John BrandonFreelance Writer, Macworld

John Brandon is a respected technologist, product tester, car enthusiast, and professional writer. Before becoming a writer, he worked in the corporate sector for 10 years. He has published over 8500 articles, many of them for,, Macworld, and other IDG entities.

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Blender 2.49b

Serious moviemakers, animators, and graphic designers are a demanding bunch. For them, using the best tool for the job is more important than a low (or at least affordable) price. Blender is one major exception to this rule.

GuestReel 1.1

GuestReel turns your Mac into a fun video kiosk.

ProSoft Data Rescue 3

Data Rescue 3 is a program that every Mac user should at least know about, if not own outright, for those times when you need to restore important files.

MixPad 2.07

MixPad 2.07, software for multitrack recording and mixing, has a number of good features. However, the program doesn’t provide enough tools to make your music shine. See our complete review.

Momento for iPhone

If you want to jot down notes about your day to help remember them later, this journaling app is a good solution with a great interface.

FastTrack Schedule 10

AEC Software’s FastTrack Schedule 10 has a newly designed interface, powerful enterprise-level features, and handy extras that make it an outstanding project management aid.