Don't-Miss Utility software Stories

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Staff Picks: Sketch a little here and there with Skitch

Need to add a bit of text or an arrow on top of a photo, map, website, or PDF? Check out Evernote's free Skitch app, our iOS Staff Pick of the week.

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System Lens review: View app CPU usage with a click

This utility makes it easy to see what apps are taking using up your processor resources.

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LaunchBar 6 review: Do-everything utility gets (and looks) even better

Objective Development's keyboard-based app launcher, file finder, and do-everything utility gets a new look and lots of new features, making it better than ever.

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Mountain review: Unmount drives and volumes with a click

It's a small but vexing problem: Every time you move your laptop, you need to unmount any external drives it's attached to. Mountain makes it easier in a simple, but thoroughly customizable, way.

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Prompt melds yesterday's command line with today's iOS

You may not need to use SSH very often from your iOS device, but when you do, it's Prompt you should turn to.

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Battery Diag review: Monitor your MacBook's battery health with a click

Battery Diag sits in your menu bar and provides easy, one-click access to battery information.

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DataMan Pro keeps tabs on your cellular data usage

If you fret about going over your cellular data plan's limits every month, DataMan Pro is a great app for keeping within your means.

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Collective review: Attractive, lightweight clipboard utility gets the details right

If you're looking for a clipboard utility that's affordable, attractive, and powerful, no reason to compromise: Check out Collective.

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Name Mangler review: The file renamer for Mac power users

You'll find many OS X utilities that can rename a bunch of files at once, but Name Mangler is the most powerful we've tried, and version 3 offers some nice improvements.

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Scribe review: Cut and paste between your Mac and iOS device

This set of apps uses Bluetooth LE to transfer small snippets of data from your Mac to you iPhone or iPad. But the software has some quirks.

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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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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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DeskConnect review: Share files, URLs, and more between OS X and iOS

Seven years since iOS arrived, sharing files, URLs, and other data between it and OS X is still a hassle. DeskConnect makes the task easier.