Essential Mac Apps for Your New Macbook and iMac

Bought a new Macbook Pro, Macbook Air or iMac ? you may be looking for some best and essential apps to download for your new apple mac os computer. Well we have you covered with some best mac apps that helps with your Productivity and Entertainment. Apple Mac OS X is known for its Rich productivity purposes. Video Editing, Animation & Film Studios, Music Production Environment, Schools, Colleges and mostly all areas you can see the effective use of Mac today. It is an amazing productivity machine and choosing the correct apps will make it more powerful. People choose apple products specially because of its Quality Apps than other platforms.

We wrote about some of the best and Essential mac apps for new iMac and Macbooks. Today we have some updates to the list and i like to call this article as Essential Mac Apps.


Best availability, stability and excellent collection of apps are the primary reasons that wins the high price argument. Mac App Store is the best place to search and download apple verified apps easily. Well categorized sections, easy to search and find option, ratings & reviews makes the quality apps rank well in mac app store.

Essential Mac Apps for New Macbook and iMac

Apple introduced Mac App Store in OS X Mountain Lion changing the way Apps are downloaded and installed on Macbook and iMac computers. It is also possible to download and install apps from third party developers who offer apps directly from their websites. If the third party developer is an identified developer then you can install it by enabling “Mac App Store and identified developers” feature under “System Preferences -> Security & Privacy” in your OS X. Additionally you can install apps from unidentified developers by enabling “Anywhere” feature in the same section.


However, it is not advisable and can cause security risk to your OS X and Data. Some malicious files or viruses may be installed this way when apps are installed from such sources. Alright lets see the list of Essential Mac OS X Apps for your new Mac computer.

HandBrake Mac Video Converter Software

It is a popular video converter software for Mac OS X that works really well and one of the essential app that should be downloaded and kept handy. If you shoot some video using your digital camera and want to upload the video to youtube, handbrake will help you convert the video file easily to most video file formats. Handbrake is also available for Windows 7, 8 and Ubuntu OS.


Handbrake has best and widely used codecs, so you can select preset values to convert videos in any format to an Apple TV, iPhone, iPad compatible file format. Play your favorite movies downloaded from Torrents, Direct Downloads or any other file sharing services on Smartphone and Tablets. You can also manually select the output file formats such as .MP4, .MKV, H.264, MPEG-4 and so on. Audio Codecs such as AAC, Core Audio AAC/HE-AAC,MP3,FLAC,AC3 or Vorbis also well supported with Handbrake.

This is a free video converter software for Mac OS X and you will be liking it from the very first use of this beautiful and easy to use software.

Download: Handbrake

Wunderlist To Do App for Mac

It has won several awards including Mac App of the Year 2013. Wunderlist App is a widely popular To Do App among mac users for its easy to use user interface and brilliant features it has. Its a free app with limited features, however existing users feel that it is absolutely worth upgrading to a Pro version. Free App will let you do most of the daily tasks and routines, but if you want more options, then consider doing In-App purchase and unlock all the features.


Wunderlist allows you to share your ideas, things to do, places to see with your friends and family. Wunderlist is well compatible with Android, Linux, Kindle, Chromebook and Browser extensions are also available.

Download: Wunderlist

The Unarchiver

Small and Simple looking app to unarchive common file formats such as .zip, .rar, .tar, .gzip and .bzip2 . This app can also open many other file formats that are compressed and not compatible with Mac OS X by default. This is a must have unarchiver app in your mac os x. The unarchiver app also automatically detects filename encoding in the archives it opens. So you dont have to worry about compatibility or file names being changed to some random values.


The same developer have similar app for your iPad and iPhone. “Archives” now available in App Store will let you open archive files on your iOS devices.

Download: The Unarchiver

Folx GO App

How about an Internet Download Manager that utilizes your internet speed properly when you download files from direct sources ? Well, Folx GO is my favorite internet download manager for Mac OS X that comes totally free with limited features. If you want to go for more number of simultaneous downloads and File split download options, then you can upgrade to Pro version that unlocks many useful features.


Folx is like IDMan for Mac OS X that has beautiful updated design with Retina support. Faster download speed, efficient file management by tagging, organizing downloaded files, web browser integration (Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox compatible) are free totally. This is sufficient for a normal user, however if you download lot of files regularly then you can get Folx Go Pro license to get Smart Speed Control, Downloads Scheduler, Splitting downloads up to 10 threads and iTunes Integration.

Download: Folx Go

Windows Phone App for Mac

Well this is not an essential app but if you own a Windows Phone then this is an essential app to manage your smartphone using Mac OS. Microsoft officially released this Windows Phone App for Mac OS which allows you to Sync your favorite media files (movies, music, tv shows, podcasts, photos etc.,) from your Mac computer to your Windows smartphone. You can sync these files from your existing iTunes library.


You can copy Photos, Videos stored in your windows phone memory to Mac iPhoto or Aperture for editing purposes. Make sure you run Mac OS X 10.7.4 or higher version to run this app. Managing your windows smartphone with drag and drop options.

Download: Windows Phone App

Shazam App for Mac

Recently updated with some intelligent features that makes this app really powerful. I still a fan of Soundhound which is another popular Music Search and Discovery service. Shazam will be well integrated with iOS 8 that lets you recognize musics from your iPhone, iPad with the help of SIRI. The recent update makes it run silently in the background and listen to the music played in the surrounding. You can access the lyrics of the songs being played, video of that song or you can buy that music track in one click via iTunes.


Shazam will be your best music discovery app for Mac. Its a free app and you can download it from Mac App Store. Enjoy discovering and listening to whatever songs that you like.

Download: Shazam

That is all for now. These are some of the best and essential apps for your macbook and imac. We regularly Handpick Mac Apps and write about them. Do follow our social feeds to stay up to date. Thanks for reading and we hope you found this post interesting. Do share it with your friends and followers across social networking websites. Have a wonderful productive day.

About the Author: Robin C

Security Consultant, Engineer, Technology Enthusiast and Blogger.

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