Must Have Mac Apps for 2014

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It's no surprise to people who know me that somebody looking for a Mac, or an application for said Mac, would come to me for advice. In the past 5 years I have assisted at least six people purchase new machines and countless others find solutions for their application needs.

As I am continually asked things like "What program should I get for [Enter Purpose Here]?". Due to the popularity of that question, I bring you the Must Have Mac Apps for 2014 according to Kray. Let's get to it!

AppZapper: The uninstaller that Apple forgot.

While installing an application is usually as simple as dropping it into your Applications folder, uninstalling is not quite as straight forward. While you can simply delete that app when you're done with it, all sorts of dependancies are left hanging around your system folder. They are not only taking up space, but they can potentially cause conflicts with other programs. AppZapper removes everything with a quick ZAP!

Not only that, but you can also use the My Apps feature to track versions and serial numbers in one easy to use location.

AppZapper Website



Pixelmator: Full Featured Image Editing

If you want to get into graphic design, or you just want to touch up some photos, but don't want to drop Adobe cash on a solution, then you need Pixelmator. This $30 solution is a heavy hitter and gives you 90% of what Photoshop does in a beautifully crafted package. It even works with PSD and RAW files!

From cloning to color correction and general manuipulation, your will be blown away by the power of this program, which also has a new iPad version that works with the new Handoff feature in Yosemite. They even offer a Tutorial section with hundreds of videos that show you how to be a power user in no time.

Pixelmator Website | On the App Store 



Sophos: Mac AntiVirus

Anybody that says or thinks that a Mac cannot get a virus is delusional. While the chances are slim that you will get something that specifically effects your Mac, you are more likely to get a Windows Virius and pass it along to friends and family without knowing it.

Sophos is a free and lightweight solution to protect you from Viruses, Worms and Trojans. Yes, there are maclicious programs targeted specifically at the Mac OS, but they are not widely distributed. Do you keep your doors unlocked because there hasn't been a robbery in your neighborhood this month? Exactly. Stay protected and help save your Windows bretheren from additional strife caused by that forward you sent them.

Sophos for Mac Website



EasyFind: A Spotlight Alternative

Ever since Apple switched to Spotlight as it's main search, I've had nothing but problems. It never searches properly and I have never been able to figure out why. Even after a fresh indexing, I've had it not find files I can see on the desktop. Enter EasyFind from DEVONtechnologies.

Similar to the previous system search, EasyFind is a free and fast searching program for local and network drives. It gives you additional controls to do advanced searches with boolean operators and uses very little memory. I've had EasyFind located files before Spotlight on numerous occasions (If Spotlight found them at all!). If you have the same problem, I recommend grabbing EasyFind and start searching fast. 

EasyFind Website | EasyFind on the App Store

Hazel: Automated Organization

Think of Hazel as your personal housekeeper for your Mac. You essentially set watch folders and tell Hazel what to do when something happens in that folder. You can have it automatically rename files, move files, flag files, sort files and more! If you do a lot of filing and organization, I recommend letting Hazel do it for you.

It will also help you keep clean when you delete an application. It will detect that you've deleted an app and ask if you want to get rid of it's dependancies as well. It's a great little program that works in the background so you dont have to.

Hazel Website


Kray Mitchell hails from Calgary, Alberta, and is an educator at heart. Through speaking, workshops, consulting and training, he aims to assist people with understanding the technology that affects their day to day lives.
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