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.

First Look: First Look: Pages '08

Our look at the changes in the iWork '08 suite concludes with Pages, the word-processing and page-layout tool. Jeffrey Battersby finds that the major additions to Pages -- namely, better compatibility with Word, a contextually-aware formatting bar, and much-improved tools for tracking changes -- make this iWork component a viable alternative to Microsoft's Word.

MindManager 7

MindManager 7.0.270 is a top-notch brainstorming tool. While the program still lacks integration with Microsoft Office applications, this shouldn’t deter you from using an otherwise excellent application.

Heredis 10.2

Heredis 10.2.3 is a well-designed and versatile genealogy program. While its iPhoto integration and support for LDS ordinances is weak, Heredis is very good at gathering and maintaining your family history.

iFamily for Tiger 2.2

iFamily for Tiger 2.2 provides a simple interface to create and edit your family data, includes great search tools, and integrates well with iPhoto.

MacFamilyTree 4.4

MacFamilyTree 4.4.5 is an effective and visually pleasing genealogy program that makes excellent use of your Mac’s built-in audio and video tools as well as your iPhoto library. But its interface is not nearly as polished as the other genealogy software on the market.

Reunion 9.04

Reunion 9.04 is a top-notch genealogy program. It’s beautifully designed, easy to use, and a pleasure to work with. There’s enough substance in this new release to please longtime users and plenty of tools to get new users on the road to discovering their roots.

Personal Ancestry Writer II 69

Personal Ancestry Writer II 69 may not be as snazzy as other genealogy programs, but it’s well designed, has excellent documentation and support, allows you to collect a nearly unlimited amount of information, and is capable of exporting your genealogy documents in a variety of formats.

Midnight Inbox 1.1.5

Beautifully designed and built on sound organizational principals, Midnight Inbox 1.1.5 shows a great deal of promise and is an excellent tool for those who want to bring GTD to their Mac desktop. For the rest of us, the program needs more documentation and fewer assumptions.

DoorStop X Security Suite 2.0

DoorStop X Security Suite 2.0 is a best-of-breed program that not only performs the important task of decoding OS X’s built-in firewall utility, but also helps you understand its process.

FinanceToGo 1.1

Double-entry accounting for personal finances is interesting but unnecessary. If you’re in a business environment where double entry accounting is a necessity, you will need a program that’s feature-rich and easy to use. In its current iteration, FinanceToGo is neither.

MYOB AccountEdge 2007

If you’re not currently using or plan on purchasing an Intel Mac for your business accounting needs, AccountEdge 2007 may be a capital investment you will want to spend your bucks on next year.

QuickBooks Pro 2007

QuickBooks Pro 2007 remains an excellent accounting application, and it’s just about the easiest accounting application you’ll ever use. The program’s new form designer is a welcome addition to the program and far better than what you’ll find in any of the program’s competitors.

Opera 9

Opera 9.02 is a substantial update to what was already a stellar Web browsing application. Features such as Mouse Gestures and Widgets make the application easy and fun to use, and integrated RSS, BitTorrent, and e-mail support make the application a worthy choice for all your Internet needs.

Interarchy 8.2

Interarchy 8.2 is a powerful and versatile FTP program. The program’s new look may at first throw Interarchy 7 users a curve, but the new interface significantly enhances what is already a first class FTP application.

MindManager 6 Mac

MindManager offers an elegant user interface and excellent tools. The program provides myriad ways to graphically organize your ideas and share them with colleagues and collaborators.