35+ Rockstar Mac Software Developers and Their Apps

Every time I find an application that I really like, I immediately check out the other applications from the same developer. You’ll find that more often than not, there is a theme (visual or practical) that ties all their applications together in such a way that if you like one of them, you’ll probably like a few others as well.

Today we’ll take a look at some of my favorite Mac software developers. Some of them have created incredibly popular software while others are fairly obscure. You can be sure that all of the Mac and iPhone developers below have immense talent and at least one or two apps worth downloading.

Panic

A longstanding player in the Mac software market, Panic are responsible for a slew of wonderful apps for developers and designers. From the long-standing Transmit FTP client to their latest venture in the form of Coda, they’re a talented company!

MacRabbit

MacRabbit is a software development team that hails from Belgium. They’re known primarily for their amazing web-focused text editors, which are definitely among the best you’ll find for the Mac.

Cultured Code

Cultured Code is a team of nine developers most known for the amazing line of Things GTD apps. They are currently looking to expand their Germany-based team so be sure to stop by their site if you’re interested in joining up.

RealMac Software

RealMac is comprised of an incredibly talented team of developers and designers that specialize in creating apps with beautiful interfaces. Meet the team here.

OmniGroup

OmniGroup has been making great Mac software for a long time. Some of their older apps such as Omniweb have ceased development but the team is still churning out plenty of great stuff for both Mac desktop and mobile platforms.

Marketcircle

Marketcircle is focused primarily on developing powerful but user-friendly applications for freelancers and business owners. Their primary apps, Billings and Daylite, are both top-notch and make a great addition to any entrepreneur’s arsenal of software.

BinaryNights

Binary nights is a team of five developers best known for the file browser Forklift, which boasts upwards of 18,000 users.

The Little App Factory

The Little App factory started as a team of two developers in Australia and has grown into a team of over ten people spanning multiple countries. Their apps are all multimedia-centric, mostly relating to movies and music.

Fuel Collective

Fuel collective has a small collection of simple but incredibly useful Mac applications. I particularly love their amazing menu bar apps Snippets and Swatch.

HogBay Software

Hogbay specializes in minimalist interfaces that maximize productivity by eliminating distractions. Their interfaces are deceptively simple though as their applications are packed with great features.

Potion Factory

Potion Factory has a small collection of apps and is best known for The Hit List, a popular GTD alternative to Things. I personally use The Hit List every single day and wouldn’t dream of switching to another app.

Bohemian Coding

Bohemian coding is another developer that really stands out in the interface design department. All of their apps are wonderfully designed to be simple and intuitive.

Irradiated Software

Irradiated software has taken window management to a new level in OS X. Both Cinch and SizeUp are aimed at users who want to maximize their Finder experience. Though it has ceased development, TwoUp, the predecessor to these apps was free and incredibly useful. You can still find a download for it if you’re willing to invest some Google time.

MacPaw

MacPaw is a team of young Ukrainian developers that specialize in apps that modify and improve the OS X experience through adding security and purging unneeded system files.

IconFactory

IconFactory may specialize in icon design, but their Mac and iPhone development skills are just as impressive. Their focus on great icon design is one of the primary reasons their apps are so attractive.

Stunt Software

Stunt Software’s apps range from invoicing to dock management and even games. Though their focus is a bit scattered, their apps all share a pursuit of quality that makes them a pleasure to use.

Gravity Applications

Gravity applications is another developer with a stellar design team. Their apps range in functionality from extending the use of your Apple remote to file tagging.

BusyMac

BusyMac is focused on creating applications that make iCal a better experience for those looking to share calendars among groups of collaborating individuals.

iSlayer

iSlayer makes a few really great system utilities that I simply love. Both iStat Pro and iStat menus are a must for any Mac user interested in keeping an eye on their system’s performance.

Wonder Warp

Wonder Warp is a small team of developers committed to producing applications that are both useful and fun. Recently, their Etude iPhone application has been receiving a lot of attention from music lovers.

ToastyCode

ToastyCode is the developer of TapeDeck, a completely unique audio recording experience for Mac. All of their applications are a bit on the fun and goofy side which makes them a great addition to all your boring professional apps.

Conceited Software

Conceited Software is the creator of Clips, and amazing extension to your Mac’s lackluster clipboard. Conceited’s other applications are developed just as well as Clips and range in functionality from keeping you healthy to improving your iTunes experience.

Flying Meat

This hilariously named Mac development company is based in Seattle, Washington and has created a few really great applications perfect for new designers and artists.

Embraceware

Embraceware makes simple and useful applications that score high points in the eye candy department. Interestingly enough, the company is a husband and wife development team based out of Canada.

SmileOnMyMac

SmileOnMyMac is a great little development company founded in 2003. Their application TextExpander has received rave reviews in the coding community. SOMM’s PDF applications are also worth checking out if you need an easy way to create and edit PDFs.

Reinvented Software

Reinvented software is a UK-based company most known for Together, a powerful clutter collecting competitor to apps like Evernote. They’ve also created Feeder, a handy application for creating and editing RSS feeds.

Acrylic

Acrylic is a one man show lead by Dustin MacDonald, a talented software developer with nearly a decade of experience developing Mac software.

Code-line

Code-line has created an amazing line of applications aimed at professional designers. All of their software “just works” with little to no effort or instruction required.

Expersis

Expersis is a small development company based out of North Carolina, specializing in productivity and journaling applications for the Mac.

MOApp

MOApp is the development projects of Michael Göbel, an incredibly talented programmer in Mainz, Germany. For being a one-man company, he has an incredibly impressive list of great apps under his belt that are frequently chosen by the Apple folks at Apple to be featured as “Staff Picks” on their download section. Michael says his apps are primarily tailored to private households, freelancers, independent contractors and self-employed people.

Your Suggestions

A big thanks to everyone who suggested developers through Twitter! Here are some of your suggestions that weren’t in my list already:

Conclusion

The companies and individuals above represent some of the best and brightest talent currently developing software on any platform. Be sure to take some time to check out each one and let us know what you think. Also, if there’s anyone we missed, leave a link in the comments below and tell us about their best app!

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  • Alex

    What about Shiny Frog (www.shinyfrog.net)?

    They did a couple of wonderful applications:

    1- Img2icns (www.img2icnsapp.com)
    2- Delibar (www.delibarapp.com)

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  • http://konus.cl Felipe Navarro V.

    Perhaps give a nomination to new ones…
    http://vibealicious.com/ :)

  • http://www.tipsbytony.com Tony

    Whenever I hear someone throw out the strawdog argument of “There’s no software for Mac…that’s why I use Windows” I just have to laugh. Since making the switch full-time to Mac about 3 years ago, I’ve found the amount of *high quality* yet very affordable software for Mac dwarfs what I could find on Windows. More often then not if I found an app that didn’t cost an arm and a leg on Windows, it was an ugly UI mess with iffy functionality. I find the exact opposite on the Mac. I own and use software from most of the companies listed here, and I’ll put the whole lot up against their Windows counterparts any day.

    • Tanner

      I totally agree I just talked to some one who thought the same.

    • Maikel

      I stept over to a Mac since a week, before that I only used a PC – The only problem that I’ve considered is that I need to find new apps. For example on the PC I used winrar, which is not available for mac (got Springy now).

      This site’s helping me alot to find apps that I can use, and I am pretty sure I’ll buy one or some of these!

      • sarmen

        there is a winrar for mac its called simplyRAR . google it

  • http://www.timstringer.com Tim Stringer

    Great post! A few more to add to the list:

    Cocoatech (www.cocoatech.com) – Path Finder
    Objective Development (www.obdev.at) – LaunchBar
    JNSoftware (www.jonn8.com) – Dialectic
    Agile Web Solutions (www.agilewebsolutions.com) – 1Password

  • XabiK

    BohemianCoding also has SlipCover… lovely and FREE app for make beautiful covers :)

    P.S.: good post

  • http://www.lukashurych.cz Lukas Hurych

    What about http://www.app4mac.com/ and their awesome apps like Projector? :)

  • Joshua

    Lots of great developers and apps here. I was stuck doing web development on a PC a few months ago and spent a LOT of time searching for replacements for Coda and xScope in particular, but never found them. It was depressing.

    One quick note about Potion Factory’s The Hit List: I use this app every day, too, but new users should beware. It’s been in ‘beta’ for as long as I’ve known it to exist and the last update was October 2009 and the long-promised mobile app has never materialized.

    • http://www.coroflot.com/joshuajohnson Joshua Johnson

      Definitely a valid point! Whereas Things seems to be trucking along with improvements and new versions all the time. I wish Potion factory would step up and make good on its promises, especially for an iPhone app!

  • Max Bent

    Brilliant collection and lots of new software to discover. Thanks!
    I would also add to this list a new company named Lucky Ants.
    Their Snippets application is awesome — http://www.snippetsapp.com

  • Brendan

    I’d add two more great devs.

    http://www.vibealicious.com/ (Notify)
    http://agile.ws/ (1Password)

    • Mitchell

      1Password for sure prob the best app i have

    • http://bjango.com/apps/ Marc Edwards

      Agile are great. Definitely worthy of being on the list. 1Password is one of my first-install-when-I-get-a-new-Mac apps.

      Also, thanks for listing us (iSlayer/Bjango). We’re in some great company.

      Please note that we’re slowly moving all apps over from the iSlayer name to Bjango. iStat Menus 3 (due very, very soon) will be released under Bjango and will be on the Bjango website.

      All the other iSlayer apps will be moving over soon too. It’s just a matter of us finding the time to work on the website, rather than updating our apps.

      Thanks again.

    • http://www.wreckeddreams.com Andrew

      1Password, definitely. A+ app

  • http://www.iKreateIt.com iKreateIt

    +1 for 1Password from Agile

    Great post. I own apps from most of this companies/developers and have to agree with Tony: the argument that there’s not enough good SW out there for Mac (as opposed to windows) is rubbish and can be smashed with this article alone :)

    Great post, found some apps I didn’t yet know about.

  • Nours

    There’s also TextMate :)

  • http://www.moosedesign.com MooseDesign

    Nice list! If ever there was an argument to be made for talented Mac developers having an eye for design and composition, one really need look no further than the websites (SmileOnMyMac, being the only exception). Its clear that design is in their blood, and they have sweat the details, and that promise is generally upheld by the products… Its a good time to be a Mac user.

  • http://basementjack.com Jack

    +1 for 1Password,

    Also what about BeeDocs Timeline – pretty cool mac only app.

  • http://inanindeterminateplace.com Nipperkin

    Thanks for this post. I’ll be checking out some of these developers.

    For those who haven’t looked into his work, I second the recommendation of MOAPP’s Michael Göbel — his apps are intelligent, well thought out, and beautifully done.

  • Vagner Cavichini

    Pixelmator is also a great piece of software. Powerful and awesome App.

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  • SnowMan

    Pixelmator !

  • http://www.lifeintech.co.uk Matthew Bull

    Great list! I created one a while back which focuses more on the applications: http://www.lifeintech.co.uk/mac-101/top-mac-applications.html

  • http://inspirationfeed.com inspirationfeed

    Great apps, kinda makes me wish i had a Mac, but its all good PC is way better.
    Were not trapped by Apple

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  • Mira

    BTW. Sandwichlab has discount of their WebSaver now.

  • thomas feller

    And of course freeridecoding! http://freeridecoding.com/smartbackup

  • Olivier

    What about Edovia? Http://edovia.com

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    1Password from Agile
    These guys are on top of their game.

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  • http://www.softelgroup.com/ Chantal Terry

    Great overview of interactive software that is available to the consumer. I would, as others welcome a similar article for PC users. Your opening statement, rings to true. I located one application and often confuse my self when I begin searching for similar products. Having them group in one directory as you have done will make out computing a little more simple.

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  • Nathan

    Inspiring post. I’m a high school student just getting into coding. One day I’d like to develop beautiful software like this.

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  • Anonymous

    The guys from Synium Software really would deserve it to be standing here. With all of their progs.

  • NJ

    The people at icyblaze (www.icyblaze.com) are pretty awaesome as well. A fairly new company, the are behind idocument and sparkbox

  • Tom Welsch

    Cool Information.

    I am wondering if any of these folks are looking for Native Mac and ios Software Development work. I have a great contract or contract to hire opportunity with a really cool company that is forward thinking.

    Please email me at tom.welsch@plusconsulting if interested.

    Thanks,

    Tom Welsch

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