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The power of Pomodoro

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Starting this week I will be taking over the weekly reigns of Working Mac at Macworld.com. This week I take a look at the Pomodoro Technique, something I use when my focus is at a minimum. Kicking off a timer will often help me get back on task.

Working Mac: The power of Pomodoro (or, how to slice your time to stay on task) | Macworld

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 6th, 2015 at 9:12 am

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

iBank 5 Review

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My review of iBank 5 is now up at Macworld.com.

I don’t use anything like this to manage my finances anymore, but if I did, iBank 5 would be the ticket. Great application.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 20th, 2014 at 11:10 am

VIPOrbit Review

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My review of VIPOrbit is up at Macworld.com.

Great little app created in part by one of the original developers of ACT!. While it’s definitely a first gen product, meaning I saw a few glitches here and there, overall it’s a fantastic app that, as it grows, should become an amazing tool for managing your relationships. I highly recommend it.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 17th, 2014 at 10:06 am

QuickBooks for Mac 2014 Review

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My review of QuickBooks 2014 for Mac is now up at Macworld.com.

This, sadly, is still the same-old same-old from Intuit. It’s not a bad product, it just doesn’t add anything of super-duper value to the product.

And nope… no file level compatibility with the Windows product… Although it is a little better at getting your accountant’s changes updated to your live data without having to send the entire data file back and forth between you and your accountant.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 2nd, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Hands On With iWork for iCloud Beta

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Yesterday Macworld posted my hands-on look at iWork for iCloud. Coincidentally, Apple also opened up their iCloud beta to anyone interested in giving it a go on the very same day.

I found the iCloud beta to be pretty impressive. While it may not satisfy everyone, it’s going to be a boon to iOS users who don’t own a Mac as well as the occasional student who needs to make document or presentation edits at schools where Macs are not the standard computing platform.

Overall, a great set of Web-based apps. I highly recommend that you give them a try.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

August 24th, 2013 at 8:51 am

Sad To Say…

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My review of Office 365 for iOS is up at Macworld.com.

Sad to say… not much there.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

July 9th, 2013 at 10:02 pm