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The Week in Mac Apps: Blueprint offers seamless business management, plus disk cleaning utilities and more

This week, our roundup of new Mac app brings you apps to manage your text files, notes, business relationships, and photos. For variety, we even threw in a new way to look at the sky, and an easy solution to get rid of the clutter that affects your storage.

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Blueprint offers seamless business management, plus disk cleaning utilities and more

This week, our roundup of new Mac app brings you apps to manage your text files, notes, business relationships, and photos. For variety, we even threw in a new way to look at the sky, and an easy solution to get rid of the clutter that affects your storage.

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Assembler 1.0

Quote-Unquote Apps’s $10 Assembler (Mac App Store Link) solves a surprisingly common problem: It glues together multiple text files into a single document.

The app supports a variety of formats, from the ever-popular Markdown all the way down to comma-separated value files. All you need to do is drop your sources on its window, order them in just the way you want, and let Assembler do its magic.

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Audio Notes 1.0

Vegantaram’s Audio Notes (Mac App Store Link) allows you to take audio and text notes at the same time, synchronizing them into a seamless stream for future reference.

The app, which can also export your notes to great-looking PDF files, works with the audio you record from your microphone and from the files you import—like music, podcasts, or other file types.

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Blueprint 2.0.1

Yoann Besnard’s $20 Blueprint is a jack-of-all-trades solution for your busy work life.

The app can collect and manage all kinds of documents, help you set up and track your appointments and tasks, and get a handle on every one of your contacts. All this information can then be collated into projects, and synchronized with other apps in your Apple ecosystem, like Calendar, Mail, and so on.

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Duplicates Expert 2.0

There’s no shortage of apps that want to clean your hard disk these days, but Nektony’s $5 Duplicates Expert (Mac App Store Link) stands out thanks to its beautiful user interface that looks great and is easy to use.

The app can quickly scan a directory of your choice and map out duplicate (or even similar) files one by one, showing you a breakdown of what it finds, and giving you hints on easy ways to save space.

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Narrator 2.3

Mariners Software's $20 Narrator (Mac App Store Link) takes a text file and reads it out loud using voice synthesis. 

The app is great for hearing how that business letter you just wrote really sounds, or just reading the news to you. It can also help you prepare for a speech, as its technology allows you to tweak the voice's rate, pitch, inflection, and volume. In addition to being funnelled to your speakers, the resulting output can also be saved as a file or exported directly to iTunes—making creating your own audio books a breeze.

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Photos 4 Documents 3.5

Magno Urbano’s Photos 4 Documents allows you to edit your photos so that they match the ID specs mandated by nearly 200 worldwide government organizations—perfect for applying for your next passport or fishing license.

The app gives you simple templates that are easy to follow and ensures professional results every time—even if you are not a professional photographer.

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Photo GeoTag 1.3

Modesitt Software’s $4 Photo GeoTag (Mac App Store Link) allows you to access and edit the metadata associated with your pictures.

The app is perfect for both adjusting photos that already embed GPS data, and for adding info to photos you took with older cameras that don't have metadata capabilities.

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Stargaze 3D 1.0.0

Head stuck in the clouds? Make the most of it with 3Planesoft’s $2 Stargaze 3D.

The app allows you to explore the night sky as seen from anywhere in the world, giving you the lowdown on every celestial body, from planets to stars and constellations, in stunning 3D.

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World View Live Wallpaper 1.0.4

Tired of the way your desktop looks? Todd Medema’s $10 World View Live Wallpaper (Mac App Store Link) gives you a new way to look at the world.

The app shows you beautiful, Retina-grade pictures from around the world that change on a minute-by-minute basis—and can even be synchronized to match your local time for a peek at Earth's natural wonders in real time.