Every now and then I get an urge. It’s like hot flashes but without the heat. This urge is akin to disease—the urge to buy something when you still have more days in the month but no more money.
That urge caused my iPhone to fill up with a few hundred free apps. Well, apparently that disease mutated and crossed over to my Mac. It’s growing and I can’t stop clicking. At least what I click is free.
Where The Craziest Free Mac Apps Live
To be fair, crazy is in the eye of the beholder. One man’s crazy is another guy’s brilliant. You know—Andy Kaufman or Michelle Bachman vs. Charlie Sheen or Donald Trump.
“Crazy is as crazy does,” my mom always used to say.
My journey for crazy but fun and almost useful apps once stopped at the iPhone App Store.
But this far into the 21st century Mac users have choices. Take the Mac App Store. Please. It’s loaded with a few thousand apps, some good, some not, some with cool icons, others with price tags, many without.
Let the journey begin.
9 Apps You Don’t Need, Must Have
Let’s get this out of the way first. The Mac App Store is the future. If you’ve used it and like it, fine. If not, use it some more because that’s where Uncle Steve wants devoted Mac users to shop.
And it’s not nice to go against Uncle Steve’s wishes of the week, you know?
#9 – Mactracker: Somewhere on everyone’s Top 10 List of Apps You Don’t Need is Mactracker. There’s no better app to give you all the details you don’t need about Apple products you don’t have. All the details for almost all of Apple’s products are stuffed inside Mactracker, a mere click away. It’s free. As an added benefit of using Mactracker for an hour a day, your brain will have more wrinkles.
#8 – iTemplates: We know you’re devoted to iWork. You love Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. And your only wish before departing to that Big Genius Bar in the Sky is to have more templates. That’s what iTemplates is. More templates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
#7 – Virtual DJ Home: Winner of this weeks Koveted Kayhill Eye Kandy Award goes to Virtual DJ Home. We know how you lust after the DJs when you go club trippin’ on Thursday nights. Now is your chance to become a DJ in the privacy of your own home with the delicious eye candy knobs and buttons in Virtual DJ Home. Boogie down, homeboy.
#6 – Battle Bears: My husband thought our three pre-school girls would like Battle Bears. They didn’t. He did. What can I say? It’s a guy thing. Cuddly teddy bears these are not. Think Freddy Kruger meets some Anime chick and their spawn is a bear with an attitude.
#5 – DupeZap: If the judge says you have some anger management issues to work out, DupeZap is the place to start. It scans your Mac for duplicate files and apps, and stuffs the dupes into the trash. This is also good for satisfying various and sundry OCD urges.
#4 – StreamToMe: This neato app turns your Mac into a wireless streaming video station. Provided you have other Macs or PCs on your home network to view the streams. StreamToMe really should be titled StreamToYou, but the price is right and users love it.
#3 – iProcrastinate: Alright, procrastinators, here’s the app that tracks what you don’t get done. Getting all iCreative with the iDevice nomenclature, iProcrastinate is a drop dead easy mini-to-do, task manager. As an added bonus, there’s an iPhone version and you can sync seamlessly between devices using Dropbox.
#2 – Alfred: This app is nuts (which is 15-percent more crazy than crazy). Alfred is an app launcher. It also searches your Mac and the web. And calculates. And spells. Why? I don’t know. That’s the nuts part.
#1 – XMenu: For the #1 crazy app I was tempted to list Windows Phone 7 Connector, which connects Macs to Windows Phone. It’s so good that every Windows Phone user gave it five stars. I could have put Virus Barrier Express at the top of the list, but, well, I couldn’t find any viruses to test it against.
Instead, I settled on an app you’ve never used, but you’ll love once you use it. XMenu brings back the old Mac Classic menu to OS X. What you get is a Menubar app that gives you quick access to apps, folders, documents, files, and often used snippets. It’s not a hack or extension but it gives you one-click access to nearly anything on your Mac from one Menubar icon.
Come to think of it, these nine Mac apps aren’t that crazy after all. Oh well. My bad.