Angry Birds, Clarify, OnyX

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Mon September 16, 2013 | Posted in Apps

Angry Birds 3.3 ($5) - Angry Birds is a desktop version of the physics-based puzzle game first made popular on iOS devices. In the game players take control of a fleet of irritated birds who are looking to get revenge on the green pigs that stole their eggs. Version 3.3 introduces an extra 15 classic levels, as well as an all-new manual targeting power for the red bird. [Download - 70.1MB]

Clarify 1.2.4 ($30) - Clarify allows users to quickly turn screenshots into editable documents. The v1.2.4 update fixes the encoding of URLs so that characters such as "&" won't break PDF output, and includes some additional error checks when resizing annotations. A PDF export bug related to quotes in the subject has also been resolved, along with issues related to Evernote accounts with multiple shared notebooks. [Download - 14.6MB]

OnyX 2.7.3 (free) - OnyX is a tool for verifying the Startup Disk and system files structure of a Mac OS X computer. The software also provides users with access to a number of hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, and some Apple applications. The deletion of the Applications Cache has been improved in this release, and a new option to change the background image of Mission Control has been added. In addition, a number of known issues have been addressed. [Download - 22.1MB]

Onlytasks 6.5 ($15) - Onlytasks allows users to classify and prioritize all of their tasks. Version 6.5 features a new icon set in the left side panel, as well as the ability to unlink from iCal a task that has been previously sent to iCal. Various other minor improvements and fixes are also included. [Download - 7MB]

Herald 3.0.6 (free) - Herald is a plug-in for Apple's Mail app that displays popup notifications whenever new messages are received. It also includes the ability to perform common actions from within notifications, including deleting messages, initiating replies, opening the message in Mail, or marking the message as read. The latest release includes support for OS X 10.8.5. [Download - 5.5MB]

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