80 Of The Most Useful Mac Tools and Utilities

Macs are awesome straight out of the box, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make them a lot better with a few quality downloads.

Today we’ve rounded up eighty of the most handy utilities to improve the basic functionality of your Mac in a number of ways. Below you’ll find almost every kind of utility you could need, from hardware controllers to maintenance software and file organization tools.

Hardware Utilities

Dimmer for Mac – Dimmer is a free application that allows you to adjust the brightness of your display. Don’t worry… I know that there’s two special keys on the keyboard that do that for you, but currently there are 17 different brightness options for you to select on a Mac which, by all means is enough.

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Dimmer for Mac

Display Maestro – Display Maestro gives you full control over attached displays, allowing the usage of all available resolutions and bit depths. This is done by ignoring the operating system setting of hiding potentially unsafe resolutions.

Drive Genius – Try Drive Genius 3, the best hard drive utility on the Mac platform – DrivePulse, Enhanced Defrag, DriveSlim, Enhanced Repartition are only a few of the award-winning features of Drive Genius 3.

SMART Utility – SMART Utility is an application to scan the internal hardware diagnostics system of hard drives. SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) is a system built into hard drives by their manufacturers to report on various measurements(called attributes) of a hard drive’s operation. The attributes can be used to detect when a hard drive is having mechanical or electrical problems, and can indicate when the hard drive is failing.

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SMART Utility

Watts – Why use 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.

Files and Windows

A Better Finder Attributes – Change the file attributes that the Finder won’t let you touch.

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A Better Finder Attributes

Afloat – Download it and it will add many window management features to most Mac applications. Keep windows afloat on top of all others, pin windows to the desktop, turn a window into an “overlay” on your screen that doesn’t hinder your work and more!

Berokyo – Berokyo lets you take control over your desktop and organize all your favorite and frequently used applications, documents, files, folders and webpages into one or more customizable multi-shelf cabinets that will keep them out
of sight but yet close at hand and ready to be launched.

Blast – Blast keeps track of the files you’ve been using on your computer and gives you super easy and lightning fast access to them.

Boxtop – Launch and quit applications from the menubar. Acts like another dock.

Breeze – Breeze gives you simple window management on Mac OS X through a concept called “window states”. When you save a window state, Breeze remembers the relative size and position of the focused window.

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Breeze

Camouflage – Do you have way too many items on your desktop? Do you hate cleaning up that mess? Camouflage is the right utility for you. It hides all the icons and leaves nothing but the pure wallpaper.

Compress Files – Compress Files is an easy-to-use tool for compress, archive, encrypt files and omit Mac-specific invisible files.

Dragoman – Dragoman batch converts image, photo, music, sound and archive files. It supports the popular image file formats JPEG, PDF, TIFF and PNG, as well as digital camera formats from Canon, Kodak, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Fuji cameras.

DropDMG – The easiest way to create and work with Mac disk images.

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DropDMG

DropLook – Unfortunately, Quick Look is a little bit shy and lonesome: if you’re viewing a Quick Look preview and switch to another application, the preview goes into hiding, and you can only ever have one Quick Look preview open at a time. Unlike Quick Look, DropLook windows stay open when you switch to another application, and you can open multiple preview windows at a time.

HoudahSpot – HoudahSpot helps you manage your files by assigning tags to them. Tags are non-hierarchical keywords assigned to files, and the organizational purpose of tags is similar to that of folders. However, a crucial difference is that a file may be assigned several tags and be located by any of them, no matter where they are.

invisibliX – invisibliX is a little application to work with invisible files in Finder. Show/mask/modify visibility status.

Jump – Jump is a cool utility designed to quickly launch applications, open documents, or access folders. When there is not enough space
in the Apple Dock, you can use Jump to store an endless number of items! It can be used in conjunction with the Apple Dock or as its replacement.

moveAddict – moveAddict is a Snow Leopard-only application that provides a functionality the Finder was missing, the ability to move files using the keyboard. It’s meant to replace dragging and dropping for anyone that would rather use the keyboard instead of the mouse.

NameChanger – Rename a list of files quickly and easily. See how the names will change as you type.

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NameChanger

PrimeFiles – Primefiles lets you quickly launch applications, open documents and browse folders from any application. With PrimeFiles, you can reduce the number of items in the Apple Dock or the Finder sidebar and have all your favorite files at hand.

Raskin – Inspired by Jef Raskin, our zoomable user interface shows you all the stuff on your computer on a single surface. Using zoom and pan to view, arrange and open documents feels so right.

Stay – If you’re fastidious about keeping your windows tidy, Stay is for you. Stay ensures that your windows are always where you want them to be, even as you connect and disconnect displays.

Switché – Switché is a Snow Leopard-only application that can be used to replace the default CMD+Tab application switcher. Switché doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel and uses Exposé for all of its functions. Switché can easily CMD+Tab between applications, or individual windows.

Maintenance

AppCleaner – AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps.

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AppCleaner

CleanMyMac – Enjoy a clean mac with a few easy clicks! The world’s easiest-to-use maintenance solution. This all-in-one tool includes everything you need to keep your Mac clean and healthy.

Cocktail – The application serves up a scrumptious mix of maintenance tools and interface tweaks, all accessible via a comprehensive graphical interface. Most of Cocktail’s major features are arranged in five basic categories. In addition, a Pilot lets you clean, repair and optimize your system with one click of the button.

DaisyDisk – Analyze disk usage and free up disk space on Mac – 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. The map gives you an overview of your data, so you always know what your hard disks are filled with.

IceClean – IceClean is a powerful System Maintenance and Optimization Tool using only UNIX built-in System Tasks to help your Mac stay healty and to keep it running smoothly. Version 3.0 is now completely renewed in Scripting and Cocoa Interface for help you in faster and useful Tasks Managing of All Unix Power.

MainMenu – MainMenu is a powerful maintenance tool to keep your Mac running like new, packed in a slick and simple interface. Improve application performance, make searching faster and speed up your disk access.

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MainMenu

MacCleanse – MacCleanse is a small yet powerful application geared towards purifying your system. In only seconds, it can perform over fifty tasks which would take nearly an hour to perform manually. Safely erasing caches, logs, cookies, histories, and more… MacCleanse won’t miss a thing and could reclaim hundreds of megabytes of storage space.

MacKeeper – MacKeeper offers a new approach to system maintenance that will: Support you and your Mac with essential utilities, tools and online services, extend your Mac’s features for even more flexibility and guarantee you 24/7 professional support

MacPilot – Scared of the terminal or can’t be bothered to remember those commands to customize your system the way you want? MacPilot is your digital savior. Easily enable and disable hidden features in Mac OS X, optimize and repair your system, and perform numerous routine maintenance operations with the click of a button!

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MacPilot

Socks – Socks is a utility for troubleshooting, maintaining, optimizing, and customizing Mac OS X.

Tidy Up! – Tidy Up! is a complete duplicate finder and disk tidiness utility.

Icons and Dock

IconBox – conBox 2.0 is an iPhoto like application that enables you to store, manage & change your icons or dock using simple drag & drop like functionality which has been seamlessly integrated into our new “Box” system.

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IconBox

Dock Menus – Is your dock cluttered and interfering with your workflow? Dock Menus is your saviour! With Dock Menus, you can create docks that can be moved around your screen. The dock menus act exactly like your dock, so like the rest of your Mac, it is easy to use. Everybody loves to personalize things. With Dock Menus you can customize your dock menus to reflect your personality and how you work.

Dock Spaces – A tiny application that allows you to have up to 10 different docks and swap anytime you want from the menu bar.

Backup Utilities

Carbon Copy Cloner – Spinning for years at 75MPH, your hard drive’s catastrophic crash could really hinder your productivity. Use CCC to make a bootable backup of your digital life today!

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Carbon Copy Cloner

ChronoSync – ChronoSync is the complete data management utility that allows you to efficiently synchronize or backup files and folders from one disk location to another.

File Synchronization – Synchronize multiple pairs of folders or files. It has been designed to be easy to use and quick to do the job. It was based originally on the File Synchronization tool provided by Apple with the old Mac OS, but has a few improvements and features to help get the job done quickly and efficiently.

ForeverSave – ForeverSave automatically creates versions of your documents. In case you lose one, just restore it and continue your work.

Get Backup – Get Backup gracefully combines various backup capabilities, such as scheduling, compression tools, the ability to restore an archive on any computer without necessarily using Get Backup, and much more. And, more amazingly, that all these come free of charge.

SmartBackup – SmartBackup is an easy to use alternative backup application for Mac OS X. SmartBackup can create fast and efficient backups of your data, or a full bootable clone of your system.

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SmartBackup

Twin – Twin is the most flexible online backup solution for Mac OS X, compatible with most Internet servers: FTP, FTPS, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, MobileMe. It even supports offline backups to external drives.

Privacy and Security

Exces – Exces. Simple, pretty, secure. Exces allows you to protect your precious files with the click of a button. Just pick a password, lock, and you’re good to go. Exces uses the strong, uncracked AES encryption standard.

MacHider – Cutting edge solution to hide your private data. 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

Prey – Prey is a lightweight application that will help you track and find your laptop if it ever gets stolen. It works in all operating systems and not only is it Open Source but also completely free.

Tiptoe – The first privacy application to bring a “private browsing” like feature to all sorts of applications. Tiptoe lets you chat, view images and movies, edit documents and more with the confidence that a trail of your actions won’t be stored. If you need it to, Tiptoe can clean up your old trails.

VigiMac – VigiMac is a free tool to track your Mac on the Net if it has been stolen. VigiMac is not intrusive and uses very low bandwidth. Once the script is installed and your Mac is registered, it is possible to know its location in case of theft (if it can connect on the Net and if you follow our few advices).

Watchmac – Watchmac monitors your Mac for possible infringements. For instance, when someone tries to unlock your screensaver but fails to enter the correct password, Watchmac will record this event and can even take pictures using the built-in (or an externally connected iSight).

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MacHider

Mouse and Trackpad

DwellClick – DwellClick lets you use your Mac without clicking. Just use your mouse or trackpad to point where you want to click, and DwellClick will generate a click for you. And with its unique Auto Drag feature, dragging is effortless too.

MagicPrefs – Extend the functionality and configuration options of the Apple Magic Mouse.

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MagicPrefs

Mouseposé – Mouseposé 3 is an essential tool for everyone doing presentations or demos. If turned on, it dims the screen and puts a spotlight on the area around the mouse pointer, easily guiding the audience‘s attention to an area of interest.

MouseWizard – Do you want more from your Magic Mouse? MouseWizard is a simple utility to enhance the use of your Magic Mouse. You can easily customize your Magic Mouse to increase your productivity.

Sesamouse – The Magic Mouse hardware is full of potential — so much more than scrolling and swiping. Sesamouse interprets more motions, letting you zoom and rotate in gesture-capable apps like iPhoto and Preview. It even sends information about each finger on the mouse’s surface to software that supports advanced multitouch. Just open Sesamouse to open sesame!

Automation

Apptivate – There are a lot of applications that would be better if you could assign a system wide hotkey for them. This is where Apptivate comes into the picture. Apptivate lets you assign a system wide shortcut for any application or script file on your system for easy access any time.

Cronette – Cronette it’s a software to specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis.

Cockpit – You are looking for a way to run scripts, tasks and even more with a click of a button or just with a hotkey? With Cockpit you can do all this and even more.

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Cockpit

Copy Path Finder Button – This button enables you to copy the POSIX path of one or more Finder items to the clipboard. Drag Copy Path.app to your applications folder or elsewhere and from there to Finder’s toolbar.

FastScripts – Powerful script management utility. Instant access to your scripts, by keyboard shortcut or menubar.

MacSpeech Dictate – MacSpeech Dictate provides a whole new way to interact with your Mac. Instead of typing, use your voice to input text; rather than clicking your mouse, just speak commands. With MacSpeech Dictate, it’s easy.

Keyboard Maestro – With Keyboard Maestro you can design a custom action sequence with your own shortcuts and use them at any time, you can navigate through running applications and open windows with Program Switcher, and you can work with an unlimited number of clipboards – all by pressing simple keystrokes.

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Keyboard Maestro

Desktop Enhancements

DateLine – DateLine displays a linear calendar on your Mac desktop which provides easy access to iCal and your events. The appearance of the DateLine is endlessly customizable and themeable.

GeekTool – A PrefPane (System Preferences module) for Mac OS 10.5. It let you display on your desktop different kind of informations, provided 3 default plugins .

Hyperspaces – Hyperspaces works with Apple’s Spaces to let you customize each Space so that it’s recognisably different from the others. It does this through a set of great visual decorations.

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Hyperspaces

iCalViewer – iCalViewer displays iCal calendar events as boxes dynamically moving towards a finish line which is now. It can do this on the desktop, in a window, or even over your screen-saver.

iDeskCal – iDeskCal embeds your calendar on your desktop, above your wallpaper but below your desktop items. With iDeskCal you can quickly and effortlessly know exactly what is on your calendar for the current day, and beyond.

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iDeskCal

SaneDesk – Spaces are great and we all use them. What about your desktop? Desktop always stays the same: wallpaper, desktop icons and dock do not change. What if you could change them on the fly, depending on what you want to do? Hide desktop icons entirely or show them all? That would be like adding entirely new dimension to regular spaces.

Misc

AppChest – AppChest is a smart new elegant way of storing your application licenses as well as checking out today‘s latest and greatest Mac application deals.

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AppChest

Blitz – Focusing on a running application with Blitz suspends all other apps in the foreground. Some programs may seem like they would require very little of the CPU, but could actually be hogging more than their fair share. By suspending these apps with Blitz, your Mac will be able to dedicate maximum power to your present task. Defocusing will resume your other apps right where they left off.

Caffeine – Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Right-click (or ⌘-click) the icon to show the menu.

iStat Menus – The most advanced system notifier. Monitors CPU, disk usage, battery, network, disk activity, memory and more.

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iStat Menus

Jet Lag – Jet Lag runs invisibly in the background to automatically change your Mac’s timezone. Do yourself a favor and never worry about your clock again.

Presto – Quickly insert greetings, frequently used text or phrases, and signatures.

Snapplr – Snapplr is the ultimate screenshot tool for Mac OS X. It’s tightly integrated into the system and thus a perfect replacement for the original tool. Yet Snapplr is totally easy to use and adds some great features that make sharing screenshots a breeze.

Stuf – Stuf is a clipboard manager with a difference, you can copy and paste between different Macs over your wired or wireless network!

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Stuf

WebSaver – The powerful, easy and affordable way to create screensaver with content of your own choice.

WhatKey – WhatKey helps you know you’re pressing the correct key shown in a keyboard shortcut. By holding down option on your keyboard for a couple seconds you get a nice bezel.

Tell Us Your Favorite Mac Utilities!

In order to decrease the overflow with past articles and continue to provide you with fresh content, the list above has many notable absences (no Quicksilver!?).

Leave a comment below and let us know both what your favorites are from the selection above as well as any must-have apps you use that didn’t make the list!


  • Santiago

    Thanks!

  • Rohit Ayyer

    Circus Ponies Notebook 3 should definitely be on the list

  • Aleander

    Quicksilver :)

  • TiYab

    Used Menumeters then used Istats Menu (because it was sexier) when it was free and switch back to Menumeters (still free app, less sexy but do what I want).

    http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/

  • http://slightlyinsightful.com/ Ammon

    Fantastic roundup of Mac utilities! As with any such list there are bound to be a few glaring omissions.

    First off, how can you have a backup section without mentioning SuperDuper!? It’s hand down the best and fastest utility I’ve used for creating cloned, bootable backups.

    Next, if you’re going to include AppChest for storing software licenses, why not include 1Password? It does far more than just keeping track of your software licenses as a full-fledged password manager. I feel naked whenever I’m on a Mac without it.

    Don’t forget text expansion software! Both TextExpander and Typinator come to mind. I personally rely on Typinator to boost my productivity cutting countless keystrokes from my personal workflow.

    Finally, Hazel keeps my Mac organized and prevents my Downloads folder from being too unwieldy. I can’t say enough about this sweet little preference pane.

    I hope I don’t seem overly critical of this article (chalk it up to a really passionate Mac-app connoisseur), as it really does contain some great apps that I use and love as well some new ones I’m looking forward to checking out.

    Keep up the great work, Mac.Appstorm!

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

      Awesome suggestions. I use TypeExpander but included Presto in this post to switch things up. Also, I have a Hazel review coming later this week so that exclusion can surely be forgiven!

      I’ve heard about but never used SuperDuper. I’ll have to check it out! I have used CarbonCopyCloner though and it’s simply excellent for a free app.

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

        *TextExpander

  • http://mnmal.tumblr.com mnmal

    What about MouseClick for mouse clicking and anti-RSA?
    It’s free.

    http://ufridman.org/mouseclick.html

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  • Matthew Nicholas

    Breeze by Autumn Apps…I can’t recommend this highly enough and very quickly bought a licence; what a beautifully put together piece of software art. I had already purchased both Divvy and MercuryMover and Breeze runs as a perfect compliment to these.

    I can use Divvy to quickly adjust windows sizes (as the name suggests…), MercuryMover to precisely move any window and then Breeze to capture and record these positions in quick little, reusable shortcuts (even quicker to use than MercuryMover when just using just to resize a window on-the-fly).

    Top marks for an outstanding app!

  • David Ferguson

    Now this is more like it. A good round up of apps, that aren’t the SAME thing I’ve seen 5 million other places. Too bad you used up all these apps in one list as opposed to reviewing some of them. Now we won’t see another good post for several months.

    My list of fav apps to recommend would have to be:
    1. TextExpander
    2. Breeze and/or Divvy
    3. xGestures (have tried to get it reviewed several times)
    4. Cloudapp
    5. Hazel
    6. Ecoute
    7. Zooom2
    8. 1Password
    9. Notify
    10. TextMate

    Most are mainstream stuff that have been mentioned here before, but they are def my favs. Looking forward to playing around with some of the new stuff I found here though.

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

      Listing an app here definitely does not mean we won’t be taking a closer look in a review sometime soon!

  • Pandora

    SuperDuper! is conspicuously missing.

    1Password outdoes the rest.

    LicenseKeeper (it doesn’t get any better than this)

    HoudahMan (the contact manager for the rest of us)

  • Wickedsp1d3r

    I’d add these to the list:

    Lyn – Lighweight image browser
    Alfred App – Powerful search and quick access to files, apps & folders

  • http://saufigo.corecolombia.com Figux

    Total Finder ;)

  • sup

    Hey, what about LaunchBar?

  • http://dear-apple.com Dear Apple

    Great post but you forgot AppTrap -best uninstaller, free and simplest. Dropplr -shares screenshot and files on the web and BetterTouchTool -best Magic/Non magic Trackpad/Mouse/Keyboard utility. Not speaking about SizeUp which is omitted.

  • http://www.technologix.info/ Technologix

    Alfred for searching, Divvy for managing windows, and snippets to manage my code snippets!

  • http://tonystocco.com Tony Stocco

    Little Snitch – A firewall that stops all incoming & outgoing data, unless you approve safe websites and/or applications.

  • sebastian

    F.lux, which i discovered some time ago and that has changed everything for my night computing, making it truely a pleasure again (ok, it’s not really for late night color proofing, but for everything else it beats *every* dimming program out there, just try it). –> http://www.stereopsis.com/flux/

    Oh, and definitely Little Snitch as well. And Hazel.

  • eigan

    skitch, absolute best screenshot tool.
    https://skitch.com/

  • alex

    Alfred should be there, ClipMenu, CloudApp and MacLoc

  • http://www.traviswhite.com.au Trav

    Hey you forgot to mention SuperDuper for cloning/backing up your hard drive.

  • http://spotdex.com Davidmoreen

    There is also a really good encrypting utility for the mac and PC (written in C++). TrueCrypt. 100% recommend it.

  • Bernard

    There is another you missed and I bet you have it installed-
    Growl

    • jaz

      agree, growl is really good. Another app I would have added (and its free) is Purity, which works in the same way as CCleaner for Windows.

  • http://socialwebtools.info Charnita Fance

    This list is so useful. I’m a Mac newbie so lists like this really help!!!

  • Thomas

    Concerning Dimmer and the original Mac luminosity.

    Try to push
    “option+shift+luminosity key”

    You will have access to much more graduation!

    • http://mitchjohnson.net Mitch Johnson

      Same goes with option + shift + volume ;)

  • http://www.zencocoon.com Sébastien Grosjean – ZenCocoon

    Nice list,

    I would recommend Textmate, Visor, Quicksilver, Total Finder, they’ve been mandatory tools for me.

  • http://mitchjohnson.net Mitch Johnson

    Corkboard.app (http://www.ayluro.com/corkboard/) is a must have for me. I bought last year and I haven’t been able to live without it since. :P

  • http://www.libelcom.com/ Libelcom

    It’s a very useful post, especially for a Mac newbie such as myself. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.srikanthv.com Srikanth

    Use ClipMenu, WeatherVane, CloudApp, Cinch, Divvy …

    Amazing utilities they r !

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  • Sigsgaard

    AppleJack is indispensable for me and Onyx is a free alternative to Cocktail et al.

    • http://131records.com glenesis

      Yep. Onyx and Applejack are all important to my healthy Mac, SuperDuper! is the ONLY clone tool that works for me all of the time, good old GraphicConverter is still the king for opening just about any image file format, Renamer for batch renaming files, MAX and XACT for converting Audio files, and my favorite audio and video player is VLC. My favorite drag and drop audio player is Cog. I never go into iTunes anymore except to work with my iPods… and for managing them, Pod2Mac and Senuti are indispensable.

      Now, I had not heard of almost any utility app on this amazing list, and I am truly thankful to you for compiling it so very nicely! Cheers!

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  • http://www.cansurmeli.com Can Sürmeli

    1Password

  • http://nimbleworks.co.uk/tracktime John

    I would say that Arq for backup (www.haystacksoftware.com/arq) is missing, also as mentioned 1Password and SuperDuper.

  • noviolence

    Jitouch! Jitouch is imho the best program available to exhance the experience with the multi-touch trackpad and the magic mouse.

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  • Stef

    Can’t believe Teleport didn’t make it to the list. Anyone with more than one Mac needs this!

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

    Great list (and site). This is what I love about the Mac. So many great, unique applications. If you are looking for more cool Mac applications check out the list I have been putting together (shameless plug) – http://www.lifeintech.co.uk/mac-101/top-mac-applications.html

  • http://www.sendmetospace.co.uk Michael Kaye

    LaunchBar & DragThing

    How could you have missed these 2.

  • http://www.redface.biz/ Patrick Offczorz

    Thanks for this great list

  • Paul Natsch

    Great article. Overflow hasn’t been mentioned yet. I use it every day.

  • Mariko

    Folx rules! the best free download manager. http://www.mac-downloader.com/

  • tanglewood

    great list, these are easily my favorite posts.

    I would add:
    overflow (again)
    fresh (i liked it better than blast, but it doesn’t seem to work very well with 10.6.4)
    espionage (folder and app specific encryption)
    onyx (again)
    superduper (again)
    synk (for synching folders/etc, i use it to synch itunes libraries better than homeshare in itunes)
    the unarchiver (best unpacker i’ve ever used)
    today (another calendar app, only show today’s appointments and todo’s)

  • http://www.worldstage.nl Hans Waasdorp

    TextSOAP
    Pathfinder
    NZBvortex
    BBedit
    Coda
    Komodo
    iFreeMem
    Movist (IMHO best media player for Mac)
    TunnelBlick (VPN)
    clusterssh
    QSB (GoogleSearchBox)

    Are just a few from the top of my head ;)

  • veche004

    AWAKEN! awesome alarm app :)

  • Dan

    Total Finder. Finder with tabs. Perfect blend of features and simplicity.

    http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/

  • Steve M

    Does anyone know what happened to SmartReplace? How can a program that worked so wonderfully and was so usefull 15 years ago not be around today?

  • http://www.fahmid.com Fahmid

    Prey!!!

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  • Mitch

    Really nice post, discovered some great apps thanks to you :)

    Also thanks to : Thomas + Mitch Johnson for the awesome tip “Shift + Option + Volume/Luminosity key” it’s great especially for the volume.

    It’s been said but Total Finder is a fantastic app cant live without it, I have to try Breeze, looks awesome

  • RK

    One of the simplest and most useful to me is Jumpcut. It’s a dead simple clipboard manager that is essential in my work as a web designer.

  • http://Www.InkdotMedia.com Ryan

    Have to check out size up… Incredibly useful

  • http://www.redfoxwebdesign.nl Joop Vos

    Skitch, Arq, Superduper, DropCopy, Rulers … the best!

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  • http://www.hmwebsolutions.co.uk nathan

    Fantastic list, I have to admit I havdn’t heard of most of them. Ill be giving a few of them a try. Many thanks!

  • http://www.davidpraznik.com david praznik

    1password

  • Tim

    Yeah, I would say DragThing should be in this list. Also, MAMP

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  • http://www.zephyr-os.fr zephyr

    appli très intéressante à tester…

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  • evan

    featured @ smokingdesigners.com

  • http://www.fiftydigital.com Joshua Hughes (Fifty Digital)

    I’m a bit late to this, but PTHPasteboard is an absolute life-saver. Copy+paste history! http://pth.com/products/pthpasteboard/

  • http://www.unifiedinbox.com Toby

    I like skitch as well, ideal to make screenshots and explain them to somebody. Obvious others are Adium, Cyberduck etc.

  • Pia

    You’ve featured their apps before on this site but you didn’t list and of the TLAF apps? RipIt, Evom, iRip, etc. all deserve to be on here!

  • Ev

    TigerLaunch (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9152/tigerlaunch) is a really great application which I use all the time. I don’t like having that many icons in my dock – sticking with my most used only. TigerLaunch lets me have easy access to other applications that I use less frequently, but still more frequently than others. Definitely worth checking out!

  • Neal O

    1Password, Plain Clip is a life saver – like Paste Special Unformatted Text, Awaken gets me up every morning and BootChamp for switching BootCamp OS X into Windows.

  • http://alfredapp.com Alfred

    I cannot believe you left our Alfred. It is an amazing application that fits the Mac just right.

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  • edgar Baiz

    clipmenu is great and it´s free, socialite, twitter,facebook and rss in one app, jiitouch it´s a prefpane for magic mouse gestures.

  • James

    Overflow
    (Icons and Dock)

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  • http://www.macintosh-data-recovery.com Stellar Phoenix Mac

    Stellar Phoenix Mac is wonderful Mac Data Recovery software having FREE trail version which shows you the recoverable files on preview if you find your files on preview then go for the full download otherwise not….

  • Maria Peter

    I have Found one more interesting utility Drive tool Box (http://www.drivetoolbox.com/) from Stellar data recovery the tool is a set of more than 12 Utilities to manage and maintain mac hard disk.

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  • Tim

    DragThing

  • Ranvir Kumar

    Listed all the software from A to Z. But missed the P. Add the Partition manager for Mac from Stellar. An ultimate partition management tool to resolve all the Mac hard drive related issues

  • http://mauriver21.blogspot.com/ mauriver21

    Excelent post, you can see in my blog archive some basic utilities for your mac that I recommend!!!

  • http://tepper.pl/ Filip Tepper

    I’m using EasyPivot to tilt my external display too.

  • Abman

    I can’t find/remember an app that lowers Mac Os X power consumption; like managing the app that running on the system processes I’m sure it was here on this site .someone ?

  • Allice

    Nice to Recovery File for Mac is a really great application which I use all the time. http://www.92recover.com/nice-to-recover-file-for-mac
    It is an amazing application that fits the Mac just right.

  • Monically

    Great article. Total Video Converter (http://www.etinysoft.com/total-video-converter-hd.html) hasn’t been mentioned yet. I always use it to convert youutbe video to my iphone.

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    Thank you. It is a good tool.

  • http://www.manpritkalsi.com Graphic Designer India

    Nice share dude…i have downloaded most of these and tested….though some are paid but really a nice list.

    Thanks

  • sudipto Ghosh

    Nice list…!!

  • AMANDA

    enjoying mac, even im a new user of it. some mac tool are really helpful. thx

  • Aaron J Noriega

    I love the mac app “Short Menu”. You can buy it in the mac app store.

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  • http://www.calltracky.com/ Calltracky

    Hey need to say what an app, app storm is. Loaded with so many features like name changer, prime files switch it wil definitely help in making our life easier.

  • j

    Blotter is far better than iDeskCal

  • Benzamin watson

    Wonderfull explanation. I want to share my personal experience with Stellar drive toolbox, which has 12 utilities for Mac optimization. It has utilities like cleaning , defragmentation, backup, data encryption etc. for Mac.

  • http://twitter.com/riteshvaranasi RitZii

    Nice post, Thanks

  • http://alawnblog.com Turf Industry

    Thats a great list, and well researched. I’ve been using Macs for many years now, and have my own unique little list of enhancements. Though having tried many, I have whittled it down to an absolute minimum these days. Because no matter how wonderful many of these tools are, they can become distracting if you’re trying to just get to work on things.

  • Impact Productions

    Moom – Move and resize windows; also works on dual monitors.

  • http://www.carlosromero.com.br carlosromero

    Just can’t live without Alfredo and Appcleaner.

  • http://nektony.com Vitalii Varbanets

    Check out Nektony system utilities as well http://nektony.blogspot.com/2013/03/nektony-system-utilities.html

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