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Archive for January 17th, 2016

by Tom Nelson

Since 2008, I’ve been picking the best Mac apps each Saturday and adding them to our collection of Tom’s Mac Software Picks. Over the years, we’ve put together quite a collection of Mac apps that I believe provide exceptional value and meet our standards for quality.

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Fantastical 2 from Flexibits. Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

In 2016, I’ll continue our tradition of selecting amazing apps for you to consider for your Mac. I try to pick apps that have demos available, although that isn’t always possible, especially with the Mac App Store being a driving force in the Mac app distribution business. The Mac App Store doesn’t generally allow demos, but many app developers have demos on their web sites, or provide apps for free or at a very low cost through the Mac App Store, and then later offer the option to turn on specific features with an in-app purchase.

For many apps, the in-app upgrade is a modified demo. Try the app for free, or a very low cost, and if you like it, purchase an upgrade that turns on advanced features. In the case of games, the in-app purchase is almost required to be able to complete a game, advance a level, or gain points that are used to “purchase” necessary game paraphernalia. I’m not fond of these types of games, and if I select one of these games, I’ll mention in the review that additional purchases are required.

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by Tom Nelson

This week, the Mac refurb store is missing Mac minis, and has only a single 12-core top-of-the-line 2013 Mac Pro in stock. Luckily, the rest of the store is well stocked, with lots of Macs to choose from.

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Image courtesy of Apple

Deals of the Week

Our deals this week are for a pair of 27-inch Retina iMacs. The first is a 2015 Retina iMac that is the entry-level model. With 8 GB of RAM that’s user upgradeable, its only real sour note is a slower hard drive. But you can easily add faster external storage if you need more performance. As it is, this is a good deal for a low-cost Retina iMac.

Our second deal is a 2014 27-inch Retina iMac. Even though it’s nearly a year older, the 2014 model has some advantages, including a much faster 1 TB Fusion drive, and a slightly faster processor. Of course, it’s also a bit more expensive than the 2015 model we’re featuring.

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