New to the Mac? Or, a long time Mac user? There are a number of must have apps that every new Mac user will want.
The kind of apps that let you get more done, let you sleep better at night, and make you feel better about using a Mac. This is the list of apps I give friends and family to get them started on the road to Macdom.
No Three Musketeer Apps
These apps are the best of the best but not the best from Apple, Microsoft, or Adobe. These are the apps that make using a Mac easier, better, more fun, safer, and don’t cost an arm, a leg, or any digits.
Mac apps on any list come with caveats, so caveat emptor—except for one thing.
I use each of these Mac apps on my Macs, home and work.
Also, I’ve added a few extra apps that are worthy of consideration and trial whether you’re new to the Mac or a long time Mac user. From backup apps to productivity apps, these are the ones every Mac user needs.
#9 – DragThing: When the Dock is not enough, DragThing’s floating palette is the ultimate way to navigate a Mac or launch apps or documents with a single click. Some Mac users like Launchbar, others prefer Quicksilver.
#8 – GraphicConverter: This is the Swiss Army Knife of Mac graphic apps. GraphicConverter does just about everything you’ll ever need to do to a photo or image. Powerful. But not necessarily easy. A slightly more expensive but valuable alternative is Adobe’s Photoshop Elements for Mac.
#7 – CleanApp: There must be a dozen Mac apps that help you delete Mac apps, but this is the best. It hides in the background and watches where apps put their files so when you’re ready to delete a file, CleanApp knows where the files are. Also worthy are iTrash and a few others, free and not so free.
#6 – Socialite: How many ways can you tweet to Twitter and send photos to Facebook? Plenty. Socialite is the Mac app that does it all. Almost. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, RSS and Google Reader. In one place. For RSS, the free NetNewsWire is difficult to beat, as is the standalone and free Tweetie.
#5 – Things: Got things to do? You need a to-do list. Things is not just any to-do list manager. It’s drop dead easy to use, but goes beyond expectations and lets you string tasks together into small projects, and it works with iCal and iPhone. Need cheaper? Try Dropkick.
#4 – MoneyWell: Got money? Manage it on your Mac without Quicken, but have more fun. MoneyWell is one of a few dozen Mac money apps, but the only one to make sense of where your money is going. It’s one of the Top 10 Best Mac Money Apps To Replace Quicken.
#3 – 1Password: Modern Mac life means usernames, login ID’s, passwords, serial numbers, credit card information, and other private things we need handy, but hidden. 1Password may be the best Mac app ever. It integrates with major Mac browsers to make logging into remote sites just a couple of clicks and no use of memory cells.
#2 – Together: I save stuff. Lots of stuff. Links, email messages, photos, images, music, video clips, and I want them together in Together. The sidebar shelf is to die for; totally worthy. The only negative is that there’s no iPhone version. Or, check out the PIM Shootout: 4 Mac Power Apps Head-to-Head.
#1 – SuperDuper: This is too easy. You must backup your Mac’s files. We recommend Time Machine because it’s built-in, requires only an extra hard disk drive, and it finds files fast. For the fastest recovery, SuperDuper! is super. Fast. Drop dead simple. Powerful. Or, check out Backup Tools Week: 7 Days Of Mac Backup Apps.
Each of the apps on my Top 9 list have healthy competition. These days there are not many crummy Mac apps, but it always pays to try before you buy.