Yes, you can write a novel in 30 days. And there are plenty of tools to help Mac users succeed at National Novel Writing Month. Here are tips, tricks, and tools from one NaNoWriMo survivor.
Writers who thrive on structure and need a solid framework to wrangle their copious notes will enjoy Storyist’s approach to writing. But if you don’t need quite so much detail when you write, there are less expensive and equally feature-rich alternatives.
Powerful and polished, Firefox 3 improves on its predecessor in nearly every respect. However, users may not get all of the dramatic speed boosts promised.
The program deserves credit for trying a whole new approach to e-mail. Given time to iron out its quirks and add planned features to its first-rate interface, this program could become a serious contender on the Mac e-mail scene.
The biggest strength of CTM's e-mail program is that its FoxTrot-based search function is blazingly fast. PowerMail messages are also thoughtfully available for Spotlight searches performed in the Finder. But when it comes to other vital e-mail features, such as spam filtering and encryption, PowerMail falls short.
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