Mac Gems: Clear Day beautifully portrays weather information

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.

If you live in an area with near constant unpredictable weather, then an accurate and trustworthy weather app can be very helpful. Clear Day 2.0 (Mac App Store link) is a beautiful weather forecast app that provides you with all the information that you’ll need to figure out just how many layers you should be wearing when you leave the house.

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Mac Gems: Pixa is an image organizer made for creative work

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.

Pixa (Mac App Store link) is iPhoto for designers and writers. It’s an image and inspiration organizer with a slick interface and some smart tools for collecting all the other kinds of images you care about.

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Mac Gems: Push to Talk creates a mute switch for your Mac's mic

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.

Push to Talk serves as a “cough switch” for your Mac.

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Mac Gems: Cloud Mate makes the most out of iCloud

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.

If you use any aspects of iCloud sync—Photo Stream, saving documents from iWork apps, or anything—I strongly recommend that you stop reading this review, go buy the $7 Cloud Mate, and then come back here to read why you just bought yourself a great Mac app.

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Mac Gems: Noted a nicely-organized note-taking app

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.

Noted 1.1.0 (Mac App Store link) is a note taking application that is less powerful than your typical word processor, but much better organized. Noted bills itself as so intuitive that you already know how to use it, and that’s largely true—the UI resembles the modern Lion OS, complete with folders.

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Mac Gems: Properly tag your videos with IDentify

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.

Chances are, your Mac is full of movies and TV shows—and your tags are probably a mess. IDentify 2 (Mac App Store link; note that the Mac App Store version is listed as 521) is a snazzy little utility to help organize your content.

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Mac Gems: Get control of your Mac's desktop with Desktop Groups

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.

Does your desktop look like a war zone, with icons and documents scattered all over the place? You’re not alone, and Desktop Groups 1.4.1 (Mac App Store link) is a great way to keep your files organized.

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