J.R. BookwalterContributor, Macworld

J. R. is a recovering filmmaker whose writing has appeared in Mac|Life and TechRadar.

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NetNewsWire 5 review: Venerable Mac RSS news reader goes back to basics

Back in the hands of the original developer, NetNewsWire 5 is a free, open source RSS reader for Mac that makes aggregating and consuming articles from favorite websites or social media outlets more convenient.

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WPS Office review: Full-featured Microsoft-style productivity suite for less

A comprehensive, all-in-one Microsoft Office alternative complete with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, PDF conversion, and more.

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Prizmo 5 review: Mobile scanner app makes it a snap to capture documents

A comprehensive mobile scanner app for iPhone and iPad that makes it easy to effortlessly capture single or multi-page documents.

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Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac review: Metal makes this one for the gamers

Parallels Desktop 15 makes it a snap to run macOS, Windows, or Linux virtual machines on your Mac, now with improved launch times, graphics improvements, and automatic monitoring of storage, CPU, RAM, and video memory.

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PDF Expert 7 review: Must-have document utility for iOS now offers pro subscription

PDF Expert makes it a snap to read, highlight, or annotate PDF documents, now with a streamlined user interface, stickers, and Pro subscription option with advanced editing and conversion tools.

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Agenda 6 review: Note taking gets supercharged with calendar events, reminders

Integration with calendar events and reminders make the Agenda 6 notetaking app a contender worth checking out.

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Roxio Toast 18 Pro review: Lacks a compelling reason to upgrade from version 17

Unless you don’t own the previous version and have money to burn, there’s little incentive to buy Toast 18 Pro.

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LumaFusion 2.0 review: More tracks, streamlined UI beef up mobile video editor

A powerful desktop-class video editor app for iPhone or iPad, featuring a comprehensive set of tools to add titles, effects, transitions, color correction, mix audio, and more.

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Firewall: Robo Call Blocker review: The app equivalent of Kryptonite against iPhone robocalls

Block robocalls, spam calls, and telemarketers from ringing through to your iPhone using voicemail transcription and a whitelist created from device contacts.

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Microsoft To-Do review: Finally check that new Mac to-do app off your list

Microsoft To-Do finally arrives on macOS, complete with color-coded lists, themes, the ability to break tasks into manageable steps, sharing lists or tasks, and file attachments up to 25MB each.

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Commander One 2.1 review: Mac file manager now works with iOS devices

A powerful dual-pane file manager and Finder alternative for macOS with built-in support for FTP servers, ZIP archives, cloud services, and iOS devices.

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Go64 review: Free utility preps Mac users for 64-bit Catalina app-ocalypse

Go64 quickly scans your internal drive for 32-bit applications that won’t be compatible after installing macOS Catalina and helps find potential upgrades to keep software working.

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ExpanDrive 7 review: Number seven not all lucky for Mac cloud storage utility

ExpanDrive 7 adds cloud and network-attached storage volumes to the macOS Finder, and expands support for services like OneDrive and Dropbox.

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SoundSource 4 review: The Mac audio control app Apple should have made

SoundSource 4 is a menu bar utility for changing the volume, output, and audio device settings for individual apps, with support for adding built-in or third-party audio effects in real time.

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Magpie review: Visual note-taking iOS app for sharing with family and friends

Magpie combines photos with notes, maps, prices, and links to create unique visual lists that can be shared with family and friends.