The Week in Mac Apps: Bigger sound with Boom 2, Calendar at your fingertips with Spotlife, and more

This week's roundup of new Mac apps brings you a way to improve your sound, a calendar that won't go away, and all the financial calculations you can handle—and then some.

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Boom 2, Spotlife, and more

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a way to improve your sound, a calendar that won’t go away, and all the financial calculations you can handle—and then some.

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10bii Financial Calculator 2.0.2

Quick—how long will it take to amortize a $10,000 expense with a 10-percent depreciation rate? If your eyes have already glazed over, you may want to check In A Day’s $14 10bii Financial Calculator (Mac App Store Link).

The app includes support for a variety of complex operations that are commonly used in the financial world, including breakeven calculations, probabilities, profit projections—and, yes, even depreciation.

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2Do 2.0.1

Beehive Innovations’ $25 2Do (Mac App Store Link) helps you keep track of your tasks and to-do lists with flair.

The app can handle a variety of work management techniques, like the ever-popular Getting Things Done, but will adapt with equal ease to a workflow of your choosing. It offers up a veritable truckload of features in a simple and easy-to-use interface—and can even sync to its companion app on your iOS devices.

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Boom 2

Laptop speakers sure have come a long way in the last thirty years, but their sound can still use all the help it can get—and that’s where Global Delight Technologies’s $15 Boom 2 (Mac App Store Link) comes into play.

The app allows you to selectively boost certain features of your audio output to improve its quality. You can let Boom handle the job for you, or take complete control over every aspect of its enhancement capabilities. Plus, a handy remote control app for iOS lets you keep an eye on things even when you’re not at your Mac.

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File Info Professional 1.2

Rocky Sand Studio’s File Info Professional (Mac App Store Link) gives you a quick way to take a deeper look at the contents of your disks.

The app, which can run standalone or be launched directly from the Finder, displays extended information about a file, such as when it was created, who owns it, checksum data computed using a variety of algorithms, and even a hex dump of its contents.

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Glimpses 2.0

Eternal Storms Software’s $10 Glimpses turns your pictures into dazzling videos that show each frame for just a fraction of a second, creating a unique look that is sure to catch the attention of your audience.

You can import images from a variety of sources—including your Photo Stream and hard disk. You can choose to organize them by hand or automatically, and even accompany your video with a song of your choice.

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Here 2.30

Can’t wait for El Capitan? Let developer Jiulong Zhao’s $1 Here give you access to some cool mouse functionality right away.

The app highlights the location of the cursor by displaying a colored disk on your screen when you stop moving your mouse for a while; all in all, it’s a handy way to find your way around your desktop after you’ve been away from your Mac.

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John's Background Switcher 1.3

Tired of your desktop’s look? John Conners’s $9 John’s Background Switcher can help you make it beautiful again.

The app allows you to display photos and pictures on your screen using a variety of layout and display algorithms. You can provide these images from a variety of sources—including, of course, Apple’s own Photo app.

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Living Earth 1.22

Radiantlabs’s $7 Living Earth gives you a great-looking glimpse at the world while providing you with handy weather and time information.

The app displays realtime cloud cover superimposed on a picture of the Earth, and offers up weather conditions and current time for a list of cities of your choice. You can use it as a regular app, menu widget, or in a full-screen window.

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Spotlife 2.0.0

Chronos’s $10 Spotlife 2 (Mac App Store Link) is an “always-on” calendar that sits quietly on your desktop, giving you an at-a-glance view of your upcoming appointments and reminders.

The app works with most cloud-based calendar systems, including iCloud and Google, includes a handy weather display, and can take “center-stage” by popping to the top of your screen on command.