Hard copy greeting cards are now the exception rather than the rule, due to the cost of postage and the proliferation of computers (even though surveys indicate most people prefer receiving greeting cards hand-delivered in the mail, considering a physical card to be more meaningful than the electronic alternative). Whichever sort of greeting you decide to send, here are some more ways your Mac or iOS device can help.
Black Friday has come and gone, Saturday and Sunday haven’t yet been claimed by the marketing machine, but then it’s time for Cyborg Monday! I mean Cyber Monday! Cyborg Monday actually sounds pretty cool, especially if you’re a Janelle Monáe fan like me, but we’ll stay on topic and focus on all of the Black Friday deals for the Macintosh that have carried over through December 2nd, and highlight some new ones, too.
Chuck’s Challenge 3D for OS X is packed with addictive and challenging tile-based puzzle games with improved 3D graphics. It’s designed by Chuck Sommerville, the same guy who created the 90’s game Chip’s Challenge. You’re going to play as Woop, along with his pets—Asida, Bebinca, Clottie, Dobos and Éclair—which Chuck considers killer monsters.
Seems Black Friday this year should be called Black Friday and a Good Portion of Thursday. I’ll let you all argue about shopping/family time on your own shopping/family time, because I’m here just to let you know what deals are out there on the online. Plenty of software and hardware developers are discounting their wares, and we’ve rounded them all up right here for you until the madness subsides.
I’m a fan of small, nimble, fast, and focused applications that just work, and Maxim Gapchenko’s Inpaint Pro qualifies on all counts. Inpaint is a program—a graphics utility really—designed to do just one thing: remove unwanted elements from your photos. Inpaint can be used to repair old photos, remove watermarks, remove unwanted objects, do digital facial retouching and erase wrinkles and skin blemishes, remove watermarks and date stamps, and so forth. It’s really straightforward and easy to use. Fun, even.
Apple continues to push out OS X Mavericks app updates, the latest of which is iMovie for Mac application, having been updated to support Macs running legacy video cards. iMovie v10.0.1 for Mavericks was heavy with a redesign and new features, and as a result, the application ran slower than before on some older Macs. With this latest update, users of older Macs will be able to take advantage of the new features without having to sacrifice a whole lot of speed.
Adobe releases a new version of Photoshop Elements every year, and makes improvements to it each time. You might think they would run out of ideas to put into Elements, but the excellent editing features it has had since day one remain, and they’ve made improvements to make them even better in this latest version.
A quick fix, a crop on the sides, and a filter for the finishing touch—that’s what you get with Analog for OS X. Analog is straightforward photo editing software with filters and borders that you can apply in a few minutes. Direct, fast, and user friendly, you don’t need to be a pro to use it.
TenFourFox—Floodgap’s port of Firefox for Power PC Macs—is a game-saver for those of us who still have PowerPC Macs in service, and it brings the great features of Mozilla.org’s latest browsers to these older platforms, literally extending their useful service life by years.
Dementium II, the award winning Nintendo DS horror game, is coming to the Mac and PC with better visuals and lighting effects, and refined controls. Originally released in 2010 by Renegade Kid, Dementium II quickly gained a cult following for its dark storytelling, intense action, and twisted puzzles. Now in 2013 Memetic Games is tasked with using their cinematic background to revitalize this classic horror game for the modern computer in Dementium II HD.
Aspyr loves you so much…I don’t know what else they can do to approve it. This week, they announced that BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 1 is now available on the Mac. And if you don’t have Macintosh to play it on, they’ve got that covered, too. Through their GameAgent service, they’ll be giving away a 27″ iMac loaded with Aspyr games such as BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Civilization V: Gold Edition, and more.
If you don’t know about Candy Crush Saga, it’s an addictive puzzle game that requires users to match sweets in a combination of three or more, which would also result in the appearance of special candies.