Top software for Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Androids

This week's Download Dispatch for Mac includes all of our year-end Best Software collections. Get all the latest software news and updates in the Download Dispatch for Mac.

From all of us at we hope everyone is enjoying their holiday break! As part of our year-end coverage, we've updated and added new software to our Best apps for Mac so you know exactly what to download if you just received a new Mac desktop or laptop as a holiday gift. Everything from alternative Web browsers to music discovery apps are available with rated reviews so you can weigh your options before you download.

If you have an iOS device, you're in luck--we've also updated our Best apps for iPhone and Best apps for iPad collections as well. Each of these collections has apps that cover all the categories--and yes--we've even included a few of our favorite games.

We recognize that not everyone has an iOS device. If you use an Android phone, check out our Best apps for Android collection.

Have a safe and fun New Year everyone and we'll see you in 2012!

About Jason Parker

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.