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5 Must Have macOS Apps — The Best of 2016

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Amit Srivatsa
Amit Srivatsa Dec 31, 2016

After the best apps of 2016 for you iPhone/iPad, we now bring you a list of the best macOS apps of this past year. From productivity to image processing, we have got everything covered! So without much ado, here you go —

BareBones Software’s BBEdit

This is one the best text/HTML writing tools for Mac. The app has “an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text.” It’s best suited for those who code and write. (Like Mark Zuckerberg?)

Their tagline sums it up best: It doesn’t suck. And that’s good enough for us!

Other Apps with similar purpose are: TextWrangler, Brett Terpstra’s Marked 2, and Quote-Unquote Apps’ Highland 2 (beta). All of these apps help you with writing in Markup mode. If you don’t have any use of it, then they all offer pretty isolated writing modes for just doing some distraction free writing.

Acorn and SnapzPro X for Image Processing

Ambrosia Software’s Snapz Pro X is one of best apps for recording what’s on your screen. You can customise almost every parameter of the recording process, making post capture edit a breeze. More importantly, it lets you capture flow menus, so if you’re someone who makes tutorials, this is the best app for you.

Flying Meat’s Acorn is probably the closest thing you’ll get to a Photoshop/Illustrator combo that’s not made by Adobe. Acorn lets you use layers and objects. It’s easy to use, minimalistic, and beautiful. If you cannot afford Photoshop, or don’t think you don’t have the use for it, but need a good, powerful, and surprisingly easy to use image processor, Acorn is the one for you. Hands down.

Fantastical 2

While Apple’s inbuilt Calendar app — iCal — is pretty decent, it is nowhere compared to Fantastical. Beautiful layouts, multiple color options, natural language support, compatibility with all the major calendar/event formats makes Fantastical one of the best calendar macOS apps out there. It costs 2500 INR, but it’s worth every penny!

Evernote

If you’re a workaholic, you’re probably already addicted to note-taking and to-do lists. With the world (and our work) constantly moving to online platforms, our note taking should take the same route. Hence Evernote. Its features are exhaustive even if you don’t choose to upgrade to the premium version.

The app’s greatest feature is its cross-platform compatibility. It has amazing apps on both iOS and Android, and also supports a browser-based login. Not to mention the Chrome and Safari extensions that just make life so much easier!

Microsoft’s OneNote also comes close, but Evernote beats it with the sheer range of accessibility options. Also, we love the minimalist UI of Evernote way more than the cluttered screen of OneNote.

So this was our list of 5 must have macOS Apps from 2016. Sorry we didn’t include any games in it. But then, gaming is not what’s the Mac is know for!

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