Yahoo! Mail sports a great new interface, but if you demand more from your e-mail service than the basic features, prepare to pay a monthly fee.
Google's Gmail is a lot like Google's Web search: simple, no frills. But Gmail has a nice feature set that makes it a nice choice for online emailâ€”as long as you don't mind the contextual ads that Google displays on the Gmail Web page.
With version 3 currently in beta testing, promising improved rendering, easier bookmarking, and tighter OS X integration, Firefox can only get better. Serious Web users who don’t mind a little extra heft should find this browser’s flexibility both welcome and invaluable.
SeaMonkey 1.1.8 feels like a great browser saddled with so-so add-ons, and trapped beneath an oppressive interface.
If you value speed and superb design above all else, and you don’t need Firefox’s flexibility or Safari’s RSS reader, take Camino 1.5.5 for a test drive. What it lacks in fancy features, it more than makes up in snappy performance and style.
If you rarely write more than letters or business documents, stick with Microsoft Word or Apple’s Pages. But if you’re planning to write a novel, script, short story, or research paper, Scrivener 1.03 was made for you.
Billings 2’s superb interface, comprehensive feature set, and amazing customization tools make it a great choice for all but the most frugal.
Intermediate photo fans who need a friendly, relatively inexpensive way to catalog, search, and back up their images will find Shoebox invaluable.
Process is a friendly tool for tracking and managing projects. Teachers or creative individuals with simple needs should find Process 2 efficient, effective, and fun to use.
Whether you need to back up your Mac or synchronize files among multiple Macs, Econ Technologies’ ChronoSync 3.0 is a potent but friendly tool that will let you get the job done.
Articles by Nathan Alderman