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Gems Revisited: Fantastical 1.1 and Moom 2.3.1

Since we originally reviewed Fantastical and Moom, these Mac Gems have seen significant updates that warrant another look, as well as new ratings.

AirPort Utility for iPhone and iPad

AirPort Utility for iOS is the perfect tool for configuring and troubleshooting Appleā€™s gear without having to lug a laptop around.

gfxCardStatus 2.1

With gfxCardStatus, you can see when your dual-video-card-equipped MacBook Pro uses each GPU. You can even force the laptop to use integrated graphics when you're trying to conserve battery power.

Promising Prospect: RestoreMeNot

RestoreMeNot lets you disable Lion's Resume feature for particular applications, leaving it active for the rest.

Padlock 1.0.1

Padlock lets you lock your Mac's screen, either by putting the display to sleep or by starting the screensaver, using the keyboard.

Nuance Dragon Dictate 2.5 now allows for dictation and editing in Word 2011

Dragon Dictate has taken a big leap forward with this new version, finally offering the ability to dictate and edit simultaneously in Word documents.

Promising Prospect: Yoink 1.0

Yoink gives you a temporary place to stash files you want to move between folders, workspaces, or even full-screen apps.

Prompt for iPhone and iPad

While not without some rough edges that need improving, this mobile terminal app is a good choice if you need to make an SSH terminal connection from your iPhone or iPad.

Lion Tweaks 1.3 lets you tweak hidden Lion settings

Lion Tweaks gathers a slew of hidden settings for tweaking Lion in a single window that lets you make those changes by clicking a few buttons.

Lidpop 1.0.2

Lidpop gives your MacBook a bit of personality by playing your favorite sounds when it sleeps and wakes. Trust us: It's fun.

Launchpad-Control 1.3

Launchpad-Control doesn't solve all of Launchpad's problems, but by letting you exclude apps you never want to see in Launchpad, it at least makes Launchpad a bit more usable.

Packing Pro for iPhone and iPad

Packing Pro is a universal app for making sure you're ready for your trip. Unfortunately, the app is hampered by poor design choices and unnecessary complexity. A simple todo list app would suffice.

Scroll Reverser 1.4.2

Scroll Reverser lets you reverse Lion's scrolling by the type of device (trackpad, mouse, or tablet), as well as for just horizontal or just vertical scrolling.