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WriteRight and Tag Journal

Our thanks to WriteRight and Tag Journal for sponsoring MacStories this week. WriteRight and Tag Journal are two excellent apps for writers who want to enhance their writing workflows on iOS.

WriteRight is a unique text editor with synonyms, antonyms and phraseology. With support for Markdown and full iCloud and Dropbox integration, WriteRight lets you easily select words and expressions to check for synonyms/antonyms, choosing from a set of A4, Letter, and Manuscript previews with colored folders.

You can find out more about WriteRight for iPhone/iPad here.

Tag Journal is a complete diary to record your thoughts and ideas with photos, videos and sound recordings. Tag Journal supports Markdown for fast text entry and formatting, and you can add multiple photos per entry. Entry/note merging helps and speeds up your writing workflow, and notes can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, iMessages, Mail, or as PDF.

You can find out more about Tag Journal for iPhone/iPad here.

Federico’s note: I personally use WriteRight (which was developed in Italy and the US) when I write on my iPad, and I truly enjoy the app’s feature set for synonyms and antonyms that lets me quickly replace an active selection in the text editor with other words.

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Docsforce

Our thanks to Docsforce for sponsoring MacStories this week. Docsforce is a new service that delivers electronic statements and invoices from companies (providers) to their clients (consumers) securely and privately.

Businesses — Tired of sending paper invoices to your customers or maintaining a download site? Use Docsforce to deliver electronic statements to your customers. We offer a secure download site private to your business. Keep using your PDF statements, invoices and accounting system. Sign up for a free trial, invite your customers. It takes just minutes.

Are you a service provider preparing statements? Whether you are a cloud company with lots of consumers, or a provider of accounting solutions, we can integrate Docsforce into your organization and turn your business into a magnet for growth.

Consumers — tired of dozens of websites and receiving paper statements? Automatically receive all your Docsforce statements in one place, no manual downloading from every provider. Our consumer apps or a browser let you view and export. We keep your statements stored in a super-secure cloud.

Visit docsforce.com and start living your paperless future today.

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Apple Q1 2014 Results: $57.6 Billion Revenue, 51 Million iPhones, 26 Million iPads Sold

 

Apple has published their Q1 2014 financial results for the quarter that ended on December 28, 2013. The company posted revenue of $57.6 billion. The company sold 26 million iPads, 51 million iPhones, and 4.8 million Macs, earning a quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion.

We are really happy with our record iPhone and iPad sales, the strong performance of our Mac products and the continued growth of iTunes, Software and Services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We love having the most satisfied, loyal and engaged customers, and are continuing to invest heavily in our future to make their experiences with our products and services even better.

The quarter sets a new record for Apple: before today’s results, the company’s record was $54.5 billion revenue reported for Q1 2013. Read more


Tapstream

Our thanks to Tapstream for sponsoring MacStories this week. Tapstream helps app developers earn more from their apps.

For those of you who don’t advertise your app, Tapstream is completely free. You can embed it in your website to understand which referring sites and which landing pages are responsible for the biggest share of installs. Alternatively, use Tapstream’s URL shortener to get this same data from social networks, email or anywhere else on the web. If you decide to spend money on mobile ads, Tapstream is partnered with the best ad networks out there to help you advertise and make sure you’re not double-charged for your users.

Beyond just telling you how your users are getting to your app, Tapstream keeps track of exactly how valuable each channel is. Automatic In-App-Purchase reporting tells you where you get the most of your revenue from. Add to that a bevy of features like device-aware shortlinks (that discriminate between iPhone, iPad and Android visitors to send them to the correct destination), cohort tracking and integrations with HootSuite, KISSmetrics and MixPanel.

Tapstream is already on your iPhone in many of the apps you use today – it should be in your app too.

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CleanMyMac 2

Our thanks to MacPaw for sponsoring MacStories this week with CleanMyMac 2. CleanMyMac is the simplest, fastest way to clean your Mac and remove unnecessary junk that your computer doesn’t need or has accumulated over time.

CleanMyMac can scan your Mac and find — besides unnecessary system files — files that you haven’t opened in a long time and that you likely don’t need anymore. CleanMyMac’s algorithms will find cache files, system and user logs, broken login items and preferences, old iOS software updates, hidden iPhoto files, and other large files that only waste space on your Mac; with an intuitive interface, the app will allow you to safely remove them and regain space without causing any issue with OS X (the app is ready for Mavericks).

In order to ensure that CleanMyMac would always remove the right files from OS X, MacPaw built a Safety Database for the app – a set of rules and exceptions that CleanMyMac uses to properly clean up junk files without doing any harm to the user’s system. The developers published a blog post on this feature, which you can read here.

CleanMyMac 2 is available at $39.95. A free trial is available at MacPaw’s website.

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#MacStoriesDeals Holiday Edition: Best Deals for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Apps

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Christmas 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 App Store holiday deals because we take care of finding the best stuff for you.

Bookmark this post, and come back every day to find updated deals for each category. Updates will be listed as new entries at the top of each category.

You can find us as @MacStoriesDeals on Twitter.

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Dailybook [Sponsor]

Our thanks to IdeaBlocks for sponsoring MacStories this week with Dailybook.

Memories are more than words. Transform your journaling with Dailybook, which supports multiple books, GPS location with maps, weather information, multiple pictures and audio notes to supplement life experiences. Share entries to Facebook or via email, and easily find posts through bookmarks, tags, and timestamps. Dailybook is a rich and rewarding journaling experience for the iPhone and iPad.

Dailybook is Universal and $1.99 on the App Store.

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#MacStoriesDeals – Black Friday 2013: Best Deals for iPhone, iPad, and Mac Apps & Games

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.

Bookmark this post, and come back every day to find updated deals for each category. Updates will be listed as new entries at the top of each category.

You can find us as @MacStoriesDeals on Twitter.

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Pixelmator 3.0 FX [Sponsor]

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.

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