$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
Apps

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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$150-$300
Apps

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 4

Musicians rejoice! IK Multimedia has released a major update to its acclaimed guitar and bass tone studio. AmpliTube 4 ($150 - $300) provides a whole new collection of exciting new gear along with with a whole set of new features, promising the most advanced speaker cabinet selection ever developed, entirely new speaker modeling, five new British amps, a new acoustic simulator pedal, built-in 8-track DAW, and much more. In the standard version of AmpliTube, you’ll get a total of 9 amps, 10 stomp boxes, 10 cabinets, 29 vintage and modern speaker models, 3 mics, 2 rack effects, and 2 tuners, and if you’ve purchased gear for the prior version, you can still use it in AmpliTube 4 by restoring it in the Custom Shop. Kicking it up a notch, AmpliTube 4 Deluxe ($300) adds on 100 pieces of additional gear for those who want a massive selection of creative processing options to choose from. Alternatively, users can opt for the a la carte option with AmpliTube Custom Shop — a free version of the app that lets you demo apps and purchase the specific gear you need individually.

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$15
Apps

Untame Mushroom 11

Untame has released a unique take on the puzzle-platform game with Mushroom 11, challenging players to goad a massive blob through a barren landscape by forcing it to regrow lost cells. Destroying cells within the amorphous creature encourages its expansion in other directions, twisting the life form through tight tunnels or allowing it to gain the momentum needed to launch itself through various obstacles.

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Free
Apps

Eltima Software Elmedia Player

While these days a lot of people simply watch online video through their browsers, there’s still a place for dedicated video playback apps, whether you’re looking to download and save YouTube videos or just want to access your old collection of video files in various formats. Eltima Software’s Elmedia Player (free), just updated to version 6.0, lets you playback just about any video file on your Mac, with support for a wide range of video formats including MP4, FLV, AVI, WMV, DIVX, and more. In addition, the built-in web browser and ability to open videos from any URL makes it a handy YouTube or Vimeo video player, as well. It also lets you listen to music and view fully interactive Flash (SWF) videos in full screen mode. Elmedia also uses your Mac’s hardware accelerated video decoding capabilities, so even HD video playback should run smoothly and in sync.

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$30
Apps

Aspyr Media Civilization: Beyond Earth: Rising Tide

Last year’s release of Civilization: Beyond Earth took the classic Civilization franchise in a new and interesting sci-fi direction, and now the saga continues with the first major expansion pack, Rising Tide ($30). More than just new content, Rising Tide makes some dramatic changes to the gameplay from the original, rebuilding the diplomacy system from scratch and adding a whole new aquatic gameplay aspect, along with enhancing the affinity system and expanding exploration options. If you’re looking for more from the original Civilization: Beyond Earth, this expansion pack opens up the game in a whole new direction.

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$10
Apps

Inkle 80 Days

We’re big fans of Inkle’s 80 Days game on the iOS platform, and in fact it made our list of the Top Apps of 2014, so naturally we’re pretty excited to see it come to the Mac. Available on Steam, GOG, and Humble Store, 80 Days ($10) brings all of the fun of the iOS experience to the larger Mac screen, and more.

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Free
Apps

Apple OS X El Capitan

Introduced during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June and released as a public beta over the summer, Apple has just officially released OS X El Capitan (Free), the next generation of its OS X operating system, and the third iteration of its California-themed releases. El Capitan is a slightly smaller update from its predecessors, focusing primarily on user interface improvements such as a new Split View to allow two apps to be neatly arranged side-by-side in full screen — reminiscent of the similar iPad feature introduced in iOS 9 — as well as UI enhancements to Mission Control, improved searching in Spotlight, and some handy improvements to the Mail, Notes, Maps, and Photos apps.

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$100
Apps

Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 14

If you’re looking for a photo or video editing solution and don’t want to break the bank with Adobe’s full “pro” editions of Photoshop or Premiere, the good news is that you can still stay in the Adobe family with its reasonably powerful “prosumer” Elements editions. Freshly updated new versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 ($100) and Adobe Premiere Elements 14 ($100) gain several handy new features bringing them a bit closer to their much more powerful siblings, while also refining the user interface for more ease of use.

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$10
Apps

Eltima Software Typeeto

With the new keyboard features in iOS 9, external keyboards are now more useful for your iPad than ever before. However, if you don’t have an extra Bluetooth keyboard to spare, Eltima Software’s Typeeto ($10) may offer a more cost-effective solution. This little utility lets you use your Mac keyboard as a Bluetooth keyboard for any wireless device, including your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch and even devices like game consoles and Android phones and tablets. Best of all, since this simply emulates a native Bluetooth keyboard, you don’t need to install any special apps on your device.

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Free / $30
Apps

Eltima Software Commander One

Many Mac power users have long felt that the built-in Finder app in OS X doesn’t quite cut the mustard, despite Apple’s incremental improvements with each OS X update. This has spawned a number of alternatives over the years, and one of the latest entries into the group is Eltima Software’s Commander One (free/$30). The new dual-pane file manager for Mac is written entirely in Swift and designed specifically for OS X users, providing not only basic file management but a number of advanced features that power users will love — especially those who grew up in an era when dual-panel tools like this one were more the norm. You can view each panel in one of three view modes, and open unlimited tabs in each, make multiple selections and queue files up for various operations, automatically rename files during copy and move operations, and setup custom hotkeys for any action. Local and network drives are fully supported, and you can use Spotlight for basic searches or construct more advanced searches using regular expressions.

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$15
Apps

Belight Software Swift Publisher 4

If you find that you regularly need to put together fliers, newsletters, and brochures on a regular basis, you may want to take a look at Belight Software’s new update to Swift Publisher 4 ($15), a desktop publishing app that makes it easy to get great results from without breaking your software budget. You can choose from over 270 pre-designed templates, use grids and place your own guides for precision layouts, and set up an unlimited number of layers to achieve complex designs. Sophisticated column layouts, text styles, and gradient and freehand shapes and strokes are also included, along with a library of over 2,000 clipart images and the ability to import photos directly from iPhoto, Aperture, and now in the latest version, the new OS X Photos app.

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