Month: November 2008

Billings 3

Marketcircle makes one of the best invoice programs for the Mac, period. It's called Billings, it's in its third version and it's near-perfect. From its icon to its functionality, it all breathes thoroughness, and careful and thoughtful design. Billings 3 has multiple timers, recurring invoices, and an interface that is as easy to use as it is pleasing to the eye. The only thing I'm still not very impressed by is the template designer for invoices, estimates and reports, and I do think the retainer concept should be explained in more detail.Billings 3 is fully integrated with Daylite if you want it to. You can therefore invoice customers from within Billings 3 and create projects, working slips and other project material as well as track payments in Daylite. However, I think many people who don’t have Daylite or have a use for it, will use Billings by itself. Billings starts from the assumption that everything you do can be called a Project, but you can have working slips that are not related to projects as …

Path Finder 5

Is there such a thing as an indispensable application? Most people will answer with a resounding “Yes” and list a whole lorry full of them. But if you insist and demand that they list only one or two applications they can't live without, I doubt if Path Finder would make it with the first two. I mean, it's just a Finder replacement, right? Wrong! Path Finder is a life saver --and I'm being very polite, because if this wouldn't pretend to be a serious and professional information resource, I'd have used a different name instead of “life”.What is indispensable on a Mac? Not in terms of programs, but in terms of functionality. I’d say good backup capabilities, compression capabilities to decompress at least, something that makes disk images, a permission adjustment tool, something that keeps your disks healthy, and in general anything that enables you to take full control of your Mac. Translated into products, applications like DiskWarrior, FileBuddy and TechTool Pro will come to mind, but Path Finder? And yet, Path Finder does belong …