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Scrivener for iOS review: A sophisticated writing and research app for on-the-go

Like its desktop counterpart, Scrivener has the features you need for research and writing projects.

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SnipNotes 2 review: The more versatile, clipboard-friendly alternative to iOS Notes

A great app for making snippets useful in a whole lot more places.

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Moleskine Timepage review: A true day planner for the digital age

This calendar and to-do app is an excellent way to get organized and plan your day.

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MailButler review: The supercharged personal assistant for Apple Mail

MailButler delivers the features you want in the software you already use.

Drawing on iPad Pro in OneNote vs. Evernote

The OneNote and Evernote note-taking apps are both useful, but one is thoughtfully designed for use with the iPad Pro and Apple's Pencil stylus, while the other ... isn't.

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Mail Archiver X 4 review: Versatile Mac email utility is poky but indispensable

Archive messages from major email clients or IMAP servers into a searchable database complete with attachments, headers, and more.

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Dragon Anywhere review: Much more powerful than Siri dictation

Even though Dragon Anywhere can only take dictation inside its own app, it works better than Siri, especially for long chunks of text.

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FotoMagico 5 review: More impressive than pulling rabbits out of a magic hat

FotoMagico 5 makes it easy to create gorgeous slideshows on the Mac, complete with photos, videos, music, and text using pre-built stories or ready-made story parts.

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FileMaker 15 review: Evolutionary release with a new licensing program

Coming soon to an Android screen near you.

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Jottit review: Combines notes and tasks into an intriguing concept, but it could be a better multitasker

iOS app need some fine-tuning, but is on the right track.

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iDrive Smart Docs review: Never again forget to renew your driver’s license

Converts real-world documents into digital equivalents synced to the cloud and securely available from all of your iOS devices.

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PDFpen 8 and PDFpen Pro 8 review: Corporate-grade PDF handling at a small-business price

A revision to PDFpen and PDFpen Pro adds digital signature support, audio annotation, measuring tools, and offline Word export.

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Typing shortcut utilities: 6 alternatives to TextExpander

If TextExpander’s subscription service rubs you the wrong way, you have several options that you can buy—and one that’s free.

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Prose. 3.0.2 review: Safe haven for writers, far from maddening social media crowd

Prose. delivers a social platform for the creation and consumption of literature in a completely censorship-free environment.

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TextExpander 6 review: A snippets subscription service that’s priced too high

TextExpander moves from paid apps to a subscription ecosystem with identical apps and an immature Web interface.

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Fantastical 2.2 for OS X review: More maturity and integration with Exchange

A major update to Fantastical 2 refines rough edges, extends invitations, adds features like printing, and improves time-zone management.