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.

A Retired MD’s Observations

Doctor's Office by Norman Rockwell

Retired MD, Frank Eves’ generalized, observations about a few things noticed along the way:

  • a doctor’s humanity is often more valuable than his/her education
  • humility and a sense of humour/humor are invaluable
  • listening carefully to the client/patient avoids most problems
  • it’s tough to always be on-time when you’re trying to do it right
  • most doctors are doing their best to help
  • the best family doctors have very few patients in hospital
  • most problems can be dealt with in a single visit and do not require dozens of tests and frequent follow-up visits
  • the least competent doctors attempt to garner the most attention in the ER
  • some specialists have forgotten the GP stuff
  • some surgeons really do see patients as a ‘hole’ and are most comfortable with people when they’re sedated
  • the best surgeon drove a VW Beetle
  • many internists hide when there’s a hint of something surgical
  • obstetricians work long hours and appear to function well without sleep
  • the worst gynaecologist/gynecologist drove a Cadillac
  • the nicest specialists are the paediatricians/pediatricians
  • psychiatrists have too many patients and too few friends
  • U.S. trained physicians love technology
  • British trained physicians value a good history
  • some older physicians need their patients more than their patients need them
  • recent med school graduates spend too much time studying the fee schedule
  • most clients/patients are friendly and honest
  • women are better communicators
  • when men are asked, “How can I help you?” a surprising number respond, “My wife made the appointment, I’m not sure.”
  • guys are more nervous about rectal exams than women are about internal exams. Guys like to joke, “If I feel two hands on my shoulders I’ll know it’s not your finger… “ they assume the doctor has never heard this ubiquitous humour/humor
  • the richest man wore a Timex
  • the most obnoxious guy wore a gold Rolex with a diamond bezel.

It was very rewarding to quietly help someone without turning it into a major production.

My last comment flys in the face of the advice I once received. A retiring doc suggested I always say “It’s the worst case I’ve ever seen.” that way, if they get better, you’re a hero. Of course that same character was infamous for billing ‘no-shows’ with a diagnosis of ‘amnesia.’ :)