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In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a new weather program, a way to keep your data safe without breaking the bank, and a tool that lets you connect to your computer from anywhere.

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In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a new weather program, a way to keep your data safe without breaking the bank, and a tool that lets you connect to your computer from anywhere.

3dweather

3DWeather 1.0

Idea2Inspire’s $3 3DWeather (Mac App Store Link) is unlikely to make your days sunnier, but it will certainly give you access to weather in a way you’ve never seen before.

The app features beautiful 3D scenes that illustrate the current conditions or a forecast over up to seven days; it’s compatible with Notification Center, and comes with several themes.

archimedes

Archimedes 1.3.3

Matt Rajca’s $10 Archimedes (Mac App Store Link) is a text editor designed for engineering professionals and scientists.

The app supports the popular Markdown and LaTeX formats, and features autocomplete and live previews to make sure that what you’re typing will result in the correct output.

betterbattery

Better Battery 1.0.2

Developer Andreas Grossauer’s $2 Better Battery (Mac App Store Link) helps you keep your battery at peak performance.

The app stays on top of your usage, and provides helpful suggestions on how to improve battery life and longevity right from the convenience of your menu.

getbackuppro

Get Backup Pro 2.6.1

BeLight Software’s Get Backup Pro helps you make a copy of your hard drive from which you can boot your Mac.

If you don’t already have a backup plan, consider this a perfect safety measure before upgrading to OS X El Capitan when it launches on September 30—the app is free for a limited time, and also supports a wide range of other features, including encryption, file syncing, and more.

maclock

MacLock 1.0

Tired of typing in your password? Developer Giorgos Moustakas’s MacLock allows you unlock your Mac using either the Touch ID sensor on your iPhone, or a simple swipe of your finger on an Apple Watch.

The app uses military-grade encryption for maximum security, and is free—you just pay for the $2 companion iOS app that takes care of the unlocking process.

screenvnc

Screens VNC 3.6.7

Edovia’s $30 Screens for Mac (Mac App Store Link) brings the convenience of screen sharing to your Mac.

The app supports the popular VNC protocol, which works with most GUI-based operating systems, including OS X, Windows, and Linux. It can share your pasteboard, and even lets you pick the resolution at which you work.

shine

Shine 1.2.1

Unleash your inner J.J. Abrams with Ohanaware’s $20 Shine (Mac App Store Link)!

The app allows you to add flares and other simulated optical effects to your existing pictures, turning everyday shots into veritable cinematic events.

steampunk

Steampunk Live Wallpapers 1.0

Academ Media Labs’s Steampunk Live Wallpapers brings a collection of beautiful animated wallpapers to your Mac.

The app supports multiple themes, all designed to look sharp on a top-of-the-line iMac 5K, features live animations and ambient music, and can be tweaked to your liking.

unibox

Unibox 1.3.2

Eightloops’s $20 Unibox (Mac App Store Link) brings people-centric email management to your inbox.

The app organizes your messages according to their senders, helping you understand their context more quickly. You can also browse and QuickView your attachments visually, and write new messages directly from inside the main window.