With the release of the Mac App Store, a lot of Mac users have decided to use the Mac App Store to purchase all of their Mac apps. This, for the most part, is because the Mac App Store is a great centralized location where you can find the greatest free and paid applications for your Mac.
With so many apps in the Mac App Store, it may be hard not to accidentally download a few less than stellar apps when surfing the App Store. That’s where I come in! In the article below, I have crafted a quick list of my top three free Mac Apps for OS X. These apps are all available via the Mac App Store.
If you need a good way to stay on track with your to-do list, WunderList is your answer. WunderList is a pretty simple application–it allows you to create basic to-do lists and then have them synced via the cloud to your Macs, PCs and mobile devices. While WunderList may not feature the best user interface or the most features of the other to-do apps, it does offer supreme simplicity and fast syncing.
WunderList allows you to make multiple to-do list which is ideal for people who use Wunderlist at work. For instance, you can have separate “work” and “personal” lists to ensure your tasks aren’t getting mixed-up. This allows you to keep your priorities straight and tasks managed.
You can also set due dates within Wunderlist. To do this, simply hover over a created task and click on the clock button. You can then set a due date from the pop up calendar. To sort your tasks by due date, look towards the bottom of the Wunderlist window and click on one of the time increments. Your tasks will then be sorted accordingly.
Alfred is the perfect Spotlight alternative with tons of added functionality and a beautiful interface. When first installed, you can set a key combination to activate Alfred on command. You can also choose the theme and disable/enable miscellaneous features.
One thing I really like about Alfred is the fact that it serves multiple purposes. For instance, not only can you use Alfred for searching for files, but you can also use it for searching the web, doing simple calculations and to perform simple system commands such as rebooting. One cool thing about doing web searches in Alfred is that you’re given the choice to search via Google, Amazon and Wikipedia.
All in all, Alfred is the perfect choice for users who aren’t satisfied with OS X’s built-in Spotlight search. With more choices, an improved interface and other awesome features, Alfred is a must have.
3. Sparrow Light
Sparrow is hands-down the best mail app on the market. And while Sparrow is $9.99, Sparrow Lite is perfect for anyone who only uses one email account. Sparrow is well designed, full-featured and even offers full CloudApp integration.
To start, Sparrow’s user interface is absolutely stellar. To me, Sparrow looks more like a Twitter client as it features a mini-mode which allows you to view the title, sender and first few lines of text in the email. You can also “pull to refresh” by scrolling to the top of the mail client. Sparrow’s buttons are also very minimal and look great when compared to the standard Mail application.
Sparrow also offers deep CloudApp integration by allowing you to upload your attachments to the web instead of attaching them to your email. While this may not be ideal for sending confidential info, it’s great for sharing photos and videos as there is no file size limit.
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