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MacFormat July 2014 - Issue 275

Astonishing free alternatives to all the big-name Mac apps out there – with a saving of £2,000!
MacFormat July 2014 - Issue 275

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In MacFormat July 2014 Issue 275:
 
Everybody loves a bargain. We all get that warm tingly feeling when we get something great for a cut-down price – or even better, for free. We also know how expensive some of the big-name Mac apps are, so that’s why we’ve hunted around for you to find the most astonishing alternative apps out there; and here’s the clincher: they’re all free. You could save yourself the best part of £2,000 if you were to use our suggested alternatives instead investing in the Adobes of this world!
 
So the question begs: what would you put that saved money towards? How about creating your very own ‘Mac cave’? We show you how to build your own tech sanctum, right from planning permission and buying the correct out-house to furnishing and wiring the whole thing up, as well as how to make it burglar-proof. But that’s not all; we’ve also rounded up some amazing kit and apps to review this month, including the mid-2014 MacBook Air, Agent 47’s new Mac adventure – Hitman Absolution, and an eagerly anticipated accounting software group test. And let’s not forget our superb range of tutorials and advice to make your Mac life as simple (or enjoyably complex) as possible, including bumper lessons on how to how to get to grips with both GIMP and LibreOffice!