Pages ’09 review

Apple released iWork ’09 with many new features that are better implemented and easier to use than Microsoft’s otherwise excellent Word. Let’s just say Pages ’09 delivers 90% of what most people using a word processor for, need, while Word delivers everything --with confusion as a result for most of us.I regularly look around on …

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LaCie 4Big RAID running silent

LaCie decided it must be over with noisy RAID systems and they promptly developed an external RAID disk system that is much quieter than the competition. The 4Big was designed by LaCie's house designer, Neil Poulton. It looks great, weighs in at about 7 kilograms and offers a complete RAID solution.

Apple Keynote ‘09

When Apple releases new software, it's almost always perceived as less interesting or compelling than when they announce new hardware. In a sense that is understandable, but it is a pity. The latest iWork '09 productivity suite is a fine example of why that is a pity. All applications in that software suite have been …

Labels and Addresses 1.1

Belight Software's Labels and Addresses started life as MailFactory, but this new application has a lot more going for it. It has barcodes that can be automatically numbering up by connecting them to a counter, smart shapes, mail merge capabilities that look for Address Book, Entourage, or FileMaker data (and more) and a great set …

Things 1

Things made it to its first release a couple of days ago. Things is competing with OmniFocus and every other GTD application for the Mac. It has a good chance of conquering a big chunk of the market. The reason: Things looks good, has a very well balanced feature set and never intrudes. It's also …

Billings 3

Marketcircle makes one of the best invoice programs for the Mac, period. It's called Billings, it's in its third version and it's near-perfect. From its icon to its functionality, it all breathes thoroughness, and careful and thoughtful design. Billings 3 has multiple timers, recurring invoices, and an interface that is as easy to use as …

Path Finder 5

Is there such a thing as an indispensable application? Most people will answer with a resounding "Yes" and list a whole lorry full of them. But if you insist and demand that they list only one or two applications they can't live without, I doubt if Path Finder would make it with the first two. …

BBEdit 9 review

BBEdit was the number one text editor on the Mac long before TextMate saw the light of day. It still is a powerhouse for programmers and web developers. Version 9 gives us new capabilities that put it in a comfortable position to compete with TextMate.BBEdit 9 looks familiar, but has a lot of new features. …

Barcode Producer 5

Intelli Innovations' Barcode Producer (and Automator) is a classic in the world of barcode creation programs. It's now also the most flexible application in terms of output design, help, and checking tools.Barcode Producer 5 has a unified interface that resembles iTunes. Left are the barcodes ordered in different categories of ranking order, such as “Applications” …