I have been a macOS (Mac OS X) user for the past few years; this is my primary machine for both my personal and professional work. I thought, why not create a thread here to list out all the apps I’m using on my Apple MacBook Pro currently, it’ll help others to notice a useful app, and I hope others will share their favorite apps here as well. Let’s get started.
This is probably the only app I use for accessing/reading PDF files on both my phone and laptop. I have an Adobe account, so I feel comfortable using this everywhere.
What can I say? Even if it’s for cropping a picture, now I have the habit of opening Photoshop for that. I learned a lot in Photoshop, but that’s never the end, plenty to learn and plenty to master.
Apart from Bluetooth and Cable Connection, I also prefer AirDroid for transferring files. I also use this to play games and access Android apps on my laptop. :’)
It’s a straightforward file editor. I love the minimal look + it’s smooth enough while typing or editing stuff.
I rarely use this app these days, but it’s perfect for audio editing and stuff.
Torrents. Though I try my best to avoid pirated materials, sometimes, I have to use this app for accessing restricted stuff. I use the “Pro” version because it removes the advertisements.
This is a very cool app, if you want to keep your screen “ON” forever or for a while, then this comes handy. Just click the “Coffee Cup” icon, and it’s ready!
9. CCleaner Pro
The official Janitor of my MacBook Pro. :’) I use this regularly for cleaning my device, I use this on my mobile and my laptop, I have the “Pro” version since it provides ‘schedule’ option.
Let it be a Screenshot, GIF, or a Video, this comes extremely handy, just capture it, and it can also use your custom short URL, and give a link for accessing, like this: http://s.pradee.ps/oBlW
When the battery sign shows “100%”, it doesn’t always mean your laptop is completely charged, this is where this app helps, it analyzes your battery capacity and shows you the real situation.
We all know how to copy/paste, but what about copy/pasting ten different items? Whenever you copy something, it’ll be stored in this app, and you’ll have related keyboard shortcuts to copy/paste them separately. You can also view the list of items you copied, sorry I blurred everything.
When 512 GB storage space is not enough for you.
If you are a Blogger or Server Administrator, FileZilla is the best File Manager out there, at least for me, all these years, right from my 1st blog.
15. Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro or FCP is probably one of the main reasons why some professional video editors prefer macOS (or Mac devices) over Windows machine. Agree?
I always install Firefox on my new devices but am I using it regularly, yes.
My MacBook Pro got two graphics settings: 1) Intel HD Graphics 530 2) AMD Radeon Pro 455
It automatically switches and uses AMD whenever you use advanced software app, let’s say “Photoshop”… this gfxCardStatus gives you the option to use “Integrated” or “Discrete” or “Dynamic Switching,” sometimes this app won’t work, dunno why.
18. GIF Brewery 3
This is one of my favorite apps for generating GIF files. I often use this for promotional stuff and use them on Facebook, Twitter, Articles, etc.
19. Google Chrome
I use this browser for three main reasons: 1) Google 2) Extensions 3) I have no idea honestly, it’s the default browser for me, replacing Internet Explorer.
20. Google Earth Pro
Whenever I feel bored, I used to open this app and browse Earth. Look at all the interesting places which are reachable yet not reachable. Travel Blogging?
If you want to keep a Backup (Original Quality) of all your photos.
When you are lazy and sleepy, you can use this app for typing. Grammarly is a worthy investment if you type a lot.
It’s an Open Source Video Transcoder, rarely used it, but I’m sure when I need it, it’ll be beneficial.
I dunno why this is not an inbuilt feature in macOS, this cute little app shows you the calendar, you can browse and add events as well.
25. Amazon Kindle
I rarely use my laptop for reading books, but for small stories and other materials, this official Kindle app comes very usefully.
26. Little Snitch
Little Snitch is basically a firewall application. You can use this app to control your machine, decide which service should be connected to the internet or not. You can monitor and prevent unusual activities.
I primarily use this cool app for downloading videos from YouTube. It’s pretty cool!
macOS and malware? Yes, it’s possible, and it happened before. This Anti-Malware app came highly recommended, so I installed it to avoid last-minute preparations.
29. Micro Snitch
This app monitors your laptop’s webcam + microphone and informs you whenever it gets activated. This is like a security app and helps you to stay safe from hackers trying to access your machine.
30. Microsoft Excel
MS Excel. No matter how popular Google Sheets is, I will always use MS Excel; it’s just… I’m in love with this app ever since I started to get benefited from this app.
Whenever I have some client meetings, I used to prepare some presentations using this; it’s mandatory for me.
32. Microsoft Word
MS Word. :’) I open/edit most of my .doc email attachments via Google Docs itself, but for offline documents, this is my savior!
33. Nik Collection
Google’s very own photo editing collection. If you are into Photography and if you have some space on your MacBook, do check this out!
Let it be Netflix USA or Spotify; this app helps you to connect and enjoy the experience.
I installed this software for creating Facebook Live videos for my clients, been experimenting with this for a while. OBS stands for “Open Broadcaster Software,” it’s an open source application for video recording and live streaming.
Apart from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, I also use Opera.
Plex is a media server, you can use this for storing your media files like movies, and you can share it with your friends or use different devices for accessing it.
If you are a running a company, then you can use this app for managing your financial documentation.
Remember when we used to say “Google it!”, now it’s “Share it!”. Using this on both my mobile and laptop, useful app for transferring files and stuff.
FaceTime is good, but it’s not for everyone. That’s where Skype comes handy.
I don’t really have a team, but when I collaborate with other people for project outsourcing, we use to discuss and brainstorm on our Slack channel.
My personal favorite tool for taking screenshots and editing them. You can also edit videos here. :’)
Spotify in India? Remember NordVPN? :’) I play music everywhere, YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, etc. but this is a pretty cool app, you’ll know why once you start to use it.
Gaming and Mac? I do play some light games on my machine, and my friends suggested me to use Steam for buying games rather than the App Store.
Are you a Gamer? Let’s get connected on our GameThem Steam Channel.
When you want to stalk someone’s computer, this is the best solution for that.
46. The Unarchiver
I’m going to miss you WinRAR.
Honestly installed this browser to understand how it works, not for everyone, unless you are a Whistleblower.
The reason why I love Tweetbot - We have plenty of branded short domains; we can assign each short domain (Bitly) to each account we add here, so that, whenever we tweet, the URLs in the tweet will be automatically converted into our branded short domain URLs.
The reason why I love TweetDeck - We can schedule Tweets here. :’)
Couldn’t think of any other video player apart from this. VLC is love. <3
51. Wake Up Time
The Alarm app which tries its best to wake me every day. I love the way it looks. :3
I don’t use WhatsApp much, but we have groups to manage, unfortunately, so this Desktop app comes handy.
If FCP is something that’s too technical or advanced for you, then Filmora is the best one for you. They have plenty of filters and graphics.
Open source cross-platform web server solution stack package. In short, I use this for accessing WordPress locally.
Did you find any useful app here? Did I miss any of your favorite apps here? Do let us know and let’s explore together!