Don't-Miss Productivity software Stories

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.

Apple offers iWork importing details for iOS devices

In addition to updating its mobile iWork offerings to work on the iPhone and iPod touch, Apple also posted new and revised support documents for Numbers, Pages, and Keynote, with much of the support information focusing on converting a Mac iWork document to an iOS-supported version.

Gmail Tips: 10 features to try now

Hidden customization features that make your Gmail experience better.

How to switch to Google Calendar

Do you want to share your calendar with others and sync your calendars across all your Macs and iOS devices—without paying for Apple's MobileMe? You can with Google Calendar. Lex Friedman shows you how to make the switch from iCal.

How to create a Safari extension

If you know a little bit about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript you're already well equipped to create a Safari extension. Since Apple's documentation can seem intimidating, here's a tutorial to walk you through creating your first extension, using any custom CSS or JavaScript code you write.

Scaling and cropping images on the cheap

If you need to scale or crop images to a specific size, you can do so with an application bundled with the Mac OS.