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Recommended Resources: Computer Skills


We use numerous tools and services on Tuts+, as well as teach you how to use them through regularly published educational material on this site. Here are our top recommended resources for Apple Mac users, which is put together by our editorial staff. 

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Mac Applications


Transmit 4 is a a fantastic Mac application that solves your file transfer needs. Whether you are connecting to an FTP or SFTP server, or the cloud via Amazon S3, or using WebDAV this speedy app has you covered. If you maintain a website, do backups, or upload photos this is the feature-rich transfer manager that takes care of business. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


LittleSnapper is a not so little Mac application that can hold all your digital inspiration. It's the quintessential designer's digital scrapbook, which allows creatives to grab, organize, and share interesting screenshots. This app has the tools you need to cultivate your own creative library. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


Are you tired of having your screen littered with disorganized overlapping open windows? Pushing, pulling and struggling, it's difficult to get windows exactly where you want them. Divvy is the powerful window management app that solves this problem for you. It allows you to quickly "divvy up" your screen with obsessive control. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


If you're in need of a Mac app that makes quoting, invoicing, and time tracking simple, then Billings fits the bill. It sports an intuitive interface, logical workflow, and is feature packed in the invoice design department. Built-in business reports let you track taxes, identify overdue clients, and respond to other crucial financial information that keeps your business running hitch-free. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


If you find yourself writing the same email, answering the same questions over and over, or have been copying and pasting from standard text files, then it's time to upgrade to a professional snippet manager. TextExpander is a powerful snippets manager that allows you to define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images. When an abbreviation is typed, TextExpander replaces it with the full snippet, saving you time and effort. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


Screeny resides in your Mac's Menu Bar. It's a simple, powerful, and affordable app that allows you to take pixel perfect screenshots and video screencasts at any size you want. It packs quite a few handy features that are comparable to more costly applications, such as controlling the dimensions and area of screen focus, mouse highlights, external web-cam inside your videos, video compression options, and more. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


Fantastical is the calendar app that is easy to use and makes scheduling fun. It has useful natural language event/reminder creation built in, which allows you to type in quickly something like "Buy software by Tuesday" and Fantastical will create a reminder with that due date. It has additional features you'd want in a powerful calendar app, such as automatic alarms for new events, reminder support, ease of use and more. Fantastical looks and functions fantastically. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.


CleanMyMac allows you to safely remove unnecessary files from your Mac, cleaning up your drive and making space for you to run smoothly again. It removes apps you no longer want, deletes outdated caches, and frees up gigabytes of space in one click. With CleanMyMac you can improve the efficiency of your Mac, decrease the time it takes to launch, and generally speed it up significantly. Learn more over at MacPaw.

Sublime Text

Sublime Text 2 is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. It boasts a slick user interface and amazing performance. It's feature set is robust, with split editing, the ability to go to anything, and distraction free mode. Learn more over at Sublime Text.

iStat Menus

iStat Menus is an advanced Mac system monitor with an advanced toolset that covers a wide range of stats, such as: CPU graphs, memory usage, network connection bandwidth, disk usage, disk activities, battery life, and more. If you are noticing any performance issues with your Mac, then it's time to get it under control, the first step is to find out where your data hogs are. Learn more over at Bjango.com.

Alfred (with paid Powerpack)

Alfred with paid Powerpack is a set of powerful productivity actions that are deeply integrated into OS X through the core of Alfred. If you want to integrate shortcuts into OS X, launch apps quickly and move files quickly, perform instant web searches, skip the mouse or trackpad as much as possible (to ward off RSI), then this is a must have addition to your daily Mac workflow. Learn more over at Alfredapp.com.


Total Finder adds efficiency to the native OS X finder. With Total Finder you can more easily move your files around, by adding tabbed browsing to your finder, displaying side-by-side windows in dual mode, and more. Learn more over at Binaryage.com .

Web Services (Mac Compatible)


Evernote is a web service that allows you to easily capture anything, from ideas, notes, to website urls, and more. You can access your Evernote files from anywhere and find your notes fast. It's Mac friendly, with a dedicated, well designed Mac App and can be accessed via iOS devices. Evernote is widely popular for a reason - it's awesome. Learn more over at Evernote.


Dropbox is a free service that lets you store all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. It resides on the web, but most conveniently can be accessed via a Dropbox folder on your Mac. You can grab files you need through any computer or mobile device you work with and it's great for sharing files. It's a convenient backup solution to protect your files, access them conveniently, and share liberally. Learn more over at Dropbox.

CloudApp Pro

CloudApp Pro is for those users that are serious about file sharing. You can share unlimited files a day, with up to 250MB sizes, and share links with your own domain. It's a convenient, affordable file sharing web service. Learn more over at Getcloudapp.com.

Mobile Apps (iOS)


Tweetbot is an iPhone (and iPod touch) Twitter client with personality and a beautiful finger-tapping interface. It's feature packed with smart gestures, customizable navigation, multiple timelines, native push notification, and support for multiple popular services (such as: Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, and CloudApp). Learn more about this mobile app at the Mac App Store.


Camera+ is packed with several creative and useful features, such as easy focus, advanced shooting modes, grid view, digital zoom, quality filters, and one-touch adjustments. Regardless of your photo taking experience, your pics will improve the instant you start using Camera+ Learn more about this mobile app at the Mac App Store.


Clear is a simple list keeping app that is satisfying to use. It has an intuitive interface that is built for mobile. Pull down on a list to add an item. Pinch apart to insert tasks. Swipe an item to complete. It's elegant and clever. You can easily create any kind of list, from to do lists, to shopping lists, or your life goal bucket list. Remove clutter from your life and get things done with Clear. Learn more about this mobile app at the Mac App Store.


1Password can remember all your passwords and keep them secure behind your single Master Password. This iOS app is built with military grade 256-bit AES encryption. It's convenient to use, with built in browser, ability to store all kinds of secure data, log into sites and fill out forms quickly. It runs on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Learn more about this mobile app at the Mac App Store.

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