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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.

Liquid review: Utility simplifies many text-related tasks

If you ever search for, copy, share, or otherwise fiddle with bits of text (and who doesn't), Liquid will make your life a lot easier.

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Coffitivity review: Simple utility brings the feel of a coffee shop to your home office

Hate working in silence? Coffitivity brings the ambiance of your favorite coffee shop to your office to help you be more productive.

EasyRes review: Resolution switcher's animated previews set it apart

EasyRes is a nifty menu-bar utility for switching screen resolutions. Unlike other similar utilities, EasyRes shows you how a resolution change will affect your screen...before you actually make the change.

Dropzone review: Go drag-and-drop crazy with OS X

Dropzone takes several different tasks and makes them drag-and-dropable.

Hands-on: Intermission lets you pause and rewind live audio on your Mac

Rogue Amoeba on Friday released a new $15 Mac app called Intermission. Like TiVo for sound, the app buffers streaming audio so you can pause something you're listening to live.

StatsBar review: Handy system monitor lives in your menu bar

StatsBar shows you comprehensive stats about your Mac and allows you to free up inactive RAM either on demand or at a threshold.

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Mac Gems: Moment puts Facebook in your menubar

Moment is a tidy, elegant menu-bar app that gives you quick access to your Facebook notifications, and makes submitting status updates as simple as click and type, or drag and drop.

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.