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1. OS X Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion brings several enhancements to OS X, such as AirPlay Mirroring, Messages, deeper iCloud integration, UI tweaks, Notification Center and more. WIth an abundance of new features, as well as generous speed and reliability improvements, Mountain Lion is a must have. Download and install it today on the Mac App Store.

2. Sparrow

Sparrow is truly one of the best email clients for the Mac. It has a very simple inbox with excellent support for GMail labels, as well as dropbox support for attachments. The interface is top notch, even rivaling Apple's own Mail app. Unfortunately, Sparrow is no longer developed except for minor bug updates. Despite that, it's still a great choice.

3. TotalFinder

TotalFinder transforms the Finder into a much more powerful utility. TotalFinder adds the ability to have multiple tabs in a Finder window, styled after Google Chrome. It also adds the ability to have a dual view window, or even a key command to slide up a mini finder window. Overall, its a must have for power users.

4. Pixelmator

Have you ever wanted Photoshop, but been turned away by the price? Then Pixelmator might be for you! Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X. Check out some of the features:
  • Interface designed for work with images
  • Layers-based image editing
  • Content aware fill
  • Use over 20 tools for selecting, crop, painting, retouching, typing, measuring and navigation
  • Use over 15 color correction tools
  • Use over 130 filters
  • Adjust image size and resolution
  • Transform images, layers or selections using transform tools
  • Fill and Stroke images, layers or selections
  • Prepare and export images for the Web
  • Photo Browser in Pixelmator offers quick access to your iPhoto or Aperture library, events, albums, and smart albums.
  • Many more features

5. Dropbox

Dropbox is a file storage and syncing service. It allows you to have access to all the files in your Dropbox, no matter what device you are using.
  • 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
  • Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
  • Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
  • Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
  • Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
Note: This sign up link benefits both you and the creator of With this link you will automatically gain 250mb of extra storage in addition to the free 2GB.

6. VLC

VLC is a free multimedia player that can play nearly everything you throw at it. The latest update adds a great user interface, along with support for Bluray playback, making it one of very few applications on the Mac that support Bluray. VLC is required to be installed in order to import DVD's with Handbrake (also mentioned above).

7. 1Password

1Password is the ultimate must have digital wallet. 1Password seamlessly integrates with your browser to securely store all your passwords and account info, as well as other information such as credit cards, social security number, and more. 1Passwords makes it easy to step up your online security by having more secure passwords.

8. gfxCardStatus

gfxCardStatus sits in the menu bar and shows your which graphics card your MacBook Pro is using. You can force your Mac to use either discrete graphics or integrated, or set it up to change based on the power source. Having the ability to force your Mac to use integrated graphics allows for improved battery life, though of course there will be times when discrete graphics are necessary.

9. SMC Fan Control

Do you feel like your legs are burning whenever you use your MacBook or MacBook Pro? It isn't uncommon for Mac's to run at a very high temperature, in fact they are built to handle it. However, that doesn't make it any less comfortable. Help ease your pain by installing SMC Fan Control. SMC Fan Control allows fine tuning of your Mac's fan speeds, meaning you can increase its default speed to prevent a hot Mac. You can also quickly switch between your own predefined settings in the menu bar, or even based on your Mac's power source.

10. Office for Mac 2011

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 allows you to create professional documents and presentations with the most-used productivity software for the Mac. And since Office for Mac 2011 is compatible with Office for Windows, you can work on documents without having to worry about compatibility issues. Office for Mac can be purchased in two versions: Home and Student or Home and Business.