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Mac Gems: ReadKit could make you forget about Google Reader

Miss Google Reader? ReadKit could be a great new way to keep up with the news.

LuckReader for Mac review: no-frills approach to RSS feeds

Still looking for a replacement for Google Reader? LuckReader is good if you're looking for a no-nonsense app.

LittleIpsum review: Adds placeholder text with just a couple of clicks

LittleIpsum generates "lorem ipsum" placeholder text in an instant, and it does it well.

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

Noted doesn't have a lot of features, but it is easy to use.

Mac Gems: Stay connected with VPN AutoConnect and stop VPN headaches

VPN AutoConnect is a simple utility for staying connected to a virtual private network.

Review: Face2Face makes Apple Mail more personable

Face2Face is an Apple Mail plug-in that helps add contact profile pictures to the app.

Mac Gems: Actions turns your iPad into a Mac control pad

Actions is a combination of Mac and iOS apps that turn your iPad into a nifty touchscreen control pad and shortcut panel for your Mac.

Review: NoteSuite a powerful note-taking app for Mac and iPad

Previously known as Projectbook for iPad, NoteSuite now has a Mac companion, making its powerful note-taking tools available on two platforms.

Review: Bluenote a secure alternative to OS X's Notes

Bluenote doesn't have a ton of features, but it works as a basic app.

Review: Free-OCR performs adequately on text docs

If your needs are modest, then this limited but free online OCR service will extract your text just fine. It supports 29 languages, including English.

Review: Microsoft's Office Mobile for iPhone app will disappoint most users

Good news: Microsoft finally released an iPhone app for Office. Bad news: It's not the kind of app we were hoping for.

Anything but PowerPoint: Five fresh presentation alternatives

Knock their socks off and seal the deal with presentation tools that give you new takes on the same old slides—from eye-catching imagery to data visualization that goes way, way beyond the pie chart.

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Mac Gems Promising Prospect: Shortcat replaces mouse clicks with keyboard presses

It's hard to use a modern computer interface without a mouse or trackpad, but Shortcat helps you reduce your dependency on point-and-click in favor of clever keyboard-based shortcuts that work nearly everywhere on your Mac.