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How to use the iOS Reminders app

Here's a primer for using the Reminders app built into iOS 5.

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.

When iCal no longer accepts reminders

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

Using iCloud with iWork for iOS

iWork for iOS integrates fully with iCloud. Here's how to use it.

Share Reminders with iCloud, add them with Siri

You can create shared Reminders lists with iOS 5 and iCloud. Then, you and others can add to and review the shared list--using Siri on the iPhone 4S, if you wish.

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.

Bugs & Fixes: Losing iWork documents in iCloud

Using iCloud to sync your iWork documents across all your devices generally works well when syncing among iOS devices. Syncing to and from Macs is another story, as Ted Landau details.

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.

From brainstorm to outline: Why I use OPML

If you want to brainstorm a bunch of ideas, then pull them into some kind of organized shape, and you want to do that from almost anywhere with almost any kind of hardware, you need apps that work with OPML.

Favorite text-expansion tricks

Think you're using all the shortcuts your Mac has to offer? How about text-expansion? Dan Frakes and Kirk McElhearn share their favorite ways to use text-expansion utilities to save both typing and time.

Forget fancy formatting: Why plain text is best

Using editors and syncing services that work with plain-text formatting, David Sparks can write almost anywhere, using almost any device. Here's his plain-text workflow.

Syncing PDFs with the iPad

Jason Snell has tried to find ways to sync e-mailed PDFs with his iPad quickly and easily. He's found a solution, but still isn't really satisfied.

Managing contacts on the iPad

PCWorld's Tony Bradley continues to experiment with the iPad as his only computing device, turning his attention to the best way to manage contacts on his tablet.

How to back up your Gmail

Are you one network outage away from losing all your email archives? Joe Kissell shows you how to minimize your chances of losing email by backing up the contents of your Gmail account.