Jeffery BattersbyMacworld

Jeffery Battersby is an Apple Certified Trainer, (very) smalltime actor, and regular contributor to Macworld. He writes about Macs and more at his blog, jeffbattersby.com.

OneNote Mac

Microsoft OneNote for Mac review: Compelling but not yet ready to compete with Evernote

This Mac app for notes, journaling, and other collections of digital information has some interesting features, but it still needs some improvements.

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The best Mac accounting apps

You might think this is a category where Intuit's QuickBooks is king, but on the Mac, QuickBooks has some stiff competition—and it doesn't keep up.

Word for iPad

Word for iPad review: The new standard for Microsoft's word processor

Microsoft made the right decisions (mostly) when creating Word for iPad. The result is a word processing app that's a pleasure to use.

PDFpen for iPad

PDFpen 1.7 for iPhone and iPad review: App loaded with extensive PDF tools

PDFpen has the features you need to work on PDFs on your iOS device, but it has a few quirks.

H&R Block iPad 2013

Tax apps for iOS review: File your taxes on your iPad or iPhone

Using your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to file your taxes is easy, thanks to apps from Intuit and H&R Block.

2013 Mac tax software

Tax software for Mac review: A much-improved H&R Block still bows to Intuit TurboTax

If you want to use a dedicated Mac app to do your taxes, these two apps are the big players in the tax software market.

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First look: Could Microsoft OneNote for Mac replace Evernote?

You now have another way to sync multimedia notes between Mac and iOS devices: Microsoft has brought OneNote to the Mac. Jeffery Battersby has some first impressions.

Money

Top Choice: Our favorite online-based business accounting apps

If you turn to the Web for your business accounting needs, you'll find that the offerings aren't perfect. But you will find apps that have the basic tools to track your finances.

iBank 5

iBank 5 review: Personal finance Mac app corners the market on your money

Forget about Quicken. iBank 5 is the better personal finance app for your Mac.

VIPorbit Mac

VIPorbit review: Get to work on your relationships

This app can be used to track your interactions with all the people in your address book.

QuickBooks 2014 for Mac

QuickBooks for Mac 2014 review: Full of small updates, still no Windows file compatibility

Business financial adds reporting tool and eases transfer of data from your accountant to your Mac.

PDFpen Scan+

PDFpen Scan+ review: Scanning app for iOS is very good at OCR

You can use PDFpen Scan+ on your iPad or iPhone to scan documents and images, as well as perform optical character recognition.

TextUs.Biz Receptionist

Receptionist review: App replaces your human receptionist with an iPad

There's a trend in business towards no longer using a full-time receptionist to meet visitors to an office. TextUS.biz's Receptionist allows you to use an iPad, instead.

Personal database roundup: Bento is dead, long live Bento

FileMaker discontinued the consumer-level Bento personal database, so what are Bento users to do? Here's a look at four alternatives.

Symphytum 1.1 review: Bento-like database app a work in progress

As a personal database, Symphytum has potential, but it still needs many improvements to serve as a Bento replacement.