Nathan AldermanMacworld

Nathan Alderman is a writer and editor in Crozet, Virginia.

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.

Mozilla Firefox

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.