Hourly News review: Be in the know with the latest news

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.

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WavTap review: A free way to capture your Mac's audio

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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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.

The challenge: You have audio playing on your Mac that you’d like to capture. There are ways to do it for free (though they can be complicated) and others that are easier but require you shelling out money for a utility.

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Words App review: Get your Internet reading list under control

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.

The Internet is full of great stuff to read, but keeping track of it all is a chore. Luckily, read-it-later Web services like Pocket, Readability and Instapaper have sprung up to help you collect articles. Words App 2.2.1 (Mac App Store link) brings those services to the desktop, giving you quick access to your links across services, as well as cool tricks like supporting cross-platform tags and folders, search, and offline reading.

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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 Editor of Macworld.
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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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