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.

Office apps showdown: Word processors

Which word processor is best: Word 2011, iWork '09, or Google Docs? Jeffery Battersby used all three to create a typical business report; here's how he'd rank them.

Perfect printing with PowerPoint 2011

Printing conventions in PowerPoint 2011 are fairly straightforward, but don't forget to set up your document first.

PlainText for iPhone and iPad

This beautiful and thoughtfully designed tool makes it a pleasure to create text on your iOS device.

Three iPad calculator apps

All three of the calculator apps we look at in this review do what they're supposed to do, though not necessary in the way that you'd like. More significantly, none seem to make good use out of the iPad's extensive screen real estate.

Springpad for iPhone and iPad

This list creator works well when it comes to collecting personalized lists of stuff. But, because of some lackluster social networking features, Springpad still feels like a work in progress.

Peruse your printing options in Microsoft Word 2011

The printer dialog for Microsoft Word is not always intuitive. Jeff Battersby helps us work our way through the Microsoft Word 2011 print dialog box.

Calcbot for iPhone and iPad

This calculator app for both the iPhone and iPad looks great. But it doesn't offer much beyond the features you get from the built-in calculator app.

Microsoft Word for Mac 2011

Update to Microsoft’s flagship word processing application levels the playing field for Macs in business.

Livescribe Echo Smartpen

Smartpen captures audio and links it with your written notes.

StockWatch for iPhone and iPad

StockWatch is an excellent stock tracking application, whether you're using an iPhone or an iPad. While each version offers a distinctly different user experience because of the size of the devices, the way that StockWatch tracks and manages information is unparalleled on your iOS device.

Chronicle 3.4

Chronicle aims to help you track, manage, and pay your bills, and to make your bill information available to you no matter which computer you’re using.

Elements text editor for iPhone and iPad

This basic text editor has its share of foibles, but overall, it's a top-notch editing app with true support for Dropbox syncing.

Times for iPad

This beautifully designed, intelligent feed reader for the iPad removes most of what's frustrating about most RSS feed readers.

MacSpeech Scribe 1.1

Transcription tool makes moving your spoken word to the printed page a snap.

F10 Launch Studio 3

F10 Launch Studio offers you quick, easy, and intelligent access to all the applications on your Mac, making it possible to launch your favorite apps with no more than a few keystrokes. However, functionality similar to some of the features F10 Launch Studio offers is already provided by Mac OS X, so you should give those tools a shot before you plunk down the cash.