Must have apps

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Fthree, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Fthree macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2014
    I feel that i am not taking full advantage of the simplicity apps on my mac can add to my life. What are some of your "Must Have" apps that make your mac awesome?

    I watch youtube videos about the top 10 and all but what are y'all using?

  2. vyruzreaper macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2015
    1. Better Touch Tool (best and must have imo)
    2. Mem Clean
    3. Little Snitch
    4. Coconut Battery
    5. Google Drive/Dropbox
    6. gfxcard status
    7. PIA
    8. Parallels
    9. Skitch
    10. Handbrake
  3. Pangalactic macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2016
    1. Final Cut Pro X - if you are into video editing, absolutely get this!
    2. Free Download Manager - the absolute best alternative for windows IDM that downloads almost everything from everywhere.
    3. Hyperdock - makes hovering a mouse over an app show all open windows Windows-style (sorry for the pun :D ) and a couple of other cool things, but basically makes working with multiple windows on MacOS not an absolutely miserable experience.
    4. Magnet - allows you to easily move windows around the screen, make split view, etc (something that windows does for free, come on, Cook!)
    5. Paragon NTFS for MAC - allows you to connect ALL external drives to your mac without all the "unsupported format" ********
    6. Go for Gmail - allows you to view gmail from an app, VERY handy!
    7. Screenflow - the basic and the best screen recording software
    8. FreeChat + FreeChat for Facebook Messenger - allows to you to have whatsapp and facebook messenger chats as Apps, very nice!
    9. Patina - a replacement for microsoft paint, I think it's the best one.
    10. Amphetamine - stops your Mac from falling asleep and allows you to finetune sleep times etc.
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    MakeMKV, Handbrake, Textual, Scrivener, Transmission, Vienna, Onyx, RStudio, Subler, VLC, Trim Enabler, The Unarchiver.
  5. Fthree thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2014
    Awesome! ill look into those! I use Magnet at the moment and love it!
  6. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Some of mine are:

    1. Hazel
    2. Amphetamine
    3. Keyboard Maestro
    4. Alfred
    5. Evernote
    6. BetterTouchTool
    7. DefaultFolderX
    8. MailMate
    9. TaskPaper
    10. Highlights
  7. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    This question gets asked quite often. What are you using your Mac for? Photography, video editing, writing, etc.?
  8. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    Would love to hear how you use this. I'm currently struggling to get it to do what I want...
  9. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    Video work: FCPX, iMovie, Camtasia, Handbrake/VLC
    Audio: Audacity and Audition
    Still use and like MS Office
    Web, including email: Safari (for now - this rotates every year or so)
    1Password (we'll see how long this lasts)
    Misc: Amphetamine, Disk Inventory X, Dropbox/Google Drive, Fusion Win7, for those things not Mac
  10. spooklog macrumors member


    Aug 10, 2015
    New Hampshire
    Microsoft OneDrive, CopyClip clipboard manager, Nisus Writer Express, 1Password...and the dictionary that comes with MacOS.
  11. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Yes, I saw your thread but didn't know how to help. I only use Hazel for lighthearted housekeeping. It regularly cleans up various folders (e.g. downloads, screen shots, camera uploads), it maintains my pdf research library (automatically copying anything I import into Bookends to a separate folder, so I can keep one copy of each file without annotation), it finds and removes associated system files when I delete an app, etc.
  12. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2011
    All good I think I figured it out. I had to create a nested folder rule. Not really intuitive but it seems to be working now
  13. Lioness~, Aug 1, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2017

    Lioness~ macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2017
    Wild and Free
    1. GeekTool
    2. 1Password
    3. Things 3
    4. TechToolPro
    5. TweetDeck
    6. Cocktail
    7. TextExpander
    8. ChronoSync
    9. MacJournal
    10. DayOne (this far...not if they make it all subscription)
    11. BuyMeAPie
    12. TranslateTab
    13. MainMenu
    14. CarbonCopyCloner
    15. IStatMenus

    Some other more specific for me....probably not for most :)
  14. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Dave's Remember? ...far better than Calendar, IMO
  15. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Not to thread jack to much, but what is your work flow with "bookends"? This is the first I have heard of this program and it looks interesting.
  16. Fthree thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2014
  17. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Sorry about the delay, only saw this now.

    I use it as an alternative to EndNote. It organises all my pdf research literature (currently more than 3000 articles/ books/ book chapters) and organises them based on tags (and, to a lesser extent, labels). Since you can assign multiple tags to an item, it makes it very easy to retrieve relevant literature for a writing project. The iPad version lets me read and mark up literature (highlights, comments, etc.). I also use it to generate bibliographies. It's a solid tool that's very customisable and the developers are very helpful. If you're doing research, I warmly recommend it.
  18. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Thank you for the response! Going to take a look at this now since there is a free trial version.

    Thanks again.

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