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The Week in Mac Apps: Apps for geography, file management, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a new way to keep your files organized, a little math help for your kids, and the answer to every geography question you could ever imagine.

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Apps for geography, file management, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a new way to keep your files organized, a little math help for your kids, and the answer to every geography question you could ever imagine.

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Chikoo 1.0

Coding Turtle’s $21 Chikoo (Mac App Store Link) helps you organize your files into lists and libraries that transcend the layout of your disk storage.

The app allows you to group documents by type, description, or custom attributes. Once grouped, you can tell it to either leave files where they are in the file system, or group them into a folder of your choosing.

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Economy Globe 3D

Travel And Play’s $5 Economy Globe 3D is a tool for people who want to get to know the world they live in better.

The app gives you a three-dimensional view of the earth, on which you can discover detailed geopolitical information about every country on the planet. If you’ve ever wondered what the population of Germany is, or can’t remember what the flag of Chile looks like, Economy Global 3D can help you out.

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Fractions and Smart Pirates 1.1

Here’s something for the little ones in your family. Virtual Space OOO’s Fractions and Smart Pirates helps kids get a leg up on fractions with a fun, pirate-themed game.

The app takes players to four islands, where they are challenged with puzzles of increasing difficulty. Better yet, it’s free, with daily limits that can be removed with a $1 in-app purchase.

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HDREffects 1.0.0

HumanSoftware’s $7 HDREffects (Mac App Store Link) lets you apply beautiful HDR effects to your photos without requiring the usual multi-capture approach.

The app works with most common image formats, and allows you to tweak parameters like hue, saturation, and lightness. It’s a great tool for performing simple edits.

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Minuet 1.0

If iTunes’ messy interface is starting to get on your nerves, it might be time to check out developer John Wells’s $5 Minuet (Mac App Store Link), a music player that focuses on a clean user experience and easy-to-use interface.

The app supports most common media formats, allows you to create your own playlists with a simple drag-and-drop operation—and, best of all, stays out of your way when all you want to do is listen to some tunes.

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Organize:Pro 2.5.3

Taskfabric’s $50 Organize:Pro (Mac App Store Link) makes managing your time easier by keeping track of your to-do list.

In addition to doing everything you would expect a modern task management app to, Organize:Pro features a very handy “what’s next” capability that helps you figure out exactly what you need to do at any given time.

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Records 1.0

If you like order in you life, you may want to check out Push Popcorn’s $50 Records, a personal database system that can store text and most kinds of media.

The app sports a handy what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface that you can use to design your forms, and produces information sets that are fully searchable and can easily scale to tens of thousands of records.

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VistaClock 2.0.1

When you work with people from all over the world, it doesn’t take much to get confused over timezones—and next thing you know, someone is asking you exactly why it is that you saw fit to wake them up at three in the morning.

That’s where Mazookie’s $2 VistaClock (Mac App Store Link) comes in: This simple app gives you the ability to set up a bank of clocks in multiple timezones, and, as a bonus, even gives you an at-a-glance look over your calendar.

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YouType 1.1

Alexander Korotkov’s $2 YouType (Mac App Store Link) is the perfect tool for multilingual typers who frequently have to switch between different keyboard layouts.

The app displays an icon next to your mouse cursor that corresponds to your current keyboard layout, which you can see whenever you hover it near a text box. This allows you to quickly determine if you’re about to inadvertently type gibberish.