Don't-Miss Productivity Software Stories

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Pages 5.6 review: A lot packed into a tiny version increment for Mac

The latest minor update to Pages restores typographic sophistication that was lost between 4 and 5, and perks up export compatibility.

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Boxes 2 review: Organizer iPhone app is like a Facebook for pack rats

Get organized, engage with others who share similar passions, and maybe even make a few bucks in the process.

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Fantastical 2.1 for OS X review: An even better Calendar replacement

The overhaul of Fantastical brings it in parity with its iOS version and beyond; a 2.1 updated takes it even farther.

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iA Writer 3.0.1 review: Mac app gets back to basics for focused writing

When your primary objective is to get words down on digital paper, iA Writer might be for you.

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Excel 2016 for Mac review: Spreadsheet app can do the job—as long as you don’t rely on macros

Microsoft's spreadsheet app is more friendly to general Mac users, but less friendly to power users.

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StickyBrain review: Slick notes manager turns its back on mobile sync

StickyBrain returns after a 10-year absence in an attempt to make virtual Post-It notes on the Mac cool again.

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Outlook 2016 review: A new coat of paint on the same reliable personal information manager

Microsoft Outlook’s new version still works just fine, but its biggest changes are minor, cosmetic, and inessential.

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OneNote 2016 for Mac review: Intuitive and versatile, but still not up to par with Windows version

OneNote is ideal for anyone who want to take multi-layered notes.

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PowerPoint 2016 for Mac review: New interface and features make PowerPoint pleasant

Is it enough to overtake Keynote? That depends on your needs.

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Microsoft Word 2016 review: Finally! Much needed updates make for a better Word

Major update brings unified user interface across all platforms and excellent collaboration features. But it still isn't a feature-for-feature match with Word for Windows.

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Pennies review: Budgeting app for people who hate to budget

Keep better track of your money by using this app on your iPhone. It also works with Apple Watch.

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MindNode 2 review: Makes Mac brainstorming a breeze

MindNode 2 takes what was already great about the Pro version, supercharging it with new features, themes, and other options that make it the best version yet.

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Paragraphs review: Good, clean fun for bloggers and note-taker

Here's another writing tool for anyone who wants a simple, uncomplicated Mac app.

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TextExpander 5 review: Typing shortcut utility makes you more productive by learning your habits

The fifth release of the shortcut-expanding TextExpander reminds you of patterns you've already set and watches for new ones.

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OutlineEdit review: Make simple outlines for your writing projects

A clean, easy to use outliner, one for people who don’t need the bells and whistles of more complicated tools.