Don't-Miss Utility software Stories

Clear for iPhone

This task management app employs some nonconventional iOS interface elements, which are cleverly implemented and fun to use. But the app's simplicity may hamper its overall effectiveness at helping you get things done.

My Living Desktop uses video for your Mac's desktop

My Living Desktop is unlike any other application on your Mac. It is a hybrid live wallpaper and screen saver, a Zen moment in the midst of the cluttered folders of your computer.

Pacifist makes you the boss of file archives and packages

Pacifist lets you examine, and even extract files from, installer packages and file archives. It also provides a number of troubleshooting tools.

Noteshelf for iPad

Noteshelf for iPad offers a lot of note-taking functionality. You can use the app to combine handwritten and text notes, photos, icons, and more. And it works pretty well.

Clarify makes it easy to create annotated images and how-to documents

Clarify simplifies the process of making how-to documents and annotated images. It's great for professional use, but it's also useful for explaining a procedure to your remote relatives.

Yoink offers a shelf for temporarily stashing files and content

Yoink offers a shelf for temporarily stashing files and content, making it easier to move your stuff between documents, folders, and drives.

Codosaurus for iPhone and iPad

If you need to edit Web pages remotely, this universal iOS utility can be a handy addition to your iPhone and iPad. You will have to put up with occasional connection problems and stability issues, however.

Promising Prospect: Clipboard Cleaner automatically strips formatting from the clipboard

Clipboard Cleaner is a simple utility that strips all formatting from the contents of the clipboard, either automatically or on command.

Screens for iPhone and iPad

If quick access to remote computers is a must, this touch-based VNC client will prove to be indispensable.

PopClip brings iOS-like text-editing options to Mac OS X

PopClip will appeal to both iOS fans and Mac traditionalists by making text-editing and -processing commands more accessible.

Piezo records other apps' audio easily

Piezo is an attractive and easy-to-use app for recording audio from other Mac programs.

Break Time reminds you to take five

Sitting in front of your computer all day can be wearing. BreakTime reminds you to take frequent breaks.

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.