Wouldn’t it be nice if the calculations you scribbled on scrap paper were interactive, or if spreadsheets were easy enough to use at the drop of a hat? Soulver is a calculator that aims to combine these tools into something that’s both easy to use and powerful enough to crunch data in useful ways. Soulver lets you enter problems from simple arithmetic to trigonometry in natural language—using words as well as numbers and symbols—and combine the answers in flexible “math-processor” documents.
OS X Lion 10.7.2 recently added the ability to drag-and-drop files between desktop spaces, but it’s not particularly intuitive, and downright awkward for users with multiple displays. Thankfully, hardcore Mission Control fans now have a better option called Yoink.
For as long as the iPhone has been in existence, its out-of-the-box list-making capabilities have been subpar at best. Apple’s Notes app doesn’t quite do the trick, Mail’s To Do folder is just plain irritating, and even iOS 5‘s Reminders -- the best effort so far -- falls a little short. But if you’re looking for customization and complete control, put this on your to-do list: buy List Master from the App Store.
Do you back up your Mac? If a disaster takes out your hardware, will one of those polite guys from an insurance commercial appear, honoring your policy with a snap? Since that’s pure pipe dream, you’ll need to provide proof that you owned that computer—and any other items in your claim. Home Inventory provides the framework for you to catalog everything, even helping you keep track of the value of your items versus the maximum coverage of your policy. The software misses a few important options, but its simple interface and invaluable iPhone helper app make the giant task of inventorying your home manageable.
News flash: Macs can develop problems, just like any computers. But they tend to run fine without antivirus software and the general vigilance that helps keep PCs trouble-free (some of ’em must run fine, right?). But that doesn’t mean your Mac wouldn’t benefit from some occasional maintenance. Enter MacKeeper, a suite of tools aimed at keeping your Mac healthy. That’s a bold claim, and trust is important when using any app, but it’s crucial when your system is on the line. Unfortunately MacKeeper, with its occasionally awkward English and warnings about the importance of scanning OS X for viruses, makes a shaky first impression (the overbearing emphasis—in and out of the app—on MacKeeper’s Facebook popularity doesn’t help). When it comes to maintaining our Macs, we want Don Draper. MacKeeper delivers Pete Campbell.
In the wake of Apple’s transition to Intel chips in 2006, the longtime question “Mac or PC?” soon became “What’s the best way for me to run Windows on a Mac?” Virtualization specialists Parallels and VMware have been duking it out ever since with their respective Desktop and Fusion products, which are both capable of running Windows inside OS X without rebooting -- a key limitation of Apple’s free Boot Camp solution.
If you regularly run interval workouts, chances are good you’ve already got a Timex or Garmin wrist watch that’ll not only remind you to change pace but also monitor your heart rate, the distances you cover via GPS, and a host of other relevant bells and whistles.
But for people who are only just discovering the joys (and pains) of interval training, the Runners Interval Timer app, priced at just $1.99, is an awesome alternative to the aforementioned gizmos, which typically run between $50 and $350.
Any computer task—even one as enjoyable as rockin’ out to some tunes—can get a little dull. Enter MiniTune, a desktop remote app for iTunes. With it, you can control music playback with a little extra flair while adding some cool features to your musical routine.
Apple enabled limited iPad printing with the introduction of AirPrint in iOS 4.2. But if you’re not lucky enough to have an AirPrint-supported printer, or if you want print capabilities beyond those supported by Apple, what are you to do? One possibility is PrintCentral Pro from EuroSmartz, an app that takes a kitchen sink approach to printing, with various degrees of success.