Apple provides a handful of apps with every new Mac, and the list is long and growing. Call it table stakes, but it’s obvious that Apple needs to compete with Microsoft and Google, so the Mac comes packed.
From Mail to Safari, Calendar to Contacts, iTunes and GarageBand and iMovie, plus the iWork suite of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, Apple gives Mac users about everything they need to become productive, organized citizens in a society of chaos.
What else do you need? Aside from Microsoft Office and Adobe’s Photoshop and Creative Cloud apps, the kind you pay for by the month forever, I’ve long kept a list of free Mac utilities, apps, and tools to help friends and neighbors who succumb to my evangelizing efforts.
iBooks Author – alright, this is from Apple, but it’s free, and far too many of our family members and neighbors seem too want to chronicle their lives or thoughts, and iBooks Author does it like a page layout app from the past but only 21st century.
Pocket – just get it. Pocket is the perfect read later companion that resides in Apple’s macOS and iOS sharing button so you can save about any article you find anywhere and read it later in Pocket.
Dropbox – wait a minute. Isn’t iCloud free up to 5GB and Dropbox free only up to 2GB? Yeah, something like that, but Dropbox actually works better and integrates very well with iPhone and iPad apps, too. Please Apple, buy Dropbox.
Chrome – yeah, I hate Google, too, but there are some places on the interwebs that can use what Chrome has that Safari does not. Flash. Hurry. Flash is dying.
Onyx – there is no better way to get your Mac geek on that to start with Onyx because it has so many nifty features and tools. For free.
Itsycal – yes, the Mac comes with Calendar and it’s decent enough, but Itsycal lives in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s actually easier to use to see dates and upcoming events than switching to Calendar.
Amphetamine – is just another word for no sleep, which is what Amphetamine does to your Mac. It keeps it from sleeping which is good when you’re starting a Netflix movie.
Dr. Clean – just cleans up files your Mac no longer needs. It’s slick looking, easy to use, and hasn’t killed anybody yet. Dr. Clean cleans. For free.
Oh yeah. I have a long, long list but these are the basics that are easy to recommend to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors knowing all the while that some support might be necessary after my evangelizing efforts for the Mac have met with some fruit.