Back when it was just the iPhone, there wasn't much demand for mobile word processing, but when the iPad came along, people expected full computer functionality. Apple heeded the call with mobile versions of iWork, but Microsoft Office still remains king of document software. The popular .doc is still the number one format with a bullet, and a variety of office-based software has arisen to handle it.
In our special cage match office productivity App Showdown, we go three rounds to find out who is the undisputed master of the mobile domain, Apple or its competitors.
Applications like iCal, OutLook and Entourage are great for keeping track of the many appointments, tasks and deadlines in our lives--but unless you keep the the programs open and running all the time, they're hardly handy for preforming simple tasks such as telling us what the date or day of the week it is. Fortunately, thanks to a clever, but often ignored set of options in your Mac's System Preferences, there's an easy method for doing both without the need to open up any calendar software.
The holidays are nearing and you're totally stressing. At this point, we'd tell you to just troll the 'net for photos of puppies and kitties to put a bit of a smile on your face, but that doesn't exactly solve the problem of disorganization. No worries, we've got a few apps for you that'll help you get your things together for this crazy time of year, including an app that organizes your photo downloads from Safari, the new Evernote update for iPad and a gift profiler for your Contacts.
Evernote, in both its free and premium formats, has been a favourite productivity application among many Mac users since its debut. At its core, the application is an robust organizational dynamo, enabling users to keep their lists, notes, web clippings and so much more organized, synced and accessible across a wide variety of operating systems and hardware. With the release of Evernote's most recent beta, it appears as though Evernote's development team will be maintaining the software's reputation for organizational excellence, while at the same time, implementing a pair of interesting new features to expand the program's already expansive functionality.
Airprint Hacktivator--a small but brilliant program that makes any printer connected to your Mac AirPrint compatible--has been updated to Version 1.7, making the invaluable system workaround less intrusive to your Mac's OS X operating system while at the same time maintaining the same level of awesome. For those of you who have been pining for a way to wirelessly print from your iOS device, you're going to want to download this free piece of software as fast as your internet connect can manage it.
A while back, Google thrilled users of their popular Google Docs suite of cloud-based productivity services by introducing the ability to drag and drop images into documents. The dropped images would immediately be uploaded to Google's servers, saving them as part of the active document and making it possible for any collaborators to see the image almost instantly. While this was a great addition to Google's already impressive functionality of their cloud-based office productivity suite, they've nonetheless opted to up the technological ante once again. This time around, Google has announced that they're bringing the same drag-and-drop functionality to other file types as well.
There are a ton of productivity applications out there that will help you plan a project, sort through a complex series of tasks, or simply get things done. While power users might need to download applications like Things or Omnifocus to keep their affairs in order and synced across multiple piece of hardware, many day-to-day users don't need the raw organizational power that those sorts of software packages provide. If your to-do list needs are spartan, we've got an easy to use solution that will help you keep on top of of everything in your busy life.
Mac users who rely upon Microsoft Office to grind out their living on a daily basis are always hungry for word of an update to make their experience using the invaluable suite of applications more stable, intuitive and productive. Since the release of Office for Mac 2008, glitch fixes and security updates have always been always a welcomed site. But let's face it: What Office users really want is an overhaul of the entire suite--Word, PowerPoint, Excel, our email software--everything.
According to a post made this morning the Office for Mac Blog, the much anticipated new version of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite for OS X--Office for Mac 2011--is upon us, and in 2010 no less!
Note taking, appointments and to-do lists are a huge part of the lives of most of the Mac|Life staff. With the break-neck pace of modern life, there's little doubt in our minds that many of you find yourself relying on sticky notes, old school appointment books or dare we say it, an iOS app, to keep your days from running off the rails. If you lean towards App Store-based solutions and have been looking for a new way to keep your universe running smoothly, you could do far worse than giving Awesome Note a whirl.
It's Monday, and it's early. If you're reading this post at the time that it was written, you're most likely at work. For many of us, being at work means spending a lot of our time in from of Microsoft Office. For those of you nodding at your monitor right now, you'll agree that despite all the bells and whistles that Redmond's flagship productivity suite offers, seeing a few refinements come to the software would be a welcome treat indeed.
Well, the treat is here, with the Mac Business Unit announcement this morning detailing the pricing for the various iterations of Mac Office 2011. Over all, things are looking pretty rosey for Mac Office users this time around, as Microsoft has opted to provide us with a lower per-installation cost than we've seen in the past.