Don't-Miss Education software Stories

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.

Ulysses 1.5

Ulysses 1.5 may seem surprising to those writers who are used to working with full-featured word processors, tools designed as much for layout as for writing. The best way to look at this program is through the eyes of creative writers and journalists.

Scrivener 1.03

If you rarely write more than letters or business documents, stick with Microsoft Word or Apple’s Pages. But if you’re planning to write a novel, script, short story, or research paper, Scrivener 1.03 was made for you.


InspireData is for teachers who are looking for a superior tool to help students turn raw data into meaningful information. By providing a simple working environment, InspireData works better as a teaching tool than more complex software like Microsoft Excel.


Dimenxian offers the best of both worlds by combining solid algebra lessons with first person shooter-style action.

Berlitz Premier

While Berlitz Premier offers several different ways of learning a new language, none of them quite came together in a productive manner.

Rosetta Stone 3.0

Rosetta Stone 3.0 provides an easy and well-organized way to learn a language using your Mac. If you’re willing to really dig in and spend time learning a foreign language, Rosetta Stone can provide a strong foundation.

Five-mouse favorites

We review hundreds upon hundreds of products each year, but only a little more than two-dozen earned our top rating of five mice in 2005. Before the year draws to a close, let’s take one last look at the products that earned top marks in the past 12 months.

Encyclopedia Software

If you grew up before the Internet era, there’s a good chance that you or someone you knew owned a set of encyclopedias, complete with full-color illustrations and transparent overlays showing the human digestive system. Nowadays, the Web is the ultimate repository of information.

Cosmic Blobs 1.1

If you have the Mac horsepower and kids who want to begin exploring 3-D modeling or just play with virtual clay, Cosmic Blobs provides an enjoyable introduction without having to get bogged down in the complexities of wireframes and polygons.

3D Weather Globe & Atlas 1.1

If you’re interested in weather or geography, you absolutely must own 3D Weather Globe & Atlas 1.1. It will change the way you think about our small blue marble in space.