Don't-Miss Productivity Stories

When iCal no longer accepts reminders

Wondering why iCal no longer allows you to create reminders (To-dos)? Cock a keen eye at iCloud.

Our Editors' Choice Award winners

Earlier this week, Macworld unveiled the winners of its 27th annual Editors' Choice Awards. In this podcast, we explain the reasoning behind some of our Eddy selections.

Gems for a Steal, Redux

A new Mac software bundle offers a number of Mac Gems favorites, as well as other titles, for a bargain of a price.

The 27th Annual Editors’ Choice Awards: Software

The Macworld staff reveals our top software picks of the year.

Alfred launcher app hits version 1.0

Running with Crayons has released version 1.0 of its launcher utility, Alfred.

Bare Bones Software BBEdit 10.1 is a robust and full-featured text editor

New users will find plenty to like in the new BBEdit 10.1 text editor, especially users who are outside of BBEdit’s core constituency of programmers. . But if you’re a codehead, you get better ways to work with your code. Everybody wins.

Automator workflow of the month: Back up contacts and archive calendar events

You know you should back up your data, but sometimes you just can't make the effort. Let Automator do it for you by archiving your calendar events and contacts once a month.

WriteRoom 3.0 adds full Lion support, word count tracking

Just in time for NaNoWriMo, Hog Bay Software on Monday released WriteRoom 3.0 for Mac, an update that includes full Lion support and more.

QuickCal makes it easy to add to and view your calendars

Looking for an easier way to add events and tasks to your calendars, and to get a quick overview of your schedule? QuickCal is an inexpensive solution.

Gems Revisited: Fantastical 1.1 and Moom 2.3.1

Since we originally reviewed Fantastical and Moom, these Mac Gems have seen significant updates that warrant another look, as well as new ratings.

Chronos SOHO Organizer 9 keeps track of contacts, appointments, bits of data

SOHO Organizer 9 is a useful tool for any small business looking to consolidate paperwork or information in one place. Organizer consolidates your contacts, calendar and other digital files into one large database.

Learning to work with Auto Save

For many of us, the Save and Save As commands were almost second nature, crucial pieces of the way we worked that allowed us to create new documents based on old ones, keep track of different versions, even copy files to new locations. Lion changes all that.

How to annotate PDFs

You don't need to buy an expensive program to add comments or notes to a PDF. Here's how to use Apple's built-in application, Preview, to do it all.

The App Culture

Downloadable software used to be for geeks only, Jason Snell writes. That's not true anymore, but Apple's changes to the Mac App Store come with some serious risks.

App sandboxing risks eroding the Mac's identity

Andy Ihnatko says that while it's understandable that Apple wants to keep the Mac simple and secure, it's risking the death of the Mac as a creative outlet for technical users.