GemFest 2009 Begins

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There's a lot of great free and low-cost software out there, programs we call Mac Gems. Macworld Senior Editor Dan Frakes covers a couple of these each week on the Mac Gems Weblog, but there aren't enough weeks in the year for him to cover them all. So each year, we go through our ever-growing list of potential Gems and put together, with the help of other Macworld staff and contributors, a special summer Gems event. (You may remember last year's "Summer of Mac Gems"?)

This year's event is called GemFest 2009. Starting today and continuing until the end of June, we'll use the Mac Gems blog to cover a new Gem each day. Some of the programs are simple, some more complex. Some will be niche-y, while others will be programs everyone should use. The one thing they all have in common is that they are all Mac Gems.

Many of the products we'll showcase over the next few weeks are part of a Mac Gems feature that will be published in our August 2009 issue. Pick up a copy if you'd like to see a compilation of most of the gems we will cover on, as well as to see a list of some of our favorite Gems of all time. And don't forget to browse the Mac Gems Weblog to read reviews of past Gems.

Want to stay up-to-date with the latest Gems? Sign up for the Mac Gems newsletter for a weekly e-mail summary of Gems reviews sent directly to your inbox.

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