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SketchyPad for iPad

When it comes to designing mock-ups, this iPad app gets the job done, though there are a handful of limitations and frustrations. SketchyPad is a decent app, but other App Store offerings may be better options even if they cost a little more.

Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011

By combining compelling new features with a revamped interface, PowerPoint 2011 makes it easier than before to develop dazzling presentations quickly.

Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011

Excel 2011 is a solid upgrade for any current Excel user whose work involves a heavy dose of spreadsheet duty.

Microsoft Word for Mac 2011

Update to Microsoft’s flagship word processing application levels the playing field for Macs in business.

MarsEdit 3.1

MarsEdit 3.1, a desktop application, simplifies the workload for any blogger, but it's best for people who are busy with more than one blog.

Canon Pixma MP495

This low-priced MFP offers high-class performance and even includes wireless, but supports only rudimentary paper handling is rudimentary.

Livescribe Echo Smartpen

Smartpen captures audio and links it with your written notes.

Chronicle 3.4

Chronicle aims to help you track, manage, and pay your bills, and to make your bill information available to you no matter which computer you’re using.

Elements text editor for iPhone and iPad

This basic text editor has its share of foibles, but overall, it's a top-notch editing app with true support for Dropbox syncing.

Pocket Informant HD for iPad

This iPad app looks to improve upon built-in calendaring tools by turning your tablet into a personal information manager. Thanks to a wealth of features, Pocket Informant HD succeeds.

MindMeister for iPad

The iPad version of this mind-mapping tool lacks some of the features of the premium Web-based MindMeister offering. But for many users, the portability and power of MindMeister for iPad will be more than enough.

MacSpeech Scribe 1.1

Transcription tool makes moving your spoken word to the printed page a snap.

FontXChange 2.5

You can't go wrong with FontXChange 2.5. Its support for .dfont, Multiple Master, OpenType, Mac and Windows PostScript and TrueType, and the new Web Open Font Format is a huge help for Web and print designers and publishers.

iBrainstorm for iPad

This app turns your iPad into a virtual whiteboard and lets iPhone users with a free companion app wirelessly contribute notes to your brainstorming session. It's a promising idea, but one that ultimately has too many limitations to be the creative collaborative tool iBrainstorm's developer envisions.

Livecage

While Livecage offers a range of online broadcasting and conferencing tools, the service lacks cohesion and polish. If you’re looking to sell videos, you might persevere though the slap-dash interface. But for media sharing and online conferencing, most users will want to look elsewhere.