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.

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9 years ago

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!

9 years ago

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!