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Coffitivity review: Simple utility brings the feel of a coffee shop to your home office

Hate working in silence? Coffitivity brings the ambiance of your favorite coffee shop to your office to help you be more productive.

Symphytum 1.1 review: Bento-like database app a work in progress

As a personal database, Symphytum has potential, but it still needs many improvements to serve as a Bento replacement.

Numbers 2.0 for iOS review: Screen size does matter with Apple's spreadsheet app

Apple's new spreadsheet app for the iPad and iPhone is great if you rely on the built-in templates or you want to perform basic tasks. However, the screen real estate makes Numbers difficult to use for complex spreadsheets.

Numbers 3.0 review: Interface update promotes desktop-device integration

Numbers 3.0 will prove convenient if you habitually switch between your Mac and your Apple mobile device. But if your spreadsheets are desktop-based, you'll find that the software experience has changed dramatically.

Drafts 3.5 for iOS review: Note-taking app lets you focus on writing first

Stop fussing with what app to use when you want to write something down. Write it in Drafts first, and then send it to the app you want.

Pages 2.0 for iOS review: iPad version mirrors Mac version in ease of use, features

Pages 2.0 is a definite improvement over its predecessor, offering all the features you need to make great-looking documents on your iPad or iPhone,.

Keynote 2.0 for iOS review: Updated presentation app adds power, flexibility

Solid upgrade offers significant new features; works flawlessly with new OS X version

OmniGraffle Pro 6 review: Diagramming tool gets a facelift

The Omni Group tweaked the user interface of its perennial diagram program. Longtime users will have to adjust, but it's all for the better.

Keynote 6.0 for OS X review: Apple's presentation tool wins some, loses some

New features will please some users and infuriate others.

Apple Mail 7 review: Small updates don't offset big headaches

The latest version of the Mail.app feels dated, and it can be problematic if you use Gmail.

Pages 5.0 for Mac review: Apple writes a new chapter for its word processing app

Apple closes the chapter on the old Pages. The new version is a major rewrite of the app that goes in a completely new direction.

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Fantastical 2 for iPhone review: Calendar app gets more fantastic for iOS 7

Outstanding calendar app maintains intuitive interface and natural-language-event-creation capabilities, gains reminder management and an overhauled interface.

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Calendars 5 for iOS review: Better than Calendar on all your devices

Calendars 5 is an impressive calendar app for iOS that looks terrific, offers easy-to-use features, and works equally well on iPhone and iPad.