When an app gets a new version number, you might expect a bunch of flashy new features, but simple text editor BBEdit has never been a flashy kind of app. It fits, then, that most changes in BBEdit 11 are relatively subtle adjustments to workflow, mostly designed to enhance productivity. Fortunately, relatively minor changes can still be a big deal.
Classic Note doesn't exactly bring anything new to the world of iPhone text editors, but as a magazine with "Mac" in our name, we couldn't ignore it. Basically, it's an homage to the early days of the Mac System Software, with monochrome accents, bitmapped corners, and crude springy animations. There's a delightful simplicity to its interface that harkens back to a time when docks were still control bars and dogcows roamed our screens, and anyone who fondly remembers extensions and longs for the original Chicago typeface will adore it.
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
So Google dropped two items, two pricey items, out into the public sphere recently. Only one of which is for sale for anyone, while the other is still in test mode. Meanwhile we've got some serious review love this week. So if you want our take on the email app du jour and more, you've come to the right place.
Text editors. To some people, they can be as exciting as they sound, as in "not very." But for writers, editors, software developers, web-designers, bloggers, and anyone else who deals with large quantities of text or code, a great text editor is probably the most-used application on their Mac. FoldingText is a brand-new text editor from Hog Bay Software, maker of WriteRoom & TaskPaper.
Some writers fear the “tyranny of the blank page”—that inescapable moment when you have to stop tinkering with formatting preferences and just start writing. If that’s ringing a bell, then myTexts Pro is absolutely not for you because putting the blank page front and center is why this application exists.