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MacStadium: Private Clouds and Dedicated Macs for Developers and Teams Building iOS and Mac Apps [Sponsor]

Tomorrow, MacStadium is announcing something big, but we’ve got a sneak peek just for MacStories readers. MacStadium is releasing Orka, their new virtualization platform. Orka (Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple) is a new build infrastructure based on Docker and Kubernetes technology. It’s the very first solution for orchestrating macOS in a cloud environment using Kubernetes on Mac hardware.

MacStadium developed Orka to provide Mac and iOS developers with the ability to use container technology features the same way they can on other platforms. With Orka, MacStadium’s customers will now have a more software-driven, self-service capable experience using MacStadium’s infrastructure that’s similar to what they may have used with AWS, Azure, or GCP.

At launch, Orka will ship with plugins for Jenkins. Additional Plugins for Buildkite, Bamboo, and TeamCity will be released soon. Orka has already been adopted by Homebrew, the popular package manager for macOS. Aso, if any readers plan to be at DevOps World | Jenkins World, be sure to catch MacStadium’s live Orka demo on Wednesday, August 14th or visit MacStadium.com to learn more about Orka.

Of course, MacStadium is also the premier Mac hosting company that provides dedicated Mac hardware and private cloud services, and it has a special deal just for MacStories readers. Just use the coupon code MACSTORIES at checkout and MacStadium will take 50% off the first two months of a hosted Mac mini server.

Our thanks to MacStadium for sponsoring MacStories this week.


Milanote: The Tool for Organizing Creative Projects [Sponsor]

Milanote is the perfect tool for organizing your next creative project. The Mac and web app, which also has a companion iPhone app, is an incredibly easy way to create beautiful visual boards of ideas and inspiration that you can organize any way you’d like.

Conceived initially to fulfill the needs of the cofounders’ design agency, Milanote has grown to over 250,000 users that include teams at companies like Apple, Nike, Netflix, and Uber. The strength of Milanote is its flexibility. You can combine notes, images, files, and links all in one place and then connect them using drag and drop. Because Milanote uses a freeform canvas, the app makes it simple to find connections between ideas that you’d miss in a traditional notes app. The Milanote boards you create are private by default, but they can be shared with colleagues allowing you to work collaboratively with team members too.

The latest addition to Milanote is its iPhone companion app that lets you gather photos, notes, to-dos, and links on the go. You can then organize everything when you return to your Mac. It’s a great way to ensure that you can capture ideas even when you’re away from your Mac.

Milanote has a special offer just for MacStories readers. For a lifetime 20% off on a Milanote Pro account, which adds unlimited notes, links, images, and file uploads as well as powerful board and content search to Milanote’s free plan, use the coupon code ‘macstories20’ at checkout. So don’t delay, head over to Milanote’s website to learn more and sign up for a Milanote Pro account.

Our thanks to Milanote for supporting MacStories this week.


Taskheat: The Innovative Task Manager for Everyone [Sponsor]

Taskheat is an innovative new task manager for the Mac that extends beyond traditional task lists to allow users to visualize their projects and goals. The trouble with lists is that they don’t convey the relationships between the tasks that make up a project. Taskheat, which borrows concepts from mind-mapping and project management apps combines checklists and flowcharts to visualize the links between your tasks.

Every project has dependencies: tasks that can’t be started before something else is completed. Taskheat’s flowchart view makes it simple to add those sorts of connections between tasks and then see how each part of your project fits together into a unified whole. Making the connections is simple too: just drag from the connection point in one task to another. If you need to reverse, add, or delete links later, you can do that with just a few clicks too.

Taskheat also features a separate list mode that allows you to create, view, and check off tasks in a more traditional manner. In list view, connections are displayed on the side of the list, so they’re always visible regardless of how you’re managing your projects.

Of course, Taskheat supports tagging, due dates, delegation, and location details too. This allows the app to create an ‘Actual’ inbox of tasks that are just the ones you can accomplish now. It’s features like this that enables Taskheat to reduce a long list of tasks into a manageable, actionable subset of items. It’s a unique approach to task management that will transform the way you get things done.

To learn more about Taskheat visit their website or simply download a 14-day free trial of Taskheat from Mac App Store. When you’re ready to buy, Taskheat is just $14.99, and it’s available as part of a Setapp subscription too.

Our thanks to Taskheat for supporting MacStories this week.


Atoms: The World’s First Shoe to Come in Quarter Sizes [Sponsor]

Atoms are the ideal everyday shoe designed for comfort and style with your feet in mind.

Not everyone’s feet are exactly the same size. In fact, 60% of people have one foot that’s a little bigger than the other, which is where Atoms sets itself apart. Atoms deliver an effortless fit by offering customers different sized shoes for their left and right feet. When you order, Atoms sends you three pairs in quarter-size increments, so you can pick the two shoes that fit your feet the best and return the others for free. It’s a concept so revolutionary that around 40,000 people signed up for the company’s waitlist before the shoes were publicly available.

Atoms are about more than just a perfect fit though. The Model 000 offers a simple, timeless design inspired by classic tennis shoes and careful attention to details that make them the perfect combination of form and function. The unisex design feature a proprietary foam midsole for cloud-like cushioning that’s resiliently comfortable day after day. The attention to detail extends to the stretch laces too, which were designed to stay tied and allow them to be slipped on and off easily. The shoes also feature a breathable upper with an antimicrobial copper lining that prevents odor.

With the $179 Model 000, Atoms has created a shoe that you not only can wear every day but one you’ll want to wear every day. It’s is available in three colorways (black/white, black/black, white/white), and there’s a special, limited-edition gray colorway for customers who already own a pair of Atoms.

So, visit atoms.com today to learn more about the Model 000, which is revolutionizing footwear, and order a pair for yourself.

Our thanks to Atoms for supporting MacStories this week.


Airmail Zero: Blazingly-Fast Gmail Triage for the Mac and iPhone [Sponsor]

The makers of the Apple Design Award-winning app Airmail are back with Airmail Zero, a brand-new take on Gmail for the Mac and iPhone.

Speed is critical to getting through a mountain of email messages, and you don’t want your email client slowing you down. That’s why Bloop, designed Airmail Zero, the successor to Airmail, from the ground up with speed and efficiency as a top priority.

Airmail Zero is built on an all-new Swift codebase for lightning-fast app launches, and instantaneous message handling. The app has been architected to use virtually zero storage, memory, and CPU to keep everything working smoothly throughout. Sync is speedy, the app works exceptionally well with virtual private networks, and it communicates over HTTPS connections too.

The emphasis on speed extends to Airmail Zero’s design, which is brought to life with custom animations. Email messages are presented in a clean, easy-to-read card interface with simple, intuitive controls for rapidly triaging an overflowing inbox. Add to that a rich set of keyboard shortcuts on the Mac and you’ll find yourself with an empty inbox in no time.

The Mac and iPhone versions of Airmail Zero are free to use with one Gmail account. Subscribe for $0.99/month or $9.99/year and you add multiple Gmail accounts organized in a unified inbox, plus live help from the Airmail Zero support team.

Spend your time answering email instead of managing your email client by giving Airmail Zero a try today on the Mac and iPhone.

Our thanks to Airmail Zero for supporting MacStories this week.


Airmail Zero: Blazingly-Fast Gmail Triage for the Mac and iPhone [Sponsor]

The makers of the Apple Design Award-winning app Airmail are back with Airmail Zero, a brand-new take on Gmail for the Mac and iPhone.

Speed is critical to getting through a mountain of email messages, and you don’t want your email client slowing you down. That’s why Bloop, designed Airmail Zero, the successor to Airmail, from the ground up with speed and efficiency as a top priority.

Airmail Zero is built on an all-new Swift codebase for lightning-fast app launches, and instantaneous message handling. The app has been architected to use virtually zero storage, memory, and CPU to keep everything working smoothly throughout. Sync is speedy, the app works exceptionally well with virtual private networks, and it communicates over HTTPS connections too.

The emphasis on speed extends to Airmail Zero’s design, which is brought to life with custom animations. Email messages are presented in a clean, easy-to-read card interface with simple, intuitive controls for rapidly triaging an overflowing inbox. Add to that a rich set of keyboard shortcuts on the Mac and you’ll find yourself with an empty inbox in no time.

The Mac and iPhone versions of Airmail Zero are free to use with one Gmail account. Subscribe for $0.99/month or $9.99/year and you add multiple Gmail accounts organized in a unified inbox, plus live help from the Airmail Zero support team.

Spend your time answering email instead of managing your email client by giving Airmail Zero a try today on the Mac and iPhone.

Our thanks to Airmail Zero for supporting MacStories this week.


Track Your Time Automatically with Timing [Sponsor]

Have you heard of Screen Time, Apple’s time tracking feature for iPhone and iPad that shows how long you use each app on your iPhone or iPad? Good news — Screen Time is coming to macOS Catalina this fall! And if you haven’t heard of this feature yet, you may want to check out the Timing guide to Screen Time.

However, Screen Time’s feature set is fairly limited: it only lets you view the past 30 days of activity, and you only get a rough overview of what apps you used. That’s not sufficient for time tracking in a professional environment.

Enter Timing. Like Screen Time, Timing automatically tracks how much time you spend on each app and website. In addition, Timing also tracks every document you work on and lets you categorize your time into custom projects. This gives you a much more detailed overview of where your time went.

You can also add manual time entries for occasions like phone calls and breaks — another feature not present in Screen Time. The built-in calendar integration even lets you create time records for calendar events in just one click. And when it’s time to export a detailed report, Timing has you covered, too.

So, if you’d like to take advantage of all these benefits right now, check out Timing’s blog article on getting Screen Time’s functionality on your Mac with Timing. Then, download the 14-day free trial and save 10% when you buy!

Our thanks to Timing for supporting MacStories this week.


Tumult Hype Professional 4.0: Create Stunning Web Animations Without the Code [Sponsor]

The web is a visual medium, so it pays to make the most of what it has to offer with beautiful, interactive animations. With Tumult Hype Professional 4.0 for the Mac, you can create stunning animations without writing a single line of code.

The app uses a powerful key-based animation system combined with an easy-to-use record button that couldn’t be simpler. That’s because under the hood of Tumult Hype’s elegant UI is a sophisticated interactivity system that can trigger symbols and multiple timelines.

With the recent release of version 4.0, Tumult Hype introduced vector shapes with shape morphing for more advanced animations. You can also incorporate physics into animations, ease into and out of animations, bring line drawings to life, create snapshots to use with browsers where JavaScript is disabled, and use Hype with external editors and tools like BBEdit, Photoshop, Affinity Photo, and Astropad.

Tumult Hype’s visual environment the perfect way to create animations because it eliminates the guesswork letting you see exactly what the visitors to your site will see. Whether you’re building ads, which require a small export footprint, infographics, banners, animated lessons, interactive experiences, or books, Tumult Hype has you covered. Then when you’re finished, the app outputs state-of-the-art HTML5 and CSS3 driven by JavaScript, which is compatible with everything from IE 6 to the latest Chrome, iOS, and Android browsers.

To get started making responsive, flexible documents that accommodate all device layouts, download and try Tumult Hype today. For a limited time, MacStories readers can buy Tumult Hype Professional for 20% off on the Tumult store by using this link or the coupon code ‘MACSTORIES’ at checkout.

Our thanks to Tumult Hype Professional for supporting MacStories this week.


Tumult Hype Professional 4.0: Create Stunning Web Animations Without the Code [Sponsor]

The web is a visual medium, so it pays to make the most of what it has to offer with beautiful, interactive animations. With Tumult Hype Professional 4.0 for the Mac, you can create stunning animations without writing a single line of code.

The app uses a powerful key-based animation system combined with an easy-to-use record button that couldn’t be simpler. That’s because under the hood of Tumult Hype’s elegant UI is a sophisticated interactivity system that can trigger symbols and multiple timelines.

With the recent release of version 4.0, Tumult Hype introduced vector shapes with shape morphing for more advanced animations. You can also incorporate physics into animations, ease into and out of animations, bring line drawings to life, create snapshots to use with browsers where JavaScript is disabled, and use Hype with external editors and tools like BBEdit, Photoshop, Affinity Photo, and Astropad.

Tumult Hype’s visual environment the perfect way to create animations because it eliminates the guesswork letting you see exactly what the visitors to your site will see. Whether you’re building ads, which require a small export footprint, infographics, banners, animated lessons, interactive experiences, or books, Tumult Hype has you covered. Then when you’re finished, the app outputs state-of-the-art HTML5 and CSS3 driven by JavaScript, which is compatible with everything from IE 6 to the latest Chrome, iOS, and Android browsers.

To get started making responsive, flexible documents that accommodate all device layouts, download and try Tumult Hype today. For a limited time, MacStories readers can buy Tumult Hype Professional for 20% off on the Tumult store by using this link or the coupon code ‘MACSTORIES’ at checkout.

Our thanks to Tumult Hype Professional for supporting MacStories this week.