Best Mac Apps

Best Mac Apps

Best Mac Apps: Frank Eves’ shortcut to getting the best software for your Mac.

  • 1Password create strong, unique passwords, remember them, restore them
  • Aperture refine images, showcase photos and manage massive libraries
  • AppDelete uninstall applications, widgets, preference panes, plugins, screensavers along with their associated files
  • Apple iLife iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand
  • Apple iWork Pages, Numbers and Keynote
  • Art Text create textual graphics, headings, logos, icons, web site elements and buttons
  • BBEdit HTML and text editor
  • BetterZip compress, decompress and manage your archives
  • Carbon Copy Cloner backup featuring scheduled clones
  • ColorSchemer Studio create professional color schemes
  • CrashPlan offsite backup
  • DEVONthink Pro Office manage info with AI help
  • Direct Mail create, manage, and deliver powerful email marketing campaigns
  • Dragon Dictate input text by speaking
  • Dropbox share files
  • ForkLift advanced file manager and FTP/SFTP/TLS/Amazon S3/WEBDav client
  • Google Earth the world’s geographic information at your fingertips
  • Growl lets Mac apps unobtrusively tell you when things happen
  • HoudahSpot makes good on the promise of quickly finding the files you search for
  • Knox secure your files create as many encrypted vaults as you want
  • Labels & Addresses design and print address, shipping, file folder and barcode labels
  • LicenseKeeper track information related to your purchased software
  • OmniGraffle Professional create diagrams, process charts, quick page-layouts, websites, wireframes or graphic designs
  • OmniOutliner Professional more than just an outlining tool
  • Panorama Sheets powerful database with the familiar simplicity of a spreadsheet
  • PCalc fully featured scientific calculator supports hexadecimal, octal and binary calculations, RPN mode, parentheses, programmable functions, and unit conversions
  • PDFpenPro edit PDFs, create and edit forms
  • PopChar get the most out of your fonts, special characters a few clicks away
  • PTHPasteboard PRO multiple pasteboard
  • Reeder Google RSS reader
  • ScreenFlow screencasting, capture contents of monitor, video camera, microphone and computer’s audio at the same time
  • Skitch screen capture, crop, resize, sketch… then share
  • Skype free computer to computer voice and video calls
  • Sound Studio record and edit digital audio
  • Syncman synchronizes Address Book with Gmail Contacts
  • TextExpander avoid typing the same thing over and over, customized abbreviations for text strings and graphics
  • Textmate text editor with powerful snippets, macros, and a unique scoping system
  • TextSoap effortlessly cleans up text
  • Things task management
  • Toast Titanium burn DVDs
  • Transmit the #1 Mac OS X FTP client
  • Vector Designer simple, intuitive and powerful vector drawing
  • VidConvert simple and easy video converter
  • VueScan Professional scan documents, photos and film
  • Webnote powerful easy bookmarking
  • xScope measure, align and inspect on-screen graphics and layouts

It’s subjective :-) , but after purchasing hundreds of apps, I’ve concluded that these are, currently, the best Mac Apps for doing what I do. One of the first things you’ll notice is that I’ve eliminated old-time favourites like Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. I’ve also removed dozens of lesser known apps. Let me know what’s missing and feel free to suggest better apps.

Comments

  1. Great list of Mac apps. Many I have, others I don’t need….yet.

    The problem with textmate is that it has not been updated for some time. For years it has been stated that Textmate 2 will be coming out soon. Now, the latest is an alpha build before Christmas. As a result, most now consider it vaporware. Will know more by the end of the year. Until then, a great alternative is Sublime Text 2. Many have already migrated to it from textmate. Check it out and see what you think. I’m using it and love it!

  2. I forgot to add that several of your mac app suggestions I purchased as I was already considering them. One such app was Devonthink. Thx for helping me decide!

    PS It also comes with a student discount!

  3. :)

    Thanks for commenting Paul. I’m also a fan of Sublime Text 2.

    http://liveyourbestdreams.com/2011/08/best-mac-text-editors/