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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.

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AnyList review: Grocery app crosses off nearly everything on our shopping list

A full-featured grocery shopping list and recipe organizer for iOS with lightning-fast cloud sync and cross-platform support.

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Ulysses for iPhone review: Anything but a plain text editor

Everything that makes Ulysses great on the Mac is concentrated in the exquisite iPhone version.

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Airtable review: A drop-dead easy relational database management system

An online platform for creating, using, and sharing small relational databases.

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Numbers 2.6.1 for iOS review: Spreadsheet app is now a better competitor to Excel

On its own merits, Numbers is well done and should meet the needs of nearly any iOS spreadsheet user.

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Numbers 3.6.1 for Mac review: The best version of Apple’s spreadsheet app so far

The latest version sees the return of missing features, along with improved large-data-set performance and useful new charting tools.