The end of the year means numerous “best of” lists. One of the more prestigious awards is the Macworld Editors’ Choice Award, or Eddy. You can access the entire list here, but these are some selections worth checking out:
- Adonit Jot Script ($75) is the hottest new stylus on the market. It features a 1.9mm plastic nib with Pixelpoint technology for extra-precise writing. It’s an incredibly impressive pen for writing on your iPad or iPad mini, particularly in Evernote’s Penultimate app.
- Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 ($495) is simply the best scanner on the market, period. While it may look similar to its predecessors, this version has a faster and more reliable paper-feed mechanism (up to 25 double-sided pages per minute), and its built-in Wi-Fi converts the scans to JPEG or PDF to allow scanning directly to your iPhone or iPad.
- Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard K811 ($100) pairs with up to three OS X and/or iOS devices simultaneously and lets you switch your active Bluetooth connection between them with a simple key press. It’s smaller and lighter than Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, recharges by USB, and even has motion-activated backlighting for typing in dimly lit environments.
- Agile Bits 1Password is available in both OS X Mavericks ($50) and iOS ($18) versions. This app offers a great combination of convenience and security. You can easily access or create passwords, either through the app itself, through the Mac menu bar, or in a browser with the 1Password extension, and then sync your data via Dropbox, iCloud, or Wi-Fi – all while savely encrypted.
- Surtees Studios Bartender ($15) helps you organize the application icons in your menu bar. It places its own icon there, which when clicked gives you a submenu bar filled with the icons you’ve chosen to hide. It is simple to use and does its job without muss or fuss.