My favorite is macOS Mojave (or newer) because ites with free apps that eliminate the need for me to install any other thread party apps. That means that the apps I use are safe and secure and work seamlessly well in the Apple ecosystem. My best Mac Apps Safari The fastest most safe and secure web browser with enhanced privacy characteristics 1 Password manager (Autofill) is safe and secure Apple has been supplying encryption to its users since the 199s and has been proven to be safe and secure other third party password managers have had security issues and do not have a trillion dollarpany to back them up 1 Pages Numbers and Keynote eliminate the need for office software. I was a big fan of MacWrite back before Microsoft Word ever had a GUI and Pages is a much improved version of it. Textedit is used daily for all manner of notes as an outliner to collect thoughts for website articles as a draft for input into Pages it is so flexible that I practically use to for everything that does not require a spreadsheet. Preview looks simple but is also used on a dual basis to look at PDFs photos etc. and its simple built in editor allows me t do a quick touchup on pictures QuickLook is used countless times every day to peek instantly at files it also has a built in editor that can edit pictures immediately Notes integrates seamlessly with my iPhone and iPad so everything is always up to date everyone all at once its indispensable Messages is not only the only provably safe and secure messaging system its integrated across my iPhone and iPad so everything is always up to date everyone all at once its indispensable iMovie GarageBand Time Machine Automater Xcode etc. The list is actually very long Apple has done an amazing job of slowly but surely building in all the functions we actually need in a simple easy to use way so that we do not have to rely on third party software unless we are doing something professional or exotic. Still Needed Blu-ray player Apple was part of the consortium to support the superior version of Blu-ray (Microsoft was backing the opposing camp with a kludge based on DVD that was not for for the future) so it was a surprise that the the consortium finally released Blu-ray none of theputerpanies could afford a license to include Blu-ray movie playback software (that correct not even Microsoft has Blu-ray playback capability but in many bundles they include a third party player). I do read and burn Blu-ray discs (blanks) on our Macs but have to use a third party app to actually play one of my many Blu-ray discs. 1 GraphViz A viewer for QuickLook 1 Edit feature in TextEdit 1 MacDraw An up to date replacement would be awesome the original MacDraw was extremely useful for those of use who do not need or don't have the skills for a professional illustration package 1 AppCleaner This little app throws away all the little debris that is left behind when an app is thrown into the garbage. It works so well that Apple should just cut this guy a $1 million check and take over ownership of the app then bundle it with macOS 1 Handbrake Handbrake integration into iMovie and Final Cut Pro would be nice. Final Cut Pro works extremely well as is and can be greatly enhanced with Apple Compressor but there are still a few occasions where an old piece of video needs to be transcoded into something modern which is where Handbrakees in. 1 Handbrake is open source so just integrate it exact as is and it will work fine Just add an option to use Handbrake when needed. 1 Completely Unneeded Anti-Virus Anti-Malware Anti-Spyware These are useless apps 1 macSO already proven Anti-Virus Anti-Malware Anti-Spyware built in so there is no need for anything else. 1 Cleaner apps Over the long run they do nothing that is actually useful if there is a problem then just make sure you have at least 2% of the drive free (if not then use the new About This MacStorageManage feature to clean it up) and then if there is still an issue you simply boot up while holding down the Shift key this will purge all the caches and clean the system then just boot up normally. 1 Password Managers Use Apple AutoFill which is more convenient and far more secure. 1 Web Browsers Nothing is as fast and as secure as Safari 1 Cloud Storage Nothing has the integration of iCloud 1 Screen Brightness Manager Mojave has Night Shift which works smoother than anything else I have seen 1
What Mac apps are must-haves?
I list the following apps with the caveat that they might not be must-have for everyone. Someone who doesn't use theirputer often might only need Finder an adequately featured web browser and a editor. I use myputer for much more than simple tasks so it's not possible to be productive without the help of many applications. I do think in many cases that there are suitable alternatives to these programs but the class of programs these are in are essential to me and these are the best I've found in each class. Password Management 1Password ($)nThis list might be intolerably long if I mentioned all of the web applications I used. Because of that 1Password is essential for me 3 each of those apps require credentials. It's easy to create unique login credentials for each of those web apps that I use; then it's really easy to log into each of these sites. It's also quite nice to have my credit card and personal information automatically filled in so that I can get through lengthy menus quickly. The Firefox add-on for 1Password in particular is excellent enabling me to login without leaving home row. Messaging Client Adium (free)nThis one has already been mentioned here by others so Ill make it brief Adium is an instant messaging application that connects to a variety of messaging services. Because there no one dominant service and my contacts are spread across them I use Adium to keep them all within the same interface. Application Launcher Alfred (with Powerpack) (free; $18 with highly-rmended Powerpack)nTechnically there already an application launcher installed on every Mac Spotlight. Spotlight isn as fully featured as some of its fellow launchers though and I think theyre worth a look because they save time. I chose Alfred here not because it the most fully featured 3 I just think Running with Crayons is doing an awesome job making Alfred super easy and super quick to do things on my Mac. Based on the current product which is currently in beta I'm confident that as it grows the crew at Running with Crayons knows what they are doing. Getting Things Done Do Things ($)nI'll be honest I've been wavering as of late on Things having bought the application a couple of years ago. Most of Things' petitors are expensive 3 OmniFocus and The Hit List are two thate up often 3 and I can't drop $ or $. The issue is syncing. The makers of Things have been promising an elegant syncing solution for a long time and haven't delivered. Despite that unless I can convince myself that another solution is worth that much more than Things it hard for me to switch. Having said all that I do know is that when I use Things I get more done. The proof is in its logbook; I check off a lot of tasks. It helps me take a mental quota of everything I need to do so I can worry about what I need to do once and then get going. It has an elegant interface for that. Syncing Dropbox (free)nI have one folder in Dropbox of files I want to keep in sync between my Macs but lots of files in it so I can keep my applications in sync across my Macs and iPhone like 1Password TextExpander and Notational Velocity. It works extremely well for the purposes I use it for and so I would be skeptical to any alternative. File Management Fork Lift ($)nWithout a file management application on my Mac the state of my files is not good. Fork Lift and a lot of other file management applications use a dual pane window so it easy to organize and manage folder structures and files. It not just that though; Fork Lift is packed with features plenty of which Im still uncovering. I like that it can handle FTP connections and Im a big fan of using synclets to keep folders in sync. If you have a lot of files and need help keeping order Fork Lift can help. Note Taking Notational Velocity (free)nI think a note-taking application is important for someone who at theirputer keyboard a lot because it doesn make a ton of sense to interface with a notebook and aputer if you can use just one. I like Notational Velocity because it has a simple interface and yet I can find my notes (via search). It still needs better tagging functionality and I can decide whether I like it more with folders. Some other note-taking applications (e.g. Evernote free) are feature-heavy which I think makes them weaker. A strong note-taking app lets me take new notes and find and edit old notes as quickly as possible. Text Editor TextMateor Coda ($53or $99)nIm torn. These aren crucial parts of my workflow because I don do a ton of development. When I do write bits of code however I can imagine using other applications. Coda great because it one-window web development. But TextMate is simple yet powerful and I have dual monitors for a reason right? RSS Reader NetNewsWire (free)nEven though there are plenty of other ways to efficiently tackle information I still use RSS because it usually much more on topic (though less conversational than) than another source of information for me Twitter. I can filter through loads of relevant articles in a minimal amount of time. Basically I chose NetNewsWire because it's the best at doing that though Reeder beta (free) has a beautiful interface.