$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
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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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$5
Apps

Charles Aroutiounian AtmoBar 3

If you’re a Netatmo user, you’re probably already at least passingly familiar with Charles Aroutiounian’s AtmoBar client, which lets you monitor your Netatmo stations right from your Mac desktop. If you’ve found the prior version to have gotten a little stale, you’ll be happy to know that Aroutiounian has completely rewritten it from the ground up, re-releasing it with full support for all of the newest Netatmo modules, including the Rain Gauge and Wind Gauge.

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$500
Apps

IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik 2

If you’re an aspiring composer, you’ll definitely be interested in what IK Multimedia’s new Miroslav Philharmonik 2 ($500) has to offer. Described as “the most emotional orchestral collection ever,” this app easily provides one of the most comprehensive collections of classical instrumentation that we’ve ever seen on the Mac — a 58GB sound library with over 2,700 instruments, including strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion that let you put together everything from a small chamber music ensemble to a full-on symphony orchestra — a sound bank pioneered by legendary jazz bassist Miroslav Ladislav Vitouš. Even more impressive is that all of the sound samples are expertly performed with real musical articulations, including legatos, pizzicatos, spiccatos, and staccatos, played by professional musicians.

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$20
Apps

Bloom Day One 2

If “life blogging” or even simply keeping a personal journal of your activities is your thing, you’ll definitely be interested in taking a look at Bloom’s newly-updated Day One 2 ($20). The company has taken its popular note-taking and journaling app and pumped it up with some great new features, including support for multiple journals and multiple photos per journal entry, an entirely redesigned and modernized user interface, and the company’s own Day One Sync 2.0 service, to tie it in with other Macs and the companion Day One 2 for IOS.

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$10
Apps

Bloop Airmail 2.6 for Mac

We liked the look and feel of Bloop’s Airmail email client for Mac when it debuted a couple of years ago, and now Bloop is back, taking it to the next level with Airmail 2.6 for Mac ($10). The latest version adds support for OS X El Capitan, along with a totally redesigned app menu, new shortcuts, and a snooze feature akin to the now-defunct Mailbox. You can also now resize images in attachments, and a new smart unread selection helps you manage your inbox more effectively. The update came just before the recent debut of Airmail for iOS.

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$20
Apps

CloudMagic Inc. CloudMagic Email

Originally debuting on the iPhone and iPad two years ago, CloudMagic has gained a following for its clean and minimalist approach to managing email, focusing on simplicity and aesthetics. After eight months of development, CloudMagic Email ($20) has now arrived for Mac users. While it’s still at version 1.0 right now, it maintains the same “opinionated” approach that popularized the company’s iOS app — a clean and focused user interface designed to reduce clutter and help users be more productive. The Mac version supports the same list of account types as its iOS counterpart — iCloud, Gmail, Exchange, Google Apps, Outlook, Yahoo, Office 365, and generic IMAP — and account settings from the iOS version will sync to the Mac version, so if you’re already using CloudMagic on your iPhone or iPad, you should be ready to go on your Mac as soon as you install the app and sign in to your CloudMagic account.

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$5
Apps

ThinkTime Creations Grids for Instagram 3.0

If you’re a hardcore Instagrammer, when you’re on your Mac, you may want a richer experience than what the Instagram website has to offer. Fortunately, Grids for Instagram ($5) by ThinkTime Creations has you covered with a full-featured Instagram client that provides a dedicated, high-resolution window into the social network. Now in its third version, Grids provides a sleek adaptive UI with full Retina Display support, and the latest update brings that Retina quality to the images themselves with high-resolution photo support. Non-square photos and videos are also supported, and white space can be automatically trimmed from your photo view.

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$7
Apps

1337 & Senri LLC Leo's Fortune - HD Edition

One of our favorite iOS platform adventure games of last year, Leo’s Fortune ($7), is available for Mac starting today. The game is centered around one mustached furball’s quest to find his stolen gold, and that simple premise leads users through lush environments and into vicious traps on the way to discovering the truth behind who took the loot. Players follow the trail of coins to solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels, using Leo’s jumping and hovering abilities to avoid spikes and other hazards. The game’s already impressive graphics get a further upgrade for the Mac, possibly accounting for the $2 higher price when compared to the iOS version. Finishing the game will unlock Hardcore Mode and beating the game without dying yields its own special prize. Users can also compete in Game Center to beat as many levels in the fastest time possible. The game takes up 851 MB of space and requires OS X 10.7 or later to run.

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$40
Apps

MacPhun Aurora HDR

MacPhun’s Aurora HDR ($40) app provides Mac users the ability to turn their own digital photos into high-dynamic-range images. The app offers more than 60 editing tools and dozens of one-click presets developed by renowned photographer Trey Ratcliff. Other presets geared toward various photography styles simplify the process even further, allowing for instant transformations of photos whether they were taken inside or outside, of landscapes or buildings. While the app is designed to make editing photos simple, a broad range of editing tools lets users experiment with more precise changes like split-toning, color filtering and graduated neutral density.

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$2
Apps

Everyday Tools Tick Task - Traveler Helper Pro

The Tick Task — Traveler Helper Pro app ($2) is a simple solution for busy users looking to better manage and track their time. The app provides the ability to create a detailed list of tasks, set parameters for each one, group tasks by category and build in time for breaks. A timer panel monitors how long has been spent on a task and how much time has been allotted for it.

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Free / $150
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Etwok NetSpot Pro

While it’s great being able to use your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook without being tethered to wires, the increasing number of Wi-Fi devices in most people’s homes, as well as Wi-Fi access points at your neighbours’ places can make it challenging to keep your wireless network operating at optimal efficiency. Etwok’s NetSpot (Free / $150) aims to help you with this problem by providing a simple tool to help you map out and visualize your Wi-Fi network with a minimal amount of fuss, helping you track down dead zones, and choose the best channels and placement for your Wi-Fi access point and other wireless devices.

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