I swear by this list, trust me.
I bought my first MacBook 7 years ago and have performed several clean installations since. The latest one took place a few days ago as a result of water hitting the keyboard.
Every time I do a clean install, I find myself reinstalling a bunch of familiar apps over and over again. They’re the ones that have survived the Trash and have proven themselves to be truly useful.
Here, I’ve compiled a short list of the most truly useful Mac OS X applications that I can’t live without. I use these apps on a daily basis, swear by them, and am in no way paid by any of the companies to put this list together.
Whether or not you’re new or familiar to OS X (macOS), I hope you’ll find the list helpful.
In no order of importance or usefulness, here goes:
Caffeine – Nifty menubar app that prevents your screen from going to sleep with a click of the mouse.
ColorSnapper 2 – Great menubar app that helps me bring up a colorpicker with a keyboard shortcut.
F.lux – A menubar app that tailors the amount of blue light on your screen to the time of day. Great if you’re a night owl like me.
Screenie – Another menubar app I love that helps to organize screenshots and bring up the most recent ones with a click of the mouse.
aText – Great text expander that lives in the menubar. Every Mac user needs one.
BetterSnapTool – Awesome menubar app that lives in the background but allows you to manipulate windows like a pro. You need this!
DeskPM – If you blog or write often, this app is one of the best authoring apps out there that provides a super smooth writing and publishing workflow.
Spotify – Need I say more? Never worry about downloading music again.
Franz – Great app that integrates an insane amount of Instant Messengers out there into one dashboard.
Evernote – Best free notetaking app I’ve ever used. Thanks guys.
I’ll continue to build on this list as I go along. Let me know if you found it helpful!