Full of the spirit of creativity, this text editor lets you and all your iChat buddies edit a document simultaneously. Sound like fun? That's because it is (free; www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/ ).
AvantGo USB Sync
This little utility lets you sync your Palm handheld with AvantGo in OS X, a heretofore impossible task if you have a USB cradle (free; http://homepage.mac.com/s_d/malsyncx/malsyncx_en.html ).
Desktop Printers in Panther
Drag anything you want to print onto a printer icon on your desktop, and blammo! Out it comes. Plus, this feature makes it much easier to cancel jobs.
With programs like Chicken of the VNC ( http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/ ), you can connect to remote Macs and control them -- for free.
This ingenious setup from Dension connects an iPod to a stereo through your car's CD-changer interface. And if your car has on-steering-wheel stereo controls, you can control your iPod without having to take your hands off the wheel ($149–199; www.densionusa.com ).
Ovolab's Phlink does everything your voicemail can do. Then it does more -- like send your voicemail to your Mac via e-mail, let you dictate to your Mac from your cell phone, or run an AppleScript from a phone ($151; www.ovolab.com/phlink/ ).
Top-Rated Products Nov. 2003–Jan. 2004
After Effects 6.0 Professional
iSeek 1.0 (January 2004)
Apple 17-inch PowerBook G4/1.33GHz (December 2003)
Apple 12-inch PowerBook G4/1GHz (December 2003)
Apple iSight (December 2003)
Apple Power Mac G5/dual-2GHz (November 2003)
Burning Monkey Solitaire 3 (December 2003)
Business Card Composer (December 2003)
Digital Performer (January 2004)
Flash MX 2004 (January 2004)
Inspiration 7.5 (November 2003)
Live 2.1 (November 2003)
MacResponder 1.02 (December 2003)
Mathematica 5 (January 2004)
More Internet (November 2003)
Mystical Lighting (December 2003)
NASCAR Racing 2003 Season (January 2004)
PodQuest 1.0.1 (December 2003)
SightClips (November 2003)
Soundtrack 1.0.1 (December 2003)
Toast 6 Titanium (December 2003)
WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne (November 2003)
Food Network's (www.foodtv.com) Alton Brown, the host of Good Eats, is not just the host of the most entertaining cooking show in existence. He's an unabashed Mac fan -- as evidenced by the 12-inch PowerBook G4 that's popped up in numerous recent episodes, replacing his trusty clamshell iBook and Titanium PowerBook. "I am beyond a user -- the PowerBook never leaves a 6-foot radius of my body," says Brown, who also uses the PowerBook with Digidesign's Pro Tools and Mbox to record all the show's voice-overs from a home recording studio.