Since it was released in 2008, OmniFocus has been the most thorough implementation of GTD available on the Mac. It has also had the steepest learning curve, with a functional interface, and a set of features that, while powerful, took a while to master. It was a piece of software you had to persist with, and if you did, you would end up reaping the full benefits of its power. Version 2.0 retains all that power, but lowers the barriers to entry considerably.
Sparkle calls itself a “vector drawing tool, uniquely tailored” for creating websites. In use, we found it most reminiscent of Pages, with a workflow based around drag-and-drop and free layout. No matter how you describe it, though, what matters is how effective it is when it comes to web design.
Adobe Photoshop Touch is a wonderfully creative tool for the iPad, but let’s face it: Even the iPad Air’s powerful processor can’t fully replicate some of the more powerful features found in the Mac or PC version of Photoshop — until the release of Photoshop Mix.
It may seem hard to believe, but the last major update to NoteBook for Mac was all the way back in 2009 — more than a year before the first-generation iPad made the dream of a truly mobile digital notebook a reality. OS X still has the upper hand, however, especially after the more than 100 new features and improvements introduced in version 4.0.
The LEGO games continue to actually deliver entertainment over disappointment. As a result, other heavyweight property licenses are gatecrashing the block party, eager to piggyback on the success. This time it’s the turn of Marvel and an incredible cast of iconic superheroes, 150 in fact, to assemble inside a world full of typical TT Games humor.
When the MFi (Made For iOS) controller standard came into being about a year ago, it had the potential to usher in a new era of iOS gaming that allowed developers to deliver true console-quality gaming on an iOS device. Unfortunately, most MFi controllers have suffered from one problem or another: too expensive, too unwieldy, too unresponsive, or a combination of the above. The GameSmart CTRLi Mobile Gamepad from Mad Catz aims to succeed where others have failed, and it does a very admirable job.
Publisher Plus is a curious app. It’s seemingly laboring under the misapprehension that Apple’s Pages does not exist. It’s like someone’s grabbed Pages, pulled off some of the complicated bits, and glued some clip art and templates onto what remains. Oddly, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
VVVVVV is a fairly simple platformer, but one crafted and refined to mechanical perfection. The controls are as basic as the visuals — go left, go right, and flip gravity. But this game is full of things that complicate matters.