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Name Mangler review: The file renamer for Mac power users

You'll find many OS X utilities that can rename a bunch of files at once, but Name Mangler is the most powerful we've tried, and version 3 offers some nice improvements.

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Scribe review: Cut and paste between your Mac and iOS device

This set of apps uses Bluetooth LE to transfer small snippets of data from your Mac to you iPhone or iPad. But the software has some quirks.

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Day-O review: Me say day on the Mac's menu bar

Does OS X's lack of an easy-access menu-bar calendar drive you bananas? You can get one for free with Day-O.

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Patterns review: Utility makes quick work of regular expressions

If you work with text, you owe it to yourself to learn regular expressions, and Patterns can help you do that--as well as figure out exactly what your search patterns are capturing.

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DeskConnect review: Share files, URLs, and more between OS X and iOS

Seven years since iOS arrived, sharing files, URLs, and other data between it and OS X is still a hassle. DeskConnect makes the task easier.

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CloudyTabs review: Liberate iCloud Tabs from Safari on your Mac

If you like the idea behind iCloud Tabs, but you don't use Safari on your Mac, CloudyTabs is just what you're looking for.

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Screens is a portal into your Mac

Sometimes there's no replacement for sitting in front of your Mac. Fortunately, Screens exists to bring your Mac to your iOS device.

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A Better Finder Rename review: Easily rename batches of files

There are plenty of Mac utilities that'll help you rename a bunch of files and folders all at once. A Better Finder Rename stands out for its combination of usability and power.

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Duplicate Detective review: Make short work of finding duplicate files

If you'd like a simple and inexpensive tool for weeding out duplicates files on your drives, Duplicate Detective is for you.

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WiFi Explorer review: Find problems with and optimize your wireless network

WiFi explorer is a nifty Mac utility that lets you gather an impressive amount of data about the Wi-Fi networks within range of your Mac.

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Mac Gems of the Year: 2013

Our Mac Gems department aims to uncover the best in great, inexpensive software. Of the nearly 120 Mac Gems we reviewed in 2013, here are our favorites.

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Dragshare for Dropbox review: Menu-bar item makes sharing links less painful

If you share Dropbox links on a regular basis, or you're looking for an easy way to share files with others, Dragshare can save you time and headaches.

Hosts review: Simple System Preferences pane makes network tweaks easy

Most of us don't need to edit our Mac's hosts file very often, but when we do, the free Hosts preference pane makes it a snap to do so.