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What we published, and links of note

Here are the things we published this week, as well as a link we thought you might enjoy. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and RSS.

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Our summer app picks »

July is officially here, and for us that means vacations, cooking on the grill, catching up on some entertainment, and generally having a good time. To that end, we’ve put together a list of awesome apps that will help you get the most out of your summer.

Jago Silver’s sweet Mac setup »

This week’s setup is a fascinating look into an illustrator’s workspace, complete with lots of specialized tools and toys.

Jago Silver illustrates children’s books, lives in Cornwall, and has an amazing setup. Jago works with many US agents as well as Sally Lloyd-Jones, New York Times bestselling author.

This is one of the most interesting and unique setups we’ve had the privilege of sharing with you, so take a few minutes to sit back and pore through it all.

Quick Tip: Enable Hot Corners on OS X »

For this week’s tip, Stephen shows us how to efficiently use a feature that started shipping with Macs back in the days of Tiger. Even though it’s not a brand new feature, it’s still really useful and very customizable.

Hot corners are like shortcuts for your mouse, and combined with today’s gesture-rich touchpads and mice, you can go crazy with custom shortcuts that launch from your pointing device.

Day One for iOS holiday sale »

You know we’re huge fans of the Day One suite of apps and consider it to be a must-have for any Mac or iOS user. The iOS apps are a completely fair price to begin with for such an awesome universal app, but the guys behind Day One are celebrating Independence Day by making the iOS app free for a limited time. Grab the excellent iOS app today, and then compliment it with the fantastic Mac version as well.

App: The Human Story »

Story & Pixel announced an interesting Kickstarter campaign this week to create a documentary about “the new art form for our generation:” app creation.

The initial documentary plans look impressive, with contributions from people like John Gruber, Marco Arment, Jason Snell, and many more. Story & Pixel explain that they’ve been working on the film for about a year, but the extra funding will help them finish the film by the end of the year.

We here at The Sweet Setup feel this is right up our alley and can’t wait to get a chance to see the finished product. Apps are an extraordinary form of design and artwork that didn’t exist 10 years ago, and it’s still evolving rapidly today.

There are several pledging tiers available, so check out the project, watch the videos, and support the interesting idea and awesome work behind this campaign. There are about 25 days to go in the campaign, and they’re almost halfway to their goal now.

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