Don't-Miss Software Stories

Wacom Inkling makes pretty pictures, but software is sluggish

The Wacom Inkling offers artists a wonderful option for physically sketching and creating first-draft drawings they can later upload as vector images. The Inkling's software component, however, makes working with these images a slow and cumbersome process.

McAfee protects your Mac without affecting performance

McAfee Internet Security for Mac 2012 is a multipronged and easy-to-manage extra layer that doesn’t seem to slow my computer down one bit.

Subplot helps writers focus on characters, plot

Subplot is designed to help you focus on creative writing.

Tunesque lets you search all of Apple's media stores at once

Tunesque makes it easier to find Apple-hawked media by consolidating searches of all Apple's media stores in a single interface.

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.

Sophos SafeGuard for Mac 5.5 is a powerful encryption tool

SafeGuard is a good choice for anyone who prefers not to rely on Apple for their encryption needs.

LetterMpress for iPad

LetterMpress is an excellent app for typography lovers, creative types, and anyone interested in learning how a letterpress works.

Manuscript 1.0 is an appealing but uneven app for novelists

With November’s National Novel Writing Month almost upon us, Mac-using writers have no shortage of noveling programs to choose from. Black Mana Studios’ Manuscript distinguishes itself from the pack by helping writers craft novels with an easier path to publication.

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.

Color Splash Studio 1.0

Selectively removing color from an image can create stunning results. Color Splash Studio focuses on such selective desaturation, and it does that job incredibly well.

Mac OS X Lion Server

The ninth major release of Apple’s server operating system is as big a change as the change from OS X Server 1.0 to OS X Server 10.0. In many ways, Mac OS X Lion Server (version 10.7) succeeds, but it is hampered by UI annoyances and inconsistencies that will probably be fixed in future updates. But right now, using Lion Server is a tad more maddening than it should be.

Nuance Dragon Dictate 2.5 now allows for dictation and editing in Word 2011

Dragon Dictate has taken a big leap forward with this new version, finally offering the ability to dictate and edit simultaneously in Word documents.

Simply B&W for iPhone

Simply B&W is a no-frills black-and-white image editing app that produces good-looking photos.