Cult of Mac Magazine: Black Friday deals + gadget reviews + Apple news + more


Short week, lots of sales, tons of Cult of Mac content.
Short week, lots of sales, tons of Cult of Mac content.
Cover Design: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac

It might be a short week for most of us here in the U.S., but that didn’t stop us from piling up a whole, well, pile of great content for your long weekend enjoyment.

We’ve got all the Black Friday sale info you can handle, a bunch of sweet gadget reviews (like the rumbling, rabble-rousing Sonos Play:5) and a fantastic assortment of Apple news and views that you’ll love.

Be sure to download the Cult of Mac Magazine app now to get your own copy of our latest issue.

Here’s the rundown:

PDF Expert is the lightweight, powerful viewer your Mac needs


PDF Expert is more powerful than you'd expect for its price.
Photo: Readdle

Readdle’s highly praised iOS app PDF Expert has landed on the Mac. Shortly after its debut, it shot straight to the number one spot for paid apps on the Mac App Store. Apple’s own Preview app works fine for simply reading through PDF files or making tiny edits, but people who work with PDF files more frequently and need more power can benefit from giving the $19.99 PDF Expert a chance. Cult of Mac got the opportunity to do just that.

Everybody knows that the leader in the category of PDF editors and readers is Adobe with its Reader and Acrobat apps, but the latter costs $14.99 per month for a subscription or a staggering $449 for the full desktop software. As long as you don’t need to create PDFs, PDF Expert only asks for $20 out of your pocket and it’s jam-packed with all of the necessities and then some.

Drive your guitar to new places with this mighty Moog effects pedal


Moog's MF Drive packs a lot of sonic punch in a small package.
Moog's MF Drive packs a lot of sonic punch in a small package.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Lust List: MF Drive guitar pedal by Moog

The magic of what Moog has done with this analog stompbox isn’t completely evident until you plug an expression pedal into it.

Certainly the drive tones are exceptional and the controls provide a myriad of useable and inspirational tones, but the expression pedal unlocks Moog’s industry-leading love of sonic experimentation.

The absolute best gifts to get loved ones for the holidays


These are the gifts you're looking for.
These are the gifts you're looking for.
Photo: Kristina Alexanderson/Flickr CC

Christmas is right around the corner whether you’re ready or not. If you’re anything like us, procrastination is also one of the biggest hallmarks of the holidays. We’re here to with our gift guide liveblog that will be updated from now until Santa starts dropping through chimneys, brining you the best gifts ideas so you can get back to procrastinating on more important things.

Whether you’re looking for something for a friend, spouse, significant other, or just your dog, we’ve got a little something for everyone.

There are our favorite gifts for the holidays:

Save big on top notch audio as part of the site-wide Black Friday sale [Deals]



Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

It’s here: the biggest, stress-inducing flood of sales at stores around the country. Save yourself the headache and time of waiting in line with the Black Friday sales going on across all of Cult of Mac, including this premium pair of Beats earbuds and portable speaker by Logitech. Enter the coupon code ‘BLACKFRIDAY’ at checkout to save an extra 15%.