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Secure, safe web browsing for the Mac
Any respectable freelancer is bound to have a wide array of different usernames and passwords for hundreds of websites. If you take security seriously, you know that it's common sense to use an individual password for each site. But how can you remember them all?
Introducing 1Password. This app can create strong, unique passwords for you, remember them, and restore them, all directly in your web browser. The app comes with a fantastic guarantee:
- You are always in control of where your data is. The cloud is an option but not a requirement.
- Strong encryption keeps your data safe.
- Thwart keyloggers and phishing criminals.
We're long-time 1Password users at AppStorm, and it makes securing your internet activity incredibly easy. You can also pair the application with companion apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and even Windows! Everything can be synced through a number of simple methods.Read the AppStorm Review
Professional Time Billing for Anyone
Billings is an all-in-one application for managing clients, sending quotes, creating beautiful invoices, and tracking the time you spend on different projects. It's all wrapped up in a stunning interface, integrating perfectly with all the other software on your Mac.
You can easily track time from any application using the convenient menu bar timer, or use global hot keys to start/stop timers. After you've logged your hours, sending your client an invoice is as easy as a click of a button. You can send an invoice for specific projects or send a consolidated invoice for any or all completed work.
Billings immediately alerts you when a client has an overdue balance - with obvious red icons. You'll never let an invoice fall through the cracks again!
Marketcircle also offer a fantastic (free) Billings companion app for the iPhone, seamlessly syncing all the information on your desktop.
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Saves you countless keystrokes
TextExpander saves you countless keystrokes with customized abbreviations for your frequently-used text strings and images. Whether it's a simple email signature or several paragraphs of a standard email response, you'll love how easy it is to use TextExpander to avoid typing the same thing over and over.
We're huge fans of TextExpander at Envato, and the app saves hours of typing each week. Here are a few fantastic use cases:
- Store and retrieve code snippets
- Easily use multiple email signatures
- Store your personal details for filling out forms
- Store template paragraphs that you regularly send to clients
As a freelancer, much of your job is going to centre around communication and typing. Using TextExpander, you can save yourself from typing the same text over and over again to focus on the more creative aspects of your job!Read the AppStorm Review
The Designer's Digital Scrapbook
LittleSnapper was built to help designers and other creative-minded Mac users build up a design scrapbook. Whether it's proofs of client work, live sites that interest you, or screenshots of your favourite Mac applications, LittleSnapper allows you to capture, organise, annotate and share them all - from one beautiful OS X application.
With LittleSnapper it's easy to start capturing webpages and your desktop. Whether you're wanting to collect entire webpages, screenshots of multiple displays, or specific website elements, the app has you covered. You can organise them all in a beautiful interface, and draw your own gorgeous annotations. A few other notable features include:
- A browser bookmarklet for quick webpage snapping
- Full tag management
- Smart collections for organising your snaps
If you regularly work with websites, or just love collecting inspiration, LittleSnapper is the perfect place to build up your own library of screenshots and design examples.Read the AppStorm Review
A full screen writing environment
Jesse Grosjean created WriteRoom as an alternative to Microsoft Word. WriteRoom‚ a full screen writing environment that gets your computer out of the way so that you can focus on your work. The result is a subtle clearing of the mind that helps you write better, and elimination of all the other distractions on your computer.
WriteRoom won't do page layout or insert tables and graphs. WriteRoom's focus is just to help you get words on the page. Stay focused with WriteRoom's distraction free environment. You can stay on track with word count, and stay safe with in-built autosave. You can also customise the application to your heart's content, creating an environment that's perfect for the way you like to work
It's easy to keep your files in sync. WriteRoom uses the SimpleText.ws sync service to keep your files synced. WriteRoom for iPhone has SimpleText sync built in, and WriteRoom for Mac uses SimpleText for Mac to stay synced.
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Internet radio for people who sanity
Say hello to your new internet radio player! Every freelancer needs some entertainment from time to time, and your iTunes library can quickly become a little tired and neglected. Internet radio provides an absolute wealth of fresh, inspiring music and discussion, and we think Radium is the perfect way to enjoy it.
With its minimalist interface, everything you need to do is accessible instantly, in a clutter-free way. Access to the world's radio, including Digitally Imported, Live365, and other subscription-based services.
- Enjoy a clutter-free menu bar experience
- Access hundreds of popular and niche stations
- Quickly share your favourite stations with friends
- Use keyboard shortcuts - either your own, or those on your Apple Keyboard.
You can share your favourite stations with the world using Twitter, Facebook, and various other services, along with viewing your listening history (including album art, song previews, and iTunes Store integration). Radium is a powerful app for making the most of online radio, and adding a spark to your background music throughout the day!Read the AppStorm Review
Backup You Can Count On
There's no shortage of backup solutions for the Mac, and no denying that cloud backup is a fantastic way to go. The problem is that many services tie you in to their own storage, and a hefty monthly fee. Arq gives you a different solution, backing up files to the web while keeping you in control.
Your backups are stored at Amazon S3 ("Simple Storage Service"), the gold standard of reliable online storage in the industry, backed by Amazon.com, a large stable company. You'll only pay for the storage you use, and you remain in control of your data:
- Uses Amazon S3 for storage (separate fee applies)
- Full versioning support
- No file size or type limitations
- Live backup a folder, or set a schedule
- The perfect compliment to Time Machine!
Having a reliable backup solution is an absolute must for any freelancer. You simply can't take chances when your livelihood relies on the documents, graphics, music, or video you're creating for a client. Arq helps you to keep it all safe, and you only pay for the storage you use.Read the AppStorm Review
Typing Shortcut Utility Saves You Time!
If you ever find yourself forgetting a particular task during the day, or would love a place to quickly note down something to do in a few hours time, Alarms is for you. Just drag the items you want to be reminded about to the Alarms menu, and place them on the timeline for later in the day:
The Alarms timeline only displays when you need it to, giving a quick overview of the different items you have to work on throughout the day. It's a quick way to see a "birds eye view" of various tasks and to do's:
- Simple and fun
- Unobtrusive, only displaying when you need it
- Syncs tasks with iCal
- Fully supports Growl alerts
- Customizable keyboard shortcuts
We're including the full version of Alarms in the bundle, that also offers the ability to sync tasks with iCal, Growl notifications, and keyboard shortcuts for quickly displaying the window and adding new tasks!Read the AppStorm Review
Awesome Bonus Files
In addition to the fantastic Mac apps listed above, included in this amazing offer you will also receive three items from
the Envato Marketplaces GraphicRiver, ThemeForest and CodeCanyon plus a bonus eBook from RockablePress.
Covering everything from getting started to expanding your business, How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer is the official FreelanceSwitch book. Written by Collis & Cyan Ta’eed the founders of the site – it’s packed with new information, advice and insights not covered on the blog. If you want to start your freelance career the right way, then How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer will give you everything you need to become the best freelancer in town!