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The Mac App Store doesn’t get enough love.Sure, there are some forgettable games and utilities there (just like the iTunes App Store), but it’s silly to ignore the great stuff that’s readily available.
From super-useful apps to premium games, here are 20 awesome programs that’ll make sure you keep paying attention to the Mac App Store.
If iMovie doesn't offer enough control for your video editing needs, Final Cut Pro is more than capable. It's used by professionals and hobbyists alike.
If you need to do some quick image annotation, adding text or other markers, you can't do much better than Skitch.
We love Sparrow. It integrates perfectly with your Gmail account and makes returning emails easy and enjoyable.
Run around and wreak havoc in the fictional city of San Andreas. Complete missions and climb ladder of the criminal underworld in this awesome addition to the Grand Theft Auto series.
If you like Star Wars even a little bit, then this game's for you. Do battle with the dark side of the force as a Jedi knight.
Already one of the most popular newsreaders on iOS, Reeder is available for your computer as well. It syncs perfectly with your Google Reader account, so it's always current with whatever you haven't read yet regardless of which device you use.
The popular note-taking/digital 'scrapbooking' app has a client for your computer as well. If you use Evernote, you'll want access to your account on your computer too.
This app pulls the entire content of Wikipedia to your hard drive (about 3 GB) and stores it for offline use. You have immediate access to the world's knowledge, like some sort of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
If you can talk, you can write. Dragon Express is a dictation app that lets you speak to your computer and generate text.
We love the official Twitter app for Mac. It brings all the Twitter functionality you need in a slick, clean interface.
Not sure what to do with all those funny files that end in .zip or .rar? You need a utility like The Unarchiver to decompress them and make them useful.
Geek Tool lets you add useful information to your desktop in an aesthetically pleasing way -- time, weather, and the like. For the more nerdy out there, you can even include data like CPU temperature and usage.
Logic can handle any audio editing need you might have. Think of it as Final Cut Pro for sound -- record a song, implement MIDI tracks, and add effects.
The iOS classic is on just about any platform you can imagine, and that includes your computer. Those of you without a smartphone can still enjoy flinging birds at pigs.
Think you have what it takes to write the next great movie? This app makes formatting your screenplay as easy as it could possibly be, but it won't do the writing for you.
If you have a video file that is incompatible with your device, you're not out of luck -- just use this handy app to convert to something a little more friendly.
This game was a hit on all the consoles and now it's on your Mac. Save Gotham City from the criminal maniacs locked up the the asylum.
If you'd rather read about superheroes instead of be one, grab Comic Reader. It handles all your digital comic book files in a snap.
Pixelmator is as straightforward or advanced as you want it to be. Simple image editing is easy and for more advanced users, you can employ lots of corrective tricks usually reserved for Photoshop.
There's the Kindle device and then there's the Kindle app -- it lets you read e-books you purchase through Amazon on your computer.
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