Writing an article, a novel, or a research paper can be a daunting task. Collected information has a way of getting lost amidst dozens of folders, outlining notes vanish mysteriously, and the very thought of starting a large writing project seems paralyzing, especially when sitting in front of the blinking cursor on an empty screen.
While it can’t do the actual writing work for you, Scrivener can help you to manage your project with ease, keep everything together and support your individual writing process – no matter if you are absolutely organized or love the chaos. The following review will give you a first hand insight into the mighty piece of software, enabling you to get an idea of what it can do for you and hopefully motivating you to pick up the pen – pardon me – the keyboard, again.
Although the recent MacHeist bundle is now over, there is still another great deal going on over at TheMacSale. You can pick up ten popular Mac applications for $49 – a remarkably low price, considering what’s on offer.
Here are the applications included in the bundle:
- PathFinder – The ultimate file manager for your Mac.
- Shovebox – A place to put… everything!
- Supercard – Application development does not get any easier.
- StoryMill – Want to be writer? You need StoryMill.
- MiniOne Racing – Addictive and fun game, Mario Kart for your Mac!
- inkBook – Great notetaking app, with support for tablets!
- VideoConverter Pro – Easily convert your movies to watch on your iPhone/iPod.
- Slideshow – Create standalone presentations for Mac and PC!
- MacGourmet Deluxe – Hosting a Dinner Party? Avoid a poisoning lawsuit.
- Finance 6 – Organize your finances and stay in control of your accounts.
TheMacSale is on offer for two more days, and ends on the 15th March. Be sure to get your purchase in before then if a few of the applications included particularly appeal!
What do you think of the deal? Is it one that you’re likely to be purchasing in the next few days?
Congratulations to our five lucky winners, who will be receiving their license code very soon:
- Rick Vlaha
- Jay (@jgenin)
- Thibaut Ninove
- Varun Dogra
After reviewing Delicious Library earlier this week, I’m pleased to let you all know that we have five licences to give away to a handful of lucky readers!
Delicious Library is an app that will enable you to catalogue your books, music, software, toys, gadgets or video games. With barcode scanning, plenty of export options, and a gorgeous interface, it’s a solid application that’s worth checking out.
Entering the competition is really simple. All you need to do is follow us on Twitter and post your Twitter username in the comments.
Good luck, and we’ll be announcing the winners in one week – on Thursday 18th March.
Dear freelancer, listen up – this is important: You need to track your time and expenses. Nowhere is the axiom “time is money” more obviously true than in the life of a freelancer. If you don’t pay enough attention, you will find money dribbling away – in unbilled hours you spend on projects, and in the extras that you could be claiming (travel and other expenses). That’s where time-tracking software becomes useful.
I freelanced for a very long time before I ever used such an application, and my experience is that having one makes life a whole lot easier: I know where I’m spending my time; I’ve calculated hourly rates that work for me, so I know which projects are worth continuing with, and which I should set aside; and I’m easily able to generate good looking, professional invoices.
There are many different applications available for Mac users, as well as some great online options. I tried a few, before settling on Marketcircle’s Billings 3, which has been my time tracking app of choice for most of the past two years. Stunt Software released On The Job 3.0 a little over a year ago, and although it’s been mentioned a few times on Mac.AppStorm, we’ve never given it a proper review. So, with no further ado, join me after the jump, and I’ll tell you why I’m switching.
We posted earlier this year about how to clean up your Mac, but today I thought it would be interesting to share a selection of applications that can really simplify your Mac experience. While being “minimal” isn’t everything – and nor is it for everyone – it’s a fun exercise to try from time to time.
We’ll be considering applications that help you take notes, use the Dock and Finder less, quickly share files, and search easier. Even if you don’t buy into the minimal philosophy, there may be something that you find very useful!
Have you recently bought a book, DVD or a CD you already own, but had forgotten about? No? But you do know every single book, DVD, game, CD, gadget or toy you own?
If you just screwed up you forehead trying hard to think of everything, maybe Delicious Library is something for you. It will help you keep track of all those items by just holding them in front of your Mac’s in-built camera. Intrigued? Read on!
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I’m just getting to the end of my sixteenth year of using email. In this time, I’ve used around twenty different email addresses and have usually operated several accounts at once. Email accumulates incredibly quickly and I, as I’m sure many of you to, have many thousands of email messages on my MacBook.
For years I did what most of us do: stored messages in various well-pruned folders. I then moved to rely on Gmail’s labels and its awesome search capabilities. Eventually I moved on from Gmail to FastMail, started using Mailtags, and took the step of tagging my messages, getting rid of folders, and dumping everything into a single archive. Sadly, Mailtags hasn’t quite made the jump to Snow Leopard yet (and I’ve had problems with the beta), so I’m waiting for a full and final update to be released. Until that happy day, I’ve been pleased to spend the last week experimenting with Rocketbox, and I can see this little app becoming a fixture in my email workflow.