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My Must-Have Mac Apps

This cross country move has me scrambling to ensure my Mac ... or rather, my data, makes it across in one piece. And when I say "data", I mean:


  • Personal files & folders (movies, music, photos, documents, etc.)
  • Logins & Passwords
  • Software Licenses
  • Emails, contact info, calendars
  • Other confidential information (I have my passport scanned to my Mac - personally, this has been a major timesaver in filling out immigration paperwork for both me & the Missus)


So as I take a break from figuring out what to back up and what to leave be, I thought I'd pen a little post on some of the Mac utility apps that I absolutely must have, either on my iMac, or on other Macs I work with.


  1. 1Password: I got 1Password a long time ago as part of my first MacHeist bundle. And I didn't realize what I had, until I saw this positively illuminating video (embedded below) from Macworld. Suffice it to say at this point, I would be very hard pressed to remember the legion of logins across dozens of websites I commonly use.
  2. AppZapper: I got AppZapper as part of the same MacHeist bundle as 1Password, I think. It's a marvelous little program that'll ferret out all the application code, preferences, and other working files to ensure a true uninstall takes place.
  3. DropBox: OK, not an "application" in the strictest sense of the word, but online backup utility that runs on your Mac. But combine it with 1Password, and you've got your logins, and other confidential information shared across all Macs with DropBox ... as this other video from Macworld shows!
  4. NetNewsWire: Best news reader I've used. Now with Google Reader synchronization!
  5. SuperDuper: Clone your Mac hard drive with SuperDuper, so you have a bootable drive to take with you, or to restore from, in the event of a hard drive failure.
  6. MobileMe: Again, not an "application" per se, but I use MobileMe to keep my iPhone & my address book & calendars in sync, across multiple computers.

What about you, readers (all 5 of you)? Any Mac users out there with must-have utilities?

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