Journaling is an easy way to score a great deal of personal satisfaction. By scribbling down your daily trials for posterity’s sake, you’ll be able to look back on the successes and train wrecks of your life, alternating between whimsy and the cold sweats of remorse for years to come. If you’re a novice to journaling, you’ll want to settle on a method that’s easy to use, secure and reliable. Having used MaxJournal on my iPad for over a month, I can say that the application more than fits the bill.
The name says it all. The one thing that Star Wars games hadn’t done before is let you go hog-wild with the Force, but this videogame port takes the handcuffs all the way off. Romping through that far-away galaxy while fully exploring the power of the Dark Side is such a blast that it almost overshadows Force Unleashed’s shortcomings. Almost.
Many have tried--and failed--to reinvent the book in digital form. It took the powerhouse that is Amazon to reinvigorate the idea of e-books, and when it released the Kindle, gadget nerds and book lovers rejoiced. But let’s not forget that Amazon’s roots are in selling stuff (books in particular), not building hardware. That’s why the company is piggybacking on the infrastructure it built to sell e-books to Kindle owners, first with an app for iPhone users and now with Kindle for your Mac desktop. It’s all about selling virtual books by the truckload.
FileMaker Pro has been around for decades, and it’s become the de facto standard in Mac database applications. While databases certainly aren’t the most captivating of apps, Filemaker manages to pull off its data-crunching with a bit of true Mac style.
For the uninitiated, FileMaker Pro is a relational database designed to be approachable to data monkeys and mere mortals alike. Solutions like Bento or Excel are fine for simple data, but the minute you need to combine different sets of data from different sources, you hit a brick wall. Luckily, you can use FileMaker Pro as a simple flat-file database like Bento--or Apple’s old AppleWorks suite--adding new tables and relational links as your expertise develops.
Imagine being put at the helm of a gargantuan Federation ship, zooming from base to base, relying on your allies as you gun down a Romulan fleet before laying siege to their luminescent base. Sounds fun, right? Well, Star Trek D-A-C didn’t get the memo, or at least it didn’t get the budget to pull “fun” off. D-A-C stands for Deathmatch, Assault, and Conquest, the three main modes. And if that name seems weak, just try playing this unimpressive game.
Losing data sucks. Your spreadsheets from work are one thing, but the truly heart-wrenching losses are the things you can’t replace: pictures of your kids at Disneyland, the Great American Novel you’ve been working on since college, or your 300GB iTunes Library that you’ve been lovingly curating for the last decade. Luckily, tools like Prosoft’s Data Rescue can help get your data back whether you lost it to file corruption or simply to being overzealous with the Empty Trash command (we’ve all done that at least once).
Truphone turns your iPad into a (really) big iPhone. The VOIP app offers free voice calls to other TruPhone users, and cheap calls to telephones with a variety of calling plans. Truphone for iPad even lets you IM across AIM, GoogleTalk, and MSN’s instant messaging networks.
After a decade at sea, the quirky pirate Guybrush Threepwood has found his way to shore in Tales of Monkey Island, the latest installment in a highly stylized point-and-click adventure series that’s much loved for its zany banter. This episodic romp begins in the middle of its story as Guybrush accidentally resurrects his arch-nemesis, loses his wife, curses his hand, and releases a malicious pox across the oceans.
1Password for iPad is the first app we installed on our new iPads. It makes keeping unique, complex passwords, logins and other information secure, and it works in tandem with desktop and iPhone versions to keep everything in sync. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting your super-secure, 18-character password for the office network--or even worse, use the same simple password for everything because it’s easy to remember.