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The best free and paid text editors for the Mac

Word processors like Microsoft Word and Apple's own Pages software are just dandy if you want to write a college paper or fax a cover sheet, but their focus is on page layout and text formatting. Text editors are an entirely different story. Text editors are much more helpful if you're editing code, creating web pages, doing text transformation or other things that a word processor is just overkill for. Here's a roundup of the best ones you can get for your Mac at the moment.

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Yojimbo 4.0 released with new syncing service

Version 4.0 of information organizing application Yojimbo has been released by Bare Bones Software, retiring MobileMe support and bringing in a new syncing mechanism. Yojimbo 4.0 now uses the Wasabi syncing service to move data across devices.

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Vox for Mac review: Your lightweight yet powerful iTunes alternative

If iTunes gets you down sometimes, then Vox may well be the Mac music player you've been looking for. We're not going to spend 300 words talking about why iTunes might get you down, we've been there before. Instead, lets focus on Vox, which is a fine alternative. Part of it's beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of options, support for all the audio formats you should ever need and the ability to play your iTunes library.

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Head for Instagram and Gmail give you quick access to your accounts right from your Mac desktop

We recently took a look at Head for Facebook and I was quite impressed at the unobtrusive way it allowed me to access Facebook on my Mac desktop in one single click but didn't get in the way. The creators of Head for Facebook have now released Head for Instagram and Head for Gmail. Two separate apps that give you the same functionality of their Facebook counterpart, right on your Mac desktop.

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ReadKit for Mac gets even better with added Feedly support

ReadKit for Mac is one of the best RSS reading clients money can buy for the Mac, and the latest update consolidates that further by adding support for Feedly. In the post-Google Reader world, Feedly quickly emerged as a leading contender to step into the limelight.

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Head for Facebook: Access Facebook on your Mac anytime, no browser required

There are lots of apps out there that give you quick access to many different services including Facebook and Twitter. Head for Facebook gives you instant access to your Facebook account directly from your desktop on your Mac. The cool thing about Head for Facebook is that it actually looks good, doesn't get in your way, and actually works great.

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ReadKit for Mac keeps your reading together in one fast, stylish place

The Google Reader apocalypse sent many of us scrambling for replacements on both our iOS devices and our Macs. Some of the more popular options, such as Reeder, haven't updated in time for the Mac, or perhaps our new RSS service of choice isn't supported by our most used application. The scramble settled, eventually, and I found myself on Newsblur which then lead me to ReadKit for Mac. ReadKit goes far beyond just RSS, though, it'll pull in most of the popular reading services too. Let's take a look.

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Airmail for Mac updated with Google Drive support, Droplr integration, and more

Airmail for Mac was just updated to version 1.0.4 and brings with it lots of new features, improvements to existing ones, and bug fixes. Most notably, Airmail now has Google Drive support and also allows both Droplr and CloudApp support for attachments in addition to Dropbox. You can also now choose to delay sending an email if you'd like.

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Chatology: Blindingly fast search for Mac Messages that actually works!

I love a lot of things about Messages for Mac. Even though it has numerous issues, the ability to receive and respond to iMessages, as well as AIM, Jabber, etc. if you really must, makes it enormously useful. Except, searching on it absolutely sucks. The moment you start typing in the search box, Messages freezes in a way that makes iTunes seem snappy. It's not good. It's the opposite of good. Enter Chatology.

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Reveal: A promising runtime inspector for iOS apps

Reveal is a new debugging app by Itty Bitty Apps. It gives you the ability to inspect view elements and hierarchies in your iOS apps in realtime, providing a unique perspective to developers for debugging their apps.

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