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Write or Die review: Write, or be punished for your crimes

It's easy for aspiring writers to give up simply because there's no pressure to write. Write or Die goads you towards literary succees by displaying obnoxious stimuli when you fail to meet your goals.

LittleIpsum review: Adds placeholder text with just a couple of clicks

LittleIpsum generates "lorem ipsum" placeholder text in an instant, and it does it well.

Mac Gems: Noted a nicely-organized note-taking app

Noted doesn't have a lot of features, but it is easy to use.

Mac Gems: Scapple combines a text editor with a mind-mapping app

Scapple is a promising free-form, nonlinear, mind-mapping text editor that works well on its own or with Scrivener.

Mac Gems: Highland is a minimalist, wonderful screenplay tool

Writing a script is fun. Formatting a script? Less so. Highland won't replace Final Draft for most professionals, but it's a wonderful supplemental tool for getting the most important part—the writing—on digital paper.

Mac Gems: Delineato Pro is a clean, inexpensive diagram and mind-mapping app

Fapptory's Delineato Pro is a new diagramming and mind-mapping Mac app with a clean design and lack of visual clutter

TextWrangler 4.5 adds Retina support, interface improvements, and more

Bare Bones on Thursday released an update to its free text editor.

BBEdit 10.5 adds Retina display support, navigation improvements, and more

The latest update to BBEdit is free, and includes features like support for Retina Macs, improved navigation, support for OS X's versions, and numerous other aesthetic and functional updates.

Remains of the Day: Scare tactics

Apple's new category on the App Store should scare McDonald's and Starbucks, Microsoft is running scared from Apple's vision of the future, and Samsung's trying to scare off jurors.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.0.2 full of power features

Nisus Writer Pro is a word processing power tool. This power does require a bit of effort to master, but compared to Microsoft Word, Nisus Writer Pro is remarkably user friendly.