My Tech Methods

Upgrade Your Digital Lifestyle

Tag: mac apps

Best Mac Apps 2017: Must-Have Apps for MacOS!

What makes a Mac great? The awesome apps you can use on it. Here are the best Mac apps of 2017! (in alphabetical order)

1Password: Easy-to-use and secure password manager for all your passwords.

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.

AstroPad: Turn your iPad into a graphics tablet for Mac.

BackBlaze: Backing up your Mac is extremely important. BackBlaze offers a simple and secure way to back up all your files at a low cost.

Beamer: Stream videos on your Mac to your Apple TV or Chromecast.

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

Boom 2: System-wide volume booster and equalizer for Mac.

CarbonCopyCloner: Create bootable backups of your Mac.

CheatSheet: Provides the list of keyboard shortcuts for whatever app you have open.

Chrome: Google’s free and fast web browser.

CleanMyMac: Clean and optimize your Mac’s storage drive to free up space.

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

Downie: Easily download Internet videos from over 1,100 different sites.

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

Dropbox: Free cloud storage solution up to 2GB (iCloud alternative)

Duet Display: Turn your iPad into a 2nd monitor for your Mac.

Duplicate File Finder: Quickly finds duplicate files on your Mac to reduce clutter and remove unnecessary files.

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.

Hazel: Automated organization app for your Mac.

Helium: Always keeps a media file playing in the foreground over any other app that’s open.

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

ImageOptim: Free image compressor to reduce file size for photos.

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

Onyx: System maintenance tool for your Mac.

Parallels: Easiest way to virtually run Windows inside your Mac.

Plex: Free media server for when you want to watch your movies from anywhere.

ScreenFlow: Best screen recording software and video editing software for Macs.

SmartConverter: Simple video and audio file converting app.

Spectacle: Resize Windows with quick keyboard shortcuts.

Spotify: Popular music streaming and online radio app.

Stamp: Migrate your playlists from various different music streaming services.

SublimeText: Intuitive text editor for programmers and coders.

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

Time Machine Editor: Allows you to customize Time Machine backup intervals and other settings.

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.

Best Mac Apps 2016: The Ultimate List

UPDATE: Click here to see the Best Mac Apps for 2017!

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

Free

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.

Paid

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.

How To Speed Up Your Mac & Clean Up Your Mac

Download CleanMyMac2 to clean & speed up your Mac!

Video Transcript:

In this video I’ll be showing you how to clean up your Mac and speed up your Mac using a great application called Clean My Mac 2.

Okay so this is going to be a quick overview on how to use Clean My Mac 2 to clean up your Mac and speed it up, make it faster, and get more hard drive space. So at any time during this video if you click on the annotation on the top of this video it’ll take you to Clean My Mac’s website where you can download it. Or you can click the link in the description below, and that will take you to the site as well.

So once you’ve downloaded and installed Clean My Mac 2 it will take you to this opening screen here. Now what I love about Clean My Mac is it does exactly what its name says. It cleans up your Mac and it does it in a very simple and powerful way. And the design is very, very beautiful. It’s got a very elegant design. They really made this app look pleasing to the eye.

Now the Automatic Cleanup represents a complete cleanup guide which incorporates all other modules of Clean My Mac. Automatic Cleanup is the most efficient and rapid cleanup, and it’s divided into three main steps. The Full Scan will look through all possible areas on your Mac and automatically identify all the items that it can safely get rid of. The full scan involves System Cleanup, iPhoto Cleanup, Trash Cleanup, and Large and Old Files. There’s also an inbuilt Ignore List so you don’t have to worry that Clean My Mac will select anything for removal that it shouldn’t. All important items will not be listed in the scan results at all.

Now after the full scan is over you’re presented with a brief results list which includes items suggested for automatic cleanup. Clicking the Clean button at this point will remove all the stuff that clutters your Mac. For instance, removed items will not include any of your personal or vital system files. What you get after Automatic Cleanup is a faster Mac with a significant amount of additional free space on it with literally no effort from you at all.

And right after Automatic Cleanup you’re presented with the Manual Cleanup steps you should take to free up even more space. When you’re done with Manual Cleanup you can click the Summarize Cleanup button to see your overall results so that you clearly know how much space was saved.

The System Cleanup section helps you take care of all the unneeded items generated by your system and applications. After you start a scan, Clean My Mac will use an algorithm to determine what files can be safely removed automatically so you shouldn’t worry about system stability. What you get after the scan is a visual representation of items that can be instantly removed with no harm. In order to review the particular stuff you’re about to remove just click the Detailed Results button, and you can see all the items that it’s about to remove. Clicking the main Clean button will remove all the unneeded items and free up a significant amount of space.

Large and Old Files helps you locate, review, and remove large files and folders that you haven’t opened for months and probably don’t need any more. The default location is your home folder, but you can select any location to analyze such as internal or external drives, network folders, or any other places where files are stored. Now once you’ve selected all the places that you want to scan just hit the Scan button to analyze the files. After the scan is over you’ll be presented with a list of all the large and old files that you have. Now what I really love about Clean My Mac is the customization. For instance here you can customize the filter by setting the minimum size of displayed items and the time they were last accessed. So now you can select the unwanted files and click Remove to finalize the process and clean up your hard drive

iPhoto Cleanup is a powerful space saving feature for those who have large iPhoto libraries. This feature looks through your iPhoto library to locate unneeded original copies of images kept by iPhoto after you’ve edited them. You can start scanning your default Library or select a different library to analyze. After the scan is over, Clean My Mac will show you the results and allowing you to automatically remove items that are completely safe to get rid of. These may include rotated and fixed redeye original copies. Then you can decide what items you want to remove and click the Clean button and it’ll finalize the process. After the cleanup is over you get the same iPhoto library but it weighs a lot less.

Trash Cleanup helps to empty all system trash folders of your internal and external drives including iPhoto trash. Now here there’s no need to initiate any scans. Clean My Mac automatically locates all trash folders and presents you with a list of them from the very start. You can use the main Empty button right away and permanently remove all the stuff you had in all the listed trash folders. Or you can click on a trash folder and go through the items to remove its contents. Then after you decide on all the items that you want to remove permanently just click the Empty button. And again you’ll be left with more free space on your hard drive.

The Uninstaller provides easy and complete application removal from your Mac. It presents you with a list of all the applications that are installed on your Mac even if they are not in the main applications folder. The applications list represents all supported applications that are installed in your default applications folder or anywhere else on your Mac. If you wish to uninstall an application just select it. You’ll see the main app file itself and all of its related items. Now the Leftovers section provides you with a list of items on your system that earlier belonged to applications that you’ve already trashed. Basically the files that are no longer used by any of your apps and only waste space. The Unsupported section will list all the applications that are present on your system but cannot be used with it. Now once you’ve selected all the items that you wish to remove you’ll just click the main Uninstall button at the bottom.

The Extensions Manager allows you to remove or disable your widgets. Apart from your ordinary applications there are quite a lot of other software components on your system that can be generally described as extensions, and they’re all listed here. After you’ve reviewed the list you can click the Disable button next to virtually any item to isolate it from your system, or you can select items for complete removal using the corresponding checkboxes. After you’ve looked through the sections and selected the unwanted items you can go ahead and use the main Remove button at the bottom to completely remove them and clean up your system.

The Eraser lets you quickly dispose of any unwanted files from your Mac without going to the trash first. If you have any file or folder that you wish to permanently remove just click the Select Files button and add the unwanted items to Eraser. Now when you’re all set you can just click the main Erase button and it’ll get rid of all the unwanted items.

So that’s my overview on how to use Clean My Mac 2 to clean up your Mac and speed it up, make it a lot faster, and gain a lot more hard drive space. This is a highly recommended application for your Mac. It’s won a Reader’s Choice award for the best Mac system utility application two years in a row. So if you don’t have it go get it right now. Click the link at the top of this video or in the description below. It’s a must-have if you’re a Mac user. So if you enjoyed this video give it a thumbs up, and leave a comment in the comment section below and let me know how much free space you’ve gained after using Clean My Mac. And make sure you subscribe to my channel so you’re notified when I upload more helpful videos like this in the future. I will see you all next time.

© 2017 My Tech Methods

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑