$40
Apps

Creaceed Prizmo 3

If you’re looking to achieve a paperless office and want a great way to scan, OCR and optimize images on your Mac, then you’ll want to take a look at Creaceed’s newly updated Prizmo 3 ($40). Now with OS X Yosemite support and boasting greatly improved image processing, Prizmo can take your scanned images and paperwork, whether they come from a document scanner or an iPhone camera, and clean up the text quality and color accuracy, while also improving optical character recognition.

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Free
Apps

Titanium Software OnyX 2.9

Apple’s annual free OS X updates are great, as well as a reminder that it’s time to do some housecleaning on your Mac. Enter Titanium Software’s venerable OnyX (free). Now updated for OS X 10.10 Yosemite in version 2.9, OnyX continues to be our tool of choice for cleaning up the cruft that occasionally accumulates on a well-used Mac, particularly across multiple app and OS X updates. It’s a relatively safe way to give your machine a general performance tune-up.

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$35
Apps

AgileBits 1Password 5

With yesterday’s official release of OS X Yosemite, there’s now a plethora of app updates showing up to fit with the new UI and take advantage Yosemite’s new features, including one of our staple apps, AgileBits 1Password 5 ($35). It’s been a year filled with Internet security issues, making the need for good security apps all the more apparent, and this latest update has a refreshed design that fits in with Yosemite, including adding support for the new Dark Mode.

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Free
Apps

Apple OS X Yosemite

Debuted at Apple’s WWDC in June, and released as a public beta over the summer, Apple has just announced that it has officially released OS X Yosemite (Free), taking the Mac operating system into the second-generation of California park-themed releases with a new flattened look that’s reminiscent of the changes made last year in iOS 7. From the dock to Finder windows, icons to typography, there are some serious refinements. And it’s not just looks: new features are baked in too, including Notification Center upgrades, a brand new Spotlight, iCloud Drive, Mail, Safari, and more. And then there’s Continuity.

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$2
Apps

Think Time Creations Grids

Instagram continues to be one of the most popular photo-based social networks for the iPhone, but users who want to bring that experience to the bigger desktop screen often find their options more limited. Sure, Instagram has a web site, but for those who prefer a native Mac app, there’s now Grids ($2) by Think Time Creations, a full-featured Instagram client.

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$50
Apps

Serif Labs' Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer ($50) from Serif Labs is new professional graphic design software for Mac which many are already calling a true competitor to Adobe Illustrator. Serif Labs claims Affinity Designer is “the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available.” Notably, there’s no subscription fee for Affinity Designer, and the Affinity team claims it will be adding new features for free “at least for the next couple of years.”

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Free
Apps

Twitter, Inc. Twitter 3.1

Although Twitter is quick to roll out new features to its mobile apps, the Mac version seems to get updated with much less frequency, so it’s somewhat noteworthy when an update appears on the Mac App Store. Twitter 3.1 adds two new features that came to the iOS app almost a year ago: the ability to attach photos in Direct Messages and include up to four photos in a single tweet.

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TransGaming Metal Gear Rising - Revengeance

Konami’s Metal Gear games are widely admired for their consistently incredible graphics and genre-defining stealth action gameplay—neither of which have officially appeared on the Mac for years. So TransGaming’s release of Metal Gear Rising - Revengeance ($30) is noteworthy for its very existence as a Mac game: originally a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 title, this side story stars the increasingly popular cyborg ninja Raiden, whose initially groan-inducing debut in Metal Gear Solid 2 has been all but forgotten due to subsequent titles like this. Set after Metal Gear Solid 4, Revengeance is an action-heavy title where a katana-wielding Raiden runs through fully destructable 3-D environments, slashing through whatever and whomever he encounters. Your ability to “cut anything, anytime, anywhere” lets you create and destroy paths through the levels, as well as dispatching collections of villains as easily as slicing vegetables. Stealth is less important here than constantly swinging the sword to gather parts and points from enemies, then upgrading Raiden’s gear.

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$70
Apps

VMware Fusion 7

VMware has announced Fusion 7 ($70), its newest software allowing users to run Windows programs on a Mac. The release is no surprise — every year VMware and Parallels Software release their new virtualizers around the same time, supporting the latest OS X revisions. As expected, Fusion 7 is compatible with OS X Yosemite, featuring enhanced Retina display support, multi-GPU optimizations, and over 40% improvements in both performance and energy utilization compared with Fusion 6. Users upgrading from Fusion 5 or 6 will get a $20 discount.

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Free
Apps

Autodesk Pixlr

Autodesk’s popular web- and iOS-based photo editor has now come to the desktop as Pixlr for Mac, providing most of the same fun effects and photo enhancement features that users of Pixlr Express for iOS have come to know and love. Users can apply quick fixes and effects from a pallet of hundreds of available options, including one-click fixes to balance out colours and lighting, or can dig deeper into advanced editing features such as merging images, erasing imperfections, and adding focus and effects to specific areas.

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Free
Apps

Dropbox Mailbox for Mac

When it was released for the iPhone and the iPad last year, Mailbox took the iOS world by storm with its unique and streamlined approach to e-mail management on the go. Users with overflowing inboxes striving for “Inbox Zero” nirvana came to appreciate the ability to quickly and easily file messages away or defer them for later with straightforward swipe and tap gestures. The missing piece for many power users, however, was access to the same e-mail management features from the desktop—although Mailbox tied into a standard Gmail or iCloud account, users were left to look for a web interface or other e-mail client while sitting at their desk. That’s now changed with the public beta release of Mailbox for Mac, giving users the same powerful mail management features across both the desktop and mobile platforms.

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$80
Apps

Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 10

Every year, Parallels releases a new version of its eponymous PC emulator for Macs, and with OS X Yosemite just around the corner, so is Parallels Desktop 10 ($80). Boasting Yosemite support and “cool new features of Yosemite in your Windows apps,” including Mac-style social media sharing within Windows, version 10 also promises the typical speed and performance increases—this time, 48% faster opening of Windows documents, 50% improvements in speed, and 30% better battery life than before. You now have the ability to easily optimize the Windows virtual machine for specific purposes such as productivity or gaming; improved virtual disk and 10% better memory management systems reduce the app’s footprint on your computer, as well.

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$20
Apps

Macphun Software Tonality

The forthcoming departure of the powerful image editor and manager Aperture from the OS X ecosystem has hit many photographers right in the gut. If you’re searching for an alternative and enjoy black & white photography, Macphun Software offers up Tonality ($20) for your pleasure. Tonality is a 16-bit RAW image editing application that allows users to quickly and efficiently process color RAW (or other format) images to Black & White.

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$20
Apps

Mac Attender Network Radar

Diagnosing problems with your Mac’s wireless network can be seriously challenging — average users can’t hope to master the science of examining individual devices for issues, or getting a big picture sense of how everything’s working together. Mac Attender’s Network Radar ($20) isn’t the least expensive way to help you tackle network issues, but it’s the best-designed option we’ve seen. After you choose a wireless or wired network to scan, it presents you with a list of green/yellow/red status devices, their IP addresses, vendor information, ping speeds, and last activity times. One glance lets you quickly determine what each device on your network is, as well as what might be slowing things down or failing to work at all. More detailed information, including the MAC Address, available services, and identifiers, can be found by clicking on any device that interests you.

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$30
Apps

Aspyr The Sims 2: Super Collection

Aspyr has announced the release of The Sims 2: Super Collection ($30) in the Mac App Store. A classic “life simulation” game first developed by EA’s Maxis, Sims 2 was originally released in 2004, and the Super Collection adds a ton of features that should entertain seasoned players and reel in some Sims newbies.

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