Nathan AldermanMacworld

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

Mail 4.3

Mail 4.3 offers no earth-shattering upgrades, just the same dependable, well-crafted, easy-to-use experience it always has.

MemoryMiner 2.1.1

Unique storytelling tool does a good job despite a few rough edges.

Apple Safari 5

Tough competition has only made Safari 5 even better. It's still the fastest, sleekest, all-around best Web browser in the business.

Tinderbox 5.0.1

Thomas Jefferson, a compulsive note-taker, would have loved Eastgate System’s Tinderbox, an innovative and endlessly versatile tool for recording, cataloging, and sharing notes.

Ulysses 2.0

The Soulmen’s Ulysses 2.0.4 writing app is dense, complex, and well-designed.

Opera 10

Opera 10 introduces several innovative interface ideas, some more useful than others.

Firefox 3.5

Firefox has evolved into a beautiful, polished program that’s a pleasure to use. Check out version 3.5.

Caboodle 1.3

Caboodle 1.3 is less expensive than many rivals, but offers fewer features and less polish along with its lower price tag.

Safari 4

If you want the fastest browser on the Mac, Safari 4.0 is the hands-down winner. It lacks the endless flexibility of Firefox’s plug-ins, and it’s far less svelte than its rival browsers, but Safari combines raw power and a thoughtful, well-crafted interface to give Mac users the best user experience.

NoteBook 3.0

Circus Ponies NoteBook 3.0 is a terrific notetaking program bursting with useful ways to organize your life.

FileBrowse helps organize media files

FileBrowse is a beautiful, well-made media browser program, though how useful you find it will likely depend on what files you’re perusing.

AirRadar surveys your wireless signals

Increasingly, the airwaves around us are a jungle of competing wireless signals. Koingo Software’s AirRadar not only helps cut through the clutter, but also provides useful information about your wireless signal of choice.

Google Earth 5

Google Earth 5 offers a wealth of educational information in a fun package. Its nonexistent price also makes its minor inconveniences far more forgivable.

Review: WriteRoom 2.3

If you just want to write, without any distractions, a full-screen editor like WriteRoom could be what you need. Nathan Alderman has our review.

Advice from a noveling veteran

Nathan Alderman has some tips about how to unlock your creativity and make it across the National Novel Writing Month finish line, 50,000 words later.