Folder Factory review: Take the blahs out of OS X's folder icons

James Galbraith , Macworld

James is the director of Macworld Lab.
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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.

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Taskdeck review: For when reminders matter

Chris Holt , Macworld

Chris is a former Macworld editor who has turned to a life of crime.
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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.

Compared to OS X’s Reminders, Taskdesk 1.0.4 (Mac App Store link) is an upgrade, allowing you to prioritize, attach images, create deadlines, and manage multiple lists.

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Collective review: Make the most of cut-and-paste in OS X

Lex Friedman Senior Contributor, Macworld

Lex uses a MacBook Pro, an iPhone 5, an iPad mini, a Kindle 3, a TiVo HD, and a treadmill desk, and loves them all. His latest book, a children's book parody for adults, is called "The Kid in the Crib." Lex lives in New Jersey with his wife and three young kids.
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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.

Most Mac users cut, copy, and paste all the time. And most Mac users rely solely on OS X’s built-in clipboard—despite its obvious limitations. Collective 1.2 (Mac App Store link) aims to make the clipboard far more useful, and mostly succeeds. But it’s hampered somewhat by the Mac App Store’s sandboxing restrictions.

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nvALT review: Makes writing and finding plain-text notes simple

Dan Miller Editor, Macworld

Dan is Macworld's Executive Editor and, thus, the senior Dan on staff.
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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.

There are roughly a jillion text editors available for OS X; it takes a special one to stand out from the crowd. Simply put, nvALT is special.

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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, troubleshooting, utilities, and cool apps; and he covers hardware, mobile 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 been 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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