PowerPoint is the professional presenter's tool. There's no doubt about PowerPoint having the largest market share for presentation software. On the Mac, there is one serious competitor: Apple Keynote '09. In terms of features and creativity Keynote used to be superior to PowerPoint, but no more with this PowerPoint 2011. PowerPoint offers more features, more templates, more creative functionality, more efficiency. To be honest: PowerPoint is better than Keynote, but in its current version also buggier.
Marketcircle's Billings is one of the market leading invoice applications. Billings Pro is a workgroup or departmental invoicing solution, based on a client/server model. Billings Pro has the same interface as the 'single person' Billings. It's the networking functionality, its support for multiple currencies and more variables in an invoice, estimate or Pro Forma invoice that set it apart from its sibling.
If you want to manage data with Excel, that task has just become much more interesting, but besides that, Excel 2011 has a vast array of new and improved features. From PivotTables over conditional formatting to graphing data and protecting spreadsheets: Excel 2011 is a number-cruncher's dream come true.
Word has improved quite dramatically in version 2011 for the Mac, and it's not just the ribbon. Word 2011 comes with a mathematica/equation editor and a citation system. It has the ability to create macros and collaborate with others through Sharepoint or SkyDrive.
The new version of Office for Mac must be the most important one in years. It's on par with the Windows 2010 offering with regards to features, integration with enterprise systems, and exchange capabilities between the two platforms. The suite is made up of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. You can get a free Microsoft Skydrive account or integrate seamlessly with Sharepoint for collaboration purposes.
Tags 2 is an unobtrusive application that enables you to tag most Mac OS X files. It complies with the OpenMeta effort and lets you enrich all sorts of files with one-dimensional metadata. It also has its own Spotlight-like search feature.
The Philips Voice tracer LFH0652 may have a rather uninspiring name, but it's an excellent voice recorder for journalists, reporters and editors; in short, for everybody who writes and who wants to record interviews, presentations, trainings, and memos.
MailHub is an add-on to Apple Mail. It is a plug-in that is meant to speed up your interaction with Mail, management of messages, in short: the performance of your Inbox. Initially I didn't see the difference between MailHub and Apple Mail's Rules, but after having used it for a couple of weeks, the difference is crystal clear: MailHub makes Mail a lot more efficient than you can ever make it by using Rules only. MailHub actually saves a lot of time and aggravation.
With Flux 3 The Escapers have again raised the bar. Adobe won't mind; they have been doing their best to turn Dreamweaver into a strange amalgam of features of which some make you scratch your head, while others are truly useful and innovative. They should mind, though, as Flux 3 is not an amalgam. It's a structured online design application with a clear interface and feature set that will appeal to anyone designing for any type of online presence or publication.
Unibrain is a global leader in the development of FireWire hardware and software solutions, and offers a complete line of FireWire products for a wide range of applications. We tested and reviewed their 4-port FireRepeater-800 PRO, a FireWire "hub" in black metal with video and sound equipment.