Okay, I have been meaning to do this for a long time and now that I have the time I will do it! LOL! Below are six of my top Mac apps, the apps that I use quite often. Maybe not daily, but definitely several times a week. I think these apps are insanely great, thus the reason for this post. Let’s get started…
Analog is a newcomer to my list of frequently used apps. It is made by RealMac Software, makers of RapidWeaver. Now I used to use an app called Flare, which was ridiculously slow. When Analog came along it provided the same functionality but much faster. Essentially Analog allows you to take a photograph you snapped with your camera or iPhone, etc. and add special effects to make the photo even more interesting. You can also add borders which are a really cool touch!
Analog is on the Mac App Store and sells for $7.99 (for a limited time). You can find out more about the app at: http://www.realmacsoftware.com/analog/
Classic Color Meter
This app replaces the now useless DigitalColor Meter that comes with Mac OS X. I originally thought that Mac OS X Lion removed the Apple app from utilities and thus I decided to grab this guy. Now, thanks to a friend of mine, I have been corrected and the app still comes with Lion, but has lost some important functionality – especially for those of us coding web sites. The Classic Color Meter maintains the full functionality of the original Apple app, and then some. It’s a must have if you need some way of getting color values in Hex, RGB, CMYK, etc.
Classic Color Meter is available on the Mac App Store for $.99
Okay now THIS is probably one of the most awesome apps of the bunch. Essentially this app keeps your Mac clean and free of cluttering files, caches, etc. You wouldn’t believe how much junk just sits on your hard disk and you don’t even know it. This app will help keep things tidy. Not only that, when you trash an application to remove it, it auto launches to insure that all the associated files and resources with that app are uninstalled properly. That way you don’t have any lingering files…now is that not awesome? So far CleanMyMac has saved over 25 GIGS of space on my hard disk over a several month period of time. Pretty amazing.
CleanMyMac is available through MacPaw software for $30. You can find out more and purchase from their web site: http://macpaw.com/cleanmymac
This app runs on my Mac nearly 24/7. It is an excellent way to keep notes, thoughts, etc. and have them synchronized to all your devices. I use Evernote for class notes, thoughts that come into my head, musical ideas or just for jotting down things to remember. It’s an excellent tool for keeping notes organized and safe.
Evernote is available on the Mac App Store free of charge…yeah you read that right…FREE! For more info on this awesome app head over to http://www.evernote.com/
When I found out this app was coming out, I must have annoyed the living daylights out of the developer. It sounded to me to be the perfect solution for my calendar needs. And when it was finally released, it was more than I could have imagined. Fantastical is an app which sits up in your menu bar. From there you can simply type in plain english what you want to schedule. For example: “Meeting with Rob next Tuesday at 10:30am at Ruby Tuesdays”. The app will understand what you typed and create a calendar event which essentially is exactly what you typed: TUES 10:30 Meeting with Rob, Location: Ruby Tuesdays. It’s amazing. Not only that it includes support for iCal, BusyCal and many other calendar apps.
Fantastical is available on the Mac App Store for $19.99. You can find out more or purchase at the Flexibits web site: http://flexibits.com/fantastical
Last, but not least, is the most incredible To Do/Task management app ever! I was using a lot of different To Do type apps before Things and none of them really helped me get organized. Things provides some powerful capabilities for organizing the things you have to do, projects you are working on and all the tasks associated with them. I highly recommend Things for anyone who needs to get organized. While it doesn’t have cloud sync yet, the developer is working on it for the next major release (sometime soon). It does, however, support Wi-Fi sync to your iPhone and/or iPad.
Things is available on the Mac App Store for $49.99…believe me it is well worth the price. You can find out more about Things at CulturedCode’s web site: http://culturedcode.com/things/