Top 10 Most Useful Mac Apps?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    hey guys, i just wanted to know if anyone had a list of the most useful and productive apps that are available on OSX. i'm looking for a list of the best technology recommended by some expert that's much more aware of what's available out there.

    something like a list recommended by 'John Gruber' of 'Daringfireball' or something by Steve Gibson.

    thanks for any help!
     
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    Mr_Brightside_@

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    PC mag does
    http://mobile.pcmag.com/?ref=295154&url=http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2401329,00.asp
     
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    nosnhojm

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    Some of my most-used apps:

    Apps:
    1. Lightroom
    2. Tweetbot
    3. RadarScope
    4. Paprika
    5. 1Password
    6. Arq

    Utilities:
    1. Dropbox
    2. Popclip
    3. Fantastical
    4. Moom
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    1Password (life changing for password management and iOS app as well)
    Scrivener (most versatile and complete writing system)
    Dropbox (solid exchange and backup one of best available)
    Devonthink Pro Office (best database repository and OCR solution)
    Timeline 3D
    Tinderbox (expensive but most powerful notes/research/visualization/planning tool available)
    TotalFinder (excellent alternative to Finder)
    InfoClick (from Nisus software; far better to find emails than Mail.app search; until I used it I saw no need for it; now I can’t see how I could live without it)
    Orbiter (another dock-like app that is very handy, which I use in conjunction with Dock)
    Reunion (genealogy software)
     
  5. fluxforge, Apr 15, 2013
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    While 'most useful' will always be very subjective there are a few apps that almost everyone will find useful:

    Dropbox (easiest way to keep stuff in sync)
    Evernote (keeps your head free for important things)
    1Password (like evernote - only for passwords)
    Daisy Disk (when you wonder where the space on your hard drive went)
    Fantastical (makes iCal usable)

    And then there's some apps that I find very useful but other people might not:

    iTerm (the better terminal.app)
    Vim/MacVim (hands down the best text editor *duck*)
    XCode (best IDE on OS X)
    NetNewsWire (imho still the best RSS reader - works even without google reader)
    Adium (best IM client for the Mac)
    Sip (a color picker on speed)
     
  6. macrumors G3

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    I know it gets a lot of bad press round here but I love
    iTunes (Can't believe no one mentioned it!)
    Also Safari (my number one Browser)
    Chrome (number 2)
    MS Excel (sorry boring work stuff)
    OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 7
    Nik Complete collection
    Steam (for a bit of light gaming)
    Time machine (for peace of mind and ease of use)
    Carbon Copy Clone (because it's always good to have a bootable back up!)
    iMessage (I love texting on my big screen and keyboard, Just wish everyone I knew was on iOS!)
     
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    Macman45

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    It's different for everybody....hard to define a one size fits all list. For me it's :

    Aperture
    Logic
    MKV
    VLC
    Handbrake


    But everybody has a different list according to what they do...:)
     
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    kirky29

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    For me, my main and maybe most important/used apps are:

    Popclip - iOS styled copy/paste/define/search menu
    Cinch - Windows styled drag left/right for app windows
    Dropbox - cloud storage
    Photosync - Sync photos from iOS to Mac/Mac to iOS
    iTeleport - Control Mac from iOS devices
    iMessage - iMessage other people
    1Password - Password manager
    MusiXmatch - Display lyrics
    Transmit - FTP software
    Type2Phone - lets you use your Macs keyboard via bluetooth to iOS devices
    Degrees - displays the temp in your menubar
    AU Lab - Equaliser for audio - system wide. (can anybody name something better???)

    Then obviously bigger apps like:
    Photoshop
    Dreamweaver
    Aperture (maybe moving to Lightroom)
    iWork (certainly pages)
    Spotify - iTunes
    Chrome
    Skype
    Parallels Desktop
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    1.Chrome
    2.Evernote
    3.DaisyDisk
    4.Foxmail
    5.Pocket
    6.Xcode
    7.MPlayerX
    8.Clear
    9.SkyDrive
    10.iPhoto
     
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    Sital

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    In no particular order:

    1Password
    BusyCal
    Alfred
    Moneydance
    iPhoto
    Dropbox
    Carbon Copy Cloner
    HandBrake
    AppCleaner
    Firefox
     
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    turtlez

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    • Alfred - Search Bar
    • AppCleaner - Removes everything associated with the application
    • CloudApp - File uploader in the menu bar
    • DayOne* - It is for journal writing
    • Gemini* - Duplicate Finder
    • iStat Menus* - System Monitoring
    • ScreenFlow* - Screen capture (video/audio)
    • The Unarchiver - Unzippererer
    • VLC - Universal media player open source

    * means premium​
     
  13. Xe89, Apr 18, 2013
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    In no particular order (and more than 10):

    Notational Velocity
    Default Folder X
    TextExpander
    Superduper
    Quicksilver
    1Password
    Omnifocus
    DaisyDisk
    Dropbox
    UnrarX
    Divvy
    Hazel
    Cloak
    VLC
    Arq

    He's a charlatan btw:

    http://attrition.org/errata/charlatan/steve_gibson/
     
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    maflynn

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    Here's my list in no particular order

    Applications:
    1. Aperture
    2. Photoshop
    3. Pixelmator
    4. Bento
    5. Vmware Fusion
    6. Microsoft Office

    Utilities
    1. Carbon Copy Cloner
    2. Omni DiskSweeper
    3. Little Snapper
    4. Transmit
     
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    jafingi

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    My "must have" list (have made a CCC of a fresh ML with those apps installed so whenever I format, I always have them installed :) ).
    • 1Password
    • Alfred
    • Google Chrome
    • Dropbox
    • CloudApp
    • The Unarchiver
    • SublimeText 2
    • VLC
    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Parallels
    • Skala

    There are probably more, I've just forgotten :D
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    vlc media player is great (if it's not already mentioned in thread)
     
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    melchior

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    a few people mentioned it... including the post above yours...
     
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    James Craner

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    In no particular order these are apps I use everyday (well maybe not DaisyDisk every day but still a must have App)

    1. 1Password (Password Manager) - I wrote about it here
    2. PopClip (Brings iOS like Copy and Paste functionality to OS X) - I wrote about it here
    3. TextExpander (Text Expansion App) - I wrote about it here
    4. Alfred 2 (App Launcher and much more)
    5. Dropbox (Cloud Storage) - I wrote about it here
    6. Evernote (Web Clipper, Document and Note Storage, Reminders)
    7. PDFpen (Great PDF Editing Utility)
    8. Tweetbot - (Twitter App)
    9. OmniFocus (Task Management App)
    10. DaisyDisk (Find out what is taking space on your hard disk)
     
  19. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great list!
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    00 instashare
    10 dropbox
    20 alfred
    30 notational velocity
    40 1password
    50 xtrafinder
    60 lightroom
    70 safemonk
    80 bettertouchtool
    90 keynote
     
  21. macrumors regular

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    In no particular order (not included with a Mac):
    • Adium
    • Chicken (VNC client)
    • MacFusion+OSXFuse
    • Handbrake
    • XQuartz
    • XCode
    • Dropbox
    • CrashPlan
    • Microsoft Office (sometimes you have to use it)
    • 1Password

    I do use a bunch of other apps including:
    • OmniGraffle
    • iPhoto
    • Safari
    • Chrome
    • VMWare Fusion/Parallels
    • Calendar
    • Mail (yes, I use plain Mac Mail)
    • VLC
    • Carbon Copy Cloner
    • Time Machine
    • Steam
    • iWork
     
  22. macrumors 6502

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    Flip4Mac (this might overlap with VLC a bit, at some point you'll receive a video file in a format that can't be played by a Mac without one if these)

    Firefox - I don't use it that often but good for the times when Apple stops letting you use Java on Safari due to a virus alert

    Google Notifier - hasn't been updated in years but that's how I check my Gmail.
     
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    clukas

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    Well here is mine:

    1. Chrome
    2. Lastpass
    3. Coda 2
    4. Forklift
    5. Paragon NTFS
    6. Pages
    7. Mail/ Calendar
    8. Skype
    9. Bootcamp *not really an app but still very useful
    10. Parallels
     
  24. macrumors 65816

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    Evernote
    Alfred
    TextExpander
    2Do
    Calendar
    iPhoto
    Dropbox
    Xmind
    Simplenote
    Curio
    Devonthink
    Carbon Copy Cleaner
    Scrivener
    Caffeine
    Tweetbot
    MarsEdit
     
  25. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys!

    Be great if I could look at an updated list for 2014 :D
     

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