The team’s choices

The free apps the MacFor­mat team can’t live with­out

Mac Format - - APPLE CORE -


FROm If you’re like me, you’ll have a ton of old fam­ily videos that you can’t play on your Ap­ple de­vices – but fear not, be­cause HandBrake can sort them out. It looks a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing at first, but all you need are its pre­sets and a file to con­vert. It’s a life­saver if you think those trea­sured mem­o­ries are stuck in a folder buried deep on your Mac.


FROm sto­car­ I used to carry around so many loy­alty cards that my wal­let was burst­ing at the seams. Then I found Sto­card. It lets you scan your cards and store them in a vir­tual wal­let; the cashier then scans the code at the check­out and away you go. Now I never have to worry about leav­ing a loy­alty card at home – and my wal­let is much lighter too.


FROm doo­ I’m a mem­ber of a book club, and I’ve be­come re­liant on Doo­dle for get­ting de­ci­sions on group gatherings. You of­fer up dates and times to the group, each mem­ber votes, then ev­ery­one gets to see which op­tion works best for most peo­ple. Any­thing that elim­i­nates the need for end­less to and fro mes­sages is a sure win­ner in my book!

Pho­toS­cape X

FROm x.pho­tos­ Want a good photo ed­i­tor but put off by Pho­to­shop’s pricey sub­scrip­tion? Give this app a go. It’s free, but don’t let that fool you – Pho­toS­cape is an ac­com­plished app that’s ideal for light edit­ing. I love us­ing it for fast ed­its and fixes, and to spruce up my snaps to make them shine. There’s a paid-for Pro edi­tion too, but the free ver­sion is all I need.

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