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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.

Apple releases iWork for iCloud Beta to registered developers

During the WWDC 2013 keynote on June 10th, Apple announced it would finally be bringing the full iWork suite to iCloud and would make it entirely browser-based. Today, the company released an iWork for iCloud beta to registered developers for testing. With iWork for iCloud, users will finally be able to save their documents for Pages, Numbers, and Keynotes online and access them from any browser window.

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Adobe Creative Cloud makes Photoshop and the CS apps available as monthly rentals only

Adobe Creative Cloud membership will be US$49.99 per month. Sorry, but I won’t be signing up. I don’t rent software, at least not if I can help it. Pixelmator sells on the App Store for 20 bucks. If you need more power than that, the GIMP is free, and you can put up with a lot of learning curve climbing to save fifty bucks a month in rental fees. Forever. Or, at least I can.

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Maybe the best reason yet to steer clear of Microsoft Office

Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer reports that Microsoft has confirmed changes to its Office 2013 End User License Agreement (EULA), specifying that the software suite can only be installed on one computer—forever—and is not transferable to another machine if you upgrade your system hardware, sell your PC, or even if the computer dies and is scrapped.

TextWrangler 4.5 now Retina ready, gets new features

TextWrangler 4.5, the free “Text Engine for the Mac Community,” has been optimized to make it look sharp on the latest MacBook Pro models’ high-resolution Retina displays. The update also introduces a Go menu, a new Compare Against Previous Version command, various bug fixes, and more.