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Essential Mac Software from a Windows User | Wardell Design Blog

Essential Mac Software from a Windows User

By: , On Sunday, August 17th, 2014


I’ve been a Microsoft Windows user for most of my life and I don’t imagine that will change any time soon. With that being said there is a fondness by many in the design community for Apple Mac computers which is why I’ve found myself doing a lot of work on a Mac recently.

I’ve worked with Macs a number of times in the past but have failed to be converted to a Mac user personally.  There are many people who will try to argue that one OS is better than the other for one reason or another but I believe that one isn’t better than the other, because there isn’t really much you can do on one that you can’t do on the other, and which ever you choose to use really just boils down to a matter of preference.

Although there’s not much one can do that the other can’t , a lot of it is done in different ways, and when moving from one system to another you quickly discover which of your commonly used software programs aren’t cross-platform and need to find alternative software to perform the same tasks and actions. Below is a list of Mac software I started using  in lieu of similar software I use on windows.

ClipMenu is a clipboard free manager for me it’s a must have. It saves me a lot of time by allowing me to store commonly used text and code snippets. ClipMenu also allows users to create preset actions  with JavaScript to modify clipboard contents, so in addition to using pre-installed actions that allow you to change the case of text, encrypt, encode, etc you can also create your own action to remove line breaks for example.

ShiftIt is a handy little app that mimics the snap feature in Windows. Using the command and other modifier keys it allows you to resize and reposition windows in a variety of ways on the screen. One thing to note is that the app doesn’t seem to work with Adobe software windows.

Skitch is a nice screen capture and annotation tool. This program from the Evernote is actually cross platform but not what I use on Windows.

Sequel Pro  is a solid and free desktop SQL client with a tab interface and the ability to connect to your server via SSH.

Text Rangler is what many would probably refer to as a programmers text editor and is probably the best free text editor available for Mac, it supports features such as line numbering, syntax highlighting for various programing languages,  column selections, ftp support and more.

DiffMerge is a good cross-platform differencing and merging  tool, I use WinMerge on Windows but DiffMerge is the best free option I’ve found on Mac, it also integrates well as 3rd party comparison tool with DreamWeaver.

Are you a Windows users who uses a Mac at work, or vice versa? If so what software helps you get the job done at work?

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