Mac AppStore Apps
Evernote is available for free on the Mac AppStore.
Clear is an extremely simple list keeping app and that, is its biggest advantage. Many times the extra features can become obtrusive and a straightforward and elegant app is best for the job. Clear is available on the Mac AppStore for $9.99 and also allows for syncing over iCloud with the Clear iOS app.
Everyone should use at least one "read it later" service. Pocket is one of our favourites. Personally, I use it in Chrome (Chrome extension available for download) and in Flipboard on my iPhone. A read it later app basically compiles any articles videos or web pages you want to "read later" or view later. Pocket is available for free on the Mac AppStore.
Wunderlist is a powerful To-Do list app that was featured by Apple as the Best Mac App of 2013. Wunderlist offers everything you may want a To-Do app to do including syncing and is available for free on the Mac AppStore.
Found and Alfred offer more. This includes the ability to search within Gmail or Evernote on Found or using commands to search within folders or even search Amazon with Alfred. Both apps are available on the Mac AppStore for free.
If you are not willing to spend a fortune to edit or create pictures here are a few alternatives:
- Pixelmator is available for $29.99 on the Mac AppStore.
- Acorn 4 is available for $49.99 on the Mac AppStore and a free trial on the Acorn 4 website.
- Sketchbook Express (free) or Sketchbook Pro ($59.99) for more features. Both available on the Mac AppStore.
- GIF Brewery for easy GIF creation for $4.99.
- TextWrangler (free) or Writer Pro ($19.99) offer superb text editing. In fact, I am using Writer Pro right now to write this list!
- Simplenote. If you're not looking for any fancy features but instead just want an elegant and simple app for writing then Simplenote is for you. Simplenote is available for free.
- 1Password is extremely handy for storing all of the passwords for your accounts. 1Password is available for $34.99 for a limited time. The regular price is $49.99.
- Ember is a digital scrapbook developed by the creators of Clear. Similarly, it offers a slick interface and is very smart. Ember is available for $49.99.
Non-Mac AppStore Apps
OpenEmu is by far the best emulator allowing you to play ROMs for Game Boy, NES, SNES, DS, Sega Genesis and more. OpenEmu is beautiful and simple to use and is available for download at the OpenEmu website for free.
Steam is the best place for purchasing games for your Mac. It features all the popular titles and most purchased titles are available universally to both PC and Mac. Steam also offers better sales on games offered on the Mac AppStore. Steam is available on the Steam website for free.
AirServer website for $14.99 with special student pricing and a 7-day trial.
CheatSheet is available for free at the CheatSheet website.
Other Great Mac Apps
- Bartender for decluttering your Mac's menu bar with a new menu bar icon that holds all other extra items. Bartender is available at the Bartender website for $15.00 with a 4 week free trial.
- LogMeIn allows you to control your Mac from your smartphone. LogMeIn is available for free at the LogMeIn website with additional features available for purchase.
- Any online storage service such as Dropbox or Google Drive which can all be obtained for free with the option to pay to expand the storage capacity.