Further to my previous post on essential mac apps, here are some of the apps I use ever day and would be lost without.

What apps can’t you live without?

The Essential Mac Apps

Alfred -The most awesomeness mac app ever. Launch any program with a simple short cut. Since installing this I never ever use the launchpad or the applications screen.

Caffeine – This simple app allows you to turn the power saving settings on and off with the simple click of a coffee cup. Handy when you’re at your desk and getting up and down but don’t want your computer to go to sleep.

1Password – Store all your passwords securely in one place and use the handy browser plugins to easily log into websites and applications.

Dropbox – Store all your data and files in your dropbox so you can easily access them on your hard drive, your other devices (laptops, desktops, mobiles and tablets) and know they are also safely backed up in the cloud. Create shared folders to collaborate with your colleagues.

Evernote – Where dropbox is great for files and documents that are a work in progress or being accessed often. Evernote is a great place to drop stuff you might want to access later. It’s worth upgrade to the pro subscription so your PDFs text is scanned with OCR for easy finding later. The latest version for Mac, iPhone and iPad is excellent.

Flip Player – Like it or not, you’ll probably have to play a .wmv file at some time in the future. This is the app for that.

Skype – If you don’t know what Skype is, you’ve been hiding under a rock.

Google Drive – Google docs are fantastic way to create spreadsheets, wordprocessor files and other documents. Google Drive makes it easy to access Google docs as well as providing some of the functionality of Dropbox.

Other Cool Mac Apps You might like

Scrivener – If you’re a wannabe writer or a budding novelist, this app does all the heavy lifting for you to help you get to your first draft. At $50, it an excellent piece of software.

OmniGraffle – If you want to draw diagrams, this is the app for you. At $100 for the base version and $200 for the pro version, it’s a bit expensive, but if you need to do flow charts or any of 20 different types of diagrams, then this is the app for you.

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