$10/month
Apps

Adobe Lightroom CC

With Apple basically having turned its back on continuing to develop its “pro” photo management app, Aperture, serious Mac photographers are essentially left with Adobe’s Lightroom as the only real game in town. Many photographers already preferred Lightroom to Aperture, if for no other reason than the fact that Adobe kept up a pretty brisk update cycle that seems to have fallen into a stride of one major upgrade per year. This spring brings Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC ($10/month), an update that preserves all of the features, UI, and workflow that Lightroom fans have come to love, with some great new added features such as Face Detection, HDR image support, panorama creation, video slideshows, HTML5 web galleries, and more.

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$18
Apps

Macphun Noiseless

Although recent iPhone cameras have gotten significantly better at low-light photography, it’s still inevitable that some graininess or “noise” will mar the surface of your photos when shooting in less ideal lighting conditions. Professional tools like Lightroom offer some capability of dealing with this, but running everything through Lightroom or Photoshop may be too much for the casual photographer to deal with. Fortunately, Macphun’s Noiseless ($18), provides a much simpler, lower-cost alternative. Designed with simplicity in mind, Noiseless provides a “one-button” solution for removing digital noise from photos while keeping the detail and color intact.

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$50-$300
Apps

Apple Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2 + Compressor 4.2

Apple has announced updates to Final Cut Pro X ($300), Motion ($50), and Compressor ($50) — Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2, and Compressor 4.2 respectively. Final Cut Pro 10.2 adds new 3D titles, improved masking, and native support for more camera formats to Apple’s professional video editing software. The complimentary Motion 5.2 adds more 3D title options, and Compressor 4.2 can create an iTunes Store Package, which can be quickly submitted to an iTunes Delivery Partner in order to sell a movie on the iTunes Store.

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$270
Cases

CalypsoCrystal CalypsoCase MacBook

If you’re looking for a stylish and elegant way to protect your new 12” MacBook, CalypsoCrystal has you covered with its new CalypsoCase for MacBook 12” ($270). Made from premium Italian leather on the outside and lined with special microfabrics, these cases provide a really luxurious option to store and carry your MacBook. Each case is hand-crafted in limited editions — no more than 500 of each design are made, with a unique serial number on each one — and include a patented smart ejection system for easily sliding your MacBook out with a minimum of fuss.

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Epson Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One Printer

Epson’s Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One Printer ($100) is an AirPrint-compatible printer which can print from an iOS device, as well as a Mac. A 2.5” color LCD screen and built-in card slot allow users to view, crop, and print right from the XP-420 itself. In addition to supporting AirPrint, the printer also comes with Epson Connect, a suite of free mobile printing solutions allowing for wireless printing from anywhere.

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$120
Mounts

Grovemade Laptop Stand

Despite the shiny, high-tech look of Apple’s MacBooks, natural and wood-finished products still remain popular choices for accenting one’s work environment, helping to create a more eclectic look. Grovemade’s Laptop Stand ($120) joins the company’s collection of handcrafted wooden accessories. Crafted from multiple molded sheets of wood veneer, the stand provides a graceful curve that raises your MacBook screen for ergonomics while providing room beneath for expanded space on your desk — a great place to keep your MacBook accessories out the way.

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Epson SureColor P600 Printer

For professionals and serious artists, there’s often still a desire to showcase your work in actual hard copy, and Epson has just the answer to that need in its latest entry into the higher-end printer game. The SureColor P600 boasts an advanced printhead, next-generation Epson inks, and enhanced imagine technology that combine to produce “exhibition-quality” black and white prints and “stunningly vivid” color prints.

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G-Technology G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt

G-Technology has introduced a number of new, rugged hard drives, and we’ve recently received the company’s 1TB G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt ($230). The product features a removable G-Drive ev RAW USB hard drive within a rugged enclosure. The hard plastic case with hard rubber accents features a watertight latch for water protection — the enclosure floats and can protect the drive in a pool of water “up to 1 foot for 30 seconds” — and it’s also pressure-resistant and dust-resistant. Additionally, G-Technology claims the enclosure can protect the drive from drops of up to 2 meters (about 6.6 feet) onto a “carpeted concrete floor.” Inside the enclosure is a 7200 RPM hard drive offering transfer rates up to 136MB/s, formatted for Mac, with the ability to be reformatted for Windows. A Thunderbolt cable is built into the enclosure itself for use when the hard drive is docked inside.

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$40
Apps

Flexibits Fantastical 2

While the Calendar app that Apple includes with OS X Yosemite is pretty good for casual, everyday users, it may sometimes fall short for those who rely on their calendar to manage their busier lives. Fortunately, there are alternatives, including Flexibits’ new Fantastical 2 ($40), a major update to the company’s calendar app that takes it beyond its menu bar origins and brings it to life as a full-fledged standalone calendar replacement. Fans of the original Fantastical need not fear, however, as the menu bar option remains in place for quickly viewing your calendar from anywhere and adding appointments, but it’s back and better than before with the ability to detach it from the menu bar as a mini-calendar window that can be placed anywhere on your screen, and allow you to scroll through an infinite list of your appointments.

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Twelve South BaseLift for MacBook

If you do a lot of typing on your MacBook on the go, you may have discovered that the angle isn’t always optimal for comfort. That’s what Twelve South hopes to address with BaseLift for MacBook ($40), an integrated stand and laptop pad that’s always ready to both protect your lap and bring your MacBook to the optimal typing angle for doing serious work.

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$70
Mounts

Satechi Premium Aluminum Monitor Stand

If you’re tired of just putting your iMac atop a pile of books and want to add that extra little bit of height with a bit more style and functionality, Satechi has you covered with the Premium Aluminum Monitor Stand ($70). This stand has a modern style that fits in perfectly with your Mac’s aesthetic while allowing you to more easily get your screen up to a comfortable eye level to eliminate neck strain.

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$179
April 2015
Cases

WaterField Designs Zip Brief 12" MacBook Case

The new MacBook may be small and ultra-slim, but WaterField Designs is still banking on the fact that users will be looking for stylish and elegant ways to protect and carry it. To that end, the company’s new Zip Brief ($179) aims to provide a sophisticated yet unobtrusive design for Apple’s slimmest MacBook ever. The exterior is made from naturally tanned leather with waxed canvas or ballistic nylon, and the bag is designed to be TSA-friendly, opening fully for airport security inspections without risking anything falling out.

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April 2015
Macs

Apple MacBook

Just when you thought Apple couldn’t possibly make a smaller and thinner MacBook, along comes The new MacBook ($1,299 / $1,599). Described by Apple during the company’s March event as the company’s attempt to “reinvent the notebook,” the latest entry shrinks the dimensions in all directions, providing a 12” Retina display in an all-metal enclosure that manages to reduce the size below the 11” MacBook Air — previously Apple’s smallest MacBook offering. The thickest point on the new MacBook is 13.1mm, and the unit weighs in at a mere 2lbs, making it the thinnest and lightest Mac that the company has ever produced. In fact, this one is so small that it’s only the need to include a full-sized keyboard and 12” display that keeps it from being any smaller; both the screen and keyboard flow to the edges of the device.

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Free*
Apps

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac Preview

While there are no shortage of options for office productivity apps among Mac users, ranging from Apple’s own iWork suite to more cloud-based solutions like Google Docs, it’s pretty hard to argue that Microsoft’s Office suite remains the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to features and compatibility for exchanging documents with others. Even though Microsoft tends to lag a bit behind in their Mac versions, they provide reasonably good support for the Mac platform, making it easier for users to work on files from their own computers, or even to use their Macs at work. With Microsoft’s Office 2016 for Mac Preview (free), the company is basically giving away preview versions of its latest Office apps, a bundle that now adds Microsoft OneNote alongside updated options of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

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$60
Cases

STM Dux for MacBook Air

We’ve seen STM’s Dux for both iPhone and iPad before, and now we have an early look at the MacBook Air edition of the protective case. STM’s Dux for MacBook Air ($60) is a transparent polycarbonate case with TPU edges for drop protection. Four textured rubber feet on the bottom of Dux prevent your MacBook from slipping on a smooth surface. We received the 13” MacBook Air version of Dux, but a 11” MacBook Air version should be available, as well. The 13” version should be released in late April/early May.

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