The Mac series include a good collection of native applications that, in some cases, are more than enough to use the computer. But that is not always the case and many people need to "vitaminize" their computer with more or more complete software.
In the following lines I want to comment on some of the programs for Mac without which I could not live. Really useful applications that can make a big difference in everyday life. In the list I include all kinds of options, from productivity tools to software to perform maintenance tasks, office suites and much more …
My essential programs to do more with the Mac
If you are looking for new software for macOS and want the best applications, then you have a good list to start getting more out of your computer, either portable (any range of MacBook) or desktop (iMac, Mac Mini or Mac Pro).
macOS (formerly OS X), like any other operating system, deteriorates with use. To alleviate this it is necessary to perform a regular maintenance on the equipment and CleanMyMac X helps in a very important way to this.
This application is capable of deleting all temporary files and caches that macOS stores and unnecessarily occupy disk space. Thanks to its mode of operation it is able to detect different types of unnecessary files (language files that we do not know, temporary, caches, remnants of applications that are no longer installed) and can recover up to hundreds of GB of storage space and a matter of Very few clicks.
In addition it also has a powerful uninstaller, thanks to which we can delete any application from our Mac without leaving unnecessary files (something that happens when deleting an app by simply dragging the icon to the Trash). It also has tools that allow you to optimize the Photo database, scan for large files or a cleaner that allows you to delete any file irretrievably.
As if all this were not enough, recently it has added a new function to the arsenal: remove malware. Given that malicious software attacks on Mac computers are becoming increasingly common, incorporating this new feature is really very good news.
Setapp is not another application, but it is a complete alternative to the Mac App Store where you can access a large selection of software under the subscription model. With a small monthly fee, Setapp gives access to very complete applications that would cost thousands of euros individually.
Among the catalog of Setapp there are software such as CleanMyMac, Paste, Ulysses, 2Do, Disk Drill, Focus, ForkLift … All applications with a great reputation in the market, well developed, with good maintenance and of course with the same functions offered by the individual licenses of each of them.
The Preview application that includes all Macs allows us to open any PDF and perform basic actions with them, but if you usually work with these types of files you will surely need to go a little further and at this point PDF Expert is one of the best options that You can find for computers with macOS. The application allows you to read and edit documents, annotate, fill out forms, sign, highlight text, join several PDFs into one or separate and a long list of possibilities.
The application design is very careful and has full integration with iCloud, the cloud of Apple. Thanks to the latter you can keep your PDF documents synchronized with the iOS version, something really useful for working in mobility and always have the files you may need to work from anywhere.
If you do not like iTunes and are looking for a good alternative you should not miss trying iMazing. The software is an all-in-one to manage iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and includes features that make it really useful. Among them is the possibility of passing photos of iOS devices to Mac and vice versa, managing music, apps, contacts, notes, call log, backups and much more.
iMazing also has functions that allow you to transfer data from one iOS device to another easily, so making a migration or device change becomes a very simple task. In addition, it is also capable of managing backup copies, so you can easily extract contents (photos, calendar appointments, contacts, etc, etc.) from any copy of an iDevice that you have stored on your computer, something that still does not allow iTunes, oddly enough.
Surely on some occasion you have needed to pass a file from one format to another. The usual thing in these cases is to look for a specific software for the type of conversion that you need to do, but Permute is an all-in-one app with which you can make conversions in a very easy, fast way and also obtain very very good results.
With this program you can easily convert between different formats of video, audio and also images. Thanks to this you can, for example, convert one or more images from PNG to JPG (or other formats) simply by dragging the original images and clicking on the software. In addition, it also offers you the possibility of moving from video to audio only and even adapting videos to be played optimally on certain devices (for example, adjust any video to the most suitable format to play on an iPhone or iPad).
One of those programs that you may not need to use on a daily basis, but which should certainly be available in your arsenal for when you need it.
A good edition can turn a regular photo into a very good one. A change of framing, adjusting colors correctly or highlighting certain areas of a photo can give a new life to a shot. The problem is that not everyone can devote the time involved in learning to use the tools necessary to make these editions, although their developers make it easier and easier.
If you are in this worse situation, you still don't want to miss the opportunity to turn your photos around easily, you should try Photolemur. This application has an artificial intelligence capable of analyzing any photo and editing it to make it better completely automatically.
Of course not everyone will like the results you get, but if you give it a sure chance you will be surprised by the results you are able to get.
Unclutter is one of those apps that at first may seem a bit unnecessary, but that over time becomes a complete must. An application that basically works as a "disaster drawer", but once you get used to it, it helps you to be much more productive.
Clipboard history, area to leave temporary files and quick notes. These are the three main functions of the application and which are accessed simply by moving the Mac mouse to the top of the screen and exiting the mouse from the window.
Making notes while browsing the Internet, downloading an image and saving it temporarily without leaving it on the desktop or copying several things and not losing the above has never been so comfortable, fast and integrated into any workflow in a very natural way.
I can not help putting this application among the first, since it has been a before and after in the day to day with my Mac and also with other devices. Thanks to 1Password you will no longer have to remember lots of passwords and you will be able to use a different one in each site where you register, thus improving your security.
This "vault" saves all passwords securely and facilitates the task of identifying you on each website or service you need to enter, simply with a keyboard shortcut or a couple of screen presses in the case of the iOS version.
Although Apple It has its own office suite, iWork, I far prefer Microsoft's option. The Redmond company has managed to adapt its suite to the Mac in a very correct way and the latest version has all or practically all the functions that are available in Windows.
The Microsoft suite can be purchased from the company's own website and offers different types of licenses according to your needs.
I recognize it, Instagram I love it and it is probably the social network in which I spend more time today. The "problem" is that the experience of using the website of Instagram It is not good at all and it is not possible to access many options. Luckily I discovered Flume, a client of Instagram for Mac with which you can access almost all the functions of the social network from the comfort of your computer.
Check the feed with the publications of the accounts you follow, make comments, give likes, do searches … And, perhaps best of all, you can publish photos in your accounts without using the smartphone. This will make it easier for you to upload the photos you take with your camera and touch-ups using Lightroom, Photoshop or any other editor.
ScreenFlow is a software that has earned free to be in most tops of best applications for Mac. It is a powerful video editing tool and screen recording (full or partial) with advanced features.
Thanks to this software, creating video tutorials is a child's game, editing videos and applying different types of effects is much easier and more intuitive than with other options available.
Recently ScreenFlow has reached version 8 and with it has released very attractive features such as: miniatures of tracks, styles, templates, quick additions of narration and voice in of, separable time control for editing, export of animated PNG files (APNG), Freehand annotations … Useful features for anyone who needs to be able to edit video and add to the tons of options that the software already had.
We all have tasks to do in our day to day and many times we forget them or we have them constantly in the head for not writing them down somewhere. Todoist is the perfect tool for this. It is a multi-platform task management application with lots of possibilities.
Thanks to it you can access your tasks from any Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows thanks to its native apps or from any other device that has a web browser.
Todoist offers a free version sufficient for many cases and a paid version with annual subscription for those who need access to the most advanced features.
Fantastical 2 is another application that will help you be more organized and productive. Thanks to it, calendar management will be much simpler and more comfortable. It offers synchronization with Google Calendar, Yahoo or iCloud calendars and of course version for iOS devices.
Among its features you will find some as useful as the introduction of citations with natural language, a powerful search option, a very well designed user interface, etc, etc …
For those of us who work in remote Dropbox is an essential tool. Thanks to it you can store any type of file and keep it synchronized between several devices, in addition to having the possibility to access them from any location. Dropbox also allows sharing folders with other users, whether or not users of the service, which facilitates teamwork even if they are separated by hundreds or thousands of kilometers.
The service offers a free version with 2 GB of storage capacity (2.5 GB if you register from here) and two paid versions with 1 TB and unlimited capacity respectively.
Photoshop is available for Mac, but if you need software of this type and do not want to buy a license of the Adobe tool, Pixelmator is a very very good option.
The photo editing software offers virtually all the features of its competition and also integrates perfectly with our Mac.
As if that were not enough, it has recently been updated and now also incorporates extensions for macOS, so it is possible to use the editing options directly from other apps, such as Photos. In addition, there is also a Pro version that includes even more features than the standard version, so you will surely find in one of them everything you need.
Final Cut Pro
Do you need to edit video professionally? Then Final Cut Pro is for you. It is the video editing tool chosen by many video professionals, from movie studio staff to wedding videographers or youtubers.
The software has been rewritten from scratch recently to offer better performance and this caused some users to show their discomfort at the disappearance of some options, although since then Apple He has continued to work, improving the tool and nowadays its acceptance is growing due to its enormous possibilities and its simple interface.
There was a time where Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture were the only worthy options for editing and sorting photos, but today the possibilities are much bigger.
Affinity Photo is one of these options. A photo development and retouching software full of useful functions for any user: from the most experienced professional photographer to the one who is starting in the wonderful world of photography.
Accepts Photoshop files, offers support for RAW files from most cameras on the market and of course offers layered work. In addition, it is developed from scratch thinking about Mac, so it uses all the native technologies developed by Apple so that the software performance is far superior to other similar apps.
If you spend many hours in front of your Mac it is very possible that you have installed several messaging and communication applications to talk with different people, either personal or work issues. Being changed followed by the app can be quite annoying and also have to close several to avoid distractions while you work.
Franz was born as the perfect solution for this problem. Thanks to this application you can keep your session open in Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe and Skype, and thus receive all conversations, notifications and others in one place.
It is a free and open source Mac program that you can enjoy 100%. But there is also a paid version that includes some extra features that make it even more interesting. Ah! And best of all, they promise not to trade with their users' data, so if you decide to use it you can breathe easy in this regard.
An application that can help you in a very important way to be more productive. Its main function is to improve the macOS clipboard and allow you to copy and paste more than one item.
With Paste you will have a history of the elements that you have copied on your computer that you can access very easily with a simple keyboard shortcut. In addition, it has a very successful interface. It's all about losing something you had copied by making a new copy before pasting the previous one.
It is possible that on some occasion you have connected a flash drive to a computer with Windows and you have found a .DS_Store or similar file. These temporary files are created by OS X internally and when you remove a drive and then use it on another computer you can find them.
OptimUSB is a software, developed by Diego Arraez, that allows you to avoid such files. Its operation is simple, when you want to remove a drive from your computer (a pendrive or a portable hard drive), you should simply use the app and before disconnecting it it will clean these files completely.
Capto is a software that has just reached the market and is causing very good feelings. Thanks to it you can record everything that happens on the screen of your Mac. Once captured, you can use the tool to edit the images or make videos quickly and easily.
It offers a complete file manager, possibility to share the final results of our work, also has the ability to make screenshots, etc, etc.
It is easy that over time you save duplicate files on your Mac. This causes the hard disk or SSD to be full, being really unnecessary since you have the same file several times. Gemini 2 is designed to precisely avoid this problem.
The software is able to analyze all the files on the hard disk or SSD and determine if any are duplicated or very similar. Once identified it offers a summary with the files and the storage space that could be recovered, giving you the possibility of eliminating duplicates to recover those valuable MB or GB; especially in the case of MacBook.
Magnet is one of those very simple applications, but it offers functionality that can easily become essential for many users. If you usually work with several apps at once and you need to see them at the same time you will be tired of changing the size of your windows, right?
With Magnet this is over, since you can place them in the way that best suits your needs through several methods: drag, keyboard shortcuts and also from an icon in the menu bar. You can make the window of an app occupy half the screen (horizontal or vertical), a room, thirds, etc, etc … Make window management much more comfortable on Mac.
All Macs are capable of compressing and decompressing some types of files natively through Finder, but it's easy for you to find some file that macOS can't work with. Files .rar, .7z, .tar, etc, etc … For these situations, The Unarchiver is a very important option for several reasons.
The first reason is that it is an application to compress / decompress that is available in the Mac App Store, which facilitates its installation, update and also offers an extra guarantee. The second reason is that it is completely free.
In recent years I have tried a lot of email clients for Mac and if I had to choose one as the best one I am, without a doubt, Airmail 3. It has all the functions that a good email client must have and it is compatible with virtually all commercial mail services and, of course, with protocols such as POP and IMAP.
Unified inbox, quick response, multi-touch gestures to be more productive, possibilities to schedule the sending of emails, reminders and many more functions are present in the application. It is also worth highlighting the design of the user interface, very clear and easy to understand.
What other apps should I include in the list?
So far the list with some of the best programs for Mac that anyone can take advantage of in their day to day. Of course this list is quite subjective and surely in your case you would include other different applications. Tell us what they would be?
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