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The Week in Mac Apps: Sight and sound

One of the apps in this week's roundup will come in handy when you need to figure out how to sort through all those receipts sitting in your drawer, while another one tells you what the weather is like anywhere in the world.

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Sight and sound

One of the apps in this week's roundup will come in handy when you need to figure out how to sort through all those receipts sitting in your drawer, while another one tells you what the weather is like anywhere in the world—and with pretty pictures to boot.

There's also a bit of mail magic, with an app that steps in where Apple's Mail falters. Speaking of magic, we also feature a piece of software that can turn you into the next Ansel Adams at the click of a mouse.

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DayMap 1.8.1

What does your day look like? Let Whetstone Apps's $10 DayMap (Mac App Store Link) answer the question by showing you an at-a-glance look into your to-dos and other important details of your life.

The app offers a systemwide keyboard shortcut that can be used to quickly access your information, and allows you to organize your data into deep hierarchies that accurately reflect your day-to-day life.

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Mail Act-On 3.0.2

Indev's $30 Mail Act-On is a plug-in for Apple's Mail app that greatly enhances your ability to handle e-mail in an efficient way.

The latest release of the software, which just hit the virtual shelves, features improved user interaction when creating custom actions and outbox rules, adds support for reply templates—which make answering e-mails a breeze, and introduces several new composer options.  

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MeteoEarth 1.1

MeteoGroup's $5 MeteoEarth (Mac App Store Link) shows you the weather like you've never seen it before, with all sorts of information for multiple locations and beautiful charts for everything from temperatures to winds.

A premium version of the app, available as an in-app purchase, provides additional data and more detail.

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Monochrome 2.0.1

Einstein's Legacy's $20 Monochrome (Mac App Store Link) can be used to convert batches of pictures from color to monochrome.

If that sounds boring, you'd be surprised—the app can add all sorts of effects and even apply its filters selectively, so that only certain portions of each photo are converted to black and white, for a more artistic look.

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PhySyCalc 1.03

PhySy's $9 PhySyCalc (Mac App Store Link) shows that you can never have a calculator with too many functions.

If you're into serious scientific work, this app is a great way to keep track of even the most complex operations, from trigonometry to the physical sciences.

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ReceiptBox 2.0

It's tax time! Developer Giorgos Trigonakis's $5 ReceiptBox (Mac App Store Link) gives you a leg up on that mountain of paper hiding in your drawer by helping you keep track of your receipts and expenses.

The app's simple interface makes collecting and categorizing your data a breeze, and produces a number of convenient reports and charts in a variety of formats.

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Silverlock 2.0

Petroules Corporation's $30 Silverlock (Mac App Store Link) keeps your passwords and personal data safe from prying eyes with military grade security and a simple, intuitive interface designed for everyday use.

In addition to login credentials, the app lets you save credit cards, digital keys, contacts, and even textual notes.

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ViaCad 2D3D 9.0.1

Encore Software's $100 ViaCAD 2D3D 9 (Mac App Store Link) is a great tool for designing complex three-dimensional objects of all sizes, from the smallest part to entire buildings.

The app supports all kinds of design strategies, and can be used to quickly prototype 3D objects starting from simple 2D shapes.

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Bits and bytes

BitPerfect Sound's $10 BitPerfect works alongside iTunes to deliver the best-sounding music possible, thanks to support for a variety of highly advanced algorithms, output devices, and channel bitrates.

If e-mail has ever failed you when it comes to quickly transferring files between your devices, Tworb (Mac App Store Link) may be the app for you. It lets you move files secure and efficiently between Macs, iPads, and iPhones with a couple of clicks—and, best of all, is free.