MacDropAny review: Sync any folder on your Mac to the cloud

Dan Frakes Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan writes about OS X, iOS, utilities, cool apps, and troubleshooting. He also covers hardware; mobile, audio, and AV gear; input devices; and accessories. He's been writing about tech since 1994, and he's also published software, worked in IT, and worked as a policy analyst.
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Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2013. Every day (except Sunday) from mid-July until late September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout free or low-cost program. Learn more about GemFest in this Macworld podcast. You can view a list of this year’s apps, updated daily, on our handy GemFest page, and you can visit the Mac Gems homepage for past Mac Gems reviews.

Many of the cloud-syncing services out there, such as Dropbox, sync across all your computers and devices any data you place in a specific, special folder on your Mac’s drive. This approach makes these services dead-simple to use.

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Horus News Reader review: RSS reader with graphical pizazz

Jeff Sandstoe , Macworld

Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2013. Every day (except Sunday) from mid-July until late September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout free or low-cost program. Learn more about GemFest in this Macworld podcast. You can view a list of this year’s apps, updated daily, on our handy GemFest page, and you can visit the Mac Gems homepage for past Mac Gems reviews.

Horus News Reader 1.1 (Mac App Store link) is an RSS reader that separates itself from the rest of the herd by placing an immense importance on design and the graphic presentation of stories. If you’ve every used—and loved—mobile news apps like the Pulse, then you’ll feel right at home using Horus.

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EasyEnvelopes review: When you absolutely, positively have to use snail mail

Nathan Alderman , Macworld

Nathan Alderman is a writer and copy editor, and frequent Macworld contributor based in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2013. Every day (except Sunday) from mid-July until late September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout free or low-cost program. Learn more about GemFest in this Macworld podcast. You can view a list of this year’s apps, updated daily, on our handy GemFest page, and you can visit the Mac Gems homepage for past Mac Gems reviews.

Prior to my wedding this year, I spent hours fiddling with Photoshop templates just to print out nice-looking envelopes. Now I’m kicking myself for not using EasyEnvelopes 1.0.2 (Mac App Store link) instead.

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Plain Cloud review: It's not fancy but it provides simple access to iCloud files

Dan Moren Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Dan has been writing about all things Apple since 2006, when he first started contributing to the MacUser blog. Since then he's covered most of the company's major product releases and reviewed every major revision of iOS. In his "copious" free time, he's usually grinding away on a novel or two.
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Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2013. Every day (except Sunday) from mid-July until late September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout free or low-cost program. Learn more about GemFest in this Macworld podcast. You can view a list of this year’s apps, updated daily, on our handy GemFest page, and you can visit the Mac Gems homepage for past Mac Gems reviews.

If it seems like the year of the iCloud utility, you’re not mistaken. Another entrant in the field is Cooking Robot’s Plain Cloud 1.0. This utility’s goal is to give you more transparent access to all the information that apps store in iCloud.

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Dropzone review: Go drag-and-drop crazy with OS X

Ray Aguilera , Macworld

Ray Aguilera is a writer and editor who has been working on Apple computers since Apple was doomed. When he's not slaving over a hot laptop, he can be found hunting vinyl records, or hanging out with a really rad dog.
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Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2013. Every day (except Sunday) from mid-July until late September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout free or low-cost program. Learn more about GemFest in this Macworld podcast. You can view a list of this year’s apps, updated daily, on our handy GemFest page, and you can visit the Mac Gems homepage for past Mac Gems reviews.

Dropzone (Mac App Store link) is one of those things you don’t know you need until you use it. At it’s simplest, Dropzone lives in your menubar, and expands to a palate of actions, whether that’s compressing a file and emailing it, or uploading a picture to your Flickr account.

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Claquette review: Mac app makes it easy to be a video star

Marco Tabini , Macworld

Marco Tabini is based in Toronto, Canada, where he focuses on software development for mobile devices and for the Web.
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Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2013. Every day (except Sunday) from mid-July until late September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout free or low-cost program. Learn more about GemFest in this Macworld podcast. You can view a list of this year’s apps, updated daily, on our handy GemFest page, and you can visit the Mac Gems homepage for past Mac Gems reviews.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video can be priceless, particularly when you’re preparing a presentation for your website or just trying to show your parents who live in another state how they should fix a problem with their computer.

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SwitchUp review: Easily set up separate usage profiles for your apps

David Chartier Contributor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

David has been covering Apple and how to get the most out of its products since 2005. Now a freelance tech writer, he runs Finer Things in Tech, jots down thoughts at DavidChartier.com, occasionally starts outlining the great American tech novel, and might still get to snowboard Breckenridge one more time.
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Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2013. Every day (except Sunday) from mid-July until late September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout free or low-cost program. Learn more about GemFest in this Macworld podcast. You can view a list of this year’s apps, updated daily, on our handy GemFest page, and you can visit the Mac Gems homepage for past Mac Gems reviews.

SwitchUp is one of those focused utilities with a single purpose, but a very valuable one. If you ever wished you could have separate profiles, or libraries of data, for apps that don’t support it, SwitchUp 1.6 is your answer.

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