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Updated by Alex W Crocker on Oct 09, 2013
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Essential Mac Apps!

This is a custom list curated by me, a fellow Apple enthusiast.

Evernote

★ Inducted into the Apple "App Hall of Fame", NY Times "Top 10 Must-Have Apps", Winner: TechCrunch Crunchies, Mashable Award and the Webbys. ★ Evernote helps millions worldwide remember anything and everything that happens in their lives. Use Evernote to take notes, save interesting web pages, create to-dos and shopping lists, attach images and PDFs, and so much more. Then, watch as it all instantly synchronizes from your Mac to your smartphone, tablet and the Web, allowing you to find your memories at any time from anywhere.Key features of Evernote:● Create text, web-clips and PDF notes● Auto-synchronize notes among every computer and phone you use● Evernote magically makes printed and handwritten text within images searchable● Share your notebooks with friends and colleagues● Easily upgrade to Evernote Premium using Mac In-App PurchaseFor the best Evernote experience, install Evernote on your computers and phones. Evernote is available for: Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Web. Here are some ways to use Evernote for your personal and professional life:● For research, meeting and class notes● To save interesting webpages for later access, even offline● To capture ideas and design inspiration● To easily find notes made on your phone● To search through photos of whiteboards and wine labels● As part of your GTD system to help you stay organized

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Pocket

Pocket

★★★★★ App Store’s Best of 2012★★★★★ App Store’s Editor’s ChoiceWhen you find an interesting article, video or web page that you want to read, watch or view later, put it in Pocket. Once it’s in Pocket, it automatically syncs across to your phone, tablet and computer so you can view it anytime on any device, even without an internet connection.--------LOVED BY MILLIONS, Pocket has been called the “DVR for the web” by The New York Times, Businessweek, and TechCrunch.♥ Wired Best of 2012 Staff Pick♥ “#5 App We’re Thankful For” — LifeHacker♥ “Downright Beautiful” — Gizmodo♥ “Essential App for Travel” — USA Today-------Whether you’re traveling, commuting, standing in line or simply relaxing at home, Pocket lets you save content you discover from your browser or favorite apps into a beautiful universal list.✓ WHAT YOU CAN POCKET: Articles, videos, recipes or pretty much anything you find online. It’s easy to save to Pocket from your favorite apps or browser.✓ VIEW EVERYWHERE: If it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet, and computer.✓ EASY ON THE EYES: See your articles, videos, and everything else in a beautiful, easy-to-view layout that improves the readability and watchability of any page.✓ PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS: Save directly from your browser or from over 300 different apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse, and Zite.

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet

1Password is your password and identity companion. It leaps past simple password storage because 1Password works directly with your browser, saves your user names and passwords, and effortlessly creates strong, unique passwords for each site. 1Password can then automatically and securely log you in, enter credit card information, and fill registration forms, all while encrypting your information with the one password you need to remember.★ 1Password has won just about every award under the sun! ★ - Mac App Store: Best Apps of 2011- MacStories Apps of 2011: Reader’s Choice Winner- Cult of Mac: 10 Most Innovative Apps of 2011- Macworld 2010 Eddy Award Winner - Scored 4.5/5 Mice in a Macworld review - Mac|Life Editor’s Choice with a rating of “Awesome!” But wait, there’s more! 1Password makes it easy to:- Use multiple Logins for the same site- Create multiple Identities for filling into registration forms, surveys, and shopping carts- Securely sync your data over-the-air between Macs, iPhones, and iPads with Dropbox.- Store other sensitive information in Secure Notes- Save software licenses and receipts- Organize everything with tags and foldersThis new version of 1Password was re-engineered to leverage the great features in OS X Lion, such as:- Full-Screen mode- Better security with compatibility for Sandboxing in Lion- Even better security with PBKDF2 Calibration- 64-bit support for a zippy experienceThis version also provides:- New Quick access to your data from the menu bar- Improved support for browser extensionsOf course, what would a secure password and identity companion be without a punny poem? "Twelve passwords for banks and bills so high, Seventy for retailers with their online stores, Ninety for communities of Men to whom I say "Hi", One for me, 'cause I can't know more In the land of Crypto where the Secrets lie. 1Password to rule them all, 1Password to find them, 1Password bring them all, and in the vault to bind them In the land of Crypto where the Secrets lie."Mobile versions of 1Password are available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Sync and update using Wi-Fi or over-the-air via Dropbox so your information is always just a tap away.

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Droplr

Droplr

Droplr is the easiest way to share images, documents, files & links.Drag and drop something on Droplr's icon in the menubar, or use Droplr's keyboard shortcut to upload it to Droplr. Droplr will let you know when it has been uploaded and copy a link to your clipboard that you can paste in to emails, instant messages, Twitter, Facebook, etc…The keyboard shortcut can also perform actions depending on what app you're using. Viewing a cool photo in iPhoto you want to share? How about a contact in Address Book? Or maybe a design in Photoshop you need to quickly get feedback on? Droplr's plugins integrate with your favorite apps to make sharing from anywhere painless.Have a note to share? Droplr handles many different text uploads including markdown notes, plain text & code snippets with syntax highlighting and line numbers.Sharing screenshots has also never been easier. With a custom keyboard shortcut, Droplr will let you take a screenshot with OS X's screenshot tools you're already familiar with. Droplr will then upload the screenshot and give you the link, all without the screenshot file cluttering up your desktop.Droplr is designed to stay out of your way but always be ready for when you need it."Droplr is the original file & link sharing app for the Mac that I couldn't live without. All the other imitations fall short." - Stephen Hubbard, Photographer.GREAT FEATURES* Keyboard shortcuts for faster access to uploading.* Custom keyboard shortcut for taking a screenshot and automatically uploading it in the background.* Easy to understand menu with options for viewing past drops, copying links, opening a drop & deleting a drop.* Thumbnail previews of your images in Droplr's menu.* View tracking - see how many people have viewed your drops.* Native text handling - makes sharing notes and code snippets incredibly easy and fun.* Many plugins to integrate with your favorite apps.* Growl support if you'd prefer it over Droplr's notifications.* Cloud-based web application to manage all your drops and account options.

Tweetbot

Tweetbot is a full-featured Mac OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & column views, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.Brief Highlights:◆ Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline. ◆ Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side. ◆ Notification Center Support. ◆ Beautiful Retina graphics. ◆ Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.◆ Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone and iPad via iCloud. ◆ Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp and Droplr. ◆ Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much more.

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Pages

Pages

Pages ’09 is both a streamlined word processor and an easy-to-use page layout application. It allows you to be a writer one minute and a designer the next, always with a perfect document in the works.Pages starts with an enhanced Template Chooser that lets you skim through more than 180 Apple-designed templates. You can easily create stunning documents, ranging from a simple letter to a professionally polished resume to a newsletter and more. Or start with a blank page and create your own design on a free-form canvas. Everything you create in Pages looks stunning on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. And with iCloud built right in on OS X Mountain Lion, the documents you create are kept up to date across all your devices. Whatever you write, Pages puts powerful tools at your fingertips. So you can create beautiful, media-rich documents in minutes.Streamlined word processor• Simple interface that lets you launch and start typing in seconds• Paragraph and character styles• Automatic list formatting• Flexible structure for creating any type of document with section, layout, and page breaks• Table of contentsAdvanced writing tools • Full-screen view• Outline mode• Seamless integration with MathType 6 and EndNote X4• Change tracking• Mail merge with Contacts or Numbers• Spell checker and proofreader• Search view• Page Navigator• Word processing utilities including word count and automatic page numberingGreat-looking documents in minutes• Over 180 Apple-designed templates• Advanced Template Chooser• iLife Media Browser for quick access to iLife photos, movies, and music• Powerful graphics tools including Instant Alpha, masking, and photo adjustments• Tables with headers, cell formatting, and calculations• 2D and 3D chartsTypography features including smart quotes, ligatures, and automatic scalingPowerful page layout• Free-form graphics canvas• Control over text flow with linked text boxes• Text wrappingCompatibility and sharing• Import and export Microsoft Word documents• Send as a Pages, Word, or PDF file directly to email• Import AppleWorks word processing documents• Export PDF and ePub files• Import and export RTF documents• Import a wide range of media types including JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PSD, EPS, PDF, AIFF, MP3, AAC, and MOV MathType and EndNote both sold separately. EndNote integration requires plug-in available from Pages support link.Some features may require Internet access; additional fees and terms may apply.iWork does not include support for some Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (CJK) text input features such as vertical text.

PopClip

"★★★★★ Probably the most useful tool in the App Store." PopClip appears when you select text with your mouse in any app. Instantly access context-specific actions including cut, copy and paste. If you select text containing a URL, email address or file path, PopClip can open it. Select a misspelled word, and PopClip offers corrections. Select any text to do a web search with those terms, or select a single word to get the dictionary definition.PLUS, over 50 free extensions are available, including Paste and Match Style, Translate, Send to Evernote, Word Count, Capitalize and much, much more. See http://pilotmoon.com/popclip/extensions/ for a full list."PopClip has achieved near perfect integration with Mac OS X and seems like a default feature of the operating system. For that alone, it is worth its asking price." — The Next Web"an awesome new utility from Pilotmoon that makes the copy & paste function on your Mac look just like the copy & paste function on your iPhone" — Cult of Mac"If you love the tap and copy functionality of iOS and want it on your home computer, PopClip is a simple app that adds similar functionality" — lifehacker"It’s pretty notable how intuitive and well-thought the app is." — Mac.AppStorm"I think even Mac traditionalists might be tempted." — Dan Frakes, MacWorld"I'm buying it right now." — Leo Laporte, MacBreak Weekly

iA Writer

✭✭ Official Mac App of the Year Award ✭iA Writer makes sure that all your thought goes into the text — and not into the program. The pure pleasure of writing.“Minimalism at its finest” ✭✭✭✭✭ GigaOM“A practically ideal writing environment” ✭✭✭✭✭ NZZ“I thought TextEdit was simple until I tried Writer” ✭✭✭✭✭ Erik SpiekermannINNOVATIVE WRITING TECHNOLOGY- Auto Markdown subtly formats your text on-screen without taking your hands off the keyboard- Focus Mode (patent pending) helps you write one sentence at a time, one thought at a time- Reading Time tells you how long it takes to read your textA better tool doesn’t make a better craftsman, but a good tool makes working a pleasure.FEATURES- Focus Mode (Command-D)- Full Screen (Control-Command-F)- In-app preview panel (Command-R)- Auto Markdown- Reading Time, plus word and character count- Custom typeface, carefully set for optimal readability- Easy-to-find strong blue cursor- Autosave- Real-time iCloud sync with folder support- Ready for Retina displays- Mountain Lion readyNOTE1. Currently ONLY LATIN ALPHABET LANGUAGES, GREEK AND RUSSIAN are officially supported (NO Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Hebrew, Arabic etc support… yet).2. Writer has no settings: with Writer you cannot fumble with fonts and colors. All you can do is write.3. Writer uses plain text files, such as .txt and .md (but not .doc or .docx), in “UTF-8” encoding.TALK TO US- Visit www.iawriter.com for information about Writer- Visit support.iawriter.com for articles, support and discussion- Let us know what you think on Twitter @iAWriterWe look forward to hearing from you!— Information Architects Inc.

Minecraft

One of the greatest games ever made!

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Skitch

Skitch

Make a point with Skitch.Skitch is a free app that helps you communicate visually with friends, co-workers, and the world. Annotate images with arrows, shapes, text, and more. Use Skitch to sketch something new, mark up maps, screen captures, or even a photo. Then save or share your Skitch annotation to help others see and understand your ideas. Getting everyone on the same page has never been easier.Features that make Skitch great:• Create smooth lines and scribbles to explain an idea• Annotate maps, webpages and screenshots• Zoom and crop images• Pixelate portions of an image, add highlights and draw attention to what matters• Add text using special high-contrast coloring for readability• Markup text with the highlighter tool• Reposition and delete shapes, text and drawings at any time• Share your work with any application that accepts imagesGet more by signing into Evernote:• Sync: Access all of your images and annotations on any computer or device• Search: Find anything, even handwritten text, inside your Skitch Notes• Share: Post and share your ideas with friends, coworkers and the world Here are some ways to use Skitch: • At work: Communicate a design change by annotating a screenshot• At home: Annotate a photo of your living room to show movers where to put furniture• At a conference: take a snapshot of people you meet, annotate it with their names• For personal information: Take a photo of a bill, then pixelate personal details before sharing• For directions: Draw a path on a map to help someone find your picnic spot Skitch is part of the Evernote family of apps that are designed to help you remember everything, communicate effectively and get things done.