Review: FileMaker Pro 14 continues to make the best better

The new FileMaker Pro family of database software continues to improve and evolve.

Appidemic: The Hit List task manager for iOS and OS X

A solid balance between functionality and accessibility.

“Killer App” for Apple Watch (and the Mac) announced

Send messages to Mac and (soon) iOS and Apple Watch users with predefined replies.

Five (mostly) free Mac compatible Advent calendars

From a Jesse Tree to a Christmas market to…Windows jokes?

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.

The Festive Apple 2013: Christmas tree apps for OS X and iOS

I’m a Christmas tree purist. I prefer a dark green balsam fir (Abies balsamea) with long needles and a fairly bushy shape, but one that grew naturally with no artificial shape-shearing…let alone one made in China from plastic and aluminum. While I’m not a fan of full-size artificial Christmas trees, I do like the virtual Christmas tree apps you can have on your Mac desktop or iOS device.

The Festive Apple 2013: Snow Apps for OS X and iOS

I like snow, although I’m never sorry if it holds off till Christmas. Here on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia where I live, we usually don’t get snow that sticks until after Christmas, but this year we have plenty. The weather has been extraordinarily wintery again so far this season. If you’re a snow fan, wherever you live, you can enjoy some snow apps on your computer or iDevice desktop for Christmas. And the great thing about virtual snow is that you don’t have to shovel or plow it!

The Festive Apple 2013: More Christmas Cheer for your iPhone, iPad or Mac

Now that we’re officially into the 12 days of Christmas, here are the latest Christmas offerings for the Macintosh and Apple iDevices. We’ve got Christmas wallpapers for Mac, a flashing Clear Case for iPhone 5/5s, a free photo booth to decorate your Photos, and a Christmas tree makeover for iPhone.

The Festive Apple 2013: Send Christmas cards with your iPhone or Mac

Hard copy greeting cards are now the exception rather than the rule, due to the cost of postage and the proliferation of computers (even though surveys indicate most people prefer receiving greeting cards hand-delivered in the mail, considering a physical card to be more meaningful than the electronic alternative). Whichever sort of greeting you decide to send, here are some more ways your Mac or iOS device can help.

Bare Bones Software releases Yojimbo 4

Bare Bones Software has announced the release and immediate availability of Yojimbo 4.0, its information organizer app for Mac OS X. The update introduces support for a new sync service that provides silent, transparent data synchronization across multiple Macs for service subscribers.

WWDC 2013: Apple Design Awards show 11 apps

Apple has announced the 11 winners of its Apple Design Awards at WWDC 2013 that range from games to utilities, on both iOS and OS X. Plenty of games are represented, as well as well as apps from the WWF, Yahoo!, and the ever popular Evernote.

Adobe features Father’s Day Discounts on Adobe Elements family

In a combined summer/Father’s Day discount, Adobe is offering $30 off its Elements software packages. Geared for the not-quite-pro but more-advanced-than-iPhoto/iMovie, Elements takes the most popular parts of the fuller-featured Photoshop and Premiere software and makes them simpler to use for non-professional users.