Mac OS X already comes with a solid system monitor, but it's not that great to just glance at your overall system health. For that, we like Monity, which sits in your Notification Center for easy access to a wealth of information.
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Your photo library is a mess. Your downloads folder is a mess. Your music folders are riddled with so many duplicates that you can't tell what's new and what's left over from Napster. We all have too many duplicate files on our computers we don't need. To get rid of them on your Mac, we recommend Gemini.
When you think of image editors on any platform, your mind goes straight to Photoshop. For most of us, paying Adobe's high costs will get us an app that does more than we really need. As a result, we feel Pixelmator will win the hearts of most users on the Mac. It handles just about every image-editing task you'd think to throw at it for less than the cost of two months of a Photoshop subscription.
While it's relatively unlikely you'll run into malware using the Mac, it's not impossible, and you may want to consider an antivirus tool to protect your Windows-using friends from any malware you might inadvertently send their way. We think that Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac is the best choice, and it's free.
Reading a lot of blogs can be tough to manage without an RSS news reader, which consolidates everything you read in one place. While there are plenty of news readers on the Mac, Reeder wins our hearts thanks to its beautiful and simple interface, thorough integration with social features, and fantastic customisability.
Word processing apps are one of the longest-established categories of software, but developers are still finding new ways to make them better. While traditional word processors opt to pack in as many features as possible, smaller developers aim to perfect the simplicity and ease of writing so you can get more done. That brings us to Write 2, our new favourite word processing app for the Mac.
Even if you have plenty of space on your Mac's hard drive, it's good practice to do a check every once in a while to see what's taking up disk space and spot anything unusual. Disk Inventory X provides a useful colour-coded map as well as a drawer-based list to help you see what files are taking up the most space on your Mac.
You should back up your hard drive. You've heard it a million times, but most people don't do it. So we're going to make it easy: CrashPlan is the best backup tool. It's what you should use to back up your data, both on-site and off-site.
If you don't like the way your keyboard is laid out, a keyboard remapper can change it. There are only a few for Mac OS X, and the lack of development on many of your options makes your choice pretty easy. Regardless, KeyRemap4Macbook would rise to the top thanks to numerous remapping options, customisability and helpful bonus features.
Mac OS X is full of ways to record your screen, with a tool built in to Quicktime Player and a vast number of third-party apps. Among the many tools, Screenflow is easily our top choice. It's fast, feature-rich, handles everything about the screencasting process from start to finish, and doubles as possibly the best simple video-editing application on the Mac.
StreamToMe, our top choice for streaming and live converting video on Mac OS X, is an easy choice for the category because it is, essentially, the only choice. But with its great performance, thorough video and audio format support and $0 price tag, it will likely beat out any competition for some time to come.
There are a handful of good image editors on the Mac, but Photoshop has long been the king of them all. It's our top pick, but that's not to say there aren't other apps that can get the most common tasks done for (a lot) less money. Here's a look at why Photoshop's the best and plenty of alternatives that might work just as well for you.