50 best apps for MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Mini

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    50 best apps for MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Mini

    1. Onyx

    Onyx is reputed OS X maintenance software that runs on PowerPC and Intel Macs. With Onyx, Mac users can clean up system, verify startup drive, verify the disk structure, repair permissions, execute periodic scripts, rebuild the databases, remove unwanted apps and much more. Onyx is quite popular utility amongst Mac OS X users.

    Developer: Titanium Software
    Site: Titanium Software - OnyX
    Current Version: 2.9.8
    OS X Compatibility: 10.2 to 10.10 (All versions)
    Language: English and French
    Price: Free

    2. Android File Transfer for Mac

    Leave all data transfer worries between Mac & Android device behind when you have a free utility called Android Transfer for Mac OS X. The Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) allows reading Android device data and exchanging files with Mac OS X.

    Developer: Android
    Site: Android
    Current Version: 3.0
    OS X Compatibility: 10.5 to 10.10
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    3. TestDisk

    This software recovers back deleted files on Mac OS X and also repair/recovers erased HFS, FAT, NTFS partitions. TestDisk is easy-to-use software and a boon for users who accidentally lost files due to human errors. TestDisk is also available for Windows OS and it supports following file systems ó Apple Partition Map, GUID, PC/Intel, Sun Solaris and Xbox.

    Developer: Christophe Grenier
    Site: TestDisk - Partition Recovery and File Undelete
    Current Version: 7.0
    OS X Compatibility: 10.5 to 10.10
    Language: English
    Price: Free


    4. FreeSpace

    Freespace is a handy app that calculates the available free spaces on primary drive. Further, it shows free spaces of secondary partitions, USB drives Firewire drives and Network drives. It clubs the functionality of ejecting a drive by clicking on the handy Eject button, which is present next to the drive.

    Developer: Lumus Work
    Site: http://freespaceosx.0fees.net/FreeSp...ngle_Menu.html
    Current Version: 1.2.13
    OS X Compatibility: 10.6 and later
    Language: English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
    Price: $1

    5. Spotify

    Spotify fulfills your demand of music on Mac OS X. This app is one of the favorite applications that are downloaded on Macs. It merges songs from the iTunes with its own millions of available songs from artists around the world. On a rough estimate, it holds 20 Million songs.

    Developer: Spotify
    Site: https://www.spotify.com/int/download/mac/
    Current Version: 1.0.11.134
    OS X Compatibility: 10.7 and later
    Language: English,
    Price: Free

    6. Infinit.io

    Infinit is one of the useful apps that let users to send large files and folders from one Mac to another machine, even Window PC, iPad, iPhone, Android devices.

    Developer: Infinit
    Site: https://infinit.io/
    Current Version: N/A
    OS X Compatibility: 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Freemium

    7. Spectacle

    This is a complete Windows management application for Mac OS X that lets the user to easily configure and resize windows without using shortcut. Here, users can also move his/her windows between multiple displays.

    Developer: Spectacleapp
    Site: https://spectacleapp.com/
    Current Version: N/A
    OS X Compatibility: 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    8. Buffer

    Buffer app let the user to publish and update status on major social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ etc. Users can easily publish the photos and links from a single click and from the same dashboard without opening any other site.

    Developer: Buffer
    Site: https://buffer.com/
    Current Version: 1.2
    OS X Compatibility: 10.9 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Paid

    9. 1Password

    Itís a password management tool for Mac that removes the hassles for managing a long list of passwords. It is not always possible for a user to remember the password for each and every website, so 1Password brings an unique solution of this problem. For Mac owners, itís a must have apps.

    Developer: AgileBits Inc.
    Site: https://agilebits.com/onepassword
    Current Version: N/A
    OS X Compatibility: 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $49

    10. DropBox

    DropBox is one of the most popular cloud services. It is simple and easy to use and lets the users to put the files into DropBox folder and later share the same with anyone. For those users who are looking for a reliable and free online storage space, DropBox is the ideal choice for that. It is free upto 2 GB and you can also get some extra space after paying some money.

    Developer: DropBox
    Site: https://www.dropbox.com/
    Current Version: 3.8
    OS X Compatibility: 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Freemium

    11. Stellar Speedup Mac

    Stellar Speedup Mac is one of the most important disks cleaning software for OS X performance. It cleans up cluttered by removing large files, duplicates, logs, apps, widgets, plugins and cache files.

    Developer: Stellar Data Recovery
    Site: Speed up Mac OS X with drive Clean up utility and Optimize Mac
    Current Version: 3.0
    OS X Compatibility: 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $34

    12. Disk Inventory

    This helpful Mac application generates TreeMaps in order to show sizes of files & folders that exist on Macintosh HDD. This app will let you examine the Used, Available and mysteriously gone spaces. In short, Disk Inventory is immensely helpful to your Mac and it costs nothing.

    Developer: Tjark Derliet
    Site: Disk Inventory X
    Current Version: 1.0
    OS X Compatibility: 10.3 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    13. VLC Media Player

    Sometimes, Quick Time Player may not play an unusual Audio and Video file formats. Comes in the VLC media player that is capable of running almost all media file-formats. VLC plays, stream almost any DRM file you aim at it without requesting to download Codec.

    Developer: VideoLAN Group
    Site: VideoLAN - VLC: Official site - Free multimedia solutions for all OS!
    Current Version: 2.2.1
    OS X Compatibility: 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    14. OmniDiskSweeper

    Another helpful app that shows what's lying on your Mac hard drive in descending order by size. You be the judge and decide which app to keep & remove

    Developer: Omni Group
    Site: https://www.omnigroup.com/more
    Current Version: 1.9
    OS X Compatibility: 10.8 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    15. Gemini

    This application scans Macintosh HD and pulls out duplicate files from all corners of the drive. Helpful when large drives are cluttered with duplicates.

    Developer: Mac Paw
    Site: Gemini: Best Mac Duplicate File Finder. How to Remove Dulicates on Mac OS X
    Current Version:
    OS X Compatibility: 10.5 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $9.99

    16. MuteMyMic

    With Mute My Mic utility, you can easily reduce the volume or turn off your mic without from the menu bar. MuteMyMic comes handy for voice chats and online meeting.

    Developer: Michal Owsiak
    Site: Mute My Mic
    Current Version: 1.10
    OS X Compatibility: 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    17. Quick Cast

    Quick Cast allows you to quick cast any area of your desktop screen as well as save the videos files on desired locations. It can also record the mouse clicks and music sounds.

    Developer: Reissued Limited
    Site: QuickCast. Make. Publish. Share. 3 Minute Screencasts - Free screencasting software for the Apple Mac.
    Current Version: 1.2.6
    OS X Compatibility: 10.8 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    18. Soundflower

    Sound Flower is useful when you want to record the Mac audio and the sounds coming out of the speakers. Then, you require Sound flower to route that sounds to the apps instead of the speakers.

    Developer: Rogue Amoeba
    Site: https://rogueamoeba.com/freebies/soundflower/
    Current Version:
    OS X Compatibility: OS 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $29

    19. Handbrake

    If you are looking to convert videos from one format to another, or simply extracting videos from a DVD, then Handbrake comes handy.

    Developer: handbrake
    Site: https://handbrake.fr/
    Current Version: 1.0
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    20. Unarchiver

    Unarchiver is another well-known and must have Mac OS X utility that unpacks about any file you ask to do it. It provides support for a wide range of file-format like RAR, ZAR, TAR, and .exe files. It is lightweight and simple app that doesnít overload the Mac system.

    Developer: wakaba
    Site: The Unarchiver
    Current Version: 3.9
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    21. Parallels for Mac

    Forget Boot Camp, this software called Parallels for Mac is surely the best way to run Windows on a Mac computer. Unlike Boot Camp, users donít need to boot Mac into Windows rather you can run Windows 7, 8 and 10 through VM on Mac desktop. File sharing between Mac & virtualized Windows is now a childís play.

    Developer: Parallels
    Site: http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/
    Current Version: 11
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7.5 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $79.99 (Standard Edition)

    22. Memory Clean

    As the name of this application goes, it optimizes the RAM (memory) on Mac OS X. User can feel afresh Mac even after intensive RAM consumption through games.

    Developer: Flip Labs
    Site: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/memo...51444120?mt=12
    Current Version: 5.9
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7.4 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    23. SMC Fan Control

    You can cool your Mac off with the help of this useful application ó SMC Fan Control. This app minimizes the speed of the in built fans of MacBook Pro or any other Mac hardware. This application offers support for Intel Macs and not PowerPC.

    Developer: Hendrik Holtmann
    Site: smcFanControl for Mac - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com
    Current Version: 2.5
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    24. TextWrangler

    Fortunately your search for a suitable text editor for Mac ends with Text Wrangler. TextWrangler is not just a simple editor application but it stretches to General Purpose Text Editor, Programmerís Text Editor, Unix And Server Administratorís Tool, Powerful Text Transformer And Manipulator, Good Mac OS Citizen and Powerfully Useful Tool.

    Developer: Bare Bones
    Site: Bare Bones Software | TextWrangler
    Current Version: 4.5
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6.8 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    25. Sophos

    Are you still debating on whether Mac can catch cold (viruses)? May be it can which is why you might need to install Sophos for Mac in order to quarantine malware & Trojan files. This free Anti Virus for Mac protects the hard drives, external media, web browsing halts all known-unknown threats.

    Developer: Sophos
    Site: https://www.sophos.com/
    Current Version: 9.x
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    26. ClamXav

    Yet another Mac anti virus application called by the name of ClamXav. It is highly recommended for Macs in order to run malware and Trojan scans on Macintosh HD. It detects both PC & Mac threats and get rid of them.

    Developer: ClamXav
    Site: https://www.clamxav.com/
    Current Version: 2.8.4
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: 30 Days Trial

    27. Skim

    Donít find Preview app suitable to read PDF files? Donít worry, there is a free utility with the name of Skim that reads PDF files in an efficient manner. It takes notes, helps read scientific PDFs and all this with nice interface.

    Developer: C. Hofman, A. Maxwell, and M. McCracken
    Site: Skim | Home
    Current Version: 1.4.13
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    28. Disk Warrior

    Disk Warrior stands tall in repairing damaged or corrupt Macintosh HD. It takes care of all the cryptic errors that might be bothering Mac hard drive.

    Developer: Alsoft
    Site: DiskWarrior 5 - The Disk Utility for Mac Disk Repair, Mac Directory Repair, Mac Disk Recovery, Mac Data Recovery
    Current Version: 5.0
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.5.8 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $119

    29. Integrity

    Integrity is a boon for webmasters who runs website with large number of inner pages. This Mac app can help you identify the broken links, bad links or 404 pages of your website through intensive scan of the urls. If you own a blog, website no matter how big or small, you must have this app installed on OS X.

    Developer: Peacock Media
    Site: Comparison of Link checkers for Mac: Integrity, Integrity Plus and Scrutiny
    Current Version: 5.4.2
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    30. Neat MP3

    No worries for all the hundreds of badly labeled music files. The Neat MP3 application will organize, manage, merge, rename and edit the tags of all music files that exist on OS X Mac.

    Developer: Peacock Media
    Site: NeatMP3 for Mac | MacUpdate
    Current Version: 3.0.0
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    31. Text Expander

    Mac OS X gives users to include some simple keystroke shortcuts, but Text Expander gives much more feature. It saves a lot of time with its in-built shortcuts. For example, use adr and tell Text Expander to automatically turn adr into a home address and it did it within fraction of seconds.

    Developer: Smile Software
    Site: https://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/index.html
    Current Version: N/A
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Paid

    32. Free File Sync

    It is free backup software that let the users to compare as well as synchronize files and folders on Linux, Windows as well as Mac OS X. This software is developed to save the userís time in setting up and running the backup jobs along with a nice user-interface. Binary file comparisons and Copy locked file are some of its silent feature.

    Developer: Free File Sync
    Site: FreeFileSync | Free Backup and File Synchronization Software
    Current Version: 7.4
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    33. Adapter

    Adapter is one of the free file conversion utilities. It is a simple and easy to use drag-drop utility that converts images, audio, video to another format. For example, drag a video file (with extension other than .mp3) to the open app window and it will convert it into .mp3 or some other format. Users can use the drop down box at the bottom of the software window to choose the resulting file format.

    Developer: Micro Plant
    Site: https://www.macroplant.com/adapter/
    Current Version: 2.1
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    34. File Pane

    File Pane is designed to make the drag-drop interface easy for the Mac users. This makes File Pane as one of the must have apps for Mac Yosemite, because it starts in the background and wait for the users to select and drag a specific file. Software window popup with a icon that show all the things which the software can do.

    Developer: Sergii Iamkovyi
    Site: Filepane: File Management / MyMixApps
    Current Version: N/A
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $7

    35. Forklift

    Mac finder does what the users need it to do and letting us how to find and manage files. There are many reasons why Forklift is better than Finder. Some of the major ones are: -

    ē FTP to transfer files to server
    ē Folder Sync

    Developer: Binary Nights
    Site: The most advanced file manager and FTP + SFTP + Amazon S3 + WEBDav client for Mac OS X.
    Current Version: 2.0
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $20

    36. Team Viewer

    There are many services that give users remote management feature, but Team Viewer is the best among all of them. This is due to its free version for a single user and availability within cross platforms.

    Developer: Team Viewer
    Site: https://www.teamviewer.com
    Current Version: 10.0
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: free

    37. Daisy Disk

    When a Mac hard drive starts to get full, it can slow down the system. In order to check the apps that are hogging the hard drive space, Daisy Disk is used. It can scan the entire hard drive and shows content visually. It helps the Mac users to speed up the performance of their slow mac.

    Developer: Software Ambience Corp.
    Site: DaisyDisk - Analyze disk usage and free up disk space on Mac
    Current Version: 4.0
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $9.9

    38. IA Writer

    It provides the Mac users a distraction free environment for writing and adding markdown formatting. That implies that writer can easily add certain things and make the things bold, italic etc. as per their requirement. Users can also do formatting of the content.

    Developer: N/A
    Site: Apple - OS X Yosemite - Mac App Store
    Current Version: N/A
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $19.99

    39. Notability

    It runs on OS X and brings down the top iPad apps to the Mac system. Notability is used to type notes in class, meeting or any other work that require writing. Some of the major features which the Notability offer along with writing and formatting are: Toolbar, Notebook etc.

    Developer: Ginger Labs
    Site: Notability
    Current Version: 1.6
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $7

    40. Pixel Mator

    Pixel Mator is a photo editing apps that lets users to edit images online. It is easy to use online tool and any non-technical users can learn Pixel Mator along with its easy to use tutorials. Though, it is not as much like Photoshop in terms of features, but come handy for creating posters.

    Developer: Pixel Mator
    Site: Pixelmator
    Current Version: 3.3.2
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.9 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $29

    41. Tuxera NTFS for Mac

    What if you get full read/write access to NTFS formatted hard drive on Mac? Of course it will be a moment of joy. Tuxera NTFS for Mac makes this possible. It is the same team that developed NTFS 3G for Mac OS X.

    Developer: Tuxera
    Site: Tuxera | Tuxera NTFS for Mac
    Current Version: 2014
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.4.11 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $31

    42. Vacation Planner

    Leave all vacation planning issues to Vacation Planner application. This app will help generate custom itineraries, hotel rooms, transportation, tickets and events. You are also allowed to check the weather/driving directions with the help of this app.

    Developer: Jeff Carter
    Site: NA
    Current Version: 2.0
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.9 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $9.99

    43. TrailRunner

    Trail Runner is a friendly application developed by Berbie to offer companionship to runners, bikers, hikers and skaters. In short, this app is your training partner, it can also connect with your iPhone and GPS devices.

    Developer: Berbie
    Site: TrailRunner - Mac OS X route planning and journaling for*iPhone,*Nike+ SportBand,*Garmin ForeRunner GPS
    Current Version: 23.8.787
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.9 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    44. eMaps

    You must have an app for Mac that can provide all information related to Maps, distances, routes and what not. eMaps is just the app to fulfill this purpose. It provides maps, satellite and aerial photos, terrains on your Mac desktop.

    Developer: Emanuele Traballoni
    Site: eMaps for Mac | MacUpdate
    Current Version: 3.4.3
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    45. Libre Office for Mac

    No worries if you donít have money to purchase MS Office for Mac because Libre Office for Mac will fulfill all spreadsheet, documents, processor, presentation and drawing needs. And all this it will accomplish for free. Isnít that great?

    Developer: Libre Office Fresh
    Site: https://www.libreoffice.org/download...resh/?type=src
    Current Version: 5.0.1.2
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.8 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    46. Google Chrome for Mac

    Google chrome is the best web-browser among all the browsers. It is easy to use and much faster as compared to Safari and Firefox. If you are a web-surfer who loves to use Internet most of the time, the Google chrome is for you.

    Developer: Google
    Site: https://www.google.co.in/chrome/browser/desktop/
    Current Version: 47.0.2498.0 Dev
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    47. Bean

    If you are a Mac user and using office for Mac, then you are using expensive software. For using reliable and cost-effective software similar to Office, you should use Bean. It is small and easy to use word processor mainly designed to make the writing convenient for the Mac users.

    Developer: Bean
    Site: Bean: A Word Processor for OS X
    Current Version: 3.2.5
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    48. Growl

    It is an easy to use online tool for Mac users by which they can control all of their notifications from a single place. One of the main reasons why Growl is so much popular among Mac users is that it changes the complete experience of notifications pop-ups.

    Developer: Growl
    Site: Growl
    Current Version: 2.1.3
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $1.99

    49. Skitch

    Skitch is a popular and fun app to grab Mac screenshots and share them among networks. The images captured though Skitch can be annotated, reshaped, sketched in order to present your point of view.

    Developer: Skitch Inc.
    Site: https://evernote.com/skitch/
    Current Version: 2.7.8
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.9 and later
    Language: English
    Price: Free

    50. Remotix

    With Remotix application for Mac OS X user can now access multiple Mac computers as well as Windows PC from his own workstation. The features of Remotix are similar to that of Team Viewer.

    Developer: Nulana
    Site: Nulana - Remotix for Mac
    Current Version: 3.1.4
    OS X Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 and later
    Language: English
    Price: $39.99

    A note to our readers: Amongst an ocean of Mac utility we have just made a tiny step to list best 50. All above apps have been personally used & tested on our Mac system. Hope all information will be used and appreciated. We are eager to know your positive & negative feedback related to the apps. THANKS

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    Wow, thanks for sharing, there are really a lot of nice Mac tools. I accidentally deleted many photos and video files from my iPhone 7. Can you recommend a Mac data recovery tool or iPhone data recovery program? How can I retrieve the lost iPhone files? Thanks!

    Update: I found a iPhone Data Recovery tool on SoftHow. Has anyone used this data recovery software? Is it free? Thanks!
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