Top 21 Mac OSX Apps

 My post on Top Apps for iPad was quite a hit. After searching around and not finding much, here are the apps I finally settled on my MacBook Pro acquired last December. These apps vary in functionality from Audio Recording to everyday apps.

1. Reaper – 60 days trial period and US$60 for discounted license for personal use and US$225 for full commercial license. This DAW comes with plugins for all your needs and works any VST,AU and JS plugins. Super stable and light program. Fully customisable GUI to make it behave like any DAW you are already familiar with. I personally prefer its native look and feel. Play around for 60 days and buy it even if you don’t like it.

Cockos Reaper – Best low cost DAW software


2. Garage Band + Loops – Free Comes with Mountain Lion built in. Very handy for musicians or beginners who are just entering into the world of digital audio and sequencing. You have to download a Instruments and loops package to be albe to use all listed instruments in Garageband.

Apple Garage Band – One of the simplest DAW’s I’ve come across and come pre-installed on new mac’s

3. Open office – Free The best replacement for Office – Best Free Office Alternative

4. Gimp – Free The best free image manipulation tool you can find. Perfect replacement for photoshop or for people who cannot afford Photoshot at the moment. Layout and features resemble photoshop making it easy to use and migrate.

GIMP – Free Alternative to Photoshop

5. VirtulBox – Free Lets you run another operating system as an app within Mac OSX, I use this to run all the windows only programs I need for my audio use. Supports USB and network.

VirtualBox lets you run another OS like windows within Mac OSX like an application. Supports network and USB also.

6. Firefox Browser – Free Very quick light and lets you sync bookmarks, history and passwords with other devices including android etc. Was a breeze switching from my Windows laptop to this mac, all my passwords and bookmarks synced once I sign in.

Firefox browser with sync makes switching across devices seamless

7. MusicBrainz Picard Takes care of all my music tagging, has auto detect feature also for those files without any track information.

MusicBrainz Picard – Tag Music with right track information (id3) from online resources automatically

8. GnuCash – Free My accountant. Easy to setup and use. Some nice videos available online for ones like me who don’t really dig accounts

GNUCash – Free Accounts/Accounting Software for Mac

9. REW – Free FFT software for small closed spaces. Works just fine with built-in sound card if you have input and output. It doesn’t work as desired with external Sound Cards (Firewire Especially) on Mac OSX. Works on windows, probably run it from within VirtualBox mentioned above.

Room Eq Wizard REW

10. DropBox (or SkyDrive) – Free and paid version Sync files to a cloud and make them available on all the devices you use.

DropBox sync’s your files on a cloud and lets you access them from any device. You could even access files via internet browsers.

11. Quick Silver – Free What would I have done without this. Ok Im exaggerating, but its real handy and makes a lot of tasks a breeze. There are video tutorials on you tube and lot of good blogs on how to make best use of Quick Silver

QuickSilver – Glorified ‘Spotlight’ with lots of possibilities.

12. Chicken of the VNC – Free VNC Client need I say more

Chicken of the VNC – VNC client, I use it to talk to Avid Venue Consoles at gigs.

13. MAX – Free CD ripping and music file format converter


14. Pocket – Free Read blogs and articles offline with this app. syncs pages you want and keeps an offline copy for you to read later. Also syncs with iOS devices like iPad.

Pocket for Mac – Lets you save web pages or stories in a clean readable format for offline use.

15. Evernote is a great notes app that syncs with your devices via apps. Has an array of other apps built in.

Evernote – notes app that syncs online

16. Skitch – Free Make notes on pictures

Skitch – Simple app for making notes on images. Sync’s with Evernote so you always have access to your images and notes.

17. Skim – Free PDF reader

Skim - Free light PDF reader for Mac

18. Tweetdeck for OSX Twitter client with features to make managing your timeline easy. Add custom column for various stuff including search filters to track particular hash tags.

TweetDeck – Twitter client for Mac with features to make life easy


19. VLC – Free Play almost any video format with this player. Audio according to me is not all that great, but it’s relief when you want to just watch a video without having to wonder which player to use for a format.

VLC – Video player for almost any format

20. Blue Griffon – Free HTML and CSS Style editor in WYSISYG app.

Blue Griffon

21. COG – Free Play high quality FLAC and other lossless formats. (Alternative app is Clementine)

COG – Lossless Audio File Player

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