Ben Clark
Ben Clarkprofessional scratch dev

Just bought a Mac, what apps should I install?

I bought an iMac and it's great, what should I install on it?
35 recommended
  1. 140

    Adjusts your computer's display to adapt to the time of day

    Simple and good for the eyes. Set it up and forget
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  2. 87
    Alfred 3

    The Mac's best launcher just got a whole lot better

    J. Alexander Curtis
    J. Alexander CurtisCo-Founder, Yagi Telecom · Written
    I use this 100+ times a day. I use it for basic math as a calculator, i use it to launch almost 100% of my apps (or even to bring them to the forefront when they are hidden), I use them to launch web searches, and more. I don't even think about it. Mapped to Opt+Spacebar, i can do so much with my computer without taking my hands off the keyboard. Alot of it is muscle memory now, so i can launch things in fractions of a second. Opt+Space+D+I will launch discord. Opt+Space+C+H will launch chrome Opt+Space+P+H will launch Photoshop Opt+Space+A will launch Atom (text editor) It gets even more powerful when you upgrade and get workflows which i have just started to do. This allows you to launch "scenes" like in home automation, but for your computer. You can also launch sequences or deeper intergrations within many apps, which is amazing. This speeds up my work by 100X, i don't exaggerate.
    Spotlight just got an upgrade
  3. 73

    Move and resize windows with ease on Mac.

    Tool for Window management
    Daniel Bushkanets
    Daniel BushkanetsFounder of · Written
    really great for keeping your windows organized. Especially great when working with different sized monitors.
    Sachin Ganesh
    Sachin GaneshEntrepreneur, Game Dev, AR & VR · Written
    Must have for people switching from Windows!
  4. 27
    Medium 2.0

    A new look, app, and features to move thinking forward

    Aaron Soto
    Aaron SotoFront-End Developer | Digital Marketer · Written
    Easily and simple window manager
    Daniel Sieradski
    Daniel SieradskiI'm going hunting. I'm the hunter. · Written
    I went through a number of different window managers before finally discovering and settling on Magnet. It is the best of the bunch.
    Easy to use. Excellent app
  5. 26
    Virtual payment cards in 1Password

    Make safer payments online with 1Password and Privacy

    Nico André
    Nico AndréBuilding the future of design APIs · Written
    Keep passwords, credit cards, IDs... safe
    Daniel Sieradski
    Daniel SieradskiI'm going hunting. I'm the hunter. · Written
    There is simply no better password and personal information management tool for Mac and iOS.
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    J. Alexander Curtis
    J. Alexander CurtisCo-Founder, Yagi Telecom · Written
    This is a must have tool on any computer. But it really is at its best inside of Mac OSX. I use this for all my devices, on all my passwords, and store all my credit cards, and everything. I couldn't live without it. It is by far the best of all the password managers.
  6. 24
    Setapp beta

    Your shortcut to prime apps on Mac, an App Store alternative

    Daniel Sieradski
    Daniel SieradskiI'm going hunting. I'm the hunter. · Written
    For $10/mo you get a collection of some of the best Mac apps money can buy, including apps named above like Bartender, Numi, and iStat Menus, as well as CleanMyMacX, Expressions, Flume, Paw, Sip, Be Focused, and many, many more that I depend on every day.
    J. Alexander Curtis
    J. Alexander CurtisCo-Founder, Yagi Telecom · Written
    I was going to recommend this too. For $10/mo you have access to many of the best applications for mac.
    Kirill Gurbanov
    Kirill GurbanovManaging Partner at Samolet FinTech · Written
    This is just an amazing way to have almost everything you need from Mac apps, just at $10/mo!
  7. 18

    Organize and hide menu bar items on your Mac

    Jan Senderek
    Jan SenderekCo-founder at Frond · Written
    Great tool to hide all the unnecessary stuff in the menu bar. Will come in handy the more apps you have installed.
    Daniel Sieradski
    Daniel SieradskiI'm going hunting. I'm the hunter. · Written
    Absolutely essential if you're the kind of person who uses a lot of background applications.
    J. Alexander Curtis
    J. Alexander CurtisCo-Founder, Yagi Telecom · Written
    As you start to download more apps, your top bar will get cluttered beyond belief. Bartender allows you to hide all but the most necessary tools on your toolbar, but still access the other ones with one click. This should be a core-Mac OS feature in my opinion. But bartender is awesome
  8. 18

    Slack-style emoji everywhere on your Mac 🚀

    Type emojis anywhere
  9. 19

    Quickly and thoroughly uninstall Mac apps.

    Dmitry A.
    Dmitry A.Every day is Monday, any day is Sunday · Written
    Using it for years, will help you to get rid of any app and all its "hidden" files.
  10. 12

    A beautiful calculator app for Mac

    A simple, user-friendly, mildly-powerful calculator.
  11. 10
    Skala Color

    An extraordinary color picker for designers and developers

    Unbeatable tool to follow what's going on on your machine.
  12. 10
    Things 3.0

    Complete revamp of the original, award-winning task manager

    Very easy to use TODO list, but has some powerful features under the hood.
  13. 8
    Keyboard Maestro

    Conduct your Mac like a pro

    It's the best automator for the Mac
  14. 9
    Medium 2.0

    A new look, app, and features to move thinking forward

    PolWeb developer · Written
    It's (for me) the best text editor to take rapid notes !
  15. 9

    Take better notes, your way

    I beleive that the first app/s to install should do sometihng with productivity, and I recommend NoteLedge (a notes app by Kdan Mobile) - I use it with my MacBook Air. Personally for me, this app has proven to be a solid solution to taking notes, creating/managing to-do lists, persoanl knowledge collection as well as keeping bookmarks, references and PDFs organized and easily accessed on all my devices (my iPhone and my iPad). NoteLedge has quite a few features that make it useful both in a work environment and at home. It's easy to learn how to use and it works well on all Apple devices - so you're able to do work on the go.
    Mark James
    Mark JamesSoftware Engineer. Tattoo Maniac. · Written
    I'd get NoteLedge - it's a great app for taking notes, journaling, keeping a schedule and
  16. 8

    Type faster using abbreviations for common phrases

    Type any characters and have them act as shortcuts to become other characters, words, phrases or entire sentences e.g. setup just two characters to expand into one's full e-mail address.
    aText is the ultimate text expander. It works better than any built-in text expanders and has saved me so much more typing in my email address a million times a day!
  17. 7

    Free OS X app to configure custom gestures for your trackpad

    This is 100% the best tool. It adds the four-square screen docking and supercharges your touchpad and touchbar. Imagine being able to navigate between apps and tabs (alt+tab) with a swipe of the fingers - that's what this does. Imagine adding your own apps and shortcuts to the touch bar... it does that too. I recommend this to everyone.
  18. 5
    MindNode 5

    Visual brainstorming on your Mac, iPhone and iPad

    Ed Ferrigan
    Ed FerriganRelationship Coach · Written
    Best MindMapping Tool out there. Really nice interface. Always adds to it every years based on audience needs.
  19. 4
    Soulver 2 for Mac & iOS

    Do quick calculations & work things out.

    kianiDeveloper and maker · Written
    Great when you need something more than a calculator and less than a spreadsheet
  20. 2

    All-in-one email design platform

    YuriyMarketing Manager @ Ardas · Written
    Make sure you have handy web browser to use any tool online. For example, online drag-n-drop and HTML email builder.
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