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Today in Apple history: Photoshop debuts as a Mac exclusive

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Adobe Systems' Photoshop launch changed the game for image editing.
Photoshop changed the game for image editing.
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February 19 Today in Apple history: Photoshop debuts as a Mac exclusive February 19, 1990: Adobe ships the first commercial version of its soon-to-be-iconic Photoshop photo editing software. The Photoshop launch, exclusively on the Macintosh, gives users new powerful tools for tweaking digital photographs.

The groundbreaking software debuts for Mac System 6.0.3. Priced at $895, Photoshop will quickly become the standard editing tool for graphics professionals. Whether they work for advertising agencies, news organizations — or, frankly, anywhere else — Photoshop users take advantage of the program’s digital darkroom tools to seamlessly manipulate images.

Photography will never be the same.

Mac apps to speed your work, and games to make you forget all that [Awesome Apps]

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An iMac exploding with awesome apps.
Awesome Mac apps of the week.
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Awesome Apps

In this week’s Awesome Apps roundup, you’ll find apps for managing files, using AI to boost your writing, and turning an iPad into a creative input device for a Mac.

And if all that productivity wears you out, we’ve got other options. You can relax with a charmingly peaceful Apple Arcade game with a delightful Japanese theme. Or you can blast enemy spaceships in an arcade-style game that’s great on iPhone — but even better on Vision Pro.

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to download.

Rip DVDs with this lightning-fast Mac app

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Rip DVDs on Mac into digital versions with this $31.97 tool.
Put old DVDs on your Mac in minutes with this $31.97 ripper.
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Still got a stack of DVDs gathering dust in the garage? Far too many of us throw them away or dump them at the thrift store, assuming it’ll be too much of a timesuck to convert them to digital format. If you’re using default Mac software, you’re probably right — but not if you’re using a great Mac DVD ripper.

With a license to MacX DVD Ripper Pro, you can put that old video on your digital screen for good with surprising speed. Plus, you can even improve upon the original — all for less than $32 through February 18.

With this Mac app, PDFs will never flummox you again

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This PDF converter will boost your Mac's capabilities.
Try out this Mac-compatible PDF editor and converter instead of the pricey Adobe Acrobat Pro.
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Have you ever been annoyed when someone sends you a PDF instead of a file you can edit? PDFs continue to be one of the most popular file types in the world, so why is it such a pain when you actually need to use one?

The answer is that you probably don’t have the right software to edit and convert PDFs to your liking. An all-in-one PDF editor like PDF Converter Pro can help, and it doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Lifetime licenses for the Mac app are on sale for $24.97 (regularly $99) for a limited time.

Just drag and drop to share any file on your Mac with this app

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This $80 Mac app helps you share any file with a simple drag and drop.
Save $208 on this user-friendly and speedy file-sharing app for Mac.
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Sharing files using services like Dropbox and Google Drive isn’t as easy — or as aesthetically pleasing — as it could be. That’s precisely why Smmall Cloud was started. Once you get the Smmall Cloud Mac app, anytime you need to send a large file to a client, co-worker, student or friend, all you need to do is drag and drop. Yup, it’s that easy!

Right now, you can get a lifetime individual Smmall Cloud plan for just $79.99 (regularly $288). That gets you 50GB of storage, and a fast and easy way to share any files (up to 5GB each) that you stash there.

Convert PDFs easier than ever with this software loved by users, $24.97 for life

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Convert PDFs easier than ever with this software loved by users, $29.99 for life.
Transform the way you work with this top-rated PDF converter, less than $30 now.
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PDFs can be some of the trickiest files to work with — and the same goes for Adobe Acrobat software. Having a reliable and easy-to-use PDF converter app is the key to streamlining your workflow and saving valuable time trying to work with difficult documents.

PDF Converter Pro is one of the most highly rated PDF apps on the entire web. It works on both Mac and PC. And though it usually costs $99, right now you can grab a lifetime license to the software for just $24.97 — a savings of more than $65.

Protect up to 6 devices for life with this $33 VPN deal

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Save $130 on this VPN service that can be applied to six devices.
Stay safe, and avoid regional streaming restrictions, with $130 savings on this versatile VPN.
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You can’t be too safe online, and a trustworthy VPN can help make sure your private information isn’t exploitable.

Rather than go through each day as a vulnerable internet user, lock down online protection with lifetime access to BulletVPN. Normally sold for $162, this plan (which works for up to six devices) is available for only $32.97 through January 28.

Punch up your pix with this powerful Mac photo editor

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Get AI-powered photo editing plus a library of add-ons for under $150.
Get an AI-powered photo editor, filters and more for just $149.97.
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Getting just the right shot is exciting, but any professional photographer will tell you that post-production work separates decent vacation snapshots from magazine-worthy images. That requires powerful photo editing software. And photo apps don’t come much more highly recommended than Luminar Neo, which lets you utilize AI to make your images look amazing.

Now there’s a great opportunity for new users to get this versatile software (for Mac or PC), along with hundreds of dollars worth of add-ons and training. You can get the Award-Winning Luminar Neo Lifetime Bundle for just $149.97. (That’s 80% off the retail price of $752.)

Protect your Mac with ESET antivirus protection, now just $25 per year

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This $25 top-rated anti-virus solution can protect your Apple device.
Guard your Mac against malware and more with ESET, now only $24.99.
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When it comes to antivirus protection, everybody thinks they can get away with cheap or even free plans that rely on outdated software — until that latest virus or malware takes out their device.

The more you rely on your Mac for work, the more you need a reliable and up-to-date solution. ESET NOD32’s one-year antivirus package has been the go-to defense for working professionals for more than 30 years. And now, new users can now get a year’s worth of the latest version for $24.99 (regularly $39).

Automatically turn screen recordings into eye-catching videos

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Get a lifetime subscription to FocuSee's automated editing power for $40.
Save time editing content with FocuSee, now only $39.99 for life.
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Turning screen recordings into compelling videos proves tricky, even for the most skilled video editor. But FocuSee screen recording software for Mac (and Windows) can capture what you see and do on-screen and automatically turn the video into something that looks like it took hours to produce.

It’s perfect for producing eye-catching product demos, easy-to-follow tutorials and more. And right now, you can get a lifetime subscription to the FocuSee screen recording software for just $39.99 (regularly $79).

Save big on Setapp and gain access to more than 240 great Mac apps

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Get access to 240+ Mac productivity apps for less than $73.
This coupon takes $12 extra off a top-selling app hub, but it won't last.
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We’ve been on the Setapp train for years. And the subscription service, which offers hundreds of great Mac apps for one low price, just keeps getting better. Especially with this Setapp sale.

The more than 240 Mac apps in Setapp run the gamut, and you can find the one(s) you need with a simple search. With this special New Year’s promo from Cult of Mac Deals, you can gain access to them all for nearly $50 off the usual price with promo code WINTER15.

Best free weather apps for iPhone and iPad in 2023

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The Best Weather Apps
There are SO MANY weather apps to choose from, but these are the best free ones.
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In a world with about 10,000 weather apps — that’s an actual estimate, not a huge exaggeration — how do you choose the best free weather app for iPhone or iPad that you can trust and that includes the features you want most? It’s not easy. But a mix of full-featured free weather apps (most with premium versions) and specialty apps can cover all the bases for you.

We’ll go over some of the best weather apps below, whether you just want to avoid getting wet or if you’re a total weather freak who can’t get enough data, visual or otherwise.

AirPods work even better with Mac, thanks to AirBuddy

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Treat an Apple lover to a tool that improves AirPods utility on Mac: AirBuddy is only $8.
Enjoy enhanced AirPods functionality on Mac with AirBuddy, on sale now for only $8.
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Love the way AirPods work with an iPhone but a little meh about how they work with a Mac? AirBuddy will connect AirPods to Mac with enhancements that provide the same advanced features you enjoy when using Apple’s earbuds with an iPhone.

Now through December 25, you can grab AirBuddy for only $7.97. Plus, since it’s a Mac app, it’s a great last-minute gift idea for a Mac and AirPods fan. You won’t need to sweat the shipping to get it there by Christmas!

(If you don’t already own AirPods, don’t miss this hot deal on AirPods Pro with USB-C case.)

Get Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 for Mac, just $29.97

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Gift lifelong productivity with a lifetime of MS Office 2019, now just $29.97.
Enjoy all of Microsoft Office 2019 on any Mac for less than $30.
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There comes a time in nearly every adult’s life when you must install Microsoft Office. Yes, you can technically get by without Word, Excel and the other essentials. But if you want to get certain tasks done on your killer Mac setup, you’ll need these tools. And this limited-time deal on Microsoft Office for Mac might be the time to get them.

Right now, you can get yourself or a fellow Mac user lifetime access to Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 for Mac for only $29.97 (regularly $229). This could be the ideal gift for anyone getting a new (or refurbished) MacBook this holiday season.

This Mac app directly beams files over the internet [Awesome Apps]

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Blip file transfers
Blip, a new app for Mac and Android, is a better way to transfer files.
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Awesome Apps

Blip is a delightful utilty that lets you transfer files across the internet — directly from your Mac to theirs. There’s no middleman uploading to and downloading from a cloud, no pesky web app to sign into. It’s like beaming your files onto someone else’s computer.

It’s the easiest and most straightforward way to send someone large folders of files or complex projects from your Mac. And best of all, it’s totally free and secure.

Today in Apple history: QuickTime brings video to the masses

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QuickTime brought multimedia to Macs -- and the masses.
QuickTime brought multimedia to Macs -- and the masses.
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December 2: Today in Apple history: QuickTime brings video to the masses December 2, 1991: Apple ships its first public version of QuickTime, bringing video to Mac users running System 7.

Containing codecs for graphics, animation and video, QuickTime confirms Apple’s status as a leading multimedia tech company. The software also starts us all off on the path to playing video on our computers. This fundamental transformation of Macs into media machines eventually leads to iTunes Movies, YouTube and more.

Podurama app uses AI to make podcasts better than ever

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It's hard to find great podcasts, but not if you use the Podurama app.
It's hard to find great podcasts, but not if you use the Podurama app.
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The world of podcasts is wide and deep, so finding great ones in the wilds of the internet can be daunting. But with the AI-powered Podurama app, you can find and organize podcasts to your heart’s content — and sync them for listening on various devices.

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Better yet, you can use Podurama for free. And if you want all the features, you can buy the lifetime premium version for half off right now!

Every Mac deserves a quality PDF reader like this one

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Get a Mac-friendly PDF tool for $30 for Black Friday.
Don't miss this Black Friday Deal on PDF Reader Pro for Mac. A lifetime license costs less than $30.
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PDFs are supposed to make sharing documents easier, but they are often difficult to manage, edit or annotate. To streamline and improve your PDF usage, try PDF Reader Pro for Mac. The software tackles PDFs and empowers Mac users to do virtually whatever they’d like with them.

Plus, it’s on sale now at 50% off. You can grab a lifetime license to PDF Reader Pro for Mac for just $29.97 (regularly $59) through December 25.

3 ways to emulate old video games and computers on your Mac

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Windows XP, Mac OS 9 and Super Mario Bros. running in emulators on a Mac
Run Windows XP, Mac OS 9, Windows 11, Super Mario Bros. and more on your Mac.
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Collecting old video game consoles and vintage computers is a fun hobby, but keeping all that hardware working can quickly become an expensive, never-ending task — not to mention all the space you need just to store the gear. You might instead (wisely) opt to emulate your favorite games and software on the Mac you already own.

In this guide to emulation on the Mac, I’ll walk you through the best apps you can use to accomplish the two most common scenarios: playing old video games, and taking Classic Mac OS for a test drive on a modern Mac. Plus, I’ll wrap up with the easiest way to virtualize modern operating systems like Windows and Linux on your Mac. (This handy virtualization software also works for old and obscure computer operating systems.)

Best of all, each of these Mac emulation methods is free and open source.

Get Microsoft Office for Mac for just $49.99

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Microsoft Office is the go-to software suite for millions around the world. Get a lifetime license for just $49.99.
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Owning a copy of Microsoft Office is simply essential in today’s remote and hybrid working world. Set yourself up to work from home or anywhere with a lifetime license for Microsoft Office Home & Business 2021 for Mac, on sale now for just $49.99 (list price $249.99).

For PC fans, the Windows version of MS Office is available — but the deal’s not quite as sweet.

Master PDFs with highly rated PDF Expert for Mac

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Take $70 off the PDF editor that makes it simple to work with PDFs on Mac.
Manage, edit and organize PDFs more easily on Mac with PDF Expert, just $69.99 for life.
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Working with PDFs on your Mac can really suck. Even just adding your signature to a PDF document can be an ordeal. Luckily, there’s a great Mac app that can simplify the experience of PDF signing, editing, merging, annotating and much more.

And now it’s on sale for a very limited time. Now through November 9, you can grab the popular and award-winning PDF Expert app for only $69.99 (regularly $139).

Apple makes editing video easier with Final Cut Pro update

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Apple makes editing video easier with Final Cut Pro update
Updates to Final Cut Pro video-editing software for Mac or iPad offer new features that help streamline workflows.
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The upcoming Final Cut Pro version 10.7 brings in improvements to timeline navigation and organization, as well as new changes that Apple says will simplify complex edits.

And Final Cut Pro for iPad 1.3 includes new features intended to enhance using the professional-grade video-editing application on a touchscreen.

Rip any DVD on your Mac with MacX DVD Ripper Pro, now 55% off

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Give old DVDs new life by ripping them to your Apple device with Mac X DVD Ripper Pro, only $30.
This versatile DVD ripper brings content directly to your Apple devices.
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DVDs may seem like a thing of the past as streaming options like Netflix and Apple TV+ continue to gain popularity, but there’s no reason those shiny discs need to sit around collecting dust. Discover new ways to enjoy old favorites by taking advantage of a discount on a highly rated and speedy DVD ripper.

Now, a lifetime license for MacX DVD Ripper Pro is available for only $29.99 (regularly $67). That’s a 55% discount on a product that supplies endless options for adding content to Apple or Android devices.

Get Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac for just $30

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Slash more than 80% off the cost of Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac.
Slash more than 80% off the cost of Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac.
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More than 1 billion people have used Microsoft Office, the productivity suite that many Americans grew up utilizing in classrooms and continue to count on as professionals. Now a big discount on a lifetime license to MS Office for Mac makes the software extremely affordable.

During our Fall Deal Days event, we’re dropping the cost of a lifetime license to Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac 2021 to just $29.97 (regularly $219). There’s no coupon necessary, but this amazing deal on the world’s most popular software suite ends October 15.

Stop cursing at PDFs with this hot deal on PDF Reader Pro for Mac

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This PDF Reader Pro for Mac is just $29.97 through 10/15.
Need a top-notch PDF editor for Mac? Get PDF Reader Pro and you can easily sign PDFs, edit text, swap out images and more.
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PDFs have become the standard for document sharing and archiving, but the file format is notoriously difficult to work with and manipulate. However, there is a way around that problem, thanks to tools like PDF Reader Pro for Mac.

For a limited time, this highly rated PDF editor for Mac is on sale for just $29.97 (regularly $59).