Mac Gems: MYStuff Pro 2.0 a flexible inventory database

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. 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.

The issue of what your house or office contains often comes up under unpleasant circumstances, like after a robbery, when you need to figure out exactly what to claim with your insurance company. MYStuff Pro 2.0.12 is designed to ease this process by keeping track of all your purchases and acquisition, neatly grouping them in a variety of categories, recording their value, and even helping you remember when your warranties expire.

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Mac Gems: ReadKit could make you forget about Google Reader

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. 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.

Google’s decision to close Google Reader is the best thing to happen to the newsreader industry in a long time. Case in point: ReadKit 2.0 for Mac (at the Mac App Store), a full-featured newsreading client that supports a growing myriad of services.

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Mac Gems: Multimon makes for better multiple monitor support in OS X

Josh Centers , Macworld

Josh Centers is the Managing Editor of TidBITS, as well as a contributor to Boing Boing and The Magazine. He sometimes blogs at his eponymous Web site.


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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.

Let’s face it, multiple monitor support on the Mac has been painful. That’s set to finally be cured in OS X Mavericks, but in the meantime (or if you have no plans to upgrade to Mavericks), Aaron Ng’s Multimon 2.51 (Mac App Store link) eases the pain. Multimon adds a menu bar to your external displays, so you don’t have to drag your cursor across multiple displays just to operate your apps.

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Mac Gems: Can't wait for Mavericks? TotalFinder offers Finder tabs and more

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. 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.

Apple’s forthcoming Mavericks update to OS X will finally bring some new features to the Finder. But BinaryAge’s TotalFinder 1.4 still offers the real power tools for users who work with files frequently and need more control (or users who have a Mac that they won’t be upgrading to Mavericks).

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iDraw review: Surprising power for an affordable graphics app

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. 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.

Artists seeking a full-featured vector graphics app at a pint-sized price should take iDraw 2.2 (Mac App Store link) for a spin. Though it can’t match all of Adobe Illustrator’s features, it packs surprising horsepower, yet costs less than most rivals.

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Mac Gems: OptiPNG makes PNG files smaller without losing image quality

Josh Centers , Macworld

Josh Centers is the Managing Editor of TidBITS, as well as a contributor to Boing Boing and The Magazine. He sometimes blogs at his eponymous Web site.


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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.

Over at TidBITS, we use the PNG (portable network graphics) image format exclusively for our images. Sometimes, an image can be 1MB or larger, but since discovering OptiPNG 0.7.4, I’ve been able to substantially reduce those file sizes without any noticeable degradation of image quality.

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Mac Gems: Glui is the screenshot app you didn't know you needed

Serenity Caldwell Associate Editor, Macworld

Serenity has been writing and talking and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, writes, acts, sings, and wears an assortment of hats.
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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.

A cross between Cloud and Skitch, Glui ($5) allows you to quickly snap, annotate, and upload screenshots to its Glui.me service via your Dropbox account.

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