Don't-Miss Productivity Stories

Less than perfect apps

At Macworld | iWorld, a panel of experts looks at their favorite apps, focusing on ways they're flawed and how those flaws could be fixed.

Automator workflow of the month: Clear the iPod photo cache

If your Mac's storage space is dwindling for no apparent reason, a hidden iPod Photo cache folder may be the culprit. Use Automator to keep it trim.

Expo Notes: More stuff for the business folks

Yet more proof that Macworld | iWorld isn't all fun and games: New tools for recording meetings, presenting on the iPad, and keeping track of your contacts.

Macworld | iWorld: It's about business, too

It's not all art, music, and fun at this week's Macworld | iWorld exposition: Vendors are releasing business apps for the Mac and iPad, too.

Expo Notes: Smile introduces PDFpen for iPad, iCloud storage

Smile Software has introduced an iPad version of its PDF-editing app, along with iCloud syncing of PDFpen documents for both the iPad and Mac versions.

Yoink offers a shelf for temporarily stashing files and content

Yoink offers a shelf for temporarily stashing files and content, making it easier to move your stuff between documents, folders, and drives.

Flexibits releases Fantastical 1.2

Flexibits has released version 1.2 of its standout calendar app, Fantastical, adding multiple language localizations and improved event parsing.

Chronicle helps you track your bills, and looks great doing so

Chronicle is one of the slickest finance apps available for the Mac. It’s easy to use and easy on the eyes, and it’s worthy of a spot on anyone’s Dock.

iBooks Author offers free e-textbook creation

Apple on Thursday launched iBooks Author, a free Mac app designed to let authors and publishers easily create multimedia-rich e-textbooks for the company's new iBooks 2 iPad app.

Promising Prospect: Clipboard Cleaner automatically strips formatting from the clipboard

Clipboard Cleaner is a simple utility that strips all formatting from the contents of the clipboard, either automatically or on command.

OmniPlan 2.0.3 offers powerful project-management tools

OmniPlan is designed to help you take in the broad view of a project while still keeping you focused on the details necessary to make sure all your resources are in place and the project is completed on time.

Why I use Scrivener for business writing

Scrivener was designed for writing fiction. But it turns out to be a great tool for business writing, too. David Sparks explains.

Text-analysis tools highlight Phraseology iOS text editor

Phraseology is a new text editor for iPad that provides unique text-analysis and paragraph-arranging features.

iA Writer is a solid no-distraction writing tool

If iA Writer's minimalism agrees with you, you may find that it frees your mind to do what the best writing tools are designed for: writing.

Nuance buys voice-recognition app maker Vlingo

Both companies make voice-driven search and dictation tools, particularly in the mobile market. The president of Nuance tells Macworld the acquisition should "accelerate the pace of innovation" both companies have brought to voice-enabled products.