Don't-Miss Apps Stories

Read Later brings offline Instapaper and ReadItLater reading to the Mac

If you use Instapaper or ReadItLater to save articles for later reading, Read Later betters your Web browser for reading on your Mac. And it lets you read saved articles when offline.

OmmWriter Dana helps you focus when writing

It's difficult for the developer of a minimalist writing app to peg exactly what a particular user will like and which features can be removed. But if OmmWriter's interface decisions work for you, it's a solid writing tool with a couple unique features for helping you concentrate.

AccessMenuBarApps lets you see hidden menu-bar icons

If you've got too many menu-bar apps and menu extras, they can get crowded out by application menus. AccessMenuBarApps gives you a number of options for quickly revealing those icons.

Cloak secures your Internet traffic without the hassle

Connecting to public Wi-Fi networks can be risky. Cloak gives you the benefits of a virtual private network (VPN) without the usual setup, configuration, and activation hassles.

Hazel, the standout file organizer, gets even smarter

Hazel was already a Mac Gem, but the new version's nested conditionals, new actions, and interface tweaks have made a great utility even better.

Smultron is a capable and inexpensive text editor

Smultron is a capable, inexpensive, and easy-to-use text editor with iCloud support built in, although it could use some improvements when working with multiple files.

Bookle makes your Mac an e-reader

Bookle is a simple and easy way to read ePubs on your Mac, though it currently lacks more-advanced features such as search and annotations.

Byword is a solid text editor for Markdown-focused writing

Though not ideal for non-Markdown writing, if you use Markdown and want a minimal tool to write with, Byword is a good choice.

WriteRoom offers distraction-free writing without removing flexibility

If you want a minimalist tool for writing, WriteRoom is likely to have all the features you need. But unlike some other distraction-free writing tools, you can still personalize your writing environment.

H&R Block's At Home tax software offers excellent tools

H&R Block at Home is an easy to use application that makes tax prep simple, offers tools to help you avoid audit-inducing mistakes, and if necessary, keeps a professional close at hand if you’re not sure how to handle a specific situation.

TurboTax Premiere 2011 takes the scary out of tax prep

It's not hard to see why TurboTax is the most popular tax preparation software on the market. It's easy on the eyes, very simple to use, and makes your annual trip to the taxman almost seem like fun.

Skip Tunes is a simple and elegant music controller

Skip Tunes gives you a simple menu-bar controller for iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio.

My Living Desktop uses video for your Mac's desktop

My Living Desktop is unlike any other application on your Mac. It is a hybrid live wallpaper and screen saver, a Zen moment in the midst of the cluttered folders of your computer.