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This is the second of my end of the year round up of HandPicked Goodies for Designers & Developers, for those who don’t know or new to the blog, I normally post these kinds of roundups at the start of every month during the year, so for today’s post will be focusing on all the brand newly made apps for both Windows & Mac (Mostly Mac Apps) that been released through this year.

Please Note that not every Apps that got featured on the monthly roundups will be featured today, as the list is huge anyway.

January

Cactus – Mac App – Free

cactus

Cactus is a powerfull static web generator, it allows you to build websites locally, using modern web technologies, and have the results generated to a collection of flat files.

This is useful because setting up a server environment with Django or Ruby can be difficult and expensive as a static site generator lets you enjoy the flexibility of running a webserver, and host the generated flat files anywhere you’d like.

Kitematic – Mac App – Free

kitematic

Kitematic is a simple application for managing Docker containers on Mac OS X.

February

Vivaldi – Mac/Linux/Windows App – Free

In 1994, two programmers started working on a web browser. Their idea was to make a really fast browser, capable of running on limited hardware, keeping in mind that users are individuals with their own requirements and wishes. Opera was born. Their little piece of software gained traction, Their group grew and a community was created. They stayed close to their users and to their roots. They kept improving their software, based on their users feedback, as well as their own ideas on how to make a great browser.

 

Affinity Photo Beta – Mac App – Free

Affinity-Photo-Beta

Affinity Photo is a tool for photographers and raster artists that been built for creative professionals. It’s has a refreshingly awesome level of performance and unlike other affordable apps it’s unashamedly pro even as a beta version, it’s supports end-to-end CMYK, LAB colour, 16-bits per channel editing, ICC colour profiling, and has fantastic Adobe® Photoshop® PSD and 64-bit plug-in support right from the start and with your input it’ll get even better!

March

Astropad – Mac $49 & iOS App Free

astropad

Astropad turns your iPad into a professional graphics tablet for your Mac. Now you can express yourself with the touch experience of your iPad and the creative tools you know & love (like Photoshop). Astropad has been built by ex-Apple engineers for the needs of creative professionals, Astropad is true to your source material with color corrected output and retina resolution. What you see on your iPad is the same as on your Mac. Astropad features breakthrough network technology that keeps up with you even when wirelessly drawing. It really works, allowing you to work from your desk or the sofa.

April

Sorry in the month of April I didn’t really post any apps for Mac or Windows

May

Visual Studio Code – Mac/Linux/Windows App – Free

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Visual Studio Code provides developers with a new choice of developer tool that combines the simplicity and streamlined experience of a code editor with the best of what developers need for their core code-edit-debug cycle. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor, and first cross-platform development tool, supporting OSX, Linux, and Windows.

Flashlight – Mac App OS X Yosemite – Free

flashlight

Flashlight is an unofficial Spotlight API that allows you to programmatically process queries and add additional results. It’s very rough right now, and a horrendous hack, but a fun proof of concept.

RightFont for Mac – Mac OSX Yosemite – Free

RightFont

RightFont for Mac will help designers manage fonts and find the right font quickly. This app integrate with Adobe® Photoshop & Sketch 3.

June

Tweetbot for Mac – Mac App – $12.99

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Tweetbot is an award-winning, native Twitter client for the Mac. This full-featured client has fantastic support for multiple accounts and lists. It also has powerful mute filters, multiple column views, and much more.

July

Type Case – Mac App OS X 10.10+ – $4.99

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TypeCase is a simple Mac utility that helps you preview and compare the fonts saved on your hard drive so you can find the perfect font combinations for your projects.It’s not practical or desirable to install every font you own, so Type case lets you preview fonts without having to install them.

Simply add a folder containing a stack of fonts and Type case will check through all the subfolders, find all your fonts and preview them as a list, a grid or a larger 1-up view so you can find perfect font pairings, or prepare a shortlist to present to your team, you can set custom preview text, adjust size and also change the font colour and once you are happy with a selection you can save the project for reference and even export a PDF of the font specimen to use as a style guide or to send to a client.

Paste – Mac App OS X 10.9 – $2.99

paste-app

Paste is a new way to copy & paste for your Mac. It keeps everything you’ve ever copied and lets you to use your clipboard history anytime you need it.Paste recognizes and stores any type of content: text, links, images, files and generates beautiful previews for easy browsing.Paste works in background and tightly integrates into your system and your workflow. An intuitive user interface and incredible user experience allows you to focus on your essential work and not on the application itself.

Gestimer – Mac App OS X 10.10 – $2.99

Gestimer

Gestimer is a beautiful Mac menu bar app for those little reminders during the day. Simply drag the Gestimer menu bar icon onto the screen to create your reminder.

August

Eve – Mac App – Free

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EVE helps you to learn shortcuts, in order to increase your productivity with MAC OS X. Every time you execute an action using the mouse, EVE will teach you the matching shortcut.

Nice Clipboard – Mac OS X App – $2.99

Nice-Clipboard

Nice Clipboard is a clipboard history manager that is always waiting for you under menubar icon on your Mac or on your Home Screen on your iPhone. It is synced via iCloud between your Macs and iOS devices and is built using newest Apple technologies to be lightweight and superfast. These features make your clipboard a much more useful tool in your everyday life.

September

Framer – Mac App – $99

framer

Framer Studio is a prototyping app for Mac, based on Framer.js. Framer Studio includes an editor based on CoffeeScript, instant visual feedback and much more.

October

Vectr – Web & Desktop App – Free

vectr

Vectr is a Free Design App For Web + Desktop. Today, Vectr’s desktop apps require an internet connection, but eventually Vectr’s desktop apps will be updated to run fully offline just like any other desktop app. There is Live Exports support, link your website’s graphics to Vectr documents, then update them forever without touching code. Just insert a Vectr document with an tag, adding .svg, .jpg, or .png to the Vectr document’s url.

You can also Share Vectr document urls for quick visual feedback – anyone with the link will see your changes in real-time. Annotate an image, mock something up, or share a high-fidelity designs with others – no more email attachments.

November

Graphic – Mac OSX – $29.99

Graphic

Autodesk Graphic is a modern full-featured graphic design and illustration app, created specifically for Mac OS X. Graphic been packed with many powerful features, and designed to be easy to use, you can use Graphic to create everything from simple diagrams to intricate detailed vector artwork. Import and export SVG, PDF and Photoshop PSD documents, creating simple workflows with other applications.

December

FontBase – Windows App – Free

FontBase

FontBase is a blazing fast, beautiful and free font manager for Windows. There is a number of predefined collections, such as recently added fonts (really useful), Typekit fonts and favorites. You can also create as many collections as you like by yourself. Simply change the color, background, font size, line height and align of your fonts. Apply styles to the whole collection or just to individually selected fonts.

Snippy – Mac App OS X 10.10+ – Free 

snippy

Snippy lives in your menu bar so you can search through a collection of text snippets for quick copying and pasting into Xcode, text editors or your E-mail client.

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The Best HandPicked Goodies of 2015: Desktop Apps Edition