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.

Bento 4 for iPad matures into a standalone data management tool

Bento 4 for iPad is a significant improvement to what was already the best personal database app for the iPad.

PDF Editor Pro 1.6 offers OCR and file conversion

PDF Editor Pro is a reasonably good PDF editing tool that offers up some compelling features.

Java-based PDF Studio 7.4 Pro has a non-standard user interface

Non-standard interface and unnecessary access to the Mac's file system make this PDF creation tool a less than optimal option.

PDFPenPro 5.8.1 a feature-filled app for PDFs

PDF power tool offers premium features for little more than a smile.

How to publish your MobileMe iWeb site on Dropbox

As you decide what to do about your iWeb site, you can always park it in Dropbox for safekeeping and continued public access.

Merlin 2.8 is a top-tier project management application

Merlin is a top-tier project management application that has a lot to offer.

Find the best mobile tax filing app for iOS

We've tested and rated tax preparation offerings for both the desktop and on the Web. Now we turn our attention to mobile, looking at iPhone and iPad offerings from both Intuit and H&R Block.

TurboTax Premiere 2011 takes the scary out of tax prep

It's not hard to see why TurboTax is the most popular tax preparation software on the market. It's easy on the eyes, very simple to use, and makes your annual trip to the taxman almost seem like fun.

H&R Block's At Home tax software offers excellent tools

H&R Block at Home is an easy to use application that makes tax prep simple, offers tools to help you avoid audit-inducing mistakes, and if necessary, keeps a professional close at hand if you’re not sure how to handle a specific situation.

HopStop for iPhone

Whether you're a strap-hanging road warrior or a first-time visitor to a new city, this easy-to-use navigation tool will get you where you're going in no time.

Screens for iPhone and iPad

If quick access to remote computers is a must, this touch-based VNC client will prove to be indispensable.

OmniPlan 2.0.3 offers powerful project-management tools

OmniPlan is designed to help you take in the broad view of a project while still keeping you focused on the details necessary to make sure all your resources are in place and the project is completed on time.

QuickBooks 2012 makes great strides, still falls short

If you didn’t know how things could and should be, QuickBooks 2012 for Mac would seem like a pretty good product. Unfortunately, the knowledge that QuickBooks could be better (and isn’t) makes QuickBooks 2012 for Mac something less than the ideal accounting and business finance application.

Agendas for iPad

This app for creating interactive meeting agendas shows some promise, but it needs better formatting tools and features that make published agendas available to a broader range of meeting attendees.

First Look: QuickBooks for Mac 2012

QuickBooks for Mac 2012 won't ship until later this month. But Jeffery Battersby has gotten the chance to spend a little time with the updated accounting application and weighs in with some first impressions of QuickBooks’s changes and enhancements.