What are the best Mac Apps?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MeUnix, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. MeUnix macrumors 6502

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    #1
    I am almost positive there is already a thread for this, so I apologize in advance for making another one.

    Just wanted to get some weigh-ins and suggestions about the Mac Apps that make your life easier, and what you use them for.

    TBH, I haven't really downloaded many apps from the Mac App store besides xCode for my developing.

    Just curious about what other Mac users are using from the App Store..
     
  2. firedept macrumors 603

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    I do not buy apps from App Store very often and usually only if they are free. Generally I buy directly from app provider. I use MS Office 2011, Toast Pro, Coda 2, Adobe Master Collection CS6, iWorks and Carbon Copy Cloner. I prefer buying directly from seller site as it allows the seller to make more of the selling price. I have only a couple of free apps from the App Store, but they are not worth mentioning.

    Mind you, I am sure there are some good ones depending on your needs. I am sure other will post some.
     
  3. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    I am just the opposite. I have a very strong preference of buying from the Mac App Store. There are two major reasons for this preference:
    1. Updates: Most developer sourced applications check for an update when you launch the application, which is the worst possible time to update... because it is the exact time you want to use it. MAS apps update asynchronously with usage... allowing them to update when not otherwise in use.
    2. Licensing: MAS apps are licensed for all of your machines. We are a family of 4, each of use with an iMac and a MBA. Hence, all eight macs are licensed for every app we purchase from the MAS.
    The major exceptions that I must buy from the developer are (in order of importance):
    1. Microsoft Office
    2. DevonThink Pro Office
    3. Nik Software Suite
    4. Carbon Copy Cloner
    5. Adobe CS6
    I doubt that I will ever buy Adobe pro apps anymore. I just do not use them enough to justify the expense. I have about $2000 in CS6 products, and it is one of my least used apps. I got it for a special project that required it.

    The rest I deal with... but I would vastly prefer MAS distribution.

    /Jim
     
  4. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    As far as Mac App Store offerings go:

    Pages

    Logic X ( I'm a Producer / musician )

    A couple of games

    Aperture

    Third Party Apps:

    VLC

    Handbrake

    MKV

    Thunderbird ( Mozzila Email Client )

    MS Office for Mac

    And a couple of little music apps...Audacity and the like.:)
     
  5. iThinksimple macrumors member

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    Photoshop ( you know what it is :) )
    Mamp ( local web server )
    Keynote ( you know what it is :) )
    Bean (i'am not use office suite yet)
    Sublime text editor
    then the important think is Web Browser, since i leave Safari and turn into Google Chrome
     
  6. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    • PathFinder (not on MAS but worth a mention)
    • Dropbox
    • Fantastical
    • 1Password
    • Alfred2 (1 is on MAS but not 2)
    • MacFamilyTree 7
    • PDFPenPro 6
    • Pixelmator
    • iDentify
     
  7. MathBunny123 macrumors regular

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eDcAu6L8Zo

    I prefer the Mac App Store because of the simplicity, and also I can buy those giftcards instead of actually entering in my VISA. I'm 14 and my parents don't trust adding in their VISA / credit card information.
     
  8. davedev100 macrumors newbie

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    Not sure these are all app store, but some utilities/small apps I use:
    A Better Finder Rename for batch renaming files
    Tinker mostly for showing hidden files
    Click for taking screenshots on a timer
    Text Wrangler
    Spectacle to move and resize windows
    Popchar to view fonts
    Audacity for sound editing
    Charles for http monitoring (really should by it), HTTScoop too
    Monster Debugger but that's for Flash development
    PhotoZoom Pro 5, used it once, great job enlarging photos
    TexturePacker for sprite sheets
    Yummy for ftp
     
  9. kong85, Aug 27, 2013
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    kong85 macrumors newbie

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    #10
    For me:

    Main Apps
    Photoshop
    iWork
    Spotify
    Last fm scrobbler
    Aperture
    Pocket (read it later app, coupled with the ipad/iphone apps is very handy)
    Teamviewer
    VLC

    Utilities
    Smcfancontrol to adjust the fans manually
    All2mp3 to convert tracks to mp3
    UnrarX
    Sleeptime to keep the computer awake for x hours or indefinitely
     
  10. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

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    Pixelmator (if Photoshop is out of your reach)
    Aperture
    VueScan
    Freeway Express
    Transmission
    Dropbox
    VLC Media Player
    Little Snitch
    JMRI: DecoderPro
    X Lossless Decoder
    Onyx
     
  11. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    CCC
    Aperture
    Firefox
    Scansnap
    Paprika
    MS Office
    Dropbox

    Like the others, I prefer buying from the App Store so my wife can use the apps too. We have 4 Macs, 2 iPads, 2 iPod touches, and 1 iPhone (soon to be 2) so I look at licensing as part of software evaluation.
     
  12. lexvo macrumors 65816

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    Pages
    Numbers
    Lightroom
    Handbrake

    When possible, I buy from the App Store
     

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