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.

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.

Custom templates in Pages

Pages 2, the page-layout and word processing program included with Apple’s $79 iWork ‘06 suite, comes with more than 60 beautiful and versatile templates. Whether you’re creating a template for an auction brochure, a recipe card, or another project, the basic steps are the same.

Print Explosion Deluxe 3.0

Beautifully designed templates, extensive clip art collections, integration with iLife, and ease of use all combine to make Print Explosion Deluxe 3.0 an excellent tool for all your personal creative design endeavors.

Hacker-proof protection

OS X comes with its own built-in firewall. And while it's a pretty good option, there are plenty of third-party firewall offerings as well. Which one is right for you? We put half-a-dozen to the test to find out.

Protect your Mac

Are you leaving your Mac vulnerable to viruses, intruders, and other dangers? OS X may be more secure than other operating systems, but it's not invulnerable. Here are 18 things you can do right now to protect your Mac -- and your data -- from potential disaster.

Mac OS X Firewall

While Apple’s built-in firewall application lacks the flash and reporting capabilities of some firewall programs, it will still get the job done.

DoorStop X Security Suite

DoorStop X Security Suite is an easy-to-configure front end to Apple’s built-in firewall application. When used in tandem with the Who’s There? log viewer and the excellent supporting documentation, it can help keep your Mac safe.

NetBarrier X4 10.4.1

While NetBarrier X 10.4.1’s default configurations are probably either too permissive or too secure for most users, customization will allow for all the Internet and network access you need, while protecting you from the bad guys.

Norton Personal Firewall 3.0.3

Symantec’s Norton Personal Firewall 3.0.3 is a simple and effective firewall application that’s easy enough for novices to use, yet powerful enough to protect your system and offer a wealth of configuration options.

Flying Buttress 1.4

Flying Buttress is a very nice addition to Apple’s built-in firewall, providing easy access to features that would otherwise be unavailable unless you are capable of configuring OS X’s built-in firewall via the Terminal interface.

IPNetSentryX

IPNetSentryX is not for novices, nor will it protect your Macintosh single-handedly. But, if you understand how to analyze network traffic and want to keep using OS X’s built-in firewall, IPNetSentryX can be a powerful weapon in your security arsenal.

Business accounting software

If you can adjust to a more-complicated interface, MYOB’s FirstEdge 2.0 and AccountEdge 2006 far outclass QuickBooks in terms of features.

TurboTax Deluxe 2005

TurboTax Deluxe may be the only tax-prep application available for the Mac, but there’s no reason to feel cheated. TurboTax is a great program thanks to its ease of use, excellent educational features, navigational freedom, and superior error checking.

ThinkFree Office 3.0

If you have to create and edit Word and Excel documents—but you don’t need all of the high-end features available in those programs—ThinkFree Office offers a viable and inexpensive alternative.