Nathan and I are both inveterate Appleholics. We have nearly everything Apple makes (can’t spring for that Mac Pro until Apple does an upgrade; refuse to buy a Thunderbolt display because it’s not Retina), and more than our share of apps.
Between the two of us we have favorites that match; more so on our Macs than our iPhones or iPad, both of which tend to be more personalized for usage and app collections. Here’s a quick look at our common Mac utilities; those we recommend to family, friends, and co-workers (knowing that support requirements will come our way one day).
What’s In Your Mac, Wally?
Top 10 Favorite Mac App lists are not hard to find, but this list will avoid the basics from Apple, and the biggies from Microsoft (Office) and Adobe (Creative Cloud); partly because the former items are free for every Mac user, and the others only available to those who need or can afford.
Arq – alright, SuperDuper! should come first because it’s the perfect Mac clone backup app, but Arq does everything else and one important thing SuperDuper! doesn’t do so well. It gets important files out of your house or office and stored somewhere else online and that helps to avoid the catastrophe in a catastrophic event (fire, theft, flood, quake, tornado, presidential elections).
Banktivity – Intuit sold Quicken and while that might save the former money manager champ, it won’t save it from Banktivity which simply outdoes what Quicken once did. The only other Mac money app we recommend is CheckBook.
Cookie – nobody likes to be tracked while online but it’s hard to function normally without cookies. Install the Cookie app and let it erase your tracks. Or, rather, erase the cookies left by various websites.
PCalc – yes, the Mac has a built-in calculator but we usually recommend PCalc to new Mac users because, 1) it does more, 2) it’s freakin’ beautiful to view and use, 3) get the iPhone version, too, because the Watch option is so great.
MenuBar ReArranger – this cleverly designed little utility is more for the adventurous Mac user who managed to clutter up the Menubar with add-on apps; a clutter managed by MenuBar ReArranger, which, as the name implies, lets you organize the Menubar. How cool is that?
Copy ’em Paste – even new Mac users know the Clipboard only holds a single item at a time, but Copy ’em Paste is a clipboard manager that saves copied and cut items so you can paste them again later.
Enpass – Everybody has usernames, Login IDs, and passwords to manage. 1Password is great but also expensive. Nearly as good is Enpass on the Mac and it’s free. It also syncs passwords with iPhone and iPad versions (not free).
Magnet – more adventurous Mac users have more apps to use and that means screen clutter and multiple apps each with multiple open windows. Split screens are all the rage but Magnet does it better with half screens and quarter screens and apps that, like a magnet, stick to the position you place them.
That’s a partial list and we both have more, including a few Mac apps which have wonderful iPhone and Watch counterparts. We’ll get you the details next week.