Friday, January 4, 2013

Useful software for Mac OS X


Here is a list of good programs for Mac OS:

1. Office software iWork: Pages, Keynote, Number


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Pages is a good alternative of Microsoft Word on OS X. With Pages, you can add comments for paragraphs or sentences. Pages also supports a lot of beautiful templates.
Download Pages (9.99 USD)


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This is "Powerpoint" program from Apple. It provides many beautiful effects for presenting.
Note: Keynotes effects may not work well after being converted to Powerpoint.
If you have iPhone, you can use remote control with Keynote Remote app.
Download Keynote (9,99 USD)


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It is similar to Microsoft Excel. It supports many kinds of graphs.
Download Numbers (9,99 USD)

All software in iWork are integrated with iCloud. You can edit files with iPad and iPhone.

Of course, you can download the famous Microsoft Office for Mac OS (148,99 USD).

2. Note software - Evernote

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It is the best cross-platform app for taking notes. The notes can be syned and edited on iOS, Windows Phone, Android, Blackberry OS. With Evernote, you can attach photos and audio files easily.
Download Evernote (free)

3. Task management - Wuderlist

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Wunderlist 2.0 has good interface and data sync. You won't miss a task again because tasks are synced seamlessly to iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, Android or Blackberry OS devices. With labels, folder, list, you can manage tasks easily with Wunderlist.
Download Wunderlist (free)

4. Chatting software - Adium

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Adium supports many kinds of chatting accounts (Yahoo, Facebook, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, ...) and therefore you don't need to download many apps to your computer. It also has a easy-to-use and beautiful interface. All emoticons of Yahoo Messenger can be displayed with Adium.
Download Adium (free)

5. Download management software - iGetter

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A must-have app for OS X because it downloads apps, games and video very well. You can also use this app in web browsers. It also allows users to select Internet network to optimize download speed.
With the free software, you may need to wait about 10s every time you run it.
Download iGetter (free)

6. Searching - Alfred

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You may use Spotlight to run an app. However, Alfred is a better app to find and run application on your Mac. You can input any query (such as ph for photoshop) in to Alfred to find app. It also supports searching on Google, Amazon or Wikipedia in a simple way.
Download Alfred (free)

7. Cloud service software - Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync, SkyDrive (free)


With these services, you can store, view and edit files on any devices. On OS X, Dropbox runs very well and it is integrated with gallery on iOS. When you capture an image on iPhone, the image will be sent directly to Dropbox and you can view on Mac easily.
Download Google Drive
Download Dropbox
Download SugerSync
Download SkyDrive

8. AppDelete

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You can remove any app with AppDelete. It can find and delete any files related to the removed app. To delete an app, just drag-drop it to AppDelete icon.
Download AppDelete (3,99 USD)

9. Photo editor - Photoshop, GIMP, Paint FX

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Photoshop CS6 and GIMP are 2 powerful software for editing photos. You can also use Paint FX for some basic photo editing functions.
Download GIMP (free)
Download Paint FX (2,99 USD)
Download Photoshop CS6 (700 USD)

10. Feed reading - MixTab

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There are many good news reading apps out there (Reader, Feeds, FeedBoard, ...). I prefer MixTab due to its beautiful interface. It manages information with tabs and fully suports trackpad on mac and therefore you can read news easily. You can also share news via Twitter or Email.
Download MixTab (free)

11. SopCast

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If you want to watch sports, use SopCast. It is stable and provides high quality videos.
Download SopCast (free)

If you think more apps should be added to this list (e.g. Parallels), please add in the comment.


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