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Light and fleet, the mail app dubbed Sparrow lives up to its name. Free from extraneous features, Sparrow does nothing but Gmail and IMAP email in an efficient and elegant fashion.
If your task-management needs are somewhere in between complex project management and simple lists, Todo is a fine Mac program that syncs with standout iOS apps.
If you need to edit or process your images, you'll want a full-featured image editor such as Acorn or Photoshop. But for frequent resizing tasks, ImageXY is quick to launch, easy to use, and fast to finish.
There are a number of other programs that offer more options for cleaning up messy text, but CleanHaven Pro is as easy to use as they come.
While Opera 11.5 calls itself a browser, it feels like it really wants to be more than that. But in trying to do so, this perpetual innovator’s latest version falls short.
Bare-bones $3 Mac application for quickly switching between two screen-brightness settings.
Space Gremlin 1.2 is a a swift, excellent file management tool that gives you analytical data about your hard drive and facilitates a number of simple actions. It’s easy to use, attractive to look at, informative, and best of all, it just works.
Safari 5.1 gives Apple’s browser enough horsepower to hold its own against rivals in day-to-day browsing. More importantly, its new features truly distinguish it from the pack, making Safari 5.1 a great step up from its predecessor.
Task Till Dawn is Java-based freeware that will launch applications, open files, run shell scripts; if you can double click on it in the Finder, Task Till Dawn will open it for you on whatever schedule you set, and scheduling is what this application is all about.
While it may fall short for power users with industrial-strength business needs, the new Apple Mail offers a feature set good enough for the broad majority of everyday users, executed superbly, and integrated tightly with OS X.
Minutes is a timer application. Each timer is its own window, with the time remaining for the timer and the time it will go off.
Captur is a lightweight menu-bar applet that makes taking screenshots easy. It's a handy application for anyone seeking an simpler way to take screenshots on their Mac.
Don't want to shell out for a high-powered vector graphics suite, or spend hours of fiddling with lines and bubbles? Diagrammix makes it incredibly easy to build great-looking charts in minutes.
Minco is a simple utility that integrates closely with iCal and other applications to help you track your time.
The new version of OS X also includes an update to the operating system's built-in chat client. Lion's implementation may be the best version of iChat yet, but Lex Friedman thinks there are still shortcomings when compared to third-party instant messengers.