Don't-Miss Productivity software Stories

WritePad for iPhone and iPad

Available in separate versions for the iPhone and iPad, this app does a pretty good job of taking your handwritten notes and converting them into text, though not without a few quirks.

iA Writer is a solid no-distraction writing tool

If iA Writer's minimalism agrees with you, you may find that it frees your mind to do what the best writing tools are designed for: writing.

mGifts for iPhone and iPad

This gift-list management app makes use of iCloud for year-round functionality.

Task Eater for iPhone

This iPhone and iPod touch app is a beautiful, simple task manager that offers customizable visual cues in a sleek-looking package.

Notability for iPad

This iPad note-taker is so chock-full of features, it does the work of up to four other apps.

Schedule Planner Pro for iPhone and iPad

Though not without flaws, both the iPhone and iPad versions of this calendar app are characterized by elegant design with interfaces that make it simple to create categories and add events.

Gems for a Steal, Redux

A new Mac software bundle offers a number of Mac Gems favorites, as well as other titles, for a bargain of a price.

OmniOutliner for iPad

From its emphasis on speedy outline creation to its ability to work deeply within outlines without having to pass it off to the Mac, the iPad version of The Omni Group's outline tool gets the job done.

The 27th Annual Editors’ Choice Awards: Software

The Macworld staff reveals our top software picks of the year.

Scan To PDF for iPhone and iPad

There's some potential in this app that uses your iOS device's camera to scan documents and convert them into PDFs. But it also comes with too many preconditions for proper use, making Scan To PDF a frustrating app to use.

Keeper HD for iPad

This simple-but-effective note-taking app stands out from the built-in Notes offering in many ways. But it has one notable shortcoming that may cause you to stick with your iPad's default note-taking option.

Textastic Code Editor for iPad

When you use this iPad-based text and code editor, you may actually forget you're working on a tablet. Textastic may lack the scope of a desktop programming tool, but it makes the best of the space it has, along with great nuance that coders will appreciate.

Next for iPad

While easy to understand and use, this iPad task manager sometimes leaves you wishing it had a few more bells and whistles to really help you get things done.