Nasturtium Player review: Put together iTunes and YouTube playlists with ease

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. 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.

Nasturtium Player 1.0.6 (Mac App Store link) is a YouTube and music player that lets you create hours of playlists without the hassle of switching apps or windows.

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Command-Click Avenger review: Take back your Safari tabs

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.

A good number of websites—one is too many—use JavaScript and other code to prevent you from opening links in new tabs. ⌘-Click Avenger is a nifty Safari extension that works behind the scenes to override such code, restoring standard link behavior.

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Healthier review: Mac app reminds you to get up off of that thing

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.

Sitting all day is bad for you—we all know this by now. There are a number of apps that will prompt you to take scheduled breaks, and among the better ones is LessApps’s Healthier 1.3.1 (Mac App Store link).

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Status Magic review: Perform nifty hocus-pocus on iOS screenshots

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.

I love me a good niche app, and Status Magic 1.7 (Mac App Store link) is an excellent one. You're in the target audience for Status Magic if you ever take—and share—iOS screenshots. So app developers and folks in my own trade should pay close attention.

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Scenario review: Get more out of AppleScript

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.

Despite the mixed signals that Apple keeps sending on the subject, scripting is alive and well on the Mac, as users from all walks of life use it to automate all sorts of tasks. Scenario 1.61 (Mac App Store link) kicks things up a notch by allowing you to automatically execute a script when a given system event occurs. For example, you can trigger an AppleScript execution at login, logout, or even when a particular key combination is pressed.

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Tunesify review: No-fuss audio file conversion

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.

iTunes and QuickTime can convert a variety of audio files to other formats, but not all of them. You need plug-ins in order to convert file formats such as FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, and Windows Media Audio.

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Wordify review: Create typographic images with a few mouse clicks

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. 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.

It’s been said that every picture is worth a thousand words, and in the case of Wordify 2.0 (Mac App Store link), that’s literally true. Wordify takes an image you specify (or one of the built-in clip-art graphics) and transforms it into a typographic version rendered from text you input. It’s a cool effect, and Wordify lets you choose your font, text size, and color to customize your image, which is automatically exported as a PDF.

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