Firetask, Fanurio, Skim

updated 11:01 am EST, Tue December 3, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Firetask 3.5.3 ($40) - Firetask helps users organize and prioritize all of their daily tasks. The project-oriented organizer allows users to enter all of their tasks and quickly mark them with projects, categories, priorities, and due dates by using tags. The v3.5.3 update features several smaller usability improvements, such as the ability to directly edit the "Assigned" field in the task info panel while auto-adjusting the category accordingly. [Download - 17.6MB]

Fanurio 3.0 ($59) - Fanurio allows users to organize work, track time, and create invoices. Users can also choose to export data as a CSV file which can then be imported into other applications such as Excel and Numbers. Version 3.0 introduces a new tasks feature that replaces service items at the project level. Expenses have also been redesigned to allow users to record more details about money that has been spent. [Download - 19.8MB]

Skim 1.4.7 (free) - Skim is a PDF reader and note taker that has been designed for reading scientific papers. The update includes a fix for an issue with vertical scrolling, as well as a workaround for an initial PDF display bug on OS X Mavericks. The automatic text detection for notes has also been improved and a hang in the note tool modes has been resolved. [Download - 3.9MB]

Twitterrific 4.5.1 ($10) - Twitterrific is a desktop Twitter client that allows users to read and compose tweets, view multiple accounts, filter messages, and more. A crash that related to image uploading has been fixed in this update, along with with a crash related to switching display configurations. [Download - 4.8MB]

Keyboard Maestro 6.3.2 ($36) - Keyboard Maestro is a utility meant to improve the convenience of Mac OS X by enabling macro shortcuts, which can be activated at any time. Version 6.3.2 is a maintenance release that addresses a code signing issue. [Download - 25.3MB]

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Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop

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PopChar X 7.5 arrives

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