Smoking Hot Mac Interface Design: 30 Stunning Apps

Mac applications are known for their superb design, and in the past few years UI designers have really embraced this trend by creating some really remarkable interfaces. They embrace realism, ooze texture, and generally make you stop and stare.

Today we’ll look at 30 pieces of Mac software that really push the limit of great interface design. First we’ll say what the app does, then provide a screenshot followed by a brief statement about what I really love about the interface.

Let’s get started – prepare to be dazzled!

Cockpit

“Cockpit is a really flexible multi application controller and automation center. A way to run scripts, tasks and even more with a click of a button or just with a hotkey”

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Cockpit

The Cockpit interface uses faux realism with rich textures like glass, metal and rubber to pull of a super sleek look.

Developer: Green & Slimy Software
Price: €19

On The Job

“On The Job is an application designed to help you track your time and expenses, and bill your clients by easily and quickly creating professional invoices.”

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On The Job

The interface is a nice mix of light and dark elements, bringing lots of attractive contrast to the screen.

Developer: Stunt Software
Price: $39.95

Transmit 4

“You need to transfer files. Maybe to an FTP or SFTP server, or the cloud via Amazon S3, or using WebDAV. You maintain a website, do backups, or upload photos. You need Transmit, the #1 Mac OS X FTP client.”

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Transmit 4

The newest installment of Transmit has received a major visual facelift and is simply the best looking FTP client around. Read our full review and see why we gave it a perfect 10 here.

Developer: Panic
Price: $34 ($19 upgrade)

LittleSnapper

“With LittleSnapper it’s easy to start capturing webpages and your desktop. From entire webpages – including the bits that are out of view in a standard browser window – to specific windows on your Mac, no matter what you need to capture LittleSnapper can handle it.”

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LittleSnapper

The large dark background makes the perfect canvas to display all your snaps. LittleSnapper always makes me wish I could change the color of my boring white Evernote background to match!

Developer: RealMac Software
Price: $39

Espresso

“Espresso is not a bunch of apps thrown together. Instead, we looked at the needs of web developers and streamlined their workflow into one gorgeous, focused app. Fast and powerful editing, sleek projects, live preview (we make CSSEdit after all), awesome publishing and extensive synchronization tools.”

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Espresso

Espresso’s interface is tweaked to perfection and allows for a surprising amount of functionality all accessed in a central location.

Developer: MacRabbit
Price: $79.95

Miro

“Miro 3 An amazing open-source, non-profit video player. Download torrents and podcasts, play any video, and do it with style.”

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Miro

Miro is a really nice looking media player with integrated channels and streams, all displayed on nice colorful pages. It’s a really solid integration of web material into a desktop environment.

Developer: Participatory Culture Foundation
Price: Free

Kaleidoscope

“Use Kaleidoscope to spot the differences in text and image files. Review changes in seconds with the world’s most advanced file comparison application.”

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Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope makes the mundane task of comparing any number of files actually enjoyable with its super flexible and highly usable interface.

Developer: Sofa Design
Price: €29

Beak

“An innovative new Twitter client exclusively for the Mac. Beak is currently in development but you can download an darly preview release (v.95) here. (Mac OS 10.5 or later.)”

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Beak

I’m not sure if Mike has abandoned development for Beak or not but it works great as is and is definitely a really sharp looking Twitter client.

Developer: Mike Rundle
Price: Free

Spotify

“Spotify is a new way to listen to music Any track you like, any time you like. Just search for it in Spotify, then play it. Any artist, any album, any genre – all available instantly.”

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Spotify

Spotify’s interface is a lot like iTunes with a major style boost. The dark theme really looks nice and makes it feel like you’re getting a premium experience. The day Spotify comes to the U.S. I will be a happy man!

Developer: Spotify Ltd.
Price: Free (limited)

Loremify

“Loremify is a one-click tool to copy Lorem Ipsum. It lets you wrap in html, specify the amount of text, and copy it to your clipboard—all in one click. It runs as a Dashboard Widget in Mac OS X, and is a mere 270kb.”

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Loremify

This one is technically a widget and not really a full-blown application but it looked so nice I had to include it. As you can see, dark interfaces with blue text are quite popular at the moment.

Developer: Tobias Ahlin
Price: Free

Alfred

“Alfred is a quicklaunch application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web. Whether it’s maps, Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia, you can feed your web addiction quicker than ever before.”

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Alfred

Like any launch utility, Alfred has a fairly simple interface. This is actually a bonus here. The design is really streamlined and expands and shrinks to show the appropriate content. I love how large the window is as well, this makes the text easily readable.

Developer: Andrew Pepperrell, Vero Pepperrell and Ollie Kavanagh
Price: Free

DaisyDisk

“DaisyDisk scans your disks and presents their content as interactive maps where you can easily spot unusually large files and remove them to get more free space.”

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DaisyDisk

DaisyDisk is a beautiful way to visualize your data storage. I can’t decide if the complicated radial charts are retro or futuristic but I do know that they look great.

Developer: DaisyDisk Team
Price: $19.95

Watts

“The battery needs to be recalibrated from time to time to keep the onscreen battery time and percent display accurate, and to keep the battery operating at maximum efficiency.”

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Watts

I wasn’t even aware that my MacBook’s battery ever had to be calibrated but if I ever do see the need I’ll definitely use this app so I can calibrate in style!

Developer: BinaryTricks
Price: $10.99

Just Notes

“A simple, beautiful and powerful notes app. The nice user interface lets you focus on the important things – taking notes”

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Just Notes

A great looking interface that keeps things simple by using using icon-based navigation and plain yellow notes.

Developer: Matthias Hochgatterer
Price: Free

Delibar

“Delibar is a full featured Delicious and Pinboard Mac client. Delibar focuses on giving Mac OS X users an easy and quick tool for searching, managing and sharing their bookmarks.”

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Delibar

Delibar features a really nice and small tabbed interface that pops down from your menu bar, is fully searchable, and features some great icon design.

Developer: Shiny Frog
Price: $18

Delicious Library

“Catalog your books, movies, music, software, toys, tools, electronics, & video games.”

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Delicious Library

Delicious Library features an interface very similar to that of the new iBooks iOS app. All of your media is displayed on a nice faux wooden bookshelf for easy and quick browsing.

Developer: Delicious Monster
Price: $40

CleanMyMac

“CleanMyMac represents sophisticated all-in-one-suite utility that helps keep your Mac clean and healthy. With just two simple clicks you can delete useless files that basically pile up and waste your valuable disk space.”

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CleanMyMac

The sidebar on the left makes it a breeze to analyze your data storage based on different types of content. Simply click on a category and tell the app to clean the files up and you’re good to go!

Developer: MacPaw
Price: $29.95

MacHider

“MacHider is an innovative product intended to put out of sight your confidential information from third parties or other unwanted eyes.”

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MacHider

MacHider is from the same developer as CleanMyMac but features a much lighter interface that really nails that great OS X look and feel.

Developer: MacPaw
Price: $10.99

Yojimbo

“Yojimbo makes keeping all the small (or even large) bits of information that pour in every day organized and accessible. It’s so simple, there is no learning curve.”

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Yojimbo

Yojimbo is a digital clutter collection app similar to Evernote. The interface is bright and user friendly with large colorful icons simple UI elements.

Developer: BareBones
Price: $39

Aperture 3

“You’ve taken a great shot. Now you’re ready to make it even better. Aperture 3 gives you all the tools you need to turn your photography into so much more.”

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Aperture 3

Aperture is a professional grade photography application from Apple. The interface is super slick and does a remarkable job or organizing tons of powerful tools and features. The fullscreen editing seen above is particularly nice.

Developer: Apple
Price: $199

Bento

“What’s your passion? Selling products, building client relationships, booking your band, organizing volunteers, running marathons, collecting coins? Whatever it is, Bento can help you do it better – the fast, fun, and easy way!”

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Bento

Bento is personal database management in true Mac style. Filemaker really stepped up and addressed the complicated nature of their apps and made Bento both beautiful and simple to use.

Developer: Filemaker
Price: $49

Plex

“Plex bridges the gap between your Mac and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media.”

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Plex

Plex features a really stunning application interface that makes it a joy to browse and enjoy your movies, music and televisions shows.

Developer: Plex Media
Price: Free

SlipCover

“SlipCover makes it easy to create custom case icons for all your media files. SlipCover can then easily apply these custom icons to any file, making SlipCover the only application you’ll need for cases.”

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SlipCover

Simple is beautiful. SlipCover couldn’t be easier and is a very attractive way to add icons to your media files.

Developer: Bohemian Coding
Price: Free

CandyBar

“Change the icons you usually can’t… and more. This is big: CandyBar 3 has pixadex built right in! Now, your favorite application for changing system icons is also your favorite application for managing your icons, with a smooth, unified interface.”

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CandyBar

It can be tedious to try to customize your OS X system icons but CandyBar makes the whole process a no brainer through a gorgeous drag and drop interface.

Developer: Panic
Price: $29

Awaken

“Awaken is everything you’d expect from a Mac alarm clock. The competition doesn’t even come close to Awaken’s combination of form and function.”

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Awaken

Awaken makes setting alarms much a much prettier task than you would’ve thought it could ever be. It seamlessly integrates with iTunes and other applications for a hassle-free experience.

Developer: Embrace Software
Price: $10.99

WriteRoom

“WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you’re used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing.”

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Writeroom

Oddly enough, the lack of an interface can often make for the best interface. WriteRoom is minimalism at its best and really comes to the rescue when you need to focus on writing.

Developer: Hogbay Software
Price: $24.99

SnowTape

“Snowtape is the missing recording feature in iTunes. It makes it easy, to listen to radio, record audio tracks, and export to iTunes with cover art included.”

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SnowTape

Snowtape features a really intuitive and attractive interface for recording audio. It feels enough like iTunes that you’ll get it while maintaining its own unique style and grace.

Developer: Vemedio
Price: $29

The Hit List

“The Hit List is a simple, yet sophisticated application to manage the daily chaos of your modern life. Based on the simple concept of making lists, The Hit List lets you plan, forget, then act when the time is right.”

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The Hit List

Though I’m endlessly frustrated about the promised but never delivered iPhone application, The Hit List is an excellent experience on the Mac and features one of the best interfaces of any app that I use on a daily basis.

Developer: PotionFactory
Price: $49.95

1Password

“1Password can create strong, unique passwords for you, remember them, and restore them, all directly in your web browser.”

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1Password

1Password is without a doubt the best looking password manager around. The iPhone interface is just as solid so be sure to check it out as well.

Developer: Agile Web Solutions
Price: $39.95

Capo

“Capo is a musician’s best friend. It lets you slow down your favorite songs, so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. ”

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Capo

Capo is an awesome app with an awesome interface. Contrast, color and texture are all used masterfully to make manipulating the flow of your music effortless.

Developer: SuperMegaUltraGroovy
Price: $49

List Your Favorites!

The 30 apps above should be enough to fill your applications folder with enough pretty pixels to keep you in awe for months.

Leave a comment below and let us know which interfaces are your favorites and what apps we missed!


  • http://www.garryaylottdesign.co.uk Garry Aylott

    Some awesome apps there and a few I hadn’t heard of but will check them out. Thanks!

  • syphadius

    that is really useful list, some of these I never knew about, thank you very much for this list!

  • mauko

    I do have “On The Job” too, but never seen this interface… Is it a beta or why ?…

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

      It’s listed on their site as the “Timing Sessions Editor”

  • Powergeek

    Nice apps, I think AppStar from Damabia can be part of the list

  • mauko

    OK found it…

  • http://nick-brewer.com Nick

    Very nice!

    Forgot one, Ommwriter!

  • Kat

    I love WriteRoom. It really helped me in a lot of the things I needed to write without the distraction of everything else on my MacBook. Might give the free ones a shot.

    Personally, I’d add AlarmClock to the list. That plus WriteRoom are a writer’s must have tools for any word war.

  • Mozgovvert

    Thank’s! I never heard about “slipcover” and “capo”, i’ll check them out!

  • http://minimalisten.tumblr.com/ Robin Lundgren

    - Ecoute – iTunes library player.
    - Itsy – Twitter client.
    - Fraise – Text Editor (HTML & Co), original name: Smultron.
    - jDownloader – Nah probably the fugliest GUI for any app working on OS X. Really useful tho, anyone know a good alternative?
    - Stainless – Web browser.

    • http://joshuabaker.com/ Joshua Baker

      > Really useful tho, anyone know a good alternative?

      Speed Download.

  • http://fahrulazmi.com fahrulazmi

    Nice list! I’m trying some of the apps. Thanks!

  • http://inspirationoverload.org/ Conor O’Driscoll

    Lovely list, loads of new apps to check out, thanks!

    A few that I particularly enjoy for their interfaces are Things, Times and Bodega. The latter two are really original, and truly wonderful.

  • http://www.remixcreative.net Nik Gill

    Absolutely ace list, Loremify is a top idea… stops me from having go on the internet to generate some

  • Lorena V.

    Wait! That list isn’t complete without Berokyo (www.berokyo.com). I just love this application and looks so good on my desktop.

    • Vincent

      I agree with Lorena. Berokyo is just wonderful!

    • Tim

      Berokyo is ok, but I am still a huge fan of DragThing.

  • Eric

    Delicious library has been around way longer than iBooks. They came up wtih the bookshelf metaphor. iBooks blatantly copied them.

    And it’s too bad Amazon is being evil with phone apps not allowing them to have access to their store information, killing one of the best iPhone apps I have (and still use) – Library for iPhone from Delicious Monster.

  • http://hector-lee.com Hector Lee

    I have On The Job but I don’t think the main UI is particularly nice. Especially when compared to Billings.

  • http://iaian7.com Iaian7

    I’ve really been enjoying Overflow; a clean and beautiful way to simplify my way-too-cluttered dock. And I definitely agree on Alfred; change a few settings in the preferences, and it’s even more minimal (dark theme + no icons needed).

  • Chris Wanja

    Things for Mac.

  • http://settuno.com Jules Stoop

    Kaleidoscope’s interface for comparing images is even slicker. It’s view is built in OpenGL and – thanks to the associated hardware acceleration – does the slickest iPhone-style spring-damper scrolling I’ve ever seen and felt.

  • http://azizlight.me/ Aziz Light

    Most of those apps do not have a “Smoking Hot Mac Interface Design”, and a lot of those apps are not “Stunning” either…

    As much as I love the appstorm sites, I’m getting tired of low-quality list-style posts. I get it, list-style posts attract people, but at least if you want to make list-style post, put some effort into it!

    • David Anderson

      (Mostly) agreed.

    • Dbug

      I don’t see much here that qualifies as hot, most aren’t particularly useful.
      Why many stick out visually, that doesn’t make them naturals to fit in.
      It seems the reviewer is looking to others for content without creating or knowing a whole lot… someone with a diverse background would have spotted to flower-petal display of disk space as being something that’s been around (in a free disk utility in Ubuntu for instance). I think one could present a list of Mac OS 9 apps that would be more impressive as a group. Best to look at these individually based on usefulness, not hotness.

      And for apps that are mostly looks without much coding meat behind them the paid ones generally seem to be a very poor value. The feeling I get is they’re like near first time attempts at Mac apps and someone is thinking what’s the simplest thing I can actually do that someone might pay for.

      I’d like to see more open source apps, probably best if free with contributions accepted, created out of desire to solve real problems.

  • http://www.davidjparsons.com/ DavidJParsons

    Thanks for the great list, keep up the good work!

  • David Anderson

    I’m not sure what Delicious Library, MacHider, and Yojimbo are doing here. They are useful, but I wouldn’t say they have “smoking hot Mac interfaces”, and I definitely wouldn’t describe them as “stunning”. Same with Writeroom. A lack of an interface is often very useful, just as having legs can be rather useful too, but I wouldn’t put my own two feet on a list of the 10 best cars of 2010. I would also say 1Password’s interface looks forced and semi-amateurish.

    Other than that, this is a good list, although it is excluding some very beautiful apps, such as Things, Ecoute, Tweetie, Fontcase, Screenflow, and Versions. Thanks

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

    Another vote for Things for Mac. It has one of the most elegant UI’s I’ve ever seen on a Mac application.

  • Toe-Tem-Droll

    StickyWindows is an awesome program that allows you minimize windows on the side of your screen without dropping them into your dock.
    Task Paper is a great note/organizer. Simplistic and easy to use.
    GeekTool is a Rainmeter-esque program for Macs
    Bowtie is a great music player for your desktop without leaving your itunes window up.

    • David Anderson

      But none of those have “smoking hot Mac interace designs”, which was the whole point of this article. This whole roundup seemed like just an excuse for the author to list applications that he uses and likes, not necessarily ones with nice interfaces.

  • http://www.designshack.co.uk Joshua Johnson

    I actually don’t frequently use most of the applications in the list. There are definitely a few rockstars that stand out here: I love the new Transmit interface and the Plex UI to name a few.

    However, I wanted the list to be inspirational for designers, which demands diversity. Examples like Cockpit and Loremify are awesome, but I wanted showcase some lighter interfaces as well. For instance, Mac Hider and Yojimbo represent excellent implementations of what could be considered the typical “Mac look.” Many UI designers will continue to utilize this style and will find good inspiration to be quite useful.

    If you can’t find really stellar interface design in the examples, above, I would posit that you are a bit of an unrealistic skeptic. The designers showcased above deserve a pat on the back, if you disagree, I would love to see interfaces that you’ve developed that are better. Only when you step into the shoes of these designers can you really appreciate the struggles of organizing this type of content into a useable and attractive manner.

    • dorian_grey

      Sorry, but you don’t have to be a designer to be allowed to criticise their designs. In 99% of all cases this “first do it better yourself before criticising others”-statement is just an extremely lame excuse for bad work.

      • David Anderson

        I can’t remove my own appendix, but I’d still be pretty pissed if the doctor cut off my leg instead. I doubt your reaction after that would be, “You couldn’t do any better, so don’t criticize!”

  • Rahul

    Cool apps.. downloading some of them right now to give a try.

    Btw, what program do you use to point out the interesting areas in a window like in this pic.. http://mac.appstorm.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/mac-beautiful-7.jpg

    Sorta like a magnified view. Have been searching for it, but never ever got around to knowing the name.. :(

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  • Tuomas

    I’d add Adobe Lightroom to the list (someone already mentioned Things which would be another addition). The main interface shares next to nothing with common Mac UI elements, but it’s very sharp, easy to use and gives your photos the central stage. I also like how they’ve divided the app into modules, making the workflow more obvious.

    Oh and yet another one popped into my mind: Bowtie (the iTunes controller app). I must have forgotten some since there is countless number of apps for Mac that have awesome interfaces.

  • Matt

    It’s old now but I think Disco (http://www.discoapp.com) is right up there and ahead of its time. Beautiful and functional…smokin’

    P.S. I would also like to know how to do that funky thing with magnified highlights.

  • http://jasonchatfield.com jason
  • http://www.brightwurks.com Nick Francis

    I’d like to throw Billings (http://marketcircle.com/billings/) and Versions (http://versionsapp.com/) on the list!

  • Bryan

    Ew, Cockpit has Windows jaggies…

  • http://www.iynque.com iynque

    I think Raskin and OmmWriter should be present here, especially if you were going for a little variety and inspiration.

    OmmWriter is similar in concept to the fullscreen mode of writewroom, but it doesn’t necessarily hold the green text on black in such high esteem (green-on-black is nice on the eyes, but it doesn’t exactly stop you and make you admire the interface).

    Raskin is…. well… file manager, file previewer, launcher, organizer, recent documents, etc. I guess it’s best to take a look at it: http://www.raskinformac.com/
    Basically, a different desktop “surface” that’s really fun to use!

  • sheala

    nice list. i’ll have to check some of these out. I enjoy Yojimbo a lot.
    I might add Speed Download.

  • http://toastr.co.nz/ Jacob

    Great list! I’d also like to add:

    Taskpaper (by the same developer as WriteRoom)
    Transmit and Panic’s other software
    Flow
    RipIt
    Tweetie
    Things
    Versions

    I’m probably forgetting a whole lot, but it’s great that there’s so much well designed software on the Mac (unlike other platforms *rolleyes*)

  • Owen

    Espresso crashes too much to be considered for the list…. I don’t pay for an app that crashes every time I try to move files around in the FTP module…. Other than that. Great list.

    • Markus

      I use Espresso every day since a few months and it never crashed in this time. I also can’t confirm having problems with moving files around in the FTP module.

  • AppleFan

    Wow – that’s what I call a list. How about a list of lists?! That would be so awesome!!

    I might try some of your suggestions, or I might not. I’m stoked at the possibilities!

  • http://www.sergejmueller.com Sergej Müller

    Cornerstone SVN client.

    http://www.zennaware.com/cornerstone/

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  • Brandon Roach

    Kind of off topic but in the Aperture 3 photo they had adjustments opened in the full screen window. How is this possible? I looked around as I was in full screen and found nothing.

    Thanks,
    Brandon

    • Agos

      Just press “H”.

  • http://www.feliublog.com Feliu

    Nice post, nice list, in my opinion Things and Versions should be present in the list too.

    Thanks,

  • Ledin

    I´m missing Pixelmator!
    Thanks for the list, keep up the good work! =)

  • http://www.theronburger.com/ Theron Burger

    Watts DOES NOT HAVE A GOOD UI!!!!
    for the love of God! It is beyond poor, bordering on unusable

    Just because an app uses some monochrome noise in the background does give it a good UI.

    Where to start.
    The text in watts is incredibly hard to read.
    Look at your menu-bar. 95% black text on a 10-20% monochrome gradient. Easy to read. Legibility is improved further by giving the text emphasis matching the orientation of the gradient. a slight inner shadow on the top where background is light, and a slight inner glow on the bottom where the background is darker.
    Watts uses 40% grey text on a 60% bg for the main text, and 50% on a 60% for the headings.That’s a contrast of 10%!
    I’m sure the contrast between background and text is even less than that in the center of the “note” on the calibration tab.

    Watts uses poorly written text in a confusing, barely legible manner.
    Again, from the calibration tab:
    “Its not necessary to calibrate the battery right now. Anyway, if you want to do it, just follow the next step to progress through the calibration process”
    progress process, calibrate calibration, “if you want to do it”, no full stop…

    Tabs sport different font sizes, styles and orientations.
    The calibration tab sports four different background type and seven(!) different text styles.

    The tab icons are poor, lacking punch / contrast, and small.
    If you are going to have icons they should inform you of what the tab does and the text should recede.

    The designer has gone out of their way to drop the standard rounded corners of the window, making it stand out on your desktop. They then use rounded corners in their design. Why drop the rounded corners at all?

    The minimize and expand buttons on the top right are disabled, so why include them at all? They are all too close to the top. The window text is too small ( by mac standards, not personal presence).

    When you switch from tab to tab, the UI flashes white and jumps around in size, forcing you to re-orientate your self.

    I’m sorry, i just cant let this one be.

    • http://www.theronburger.com/ Theron Burger

      Aww, it removed my tags :)
      meant to have a close rant tag after “…bordering on unusable” and an open “rational critique” tag :)

  • http://nirmalpatel.com Nirmal Patel

    Noticed a typo. In the description of Beak you have “darly” and I think you meant to say “early”.

    Great list.

  • http://emrah.omuris.com/ Emrah Omuris

    I can’t believe you missed out Pixelmator. I mean really, one of the best looking software out there. Disappointed in you AppStorm.

  • Michael

    What have you guys been smoking? Look at Espresso on this list…. impressed by pretty icons??? Try figuring out what they mean. Does the icon paired with “DropdownMenus” look like it has anything to do with menus?
    The choices are an example of BAD DESIGN.

    Clearly Kaleidoscope is an app worthy of respect, but words like hot or stunning neither fit nor do it justice. Pay more attention to overall functionality and UI’s that enhance that by deviating from what’s typical only when it actually enhances the experience of a user already familiar with many apps.
    Even use of color is just a distraction if it doesn’t easily convey something useful.

    Try dusting off and reading the Apple developer guidelines books of years ago.

    • http://www.theronburger.com Theron Burger

      I’m starting to think that the things some of us find glaringly obvious go unnoticed by most.

      This is a list of apps that the gen. pop. find “pretty”, in the “ooo pretty, look a pink flower” sense. Not a list of apps with great usability.

      Contrary to popular belief, they are not the same.
      The mac UI is beautiful not because they set out to make a beautiful UI, but because they set out to make an interface for people to use intuitively.

      Adding a monochrome noise background to the Windows XP Control Panel will not make it more usable.

    • http://www.dejavulabs.com Jeremy Buff

      The icons on the projects are a few of the ones you can choose by default. The project is simply named Dropdown Menus, and they choose that icon. You can name a project whatever you want to and either choose a built in graphic or select one from your machine. It would be impossible to have icons for every single project-type possible.

      Espresso does not have bad design. In fact, it’s very simple and easy to use. In addition, the syntax colors and font (unique to Espresso) make things much easier if you’re a true web designer.

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  • insane.dreamer

    Good list. I would add:

    - Taskpaper.
    - Tweetie (better interface than Beak, IMO).
    - Gitnub

    - Yojimbo is a great app but I don’t think it has an outstanding interface. It’s not on par with The Hit List in that regard (which is outstanding).
    - +1 for Espresso – beautifully designed (as is CSSEdit)

    Also worthy of good design mention (though not outstanding:)
    - Forklift
    - Socialite
    - Burn

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  • Sigsgaard

    I think that MindNode deserves a place on the list. The UI is simple, but the application is surprisingly powerful and easy to use – just like a Mac.

  • Stuart

    I think Ommwriter kicks the crap out of write room.

  • dannytheone

    OmmWriter should definitely be on there instead of WriteRoom, it’s a beautiful app :)

    http://www.ommwriter.com/

  • m3gtr

    Meh…

    Bullshit.

  • http://anone.studiogbkk.com/ Anone Saetaeo

    kiwi, Customizable Twitter client.

    http://kiwi-app.net/

  • http://mowglii.com Mow

    I’ll second Itsy, a small Twitter client (http://www.mowglii.com/itsy).

  • Igor

    Uh…. $24.99 for a uncluttered editor that looks like Terminal.app? Kill me.

  • Tara J

    I’ve only recently purchased my mac and have been having a fantastic time personalizing it and exploring all the amazing apps available. Really into the JustNotes and Slipcover apps! Thanks for doing the leg work! These are awesome!

  • http://pioneer.posterous.com Harold

    A fantastic job. Always love your reviews and roundups. What would be helpful for some of us is a system requirements inclusion. OS version and memory requirements if applicable.

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    What would be helpful for some of us is a system requirements inclusion.

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  • awesome

    I have cleanmymac, this is a really awesome apps, and I love it!  go go

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    cleanmymac is really cool!

    Thanks you got a nice list here. Mac apps really has good UIs compared to windows app.

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