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The basic package of applications supplied with OS X is great for simple tasks and educational needs. However, when you’re using Macs as part of your business operations the basic package doesn’t quite hit the mark. This is perhaps a result of lack of features and Apple’s goal to make the software usable by anyone.

In this article I will propose SaaS alternatives to Numbers, Address Book, Calendar, AirDrop and FaceTime. These web-based alternatives offer an array of additional capabilities not found in your pre-installed OS X applications. Read on to find out more!

[Update] This post was originally posted on February 2nd 2012. It was updated on September 25th 2015 to add new business app alternatives.


Nutshell is a well-organized and collaborative CRM tool aimed at small businesses. Nutshell has powerful reporting and collaboration tools, integration with Exchange and Google Apps, comprehensive lead tracking tools, and more.

Although there is a web version of Nutshell, it’s also available as a standalone desktop app for Mac, PC, iOS and Android. However, if you’ve ever used the web version of Nutshell, you won’t notice much difference between it and the Mac app ,which basically plugs displays all the functions and features of the web app in a desktop shell. Still, it’s a worthy alternative to browser-based SaaS CRM apps, such as Salesforce, Insightly, or Pipedrive, if you want CRM functionality packaged within a desktop app.


When running your own business, it can be extremely helpful to have a system for keeping track of progress, tasks, documents, contacts, etc. There are many apps available that help facilitate project, client and customer management like Daylite, Elements, or Outlook.

These apps fall into a category called CRM, or Customer Relation Management apps, which is a fancy way of describing the management of people and projects in a business.  Relationship from Jumsoft aims to help organize projects, team members and customers with a powerful feature set in a native Mac app environment.