Apple Design Award Stories June 9, 2015

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is taking place this week following the company’s kickoff keynote presentation yesterday where it introduced the future of iOS, OS X, and its new Apple Music service, among other updates. As is tradition, one of the first presentations after the keynote was to announce this year’s Apple Design Award winners, a small-scale award show of sorts where Apple honors select app developers by recognize their work and success over the last year.

This year’s 12 winners range from games to education and stock trading apps. Head below for the full list of 2015 winners. expand full story

Apple Design Award Stories August 12, 2014

Award-winning MacLovin’ Bundle, $40 for djay, Boom, Cinemagraph Pro, Keyboard Maestro, NetSpot Pro, much more

Specials.9to5Toys.com has a pretty solid bundle of disparate Mac apps available for $40 bucks today. All apps included are award winners – Either Apple Design Award, Best of Mac App Store, or Macworld Editors’ Choice Award-Winners so no duds here:

  • Cinemagraph Pro ($100) – The Professional Photography & Cinematography Tool For Mac – Apple Design Award Winner 2014
  • Djay ($20) – The #1 DJ Software For Mac – Best of Mac App Store
  • NetSpot Pro ($149) – The Only App For WiFi Analysis and Troubleshooting on Max OS X – Macworld Editors’ Choice Award-Winner
  • Keyboard Maestro ($36) – Record and Design Your Own Macro Shortcuts –Macworld Editors’ Choice Award-Winner
  • Hype 2 ($30) – Create Beautiful HTML5 Web Content w/out Coding –Macworld Editors’ Choice Award Winner
  • Dropzone 3 ($10) – The Swiss Army Knife of Productivity – Mac Gem Award-Winner
  • Moom ($10) – Move and Zoom Like Never Before – Macworld Editors’ Choice Award-Winner
  • Boom ($7) – System-Wide Volume Booster & Equalizer That Makes Your Mac Louder, Clearer, & Better – Macworld Best of Show Award-Winner
  • The OS X App Master Class ($499) – Learn To Make Fantastic Mac Apps w/22 Hours of Instruction

Apple Design Award Stories July 17, 2014

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Anyone who has ever had the misfortune to have to use a corporate hours-tracking/billing system will know that they typically give every impression of being designed by an enraged gorilla working to a spec provided by a sadistic accountant.

Tapity, which won an Apple Design Award back in 2011 for “the ultimate app for students” Grade, has today launched Hours, a simple color-coded app it says aims to take the pain out of time-tracking. I’ve been using a pre-release version for the past week so that I could let you know my thoughts on the day it launched …

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Apple Design Award Stories November 26, 2013

Procreate for iPad updated with iOS 7 redesign, 64-bit support, 4k canvas, more

Procreate, the powerful sketching app for iPad and 2013 WWDC Apple Design Award winner, received a major update to version 2 today bringing with it support for the 64-bit Apple A7 chip as well as a new 4k resolution canvas.

The update also includes an iOS 7 redesign and a new icon to match as well as several performance enhancements.

Procreate 2 is a free update to existing users and $5.99 on the App Store for new customers. Happy creating!

Full change log below:

Apple Design Award Stories June 28, 2013

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At WWDC earlier this month, Apple once again recognized some of the top designers of iOS and Mac apps with the annual Apple Design Awards. This year, one of the apps that won the student category was Finish, a unique task management app which we reviewed when it launched in January. Finish was created by Ryan Orbuch and Michael Hansen, a high-school duo from Colorado.

This week, we sat down with Orbuch and discussed the inspiration behind Finish, the ADA, and more. You can listen to the complete interview below the break.

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Apple Design Award Stories November 18, 2012

The bundles, they don’t get better than this: MacLegion’s $50 holiday bundle (normally $540 – that’s over 90 percent off) includes 10 great apps, and the first 5,000 customers also recieve Alarm Clock Pro (normally $19.99) as a bonus.

As always, MacLegion ensures all the apps included are the latest versions each developer has to offer. MacLegion bundles entitle you to full after-sales support as well as valid upgrade paths for later software releases, just as if you had bought each application from the developers themselves.

Our faves include Flexbits’ Fantastical calendar application, Algoriddim’s djay music mixing system, and the timeless TechTool Pro system utility.

All of the apps and descriptions follow:

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Apple Design Award Stories April 25, 2012

Sprint’s sticking with its unlimited data even if/when next iPhone has LTE

Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse told CNET today that the carrier would stick with its unlimited data plan for the next iPhone whether or not it is LTE capable. Sprint already provides unlimited for other LTE smartphones, but the company’s chief said its unique offering lures new customers who would normally choose another carrier:

“Frankly, it’s a marriage made in heaven,” said Hesse to CNET regarding the iPhone and its unlimited data plan. “We’re clearly attracting customers from our competitors.”

With the announcement of the 2012 Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple also opened its Apple Design Awards nomination page for iOS and Mac developers. Apple announced last year that the annual awards would now only apply to Mac and iOS apps residing in the App Store, which appears to be the case this year as well.

Through the website set up for WWDC, developers can sign up and nominate apps for inclusion in the awards. To be considered, the app must be on the App Store or Mac App Store by May 1. Note: Apps that are not nominated can still win an Apple Design Award if they catch Apple’s eye.

Last year’s winners included iPhone apps Infinity BladeCut the Rope, and Golfscape GPS Rangefinder, and iPad apps djay for iPadOsmos, and Our Choice. For Mac developers, apps including CapoPixelmator, and Anomaly Warzone Earth took home last year’s awards. At WWDC 2011, Apple also handed out awards to student developers, which will likely happen again—especially given Apple’s new scholarship program for the 2012 event.

Winners will get an Apple Design Award trophy and usually some Apple gear or prizes that have not been announced. Apple broke down the criteria for apps considered for the awards:

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