Over the past couple of years of running The Apple Blog, I’ve tried out literally thousands of applications. A lot have been great apps that I still use today, but infinitely more have just been plain bad. I know I’m not the only one who’s experienced this. So to help you weed through the clutter, here are 10 applications that I’ve stumbled across that you really should get your hands on…in alphabetical order.
Econ Technologies’ ChronoSync has been one of my favorite apps for quite some time. It’s a backup/disk syncing tool that’s much more full-featured than something like SuperDuper. It’ll set you back $30.
For the little chef in all of us, there’s The Little App Factory’s Connoisseur! It’s packed with super useful features like the Cooking View that gives a huge fullscreen view of the recipe and will even speak out the directions for you! It’s also got a solid number of recipes that are downloadable from their recipe community. It’s well worth the $20 price tag.
I know a lot of people who subscribe to hundreds of blogs and podcasts but not many people who subscribe to vidcasts. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of great vidcasts and short films available for free out there. What Democracy does is allow you to aggregate everything into one place. It’s basically an RSS feed reader for videos. The player is fantastic, their directory of videos is growing every day, and best of all…it won’t cost you a penny!
I’m a bit of a neat freak. It bothers me when stuff is all over the place in no real order or if there are an unnecessary number of things in a small space (ie. tons of icons/files on my desktop). MacRabbit has released a super dandy little app called DeskShade that lets you hide/show everything on your desktop with the simple press of a hotkey! It is $12.95 and comes with quote a few other features that are useful.
I’ve been using GarageSale for over a year now and haven’t touched eBay’s listing submission form in just as long. GarageSale is a “slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system.” Not only does it come with countless templates to use, but really makes posting auctions a breeze. You can easily preview your listing, upload photos from iPhoto, message buyers, track listings, and tons more. This has got to be one my favorite apps to come out in a long time. The $29.99 price tag really is a steal.
Whether your boiling an egg or timing your 48 minute intervals, Minuteur really is the perfect timer for the mac. It’s got a smooth and simple interface that makes it incredibly intuitive to use. It’s not equipped with bells and whistles because it shouldn’t be. It does what it should…and does it with excellence. It’s completely free.
I frequently need to take full screenshots of an entire website (as opposed to just what is visible on the screen). Paparazzi! gives me that ability. All you do is drop in the URL of the site you’re wanting to take a screenshot of and moments later you have a full screen of the entire length of the page! It’s also free…which is an obvious plus.
Spam is an unfortunate fact of life…or is it? It hasn’t been for me in almost a year. I’ve abandoned the junk filter in Apple’s Mail app in favor of Michael Tsai’s SpamSieve. It’s incredibly accurate and really is the best spam filter I’ve ever used. No mac should be without this! It’s got a low $30 price tag for so much power.
From passwords to serial numbers to credit cards…our lives are full of numbers. And while you could try to store them all in a text file, that’s an extremely risky move that’s just asking to get stolen. What you should be using is Waterfall Software’s Wallet. It offers military-strength 448-bit encryption to store everything from login information to credit cards to serial numbers…and everything in between. Quit trying to memorize so many numbers and start storing them in a safe place. They’re practically giving this away at $14.95.
WebDesktop does exactly that. It lets you embed websites in your desktop. It ultimately acts like Safari (it uses WebKit) except when the app isn’t in focus it embeds directly into your desktop and won’t interfere with your clicking and what not. It’s useful for things like monitoring servers, staying on top of stocks, tracking sports score, and tons more. It’s free to the masses.