Time management is a constant battle for most people in their day-to-day lives. It is a vital part of any workflow, even more so those in which billing is dependent on time worked. Several applications make it easy to log, calculate, and even create invoices based on the information collected.

Most of the applications can also manage tasks associated with a project and can even assign project to individual clients that have specific needs. A delicate task, time tracking is crucial, after all, this is how you earn your money.

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Thank you to everyone who entered our iBank giveaway last week.

iBank combines a robust feature set, simple interface and streamlined import process to create a very attractive financial application. At $59 it doesn’t come cheap, but is competitively priced for the functionality offered.

We have randomly chosen one winner, and I’m pleased to announce that it is:

  • Ryan Leach

Congratulations Ryan – you should be receiving a license code shortly! Sorry to all of you who didn’t win this time, but rest assured we have some awesome software giveaways coming over the next month. Stay tuned via RSS to make sure you don’t miss out!

If you’re anything like me, you have a few different email accounts and a fairly large backlog of archived messages. Storing several thousand emails can gradually introduce problems – either from your mail client slowing down, or through concern over all your information being held remotely with a service such as Gmail.

I have recently started experimenting with MailSteward as a method of archiving and backing up email. It can significantly speed up your mail client, make moving computers easier, and offer greater peace of mind.

This how-to will walk you through the basic process of setting up MailSteward, archiving messages, and searching them at a later date.

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Invoicing has, and will continue to be, one of the top priorities of many businesses no matter how big or small. If you’re using your Mac to handle this portion of your business, odds are you have been faced with the question “which invoicing app should I use?” There are so many choices available that it can be quite a hard decision to make.

That’s where Involer from The Dream Apps comes in: a sleek and simple yet powerful invoicing app for the Mac. Involer not only allows you to manage invoice for many different clients, but it allows you to manage multiple companies as well.

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Tivo revolutionized television watching, bringing in the flood of Digital Video Recorders that allowed TV enthusiasts to skip commercials at lightning speed, pause and rewind live TV as well as controlling when they watched their favorite shows.

Now there is another revolution stirring: online television. We all remember having to either purchase TV shows through iTunes or, if we wanted to watch them for free, we were sent on a wild goose chase through various network websites.

This is where Hulu steps in. Hulu’s new Mac desktop offers a simple way to stream television shows online. This review will take an in-depth look at Hulu Desktop, investigating whether it sets a new standard in TV streaming, or whether we’ll still be turning to Boxee for the best desktop experience.

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Everyone loves feeling productive, and OS X is an excellent platform for working efficiently and getting things done. In recent months we have rounded up 5 productivity applications along with reviewing Things and The Hit List.

Today we’re venturing to the OS X menu bar to showcase 10 simple utilities that can help you work smarter. You’ll be able to launch applications quicker, worry less about the time, track the unproductive parts of your day, and even manage a small to-do list – all for free!

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The popularity of online music streaming services has rocketed in recent years, as bandwidth costs decrease and record labels begin to understand the benefits of online music. Today I’ll be taking a look at Spotify – a relatively new, and excellently designed, music streaming application for OS X.

This is our first screencast review, and something we may do more of in the future (if you like it!) Please feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Following our review of iBank, I’m pleased to announce our latest competition to win a free license! The application is worth $59.99, and offers a great way to stay on top of your finances.

We have one license up for grabs, and all you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. The competition will run for one week, and we’ll randomly select the the winner on Wednesday 29th July.

Good luck, and be sure to follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed to find out if you’re a winner.

Happy banking!

Apple first introduced the MacBook Air in 2008. Other than its thinness (and its ability to fit inside a manilla envelope) it brought a multi-touch trackpad, similar to the iPhone. Since then, the unibody MacBook and MacBook Pro have received the trackpad makeover. The trackpad seems very useful, and it is; when you are in a gesture-supported application. For me, my trackpad’s abilities fade into the background. Most of the apps I work in do not support them.

Until I discovered MultiClutch, a preference pane extension that lets you set up trackpad gestures for any application. In this tutorial I will show you the basics of setting up gestures in Multi Clutch, as well as some ideas for different uses.

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