Mac Software

This page provides some suggestions for finding useful Mac Software. Also see Using a computer in life to have a life

The page is arranged by general function with suggested applications within each category. Categories are initially arranged by frequency of use followed by specialized tasks.

I provide the name of the application. You can then search VersionTracker to read reviews, locate the developer's site, and download the software.

VersionTracker has tabs on their web pages for Today's updates, Updates by category, Top downloads, Editors picks.

There is a search box at the top of the VersionTracker page..

MacMinute provides Mac news. MacFixIt provide troubleshooting solutions.


Core application for managing actions and notes: Mori (LMS notebook); ThinkingRock; Jreepad; myLifeOrganized; SuperNoteCard

Multiple clipboards (pasteboards): CopyPaste; CuteClips; iClip

File backup and synchonization: ChronoSync

Launcher and data manipulator: Quicksilver; Butler; LaunchBar; DragThing; Drop Drawers X

Words and repetitive text and image entry: Spell Catcher (Spelling, Dictionary, Thesaurus, Glossary—typing expander); iSnip; Typinator; Textpander; TypeIt4Me; yType part of CopyPaste

Dock enhancement: Drop Drawers X; DragThing; ClearDock

Editing dropped objects: Finder Bookmarks; ClipEdit

Apple and contextual menu enhancement: FruitMenu; XMenu; iCeCoffEE; Big Cat;

Desktop: Backdrop; DesktopSweeper; Show Desktop; VirtueDesktops; Photo Desktop; PhotoStickies; Picture Switcher;

OS X Services Management: Services Scrubber

System maintenance: Macoroni; Tiger Cache Cleaner

File utilities: File Buddy; FileXaminer; Move Items Enabler; Launch Items Editor;

File finding: EasyFind; File Buddy; HoudahSpot; MoRu; NotLight; SpotInside; Spotless; SpotMeta

Screen utilities: Free Ruler; SnapNDrag

AppleScript: FastScrips

Note managers: VoodooPad; sidenote

Note managers (more powerful): DEVONthink Pro

Text editors: TextWrangler, Smultron, Tofu

Text editors (more powerful): BBEdit; TextMate; TextSoap; Tex-Edit Plus

Web sites and blogs: Dreamweaver; NVU; iWeb; MarsEdit

Outliners: OmniOutliner; TAO; Inspiration; BrainForest

Notebook outliners: Circus Ponies NoteBook; NoteTaker

Writing tools: See Writing Tools; SuperNotecard; WriteRoom; CopyWrite; Ulysses

Diagrams, flowcharts: OmniGraffle; Inspiration

Databases: Panorama; iData; Web Confidential; Pastor

Macros and repetitive task automation: QuicKeys; iKey

Image manipulation: GraphicConverter; Adobe Photoshop Elements; ThumbsUp; FinderIconCM; QuickImageCM; ImageWell

Audio manipulation: Audio Recorder; Audio Hijack; Amadeus; SoundSource

Transcription: DictaMac; Listen and Type

Music: PandoraMan; Tunatic

iPod: Senuti

Instant messaging: Adium

Movie rental: NetFlix Freak

Social networking: Pukka

News: NetNewsWire

PDF: Adobe Reader; PdfCompress; PDFLab; PDFpen

Calculators:

Safari enhancement: PithHelment; Saft; SafariSource

Mail enhancement: MailTags; Mail Act-On

Calendars, time and timers: EggTimer; ClockWork; Minuteur; MenuCalendarClock iCal

Internet: DEVONagent; History Hound; Paparazzi

URL management: URL Manager Pro

Weather: Wx; WeatherDock; Meteorologist

Palm apps: PorDiBle; Palm Doc Converter

Financial: Quicken

Earth: Google Earth; Earth Desk; Earth Browser

World time: @-time

Network sharing utilities: DropCopy; Share Clip; Schick

 

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