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The Week in Mac Apps: Clean like a whistle

A number of titles in this week's Mac app roundup want to keep your system clean and running smoothly like the finely tuned precision machine that it's meant to be. If maintenance is not on your mind, though, we've got your artistic side covered, with a bit of organization to keep you focused.

Clean like a whistle

A number of titles in this week’s Mac app roundup want to keep your system clean and running smoothly like the finely tuned precision machine that it’s meant to be.

Even if maintenance is not on your mind, though, we’ve got your artistic side covered, with a bit of organization to keep you focused.

Cocktail 7.0

Maintain’s $19 Cocktail wants to clear, repair, and optimize your Mac to make sure it runs like a well-oiled machine.

The new edition brings compatibility with OS X Mavericks, but if features the same reliable ability to analyze and fix issues in your filesystem, configuration settings, network, and user interface that it always has.

Ember 1.2

Realmac Software’s $50 Ember (Mac App Store Link) data-organization app has been updated with support for iCloud and compatibility with OS X Mavericks.

The developers also managed to squeeze in a new feature in this update, which is available for free to existing users: Dubbed Colors, it allows users to perform searches for specific colors using natural-language expressions like “dark blue” and “hot pink.”

Intensify 1.0

Photos got you down? MacPhun’s $30 Intensify (Mac App Store Link) won’t necessarily turn you into the next Ansel Adams, but it will help you clean up and revitalize your dull shots by bringing out all the details that you would normally find in a high dynamic range (HDR) picture.

A pro version of the app, sold exclusively through the company’s website, allows even finer control, including the ability to adjust the parameters and settings of each individual filter.

Macbooster 1.0

Speaking of clean, IOBit’s newly-launched MacBooster brings together six powerful utilities to help you shape up your Mac so that it runs smoothly and efficiently.

The app, which will set you back $40 for a standard license and $90 for a premium version that can be installed on up to five Macs, clears up unused files from your disks, reorganizes your RAM, and even helps uninstall old apps by ensuring that they leave no trace behind.

Parcel 1.1

If you often deal with couriers, you know that tracking all those packages can be a major pain—unless, of course, you happen to use Ivan Pavlov’s Parcel (Mac App Store Link), which has recently made its debut on OS X after several years on iOS.

The app can simultaneously track multiple packages from a variety of different shipping companies. While the basic version is free, the developer asks that you sign up for a $2/year subscription if you want to receive updates via push notification or if you deal with more than three packages at a time.

Pixelmator 3.0

The latest release of Pixelmator (Mac App Store Link) introduces a number of great new features in the popular graphics app, including layer styles, liquify tools, support for OS X Mavericks, and a brand new image-editing engine.

The update is available for free to existing customers; newcomers will be able to pick up a copy for $30.

Ulysses 1.1

Don’t let the minor version number bump fool you: Soulmen’s $45 Ulysses (Mac App Store Link) has been updated with nearly 300 tweaks that range from speed optimizations to support for half a dozen different languages, including Italian and Japanese.

Ulysses helps you work with all sorts of textual information, from code to Markdown copy, and organizes all your information in a convenient location from which you can update and cross-reference it—a bit like having a really smart assistant who won’t bring you coffee.

Washing Machine 1.1

Intego’s brand-new Washing Machine wants to help keep your Mac running smoothly by cleaning out your hard drive.

The $30 app can perform tasks like finding and eliminating duplicate documents, identifying files that take up the most space on your storage device, and even organizing your desktop and smart folders.

Gone surfin'

With the recent release of OS X Mavericks, a number of apps have been updated to support Apple’s latest operating system.

Some notable examples: Noodlesoft’s Hazel 3.2 can now work with OS X’s new tags … Bombich’s Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.3 now works seamlessly on the three most recent version of OS X … CharlesSoft’s Pacifist 3.2 comes with improved performance and a number of bug fixes … and Flexibit’s Fantastical 1.3.10 can now better handle events that span multiple dates.

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