$50
Apps

BusyMac BusyCal 3

Although Apple has made some very nice improvements to its built-in Calendar app in macOS over the years, Apple’s core app remains focused on simplicity and easy of use, lacking the sophistication that many power users are looking for in a calendar app. Fortunately, if you’re somebody with a busy lifestyle who is looking for more from your macOS Calendar app, BusyMac has you covered with BusyCal 3 ($50). This new version of the popular calendar app brings a collection of great new features, including things that were previously the exclusive domain of Apple’s own Calendar app, such as support for travel times. BusyCal 3 continues to allow you to customize your calendar view with everything from font styles and colors to time formats, number of days or weeks shown, and more.

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$10
Apps

Cindori Command Center

Cindori’s Command Center ($10) provides some handy shortcut options for those looking to streamline their Mac user experience. Moving the mouse to the edge of the screen with the app running activates the control panel without clicking or exiting another active app. The control display provides one-click access to many commonly used Mac features, including toggles for managing Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, disabling notifications and turning on Night Mode. A streamlined music controller integrates with iTunes (and soon with Spotify) to allow users to control their music without switching between apps.

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$10
Apps

Aptonic Dropzone 3

Aptonic’s Dropzone 3 ($10) is a pretty handy tool if you’re a Mac power-user who is constantly dragging and dropping files around your Mac and uploading things to online social media and sharing services. The app sits up in your menu bar and pops up with a drop target each time you pick up a file and move it somewhere, making it super easy to copy and move files into folders or applications, or upload and share them to services like Twitter, Facebook, or your own FTP server. Dropzone 3 also adds a new Drop Bar feature that lets you stack up files for later by dropping them on the Drop Zone target where they’ll stay until you either drop them into a Dropzone action, into a Finder folder, or into another app.

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$20
Apps

MacPaw Gemini 2

It’s pretty much inevitable in this digital age that you’ll eventually find your Mac cluttered up with duplicate photos, documents, and other files that have just somehow become misfiled in different directories, exported for sharing, and more. Making sense of all of this can be a challenge, but fortunately there’s MacPaw’s Gemini 2 ($20), an intelligent duplicate finder that can help you recover a ton of space on your Mac by ferreting out duplicate — and even similar — files, and smartly choosing which ones to keep and which to throw away. Gemini 2 can quickly scan through your Mac’s home folder, shared folders, even external hard drives, or even network shares to track down identical files that you’ve left laying around.

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$200
Apps

Apple Logic Pro X 10.2.3

Apple has released Logic Pro X 10.2.3 ($200), an update to its flagship studio recording app, adding a handful of interesting new features. Most notably, the update adds over 300 new Chinese instrument Apple Loops — likely the same set that came to GarageBand a few weeks ago — along with three new traditional Chinese instrument patches for pipa, erhu, and percussion.

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$30
Apps

Pixelmator Team Pixelmator 3.5

Pixelmator Team’s Pixelmator ($30) has become a go-to app when it comes to editing photos — it’s significantly cheaper than the 800 lb. gorilla that is Photoshop, and delivers most of the functionality that the typical user would need. Further, Pixelmator Team keeps enhancing it, and version 3.5 adds smarter selection tools and deeper integration with the OS X Photos app. The Quick Selection Tool and Magnetic Selection Tool have both been improved to make it easier to make detailed and precise selections, and a new Retouch Extension for Photos lets you take advantage of seriously advanced retouching tools without having to leave the Photos app.

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$100
Apps

MacPhun Aurora HDR Pro

MacPhun has released a nice update to its popular Aurora HDR Pro app, designed to give Mac users the ability to easily turn their digital photos into impressive high dynamic range images. With the latest version, Aurora HDR Pro ($100) now includes an extension for the OS X Photos app, allowing you to seamlessly take advantage of the app’s capabilities to round-trip photos without leaving the app, and even sync favorite presets with the main app. Editing tools and presets have been enhanced for various photography styles and settings, making it really easy to instantly transform photos for various settings without having to fuss with detailed settings. Though users who like to tweak and experiment with detailed adjustments can still do so with the broad range of editing tools available, allowing you to start out with a preset to get the general look you’re seeking and then adjust from there.

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$10
Apps

Bloop Airmail 3 for Mac

On the heels of last month’s Airmail for iOS update, Bloop has now released Airmail 3.0 for the Mac ($10), bringing it closer to feature parity with the iOS version, with a whole collection of improvements. If you like to heavily configure and customize your email experience or are a power user that likes to integrate your email with a ton of third-party apps, then Airmail is definitely the email app for you, and the new features in version 3 add many of the little things missing from the prior version, making the experience even better.

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$50
Apps

Belight Software Art Text 3

Whether you’re a professional graphic designer or somebody who simply dabbles in building web sites or brochures, chances are there’s been a time when you’ve wanted to create really impressive page headings or other text elements. If so, you’ll want to take a closer look at Belight Software’s Art Text 3 ($50), a totally redesigned update to the company’s graphic design app for creating word art, logos, 3D text designs, and more. It’s a great tool whether you’re simply looking to design graphical buttons and headers for your website or publish newsletters and flyers. The update also features a new embedded 3D modeling engine that helps you create real 3D graphics and illustrations, allowing you to convert any text, symbol. or pictogram to 3D with realistic results, along with a huge selection of styles, materials, mask presets, tileable textures, geometry transformation tools, and more.

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Free
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Running with Crayons Alfred 3

We’ve been fans of Alfred for a few years now — it’s a great tool for searching through your Mac, launching apps, and performing workflows, all without taking your keys from the keyboard, and even with Apple’s recent Spotlight improvements, Alfred still goes the extra mile. So needless to say we’re thrilled to see the launch of Alfred 3 (free), bringing a whole list of cool enhancements to an already indispensable tool. The update adds some significant flexibility to building workflows, a new multimedia clipboard, snippet expansion, improved theme editing, and more. Best of all, it’s still available for free, although the Powerpack upgrade is still available for £17 (around $25) for those who are looking for more advanced features; users who bought the single or family licensed Powerpack for Alfred 2 get a discounted upgrade, of course, while users with a “Mega Supporter” license get it for free.

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$34
Apps

Equinux Spot Maps

If your home network is getting so complex that you need an app to monitor it all, Spot Maps ($34) from Equinux could be the solution to help streamline things. Spot Maps scans your network for active computers, smartphones, tablets and an array of smart home devices, including support for Philips Hue, Apple HomeKit, Homeatic and Nest Cam. Once discovered, devices can be positioned with an easy drag-and-drop interface to create a custom map of your network. In Live Mode, the map determines the status of devices, displaying information about which ones are active and able to issue a notification if devices go offline. You can’t control your smart home devices from your map, but it will tell you which devices are online and which aren’t at a glance.

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$329
Apps

FileMaker, Inc. FileMaker 15

Apple subsidiary FileMaker, Inc. has beefed up its custom app software substantially in FileMaker 15 ($329), introducing new tools to streamline the app creation process, and to help users who want to get more out of their iPhone. Red highlighted text now identifies problem areas in Script Workspace and a multiple undo feature allows for instant recovery of scripting work. The top call statistics-logging feature now diagnoses slowdowns separately from other operations, so developers can continue to use their apps at the same time. Simple licensing options provide ways for teams of five or more to gain access to the FileMaker Server and share information in real time.

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Free
Apps

Macphun Filters for Photos

One of the less publicized features in Apple’s new Photos app for OS X is the ability to plug in extensions that add to the built-in photo editing capabilities, so users who want to get more creative with their photo editing and presentation can take advantage of new tools without having to leave the comfort of the Photos app. Macphun has been one of the more active companies in supporting the new Photos app’s extensions feature, bringing the ability to use its popular photo apps such as Noiseless and Tonality as extensions. Now, Macphun has taken the next step with Filters for Photos, a new free app that vastly expands the number and capabilities of built-in Photos app filters, adding 30 new filters with advanced controls.

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$12
Apps

Metaclassy Byword

Users who do a lot of long-from writing on their Macs, especially in Markdown, will appreciate what Metaclassy’s Byword ($12) brings to the table. Recently updated for El Capitan, this popular Markdown text editor provides a simple and efficient way to author posts in a clean, distraction-free user interface. Although Byword can be used for editing any types of text files, and even crafting HTML pages, where the app really shines is in its Markdown features, with support for footnotes, tables, and cross-references along with live syntax highlighting and previewing as you type and the ability to export the resulting rich-text document to HTML or PDF.

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Free / $30
Apps

Eltima Software Commander One 1.5

We were pretty impressed with Eltima Software’s Commander One when we looked at it last fall — it’s a great tool for all of those Mac power users who find the built-in OS X Finder app far too limiting, and an advanced dual-pane file manager for Mac written entirely in Swift. Now at version 1.5, the latest Commander One (free/$30) adds a nice list of new features and connectivity options, making an already great tool even better. A new Connections Manager provides a streamlined way to configure support for FTP, Amazon S3, Google Drive, and Dropbox accounts, and you can also now tie in Dropbox Business and Microsoft OneDrive, along with any server supporting the WebDAV protocol, although you’ll need to invest in the $30 Pro upgrade for some of the more advanced online services.

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