The Season of Stuff is underway and because it is, we devote this episode of the Macworld Podcast to items that are nice to get and give. Specifically, we focus on Mac Gems—inexpensive applications you and others will enjoy—and digital cameras.

In our first interview I speak with Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes, who recaps some suggestions from his recent Gems I’m Thankful For column. I attempt to corner him with the Desert Island question, but he adroitly answers it.

After a word from Macworld Superguides, senior contributor Ben Long and I take on digital cameras—examining what you should look for in gifts for your favorite photographer (who could easily be you).

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Show Notes

Dan discusses a boatload of applications when we talk about Mac Gems. They include:

In addition to Dan’s Gems I’m Thankful For story, be sure to check out last June’s GemFest 2009: All-time Favorite Affordable Software. (We also touched on that topic in Macworld Podcast #160 for you archivists.)

Ben and I talked about Micro Four Thirds cameras, one of which is Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF1, which Ben reviewed favorably. You can read more about these cameras on Ben’s site, Complete Digital Photography. Specifically, take a look at Should You Buy an Olympus E-P1 or Panasonic GF1. And the fifth edition of his Complete Digital Photography book really is quite good. It too is a great gift.

For more holiday shopping advice, consult Macworld’s buying guide for point-and-shoot cameras along with our slideshow of point-and-shoot models for the holidays. We’ve got buying advice for digital SLRs as well.


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