When it comes to selling your old junk—er, lightly used treasures—eBay is the first stop for many. However, building your auctions via eBay’s Web interface isn’t exactly a fun process, especially for novices. That’s where equinux iSale comes in. iSale is a beautiful application for Mac OS X Leopard that assists you in creating and managing eBay auctions. iSale makes everything easy, from jazzing up your listing to managing shipments, in a familiar iTunes-style interface.
Struggling to organize your to-do lists? LifeShaker could be just the tool you need. More than a boring ol’ list, LifeShaker offers an interactive, colorful interface that displays all those tedious tasks hanging over your head.
ThinkFree online performance lags behind competitors, but the software nicely mimics MS Office.
The folks at ThinkFree chose a hybrid approach for their suite. A free online version is available, but we were regularly reminded to download the resident ThinkFree Office 3 package. And for good reason—the online, browser-based version is sluggish at best.
Have you ever tried adding up the number of keystrokes you tap out in a day? We didn’t think so. But we bet you’d be shocked by the total. We were happily surprised when we saw how many keystrokes we’d saved—4,572—after a few days using TextExpander, SmileOnMyMac’s supersmart text-substitution utility. Speed typists might be skeptical about the app’s usefulness—and we might have sided with those skeptics before we installed it. In mere minutes, we created a couple dozen “snippets,” or chunks of text that appear in any application when you type certain shortcuts. TextExpander also allows you to limit the apps that certain snippets work for, which is useful for keeping your html snippets out of Word documents, for example.
OmniFocus helps you figure out what to do next, when it’s due, and where to do it. Mark Twain wrote, “The well-organized man can be comfortable anywhere, even in hell.” But getting your life in order is easier said than done, and dozens of systems promise salvation. OmniFocus, which implements techniques from David Allen’s popular book Getting Things Done, is the newest weapon in the Omni Group’s arsenal of organizational apps. OmniFocus, which utilizes the project manager OmniPlan and information repository OmniOutliner, builds on the Omni Group’s impressive understanding of how people work, making it a useful tool once you’ve figured out (and bought into) its underlying system.
PersonalBrain helped us organize our thoughts, notes, and research while writing this very article. Simultaneously a wonder of nature and source of constant frustration, the human brain can effortlessly choreograph the movements of a complex body yet fail to record the location of car keys. Imperfect, yes, but it’s all we’ve got. To help us exercise a little more control over our master, TheBrain Technologies offers PersonalBrain Pro. PersonalBrain Pro is a tool for collecting and organizing thoughts, files, and webpages into a coherent framework called a “brain.” Just as important as the thoughts themselves are the relationships between them, and unlike most other organization tools, PersonalBrain avoids imposing external rules or structure on your brain.
It's been a while since I had to concern myself with regularly scheduled invoicing. However, after recently restarting my writing career, I found myself in need of an application that would allow me to easily create and send invoices both electronically, and on paper, with little or no fuss. I wanted to do all of this on my Mac and I wanted to abandon the spreadsheet I was using in Microsoft Excel that I used for casual invoicing.