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Updated by Satyajit Sahu on Jan 11, 2015
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Apps to install on a brand new Mac

You got that brand new Mac. Went thru the unboxing experience. Now what? I am making this list as I am exactly doing that. Installing my first must-have apps. Yours could be slightly different. However, I decided to create mine. Feel free to suggest more.




A deliciously simple app for finding your everything across email / cloud


Download Mozilla Firefox, a free Web browser. Firefox is created by a global non-profit dedicated to putting individuals in control online. Get Firefox today!

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

Opera (Browser)

The best alternative out there after Firefox and Chrome. You may not need anything beyond those two, but at times, when you are administering way too many GMails, you may need it to avoid confusion.

Cyberduck (FTP/SFTP client)

Version 4.5 now available for download and in the Mac App Store! TLS mutual (two-way) authentication with client certificate. Interoperability Read settings from your existing OpenSSH configuration options including Host aliases, public key authentication preferences and default login user. Integration with to open the current working directory in a shell.

Jing - capture the screen

The always-ready program that allows you to instantly capture images and videos-then share them with anyone. Jing is a great tool for adding basic visual elements to all of your online conversations.


Bring your life's work together in one digital workspace. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and move your important projects forward.

Box (Cloud Storage)

Box offers free cloud storage and file sharing services that enables you to securely share and access files online.


Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

Skype for Mac

Enjoy Skype's fresh new look and feel. Here are just a few of the great things you can do: Chat every day with free instant messages. Share files and photos for free in an instant. See your family come together over a free group video call.

iTerm2 - Mac OS Terminal Replacement

iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm


To build Audacity yourself, download the source code.

Sublime Text

Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance. Version 2.0.2, 64 bit , 32 bit Sublime Text may be downloaded and evaluated for free, however a license must be purchased for continued use.


Drag and drop, take a screen shot, and share the link immediately. CloudApp gets out of your way leaving you to focus on communication.

Acorn 4, a great Mac OS X picture and photo editor, built for humans.

A quick and easy editor that covers a lot of web work without the bloat.

Alfred App - Productivity App for Mac OS X

Loaded with features to increase your productivity Use built-in web searches and your own custom searches to make it faster than ever to search the web by prefixing your search with keywords like wiki, twitter or youtube. Customise the default searches in Alfred's main window to make them fit your everyday needs.