Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual – Review


This new edition of the Mac OS X “Missing Manuals” series shows no signs of relinquishing its position this country’s bestselling computer book. In fact, given all the well-publicized problems with Apple’s latest OS, it might become the most-needed computer book in the U.S. as well.

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Renamer 4.0 – Review


Renamer 4.0 from Dare to be Creative Ltd. is the Cuisinart of filename conversion, with powers and abilities far beyond those of manual renaming or even AppleScripts. Throw in saved presets, instant previews and the ability to utilize regular expressions, and you’ve got a remarkably useful tool that’s as easy to use as it is powerful.

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Clickfree Transformer Special Edition – Review


No, it doesn’t morph into an Autobot, but the Clickfree Transformer Special Edition does transform any unused space on your iPhone, iPod Touch or external USB drive into backup storage. While the device is simple to use and works well, it’s hampered by a few software glitches and a relatively steep price.

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Trend Smart Surfing for Mac 1.0 – Review


Offering innovative, up-to-the-minute protection from social engineering threats as well as viruses and spyware, Trend Smart Surfing for Mac is a “set-it-and-forget-it” security suite that’s designed for Mac novices yet offers plenty of configuration options for experienced users.

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F-Secure Online Backup – Review



In a field already crowded with remote backup services for Macs, F-Secure Online Backup trails the pack, courtesy of a poorly executed port to the Mac platform, a bewildering file selection process, and default backup settings that leave many important files unprotected.

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TechTool Pro 5 – Review


What doesn’t this program do? With a plethora of tests, tools and utilities, plus a comprehensive printed manual with useful reference info on Mac troubleshooting, Micromat’s TechTool Pro 5 is hands down the most comprehensive troubleshooting utility available for the Mac platform.

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8000 Wireless Printer – Review


As long as you don’t mind clearing a large space on your desk for this wireless workhorse, HP’s OfficeJet Pro 8000 Wireless inkjet printer is an extraordinary value that would be suitable for any home or small- to medium-sized office.

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Apples2Oranges – App Review



It sounds like some mysterious “fruit transmogrifier,” but Ilium Software’s Apples2Oranges iPhone/iPod Touch app is actually a measurement unit converter on steroids, capable of translating between different units of measurement while revealing which of the two products you’re comparing is the most nutritious, or the better buy.

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Mac OS X Leopard Killer Tips – Review


In spite of the fact that some of its tips are more "filler" than "killer," Mac OS X Leopard Killer Tips contains a wealth of useful information and would be a helpful companion to both intermediate and advanced users of Mac OS X 10.5.

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AppleScript 1-2-3 – Review


The preeminent introduction to AppleScript for newbies. If you’re new to AppleScript and want to get up and running quickly with scripting, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.

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Giftory 3.0 – Review


Thanks to a clumsy, inconsistent interface and a number of significant omissions, a program that attempts to bring organization and efficiency to the process of gift-giving brings only frustration for what might have been.

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Stellar Phoenix Macintosh 3.0 – Review


Frustrating stability issues, excruciatingly slow media scanning and a clunky, dated interface make this a program one tends to swear at, as opposed to swear by. That’s unfortunate, because in the end it does a pretty decent job of data recovery.

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ShareCentral 2 – Review



Poor documentation, non-functioning driver software and a confusing control panel mar Kensington’s ShareCentral series of devices, designed to enable one-button switching of USB devices between two computers.

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eWallet for iPhone – Review


With data encryption that meets U.S. Government Top Secret levels, flexible security settings, and infinitely customizable “cards” that hold a myriad of personal info, the only thing eWallet lacks is a convenient way to move all that info from your real wallet to your virtual one.

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