Roundup: 10 best Mac OS X add-ons to get more done

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Apple has always had an extremely certain idea about how you ought to set about doing things. Typically, its os have been stripped back, lacking the multitude of choices and configuration settings power users have the tendency to such as.

From a stability and use viewpoint, this can be a good thing, however OS X can occasionally likewise feel restrictive.

Fortunately, Mac developers are constantly on the case, providing add-ons and system utilities that boost performance. Here are our 10 favorites.

1. Moom

£6.50 (US$10), Many Tricks


Perhaps fittingly, it’s Windows that’s normally taken the lead when it comes to window management. Comparatively, the Mac’s been weak in this location. Install Moom, though, and you get a big range of choices, consisting of: mouse-oriented resizing akin to Aero Snap, keyboard faster ways for causing window set-ups, and the capability to ‘draw’ the location a window need to snap to, on hovering the cursor over the green zoom button.

2. 1Password

₤ 34.99 (US$ 49.99), AgileBits Inc


With OS X Mavericks, Apple is introducing iCloud Keychain, a safe and secure system for saving browser passwords. It stays to be seen how well it works, however we will happily suggest the somewhat similar 1Password. We state ‘rather comparable’, since 1Password matches iCloud Keychain in storing passwords and accounts, but goes further, making it possible for the storage of notes and software licenses. It likewise supports even more platforms and web browsers than iCloud Keychain, consisting of Windows, Android, Chrome and Firefox.

3. iStat Menus

£10 (US$16), Bjango Pty Ltd

iStat Menus

One may say that monitoring tools are the preserve of the more techie individual, and iStat Menus definitely offers sufficient scope for such people. From the menu bar, you can access in-depth readouts of CPU, disk, memory and network use. Nonetheless, even if you are a more laid-back Mac user, the app’s advised, for its battery monitor and the system’s finest menu-bar clock/calendar/world clock combination.

4. Default Folder X

₤ 26 (AU$ 41.71, US$ 34.95), St Clair Software

Default Folder X

Although Apple’s hectic trying to kill off the standard file system with iCloud, the truth is it will be some time prior to Open and Save dialogs are a distant memory. Default Folder X seriously powers both of these up, providing directory navigation, access to open Finder windows, a list of recent folders, and more. A menu-bar extra likewise provides fast access to your files, lessening the have to turn to Finder.

5. Alfred

Free, Powerpack about ₤ 17 (US$ 26), Running with Crayons Ltd


Spotlight is among OS X’s most significant frustrations. The concept’s fantastic– the capacity to rapidly discover anything on your Mac via search– but it’s sluggish and too often reorders the outcomes list about a millisecond prior to you choose something. Alfred is essentially Limelight Pro. You get far more control over every little thing, from the file catalogue with to how the search field looks. Unlike Limelight, Alfred’s likewise extensible and makes it possible for folder navigation.

6. Hazel

£18 (US$28), Noodlesoft, LLC


Hazel’s the best add-on for anybody going to put in a small amount of effort to save a great deal of time later. It’s essentially an automation device, handling files in folders it’s tasked with seeing, based upon user-defined regulations. For instance, you can inform it to watch the Downloads folder and send PDFs to / Documents, music to iTunes and images to / Pictures, along with identifying anything very old in red. Scripting and Automator integration offer practically infinite scope for even more intricate regulations.

7. BetterZip Glimpse Generator

Free, MacItBetter

BetterZip Quick Look Generator

Select a ZIP archive and struck Area. Finder will ‘helpfully’ inform you its size and totally ignore exactly what’s inside it. Install BetterZip Glance Generator and you’ll instead be able to peek inside any ZIP archive, even expanding and collapsing the folders within. It’s one of the most basic add-ons here, however if you deal with a great deal of archives, it’s a huge-time-saver.

8. FunctionFlip

Free, Kevin Gessner


Media keys on Apple keyboards serve, offering fast access to media playback controls, Launchpad, Objective Control and brightness setups. Nevertheless, Apple hardwires controls to keyboards, indicating if you’ve actually an old Mac running a new OS, you are likely lumbered with a meaningless Dashboard secret. System Preferences allows you to turn all these functions off, however FunctionFlip is far more helpful, due to the fact that you can ‘flip’ individual keys. This means with an old Mac, you can, for example, leave the media secrets on, ‘flip’ simply F4 and then bind that essential to Launchpad in the Keyboard System Preferences pane.

9. Caffeine

Free, Lighthead Software


If your screensaver or rest mode kicks in after a short amount of time, this can be a trouble when you are doing something on your Mac that doesn’t require interaction, such as reading. Caffeine simply keeps your Mac awake when it’s active, a condition signified rather sweetly by a steaming mug in the menu bar. Command-click and you likewise get access to a number of timer choices besides ‘indefinite’.

10. Printopia

£13 ($19.95), Ecamm


Apple’s iOS devices merrily print to any printer that’s AirPrint compatible. These days, that’s several, however many individuals still have older printers they don’t desire rid of. Printopia acts as a bridge between shiny brand-new iOS devices and seasoned printer kit, and it likewise offers choices to print tasks straight to your Mac. The $19.95 price-tag indicates it is not the most affordable Mac add-on, however it’s a lot even more affordable than a brand-new printer!