A world of time, space, and location
In this week’s roundup of Mac apps, you’ll find an app that shows you the world, one that helps you track your location inside it, and one that makes sure you don’t accidentally wake up your coworkers in the wee hours of the morning.
Designed for trekking enthusiasts who like to keep track of where they’ve been, the app supports the popular GPX format, can automatically identify rest stops, and is even capable of optimizing your files to remove redundant data points.
Affinity Designer 1.1.0
The app takes full advantage of the many technologies that come with OS X, from OpenGL to Core Graphics, to deliver a design experience that is as Mac-like as they come—including the ability to zoom things to a whopping 1,000,000-percent factor.
Crossword Editor 1.4.0
Earth 3D 3.2.0
3Planesoft’s $1 Earth 3D (Mac App Store Link) gives you a beautiful three-dimensional look at the Pale Blue Dot, with a unique interface that highlights humankind’s most beautiful and prominent architectural works.
The app supports multiple monitors, and can even display a global weather map, although that will set you back an extra $2, alongside a couple other in-app-purchases.
The app sits quietly in your menu until called upon—at which point it shows a realtime simulation of what your desktop will look like at any given resolution—and, of course, lets you switch to a new size with the click of your mouse.
While the idea behind the app may sound odd, its flexibility and focus on a single task make it the ideal companion for those who take writing seriously.
Developer Alfons Schmid’s $20 Notebooks - Write Documents, Manage Tasks, Organize Files (Mac App Store Link) saves every bit of information you ask it to: Text, images, PDF files—you name it.
In addition to working on its own, the app also features a WebDAV server that can be used to share information on your local network.
Time Travel 1.0.1
The app allows you to quickly correlate the time at different locations and take notes relative to multiple places—all ideal tools for keeping track of to-do lists and meetings.
Tweak and Tuneup 1.1.4
Mac behaving strangely? Systweak’s $10 Tweak and Tuneup keeps an eye on your system’s health and helps you identify and clean up potential areas of concern.
The app can look after your stray files, optimize app removal, and even identify websites that are tracking your activities online.