Don't-Miss Mac app Stories

Welcome to GemFest 2012

It's time for our annual GemFest (a.k.a., Summer of Gems), so starting today and continuing through mid-August, we'll be reviewing a new Mac Gem every day (except Sunday). Some of the programs are simple, some more complex. Some will be niche-y, while others will be programs everyone should use. The one thing they all have in common is that each is a Mac Gem.

NoteTote lets you download files remotely

NoteTote is a clever utility that lets you download files to your Mac no matter where you are, or what device you're using, when you come across the link.

Change Hidden iTunes Preferences lets you tweak iTunes options

iTunes has a good number of hidden settings that affect how the program works and what options are available to you. Change Hidden iTunes Preferences presents the settings in an easy-to-use interface.

Three Gems-heavy bundles offer great bargains

Three current software bundles include Mac Gems, offering a slew of good software at even-better-than-usual prices.

Botanicula a hypnotically fascinating Mac game

Playing Botanicula is a bit like being thrown into a Czechoslovakian children’s cartoon where you’re left to figure out what’s going on.

CheatSheet helps you find and remember keyboard shortcuts

Like former Gem KeyCue, CheatSheet makes it easy to discover and remember keyboard shortcuts for particular applications.

Battle through a broken world in Bastion

Bastion resembles every other quest-adventure game since The Legend of Zelda: Explore. But Supergiant Games have made this game fun with inspired embellishments.

CleanMyDrive lets you monitor and clean removable drives

CleanMyDrive lets you monitor connected drives and mounted volumes, but it can also automatically clean thumb drives and other removable drives to keep them free of cruft.

Order & Chaos Online: A 'lite' version of World of Warcraft

Order And Chaos Online doesn’t have the depth of WoW, but it’s still fun to dip into in odd moments. It’s also a lot cheaper than WoW—as long as you avoid those in-app purchases.

Diablo III a fun addition to Blizzard's iconic RPG series

Even if you’ve outgrown certain elements of the Diablo series over the last 16 years, Blizzard does a great job of reminding you why these games are fun.

Justnotes is an elegant notes app that syncs across devices

Justnotes is an elegant plain-text-notes app that syncs across devices using Simplenote and Dropbox.

Coda 2 dramatically improves an already very good code editor

Coda 2 adds a slew of powerful features, many of which felt like they were missing from its predecessor. While the original Coda was simply good, Coda 2 is great.

Promising Prospect: EdgeCase enhances multiple-display setups

EdgeCase is a unique utility that gives you the user-interface benefits of a single display when using multiple displays.

CrashPlan+: Reliable cloud backup and online storage

CrashPlan+ is a cloud-based online backup program that offers three ways to access saved data: through an iOS app, through desktop software, or through CrashPlan’s website.

To-do app Due delights on the Mac

To-do and timer app Due has arrived on OS X, offering the same reminder, timer, and log support as its iOS version in a Mac-optimized interface. The program retains the simplicity of the touchscreen original while effectively transitioning to OS X's point-and-click environment.