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    Save on a MacFormat subscription in our Spring offer!

    at 02:23pm March 18 2014

    Our Spring Sale is on! Save up to 45% on a print magazine subscription in our Spring Sale. We’re celebrating Spring and the inspiration it gives us by discounting all our magazines. Why not treat yourself to a subscription to MacFormat, starting from just £24.49? And we also have discounts for you overseas readers too. Be inspired this Spring!

    Get Parallels Access on an Extended Trial!

    at 04:21pm February 5 2014

    With Parallels Access, you can use your Mac or Windows PC applications on your iPad, from anywhere where you have an internet connection. Need Microsoft Office on the move? No problem – if you have it on your Mac, you can remotely access it on your iPad. Want to work on your Scrivener masterpiece while away from your computer? Parallels Access can do that too. As the applications are running…

    Get 50% off any iSkysoft application!

    at 10:42am January 15 2014

    iSkysoft has a great range of Mac applications, and with MacFormat’s exclusive offer, you can get 50% off any of them! Just use our special offer code when you order.

    January Subscription Sale!

    at 04:19pm January 6 2014
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    Throughout January, you can save up to 52% on a subscription to your favourite Future Publishing titles, including MacFormat. Prices start from £13.99 check them out at My Favourite Magazines. Subscriptions to MacFormat start at £23.49, when you pay by six-monthly direct debit. With 13 great issues a year, this means you pay just under £3.62 an issue.  Bargain! This offer ends on 31st January, so don’t miss it.

    Sound Blaster EVO Zx

    at 02:50pm October 3 2013

 Manufacturer: Creative Labs Price: £200 SPECIFICATIONS Drivers 40mm FullSpectrum Connectivity Bluetooth, USB, 3.5mm jack Frequency Response 20Hz–20kHz Battery life Up to 8 hours EVO Zx, the latest in Creative Labs’ high-quality consumer-level headset range, has a superb pedigree and a feature set to match. It’s Bluetooth, but also offers USB and 3.5mm cable connections. AptX Bluetooth codec is supported, so you can stream CD-quality music from your Mac. A…

    13-inch MacBook Air, mid-2013

    at 02:05pm October 3 2013

 Manufacturer: Apple Price: £1,129 SPECIFICATIONS Processor: 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 Memory: 4GB It’s amazing how quickly Apple’s innovative designs become commonplace. When the MacBook Air was first released in 2008, there was little else like it. An ultra-portable notebook that was thin and light enough to carry around all day, but without the cheap-and-nasty feel of the netbooks that were popular back then. Five years…

    GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition

    at 04:33pm August 27 2013

    KEY INFO Manufacturer: EVGA Price: £461 SPECIFICATIONS Memory: 2048MB, 256bit GDDR5 Video ports: DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort Requires: Mac Pro early 2008 or later, OS X 10.8.3 or later While Apple worked on the now-unveiled new Mac Pro, the existing professional-level Mac was neglected. Its last significant update was in 2010, and the 2012 refresh brought no new graphics cards, leaving the Mac Pro two generations behind the latest PCs. A lot of PC…

    MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)

    at 10:34am August 23 2013

    KEY INFO Manufacturer: Apple Inc Price: £849  SPECIFICATIONS Processor: 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 Memory: 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 MacBook Air refresh brings us two 11-inch and two 13-inch models, with the Airs of a similar screen size differentiated solely by their solid-state storage capacity. The cheaper options come with 128GB, the more expensive 256GB with a custom option of 512GB for an extra £240. For the 11-inch Airs…

    CleanMyMac 2

    at 04:52pm July 31 2013

    KEY INFO Developer: MacPaw, Inc Price: From £34.95 REQUIREMENTS OS: OS X 10.7.5 or later Requires: 4GB RAM, 50MB disk space MacPaw’s new all-in-one system utility suite makes significant advances over its predecessor. It demands OS X 10.7.5 or later (the first version supported 10.4 onwards), but it’s a free upgrade for existing CleanMyMac users. CleanMyMac 2 boasts a smart new interface, and faster, more efficient cleaning and scanning algorithms. A new feature called…

    Pixelmator 2.2

    at 12:27pm July 31 2013

    KEY INFO Developer: Pixelmator Team Ltd Price: £21 REQUIREMENTS OS: OS X 10.6.8+ Pixelmator hits version 2.2 still clearly heavily influenced by a decade-old Photoshop but also carving more of an identity for itself. Its biggest leap is with vectors, not bitmap images. Smart Shapes (regular geometric figures and basic icons) are easy to apply and edit. Text can also be transformed to a shape, seemingly primarily to work with new Shape Styles…

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