It’s that that time of year again. The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. And the IRS is making you sweat. If you're like us, you've probably but putting off filing your taxes for as long as possible, but tax season doesn’t have to leave you banging your head against the wall in frustration thanks to numerous helpful apps for your iPhone and iPad.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the success of the iPhone, it’s that apps matter. The iPhone wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without the App Store, and we wouldn’t get quite as much done on our iPads without apps like Ulysses, Evernote, and Paper. And they will be just as important on the Apple Watch. We’re still almost a month away from being able to buy one, but already our favorite developers are planning great things for Apple’s smallest screen. Here are the ones we’re most excited to install.
In preparing this year’s 20 Under $20 list, we loved the idea of presenting 20 killer Mac apps you might not know about — 20 is such a round, pleasant number, and would hopefully let us find something for everyone. But $20 per app might not seem like the bargain-basement price that it used to, even just back in the summer of 2011 when we did our last 20 Under $20 feature.
But guess what? Most of these polished, stable, user-friendly, and utterly useful applications don’t come anywhere close to a full Andrew Jackson, anyway. Four of them are free, and only two cost over $10. We thought about calling it “18 Mac Apps Under $10 and Also Two That Are More Than $10 But Still Less Than $20, and By the Way, Four Are Free,” but that’s just too long, wouldn’t you agree
Budgeting isn't fun. Crunching numbers and tracking expenses is dull, tedious work we try to avoid at all costs, but it's a necessary fact of life — especially when you've got a couple of car bills and a mortgage. BUDGT understands our pain. With a delightfully simple interface and deceptively powerful money-managing tools, BUDGT will keep a close watch on your daily expenses — so long as you're willing to spend a little time with it each day.
If you’re serious about your personal finances, you’ve no doubt discovered the free web service, Mint.com. The company has gradually been porting its wide variety of features to the companion iOS apps, today introducing budgeting and splitting transaction for both iPhone and iPad.
There are few feelings that will make a person's heart drop quicker than the dreaded swipe of the credit card that is met with a message of "Declined." If you're used to managing your budget the traditional way, you no doubt have a filing cabinet full of unorganized bank statements, pre-approved loan offers, and receipts that you can't recall why you saved. While there are a plethora of financial management tools available for your iOS device, no one has yet to come close to the Mint.com Personal Finance app.
With news about the economy still as grim as Apple’s prospects in the 1990s, it’s a smart time to use your Mac to keep track of your finances. Unfortunately, that job just got harder. Quicken for Mac, the venerable personal-finance manager, was last updated when the economic meltdown was but a gleam in Wall Street’s eye. And it doesn’t even run at all on Lion (though it’s fine on Snow Leopard, thanks to Rosetta). But fear not. Change can be a good thing, and lucky for you, there are plenty of options for keeping track of all of yours.