April 26, 2018

Which Mac Software Do I have Installed On My Mac?

One reason I enjoy writing for Mac Mania is that I love writing and trying out software for Mac Computers. Of course the software I use changes from time to time but more often than not I use the same software. Here is my dock with all included Mac software I use daily:

After you’ve got your Mac Computer home from the store (or even better from Amazon because it´s much cheaper there…) you don’t need much additional mac software because Apple already included a good amount of software in their Snow Leopard OS but there is still some software I installed. Here is my list:

  1. MacRenamer (renames large amounts of files at once) – here a tutorial on how to use the Renamer
  2. [easyazon-link asin=”B008YTAKJA” locale=”us”]Parallels[/easyazon-link] (allows me to add Windows parallel – means I can have both operating systems running at once in case I cannot come around using a Windows program)
  3. [easyazon-link asin=”B004Q0PT3I” locale=”us”]Windows 7[/easyazon-link] (in Parallels)
  4. [easyazon-link asin=”B0014X2UAK” locale=”us”]iWork[/easyazon-link] (the word processing program)
  5. [easyazon-link asin=”B007S02Z76″ locale=”us”]Adobe Creative Suite for Mac[/easyazon-link] (Photoshop, Dreamweaver)
  6. Cyberduck (FTP program) – FREE
  7. Printer software (depends on your printer – you just go to the homepage of your printer and download the software)
  8. Yahoo Messenger (chat program)
  9. Skype (phone friends everywhere on earth for free)
  10. Screenflow (screen recording software)
  11. Bento (database software – helps me to stay organized)

That is pretty much all I need. I remember well the times when I had to reinstall my Windows computer and add 30+ programs just to have the system filled with the functions I need. You do not need an anti virus program – your Mac OS protects itself. You also don’t need a firewall or run an updater – again the operating system does it itself and runs an update checker for all programs each and every week – you are just informed and have to agree before the update is installed.

With the new Mac App Store things got even easier. Now – if I ever have to install my computer again – I download all the purchased software from the Mac App Store, with just one click. I’m not sure how it is for you but when I installed my Windows computer one hassle was to put all the CDs and DVDs together, find the serials and run each of them separately – just to do it all over after a year of using your computer because it did not run smoothly anymore but was a mess. While Windows puts waist on you carry with over time Mac OS X usually maintains itself – you need to do very less to keep your system clean.

I´ve linked all products so you can see the best deals of the mac software or download them for free.

About Monja

Monja is a Multimediadesigner and Mac enthusiast since she discovered the beauty of Mac Computers - she never looked back to her Windows Laptop.

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