Nathan AldermanMacworld

Nathan Alderman is a writer and copy editor, and frequent Macworld contributor based in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Use TrackSift to tidy up your iTunes library

No matter how hard you try to keep your iTunes library tidy, sooner or later you’ll find cobwebs growing in its corners. TrackSift deletes non-existant files, isolates tracks that lack album art, consolidates genres, and more.

Safari 6 a slight but sleek upgrade for Apple's browser

Under Mountain Lion, Safari is a blast to use, and its relatively few additions all prove worthwhile.

Firefox 14 a worthy alternative to Safari

Firefox 14 lands pleasantly between Safari’s slick design sense and Chrome’s quickness.

Opera 12: A work in progress finally shows real improvements

If you don’t need the fastest performance, you enjoy marching to the beat of your own drummer, and you want one program for both web browsing and email, you’ll find Opera 12 a harmonious addition to your work and play on the Web.

Battle through a broken world in Bastion

Bastion resembles every other quest-adventure game since The Legend of Zelda: Explore. But Supergiant Games have made this game fun with inspired embellishments.

Zengobi Curio Core 7.4.3 holds your best ideas

Curio Core is one of the more expensive organizer options in the Mac App Store. But it’s not the priciest; it offers a lot more features than many cheaper apps; and it presents them in a friendly, easy-to-learn package.

Psychonauts gets in your head

Seven years after its critically acclaimed and commercially ignored debut, Double Fine’s Psychonauts has finally made it to the Mac. Happily, this game is worth every second of the wait.

Manuscript 1.0 is an appealing but uneven app for novelists

With November’s National Novel Writing Month almost upon us, Mac-using writers have no shortage of noveling programs to choose from. Black Mana Studios’ Manuscript distinguishes itself from the pack by helping writers craft novels with an easier path to publication.

StoryMill 4.0 ideal for ultra-organized novel writers

If you plan your novels with military precision, Mariner Software's StoryMill 4.0.4 could be the right ally to launch your literary assault.

Sparrow 1.3.1

Light and fleet, the mail app dubbed Sparrow lives up to its name. Free from extraneous features, Sparrow does nothing but Gmail and IMAP email in an efficient and elegant fashion.

Review: Opera 11.5

While Opera 11.5 calls itself a browser, it feels like it really wants to be more than that. But in trying to do so, this perpetual innovator’s latest version falls short.

Review: Safari 5.1

Safari 5.1 gives Apple’s browser enough horsepower to hold its own against rivals in day-to-day browsing. More importantly, its new features truly distinguish it from the pack, making Safari 5.1 a great step up from its predecessor.

Review: Apple Mail 5.0

While it may fall short for power users with industrial-strength business needs, the new Apple Mail offers a feature set good enough for the broad majority of everyday users, executed superbly, and integrated tightly with OS X.

Diagrammix 1.2.3

Don't want to shell out for a high-powered vector graphics suite, or spend hours of fiddling with lines and bubbles? Diagrammix makes it incredibly easy to build great-looking charts in minutes.

Firefox 5

With Firefox 5, Mozilla shifts to a faster release schedule, emulating the lightning pace at which Google’s Chrome gains version numbers. Version 5 debuts mere months after Firefox 4, and Mozilla promises that future editions will arrive with similar speed.