|1Password: the best way to manage your passwords on your Mac. Also available for Phone and iPad. 1Password keeps the passwords in sync across all your devices and it’s secure as can be. Indispensable. Also available for pc.|
I wrote about 1Password in this article.
|Alfred: nifty launcher app for the Mac. Great for launching apps, looking up phone numbers and addresses, and doing a quick Google search. Gets smarter over time by remembering how you use it. I use it hundreds of times a day. You should give it a try, especially if you like working from the keyboard. Free.|
|Pixelmator: amazing Photoshop look-alike, for $29.99 at the time of this writing. Looks like Photoshop and acts like Photoshop too. Layers, filters (called “Effects” in Pixelmator), selection tools including Quick Mask mode, and more. Same keyboard shortcuts in many cases. You get so much for so little. It’s what I use here. Learn more at www.pixelmator.com (and get a free trial if you’d like).|
|Typinator: the best text-expansion utility for the Mac. Type a shortcut and Typinator expands it, saving you lots of typing. Works everywhere. Example 1: In an email, I type “mbp” and Typinator changes it to “MacBook Pro.” Example 2: In Pages, I type “cba” and Typinator changes it to “Christian Boyce and Associates.” When you type as much as I do this kind of expansion really comes in handy.|
Read my Typinator review here.
|Intego Internet Security X9. Latest version of Intego’s Internet Security bundle (includes VirusBarrier X9 and NetBarrier X9). Anti-Virus, Anti-Phishing, easy to set up, updates itself as needed. This is the anti-virus software I use. Recommended.|
|Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac (formerly AdwareMedic): scans your Mac for various malware and adware. Free. Read my article about adware here. Updated 7-5-2016 to remove the “Backdoor” malware.|
|MarsEdit: the software I use to write and publish blog posts from my laptop.|
|TextWrangler: little brother to BBEdit (king of text processors). If you have to do some serious search-and-replace stuff, TextWrangler will do it– and it’s free. Very AppleScript-able.|
|SignatureProfiler: this is how I get the current weather into my email signature. It can do a lot more.|
|Cocktail: part of my Mac tune-up toolkit. A Swiss Army knife of Mac tools.|
|Moom: resizes windows to left or right side of the screen, quarter screen, full screen, top half of screen, bottom half of screen– you name it.|
|Desktop Curtain: throws a blanket over everything except the app you’re using. I wish it worked on my real desk.|
|DragThing: lets you make your own Mac toolbars and dock. Especially handy for those with large or multiple screens. Simple, beautiful, and deep.|