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Review: iPad spreadsheet Permanent doesn't really add up

Most people probably don't get too excited about a new spreadsheet app for iOS, but Rob Griffiths is not most people.

Mac Gems: Characters makes it easy to type special characters and symbols

If you frequently need to type special characters and symbols that aren't displayed on your keyboard, Characters makes it easy to do so from within any app.

Review: Pocket lets you shelve items to read and watch when the time is right

Formerly known as Read it Later, Pocket is a simple service that lets you save content you want to read or watch in the future. It works beautifully.

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Review: Swizzle sweeps out your inbox

This free service cleans up your inbox by sweeping marketing messages into a daily digest-style email. It makes it easy to unsubscribe from unwanted mail, but it also pushes you toward even more marketing email.

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Mac Gems Promising Prospect: Notifi extends Notification Center

Notifi watches your Mac for particular events and then uses Notification Center to alert you to those events.

Review: Napkin a novel image annotation program with an attitude

It’s not a tool for everyone, but Napkin is wonderfully suited to people who need to rapidly create annotated design concepts and blast out iterative changes.

Mac Gems: Inky offers a fresh, human take on email

Looking for a new email client? Inky's sharp design, smart features, and overall plucky cheerfulness may win you over.

Review: PulpMotion 3.5 sports an easy UI for making slideshows

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a slideshow is a great way to put pictures together to create a story. Aquafadas's PulpMotion aims to make this process simple, quick, and elegant.

Mac Gems: Trickster tracks your recently used items

For accessing your most recent files, Trickster is a marked improvement over OS X’s built-in recent-item features.

Mac Gems: TextExpander 4 extends its fill-in functionality

In version 4, the venerable text-expansion utility TextExpander gains advanced fill-in features, better performance, and some fine tuning.

Review: Write 2 HD for iOS keeps your notes secure

Write 2 HD is a solid offering: it gives users basic note taking and text-creation options, but it offers better-than-average security and multi-device use.

Review: Evernote 5 for iOS improves user interface, note organization

Refreshed clients for iOS devices make it easier to capture and organize data.

Review: Paperless is a solid paper-organizer

Mac app joins with compatible document scanners to digitize receipts, business cards, and more.