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Gabriel asked:

What are the best macOS apps?

  • #4
    AP
    Written on July 13, 2017
    Amber Perkins
    "I actually use Evernote on a daily basis! I like to write fanfiction often, and I also create my own recipes. Evernote allows me to create separate "notebooks" or sections, and lets me add different pages and notes in each notebook. It's really easy to use, and it helps me stay organized."
  • #5
    AD
    Written on July 13, 2017
    Anthony Davis
    "Seems like it would be a very useful tool for using with the mac and the best thing about it is it is free with the OS. Plus is seems to come with a lot of support and help incase you get a little lost doing something"
  • #6
    VN
    Written on August 18, 2017
    Vincent Nguyen
    "Cleaning your phone and computer of useless junk folders and spam files is always important. And getting one of the best cleaners on your device is a must. I think CCleaner is that cleaner. CCleaner is one of the first apps I always install when I get a new phone, computer, or tablet. It's extremely simple to use, mostly with one-button programs. It cleans your junk files and monitors for the dangerous stuff, all without clouding your device with their own junk or ads or any of that annoying stuff. CCleaner is a must have."
  • #7
    JH
    Written on March 23, 2017
    Justin Hanson
    "The replacement for Photoshop is finally here! Pixelmator is the best way for artists to manipulate photographs and digital art. It has many tools for filters, brushes and other modifications to your art. Pixelmator is a game changer in the art universe. This program takes changing your artwork to the next level. Get Pixelmator today and take your art to the next level."
  • #8
    AP
    Written on July 5, 2017
    Andrew Porter
    "I have use this program for many years and does a great job. I have installed it on other peoples PC to get rid of virus, ... This program work, when others did not. I had the premium version,but let it run out. Thinking of buying it again."
  • #9
    GB
    Written on July 13, 2017
    Gregory Berry
    "This is actually pretty useless. While I realize VLC player itself is great app and is available for macOS, the actual link provided here goes directly to the Google Play store page for the Android version of VLC, so I totally don't understand the logic behind giving me this solution."
  • #10
    Dropbox
    Software

    Windows , Mac , Android , iOS

    Free - 30-Days free trial, varies by plan

    DS
    Written on July 18, 2017
    Denise Stewart
    "drop box is an absolutely amazing application. its sort of like google drive but you can share and collaborate on files and much much more. its affordable and the space you can have access to is huge. dropbox is one of a kind. i find it to not be glitchy. it never fails. a fantastic app all together."
  • #11
    EM
    Written on January 22, 2017
    Emily Montgomery
    "When I purchased my Apple computer, I was eager to install new and exciting applications. Spotify doesn't disappoint! It is without a doubt the best online radio service that I have ever used. I love how I can find great playlists that perfectly match my mood, or make my own. There are also social sharing functions to share your great playlists amongst friends, family and coworkers."
  • #12
    CC
    Written on March 23, 2017
    Carolyn Coleman
    "Siri seems to be incredibly helpful in organizing my day to day life. Using one app or program to organize meals, bookings, payments, and much more would really help my life stay balanced and open!"
  • #13
    NO
    Written on October 4, 2017
    Nicholas Owens
    "It still boggles me how many people do not use Skype. It's the future for a bunch of different things. Not just personal but professional as well. For example we use Skype at work to conduct interviews. Even then I see how many people do not use Skype. Like I said Skype is going to be used a lot more in the coming days. It's time that everyone at least have it on hand for when you need it."
  • #14
    WB
    Written on October 4, 2017
    Wayne Bell
    "In my experience I like to record to make music and personal videos. I have a Mac and really enjoy it. When I needed recording technology I sought out a program on Apple. Which ever Mac you have there is a QuickTime ready to be installed. If you don't have a Mac there is also a PC compatible QuickTime."
  • #15
    LR
    Written on May 16, 2017
    Lauren Rice
    "Audacity is a versatile program with many functions. It allows for sound editing, recording and advanced listening supporting many different audio formats. I have used Audacity for various tasks, including simple things like creating ringtones for my cellular phone."
  • #16
    RS
    Written on June 20, 2017
    Ryan Sims
    "I am always on the go and need a browser that can keep me logged in at all times. While working on my laptop, desktop, or mobile phone I want to be able to pick up where I left off. Google Chrome does all of this as it saves information across any device I access the internet from."
  • #17
    KH
    Written on October 4, 2017
    Kevin Hall
    "PDF Expert performs all of the functions one would expect it to. I am able to edit PDF files as long as the text in the PDF is not hard-copied. I can change images with an easy-to-use interface. My only complaint is the $60 price-tag of this app. If you edit PDFs often, I could see the value, but for the average user it may very well not be worth the cost."
  • #18
    KW
    Written on June 20, 2017
    Keith West
    "I am really into graphic design with my computer , and especially with windows programs. I ran across this website Inkscape draw freely and it has the latest stable versions that are easy to get and you can install them in no time. Inkscape is a great tool for computer artists and almost anyone can learn very quickly , check it out!"
  • #19
    AM
    Written on May 28, 2017
    Adam Mills
    "There aren't too many photo programs that can come close to Photoshop. Enter GIMP, it's open source and free and has more than enough tools to almost be a Photoshop equal. It can be used by beginners but it's really for photo pros. It's one of the best free programs on the market."
  • #20
    BS
    Written on May 30, 2017
    Betty Stephens
    "Apple is generally very good at what they do. However iMovie doesn't live up to my expectations from Apple. There are many great macOS apps out there. This one is terrible."
  • #21
    JR
    Written on August 15, 2017
    Joan Robertson
    "I like this web site a lot. I trust Google because I know that they are a GREAT company. I love digital storage because it saves hard drive space on my computer and smart phone. Personally, I prefer digital storage services like Google Drive over external storage items that break or get lost. I trust that Google takes the right steps and invests time and money to stop hackers from getting into their files. This web site is simple and easy to use. Google drive eliminates the problem of having to use up all of the space on your computer/phone's hard drive to store pictures and movies."
  • #22
    AF
    Written on April 14, 2017
    Arthur Freeman
    "The app, while useful, seemed pretty basic. An app like this I would already expect to be on the OS of my phone and I'd probably rather use that instead of going through the trouble of getting another app."
  • #23
    GJ
    Written on June 20, 2017
    George Jordan
    "µTorrent used to be very good, but the latest versions seem very unoptimized. Everytime I try using it, it takes forever to load. I've been waiting a while now for the devs to fix it, but I've gone on with another BitTorrent client that is faster and open sourced. Closed source for something like this feels a little shady."
  • #24
    Hotspot Shield
    Software

    Windows

    $4.49 - month. Was $12.82 (Save 65% off). Varies by plan

    KS
    Written on August 8, 2017
    Kathryn Sandoval
    "Sold. This is right up my alley. I hate being blocked because of where I live and this site offers a solution to that. I would be allowed to surf the internet without all the chattering back and forth spreading my information far and wide. I could do it anonymously which, in this day and age, is a MUST. It's also great if I am out in public and need to use internet, which I've done a few times in a local coffee shop. I don't need some chowder head getting all up in my business and trying to steal my information. Dude needs to make an honest living. This site gives me that protection while using someone elses open signal."
  • #25
    Slack
    Apps

    Web , Windows , Android , iOS , Mac

    Free - Varies by plan

    KG
    Written on February 21, 2017
    Kevin Graham
    "Slack is a more professional alternative to the gaming-orientated voice server solutions such as Discord and Teamspeak. It has many tools that my team has found useful in our day-to-day work, and I'm glad I was recommended it by a coworker."
  • #26
    MM
    Written on October 4, 2017
    Maria Marshall
    "GarageBand is an amazing software. It is just like having a professional sound system right at my fingertips. Whether you are a beginner or a semi-professional, I feel GarageBand will improve the quality of your work. I also like that I can choose different genres of music to enhance the sound (Latin, jazz) with the drum feature to give my music the desired sound. This upgraded version is great."
  • #27
    Bartender 2
    Software

    Mac

    $15 - Free trial available

    ES
    Written on April 17, 2017
    Evelyn Stanley
    "I'm really happy I got the app Bartender 2 to help clean up the clutter on my menu bar. There are several different configuration options so you can figure out exactly how you want things organized. Very useful app!"
  • #28
    VW
    Written on October 4, 2017
    Vincent Weaver
    "Interesting all-in-one chat app, for Mac. I don't do a lot of chat on my PC anymore, but this one covers just about all the common providers, like AOL, Google, even ICQ, along with newer apps like Twitter and Live Journal Talk. Light weight app, small footprint, it do what it do!"
  • #29
    AS
    Written on March 9, 2017
    Aaron Sullivan
    "The solution The Unarchiver is an excellent solution. It is a free powerful file extraction product. Its basically an unarchiver as the name says so you will need another product to create compressed files. It does integrate directly with OS X Finder and will support various formats."
  • #30
    GB
    Written on October 4, 2017
    Gerald Baker
    "Seems to be a free application to switch between different video formats. It has a small community supporting it. It also has a forum where you can chat with the devs and ask questions or give feedback. I wouldn't say it's one of the best macOS apps."
  • #31
    OH
    Written on January 2, 2017
    Olivia Hughes
    "I have terrible eyesight and for people who have perfect vision, it's hard to explain what I go through on a day-to-day basis. My eyes make it hard for me to see near and far at times and it has a moderate sensitivity to light. Recently, Apple has added features that change the lighting on its software from day mode and night mode and it has made so much of a difference. F.lux does that same thing for Mac users who are sensitive to blue-light emitted from many computer software. I recommend this for anyone who has a sensitivity to computer light, bad eyesight or feel as though they want to do a better job of protecting their eyes."
  • #32
    Simple Recorder
    Software

    Mac

    Free - with in-app purchases

    BW
    Written on October 4, 2017
    Betty Woods
    "In my free time, I like to record music. Am I good at it? Oh, def not great but it is something fun and something I send to friends so they can tell me how bad I sing. I was looking for an app that let me record my vocals, didn't have to be perfect but Simple Recorder did the trick! It really is a simple recorder and let's be record from any source."
  • #33
    Photoshop
    Software

    Windows , Mac

    $9.99 - $49.99 per month with adobe suite

    ST
    Written on October 4, 2017
    Scott Torres
    "In have used Photoshop in many situations and many different versions. I must say that while it is definitely the "industry standard" it is also more complex than what many people need for their specific purposes. I once saw someone use Photoshop after spending a few hours learning the basic only to use it to do something they could have completed in Microsoft Paint."
  • #34
    KP
    Written on June 22, 2017
    Kimberly Pearson
    "I'm having a hard time thinking of this product as the type of app I was looking for. It fits a very specific need that wouldn't really be something I'd be interested in. It is a macOS hardware product, and I guess I could consider it an app, but I think of apps more as the small programs you download onto your phone, ipad, etc."
  • #35
    JM
    Written on February 23, 2017
    Jordan Mendoza
    "Sublime is one of the most popular macOS apps. Sublime is one of the older programs although it has been updated over the years. It is generally recognized as fast and has a big community. However users do comment that Sublime works better with various plug ins. An alternative is Atom. Atom is free. So there is no license fee. Atom is open-source so users can make improvements by sending a request. Atom has built in web tech including HTML, JavaScript (CoffeeScript), CSS (LESS), and Node.js integration through Electron. Great for solving problems but causes potentially slow loading."

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Summary

Best macOS apps
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 Keynote Software 491 Free
2 AirMail Apps 462 Paid
3 iTunes Software 443 Paid
4 Evernote Apps 439 Free
5 Apple Mail Software 428 Free
6 CCleaner Software 402 Free
7 Pixelmator Apps 386 Paid
8 Malware-Bytes Anti-Malware Software 376 Paid
9 VLC media player Software 361 Free
10 Dropbox Software 351 Free