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Send messages to Mac and (soon) iOS and Apple Watch users with predefined replies.
From a Jesse Tree to a Christmas market to…Windows jokes?
Mariner Software was established in 1990, and I’ve been using at least one of their programs—Mariner Write—for nearly that long. The company is now celebrating its 24th anniversary, and is doing so by offering 50% off its desktop products through their eStore, including Paperless, MacGourmet Deluxe and MacJournal.
I’m a Christmas tree purist. I prefer a dark green balsam fir (Abies balsamea) with long needles and a fairly bushy shape, but one that grew naturally with no artificial shape-shearing…let alone one made in China from plastic and aluminum. While I’m not a fan of full-size artificial Christmas trees, I do like the virtual Christmas tree apps you can have on your Mac desktop or iOS device.
I like snow, although I’m never sorry if it holds off till Christmas. Here on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia where I live, we usually don’t get snow that sticks until after Christmas, but this year we have plenty. The weather has been extraordinarily wintery again so far this season. If you’re a snow fan, wherever you live, you can enjoy some snow apps on your computer or iDevice desktop for Christmas. And the great thing about virtual snow is that you don’t have to shovel or plow it!
Now that we’re officially into the 12 days of Christmas, here are the latest Christmas offerings for the Macintosh and Apple iDevices. We’ve got Christmas wallpapers for Mac, a flashing Clear Case for iPhone 5/5s, a free photo booth to decorate your Photos, and a Christmas tree makeover for iPhone.
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.
Bare Bones Software has announced the release and immediate availability of Yojimbo 4.0, its information organizer app for Mac OS X. The update introduces support for a new sync service that provides silent, transparent data synchronization across multiple Macs for service subscribers.
Apple has announced the 11 winners of its Apple Design Awards at WWDC 2013 that range from games to utilities, on both iOS and OS X. Plenty of games are represented, as well as well as apps from the WWF, Yahoo!, and the ever popular Evernote.
In a combined summer/Father’s Day discount, Adobe is offering $30 off its Elements software packages. Geared for the not-quite-pro but more-advanced-than-iPhoto/iMovie, Elements takes the most popular parts of the fuller-featured Photoshop and Premiere software and makes them simpler to use for non-professional users.
If you’re a snow fan, you can enjoy some snow on your computer or iDevice desktop for Christmas wherever you live, and the great thing about virtual snow is that you don’t have to shovel or plow it! There are more snow applications for Apple devices than you might imagine.