OmniOutliner review

OmniOutliner is a powerful mind-mapping program designed to help you create all kinds of documents and outlines. Just choose the template that most closely matches the type of document you want to create and the style you're after, and then start filling it in.


Lots of templates: Whether you want to outline a family budget of draft a book, OmniOutliner has templates designed just for the purpose. To begin working on a new document, just pick the template and start writing. And if you're not sure exactly which template is the most appropriate for your purposes, you … Read more

Review: ClickCharts for Mac lets you create 2D diagrams and mind maps

Specializing exclusively in the creation of two-dimensional diagrams, ClickCharts for Mac strikes a good balance between features and ease of use, but suffers from an uninspired interface. If you want a quick way to create diagrams, this app is a good choice, but don't expect too much.

ClickCharts for Mac greets you with an uninspired, but nonetheless usable interface. There is a Help file included, which can help you get started. You start by creating a new diagram using one of the available templates, such as Data Flow, ER, Flowchart, or Mind Map. Manipulating objects is easy, as is … Read more

Review: Knitting Chart Maker provides numerous tools to create knitting charts on iOS

Knitting Chart Maker allows you to create knitting charts and guides on your iPhone using a very accessible paintbrush tool. Combined with saving and sharing tools, this app allows you to put your knitting ideas down onscreen, quickly and easily with your iPhone. The screen size will prove to be a bit of a limitation for those that have trouble visualizing beyond what they can see, but it works well for those micro-adjustments you need to make to specific sections.

After installation, open the app and you'll be presented with an empty chart. Tap the paintbrush icon and you … Read more

Review: Design your own cross stitch/other patterns using KG-Chart LE for Cross Stitch

KG-Chart LE for Cross Stitch offers you an easy way to create your own cross stitch, Hardanger embroidery, and knitting patterns. It doesn't boast a ton of extra features, but it's incredibly easy to use. You can even print your patterns for extra convenience.

KG-Chart LE for Cross Stitch lets you create custom cross stitch patterns, as well as use downloaded patterns in STH format that you find on the Internet. This light and streamlined program features a ton of drawing tools that make sketching out your patterns very easy. You can create a new chart by choosing … Read more

Numbers gets more templates, better touch controls

Numbers has been redesigned to match the design scheme of iOS 7 and is useful for creating spreadsheets and organizing data while away from your desktop. It's not going to take the place of more robust spreadsheet apps like Microsoft Excel, but it's great for tinkering with your data on the go. On the iPhone the app works admirably, but the smaller screen size makes it a bit less easy to use than the iPad version.

Like the other new iWork apps that were released in October, Numbers was built from the ground up for both iOS and … Read more

Review: If it's astrological, then Astrolog can probably handle it

Astrolog is for the true astrology follower. It's much more than a horoscope calculator. It boasts wheels, aspects, midpoints, relationship charts, biorhythms, alternative zodiacs, and much more. Its celestial tools include local horizon, constellations, astrography, and planetary orbits, with ephemeris (astronomical positions) for 8,400 years. Astrolog handles scripts and macros and exports charts and images. Astrolog 5.40 is open-source freeware for Windows NT to 8, including Server versions.

Astrolog's user interface reminds us of colored chalk on the blackboard; and yes, that's good. The main window opened with the default chart, the traditional Zodiac for … Read more

Crave Ep. 141: Steve Jobs action fig now with Apple 1 accessory

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This week on Crave, we count down to our death with the Tikker wristwatch, go online shopping for sunglasses with a 3D avatar, and play with our new Steve Jobs action figure. All that, and some telescopes firing lasers into space, on this week's Crave show. Read more

Review: Boot Chart offers plenty of startup statistics, but doesn't help locate them

Boot Chart offers a great way to view detailed startup statistics, but newbies won't be able to do much with it. Most of the details will be hard to find and even harder to decipher for anyone who doesn't know what they're doing. However, it's a neat tool for benchmarkers or other computer gearheads.

This app doesn't download as a traditional program, but an application you can stick on a portable drive and take anywhere. It's very light at only 57KB. It searches for event trace logs to analyze, but you have to already … Read more

How does the new BMW i3 compare with our favorite EVs?

This morning, BMW finally pulled the wraps off of the 2014 BMW i3 electric car, laying clear the last details surrounding this car for the cities of the future.

The car arrives in the second quarter of 2014, so it will be a while before most of you will be able to take one for a spin. In the meantime, we've got a lot of specs on our hands, so let's compare the i3's numbers with those of competing small EV models.

2014 BMW i3 I'd wager that BMW placed a high emphasis on driving dynamics … Read more

Google Top Charts show world's searches for whiskey, more

Google's top dog for last month was, once again, the pitbull. Having taken the title for most-searched breed away from the bulldog in January, the pit has stayed in the top spot for the past four months, but the German Shepherd is looking to make a move after overtaking the Siberian Husky to advance to the No. 4 position.

At least, this is what I was able to learn from my first five minutes using the just-launched Top Charts feature of Google Trends. An expansion of Google's annual Zeitgeist report of most-searched topics, Top Charts has monthly search data and rankings for dozens of categories from actors (Selena Gomez took No. 1 for April) to businesspeople (Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are both gaining on Oprah) and even whiskeys (Jack Daniel's dominates).… Read more