"OSX- Must have apps"

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  1. comda macrumors 6502a

    comda

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    Greetings Mac Rumors!

    Back in September i was still using Snow Leopard on an older 2007 Macbook and made a jump to a Retina Macbook Pro in december when my drive died in the macbook. Anyways i use the standard stuff, firefox, word and pages as well as i use dos box and VMware.

    BUt as im seeing there is a LOT more titles since snow leopard was last updated. So ive already gotten Open Emu, but what other software titles can you suggest that are useful or even fun? Preferably free.

    Thanks
     
  2. zarel macrumors newbie

    zarel

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    Some of these may have been around on Snow Leopard, but here's my list.
    - f.lux
    - Amphetamine
    - Dropbox
    - Evernote
    - AVG Cleaner and Anti-Virus software
    - The Unarchiver
    - Daisydisk
     
  3. newest macrumors newbie

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    1. OnyX
    2. Epic Browser
    3. Malwarebytes
    4. Simplenote/Evernote/Onenote
    5. VLC
    6. Wunderlist
    7. EtreCheck
     
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  5. e93to, Feb 20, 2016
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    e93to macrumors 6502a

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    Here are some apps I use very often.

    Free:

    Jumpcut (or Clipmenu if you want to save images to clipboard)
    aLaunch
    Degrees
    Disk Inventory X
    Malwarebytes (and ClamXav ($40) or Bitdefender)
    Amphetamine
    OneDrive/Google Drive/Dropbox app
    Etrecheck
    Onyx
    Google Picasa
    Adium
    AllCleaner
    Who's On My Wifi
    Unarchiver


    Paid:

    Hyperdock
    Popclip
    Carbon Copy Cloner
    Fantastical
    NetNewsWire
     
  6. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    Evernote is a must-have app.
    So is 1Password.
    For me, Text Expander and Alfred are must-have general purpose apps.
    Otherwise, it would depend entirely on your use cases.
     
  7. dwfaust, Feb 20, 2016
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    dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    My must-haves include:

    1Password - password manager with extensions for all brownsers - your password is always ⌘\ (paid)
    Bartender 2 - menu bar icon manager (paid)
    Fantastical 2- OS X calendar on steroids (paid)
    Dropbox - cloud storage (free)
    Moom - OS X window manager (paid)
    TextExpander - keyboard scripting and shortcut tool (paid)
    Filezilla - FTP/SFTP client (free)
    VLC - media player (free)
    MacTracker - excellent resource for info on all of Apple's products, past and present (free)
    Tincta - editor for text, HTML, XML, etc (free)
    OmniDiskSweeper - identify and manage your disk space (free)
    TorBrowser - anonymous web browser (free)
     
  8. e93to macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't know Tor browser is available for Mac. How is security compared to, say, Safari?
     
  9. throAU macrumors 601

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    My must haves are:

    istatmenus
    vlc
    boxer
    filezilla
    affinity photo
    affinity designer
    1password
    dropbox (purely for 1password sync)
    ownCloud
    DaisyDisk
     
  10. xyzoptics macrumors newbie

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    The only app from the App Store I use consistently is iheartradio. Aside for not hooking into the play/pause button, it's a really seamless way to listen to music. I love the way it works into OS X.
     
  11. xmichaelp macrumors 68000

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    Safari, Pixelmator, Affinity Photo, Handbrake, Daisydisk
     
  12. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

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    Great Thread. I'll read through everyone's suggestions and hopefully find some golden nuggets for myself :)

    My must have installs have been:

    VMWare - for accessing windows (not as important as it used to be for me, but still handy)
    VLC - for playing things Quicktime won't...
    Transmission - for Torrents
    Handbrake - for converting/optimising movie files
    UnRarX - for compressing/uncompressing files
    iStat Menus - for checking on what the hardware is doing
    Perian - to add to Quicktime support
     
  13. xmichaelp macrumors 68000

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    I prefer Keka to UnRarX. It does more file formats and the icon is just beautiful.
     
  14. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    I just found and installed HyperDock - a $7 app that gives you the ability to select individual application windows just by moving the mouse on a dock item. It also adds other utility functions.
     
  15. sixkiller macrumors member

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    You can use iCloud to sync your 1password database, no need to have dropbox slowing down your system.
     
  16. throAU macrumors 601

    throAU

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    Yes, i could. But iCloud sucks on Windows, and i use 1password there too. I've also used 1password on Android and there's no iCloud sync there.
     
  17. ExcelTronic macrumors newbie

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    All Free Apps That I Use!

    • Anki - Create flash cards, and sync to study on the go with a Android or iPhone (great for school)
    • Atom - a programming text editor which I use instead of Sublime Text 2 (HTML, C, Python, etc.)
    • Handbrake - encode videos to MP4 format or MKV
    • KeePassX - Password management
    • Notation Velocity - Create notes only using text, and can sync with SimpleNote (Can Encrypt too!)
    • LineIn - Connect other devices with 3.5mm cable to output sound from MacBook speakers
    • OpenEmu - Emulator to play some retro games
    • Keka - RAR & 7zip extractor and compressor
    • Simple Comic - Read CBZ and CBR comics and manga on your Mac
    • Transmission - Torrent Client
    • Noizio - Simulates the sounds of various things like rainfall, thunder, or a running fan to calmly get work done.
    • SelfControl - Blacklist or whitelist websites to keep you from being distracted
    • Mini vMac - a Macintosh Plus Emulator (best using System 6!)
     
  18. SaxnFlutman macrumors member

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    Comda, I've been gun shy about doing the leap from Snow Leopard to El Capitan, both due to concern about bugs, but mainly because I dread having to re-learn how to use some of drastically different versions of some software, in particular, Mail, & iTunes. Was it a major transition for you, requiring much of a learning curve & "period of adjustment"? I know I need to upgrade, as so many of my apps haven't been updated for quite some time, and Safari is horrible. Thanks..
     

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