I decided to start a new project called Five Star Apps on Tumblr. It has gotten to the point where it has become increasingly difficult and frustrating trying to find awesome apps. It’s mainly because there were once great sites that had great content but abruptly stopped posting. There are Mac sites out there that talk about new apps, but they talk about so much more, that it’s time consuming trying to find what great apps are out there. I wanted to try my hand at helping Mac and iOS users find the greatest apps that their respective App Stores have to offer.
Well, early last month, Apple released the Mac App Store. With the increasing number of converts to Mac (including my Dad, who just switched to the 13″ MacBook Air), it’s obvious that a new solution needs to exist for these users to find great apps on the App Store that will help them do what they need to do in the most efficient manner possible, but also introduce them to apps that don’t necessarily make it onto the “top charts”. There are many apps that don’t get the recognition they deserve, and I think many are falling between the cracks, even though they are great apps because no one talks about them.
Secondly, there is now a new crowd of iPhone users among us. With millions of customers switching from other carriers to Verizon for the new CMDA iPhone 4, many of whom have never used an iPhone before, it’d be nice for them to have somewhere to sort of play “catch up” without feeling overwhelmed by looking at all of the content that is out there.
I will periodically link to certain apps from Five Star Apps on this site, but not always. Rafeed.me is sort of my backyard of fun, but also is a place to showcase my work, not others’. I hope you’ll follow along at some of the apps I talk about on Five Star Apps. You might be surprised and actually find something useful.