Picks of the Week
Welcome to our weekly installment of Picks of the Week at iSource where we provide our expanded coverage of Apple accessories and applications Here we will promote our favorite iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and Apple TV related items, as well as bring you occasional tips and tricks. Hopefully many of our favorite items will also be of interest to you. Please feel free to comment on our selections, and suggest picks of your own. Check out this week’s picks after the break
Game Dev Story (v1.0)
Picked by: jhrogersii
I had heard how awesome Game Dev Story was and seen the extremely favorable reviews since it was released in October, but I didn’t take the plunge until it went on sale over the Christmas holiday. Boy have I been missing out. I have lost more hours than I care to admit to playing this little title over the last two weeks. It is extemely addictive, to say the least. If you like simulation games or have any interest or facination with the gaming industry whatsoever, don’t wait for a sale. Just go ahead and pick Game Dev Story up right now. Even if those aren’t really your thing, I still say give it a shot. I’m not typically a big sim player myself, but I absolutely love this one. It is worth $3.99 and more.
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($3.99) iTunes link
Art Authority for Mac (v3.3)
Picked by: PatrickJ
This is a spectacular app on the iPad, and now it has an almost equally impressive Mac app. It’s a virtual art museum with tens of thousands of the world’s greatest works of art, from all eras. It’s an app that’s full of pure enjoyment if you have even the mildest of interest in art, and is also a wonderful educational tool if you have kids who are interested in the subject. Even lets you save images for use in screensavers or as desktop backgrounds.
($9.99, same as iPad version) Mac App Store link
Picked by: Thomas
Alfred is like a sexier, more graphic version of Launchbar. It’s also doubly cheaper than my favourite little keyboard-launcher because Alfred is free to start with and lets you launch apps and start searches all from a gorgeous little command line. You don’t need to know any little strings of code or text either — everything is laid out nicely for you as you type, and the keyboard shortcuts will be made painfully obvious 🙂
You can also upgrade Alfred for about £12 with the Power Pack, which features better e-mail. itunes, file, and clipboard integration (turning it into much more of a Launchbar competitor).
The last thing I’d like to mention about Alfred is that it’s surprisingly light and fast. Launchbar takes up about 200+ MB of memory at any one time, whereas Alfred takes up about 40 MB (though I don’t have the Power Pack installed). Something to think about if you’re getting tired of dinky little Spotlight.
(Free) Mac App Store link
Picked by: Renkman
The cleverly named Swackett (sweater, jacket or coat) weather app presents a new approach to checking your local forecast. It’s colorful, easy to understand and a quick way to read current weather conditions, combined with the use of “PEEPS”–people symbols that are dressed based on current conditions. The current version is offered for free but only in the US. However, an international version is in development.
(Free) Mac App Store link
There you have it! Hope you enjoyed this week’s installment of Picks of the week. Please let us know what you think, and share with us some of your favorites.