Macworld Podcast #6: Mac Gems

If you spend any significant time in front of your Mac, it’s a pretty safe bet that you do—then you probably have at least one or two small applications that you use constantly to improve your productivity. Senior writer Dan Frakes keeps tabs on low-cost Mac software and wrote the “50 Mac Gems” article in the September 2005 issue. In this podcast, he explains how he picked them and explains some of his favorites gems.

If you spend any significant time in front of your Mac—and if you read Macworld —it’s a pretty safe bet that you do—then you probably have at least one or two small applications that you use constantly to improve your productivity, pick out colors, check the weather or maybe even monitor your Netflix queue.

Senior writer Dan Frakes keeps tabs on low-cost Mac software for both his Mac Gems Weblog and his monthly column in Macworld . In the September 2005 issue, Dan picked an assortment of 50 software gems for our cover story; in this podcast, he explains how he picked them and what some of his favorites are. I’ve got a few favorite software bargains of my own, which I talk about in this 15-minute podcast.

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Show Notes

Dan Frakes’ Favorite Gems:

•  NetNewsWire: RSS reader.

•  LaunchBar: Application launcher.

•  Netflix Freak: Movie manager.

My Favorite Gems:

•  VLC: Media player.

•  GraphicConverter: Image editor.

•  iClock: Clock app.

•  WeatherPop: Weather tracker.

Music Credits

• “Basic” by Epicte the Elemental: Want to hear more of his music? Need a DJ in the Washington, D.C. area? E-mail him here: epicte@gmail.com.

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