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Review: Microsoft's Office Mobile for iPhone app will disappoint most users

Good news: Microsoft finally released an iPhone app for Office. Bad news: It's not the kind of app we were hoping for.

Anything but PowerPoint: Five fresh presentation alternatives

Knock their socks off and seal the deal with presentation tools that give you new takes on the same old slides—from eye-catching imagery to data visualization that goes way, way beyond the pie chart.

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Mac Gems Promising Prospect: Shortcat replaces mouse clicks with keyboard presses

It's hard to use a modern computer interface without a mouse or trackpad, but Shortcat helps you reduce your dependency on point-and-click in favor of clever keyboard-based shortcuts that work nearly everywhere on your Mac.

Review: Thread Contact for iOS proves beauty is only skin-deep

Thread Contact is a nicely designed contact management app, but its features are sparse when compared to similar apps.

Review: Together 3 one of the better file and data organizers for the Mac

Building upon the already excellent Together 2, the new revision adds some compelling capabilities.

Review: LibreOffice 4 liberates you from Microsoft Office

LibreOffice is a competitive alternative to Microsoft Office that is extensible, highly compatible, highly configurable, and free.

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Review: Fetchnotes is a so-so note-taking app for iOS

If all you want to do is list the occasional “remember this” item, Fetchnotes will do. But if you want to organize or share your notes, the app’s features fall short.

Mac Gems: Scapple combines a text editor with a mind-mapping app

Scapple is a promising free-form, nonlinear, mind-mapping text editor that works well on its own or with Scrivener.

Review: Mail Pilot attempts to turn your email into a crafty but complex to-do list

Mail Pilot is a Kickstarter-turned-mail app that aims to turn your email into a date-based to-do list. It largely succeeds, though it's not quite ready for a spot on your home screen just yet.

Review: Springpad serves as your virtual personal assistant

Springpad makes it easy to save, share, and organize your digital information. This free service lets you "spring" information from the Web, photos, notes, and more, and organize it into notebooks that you can share if you'd like.

Review: TopXNotes brings top-notch note taking to your Mac

TopXNotes is an app for serious note takers, with an impressive array of features that provide an excellent user experience.

Mac Gems: Keyboard Maestro 6 is a genius at repetitive tasks

If you find yourself typing the same text strings over and over, navigating to the same file-locations, or running through the same menus, you need to try Keyboard Maestro.

Review: Haiku Deck for iPad takes the work out of building a slideshow presentation

Haiku Deck has to restrain your options a little bit, but it’ll help you make a presentation that is solidly professional and elegant. It’s easy enough to use that even a PowerPoint newbie should be able to master it in minutes.