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Express Dictate digital dictation software on sale

Record and send dictation from computer or mobile.

Did you see that Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 is now available?

My go-to word processor for when I want to keep the bloat out of my writing projects.

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Review: CotEditor is a nicely-featured, free plain text editor for OS X

CotEditor looks and behaves as you would expect an OS X application should.

Adobe’s Creative Cloud early Black Friday sale

The entire Creative Cloud suite is on sale from now through November 28th.

Don’t miss the Nisus Back to school sale

Nisus Writer Pro, Nisus Writer Express and InfoClick are all 25% off through Monday night.

Free Webinar for Adobe Add-ons

One of the big changes that came with the Creative Cloud 2014 was the demise of the Adobe Extension Manager, now replaced by Adobe add-ons. If you are at all interested in learning more about Adobe Add-ons—how to create them or use them—the Add-ons team is holding their first webinar on July 30th.

Mariner Software celebrates 24 years with wine and sales

Mariner Software was established in 1990, and I’ve been using at least one of their programs—Mariner Write—for nearly that long. The company is now celebrating its 24th anniversary, and is doing so by offering 50% off its desktop products through their eStore, including Paperless, MacGourmet Deluxe and MacJournal.

Apple adds flat iOS 7 design elements to iWork for iCloud apps

Apple’s iWork for iCloud has finally received the iOS 7 treatment. On Thursday, Apple updated the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers applications for iWork— as well as several other online services from Apple—with the new iOS 7 design, making the template selection screen and document library look synchronized on iOS devices.

OS X and iOS productivity suites as inexpensive or free Office alternatives

If you don’t want to pony up for Microsoft Office or even Apple’s iWork Suite (incidentally, now free for iOS and bundled with new Macs), there are plenty of free or very inexpensive Office alternatives. Here are profiles of several popular ones, including Apache OpenOffice, NeoOffice Mac Native Suite, LibreOffice for OS X, along with Savy Soda Documents and Savy Soda Documents Free for iOS.

TextWrangler wins (deservedly) Macworld Magazine’s 2013 Editors’ Choice (Eddy) Award

I couldn’t agree more with the Macworld editors’ choice this year. I work almost exclusively in text editors/text processors, and TextWrangler has been key component of my productivity software suite for many years, and especially since I’ve been doing more and more drafting and editing on my iPad, synced via Dropbox with my four production Macs.

Nisus Writer updated for OS X Mavericks

As we approach the release of OS X Mavericks, we’re going to start seeing quite a few compatibility updates. Nisus is amongst the first, giving us updates to both Nisus Writer Pro and Nisus Writer Express, both of which now offer preliminary support for OS X v10.9 Mavericks.

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Pages for iCloud beta hands-on

I opened Pages for iCloud in three different browsers—Safari, Chrome, and Firefox—and found that Safari worked the best which did not come as a surprise to me. Chrome did an okay job, although sometimes it would lag and throw up the rainbow wheel. Worst of them all was Firefox; maybe the worst experience you may have with a browser based document.