★ 12 must have Mac OSX apps and utilities for 2011

Posted on May 26, 2011

My list of some of the most important and crucial apps in my everyday workflow.


GTD Task Organizer


Omnifocus is by far the most powerful and versatile to-do list app on the market. It has quite a steep learning curve and can be extremely intimidating (and even frustrating). It's taken me a long time to learn and understand its flow, but now that I'm here, it's fantastic; there's just no going back to anything else.

Omnifocus has a very hefty price tag, but if you juggle multiple projects and feel like you do nothing but tread water all day, this app is for you.

Price: $79.99 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link

Mars Edit

Blog Editor / Manager

Mars edit

Mars Edit has become my 3rd hand for blog editing. I manage several different WordPress sites, and Mars Edit handles it like a champ. I can't say enough about this app, so I will say this: If you plan on working with a blog, or content on a WordPress site, buy this app.

Price: $39.95 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link


Font Manager


Fontcase is a font manager with an elegant and powerful workflow to help you perfectly organize and preview your fonts.Elegant Font Management is FontCase's tag line, and they are right on the money.

Price: $30 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link


File / Application Launcher


Alfred is a utility for Mac OS X that's part app launcher, part navigation tool and part web service. In short, it's a productivity tool that sits quietly in the background until you need something — fast.

There are so many shortcuts and features available that I won't both trying to only list a few of them. Just check it out.

Price: Free / $12.00 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link


Internet Radio Streaming


Radium is a high quality internet radio app for your mac. It picks up loads up stations including SiriusXM, so I can finally listen to Howard Stern at work. It also has a nice built in EQ, song history, and an easy to use ‘favorites' option.

Price: $24.99 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link


Twitter Client


Kiwi is one of those clients that isn't known by many people. It's a shame because I think it outperforms the competition. The UI is versatile and easy to use, and best of all, it supports themes. There is a nice selection of user community themes available at KiwiThemes.com. A theme API is also available.

Price: $0.99 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link

Better Finder Rename

Batch File Renamer


A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. It offers a full list of renaming options, including MP3/AAC Support. You can even save regular rename operations as a droplet for quick use. It's a total time saver.

Price: $19.99 | Homepage | App Store Link

Price: | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link


Password and Personal Data Manager


This is another one of those apps that I use continuously throughout my day. In short, it is a password storage app and automatic form filler. The nice thing about 1password is that it also has a place to securely store all of your software serial numbers, personal documents (birth certificates, drivers licenses, etc), and sensitive financial information such as credit card numbers and bank accounts. It's essentially a digital vault for your personal life.

Price: $39.99 | Trial? Yes | Homepage


Calculator Replacement


“It's quicker to use than a spreadsheet, and smarter and clearer than a traditional calculator.”
Soulver has quickly become a standard tool in my daily routine because of how it handles text and numbers. With Soulver you can use words alongside your numbers to give them context. It's a great way to look back and remember your work. There is also support for currency, distance, time and about 80 other conversion units.

Price: $19.99 | Homepage | App Store Link

Busy Cal

Calendar Replacement and Sync


I've been using BusyCal for a while now. At first it was because it was the only calendar replacement to properly handle multiple shared Google Calendars. More than that, all of the little nuances give it a huge advantage of Apple's built in calendar. Even so, the proper handling of multiple Google calendars is enough to warrant the price tag.

Price: $49.99 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link


Information Organizer


My “everything bucket”.
Yojimbo is a great way to manage and collect all of those scraps of information, ideas and loose files that are just hanging around in various places. Yojimbo has greatly helped in de-cluttering my folders. Having my data available on the iPad is a great time saver, too. OTA Sync via Dropbox or MobileMe still isn't supported. Hopefully they will add it soon. The only real downside is the steep price tag. Evernote is a good alternative, but I just haven't been able to get into it. It seems a bit busy for me, but the OTA sync is really nice.

Price: $38.99 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link


Audio / Video Converter


Permute is a great drag and drop audio / video conversion tool. I use it mostly for audio to create MP3 files in batch. I spent about a year looking for a decent MP3 converter (outside of iTunes).There were a few discontinued apps for OSX, but nothing concrete. I'm really glad I came across permute. It's really straight forward and easy to use. Overall, it's a great tool for a great price.

Price: $14.99 | Trial? Yes | Homepage | App Store Link

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