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The Week in Mac Apps: Presentations, gardening, and New Year's resolutions

The holidays are nearly here, as is a new helping of great apps for your Mac. In this week’s roundup, you’ll find tools for everything from making beautiful presentations to rendering great pictures—with a little chemistry thrown in for good measure.

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Presentations, gardening, and New Year's resolutions

The holidays are nearly here, as is a new helping of great apps for your Mac. In this week’s roundup, you’ll find tools for everything from making beautiful presentations to rendering great pictures—with a little chemistry thrown in for good measure.

daydreamerdoodlerpro

Daydream Doodler Pro 3.0.0

Norbyte’s $8 Daydream Doodler Pro (Mac App Store Link) is great for sketching down your ideas, or just having a little fun with colors and shapes.

The app’s latest release offers a simplified interface that keeps its many options conveniently at your fingertips, supports layers, and can keep multiple “work in progress” drawings in memory.

embrilliance

Embrilliance Essentials 1.139

If you love embroidery, BriTon Leap’s $150 Embrilliance Essentials (Mac App Store Link) is a tool worth a look.

The app allows you to import, manipulate, stitch together, convert, and export patterns in a wide variety of common formats.

flowvella

FlowVella 1.1.1

Designed to make creating presentations easy, FlowVella (Mac App Store Link) allows you to combine documents, images, and other media with one of several professionally-designed templates.

FlowVella is compatible with most common file formats, and makes sharing your work over e-mail or social media a cinch.

gardenplanner

Garden Planner 3.2.24

Winter blues got you down? Artifact Interactive’s $34 Garden Planner (Mac App Store Link) helps you look forward to summer by designing your very own yard.

The app offers a simple interface that includes most common backyard furniture, in addition to a variety of shrubs, flowers, and vegetables that you can place just about anywhere.

keypad

Keypad 1.0

Now that OS X can make phone calls through your iPhone, you’ll want to take a look at Eytan Schulman & Harrison Weinerman’s $1 Keypad (Mac App Store Link), which allows you to dial and call arbitrary numbers, even if they are not in your Contacts.

The app sports a simple user interface that works just like a traditional phone, and can even be used to dial directly from Notification Center.

moleculesketch

MoleculeSketch 1.0

Stefan Dolder’s $3 MoleculeSketch (Mac App Store Link) helps you draw chemical formulas and reactions with ease.

The app lays out molecules as you work on them automatically, includes supports for gestures, and is even capable of determining missing hydrogen atoms based on free valences.

notefile

Notefile 2.5.1

Junecloud’s $5 Notefile (Mac App Store Link) lets you create quick notes directly from the Dock or a convenient menu item.

The app supports several languages, offers a compact interface, and can sync over iCloud.

raysupreme3d

RaySupreme 3D 1.6

BrainDistrict’s $20 RaySupreme 3D (Mac App Store Link) is a full-fledged 3D modelling system for your Mac.

The app lets you create models, maps, and textures, and features a visual rendering pipeline and a number of great visual effects that can be applied to your images.

weighttrackerpro

Weight Tracker Pro 1.0

Got a few pounds to shed? AVAR Software’s $10 Weight Tracker Pro (Mac App Store Link) helps you track your weight through time with a simple user interface.

The app supports multiple users, can work both in imperial and metric units, and can even illustrate just how badly you’ve missed your New Year's resolution mark with a series of beautifully damning graphs.