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Briefly Review

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Next up for me in Macworld’s Mac Gems fest, Briefly, a tool that helps you combine hundreds of sequential photos into a single stop-action video. While iPhoto offers the same capabilities, Briefly makes quick work of what might otherwise be a tedious project.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

July 17th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

SnapNDrag Pro Review

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Not 100% sure on this yet, but SnapNDrag Pro may become my new go-to screen capture app. Simple and intuitive, it also offers annotation traction. Pretty slick app overall. My Macworld review, and my first entry in this year’s Macworld Gem Fest, here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

July 16th, 2014 at 9:31 am

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Ten Things Everyone Should know How To Do With A Word Processor

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Fun new article now posted at Macworld on ten things your should know how to do with your word processor. Nothing too fancy here, but all things, other than typing, you should know how to do in your favorite word processor.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

July 16th, 2014 at 9:25 am

QuickBooks app for Mac Review

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My new review of Intuit’s QuickBooks app for Mac is now live at

QuickBooks app for Mac is a standalone application that lets you manage your QuickBooks Online account using an app on your Mac rather than a Web browser, which is the way you’d normally manage QuickBooks Online. In terms of appearance, there is no difference between the online and app-based versions of QuickBooks Online, but in the future Intuit promises offline access to your QuickBooks Online data, which could be hugely beneficial.

If you’re using QuickBooks Online I highly recommend QuickBooks app for Mac.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 19th, 2014 at 9:26 am

Tony Gwynn

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Tony Gwynn died today.

Gwynn’s love for the low-key atmosphere in San Diego and his devotion to the Padres may have been costly. He shunned free agency in favor of multiyear contracts, and in April 1997, after having won seven batting championships, he signed a three-year contract extension for $12.6 million. In its final season, 104 players earned more than his $4.3 million salary, according to The Times.

But he told The Times during his final season: “Twenty years in one place, one city. It looks good.”

To my mind Gwynn was a player like Jeter is today; a humble, sweet, hard working, lover of the game.

Sad day…

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 16th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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Moneydance 2014 Review

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My Moneydance review is up at Nice little java-based Mac financial app that does a fine job of helping you harness your personal financial info. Not perfect, but still good.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 12th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

RIP, Zim

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That was a pretty long and illustrious cup of coffee…

Don Zimmer, former Dodger, and big-league manager, dead at 83

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 4th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

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