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Dan writes about OS X, iOS, utilities, cool apps, and troubleshooting. He also covers hardware; mobile, audio, and AV gear; input devices; and accessories. He's been writing about tech since 1994, and he's also published software, worked in IT, and worked as a policy analyst.

Mountain Lion: Hands on with Mail

When Apple released Lion (OS X 10.7), Mail received its biggest overhaul ever, gaining many new and noteworthy features. The changes to Mail in Mountain Lion are more subtle, though there are some nice improvements, along with one significant omission.

Skip Tunes is a simple and elegant music controller

Skip Tunes gives you a simple menu-bar controller for iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio.

Mountain Lion: Hands on with Contacts and Calendar

Many Mac users will welcome the updated versions of iCal and Address Book--renamed Calendar and Contacts, respectively--offered in Mountain Lion. While they don’t fix all issues present in their Lion counterparts, each offers a number of significant improvements. Here’s a quick look.

Pacifist makes you the boss of file archives and packages

Pacifist lets you examine, and even extract files from, installer packages and file archives. It also provides a number of troubleshooting tools.

Create a bootable Lion install drive for newer Macs

If your Mac was released after Lion, it's not quite as easy to make a bootable Lion install disc or drive, but it's still possible. We've got the complete instructions.

WeatherMin elegantly displays the weather

WeatherMin provides an elegant display for keeping tabs on your local weather.

Clarify makes it easy to create annotated images and how-to documents

Clarify simplifies the process of making how-to documents and annotated images. It's great for professional use, but it's also useful for explaining a procedure to your remote relatives.

Expo Notes: Smile introduces PDFpen for iPad, iCloud storage

Smile Software has introduced an iPad version of its PDF-editing app, along with iCloud syncing of PDFpen documents for both the iPad and Mac versions.

Yoink offers a shelf for temporarily stashing files and content

Yoink offers a shelf for temporarily stashing files and content, making it easier to move your stuff between documents, folders, and drives.

Flexibits releases Fantastical 1.2

Flexibits has released version 1.2 of its standout calendar app, Fantastical, adding multiple language localizations and improved event parsing.

Full-size headphones for Macs and iOS devices

Get comfort and big sound without giving up the conveniences of an inline remote and mic

Promising Prospect: Clipboard Cleaner automatically strips formatting from the clipboard

Clipboard Cleaner is a simple utility that strips all formatting from the contents of the clipboard, either automatically or on command.

Marked excels at previewing Markdown and HTML documents

If you write in Markdown, Marked is a stellar add-on for previewing and analyzing your documents.

PopClip brings iOS-like text-editing options to Mac OS X

PopClip will appeal to both iOS fans and Mac traditionalists by making text-editing and -processing commands more accessible.

Text-analysis tools highlight Phraseology iOS text editor

Phraseology is a new text editor for iPad that provides unique text-analysis and paragraph-arranging features.