Don't-Miss Productivity Stories

Apply metadata tags to files with Tagit

Tagit lets you add metadata tags to files for easy searching, either through Tagit itself or other apps that are compatible with the OpenMeta tagging standard.

Edit file information and access privileges with FileXaminer

Anyone who spends time in the Finder's Get Info window will find FileXaminer's attribute- and permissions-editing features a must-have.

Up close with Mountain Lion: Notes

The venerable Sticky Notes is still there in your Applications folder. But it's been joined by Notes, a much more capable note-taking tool. Christopher Breen checks it out.

Up close with Mountain Lion: Dictation

You've been able to dictate text to your iPhone and iPad for a while. Now that capability comes to the Mac, in the form of Mountain Lion's Dictation feature. Lex Friedman gives you a tour.

Use VisualDiffer to compare the contents of folders and files

With files, you may want to look at changes in source code, HTML code, or other data. VisualDiffer will spot these differences for you.

Up close with Mountain Lion: Reminders

Finally, OS X gets a to-do app of its own, in the form of Reminders. It's yet another feature that has migrated from iOS to the Mac. Is it good enough to manage your tasks? Lex Friedman checks it out.

Apple reminds users of coming iWork.com shutdown

Apple sent out an email on Tuesday, reminding users of iWork.com that the service will disappear for good at the end of July.

Typist helps you correct poor typing habits

Typist teaches the basics of touch-typing through a series of lessons. It also includes speed drills and two courses that teach alternative keyboards, including the Dvorak Keyboard and calculator keyboard.

Remains of the Day: Scare tactics

Apple's new category on the App Store should scare McDonald's and Starbucks, Microsoft is running scared from Apple's vision of the future, and Samsung's trying to scare off jurors.

Use Token for faster access to your iWork docs

If you frequently use Apple's iBooks Author or iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), Token can make your life slightly easier by giving you faster access to your documents, templates, and scripts.

Facing competition, Dropbox Pro increases storage options

Dropbox on Tuesday announced it was increasing the amount of storage available to Dropbox Pro subscribers, but without increasing subscription fees: Users of the $10-a-month 50 GB storage plan will now have 100 GB available at the same cost.

NeatCloud offers iOS-accessible cloud storage

Digital filing company Neat on Tuesday unveiled NeatCloud, a business-focused storage service that includes an app for iPhone and iPad.

Prevent accidental app closures with CommandQ

CommandQ blocks the Command-Q shortcut, displaying a bezel with a progress bar on screen. You have to keep holding the Command and Q keys until the progress bar reaches the end to quit an application.

Keep track of your digital media with Stock Keeper

Stock Keeper uses tags, license, payment, date, notes and other information to help you organize your files.

View a program's graphics in Preview

Need a program icon or an image from a template? You can easily access all of an application's graphical elements with this hint.