Posts Tagged ‘ app store ’

Mac OS Goodies – DigitalColor Meter

I recently noticed that there are several (commercial) Apps in the App Store that allow to pick colors from your screen. I find this very surprising because Mac OS has a built-in screen color picker that works perfectly well.

I guess a lot of people don’t know this very useful tool called “DigitalColor Meter”. You find it in Applications/Utilities or just using Spotlight. With DigitalColor Meter you can easily get the color of any pixel on your display. This is quite useful if you want to “borrow” a color from a website or an icon or if you want to copy a color from one Application to another. Continue reading


Side scrolling Action Shooter – VictoryMarch

The App Store is being flooded by very bad games for ridiculous prices. Nonetheless I found a well designed and fun 2.5D side scrolling Action Shooter called Victory March [link updated].

The gameplay is simple: You play a WWII soldier (choose between Soviet or Yankee) and you run from left to right through the war zone shooting at evil Nazi guys. While shooting is quite simple the game combines action with fast paced platform jumping. Since you can’t stop running you have to concentrate on not getting shot, killing Nazis and jumping accurately.

There’s no more to tell, just try it out. It’s fun and free. Unfortunately it is only available from the Mac App Store as the programmer apparently has iPhone roots (an iPhone version is in work according to the developer)

There is a pro version for 99 Cents, too, but I couldn’t figure out what the difference is. I assume it adds more levels but I have not finished the Lite version yet.

Product: VictoryMarch [link updated]
Price: Free
Requirements: Mac OS 10.6.6 (App Store)

Learning foreign languages – Papapapaya

I have decided to refresh my French language skills. I already had French in school for seven years so I know the grammar and don’t want to go to class again. I just need to learn more words so I was looking for a vocabulary training app.

There are several applications that promise to help you. (Just ignore all those iPhone ports in the App Store – you know them by their names which usually are “Learn Chinese”, “Learn Inuit”, etc). I wanted something flexible and Mac like.

Finally I found Papapapaya (sic!) which is a quite powerful vocabulary trainer but easier to use than the competition (like ProVoc that I found way to complicated).

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Alternatives to Apple’ App Store – Bodega

On January 6th, the new Apple Mac App Store will launch and without doubt this will bring huge advantages. Especially for newbie Mac Users it will be much easier and more intuitive to find software in the App Store than  in the endless vastness of the internet.

So I take this for a reason to present an alternative Mac App Store called “Bodega“. This has already received quite some publicity over the last weeks but I think they will need a lot more attention in order to compete with Apple’s gigantic advertising budgets. I can’t say that Bodega is better or worse than Apple’s store (actually I don’t know what Apple’s store will look like) but it is important that there is some competition. Customers as well as developers should have a choice.

So what’s Bodega like?
First Bodega is not a real shop but uses the original webstores of the developers. If you click buy, an integrated web-view window with the shop will appear. For the developers this means a larger income because Apple keeps 30% of the price, whereas Bodega only wants 7% for redirecting. Yet all shops are personally checked by the Bodega team and can be trusted.

Just as the Apple Store Bodega will (semi-)automatically download and install the purchased Apps as well as inform you about available updates.

Unlike the Apple Store Bodega has no over-restrictive limitations on the Apps contents or usefulness. So here you will find politically incorrect games and more important: Software that uses non standard hacks (like system enhancers), half-legal purpose (DVD rippers) and Software that will run on PPC and Systems older than 10.6.6.

What I am missing:

  • real autoinstalling of downloaded Apps
  • some kind of caching so you can browse Bodega when offline

And I noticed there are only very few comments and reviews on the available software, so my dear readers, if you try Bodega, maybe you feel lucky to give away some stars for the apps you like.

App: Bodega
Price: Free, no registration needed
Requirements: Mac OS 10.5.8
Publisher: Freshcode

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