Best 2017 Applications for Macintosh

I have been a Macintosh user for more than two and a half years and the experience varied at times, due to some hardware problems, but overall, I can say that I’m pretty happy with my switch. I’ve tested out many applications over the years, which either increased my productivity or won me time by providing new utilities or shortcuts, and these are, in my opinion the must-haves:

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Airmail – the best email client, especially for those who don’t get along well with Apple’s own email (like me). It’s simple, easy to set-up and works like a clock with my seven primary emails at once. [by Bloop]

Audioswitcher – a very easy app which lets the user select between the preferred audio output and mic input. [by Paul O’Neill]

Bartender – Mac OS has a very bad design by clustering a lot of apps in the menu bar, and it has been like that for many, many years. Luckily, Bartender is the app which will simplify the menu bar’s look, by providing the option of either hide individual app’s icon from the bar entirely, or by showing on a separate grid, which is triggered by clicking the Bartender’s icon in the bar. [by Surtees Studios Ltd.]

Betterzip – the best archive opener whether it is .zip, .rar or anything else. [by Robert Rezabek]

CleanMyMac – helps me clean my mac away from thousands of useless files and folders that keep cluttering on my mac. It also offers a great uninstaller and ram cleaning options. [by MacPaw]

Disk Inspector – even though it is developed by somebody else, this app works perfectly alongside CleanMyMac, as it shows the exact the files, apps, their sizes and location stored on my Mac. [by Nektony]

Fantastical – just like in Bartender’s case, Mac OS is lacking a basic need – a full quick-glance calendar which is available a click away, that’s why Fantastical is always there for me. It also offers great syncing abilities with the iCloud calendar, but I don’t use that feature at all. It’s the closest thing to Windows’ default calendar, which is very handy and very easy to get used to. [by Flexibits]

F.lux – for those who enjoy nightime on iOS, f.lux is offering the option of darkening the screen on the Mac, and it does it automatically when it gets dark outside. It’s very pleasant to use and I hope that my eyes will get less affected by staring at the screen. [by f.lux Software, LLC]

Fuitjuice – a very cool addition to the MacOS, which provides detailed information about the battery (if it is a macbook), is located in the menu bar and it is customizable, but most of all, it gives regular notifications (which again, are customizable) about how many percent are left, when it is good for the battery to be charged, and for how long. [by Battery Project, LLC]

Fission – editing audio files and music has never been easier. Simple user interface alongside powerful tools of converting, cutting, adding and combining audio files makes Fission the best app for the job, by far. [by Rogue Amoeba Software, Inc.]

Polarr Photo Editor – a very simple photo editor which gets the job done 10/10 every time. Contrast, saturation, color, brightness, blurriness, all of them can be edited in Polarr with a simple tap. [by Polarr]

Pocket – need a quick link from your phone/tablet/different device quickly on another? Pocket does just that in a matter of seconds. Intuitive, simple user interface makes it very easy and comfortable to use. [by Read It Later, Inc.]

Photoshop – the best photo editor out there, I’m sure I don’t need to talk a lot about it. Once you get the hangs of Photoshop, you’ll never go back and your imagination will simply go wild. [by Adobe]

Premiere Pro – coming from Microsoft Windows, Premiere felt at home on Mac straight away. Video editing has never felt so fun and enjoyable. [by Adobe]

Lightroom – another recent app on my Mac, but which easily makes the list is Lightroom. It’s here to replace over time the previously mentioned Polarr, and it’s power and features just stunned me from the star. Basic photo manipulation is best done with Lightroom, no questions about that. [by Adobe]

Final Cut Pro X – even though I’m a Premiere Pro user, I have wanted to learn Apple’s Final Cut for a very, very long time. At first it is hard to get used to, but the rendering times simply crush Premiere’s and that’s why I’m looking forward to learn to edit in it. [by Apple]

Tweetbot – the only reason that I switched to this app from Twitter’s default application, was that Tweetbot plays videos inside itself and does not open a separate Safari folder, like the default app does, a feature worth switching for in my case. Other than that, Tweetbot is working exactly the same as the official app. [by Tapbots, LLC]

iExplorer – this app found it’s way on my mac because of Apple’s Photos long process of copying photos and videos from the Photos app into another folder. iExplorer felt like it gave me wings, as it is very easy to use and extremely fast. Copying photos and videos from my Apple devices never felt easier and faster. [by Macroplant]

HyperDock – now HyperDock does a lot of things. It can be set-up to re-size and re-arrage the windows however the user wants, but its main purpose is to give a quick-glance at an application’s window(s) by simply hovering with the mouse on the app’s icon in the dock. You can either close or create new windows of the same app in that quick-glance mini-window. The app’s preferences let the user customize how fast this quick-glance appears, whether to use special previews or not, like for iTunes, where it shows the artwork and provides the ability of pausing and changing songs.  It is yet another feature which I missed a lot since the switch from Microsoft Windows, but luckily we’ve got HyperDock which does it brilliantly.  [by Christian Baumgart]

WindowTidy – even though HyperDock offers the ability of resizing the windows and re-arranging, I choose to use WindowTidy for multiple reasons. First of all it offers a lot more layouts and the user can really customize the layouts of the sizes of the windows. Secondly, I’ve set it up so that the bubbles that re-size the window appear on the screen only when the “alt” key is being held. And again, another feature that I got accustomed to while using Microsoft Windows, but WindowTidy gives the user even more power of window manipulation. [by Light Pillar Software Ltd]

Parallel Destkops – the best app for those who have and need Microsoft’s Windows on your mac. It can run a full Windows OS in a small window while you’re on Mac OS and at times, it was very handy for me.  [by Parallels IP Holdings GmbH]

Snagit – the best screenshot app out there. Snagit is very easy to use and it offers an editor which lets the user crop and edit it with either text, bubles, effects or drawings, the screenshot in a matter of seconds.  [by Techsmith]

Sopcast – television is dying day by day, that’s why sopcast easily replaces it. I mostly use it to watch sports at a very good quality, but it can be used to stream anything, it all comes down to the streaming link that the user finds. [by sopcast.com]

Screenium – screen recording is by far not as used as screenshots, but to have a powerful screen recorder available to record the exact same steps of editing a photo for a friend, or to show how to get to a certain web page is very handy. [by Synium Software GmbH]

VLC – the best video player that plays most, if not all video and audio formats. It is much lighter to use than Apple’s quicktime and the videos run smoother. [by VideoLAN Association]

So these are the applications that make my Macintosh experience so delightful and I use all of them, every single day.

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