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 nuclear-powered MacBook Air powered by its own ARM-based A14 Bionic processor, which will be the cheapest in the lineup – this should spur consumer interest in these laptops even more.
If you are going to buy or have already bought a MacBook, you may notice that, in general, the built-in programs for macOS are already enough to get started with simple work: the Safari browser, QuickTime media player, Mail, simple text editors are already preinstalled.
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However, to get the most out of your Apple computer, you need to research not only the default apps preinstalled 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 years, but they can be hard to find, especially if you're new to a Mac.
Today.Lifestyle has compiled for you a list of the TOP 10 best programs that we recommend to install after purchasing a MacBook: from alternative email applications and instant messengers to assistants, cleaners and media players. Of course, this is not the most exhaustive list, but it will be useful for newbies looking to expand the functionality and usability of their MacBook.
VLC or IINA media players
A common problem on macOS that hardly every Mac user encounters is watching videos. Although the built-in QuickTime player is evolving, it supports very few media formats and is practically devoid of flexible settings.
To forget about codecs, video formats, audio track support and subtitles once and for all, just install one universal player. Previously, the VLC player was incredibly popular – it is a real universal “media combine” 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 minimalistic design and a rich set of codecs and flexible settings. While VLC is a multi-platform project, IINA is created exclusively for macOS, it is written in the progressive Swift language, so it works faster.
One of the most common problems for newcomers to the MacBook is an unusual interface and other hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts for controlling the operating system). Instead of CTRL + C on macOS, you have to relearn CMD + C, and changing the input language requires pressing completely different buttons instead of the usual ALT (SHIFT) + CTRL.
To quickly learn all possible key combinations, a simple but extremely useful utility CheatSheet was invented. The application is launched together with the operating system and at any time displays a list of all hotkeys for the active application. You just need to hold and hold the Command (⌘) key for a few seconds. Its only drawback is that it is only available in English.
Windows 10 users are used to the fact that desktop space management is a built-in feature of the operating system. All windows can be conveniently arranged along a special strict grid so as not to get lost. And for Mac users, window management is kind of 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 pin windows flush to the edges of the screen according to pre-configured layouts, like 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 OS from Microsoft.
Along with preinstalled programs for email, calendar, and notes, macOS has built-in task tracking software. However, the latter lacks additional features and a pleasant appearance. Fortunately, there is Todoist that extends the capabilities of the regular to-do list app.
Todoist has tons of great features like the ability to add items to your lists directly from Alexa or Slack. Its simple design breaks down your tasks into a series of letterbox-style queues that can be easily categorized by due date. In general, if you stick to time management strictly, then you can't 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 don't, then the system will start to work slower over time.
To avoid such problems, it is better to uninstall programs through the AppCleaner utility. It is a free application that helps you uninstall any program that you no longer use on your Mac without leaving a trace, and gets rid of all associated files that may remain in other directories.
As for the “garbage” in macOS, in any case, it will accumulate in the operating system over time for various reasons: cache, temporary files for installation and other unnecessary “junk” that slows down the system. Of course, you can use the famous CleanMyMac, but it's paid.
Therefore, the best solution to keep your MacBook clean is the free alternative, Onyx. This is a multifunctional utility that can be used to check the boot disk and the structure of its system files, to perform various maintenance and cleaning tasks, to configure settings in the Finder, Dock, Safari and some Apple applications, delete cache, and restore various databases operating system data and indexes.
When downloading files from the Internet, you often have to receive compressed data files in ZIP, RAR or 7ZIP archives. For quick unpacking, the simple but very convenient The Unarchiver application will do and unzipping 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 absolutely free, and it was developed by Kiev programmers from the MacPaw company.
For downloading files from the Internet, a convenient download manager is suitable. The program can intercept downloads from Safari or Chrome, can be used as a torrent client and even pull videos from YouTube. The download can be split into multiple streams for faster downloads compared to browsers. You can pause or resume downloads and download data on a schedule, for example, unload the Network during working hours and download 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”, like in shampoo. Franz was created to organize all the famous instant messengers in one convenient application, which are united in a single tabbed interface. There is no need to install Skype, Telegram, Slack, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Hangouts, Trello, Discord separately – they are all collected in one universal application. It's a pity, only there is no support for Viber, then there would be no price for it.
Instead of the built-in Mail client, we still recommend using the third-party Spark mail application. This is a smart email client that will make working with mail much more convenient. The program has a simple and minimalistic design with a pleasant and intuitive interface, advanced sorting and powerful search. In addition, Spark has quick replies, delayed message sending, and many useful settings. All of these features make it easier than ever to clean up your incoming messages.
Recall that earlier we compiled a list of TOP-10 applications for the new Android smartphone. We also recommended the TOP 20 awesome mobile apps by women.
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