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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to The Soulmen! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Joshua Sigstad
Matt Apperson
Barry Wallace

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

It’s great to be able to do giveaways, particular when they’re for apps that we’ve reviewed recently and love. Just over a week ago we reviewed Daedalus Touch an I’m excited to say that we have three promo codes up for grabs.

Daedalus Touch describes itself as the first truly next-gen text editor on the iPad. It has no file lists, no folders, no documents in the classic sense – just paper stacks and an infinite amount of sheets. Zach LeBar commented on how Daedalus Touch is:

An awesome text editor, beautifully crafted for the future.

Find out how to enter below, maybe give the review another read in the meantime.

How To Enter

Entering the competition is really simple – all you need to do is leave a comment on the post. That’s it! Let us know why you’d like to win, tell us a funny story, or describe the feature you’re most excited about using!

When the iPad launched, I openly mocked it as a large iPod touch and touted that Apple has gone creatively bankrupt. Strong words, but based on what I saw with the iPad 1, I stood by my declaration for about a year. Then the iPad 2 launched. It was a move in the right direction, but still didn’t look mind blowing.

Then I read about the Motorola Xoom and how awful the tablet is when compared to the iPad. Reviews like those highlighted the strengths of the iPad, but that didn’t convince me to buy one, until the launch of iPad.AppStorm. Interested in knowing how I became a believer? Do read on.

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Once It’s Gone, It’s Gone…

We’ve seen a fantastic response to the Freelance Mac App Bundle over the past week, and thousands of our readers have taken advantage of the awesome deal we put together. If you haven’t picked up your copy already, there isn’t long left! In 24 hours time, the doors will close and we’ll stop accepting any more orders.

Just as a quick reminder, for the next 24 hours, you can get your hands on all the following for the rock-bottom price of $49:

The Apps

We’re featuring eight awesome applications that can make your life easier, and more enjoyable, as a freelancer. These are:

  • Billings – Powerful time billing and invoicing for anyone (Usually $39.99)
  • TextExpander – Save time and keystrokes with frequently used “snippet” abbreviations (Usually $34.95)
  • WriteRoom – The best distraction-free writing environment (Usually $24.99)
  • Radium – The easiest way to listen to internet radio on Mac (Usually $24.99)
  • Arq – Online backup built especially for the Mac (Usually $29)
  • LittleSnapper – Build up your own versatile design scrapbook (Usually $29)
  • 1Password – Have you ever forgotten a password? Never again (Usually $39.99)
  • Alarms – Prioritise and track your daily tasks (Usually $16.80)

Marketplace Resources

In addition to the above apps, we’re also throwing in a few fantastic Envato marketplace items:

And a Free eBook!

Even if the bundle isn’t for you, anyone can grab a free copy of Smashing Magazine’s Successful Freelancing eBook, worth $9.95, just for sending out a tweet about the bundle! Head over to the bundle page to find out more, and grab your free eBook.

Don’t Miss Out! Grab the Bundle Today

This awesome offer will only be available for 24 hours, and we’d hate for you to miss out. After the timer hits zero, you’ll never see another offer of this magnitude again – don’t be kicking yourself when you realise the bundle is no longer available tomorrow!

Here at AppStorm we have a varied array of article types, this is in the hope that we can give you something interesting and diverse to read every week! Everyone has a slightly different taste, some prefer longer, more in-depth reviews, while others prefer snappy opinion pieces that get you thinking.

I’d love to know what type of post is your absolute favourite to read? iPad.AppStorm has been live for around three months and we have already gathered an awesome readership, here is your chance to help shape the growth of the site.

Before I finish it’s worth noting that I have purposefully left off two key posts; Polls and Competitions. This is mainly because I want to focus on the meat of the site, the true substance. Polls are great, a beautiful way to interact, but don’t really take much effort to read – and regarding competitions, who doesn’t like to win things?

Get involved here and tell me what your favourite article to read is and, if you’d like to, why?

Any comments or ideas are totally welcome, we’re all friends here – if you’d really like to see more of something, simply leave a note. Personally, I’m fascinated to see the outcome of this one!

Today’s interview is with Justin Brock of Ginger Labs, the makers of Notability. We’ll learn a little about the Ginger Labs team and what motivates them!

We love the developers that produce the amazing software we review, and hopefully this will be a great way for you to meet the names and faces behind the apps that you use every day!

I hope you enjoy it!
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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Jilion! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Davide Callegari
Rob Weber
Gerardo Herz
Ladymath
Nlptraining

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

This one’s hot off the press! Yesterday we reviewed the excellent Aelios for the iPad, and today we have five promo codes to give away. Aelios is a beautiful weather app for the iPad that has had some great coverage and reviews from all across the web, it presents weather-centric data, wrapped in an elegant interface.

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One thing is certain; It’s difficult to predict the future, even more so in the sphere of technology and gaming.

It’s fascinating to think that in my lifetime hand-held gaming has gone from slotting two dimensional blocks on a small monochrome screen, to fully rendered three dimensional racing games in gloriously bright colour. Great traditions are sinking into the abyss, we’re well past the days of blowing dust from frozen cartridges and swapping over our AAs for ten minutes more juice. Rubbing the battery of an iPad is more likely to get you sectioned than on to the next level of Angry Birds.

A recent interview with Phil Harrison, a former Sony boss, has piqued my interest in the stumbling blocks created by iOS for the console gaming giants. I’m going to look at the greatest threats the iPad can levy, and whether a changing of the tide is for the better.

This is no time for complacency, just ask the music industry.

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It’s no secret that iOS has a very high quality of design. There are countless stunning apps which make the most of the iPad’s 9.7” screen. But how often do you stop and consider who makes these interfaces?

It doesn’t just happen by accident -there are designers who spend countless hours perfecting every tiny element of an app to make it effortless for the user to interact with.

Today, we’ll be talking to Dan V Peterson, the Michigan-based designer who has created the interface for the excellent (and beautiful) 1Password. We’ll be finding out his methods, inspiration, favourite iPad apps, and much, much more.

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Perhaps it’s a little early to be asking this question but it is, technically, summer now! One of our writers, Zach, has been doing a fantastically useful series on travelling with your iPad and it’s made me curious to see how many of you will take your iPad with you!

I can see a few different sides to this argument, it may be the perfect travelling companion but taking it means worrying that it’ll get stolen or otherwise incapacitated.

Perhaps your family, or friends, would become frustrated by the lack of attention they would get in the presence of the iPad? Would taking it mean feeling like you’re still at work? Maybe it’s best to leave it at home…

What about travelling? The iPad is a beautiful device for distraction on long journeys, some airlines are even rolling them out for premium passengers!

What will you be doing when the time comes, packing the charger and heading off boldly, or leaving it safely at home? Whatever you do, make sure you tell your iPad not to push email from the server – leave the work behind!

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Ginger Labs! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Karen
Angel Ceballos
sxnc
David
Paul Topf

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

Earlier this week we reviewed Notability, and I’m excited to be able to announce that we have 5 promo codes available for 5 lucky readers. Kevin Whipps took an in-depth look at it earlier this week and gave it a fantastic 9/10!

Notability is a powerful note taker that helps you capture everything you could conceivably want to capture. It gives you a set of tools that allow you to type notes, add pictures, draw figures, insert web clips, make audio recordings, organize notes by subjects, backup to cloud services, and share notes with friends and colleagues.

Notability could be the key to improving your productivity in, and after, meetings or lectures – you may even find yourself getting better grades!

How To Enter

Entering the competition is really easy. All you need to do is:

  1. Post a link to this competition – either on your website, or via Twitter
  2. Leave a comment, letting me know where you posted the link!

Best of luck, and I’ll be picking the winners in just over a week.

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