Don't-Miss Productivity software Stories

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.

Mailing Desk for iPad

This Gmail and Google Apps client for the iPad offers an elegant standalone interface to Google’s offerings. It's certainly worth a try if you use Google's tools.

Bare Bones Software BBEdit 10.1 is a robust and full-featured text editor

New users will find plenty to like in the new BBEdit 10.1 text editor, especially users who are outside of BBEdit’s core constituency of programmers. . But if you’re a codehead, you get better ways to work with your code. Everybody wins.

App Guide: iPad writing tools

Participating in National Novel Writing Month? These iPad apps can help you meet your daily word count goals.

QuickCal makes it easy to add to and view your calendars

Looking for an easier way to add events and tasks to your calendars, and to get a quick overview of your schedule? QuickCal is an inexpensive solution.

Gems Revisited: Fantastical 1.1 and Moom 2.3.1

Since we originally reviewed Fantastical and Moom, these Mac Gems have seen significant updates that warrant another look, as well as new ratings.

Chronos SOHO Organizer 9 keeps track of contacts, appointments, bits of data

SOHO Organizer 9 is a useful tool for any small business looking to consolidate paperwork or information in one place. Organizer consolidates your contacts, calendar and other digital files into one large database.

Knowtilus and Knowtilus Pro for iPhone and iPad

While certainly powerful, this combination browser and text editor (which offers many other capabilities) almost tries to do too much.

Pear Note for iPad

Anybody who uses their iPad to jot down notes will appreciate the mobile version of this note-taking application.

GrowlVoice 1.6.1 brings notifications to Google Voice

GrowlVoice marries the power of Google Voice with the low profile of the Growl notification system framework, notifying you whenever you miss a text, miss a call, or get a voicemail.

App Guide: iOS note-takers

If inspiration strikes when you're out and about, never fear -- these apps can record your thoughts or capture other bits of information you want stored for later.