The Mac App Store has brought about a whole mess of new utilities that make your Mac more functional than ever.
Today we’re going to dive and find thirty particularly useful utilities that you’ll definitely want to check out and consider downloading.
MiStat shows detailed information for your CPU, memory, disk usage, disk activity and network activity.
Though we might not see iStat Menus in the App Store any time soon, the same developers have whipped up this very similar tool. Instead of a menu bar utility like iStat, this is a full on desktop app that allows you to keep a close eye on all of your most important processes. It also happens to be gorgeous so you’ll be happy to have it running on your machine.
MemoryFreer is a little menu bar tool that has a single-click function that frees up unnecessarily used memory on your machine. When you’re starting to feel bogged down, just click the button!
There are several of these types of tools on the App Store, all of which have nearly identical functionality and receive mixed reviews from users. If you don’t understand more powerful utilities with lots of options like Main Menu, this may be a dollar well spent.
Like MiStat, this tool monitors various performance aspects of your machine, everything from CPU usage to fan speed. It’s more like GeekTool though in that it prints the information in simple text that sits on top of your desktop image.
Leave DesktopMonitor running in the background and you can always check out what’s going on with your system in a quick glance at your wallpaper.
Network Logger records URL response times and graphs key facts about the uptime and performance of your web sites and creates an internet connection outage log.
For any of you network nerds out there, this is a great hub for all your network information; great for troubleshooting!
Washing Machine cleans up files created by web browsers and other programs that access the Internet.
Bookmarks, caches, cookies, download histories, and browsing histories, all of these can collectively eat up significant space on your hard drive. Use washing machine to check out how much space these files are eating and clean them out with a quick click.
MainMenu has been around for quite a while and is a very well known and trusted utility for performing maintenance functions. With MainMenu you can free up disk space, clean your workspace, secure erase files and fine-tune your Mac.
Every action is quickly accessible from your menu bar so you’re never more than a click away from a cleaner, quicker OS X experience!
Did you know that dragging an application to the trash isn’t the best way to delete it? This almost always leaves various preference and library files stranded in random places on your Mac.
There are quite a few app deleting utilities that have been around for years but TrashMe is a newcomer to this market and features a slick, Twitter for Mac style interface and plenty of powerful features.
After a few years of use, your Mac’s file system can become quite redundant, eating up unnecessary space on your drive. With DupeZap you can automatically and quickly locate duplicate files to trim the fat from your machine and free up some much needed space.
In addition to searching files and folders, DupeZap will take a look at your iTunes, Mail, iPhoto and Aperture libraries and find duplicates to trash.
Your Mac comes with basic archiving abilities but power users always need to boost this functionality. With BetterZip, you can perform a wide array of powerful archive functions.
Example features include the ability to archive and unarche a ton of different formats, extract individual files located within a larger archive, search for a file using the iTunes-like interface, and protect your data with a password.
Singlemizer is a slightly cheaper and simpler alternative to DupeZap above. All you do is drag files, folders, drives, etc. to the window and the app will scan and highlight and duplicates.
Get results fast. Unlike other duplicate-finding applications, you don’t even need to wait for a scan to finish before being able to delete duplicates.
FolderWatch is like the opposite of a duplicate finder. Here the goal is to keep to folders perfectly in sync, perfect for backing up files or keeping files a web server updated with local changes.
I recently wrote a full review of FolderWatch and absolutely loved the app. Many apps make syncing two folders an unnecessarily complicated task but with FolderWatch you get all the functionality you need in a super easy workflow that you understand immediately.
Desktoday is a really cool application with fairly unique functionality that provides an elegantly simple solution for Mac users who tend to clutter up their desktops unintentionally.
Desktoday is a menu bar utility that clears the files and folders that get scattered on your desktop and puts them into a folder with today’s date: nothing more, nothing less. It’s pretty simple but it’s also free so why not give it a shot and see if you can fix your messy tendencies?
One frequent complaint that I hear about Macs is that you don’t have cut/paste actions in the Finder. Wouldn’t it be nice to hit a shortcut to cut an entire folder full of files and then another to paste it into different directory?
With iCanCut, you can do exactly that. Just hit “Command+C” and “Command+V” like you would in any other application and you’ll have yourself a great new way to move files around.
Tiny Expander doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, it doesn’t have a big fancy interface that performs tons of functions, it does one thing: extracts archived files.
Once again, your Mac comes with fairly limited features on this front and it’s often the case that you simply can’t open a file that you’ve downloaded. Tiny Expander comes to the rescue by providing support for 25 different formats, and it’s free!
You Mac is full of files that you don’t need: support for languages that you’ll never speak, outdated legacy code for applications, old caches and more.
With Disk Diet you can clear all of this fluff out in a few clicks and free up space on your drive for more important files. It’s easy, fast and works great!
If you need a little more power and freedom than Disk Diet offers, check out Disk Inspector. This utility allows you to visualize your data and quickly identify any files that are eating up the most space.
Disk Inspector is quite attractive and features gorgeous visual representations of your drive similar to those in DaisyDisk.
Jettison is another extremely simple and practical utility. Your MacBook sits on your desk with various external drives plugged in, making it quite the process when you walk in and try to grab it and hit the road.
With Jettison, you just close the lid and the app will automatically eject your backup drive, iPod, or whatever is connected so you can safely unplug them, greatly simplifying your rush out the door in the morning!
Boom is an awesome app that just about everyone with a laptop should have. The story is a typical one: you’re watching Hulu and straining to hear everything that’s said. Your MacBook’s volume is already cranked and you wish you could just get more out of those tiny speakers.
With Boom, you can easily fix this. Not only can you boost the volume on your Mac and access a system-wide equalizer, you can also boost individual song and movie files so they will play louder on your iPhone, iPad and other devices.
If your’e anything like me, your Mac’s Address Book has roots dating back to syncs with a second generation iPod. It’s a mess of duplicates, poorly formatted names and other countless issues.
With Contacts Cleaner, you can automatically spot and address these problems instantly and get back to a fresh, clean Address Book that’s actually useful!
With Lingon you can schedule things to happen automatically on your Mac. It’s a simple but powerful application with endless possibilities.
You can run a script or launch an application at a given time or even watch folder and perform an action if anything changes. Basically, it’s a nice and simple visual interface to the over-complicated launchd utility.
If you’re not a designer with extensive training in professional graphics software, designing your own custom folders might sound like an impossible task. Enter Folders Factory.
With this incredibly easy to use app, you can apply your own graphics to folders to create a variety of different effects. Create a nice embossed emblem or slap a snapshot on the folder cover. A few days with this app and you’ll love how customized your Mac begins to feel.
If you own a MacBook, you need to keep an eye on the health of your battery. Do you know how many charge cycles it’s been through? How about what its original capacity was versus its current capacity?
Watts will help you stay up to date on the life of your battery and even walk you through the steps to recalibrate your MacBook battery for more accurate readings.
Did you know your Mac has multiple sleep functions? Do you know the difference between sleep, hibernate and a combination of the two?
SmartSleep gives you complete control over how your Mac goes to sleep. You can easily set up different options for sleeping based on battery level and choose from five different sleep modes. This is a really great utility that provides functionality that OS X really lacks by default.
OS X now comes with built-in screen recording functionality, but what about those actions that are too long to record in real-time? ScreenNinja allows you to easily create time lapses for particularly long tasks.
It also features normal screen recording and screenshot functions and can even instantly hide the clutter on your desktop so your Mac looks shiny and clean.
Do you ever wish you had more control over your menu bar? Menu Eclipse allows you to dim, colorize and scrub the menu bar on your Mac. Make your menu bar your own!
Menu Eclipse is a safe utility that doesn’t hack or tamper with system files and uses almost no CPU resources.
There are a million apps available that help your focus on a single window or area of your screen with the goal of increased productivity. This one is simple and free, try it out before you go and pay for a fancy one.
Do Macs really need virus protection? It’s a hotly debated topic, but you can be that the ever increasing ubiquity of Apple is sure to increase the number of attempts to exploit our favorite operating system.
VirusBarrier Plus protects Mac from viruses, Trojan horses and other types of malware. VirusBarrier Plus also detects Windows malware, so you don’t pass on infected files to Windows-using friends.
Better safe than sorry right? If you’re thinking that you may need to take steps to protect your Mac but aren’t sold on dropping $10 or more to do it, check out ClamXav.
ClamXav is a free virus scanner for Mac OS X. It uses the very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end and has the ability to detect both Windows and Mac threats.
I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I included it because it’s a free an easy way to store your passwords. However, it looks like you’ll have to subscribe to a service to use it, which cancels out the free aspect. Definitely check it out but you might be better off in the long run purchasing a more powerful solution like 1Password or using a more robust free option like LastPass.
The concept here is something everyone can identify with: there are some files and information on your machine that you simply don’t want everyone to be able to access or even find.
With Hider, you can easily protect sensitive data in an attractive, organized and easy-to-use interface. Even if you don’t know a single thing about how to protect your files, you’ll be up and running with Hider in minutes.
While Hider protects the sensitive information while it’s on your machine, FileShredder steps in when it’s time to delete those files.
FileShredder pops up when you right-click on a file in the Finder so you have a quick and easy way to shred anything you want.
Thanks for checking out our collection of awesome utilities to boost your Mac’s functionality! I hope you found several must-have apps that will make your Mac experience that much better.
Leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite Mac utilities are. What couldn’t you live without?