5 Great Apps for your Mac

It’s estimated that there are around 2 million apps waiting to be downloaded from the App Store. There are ones that that will help you with virtually every aspect of your life; from the simplest, which can turn your iPhone into a flashlight, to super-complex ones that can help you navigate your way around the world by boat.

And there aren’t just apps to help you get the most from your iPhone either: there are plenty to help you get the most out of your MacBook Pro too. We’ve done some serious searching to find just five that will help you with everything from organizing great nights out to enjoying different kinds of meals when you’re staying in.

So check out these today, and make sure to download them from the App Store too.

Slick Deals for shopping

Everyone likes to get the very best deal when they’re shopping, whether it’s online or in physical stores. One of the best ways to make sure that you pick up on all of the latest bargains is to install this handy app on your Mac.

The big difference with Slick Deals is that it’s a community-based app with members posting details of the deals that they come across, and which they think fellow members will like. There are special seasonal sections, for example, on back-to-school offers in the run-up to the new school year, and you can also search by product or store for whatever you need. You can even set the app to send you alerts on everything from travel to technology and groceries to fashion. There’s also a forum where you can give and receive tips, a blog that’s always packed with useful information, and a facility to download coupons. It’s this interactive element that makes Slick Deals a lot more useful and involving than some other shopping apps we could mention.

Citymapper for travel

You know the problem. You’re in a strange city trying to find your way around but there are just too many maps and timetables to get your head around, and the last thing you want is to get lost. So step forward, Citymapper.

It’s your ultimate travel guide to over 30 cities worldwide and will quickly and easily find you the best way to get from A to B – or even Y to Z, for that matter. It’s simple and intuitive to use and beautifully designed too. That’s why it’s been one of Apple’s apps of the year for five years running. As well as telling you how to get there, it also estimates how long it’s going to take you whether you’re on a bike or even taking to the skies with a jetpack.

Another innovative feature of Citymapper is their introduction of Smartride – a combination of a cab and a bus that offers journeys around a city that people often take but which aren’t catered for by public transport, and which can be booked through the app.

888poker for gaming

If you’re a poker fan you’re spoilt for choice with apps offering you the chance to bring out your very own Cool Hand Luke online. But of all of the apps on offer only a few really stand out and one of these is the 888poker app. It makes playing poker on your Mac simple, offering a slick and enjoyable way to play everything from Texas Hold’em to Omaha High and 7-card Stud.

Once you’ve downloaded it from the App Store, registering to play is very straightforward and you’ll soon be ready to go. There are three play modes, Classic, Snap and Blast. The first is pretty self-explanatory and gives you the choice of cash or tournament play. Snap is a faster-moving game that lets you move on to another game the second that you fold, so no waiting around for the hand to finish. Or, for a really innovative take on poker, there’s the Blast game. You’re pitted against three opponents playing against the clock for a pot that’s chosen at random. It’s fast, it’s fun and it’s just perfect for Mac.

Do Stuff for entertainment

Sometimes it’s the places and events that can pass under the radar that be the very best to explore, but how do you discover them? The Do Stuff app has the answer because it has a hip team in all of the cities that it covers who are out and about unearthing these entertainment gems.

The app then gives you everything you need to discover them for yourself, from maps showing where to find them to full calendars for the particular venue and links to buy tickets. Naturally, you can filter the feeds that you receive so you only ever get to find out about events that are really of interest. It’s also packed with the useful sort of editorial you need to help you find the city’s very best sushi bar or even great locations for the perfect first date. The app’s been 12 years in the making, having first been developed in Austin, Texas and new cities are coming on board all the time. 

Kitchen Stories for food

If you love food but sometimes find that inspiration’s a bit lacking then Kitchen Stories is definitely the app for you. Not only is it a great source of delicious new recipes, there are also step-by-step instructions and video guides showing you how to achieve perfect results every time. You can save all your favorite recipes to go back to again and again, as well as sharing your cookery tips and shortcuts with other users of the app. There’s also a shopping list generator so you can make sure that you never get home only to discover that you’re missing one essential ingredient. Last, but not least, you can also upload mouth-watering shots of your own culinary successes to inspire others to try out the recipes themselves.

Millions of food lovers already use Kitchen Stories and it’s regularly awarded 5 stars in reviews – even some professional chefs use it for their own inspiration. So download it today and look forward to introducing a breath of fresh air into your diet too.

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