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Review: Snapz Pro X 2.5.1 screen capture program is past its prime

Snapz certainly gets the job done, but there are alternate choices that are both better and less expensive.

Mac Gems: Shush gives you a systemwide mic mute

If you use a variety of audio and video apps, you'll likely find Shush to be a nifty app. It gives you a systemwide mute control, making it quick and easy to mute your microphone, no matter which app you're currently using.

Review: Proximo lets you use your iPhone to find your keys

Kensington's Proximo uses Bluetooth-enabled fobs and tags that enable you to use your iPhone to find your keys or other valuables.

Mac Gems: ForgetMeNot keeps you from forgetting email attachments

ForgetMeNot is an add-on for Mail that spares you embarrassment by making sure you really have attached the files you've referenced in your email.

Review: Drafts for iPhone and iPad

Drafts takes much of the pain out of iOS's textual limitations, letting you focus on your text, rather than what you'll eventually do with it.

Mac Gems: CustomMenu provides quick access to your favorite apps, files, and folders

CustomMenu lets you create a custom systemwide menu for accessing favorite apps, files, and folders.

Mac Gems: Little Snitch snitches on misbehaving apps

Little Snitch provides network and privacy protection in a package that's easy to recommend to an entire range of users, from beginner to sophisticated. It's easy to use and train, yet it’s powerful enough for demanding users.

Mac Gems: Bartender helps you take control of menu-bar icons

By giving you extensive control over the menu bar, Bartender makes a key element of the OS X interface way more useful.

Mac Gems: Display Menu brings back OS X's Displays menu

Mountain Lion eliminated the useful Displays menu extra, but Display Menu brings it back.

Mac Gems: QuickRes helps you get the most out of Retina displays

QuickRes allows Retina MacBook Pro users to quickly switch between screen resolutions.

Review: Search massive archives of email with MailSteward Pro 9

This software tool makes it easy to find messages in extremely large Apple Mail archives.

Review: ChronoSync 4.3.5 a multitalented file sync and backup tool

ChronoSync is a full-featured and powerful utility for synchronizing files and folders between volumes or computers.

Mac Gems: Skip Tunes and iTunification enhance iTunes

Today's Mac Gems review covers two simple add-ons for iTunes. One is an update to a previous Gem, and the other is new for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8).