’s base and all of the necessary connections automatically extend from the sides into the appropriate ports on your MacBook. When you’re ready to hit the road, a press of the button or click of a menu bar app will automatically eject all of your mounted external drives from within macOS and then retract the connectors to disconnect from the dock. It’s so slick and effortless that it borders on magical.

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$25
Apps

SmallCubed SigPro

If you like getting fancy when signing off on your e-mails in Apple Mail, you’ll appreciate what SmallCubed’s SigPro ($25) has to offer. Recently given a major update for macOS Sierra, SigPro carries on where Apple Mail’s built-in signature options end off, allowing you to not only specify individual signatures for each of your mail accounts, but also distinct signatures to be used for each of your mail aliases on a single account. It goes far beyond this, however, with advanced dynamic signature features ranging from including account-specific info like your e-mail address while using the same signature block across multiple accounts, to including random quotations, the song you’re listening to in iTunes, your latest blog posts, and even a Skype button for your contacts to quickly reach out to you with a click.

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$150
Apps

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office ($150) is offering an update through its beta program that enables the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar to be used with Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. After registering for the “Office Insider” program, Office users will have access to all kinds of new shortcuts in the Touch Bar, including the ability to change fonts or format text in Word, reorder slides in PowerPoint, save recently used functions or color cells in Excel, and view calendar appointments in Outlook. Microsoft has also added Touch Bar functionality to Skype for Business calls, with the ability to activate, mute and end calls. The update is free to those who already own Microsoft Office.

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Scosche USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

For Mac users lamenting the lack of ports in the 2016 MacBook Pro line, Scosche’s new USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter provides a simple solution to make use of some older devices. The three-port adapter offers a traditional USB-A port compatible with most flash storage drives and other accessories, an HDMI port to connect external monitors or projectors, and an additional USB-C port that can be used as a power input to charge the computer even while the other ports are in use. The USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter costs $60 and is available now on Scosche’s website.

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Twelve South MagicBridge

For Mac users looking to unite their Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2, Twelve South’s MagicBridge is a simple solution. The white polycarbonate tray holds the two peripherals together as if they were a single unit, providing a lightweight solution to declutter a desk or make it possible to hold both devices in your lap. Silicone pads inside the tray protect the devices, and silicone pads on the bottom protect surfaces from scratches. The tray doesn’t inhibit Bluetooth signals and the grill on the back allows for access to all ports and switches, with the Trackpad on either the right or the left side. The MagicBridge is $35.

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Free
Apps

Zoho Notebook

If you’ve been looking for an attractive and easy-to-use note-taking app that fits somewhere between Apple’s built-in Notes app and the leviathan that is Evernote, you might want to take a look at Zoho’s new free Notebook app for Mac. Zoho’s award-winning iOS Notebook app had been around for a while, and has also gained some very nice iOS updates recently such as an iMessage app, Siri search support, and even searching of audio notes using new APIs in iOS 10. This addition of a Mac app makes for a big step in providing a more comprehensive note-keeping solution. Users familiar with the iOS version will find that Notebook for macOS provides the same common user interface, with attractive, fun, and gesture-rich navigation brought over from the iOS side; two-finger trackpad pinches are used to open and close notebook and notes, and two-finger swipes can be used to swipe on a notebook for more information or to flick through grouped note cards. Notes can be given unique colors for quick identification, and a variety of cover styles are available for each notebook — or you can use any photo of your choice.

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$200
Apps

Apple Logic Pro X 10.3

Apple has announced a major update to its Logic Pro X 10.3 ($200) recording app, with advanced support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro models along with a new modern design and several other advanced features. Touch Bar users can now view and navigate their project in a timeline view right in the Touch Bar, along with accessing volume and Smart Controls for any selected track. The Touch Bar also provides access to performance controls, such as a piano keyboard and drum pads to play and record software instruments, and keyboard shortcut sequences can be assigned to controls on the Touch Bar, as well. A new Track Alternatives feature provides the ability to quickly create and switch between different groupings of regions and edits on any track, allowing more flexibility in experimenting with creative ideas or evaluating different versions of a track in progress. Selection-based Processing has also been added, allowing users to combine multiple Logic and third-party effect plug-ins into one or more audio regions.

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$3
Apps

Fingerlab Yuri

In Fingerlab’s new game Yuri, the titular character awakes in his bed in the middle of a dark and strange forest, filled with fantastical plants and mysterious beasts. Players navigate Yuri through this odd world, rolling along on the casters of his bed to cross rivers, find secret passages and explore all the way to the center of the Earth. The side-scrolling platformer has 10 hand-drawn levels with no menus or counters to distract with the noir feel and the fast-paced gameplay. Original music and sound effects add to the unique artwork, immersing the user in an experience reminiscent of the adventure comics that inspired the game’s creators. Yuri is available for Mac or iOS for $3.

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