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DevJuice: Organize code snippets with Code Collector Pro

Code Collector Pro (on sale for $9.99, normally $19.99) offers a snippet manager for your development needs. I bought myself a copy a few weeks ago, when it suddenly went on sale, and have spent the time since kicking its wheels.

I was surprised to find out how much I like it. It offers excellent language-specific contextual highlighting, flexible tag support, and easy-to-use searching. Whenever you have a snippet you want to store, just add a new item, paste, and edit its metadata.

I installed it into my Dock on day one, and it’s been there ever since. I have not yet found a reason to close it, hide it, or put it away. That’s a big deal for me given how zealously I guard my permanent Dock items.

StackSocial offering 2013 summer Mac bundle with Parallels 8 for $49.99

StackSocial’s 2013 summer Mac bundle is available for a few more days. This is a great deal if you don’t have Parallels, and not a bad deal at all if you don’t have 2 or 3 of the applications included in the bundle from StackSocial. Here’s what’s included in the Mac bundle:

  • Parallels 8 – An excellent virtual machine for running Windows, Linux or just about any other desktop OS on your Mac.
  • Snagit – If you need to record video of your desktop, or take pictures of elements and annotate them, Snagit is hands-down one of the best tools out there.
  • Typinator – Do you keep typing the same stuff over and over again? Typinator takes care of this for you and includes some handy autocorrect to boot.
  • WinZip Mac – Compression utilities are still useful, and WinZip includes encryption for compressed archives.
  • xPlan – Project management! There are a number of robust applications for this out there, but for the price in this bundle you won’t find any cheaper.
  • Jump Desktop – Stay connected to other machines easily with this VNC tool.
  • Boom for Mac – If you’re tired of straining to hear audio on your Mac’s tiny speakers, Boom will boost the audio significantly. I use this on YouTube videos that are just too quiet to hear in noisy environments.
  • Leap – A Spotlight replacement of sorts, this one adds tags to files as well.
  • ColorStrokes – Make photos “pop” by painting out the color in a photo for everything but one element.
  • Beginner digital photography course – A lot of people buy DSLR cameras but never really understand how to properly use them. This course teaches you how.

Short duration video with Briefly

Briefly from Eternal Storms Software is a Macintosh app that turns your still shots into a video. The end result is called a still motion video. The Briefly demo on the site is impressive, but unlike most demos, I think anyone could create similar movies.

The iOS version of Briefly is under development and I think it will be a winner. As a Macintosh app, not so much, at least for my needs. Don’t get me wrong, Briefly works wonders and does it well. It just has so few features that I couldn’t do quite what I wanted. Your experience may be different.

Ransomware posing as an FBI notice targets OS X users

Ransomware posing as an FBI notice targets OS X users

Malwarebytes Unpacked is reporting that cyber-criminals looking to make a quick buck have begun targeting unsuspecting OS X users by hijacking their web browser and posting a warning message purporting to be from the FBI.

The fake message casts a wide net and alerts users that their computer has been locked down because they’ve either downloaded copyrighted content, viewed illegal pornographic content, or have unknowingly fallen prey to malware.

Infinity Blade 2 benefits from Apple’s anniversary promotion

Infinity Blade 2 benefits from Apple's anniversary promotion

To help celebrate 5 years of the App Store, Apple recently launched an iTunes promotion wherein a number of popular iOS apps were made available as free downloads. One such app was Infinity Blade II, an extremely popular and critically acclaimed gaming title which normally sells for US$6.99.

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that people love ‘free’. To that extent, AllThingsD reports that Infinity Blade II saw an absolutely huge influx of new users thanks to Apple’s App Store promotion.

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