Don't-Miss Productivity Software Stories

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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.

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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.