Black Friday is upon us once again! #MacStoriesDeals is the best place to find great deals for Mac and iOS apps and games, Apple hardware deals, and some great book and audio specials.
There are thousands of software and hardware deals online. We carefully pick the best ones and collect them in a single post with links to buy or share discounted products. You don’t need to be overwhelmed by Black Friday deals because we take care of finding the best stuff for you.
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Our thanks to Pixelmator for sponsoring MacStories this week.
Pixelmator is a full-featured, award-winning image editing app for OS X that is fully ready for Mavericks and faster thanks to support for Apple’s latest technologies. Pixelmator has long been one of the premier image editing apps for the Mac, and version 3.0 adds powerful new features such as Liquify Tools and Layer Styles.
Pixelmator 3.0 integrates with Mavericks features like App Nap and Compressed Memory to make the app faster, more responsive, and better optimized for high performance. The image editing engine has been rewritten, and the app is ready for Apple’s Retina displays in modern MacBook Pros.
Pixelmator 3.0 FX is a free update, and it’s available at $29.99 on the Mac App Store. A free 30-day trial is available here.
iOS 7.0.4 is currently propagating and should be available for download soon through Software Update. It includes bug fixes, various improvements, and fixes an issue with FaceTime calls.
The new update comes nearly a month after iOS 7.0.3, which was released on October 22nd and included iCloud Keychain, improvements to Spotlight, and changes to the Reduce Motion setting in Accessibility. iOS 7.0.4 is the third public update to iOS 7, which launched for all iOS devices on September 18.
Our thanks to Smile for sponsoring MacStories this week with PDFpen.
PDFpen is the premiere Mac app for editing PDFs to add signatures, text, and images, as well as make changes to correct typos. PDFpen can perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) so that pictures of text in your document will be turned into real text that you can use. With support for cloud services, PDFpen can keep your documents available across OS X and iOS thanks to PDFpen for iPhone and iPad.
With version 6.1 of PDFpen, Smile added support for PDF stamps: you can now browse a library of standard business stamps (e.g. Approved, Confidential, Sign Here) to quickly apply to your documents without complex editing required. In this version, Evernote users can also save PDFs directly to Evernote Business notebooks.
PDFpenPro — the advanced version of PDFpen — received some cool new features as well. The new version adds support for automatically detecting and creating form fields for an entire document (in addition to per page) and there’s a new “Create Links from URLs” command to detect and create links in a document.
PDFpen is available on the Smile Store and the Mac App Store. A free demo can be downloaded on the Smile site.
Federico’s note: I have two Doxie scanners at home and my family and I have been using them for almost two years to scan important work/health-related documents and old photographs. I like the Doxie scanners because they produce higher-quality scans than what you’d normally get with an iPhone’s camera, but they’re portable and they don’t require much desk space.
Our thanks to Agile Tortoise for sponsoring MacStories this week with Terminology.
Terminology is an app for anyone who loves words. A Universal app for iPad and iPhone, Terminology is part dictionary, part thesaurus and part research tool. Terminology starts with a great offline dictionary with concise definitions, and extends the dictionary with deep word relations. Find the right word by browsing more and less specific words, and more. If what you need is not in the dictionary, Terminology offers customizable actions to integrate with other reference website and apps.
Federico’s note: I use Terminology on my iPhone and iPad, and I’m a fan of the design changes and actions that were introduced with version 3.0, which I reviewed here. Gabe Weatherhead has some great examples of how you can make Terminology work for you with custom actions.
Our thanks to Macminicolo for sponsoring MacStories this week with their Mavericks promo.
The Mac mini gets better and better as a server and Macminicolo has been hosting them since they started this niche market in 2005. They host your Mac mini in a very high end data center where you can use it for all kinds of things. They’re known for their personal service and impeccable uptime.
To celebrate the release of Mavericks, they have a promotion running through the end of October. They’ll host your Mac mini for just $10/mo for nine months. More info here.
Federico’s note: I have been using two Mac minis at Macminicolo for the past year, for both personal (media server and automation) and work purposes (MacStories), and I couldn’t be happier. Great service and great support.
PDFpen is the goto solution for signing and editing documents from your iPad or iPad mini. Correct typos, highlight and add notes, and annotate documents with simple taps. Because PDFpen works with iCloud and Dropbox, you can be sure that your documents are conveniently available at your Mac. And because sharing those documents is just as important as making changes, PDFpen lets you send documents to services like Evernote, Google Drive, and Box. The next time you receive an email with that all important document, sign it with your finger, correct glaring typos, and send it back in just a few moments. It’s fast, easy, and powerful.
Whether you’re renaming a collection of photos or preparing a folder of images for an online gallery, Name Mangler makes renaming easy. Name Mangler is fast, able to crunch through thousands of files in seconds. It’s flexible, letting you change the title case, add prefixes and suffixes, and insert words or phrases into your filenames. And it’s smart, letting you examine and customize each file name based on the file’s own metadata. As you’re renaming the files, Name Mangler can show you the result of each step, ensuring that you’re happy with the results. When you’re all done, Name Mangler keeps track of your renaming actions, and you can share presets across Macs through apps like Dropbox. You can even create droplets so you can drag a group of files into the icon for instant renaming.
Plain and simple, Name Mangler is a highly customizable tool that takes the pain out of renaming files. You can download a trial from Many Tricks, or purchase your own copy for $19 on the Mac App Store.