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Price when rated: $40

Pros

  • Stays out of the way
  • Clean interface
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • Can’t retrieve master password
  • No business version
Price when rated: free
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Price when rated: Payment requested
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Price when rated: Application, free; up to 2GB of storage, free; 50GB, $99/year; 100GB, $199/year
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Price when rated: €24

Pros

  • Opens almost anything—files, applications, Websites, and more
  • Records clipboard history
  • Includes improved calculator feature

Cons

  • Can be quite complex
  • Learning how to get the most out of it requires study
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Price when rated: free

Pros

  • Can sync feeds, clippings, and article statuses across multiple devices
  • Useful feed-organization features
  • Handles hundreds of subscriptions with ease
  • Lots of feed- and article-viewing options
  • Built-in Web browser with tab support
  • Excellent keyboard-based controls
  • Useful reports
  • Great interface
  • Clippings feature
  • Smart Lists
  • Can track changes to published articles

Cons

  • Custom column widths occasionally forgotten
  • Occasional (infrequent) sync/refresh issues
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Price when rated: Donations accepted
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At a Glance

TextExpander 3--particularly with the addition of syncing--is a worthwhile upgrade. Just be forewarned that it'll take some time to set it up so it works just the way you want it to.

Price when rated: $35

Pros

  • Can sync snippets via MobileMe, Dropbox
  • Excellent tools for managing, searching snippets

Cons

  • Occasional performance glitches

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