DIY masks could make you a haunting Halloween hit

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Wintercroft Design will send you a template for you to construct your own Halloween mask.
Wintercroft Design will send you a template for you to construct your own Halloween mask.
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So a good Halloween costume idea is not coming to you. Steve and Marianne Wintercroft can get you started with an alluring mask.

The British design couple has made a company out of designing masks that the buyers build themselves. For a few bucks, you can download a template of a polygon constructed animal head that you print, cut and assemble.

Turn any PDF into a beautifully readable digital presentation [Deals]

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Flip PDF easily transforms simple PDF documents into beautiful digital books.
Flip PDF easily transforms simple PDF documents into beautiful digital books.
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PDFs are convenient and used by almost everybody, but flipping between preview windows is not a very attractive or engaging way to view content. Flip PDF for Mac makes it easy to create beautiful digital books and presentations out of your PDFs, perfect for designers, photographers, advertisers, anyone who could benefit from a beautiful digital presentation of their work. And right now, you can get a copy for a tenth of the normal price, just $9.

5 upgrades for the tech in your life at a fraction of the price [Deals]

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Stuk.io's courses will tech you to code your dream apps and build a development portfolio with new practice apps each month
Stuk.io's courses will tech you to code your dream apps and build a development portfolio with new practice apps each month
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Times are moving fast, and keeping up can be tough. That’s why we’ve gathered some great ways to step up your game without feeling the pain in your wallet. From comprehensive coding courses to gadget self-repair and sci fi-worthy lightbulbs, we’ve got something to take anybody to the next level. But act fast — like the present moment, these deals will be gone before you know it.

We rounded up some of the very best apps for Hacking your Mac [Deals]

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This bundle of apps offers 10 different ways to maximize your Mac's performance.
This bundle of apps offers 10 different ways to maximize your Mac's performance.
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Beneath the keyboard of your Mac lies a vast ocean of untapped potential. We’ve assembled some of the best deals on the most powerful apps for drilling deep into those hidden reserves of functionality. From productivity-enhancing programs. to comprehensive hard-drive maintenance and unlocking hidden Mac OS functions, these app bundles are power-packed and priced to move.

Take the padlock off your PDFs with 50% off PDFPen 7 [Deals]

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PDFPen 7 lets you get into your PDF files to edit, add text, and lots more.
PDFPen 7 lets you get into your PDF files to edit, add text, and lots more.

It happens all the time: you spot a tiny error in a PDF document, and you’re powerless to fix it. Instead of accessing the original doc, opening it, making the change and saving another copy, what if you could just edit the dang PDF? That’s what PDFPen lets you do, along with a bunch of other functions that’ll make PDFs a lot more pliable, and right now it’s going for half off at $37.

Write’s smart toolset makes note-taking easier on your Mac

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Write, the distraction-free note-taking tool that’s been a great success on iOS, is ready to make writing easier on your Mac.

Whether you’re a student, a blogger, a novelist, or simply too forgetful to remember what you need to pack your holiday, Write’s incredibly simple design and clutter-free user interface can make writing a more enjoyable experience. But don’t let its minimal beauty fool you — Write is packed with handy features.

PDFpen Scan+ Does Searchable PDFs Better Than Ever

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Gone are the days when simply taking a photo of a document was enough. Today, if you care enough to scan or photograph a piece of text, chances are you’re also going to want to edit it.

This is where a tool like Smile’s popular PDFpen Scan+ app comes in — which has just been updated for iOS 7.

PDDpen Scan+ differs from rival apps like Scanbot by performing optical character recognition (OCR) to create creating fully-searchable PDFs. The app’s latest update — Version 1.3 — adds an enhanced user interface, new paper sizes for scanned documents, the ability to preview OCR text as page overlays, and many more new features.

MarginNotes Would Be The Ultimate Classroom Notes App, If It Weren’t So Confusing

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MarginNotes is an interesting app that may just be a little too confusing to use, or may be the perfect document markup app ever. I still can’t figure out which.

The app will open EPUB and PDF files and let you mark them up, adding comments, margin notes, sketches and anything else, and also lets you add entire outlines, or turn the document into an outline – I’m not quote sure. Let’s take a quick look: