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What makes a Mac great? The awesome apps you can use on it. Here are the best Mac apps of 2016 in alphabetical order.


Alfred: Boost your productivity with hotkeys and keywords. Search your Mac and the web effortlessly and control your Mac using customized actions.

Amphetamine: Keep your Mac awake. Simple.

AppCleaner: Automatically uninstall Mac apps along with all the junk files that usually get left behind.

BetterTouchTool: Configure many gestures for your Magic Mouse, Macbook Trackpad and Magic Trackpad and also mouse gestures for normal mice.

Burn: Simple DVD/CD burning application.

Chrome: Google’s free and fast web browser.

CopyClip: Clipboard manager for your Mac that stores all that you have copied or cut in the past.

Dropbox: Free cloud storage solution. iCloud alternative.

Evernote: Cloud-synced notebook and notes to store everything you need to remember.

Flux: Makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day

GIMP: Open source photo editor. Photoshop alternative.

Google Drive: Free online data storage and online office suite from Google.

Handbrake: Video converter and DVD ripping app.

HiddenMe Free: Quickly hides all the icons on your Mac desktop.

HitFilm Express: Free and powerful video editor. iMovie or FCPX alternative.

Infinit: Easy and simple way to send large files to anyone.

LibreOffice: Open-source office suite for Mac. Microsoft Office alternative.

Pocket: Online cloud-synced bookmark manager. Save any website/webpage and access it anywhere.

Skitch: See something that sparks an idea? Use Skitch to snap it, mark it up, and send it on in an instant.

Skype: Popular message application. Video/audio chat with anyone.

SmartConverter: Simple video and audio file converting app.

Spectacle: Resize Windows with quick keyboard shortcuts.

Spotify: Popular music streaming and online radio app.

SuperDuper: Make a bootable backup of your Mac system.

TeamViewer: Remotely connect and control your Mac or other authorized computers from anywhere.

TextWrangler: Free and simple text editor.

Transmission: Lightweight and easy-to-use torrent client.

Unarchiver: Open any zipped file.

VirtualBox: Run Windows and other operating systems virtually on your Mac.

VLC: Best overall media player that plays nearly any audio/video file.

Xmind: Free mind mapping software for Mac and Windows.


1Password: Best password manager for your Mac and iOS devices.

DaisyDisk: Helps you recover disk space by finding and removing large useless files.

Pixelmator: Full-featured and powerful image editing app for the Mac.

PopClip: Select text with your mouse and instantly access context-specific actions including copy/paste, plus extensions.

Unclutter: A new handy place on your desktop for storing notes, files and pasteboard clips.