An Apple computer running Mac OS X Mavericks is one of the best tools available for getting work done.
Whether you’re a programmer, a writer, or a graphic designer, the easy to learn Mac interface on top of the powerful Unix-derived base makes it easy for users to create an environment that allows them to maximise productivity.
Of course, most people don’t like to dig into settings (or code) to make their computers do what they want.
Thankfully, a number of developers have eliminated most of the hassle by creating apps that do most of the work for you — making it easier than ever to do nearly any common task.
Alfred lets you do most common tasks on your Mac without ever taking your hands off of the keyboard.
This one's a no-brainer. Without ever having to click into an app, Alfred lets you find apps or files on your Mac, search the web, search your iTunes library, look at things you've previously copied to your clipboard, or send an email within seconds.
If you take lots of photos on a standalone camera, NameChanger is a great way to quickly give your photos understandable names so you don't have to deal with hundreds of files with names like 'IMG_371.'
If you take advantage of lots of apps and utilities on your Mac, your menu bar can get rather cluttered. Bartender lets you put some of those icons away until you actually need to access them.
F.lux is perfect for those mornings when you have to get to work before the sun comes up. Instead of squinting for the first twenty minutes, you can open your laptop to a warmer, more comfortable screen.
The interface couldn't be simpler: dark colours mean higher priority. All you have to do is type in what you need to do (or any other list of things you might need to remember) and then quickly arrange them by order of importance.
Cobook Contacts integrates social media with your Mac's contact database to make it way more useful.
Can't reach someone via phone or text? With Cobook installed, you'll instantly have several other ways of reaching out to them via social media. Plus, it adds all of that to the same database that iCloud uses, so it will be synced over to your iPhone and iPad as well.
It lets you quickly add items to your calendar with a keystroke and a few key details. A few days with Fantastical and you'll find that keeping yourself on schedule starts to become second nature.
Whether it's for photo editing or graphic design, Adobe's Photoshop is overpriced for what your average user will be able to do with it. For occasional image editing, you can't do better than Pixelmator for the money.
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