Don't-Miss Education software Stories

Pocket Zoo with Live Animal Cams for iPhone

This educational app has a few manageable shortcomings, but it's a fun way to get up close to animals with your iPhone or iPod touch.

Solar Walk and Star Walk for iPad

Both apps from Vito Technology make excellent use of the iPad's screen real estate to help you explore the night sky and beyond.

Buzz Aldrin Portal to Science and Space Exploration for iPhone

This app, containing a wealth of information about space exploration, should be on the iPhone or iPod touch of anyone who wants to learn more about the universe. It has its quirks, but those are easily outweighed by the depth of information it puts at your fingertips.

The Elements: A Visual Exploration

Whether you’re a chemistry whiz or you can’t tell antimony from argon, The Elements is worth every penny.

Kerio Mail Server 6.7

Kerio Mail Serveris an e-mail, calendaring, contact, and to-do server that runs on three versions of the Mac OS.

EmWave Mac Stress Relief System

The emWave Mac Stress Relief System is a real-time biofeedback Mac program designed to be used as a stress-reduction and stress-management tool.

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 2009 Deluxe Edition

Mavis Beacon's beautiful interface, iTunes integration, spot-on lessons and engaging practice material are perfect for learning how to type.

Review: Wolfram Mathematica 7

Mathematica 7.0 continues the tradition of the past 20 years—each version sets a new standard for scientific and technical computing innovation.

Desk Doctor 1.3.1

If your doctor recommends that you take regular breaks and perform stretches at work, Desk Doctor offers an interesting mix of exercises, nice production values, and useful feedback about your risk level.

Schoolhouse 2.1

With Schoolhouse 2.1, you can use your Mac to manage your homework.

Heredis 10.2

Heredis 10.2.3 is a well-designed and versatile genealogy program. While its iPhoto integration and support for LDS ordinances is weak, Heredis is very good at gathering and maintaining your family history.

iFamily for Tiger 2.2

iFamily for Tiger 2.2 provides a simple interface to create and edit your family data, includes great search tools, and integrates well with iPhoto.

MacFamilyTree 4.4

MacFamilyTree 4.4.5 is an effective and visually pleasing genealogy program that makes excellent use of your Mac’s built-in audio and video tools as well as your iPhoto library. But its interface is not nearly as polished as the other genealogy software on the market.

Reunion 9.04

Reunion 9.04 is a top-notch genealogy program. It’s beautifully designed, easy to use, and a pleasure to work with. There’s enough substance in this new release to please longtime users and plenty of tools to get new users on the road to discovering their roots.

Personal Ancestry Writer II 69

Personal Ancestry Writer II 69 may not be as snazzy as other genealogy programs, but it’s well designed, has excellent documentation and support, allows you to collect a nearly unlimited amount of information, and is capable of exporting your genealogy documents in a variety of formats.