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The Week in Mac Apps: What's cooking?

This week's Mac app roundup brings you a little of everything just in time for the holidays: some encryption, a bit of extra battery savvy, contacts galore, and a few apps that can help you overcome the inevitable food coma and unleash your creativity.

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What's cooking?

This week's Mac app roundup brings you a little of everything just in time for the holidays: some encryption, a bit of extra battery savvy, contacts galore, and a few apps that can help you overcome the inevitable food coma and unleash your creativity.

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AutoCrypt 2.1

Encryption is a hot-button topic, and Tension Software's $6 AutoCrypt (Mac App Store Link) is a great way to keep your files secure without having to worry too much about the technicalities involved.

The app can batch-process hundreds of files with a single click, and features a convenient document-based mechanism for managing your passwords.

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Battery Hero 1.0

Did you know that your battery will last longer if it's kept in an optimal charge range? Developer Michael Rapadas certainly does—and that's probably why he developed his $1 Battery Hero.

The app's simple interface monitors your battery's charge level and informs you of the optimal times to connect and disconnect your charge cable to ensure maximum performance and longevity.

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CoBook 3.0

Cobook's eponymous app (Mac App Store Link) collects all your contacts in one place, and makes them available through a convenient interface that can be accessed directly from your menu.

Cobook supports several built-in services, most of which are available free of charge, while some require a small in-app purchase.

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iSplash Studio FX 1.0

T-Bone's $5 iSplash Studio FX has everything you need to create dynamic artwork, including photo touch-up tricks, drawing and sketching implements, and much more.

The app features two dozen different tools and filters, in addition to the ability to modify a picture's dynamic range.

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Magic Vintage 2.0.0

Everything look better with the old-time sheen that Topianga's MagicVintage 2 can give your every picture.

With support for dozens of different filters and rendering mechanisms, the app can make everything look anywhere from just plain old to ancient.

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QuickTab for Gmail 1.0

Mail.app got you down? Fresh Squeezed App's QuickTab for Gmail helps you keep tabs on your Gmail account by sitting quietly in your menu until called upon to let you know whether you've got new mail.

The app's basic features are free, with advanced functionality, such as support for chat and stealth mode, available as in-app purchases.

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StrongSync 1.0

From the folks who make ExpanDrive comes the $30 StrongSync, which allows you to manage your own Dropbox-like backup and syncing storage using Amazon's S3 or any custom server reachable via secure FTP.

The app sports a simple and clean user interface, and is compatible with both OS X and Windows—a Linux version is due to arrive in the new year.

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Writer Pro 1.0

iA Labs's $20 Writer Pro provides writers with a workflow that follows a piece all the way from inception to final editing.

Each stage of the process features a different interface with tools that help the user manage specific tasks, from collecting ideas to checking for spelling and grammar mistakes, which professionals never, ever, almost never, sometimes make.

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Bits and bytes

Apple's pro video-editing apps—Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion—have all received updates designed to support the company's newly-released Mac Pros … Nevercenter's $12 CameraBag 2 has received a minor version bump that makes it compatible with Retina displays and addresses a few issues.

And, speaking of professional editing tools, Audiofile Engineering's $80 Triumph has been updated to version 2.2.0, which improves its compatibility with Final Cut Pro X and supports native MP3 exporting.