Don't-Miss Productivity software Stories

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Day-O review: Me say day on the Mac's menu bar

Does OS X's lack of an easy-access menu-bar calendar drive you bananas? You can get one for free with Day-O.

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PDFpen 1.7 for iPhone and iPad review: App loaded with extensive PDF tools

PDFpen has the features you need to work on PDFs on your iOS device, but it has a few quirks.

Dragon Dictate 4 review: Improved speech recognition makes for a more reliable app

The latest version of Nuance's speech recognition for the Mac is an excellent upgrade to an already great product, and it's the most reliable incarnation yet.

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Patterns review: Utility makes quick work of regular expressions

If you work with text, you owe it to yourself to learn regular expressions, and Patterns can help you do that--as well as figure out exactly what your search patterns are capturing.

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Checkmark 2 reminds you to do that thing at the place

Reminder apps are everywhere, but Snowman's Checkmark 2 one ups Apple's own reminder system with powerful location-based reminders and more. It's Senior Editor Dan Moren's staff pick of the week.

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Top Choice: Our favorite Mac mail clients

We tested a bumper crop of contenders to find the best e-mail offering for your needs.

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Unclutter review: Utility provides simple solutions to everyday tasks

Unclutter is an inexpensive Mac utility that provides you with a simple clipboard viewer, file storage area, and notepad. It's not terribly feature rich, but it gets easy jobs done.

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Blinky review: Real geeks write on curved CRT monitors

Nowadays, the world is flat when working on your Mac. Blinky is a writing app that brings you back to the days when real computers had curves.

Mail Pilot for Mac review: Email client charts a course for maximum productivity

Looking for a completely different approach to your email? Mail Pilot treats your emails as tasks on a to-do list.

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Writer Pro review: Text editor works well (if you work its way)

There's no doubt the Mac and iOS text-editor apps offer unique some features. But to take advantage of those features, you'll need to twist your workflows to suit the apps, not the other way around.

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SwiftKey Note review: Awesomely fast typing, but limited to just one app

This note-taking app has a super smart predictive keyboard and syncs with Evernote.

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Simplenote review: Basic note-taker for Mac bests OS X's Notes

The Mac version of Simplenote is very much like the iOS version, with a streamlined interface that doesn’t fill the screen with lots of icons or buttons.

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Mac Gems of the Year: 2013

Our Mac Gems department aims to uncover the best in great, inexpensive software. Of the nearly 120 Mac Gems we reviewed in 2013, here are our favorites.