It’s one of the dream applications for the iPad--scribbling on the iPad’s screen with your finger or a touch-capacitive stylus, and watching your handwriting convert seamlessly to type. WritePad can fulfill that dream for you, but only if you’re patient and dedicated.
Your Mac does a lot of cool things straight out of the box: You can edit movies and make music, or turn to more mundane tasks like surfing the web and checking email. A tool for organizing scraps of digital information, however, isn’t built into the iLife suite--although it probably should be. And so the daftly named Green & Slimy has released Thoughts, an information manager designed to serve as a catch-all for your digital scraps, enabling you to store, search, and organize them in useful ways.
The iPad isn't just a big toy, dig? Yes, it's an amazing e-reader and rocks for watching videos, but it's very possible to get some work done with the iPad too. Apple's iWork productivity suite has been redesigned for the iPad, with Keynote, Pages, and Numbers available in the App Store for $9.99 each. These apps let you create documents that can be synced to your Macs and shared via iWork.com, although if you're familiar with the Mac versions of these apps, there are constraints you're bound to hit quickly.
The last time I dared to dabble in dictation software was about 15
years ago, and even allowing for how that software only ran on a
Windows box, the whole experience was extraordinarily cumbersome. But
after using Dictate for only five minutes, the improvements in the
technology since then are starkly apparent. It’s not perfect, but the
dream of quickly turning spoken words into editable text has certainly
Well, the year has certainly settled down into the same old routines that were popular in December of 2009. Whodathunkit? We'd hoped you'd have kept your New Year's resolutions at least a little longer than two lousy weeks, but, then, we're still spending (wasting) just as much time on Lolcats now as last year.
At least we have a little something for you that isn't a waste of your time. That's right, it's our weekly round up of stuff you might have missed while singing along to "The Internet is Made of Cats."
Every day, we wish iCal could do something that our Palm IIIx did in
1997. There’s a Palm calendar app called DateBk, and it has a feature
called Floating Events. The idea is that incomplete to-do items would
“float” to the next day, so if you forgot to do something, it wouldn’t
get left behind on your calendar as the days marched on. The fact that
BusyMac’s BusyCal brings that crucial feature to our calendar makes us
do a little happy dance, and that’s only scratching the surface of this
Even though tons of us use Google Docs or some other cloud feature,
there's always that annoying moment when you want to work on something
and realize you created it and saved it to your work computer. Or you
stayed up late working on something at home, then get to work and
realize you don't have access.
LogMeIn solves that problem and
with the launch of LogMeIn Pro2 for Mac Beta, they've made it a snap
for those of us on the Mac end of the equation.
Bento 3 aims to organize your personal life into tidy, neat
compartments. Essentially a database application geared toward
real-world situations, you can use the software to track expenses,
compare vacation destinations, keep tabs on your company’s customers,
curate car maintenance records, and otherwise organize nearly anything
that concerns your personal life or small business. Bento deeply
interfaces with Address Book and iCal and also connects to iPhoto,
Mail, and other Mac mainstays. You can even share databases on a local
network, like you might share iTunes or iPhoto libraries.
There’s being prepared as in “I’ve got a bottle opener on my keychain,”
and then there’s being prepared as in “I’ve got a pallet of bottled
water and two backup generators in my basement.” Somewhere in between
lies InfoWallet, a piece of shareware designed to keep your secret
personal information protected yet accessible in case of emergency.