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Review: For charting data, Chartsmith is capable but outdated

Chartsmith is good at what it does—make charts. But it has a dated interface, and lacks support for many esoteric chart types.

Mac Gems: Delineato Pro is a clean, inexpensive diagram and mind-mapping app

Fapptory's Delineato Pro is a new diagramming and mind-mapping Mac app with a clean design and lack of visual clutter

Review: Take notes the old-fashioned way with Penultimate for iPad

Penultimate is a solid digital alternative to your old notebook and pen, and with an elegant design to boot.

Review: Pocket for iOS is a worthy Instapaper competitor

Pocket is a solid offering for readers who want to save web articles for later reading on an iOS device in their free time.

Mac Gems: Spotdox makes all your files accessible via Dropbox

Spotdox is a nifty combination of a Mac app and a Web service that lets you remotely move any file on your Mac to your Dropbox folder—thus making it available via Dropbox from anywhere.

Mac Gems: Alfred 2 ups the launcher-app ante

Alfred 2, a major update to the popular app- and file-launching utility, adds workflows and customizable themes while maintaining the app's ease of use. But it lacks some of the configuration options of its more-powerful competitors.

Review: With PDFpenPro 6, Smile makes a great PDF utility even better

PDFpenPro just might be the best PDF editing and annotation tool available for the Mac.

Review: The revamped Wunderlist 2.0 sports shared lists, better organizational tools for iOS

Wunderlist's smart lists, in-app notifications, e-mail alerts, and Facebook integration are just some of the features that make the app a breeze to utilize.

Mac Gems: Transloader downloads iOS-encountered files to your Mac

Transloader for Mac works with a companion iOS app to let you download, on your Mac, files you come across on your iPhone or iPad.

Review: Updated client software makes Dropbox easier to use

Dropbox's updated client software offers improved access to your local and Web Dropboxes.

Review: For a different way to type on the iPhone, try Fleksy

Fleksy aims to bring “laptop keyboard” level touch-typing to mobile devices, with excellent predictive text to boot.

Mac Gems: TextWrangler 4.5 is a free text editor that belongs on your Mac

When those big text-manipulation jobs land on your desk, you should reach for Bare Bone Software’s free TextWrangler, which makes short work of tall orders.

Review: Kaleidoscope 2 brings state-of-the-art file comparison to OS X

Aimed squarely at a technical crowd of developers and designers, Black Pixel's file-comparison app comes with great features and easy integration into existing workflows.