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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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The Week in Mac Apps: What's cooking?

This week's Mac app roundup brings you a little of everything just in time for the holidays: some encryption, a bit of extra battery savvy, contacts galore, and a few apps that can help you overcome the inevitable food coma and unleash your creativity.

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The Week in Mac Apps: Tinker tailor soldier spy

There's a bit of everything in this week's Mac App roundup, with software that helps you keep track of your finances, share your files, write better documents, and even keep your Windows-toting pals happy.

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Maintaining a Boot Camp partition when upgrading the Mac OS

The question arises: Will my Boot Camp partition remain when I upgrade my copy of the Mac OS? Chris Breen suggests that safe is better than sorry.

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.

Dialogue 1.2 review: Make phone calls on your iPhone through your Mac

Dialogue lets you set up your Mac as a Bluetooth "headset" so you can make phone calls through your iPhone and use the Mac's microphone and speakers.

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New ProductiveMacs bundle offers Mac Gems on the cheap

Looking for some great software? Don't want to spend a lot? The latest ProductiveMacs bundle includes a nice bunch of Mac Gems, along with a couple other quality apps, for just $30.

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.

HandBrakeBatch review: Easy-does-it batch video conversion

HandBrake can handle batch conversion of video files, but HandBrakeBatch makes the process even easier.

Transmit 4 review: One of the best FTP clients for the Mac

Transmit makes is super easy to transfer files over the Internet.