Today, Lifestyle recommends installing this comprehensive list of productivity and convenience software on your MacBook.
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Apple’s MacBooks are growing in popularity every year – they are trendy, compact, fast and comfortable. This year, the company is set to surpass itself and launch a core-powered MacBook Air powered by its own ARM-based A1
If you are going to buy or have already bought a MacBook, you may notice that in general the built-in applications for macOS are already enough to get started with simple work: Safari browser, QuickTime media player, Mail, simple text editors are already pre-installed.
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However, to get the most out of your Apple computer, you need to not only examine the standard apps pre-installed on macOS, but also go through the best Mac App Store charts. Many of the best software for improving MacBook productivity, workflow, and operating system settings have been around for many years, but they can be difficult to find, especially if you are not new to a Mac.
Today.Lifestyle has compiled for you a list of the TOP 10 best programs that we recommend installing after purchasing a MacBook: from alternative email programs and instant messages to assistants, cleaners and media players. Of course, this is not the most exhaustive list, but it will be useful for beginners who want to expand the functionality and usability of the MacBook.
VLC or IINA media players
A common problem on macOS that almost not all Mac users encounter is watching videos. Although the built-in QuickTime player evolves, it supports very few media formats and is virtually devoid of flexible settings.
To forget codecs, video formats, audio track support and subtitles once and for all, just install a universal player. In the past, the VLC player was incredibly popular – it is a true universal “media combiner” that is capable of “digesting” any video and audio format. But not everyone likes the design of the program.
VLC Media Player
Recently, VLC has a worthy competitor in the person of IINA. This is a free and “omnivorous” player with a nice minimalist design and a rich set of codecs and flexible settings. While VLC is a multi-platform project, IINA was created exclusively for macOS, it is written in the progressive Swift language, so it works faster.
One of the most common issues for newcomers to the MacBook is an unusual interface and other keyboard shortcuts (operating system keyboard shortcuts). Instead of CTRL + C on macOS, you have to learn CMD + C again, and changing the input language requires you to press completely different buttons instead of the usual ALT (SHIFT) + CTRL.
To quickly learn all possible key combinations, a simple but extremely useful tool CheatSheet was invented. The application launches with the operating system and displays at any time a list of all hotkeys for the active application. You only need to hold down the Command (⌘) key for a few seconds. The only downside is that it is only available in English.
Windows 10 users are accustomed to the fact that desktop space management is a built-in feature of the operating system. All windows can be arranged along a particularly strict grid so as not to get lost. And for Mac users, window management is a nightmare. Alas, this has always been the case, and Apple does almost nothing about it.
To correct this shortcoming, Magnet was invented, which allows you to attach windows that flush to the edges of the screen according to preconfigured layouts, as a “magnet”. The program is paid – it costs 2.99 dollars (80 hryvnia), but it will be extremely useful for those who have switched from Windows to macOS and want to get the same convenient window management functionality as in the operating system from Microsoft.
Along with pre-installed applications for email, calendar and notes, macOS has built-in task tracking software. However, the latter lacks several features and a pleasant appearance. Fortunately, Todoist is expanding the features of the regular to-do list.
Todoist has many great features like the ability to add items to your listings directly from Alexa or Slack. The simple design divides your tasks into a series of queues in the mailbox style that can easily be categorized by due date. In general, if you stick to time management strictly, then you can not do without Todoist on macOS.
Removing programs on macOS is much easier than on Windows, but this procedure is not without its drawbacks. After removal, “garbage” remains in the system, which is not easy for an inexperienced user to clean. And if you do not, the system will start to slow down over time.
To avoid such issues, it is better to uninstall applications through the AppCleaner tool. It is a free program that helps you uninstall any program that you no longer use on your Mac without leaving a trace, and get rid of any associated files that may be left in other directories.
Regarding “junk” in macOS, it will accumulate in the operating system over time for various reasons: cache, temporary installation files and other unnecessary “junk” that slows down the system. Of course you can use the famous CleanMyMac, but it is paid.
Therefore, the best solution for keeping your MacBook clean is the free option, Onyx. This is a multifunctional tool that can be used to check the boot disk and the structure of the system files, to perform various maintenance and cleaning tasks, to configure settings in Finder, Dock, Safari and some Apple applications, clear cache and recover various databases of operating system data and indices.
When downloading files from the Internet, you often need to receive compressed data files in ZIP, RAR or 7ZIP archives. For quick unpacking, the simple but very convenient The Unarchiver application is, and unpacking will no longer be a problem. The application is not rich in features, but the basic functionality is enough for everyone. At the same time, the program is completely free, and it was developed by Kiev programmers from the MacPaw company.
To download files from the Internet, a convenient download manager is suitable. The program can listen to downloads from Safari or Chrome, can be used as a torrent client and even download videos from YouTube. The download can be divided into several streams for faster downloads compared to browsers. You can stop or resume downloads and download data on a schedule, such as downloading the network during business hours and downloading at night. The program is free and highly recommended for MacBooks.
On macOS, there is a very convenient and free program called “all-in-one”, as in shampoo. Franz was created to organize all the famous instant messengers in one convenient application, which is gathered in one simple interface. It is not necessary to install Skype, Telegram, Slack, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Hangouts, Trello, Discord separately – they are gathered in one universal application. It’s a shame, as long as there is no support for Viber, then there would be no price for it.
Instead of the built-in email client, we still recommend using the third-party Spark mail application. This is a smart email client that will make email work much more convenient. The program has a simple and minimalist design with a comfortable and intuitive interface, advanced sorting and powerful search. In addition, Spark has fast responses, delayed messaging and many useful settings. All of these features make it easier than ever to clean up incoming messages.
Remember that we have previously compiled a list of TOP-10 applications for the new Android smartphone. We also recommended the TOP 20 fantastic mobile apps by women.
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