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9 Essential Mac Apps that you won’t find on App Store

This post was created on June 29th, 2012 by nakul and has Comments Off. It has been filed under , , , , ,

Mac App Store was launched in Jan 2011. Mac App Store is a great place to find awesome Mac apps. Although we have a store for Mac Apps, there are apps that you can download and install outside of Mac App Store. These apps must have not got the into App Store for reasons like Apple’s regulations didn’t allow them to have such an app or maybe they by themselves wanted to save the commission that Apple takes from them when your app gets sold. We found 9 such essential apps that you won’t find on App Store.


Adium by The Adium Team

Adium is the famous iChat alternative for Mac. It’s open source and has been around for a long time now. It supports AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and many more.

Other features include highly customizable preferences. You can change the look and feel of the application at your will.

Adium is free of cost and you can download it here.


Dropbox by Dropbox, Inc.

Dropbox is amazing. It’s a service you would fall in love with. Dropbox helps you share and access your data anytime, anywhere.

Install Dropbox on Mac. Now, whatever you add to your Dropbox folder would be available to you on its web client and other devices where you install Dropbox. Dropbox is integrated with hundreds of well-known apps.

Dropbox is free for use up to 2GB. You can download it here.


Fluid by Celestial Teapot Software

Fluid helps you make a website or web-application turn into a native mac app. Fluid is simple and wonderful.

All you have to do is enter the url of web page that you want to load when you launch your app. Optionally, you can give the app an icon or it would take web page’s favicon. Here’s an interesting article by MacStories that would help you get the best out of fluid.

Fluid is free. You can download Fluid for free and create as many Fluid Apps as you like.


QuickSilver by Blacktree Software

QuickSilver is a minimal and very powerful utility app for Mac. You can see it as a beautiful alternative for Spotlight but that would be too less to compare.

QuickSilver helps you to use the keyboard to rapidly perform tasks such as launching applications, manipulating files, or sending e-mail. There are hundreds of third-party plugins available that makes things much more easier. You can also define triggers that perform a predefined task. There are various themes available for your aesthetic comfort.

QuickSilver is free of cost and is known to be one of the best productivity apps on Mac OS X ever. You can download it here.


AppCleaner by FreeMacSoft

AppCleaner as its name suggests cleans your apps from the system. For people coming from Windows platform, it would seem confusing about how to uninstall apps from Mac.



Uninstalling apps from Mac is damn easy. You just need to move the app to trash to uninstall it. Sometimes, the app has associated files that don’t get deleted just by moving the app to trash. That is exactly where AppCleaner comes into picture. It helps you delete the app and its associated files.

AppCleaner is available here.


nvALT by David Halter and Brett Terpstra

nvALT is a fork of Notational Velocity with MultiMarkdown functionality. It helps you take notes as quickly as possible.

With nvALT you can write both in plain text and Textile/HTML format. You can also see live HTML preview. You can view and copy the HTML source code. Also, nvALT autosaves all your notes.

nvALT is free and is available here.


1Password by AgileBits Inc.

Most of us need a software where we can store our private information like Credit Card Pins, Mail account passwords, etc. 1Password is the most useful app for this.

1Password works with a master password that securely stores all your information. The interface is too good for any password manager. An iPhone version is available that syncs with Mac app.

1Password is priced at $34.99 and comes with a money back guarantee. A 30-day trial option is available. You can download it here.


TotalFinder by Binary Age

We all love tabs. And with all browsers supporting tabs, we’ve become quite accustomed to the concept of tabbed browsing. Sadly, when you open Finder multiple times, it opens up in different windows which is not aesthetically pleasant.

TotalFinder is an attempt to bring web broswer-like tabs to the Finder. The basic functionality is pretty simple. The tabs work like they do in any web browser, and you can easily drag-and-drop between them.

Moreover, TotalFinder also offers a split-window mode, cut-and-paste, system-wide Finder access through keyboard shortcut, and finder organization.

TotalFinder costs $14.99 and is available here.


Espresso by MacRabbit

Espresso is a gorgeous web editor. The beauty of this app lies in its features. It is powerful yet clutter free. Most of the IDEs are quite bloated, but Espresso stands out to be minimal.

Espresso is packed with features. Custom theming, syntax highlighting, lightning fast auto-complete, code folding, line numbers, reusable snippets and auto-updating live page previews are the most used features. It provides easy to use coding environment with support for tons of languages.

It is available for $79. You can buy yours here.

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