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In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find tools for making your own business cards, tracking your utilities, turning your photos into art, and making sure you never accidentally walk into a thunderstorm ever again.
Art in Black and White 1.0
As its name suggests, developer Alexandre Amato’s $10 Art in Black & White turns your pictures into monochromatic objects of art at the click of a mouse.
The app supports 18 different B&W conversion algorithms, which, when coupled with its ten filters, can help you transform an everyday photo into a one-of-a-kind classic masterpiece.
Business Card Factory 1.1
Your business card should represent you and your personal brand, so you want to make sure it looks good—a daunting task if you’re not a professional designer and want to create your card yourself. Aide Li’s $5 Business Card Factory can help you create your very own business cards in a matter of minutes.
The app comes with 330 sets of templates in a variety of themes and formats that cater to all kinds of industries, from IT services to catering companies and clothing designers.
If, like us, you tend to stare in disbelief at your utility bills when they make their way to your mailbox at the end of the month, it’s perhaps time to take a look at Matthias Rudolph’s $5 Consumptions.
The app allows you to track and measure your, well, consumption of everything from electricity to gas by entering readings from your meters, thus giving you a more frequent look at how much of each you are using—and, maybe, reduce that end-of-the-month shock when the postman comes calling.
Point Planck Limited’s $5 FileBot makes quick work out of renaming batches of media files, according to the rules of your choosing.
The app is perfect for renaming everything from photos to TV shows, and can automatically match existing file names against online databases to rename and organize your files in a logical way in a mostly automated fashion.
The app shows you the current conditions, including temperature, pressure, and wind, accompanied by the week’s forecast in a drop-down window. It also supports notifications to keep you abreast of breaking weather news, so that you may never forget your umbrella on the way out the door again.
CrowdCafé’s $2 Magnet (Mac App Store Link) keeps all your windows neatly organized to help you more easily accomplish tasks, like moving data between different programs or searching the Web with more ease.
The app can arrange all your windows in several configurations so that they don’t overlap. It’s compatible with Yosemite (and Yosemite’s dark mode), works on both regular and Retina displays, and can be activated with a set of convenient global key shortcuts.
Writing presentations that don’t put your audience to sleep is sometimes challenging, but 1000slides’s PresentationDoodles (Mac App Store Link) can help you add a little pizzazz to your slides with minimal effort.
The app includes hundreds of hand-drawn doodles that can be imported right into your PowerPoint and Keynote decks—and, best of all, it is completely free.
The app comes with a collection of more than 10,000 stations from all over the world neatly catalogued by genre and region. It integrates with iCloud to allow to you to sync your favorites between devices, and even works alongside last.fm to show you album covers and song notes.
The app can be used over both local and remote connections, does not require you to convert your files before using them, and supports a wide range of video and audio formats, including AVI, MPEG, and MKV.
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