a great week for mac software

January 9, 2008

One of my favorite things about having a Mac is the active community of independent software developers. There are countless specialized apps out there designed to improve just about any aspect of your workflow. Some of the activity in the Mac software world this week is worth passing along.

Don’t even get me started with OmniFocus. I got a deal on the pre-release (as in free) and have been using the beta for a while. Yes, it was released this week, but it’s been in use by many for quite some time. Kudos to OmniGroup for doing such a great job of letting the user community be a part of helping make this product happen.

Last year, I raved about MacHeist. A new package was launched yesterday. Personally, I’m not as excited about it this year, but I already own the three or so applications that would be most interesting to me. But, if you are a Mac user, it’s worth checking out.

However, if I am tempted to spend money anywhere, it is on Bento — a personal database program. I already made a slick little shopping list database for my wife, and can see lots of potential uses for it. I’ll put the trial through the paces to see if it would be worthwhile for us, but I’d sure like to see some academic pricing. (ahem)

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