Mac software I can’t live without

(Part 1 of 2. Read part 2 here)

In the course of an average day, I use dozens of software applications, both on my Mac and Windows machines. A friend of mine has recently decided to switch to a Mac and asked which applications I use, so I put this list together.

Mailplane – mailplaneapp.com/

Mailplane is a desktop application that helps you manage multiple Gmail accounts on your Mac. If you only have one Gmail account, then I dout you’ll get much use from it. I have about 7 Gmail accounts that I actively use and being able to easily switch between them is a real blessing.

Things – culturedcode.com/things

I have a brain like a drain pipe. Not much stays in at any given time. Things helps me keep things in order and remember which tasks I need to get done. Highly recommended if you need to keep your life in order. I actually have a task listed as ‘Get life in order’. It helps.

Chrome – google.com/chrome

I used to be a hard core FF user, but lately, she’s been a bit of a resource hog. I made the switch to Chrome and have been happy since. Fast and responsive, Chrome helps me get stuff done.

PixelMator – pixelmator.com/

Photoshop is an expensive toy. Great as it is, I can’t afford to play in that pen right now. Enter Pixelmator. Pixelmator is an image editor for Mac that allows you to do most of what Photoshop does, but at a $59 price tag, it’s a lot easier to live with. The down side is that Pixelmator doesn’t do shape editing or things like drop shadows or gradients. Sometimes I miss these things in Photoshop, but mostly I deal with the loss everytime I look at my bank balance.

Tweetdeck tweetdeck.com/

I dig using Twitter. I use it for my personal account, to monitor the StereoType Records account and also to manage a few client account. Tweetdeck allows me to keep everything in one place. One of my favourite things is the ability to follow people from multiple accounts.

These are just a few of the apps I use and there are many more, but I think this will get my buddy off to a good start.

(Part 1 of 2. Read part 2 here)

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Lester

Hi, my name is Lester. I'm a music lover, an avid blogger and a bit of a geek. In addition to being a people person, I'm fascinated by the internet and over the last 4 years I've become very passionate about technology, especially email marketing, blogging, social media, and community management. Thanks for reading my blog ;)