About every year Wolfram Research releases a new version of its data processing and mathematical environment, Mathematica. And never are these upgrades skimpy, but this year, Wolfram has outdone itself. Mathematica 8 has reached a new height in ease-of-use, power and integration with the vast data source that lies hidden in Wolfram Alpha (Wolfram’s own data search engine). Users can now enter commands in plain English, and the capabilities of Mathematica now extend further into the statistical, financial and image processing world than ever.
Verbatim intros “design for Mac” and we review their stylish black portable drive “Store-n-Go” with FireWire 800 and USB 3 interfaces. Internally, the Verbatim Store-N-Go for Mac is home to a Toshiba 500GB 2.5 inch disk mechanism. Early next year, Verbatim will also ship these Mac portable disks in a 1TB configuration.
After having reviewed Snagit, I wondered how LittleSnapper faired a good 8 months after my review of version 1. It turns out, LittleSnapper has been updated to version 1.6.x, gaining a number of new features since I reviewed the first release. LittleSnapper now comes very close to Snagit in some areas, and even improves on some Snagit functionality, but version 1.6.x still showed some erratic behaviour on my system.
PowerPoint is the professional presenter’s tool. There’s no doubt about PowerPoint having the largest market share for presentation software. On the Mac, there is one serious competitor: Apple Keynote ’09. In terms of features and creativity Keynote used to be superior to PowerPoint, but no more with this PowerPoint 2011. PowerPoint offers more features, more templates, more creative functionality, more efficiency. To be honest: PowerPoint is better than Keynote, but in its current version also buggier.
Marketcircle’s Billings is one of the market leading invoice applications. Billings Pro is a workgroup or departmental invoicing solution, based on a client/server model. Billings Pro has the same interface as the ‘single person’ Billings. It’s the networking functionality, its support for multiple currencies and more variables in an invoice, estimate or Pro Forma invoice that set it apart from its sibling.
If you want to manage data with Excel, that task has just become much more interesting, but besides that, Excel 2011 has a vast array of new and improved features. From PivotTables over conditional formatting to graphing data and protecting spreadsheets: Excel 2011 is a number-cruncher’s dream come true.
Word has improved quite dramatically in version 2011 for the Mac, and it’s not just the ribbon. Word 2011 comes with a mathematica/equation editor and a citation system. It has the ability to create macros and collaborate with others through Sharepoint or SkyDrive.
The new version of Office for Mac must be the most important one in years. It’s on par with the Windows 2010 offering with regards to features, integration with enterprise systems, and exchange capabilities between the two platforms. The suite is made up of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. You can get a free Microsoft Skydrive account or integrate seamlessly with Sharepoint for collaboration purposes.
Tags 2 is an unobtrusive application that enables you to tag most Mac OS X files. It complies with the OpenMeta effort and lets you enrich all sorts of files with one-dimensional metadata. It also has its own Spotlight-like search feature.
The Philips Voice tracer LFH0652 may have a rather uninspiring name, but it’s an excellent voice recorder for journalists, reporters and editors; in short, for everybody who writes and who wants to record interviews, presentations, trainings, and memos.