$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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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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$300
Apps

IK Multimedia MODO BASS

IK Multimedia continues to push the envelope forward with their analog effects modelling with their new MODO BASS virtual electric bass instrument app — the first of its kind to physically model the properties of a real electric bass. MODO BASS promises to deliver a completely new level of realism and playability, recreating not only the sound profile of the electric bass but also the human technique of how the instrument is played in real time, and all of the effects and amplifiers that would be in the sound chain. The app includes a collection of twelve of the most iconic electric basses in history, all specifically modelled, ranging from “60s P-Bass” based on an Alder body 60s era Fender Precision Bass and “70’s P-Bass” based on an Ash body Fender Precision Bass, all the way to more eclectic options such as the Ibanez Soundgear based “Japan Bass” and the Warwick Streamer inspired “Flame Bass.”

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Free / $1.50/month
Apps

Shiny Frog Bear

If you do a lot of writing or note-taking on your Mac and have been looking for a new way to handle it all, you may be interested in taking a look at Shiny Frog’s new Bear (free / $1.50/month). It’s a writing app that supports a wealth of advanced features while maintaining a very clean and accessible user interface. It’s designed for everything from quick notes to in-depth essays or even code snippets — syntax highlighting is supported for over 20 programming languages — and you can use hashtags to organize your work and easily link notes to each other, while still ensuring that everything remains stored in plain text for maximum compatibility and portability to other apps.

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$150
Apps

Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 + Premiere Elements 15 Bundle

Adobe has just rolled out two major new releases to its consumer-grade photo and video editing apps, Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15. Available in a bundle for $150 for new customers, or $120 for those upgrading from a previous version of either, the two new apps add some interesting new features for users who want to take their photo and videos to the next level but aren’t interested in the price or complexity of Adobe’s full Photoshop or Premiere applications. New organizational tools let you catalog your entire photo library, tracking down photos by people, places, and even subjects like sunsets, birthdays, or pets by analyzing your photos and applying smart tags based on their content. A new Facial Feature Adjustment tool lets you transform frowns into smiles and make other changes to facial features in your photos, and Premiere Elements 15 now includes a haze elimination tool to automatically sharpen your videos.

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Free
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Apple macOS Sierra

As in previous years, Apple debuted another major version of its Mac operating system back during the June Worldwide Developer’s Conference, but with a slight twist this year — the company is retiring the traditional “OS X” name in favor of calling the new operating systems macOS, bringing the naming more logically in line with iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. While still continuing the same version numbering — it’s 10.12 under the hood — today’s public release of macOS Sierra (free) feels like the first pages of a new chapter in the evolution of the Mac operating system, bringing with it even more features to unify the experience with iPhone, iPad and even Apple Watch users.

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$60
Apps

Readdle PDF Expert 2

Readdle has released an updated version of its PDF Expert software for Mac, adding several new features that enhance editing options, increase search capabilities and strengthen security. PDF Expert 2 allows users to edit text and images in any PDF, making fixing typos or resizing logos and graphs a much more streamlined process. The software can also add links to text and photos, making any component within the PDF clickable and interactive. An editable table of contents makes navigating through a large file much faster using hotkeys, and a new redact feature lets users search for and remove sensitive information before sending out important documents. PDFs can also be password-protected to keep prying eyes away from private data.

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$80
Apps

Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 12

With macOS Sierra looming on the horizon — and already in public beta — it’s time for a new version of Parallels’ venerable Windows emulator for Macs. Optimized for macOS Sierra, Parallels Desktop 12 ($80) boosts performance for shared folders, and suspend, resume, and snapshot operations. Other new features include the ability to quickly capture Facebook or Vimeo videos, a distraction-free presentation mode for both Mac and Windows sessions, hiding desktop icons, keeping the screen awake, seamless Office 365 integration, Windows Server 2016 support, and more. Users also get 500GB of free online cloud backup storage from Acronis for one year.

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$3
Apps

Top Storey Purrfect Memory

Unless you’re somebody who’s been blessed with eidetic memory, even the best of us could use some help from time to time remembering snippets of information. This is where Purrfect Memory ($3) by Top Storey comes into play. This handy little app sits up in your Mac’s menu bar, prompting you to fill in the blanks on any phrase, list, or other set of words you want to remember, adding more and more blanks with each iteration until you’re ready to fill in the whole phrase or list by memory.

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$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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