The Week in Mac Apps: Meet Luminar, Macphun's latest all-in-one photo editing tool

Let your creativity go wild with this week's roundup of new Mac Apps, which introduces Macphun's newest development.

00 intro

New Mac apps of the week

Let your creativity go wild with this week’s roundup of new Mac Apps, which introduces Macphun’s newest development. Plus, check out Final Cut Pro’s new MacBook Pro-ready features, and more. Read on!


Art Text 3.1

The latest release of Belight Software’s $30 Art Text comes loaded with all-new features to bring your letter art to the next level. 

Art Text 3 comes with full support for templates, textures, warp effects, shades, and even masks that give your creations an aged look. The app also comes with 20 logo samples, as well as a set of advanced tools like depth gradients and shear transformations.


Caato Time Tracker+ 1.0

Every minute counts when you work based on billable hours, and CS Software Consultancy’s Caato Time Tracker+ helps you keep track of the clock without effort.

The app uses a set of custom timers to record your activity, saves them to its internal database, and shows everything in a convenient list. You can then edit and categorize your timers to suit your needs, and use its exporting feature to create professional invoices for your clients. The app also keeps all you data synchronized via iCloud.


Civilization VI 1.0.0

Get ready to rule the world (and spend a few nights’ worth of your time) with Aspyr’s $60 Civilization VI (Mac App Store Link), the latest release of Sid Meier’s world-building game.

This turn-based game has everything a budding ruler could ever want: distant lands to explore, powerful foes to defeat and conquer, and all enough intrigue and politics to last you a lifetime.


Final Cut Pro 10.3

Apple has finally updated Final Cut Pro (Mac App Store Link), giving it a dark interface with configurable layouts and support for the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar functionality.

This powerful video editing tool now features full color gamut support for the latest high-resolution displays, includes a revamped Magnetic Timeline for quick editing, and even supports advanced search features to find the clips and videos you need in a jiffy.



Macphun’s $49 Luminar helps you transform your photos into creative art with a full set of professional-grade filters and editing tools.

The app sports an intuitive interface that makes basic tweaks quick and easy, and has fully customizable features for more in-depth changes. Luminar comes with 35 filters, preset workspaces, and full support of RAW images. Preorders began on Wednesday, and its full release is expected on November 17.



Currently available for preview, MacHTTP-js brings a full-featured web server right to your desktop.

MacHTTP-js makes the often complex and confusing process of installing an HTTP server easy, with its point-and-click interface from where you can set up and test your websites and applications. Even better, MacHTTP-js makes quick work of migrating your data to a production server, and can be run on a wide range of operating systems in addition to macOS, from Windows to Arduinos and Raspberry Pis.


PhotoScape X 2.4.1

Mooii Tech’s PhotoScape X is a comprehensive photo editor that comes with all the right tools you need to create unique shots and artistic displays.

The app includes an array of filters for popular effects, and has a powerful captioning editor that support multiple colors and styles. With PhotoScape X, you can also make animated GIFs, create beautiful collages, and admire your final work as a slide show.


Skype for Business

Microsoft’s Skype for Business integrates with Office 365 to keep your team members connected at all times.

Available as a monthly subscription starting at $2/month per user, the app makes presentations easy with support for screen sharing, allows you to chat with colleagues while working with Word and PowerPoint, and even schedules appointments in Outlook.

Also new from Microsoft this week: Teams, a Slack competitor. 


Waltr 2

Transferring files between your Mac and your iPhone couldn’t be easier with Softorino’s $40 Waltr 2 and its straightforward interface.

The app allows iOS-based devices to connect with your Mac over Wi-Fi instead of via iTunes—handy for those of you who have the USB-C MacBook or are considering the new MacBook Pro. From there, you can easily drag-and-drop files to transfer them from your Mac to your iPhone, including ePUB and PDF documents, ringtones, audio files, videos, and more.

Today's Best Tech Deals

Picked by Macworld's Editors