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Final Draft 10 review: New ways to plot your next Oscar-worthy screenplay

With more than 100 templates specifically tailored for stage and screen, Final Draft 10 is the leading screenwriting software used in film and television productions.

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Focused 2.2 review: Text editor with helpful Markdown tools and Zen mode to help you focus

Formerally known as Typed, does this Mac writing app have what it takes to stand out from the crowd?

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Clean Text 1.0 review: Now even mobile devices can scrub untidy copy

iOS utility helps reduce the amount of time spent editing text to fix common problems such as extraneous line breaks or spaces, remove empty lines, join paragraphs, and more.

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PDF Expert 2 review: Goodbye Preview, hello affordable PDF editing on Mac

When you need more PDF editing tools than what Apple's Preview offers, PDF Expert 2 is a very capable alternative.

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Airy review: Easy to use YouTube downloader, but less capable for the money

A straightforward, easy to use YouTube downloader that gets the job done on your Mac, but there are more capable utilities with better features.

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Dials Calendar review: iPhone app puts a unique spin on daily events

Dials Calendar presents each day’s events on a dial instead of a traditional list view, and syncs with popular cloud-based calendar services.

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Parallels Desktop 12 review: A nearly perfect blend of Windows and Mac

Parallels Desktop 12 adds 20 one-click utilities to its bag of tricks, along with improved performance for Windows virtual machines.

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Roxio Toast 15 review: Mac disc burning utility remains frozen in time

A suite of software tools for burning DVDs and managing digital media on the Mac, which includes Blu-ray discs, photo editing, and slideshow creation on the Pro version.

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Postbox 5 review: Mac email client offers greater power at a greater price

A robust alternative to Apple Mail and Microsoft Outlook.

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Nuance Dragon Professional Individual for Mac 6.0 review: Better performance and accuracy

Speech recognition interface can mix mix dictating and typing in certain apps.

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BusyCal 3 review: The better Mac calendar experience, now on iOS

A flexible third-party calendar app for macOS and iOS that works with all leading cloud services.

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Journaly review: A good Mac journal app that might be great one day

Journaly may not be feature-packed, but it shows a lot of potential.

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Better Notes review: Simple and sparse can still be powerful

iOS app won’t replace Apple Notes or Evernote, but its simplicity comes in handy.

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Daylife review: Slick Mac journal software isolated from a connected world

Daylife has a great look and feel, but is quite limited in its present form.

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LiquidText for iPad review: All you need for deep research projects

Gesture-based app smoothly integrates multiple document annotation.