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.

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.

Manage your money in Lion -- without Quicken

Quicken, Intuit’s deprecated but still ubiquitous personal finance management application, no longer works on Macs running Lion. How do you manage your personal finances if Quicken won’t work? Fortunately there are several alternatives to help you keep tabs on your cash flow.

Tips and tricks for printing labels in Bento 4

Bento 4's improved print options make it much easier to get your data out of the database and onto the printed page. Jeffery Battersby walks us through the steps.

Batch Docx Converter 1.31

If you have several .docs files you need to convert to an older Word format, Batch Docx Converter can help.

Déjà Vu 3.7.5

Deja Vu is a simple, easy-to-configure System Preference pane that helps you backup up your data to any directly attached or network attached drive, including optical media.

Acclivity AccountEdge 2011

AccountEdge was once an outlier in the Mac accounting world, an alternative to QuickBooks Pro. Now it has slowly and steadily become the quiet, efficient, thoughtfully updated standard for managing your business’ books.

Pages for iPad and iPhone

The latest mobile version of Pages, which now runs on the iPhone and iPod touch in addition to the iPad, is an amazing word processing and page layout application made more amazing when you realize that all of this power is packed into a device that can fit inside your pocket. But it needs true file syncing to be truly great.

Peterson Birds of North America and iBird Pro HD

Jeffery Battersby takes a look at a pair of information-packed birding apps -- Peterson Birds of North America, which runs on all iOS devices, and the iPad-only iBird Pro HD.

Bento 4

The latest version of Filemaker's consumer-level database, Bento 4, rescues Bento from being a kind of cute but impractical boutique application. It now offers over 250 label templates and new ways to export templates that contain data.

MyThoughts 1.2.1

MyThoughts 1.2.1 is a mind-mapping application that helps you to create visually appealing mind maps that can include images, Web links, or links to audio, video or other types of files stored on your Mac.

iOS brainstorming apps

Jeffery Battersby looks at a smattering of mind-mapping tools for iOS devices and cautions that brainstorming on the smaller screen of the iPhone or iPod touch can be a little frustrating. That said, iThoughts shines as a mind-mapping app, especially in its iPad form.

Printing your tax returns from electronic programs

Sure, you can go paperless and have all your tax documents filed electronically and saved digitally. But there's something about saving a copy of that precious return that moves people to fire up their printers--just in case.

Relationship 2.1.1

Client relationship management tool offers options for organizing project data, but lacks true CRM features.