Got a new Mac? Install these apps first.

Got a new Mac and starting fresh on a new installation? These are the applications and tools that you should be installing first. This list is composed of apps and tools that are used daily on my Mac (and I'm sure you will too), to make life easier and more productive.


  • Dropbox

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Blackberry Chrome OS Windows S Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire Website

    Worlds leading online storage and file sync service. You get 2GB free. Apps for all major platforms.

     

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  • Google Chrome

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet BSD iPad Website

    A free web browser developed by Google from the open source Small Chromium iconChromium project with a focus on speed and minimalism. Chrome offers fast start-up and web page loading, supports a minimalist user interface, automatically updates in the background, and offers syncing of browser bookmarks, extensions, passwords, and history between multiple computers by your Google account.

    Additionally, Chrome has Flash and PDF support built into the browser for better speed and security.

    Chrome Web Apps and Extensions are available on Small Chrome Web Store iconChrome Web Store .

    Available in more than 50 languages.

     

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  • Evernote

    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Web Android iPhone ... Blackberry Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire Pebble Website

    Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.

    The app allows users to create a "note" which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note.

    Notes can also have file attachments. Notebooks can be added to a stack while notes can be sorted into a notebook, tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched, and exported as part of a notebook.

    Evernote Premium features:

    Offline notes
    Your notes are available anywhere, anytime, even without an internet connection. Perfect for flights, international travel and working on the go.

    Passcode lock
    Make sure only you can access your notes. Add a layer of security on mobile devices to protect your valuable information such as business plans, receipts, health information, and photographs.

    Business card scanning
    Leave behind your stack of cards by scanning them using Evernote's camera. Capture and store all contact information, a photo of the card and choose to automatically pull additional profile details from LinkedIn.

    Presentation mode
    Present directly from your notes in a full-screen layout for more collaborative, efficient meetings.

    PDF annotation
    When a picture’s worth a thousand words, you can avoid lengthy email dialogue. There’s no quicker way to call attention to contract edits or design changes.

    Context and Knowledge Discovery
    Context reveals notes with related content and documents, and Knowledge Discovery identifies co-workers who are experts on the topic or project you're working on.

    Faster image recognition
    Find what you’re looking for, faster. We scan your images faster, so text within them is searchable sooner. Find text in handwritten notes, Post-it® Notes, whiteboard drawings and more.

    Search in PDFs and Office docs
    Your files are easily searchable within Evernote. Quickly locate your Office and work documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and PDFs.

     

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  • 1Password

    Commercial Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Apple Watch Vivaldi Browser Chrome Safari Yandex.Browser Opera Firefox Website

    1Password creates strong, unique passwords for all of your sites and logs you in with a single tap (or click).

    A single click opens your browser, opens a site, fills in your username and password, and logs you in.
    Our Strong Password Generator is your key to password liberation.
    One click creates a strong, unique password for each account, and our browser extension fills it into the website automatically.

    Organize your vault

    Mark your most important or frequently used items for quick access and sync this list among all your devices.
    Drag any mix of 1Password Logins, Secure Notes, and other items into folders for work, finances, social media, or any other grouping you need.
    Adding tags to 1Password items is a snap; focusing on them to get things done is even easier.

    Our new service keeps you informed about your security.
    Watchtower securely checks your logins for known vulnerabilities and tells you which sites need new passwords.

     

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  • Alfred

    Freemium Mac Website

    Alfred is a quicklaunch application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web.

     

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  • TextExpander

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows iPhone iPad Website

    TextExpander saves you countless keystrokes with customized abbreviations for your frequently-used text strings and images.

    Save time and effort with TextExpander! Whether its a simple email signature or several paragraphs of a standard response, youll love how easy it is to use TextExpander to avoid typing the same thing over and over.

    Then with TextExpander touch, you can type faster on your iPhone or iPad using short abbreviations that expand into long snippets. Compose notes and send them directly to Mail and Twitter clients, or use them in other apps on your iPhone via copy-and-paste.

    Available in English, Japanese, German, Italian, and French

     

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  • Ulysses

    Commercial Mac OS X iPhone iPad Website

    Ulysses is a text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the world, it offers an integrated environment to brainstorm, draft, revise and even submit text on a professional level.

    Based around the concept of non-linear, semantic text editing, Ulysses provides a truly distraction-free and fully focused experience, without sacrificing any advanced features.

    It’s got everything you expect from a modern text editor – and then some:

    • Tabbed, single-window interface
    • Semantic text editing
    • True separation of presentation and content
    • Console mode (aka “distraction-free writing environment”)
    • Extensible export (PDF, DOC, RTF, TXT, HTML, ePub)
    • Project-wide, term-centric search & replace
    • Multiple document and project notes
    • Excerpts
    • Counters for characters, words & pages
    • Configurable metadata (Status, Label, Dates)
    • Integrated backup
    • Filters, groups and document collections
    • Coherent document previews
    • Text trash
    • Typewriter scrolling
    • Bookmarks and style-jumpers
    • Project templates
    • English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Hungarian and Czech localizations

     

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  • Bartender

    Commercial Mac Website

    Bartender lets you organize your Menu Bar Apps, by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to the Bartenders Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have Menu Bar Apps show in the menu bar when they are updating, or have them always visible in the Bartenders Bar.

     

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  • Hazel

    Commercial Mac Website

    Sometimes Newtons Law of Inertia is just as applicable to the digital world as to the physical. All too often our files sit around never to be filed. Downloads and other sundry files pile up never to leave. Fortunately, an uncluttered desktop can be a reality. Meet Hazel, your personal housekeeper.

     

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  • Default Folder X

    Commercial Mac OS X Website

    Save your files effortlessly and open your folders instantly. Default Folder X makes Mac OS X's Open and Save dialogs work as quickly as you do.
    Custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Pop-up menus let you navigate your folders and open Finder windows.

     

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  • Setapp

    Commercial Web Website

    A new way to get apps for your Mac. Over 70 top-tier applications for a single subscription. No ads or in-app purchases. Get on board! 🚀

     

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  • Dropshare

    Commercial Mac OS X Website

    Your very own secure file sharing tool! Dropshare is a menu bar application for Drag&Drop upload files, screenshots and even directories to your own server, Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files. Sharing files with friends, customers, colleagues or anyone else has never been so professional!

    Dropshare is a secure alternative to cloud hosted file sharing. Instead of sharing your files via a cloud hosted service with no control and monthly financial commitments, just use your own server: Dropshare natively supports Secure Copy (SCP over SSH), a secure industry standard protocol for file transfers.

    Additionally - in case you don’t have an own server or SSH account at your disposal - Dropshare supports uploads to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) or Rackspace Cloud Files, which both are low-priced file hosting services in the cloud. Compared to other cloud hosted file sharing services, Dropshare directly connects to your very own Amazon S3 bucket or Rackspace Cloud Files container, so there is no third-party involved at all.

    Dropshare supports Multiple Connections: You can set up different upload destinations at the same time and switch between them using user-defined keyboard shortcuts!

     

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The best apps and tools that you should install first on your new Mac.



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