Don't-Miss Apps Stories
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.
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.
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.
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 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, inexpensive, and easy-to-use text editor with iCloud support built in, although it could use some improvements when working with multiple files.
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.
Though not ideal for non-Markdown writing, if you use Markdown and want a minimal tool to write with, Byword is a good choice.
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 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.
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 gives you a simple menu-bar controller for iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio.
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.