Sip review: Get exact color information of on-screen pixels

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.

If you work with colors—say, as a designer, Web coder, or app developer—you frequently need to find the exact color of a particular item or pixel on your screen. Sip 1.3.2 (Mac App Store link) is perhaps the easiest way to get that information.

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LogDiver review: Get the data you need from complex log files

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. 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 software development or system administration are part of your daily routine, it’s likely that you have deal with complex log files on a regular basis. LogDiver (Mac App Store link) helps you along by offering a way to both parse and filter log entries according to arbitrary sets of rules.

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TicToc review: A tracker for when time is money

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.

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Mac Gems: Give OS X a makeover with Flavours

Jackie Dove Senior Editor, Macworld

Jackie is always looking for creative mischief to get into. So it's fitting that she oversees photography, video, publishing, music, and Web design.
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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’re the kind of person who gets sick of looking at the same old thing every day—including your computer interface—then Flavours 1.0.12, a program that lets you apply, create, and share creative Mac OS X themes, will get your blood pumping.

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Mac Gems: Control sound volume on an individual app basis with SoundBunny

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.

There is nothing more jarring than a sound blaring unexpectedly out of your Mac’s speakers—something that always seems to happen when you’ve turned up the volume to listen to your favorite song on iTunes.

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Mac Gems: Google Earth a fun way to see the world through your Mac

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. 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.

Our little big planet has plenty of treasures to discover, from nature’s great spectacles to manmade wonders of all kinds. If you like to explore, Google Earth 7.1.1 is the search giant’s answer to your quest, with a detailed view of every corner of the globe, complete with a slew of 3-D models that simulate buildings in many cities across the world.

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Mac Gems: Looking for the perfect beat? Start with DM1

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.

It happens. You sometimes sit down in front of your computer and think, “Man, what I wouldn’t give for an easy-to-use beatbox like the classic Roland TR-606 and 808 right here on my Mac’s screen. Why, I’d pay up to $10 for that!”

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