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Live for Mac review

Live for Mac stands out as an excellent audio production and recording software that packs all the essential features you'd expect from an application of its kind and comes with a multitude of instruments, sound effects, kits, and loops.

Pros

Arrangement and Session views: These two ways to work with Live for Mac offer noticeable convenience: The Arrangement view for recording and mixing music has the usual look and controls of other music production software, while the Session view is great for playing live music or doing improvisations. Shortcut keys enable you to easily access the different functions available.… Read more

The Simpsons: Tapped Out review

The Simpsons: Tapped Out tasks you with rebuilding Springfield after it's been wiped out by a nuclear meltdown. As you construct more buildings, you'll find more of your favorite characters, and you'll also discover some unexpected effects of the disaster on the space-time continuum.

Pros

Dialog and story: This game incorporates plenty of classic Simpsons-style dialog that pokes fun at the show, the characters, the game, and just about anything else you can think of. The loose storyline and constant jokes will be a plus for any Simpsons fan.

Play with friends: Since the nuclear meltdown seems … Read more

Free AVI to MP4 Converter review

Free AVI to MP4 Converter is a lightweight and convenient utility program that lets you take any AVI files and quickly convert them to MP4 format. Once these files are converted, you can play them right on your computer, or you can transfer them to any device that supports MP4 file playback.

Pros

Nice interface: This app's interface is streamlined and accessible, with clear controls that let you access all of the program's features with ease. Even novice users will have no trouble figuring out how to add files, make any necessary adjustments to desired output resolution, and … Read more

The Unarchiver for Mac review

The Unarchiver for Mac gives you the tools you need to open just about any type of compressed file and extract the items contained inside. You can choose which formats you'd like to use this program for, so it will only spring into action when you want it to.

Pros

Streamlined interface: Users of all skill levels should have no trouble finding their way around this application's interface. There are three tabs across the top of the window that provide access to the app's various features, and selecting the types of file formats you'd like to … Read more

Network Meter review

Network Meter offers plenty of details about your Internet's performance in an easy-to-install, stylish package. Though it won't tell you everything you might want to know like other desktop tools, it makes most of the details you'd need readily available and is extremely easy to customize. If you want a cool status center for your PC, you probably won't find a better one than this.

This program gives you a desktop widget with internal details about your computer's performance. It will tell you your IP address, whether or not you have a firewall and other … Read more

PTGui for Mac review

PTGui for Mac combines similar images in order to create a new one that is of higher resolution. The software comes with a free trial and attempts to guide you through the process by breaking it down into three more or less easy steps. Even though the end result will vary wildly depending on the quality of the images used, the app allows for a high degree of manual fine-tuning, which helps with the removal of faults.

When launched, PTGui for Mac offers you video tutorials on how to get started with the app and how to take photos suitable … Read more

Review: Shop, schedule Genius Bar appointments, and more with Apple Store

Apple Store makes it easy to purchase new Apple products, make appointments at the Genius Bar, and more, all from your iPhone or iPod touch. This is a great way to access numerous Apple Store features from the palm of your hand.

As one would expect from an Apple app, Apple Store's interface is sleek and intuitive. Icons across the bottom give users access to featured items and services, products, a store locator, the Apple Store cart, and more. You can shop for and purchase Apple products and accessories, check to see if you're eligible for an iPhone … Read more

Review: Equalizer for Mac fine-tunes vinyl records that were digitally imported

With Equalizer for Mac you can correct the equalization levels of vinyl records you've imported into a digital format, using general-purpose amplifiers. A purpose-built utility, it only accepts a handful of file formats and even then there are other restrictions, like the number of channels and the sample size and rate. So don't expect to use it as an everyday equalizer.

Equalizer for Mac features a main window where you'll find all equalization settings sorted in four groups. Despite being logically organized, the interface can overwhelm you, at first, with its many sliders and buttons. On the … Read more

Apple delivers OS X Mavericks update with Mail fixes

Apple has released the first update to its OS X Mavericks operating system. The update, which Apple has been working on since before the initial release of Mavericks, offers the usual stability and compatibility fixes for the operating system, and is a recommended update for all who are using OS X.

The update 10.9.1 revolves largely around the use of Apple's Mail program and its integration with services like Gmail, and specifically improves the following features of OS X:

Improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings Improves the … Read more

Review: Clean up your cluttered menu bar with Broomstick for Mac

Broomstick for Mac offers a solution for users who find their menu bars crowded with the icons of apps they have installed. By allowing users to hide icons -- at least some of them -- Broomstick promises a tidier menu bar. However, Broomstick is kind of a pain to use, and we're not sure it's really worth the hassle.

Getting started with Broomstick for Mac is easy enough; opening the application reveals a straightforward menu with options to hide an app, show an app, customize the order of the menu bar icons, check for updates, or submit an … Read more