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IT Enquirer’s Best of the Best of 2014

Editors choice

It’s almost year’s end and time to make a balance of the past year’s products. I’ve made a list of the best products I have reviewed over the course of the past year, as well as a list of vendors that I believe have shown that it is possible to deliver innovative products without sacrificing on quality.

OmniFocus 2 for iPad review

OmniFocus 2 iPad interface

I reviewed OmniFocus 2 for the Mac earlier this year, but there’s an iOS branch to the Omni Group’s products as well. OmniFocus 2 for iPad is one of the most useful with its full and immediate synchronisation via Omni Group’s own sync server. After playing with the app for a day I discovered that it can actually improve your stress levels by providing you with a permanent, mobile-and-office view of your tasks and priorities.

Apparent introduces new take-it-with-you scanner

Doxie Go Plus or Wi-Fi

My test unit of the Doxie Go, released about three years ago, still works today, so why should I want to upgrade to one of the new models, the Doxie Go Plus or Go Wi-Fi? Well, for starters because Apparent offers one of the newer models at an upgrade price and I don’t even have to send the old one back. But there’s more: a better image quality should be part of the two new models, while the one that is really, really interesting has Wi-Fi.

Fonts be shared with Suitcase Fusion 6

Suitcase Fusion 6

The sixth iteration of Suitcase Fusion Extensis brings us compatibility with Yosemite and Windows 8, modern HTML5 based font panels in applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and cloud based archive and restore. Time to see if it’s worth upgrading.

SanDisk SSD Extreme Pro: reliability, performance and lifespan

SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD

SSDs miss moving parts, are durable and fast. They are the holy grail of computer storage, except for their price, which still is considerable when compared to common hard disks. Nevertheless, there are good reasons to prefer an SSD above a hard disk despite the price premium, but not any SSD will do. Some are plain unreliable, while others claim high throughput speeds but never deliver. SanDisk is at the top of the industry in flash memory storage solutions. Atomos lists their Extreme Pro SSD in the “Highly Recommended” category for video recording. Six out of seven server and storage OEMs and all leading PC manufacturers use SanDisk technology in their products. Time we took an Extreme Pro SSD for a ride.

BBEdit 11: some things change, some don’t

BBEdit 11 Find Differences

As long as I can remember, I have been reviewing BBEdit. Now at its 11th iteration, the text and code editor seems to stand firm as one of the most flexible and useful text editors for the Mac. BBEdit 11 leaves much unchanged in order not to interfere with users’ habits. That what did change again makes BBEdit more efficient, but some features didn’t work as expected yet.

Path Finder 7 has file management power to spare

Path Finder 7

You would think Mac OS X “Yosemite” to be perfectly suitable for every Mac user, but Path Finder 7 is the living proof much of OS X can still be improved, despite Yosemite’s good looks and excellent user experience. Let’s just say Yosemite is focused on improving the interaction between you and any Mac device, while Path Finder 7 improves on the Mac user experience.

Carbon Copy Cloner 4: from peace to mind to enjoyable backups

Carbon Copy Cloner 4

Backing up your Mac isn’t something you do for pleasure. It’s a necessity and necessities are seldom fun. But when the day comes your hard disk or Mac gives up, you’ll be happy to have a backup you can start from. That is: if you can start up from your backed up volume in seconds. Chances are that, if you are using Carbon Copy Cloner, you can.

Crystal-clear & perfectly manageable: Audirvana Plus 2 music player

Audrivana Plus 2.0.1

A year or so ago I reviewed Audirvana Plus. I found it one of the best music players around. Amarra was just a tiny little bit better, in my opinion. Then came Amarra 3.0, which sounded the same as the previous version, but had more capabilities. Now, Audirvana Plus 2.0.1 has been released, and I am starting to see the light. Audirvana Plus 2 outperforms evrything else and if you’ll give me a couple of minutes, I’ll explain why.

1Password 5 for iOS 8 is here

1Password for iOS 8

1Password 5 for iOS 8 has Touch ID, direct Safari integration (finally!), App Extensions for your favorite apps, Wi-Fi Sync with attachments, freemium pricing, and so much more! Best of all, it’s a free upgrade for existing v4 customers.