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Web: 1Passwd 2.4

Most Web browsers can store user names, passwords, and other data, and then automatically put them into Web forms when necessary. But 1Passwd 2.4 (   ) extends this capability, letting you store more than one set of information per site, save passwords in one browser and use them in another, and create new passwords whenever you need to. You can even generate, store, and enter the password for a new site, all with a single click. 1Passwd relies on OS X’s Keychain technology but uses its own keychain for extra security. In addition, 1Passwd protects you against phishing attempts and keyloggers, and optionally syncs its keychain using .Mac ($30; Agile Web Solutions ).— JK

Productivity: FlexTime 1.2

There are plenty of alarm and reminder utilities, but most are designed to alert you to a specific event. FlexTime 1.2 (   ), on the other hand, keeps you on track for repeating or periodic activities—such as work breaks, exercises, or file backups. Event schedules include both an interval time and a duration (say, every two hours for ten minutes), and you can have FlexTime perform actions—for example, display or speak a message, play a sound, or run an AppleScript—at the beginning of an event, at the end of an event, a particular number of times during an event, or any combination thereof ($19; Red Sweater Software ).— DF

Organization: iGTD 1.4

I’ve used lots of tools to manage my to-do list, but I’ve never found one with the perfect combination of simplicity and features. But iGTD 1.4 (   ) comes awfully close. Though it’s based on the Getting Things Done productivity system, you don’t have to be a GTD groupie to use it. Like most to-do software, iGTD lets you sort tasks by project, priority, and due date; like GTD, it also lets you group them by context (where or how you’ll accomplish them). You can tag items with keywords, URLs, and contacts, and a menu-bar tool lets you quickly convert e-mail messages and files into to-do items (free; Bartek Bargiel ). — Dan Miller

Utility: Steel 1.1.5

Steel 1.1.5

The problem: how to keep track of the dozens of registration codes, passwords, and related data you need to run your digital life. The solution: Steel 1.1.5 (   ), a no-nonsense, yet very capable, password-management utility. Steel displays data in a spreadsheet-like format, letting you see many items at once. If you need more assistance, you can use the Find dialog box to zero in on the item you want. You can assign entries to different categories. Each category has specific customizable fields—the e-mail category has fields for POP and SMTP servers, while the credit card category includes a field for the security code. Of course, the Steel database is itself password-protected—so you’ll need to remember at least one password without Steel’s help ($9; Gabriele de Simone ).— TL

Productivity: iKey 2.2.2

If you find yourself doing the same things over and over on your Mac—or if you prefer to use the keyboard as much as possible—you need a keyboard-automation utility. There are a number of these shortcut utilities, but iKey 2.2.2 (   ) occupies a desirable middle ground in terms of price and features. For each shortcut you create, you tell iKey what should happen (a single event or a sequence of events), when it should happen (in which programs or contexts), and what should trigger the action (for instance, a keystroke, a sequence of keystrokes, a scheduled time, or a USB-device action). iKey’s range of possible actions is impressive, including launching applications, typing text, copying files, simulating mouse movements, and executing Unix shell commands ($30; Script Software ).— DF

[ Jeff Carlson is TidBits’ managing editor; Peter Cohen is a Macworld senior editor; Dan Frakes is a Macworld senior editor; Joe Kissel is TidBits’ senior editor; Ted Landau is a Macworld senior contributor; Dan Miller is Macworld’s executive editor; Dan Moren is a coeditor of MacUser.com; Jonathan L. Seff is Macworld ’s senior news editor; Jason Snell is Macworld ’s editorial director; Kelly Turner is Macworld ’s senior features editor. ]

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