Don't-Miss Productivity software Stories

Mac Gems: CustomMenu provides quick access to your favorite apps, files, and folders

CustomMenu lets you create a custom systemwide menu for accessing favorite apps, files, and folders.

Review: Curio 8 gives you more planning and presenting power

Equal parts project manager, vector graphics engine, digital notebook, and slide deck, Zengobi’s Curio 8 makes an ideal tool for anyone planning something big, complex, and multifaceted.

Review: Firetask a Getting Things Done manager worth considering

Firetask’s pleasing design and tight feature set ease the drudgery of task management.

Review: Fantastical for iPhone shines despite iOS-caused limitations

Fantastical leaps from the Mac to the iPhone, and it sticks the landing.

Review: Create a basic resume with Resume Designer for iOS

Resume Designer offers job-seekers the basic building blocks they need attract an employer’s eye.

Review: Grammarian Pro2 X helpful but needs more tutoring

If you don’t mind paying up for a studious second opinion on your writing, you’ll find Grammarian Pro2 X a lot more useful and thorough than Apple or Microsoft’s built-in writing tools.

Review: GoodSync's features are rich but require study

People who need to keep sets of files and folders identically matched will find it worthwhile to take the time to learn GoodSync.

Review: BusyCal 2.0 remains superior to Apple's Calendar

Improved calendar and task-management app adds convenience features, and better integration with cloud sync services.

Mac Gems: FoldingText is a unique and versatile text editor

FoldingText is a standout text-editing app that’s surprisingly versatile thanks to a number of unexpected features.

Review: Organize task manager for Mac is deep and complex

Organize is a task management Mac app with a deep feature set, stability, and above average documentation.

Review: Search massive archives of email with MailSteward Pro 9

This software tool makes it easy to find messages in extremely large Apple Mail archives.

Review: Persona is limited, values stereotypes over substance

Mariner Software's Persona, billed as a way to help writers develop characters, is limited in functionality, low on polish, and relies too heavily on cliche and stereotype.

Review: Apple Mail 6 features better search, VIP email treatment

The previous version of Mail looked radically different from its predecessors. The new Mail 6 that comes with Mountain Lion seems nearly identical—its changes are small.