Mac Gems: Wrapping up GemFest 2013

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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The end of summer means cooler weather, more-colorful trees, and new Apple products. But here at Mac Gems HQ, it also means the end of GemFest (a.k.a., the Summer of Gems). We started the 2013 edition way back on July 22 and continued through September 28, publishing a review of a Mac Gem—a great, inexpensive Mac app—Every day except Sunday.

That means that over the course of summer 2013, we published roughly 60 Mac Gems reviews. As I wrote at the time:

As with the software we normally cover in Mac Gems, some of the apps will be delightfully simple, while others will be more complex. Some will be specialized and have narrow appeal, while others should be useful to nearly everyone. Each and every one will earn the Mac Gems label.

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Transmit 4 review: One of the best FTP clients for the Mac

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.

You run a website, or maybe you just have files on your computer and you need to get them up to your webserver that’s somewhere in the cloud. Transmit 4 (Mac App Store link), an FTP client from Panic, is one of your best options for making that journey there and back again.

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Quicksand review: Keep copies of your most recent files anywhere you want

Albert Filice Editorial Assistant, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Albert is a former PCWorld and Macworld intern and GeekTech writer, who now works as an Editorial Assistant in the PCWorld Lab. Albert likes to dabble in Web development in his free time. Check him out on Dribbble, or see some of his work on CodePen.
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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.

When it comes to syncing files and folders across devices, Dropbox inevitably comes up. However, Dropbox does take some amount of curating, and occasionally you can forget to put that new file you just made into Dropbox. The aim of Quicksand 1.02 is to keep a copy recently-opened files in a single convenient location so you can access the files from any computer.

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ResolutionTab review: Resolve your resolution-switching problems

Roman Loyola Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Roman has covered technology since the early 1990s. His career started at MacUser, and he's worked for MacAddict, Mac|Life, TechTV, PC/Computing, and Windows NT Systems.
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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.

OS X doesn’t provide menu-bar access to screen resolutions, but there are plenty of third-party apps that can do the trick, including Eye-Friendly, Pupil, and QuickRes. ResolutionTab 1.1 (Mac App Store link) joins the fray and the $2 app is a viable option.

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Erato review: See Markdown previews in real time

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.

Many authors like use the Markdown format for writing because of its simplicity, portability, and ease of use. Lovers of the format will find themselves right at home with Erato 1.1.1 (Mac App Store link), which allows you to edit a Markdown file side-by-side with a live preview version of its compiled output.

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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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