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aLaunch

Application launcher operated from the menu bar features your choice of icon size, the ability to open files and folders, and categories that can be grouped between separators. Supports hot keys and folder hierarchies.

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atMonitor

Display system activity in real-time. In addition to CPU, GPU, VRAM, FPS, disk and network info, atMonitor allows interaction with processes, setting up triggers, logging, purging RAM and more. Three views: menu bar, floating window and top window. Four different themes.

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Black Hole

Clear sensitive information from your Mac with a single click. Black Hole automatically quits applications, removes recent items from menus, empties the trash, deletes logs, clears the clipboard and more.

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Capster

Nifty app alerts you when Caps Lock is pressed with a Growl notification. An optional menu bar item also shows the status of Caps Lock. Handy for people find themselves typing in all caps by mistake.

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CheatSheet

Hold down the Command key for a couple of second and get an overlay with all the shortcuts for the active program. Follow through with the shortcut of your choice or click on the one you want. One of the handiest utilities you’ll ever install.

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ClipMorpher

Copy, transform, paste. Menu bar app keeps track of the text you’re copying and can morph it into lowercase or uppercase, remove line breaks or multiple spaces, and extract URLs or addresses. Add your own “morphlings” in the preferences using the handy link to RegExLib.com. All in all, a clever way to get tedious tasks done automatically.

Download site Utilities

CLIX

If you get the jitters when using Terminal, then CLIX may be for you. It has all those bizarre Unix commands built in, so all you have to do is find the right one and click it. And you just might learn a few along the way.

Download site Utilities

Deeper

If you can’t get enough of tweaking your Mac, then go deeper and customize the Dock, Finder, Spotlight and login screen, plus make changes to Safari, Mail, QuickTime and iTunes. A personalized login screen might just be what you’re looking for.

Download site Utilities

EasyFind

Finds files and folders by name or content using advanced Boolean operators, wildcards, and phrases. It does not require indexing, is fast, and uses very little memory. Also shows previews.

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EtreCheck

Display details of your system configuration that can be copied to the clipboard. The information can be used at Apple support communities so people can help you with troubleshooting your Mac. Personal identification is automatically removed.

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Flashlight

Make Spotlight do more than you ever dreamed possible with a set of plug-ins that covers web searches, creating notes and reminders, sending messages, plus hundreds of other things.

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FunctionFlip

Individually controls your MacBook or MacBook Pro’s function keys, turning special keys back to regular F-keys, or vice-versa. FunctionFlip is a preference pane found in the “Other” category in System Preferences.

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Hocus Focus

Automatically hides application windows that have been inactive for a certain period of time (you decide how long), leaving only the apps you’re using visible. Keeps your screens clutter free and your mind focused.

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iBackup

Yet another backup app getting good reviews is called, in the tradition of the many iApps, iBackup. It gets especially high marks in the ease-of-use department.

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Isolator

Menu bar item helps you concentrate by covering up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications. Options include: hiding the dock, customizing the background, and setting the shortcut key. It’s sort of like sweeping your mess under the rug. For actual cleanup, consider a bulldozer. (Donation requested.)

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iTerm2

Imagine Terminal with a slick interface — including split panes, autocomplete, instant replay and Growl support — and you’ve got iTerm2. It is a successor to iTerm.

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Itsycal

Easy access from the menu bar to a calendar for the current month and a listing of appointments and events imported from the Calendar app that comes with your Mac. Unpinning allows you to move it around the screen.

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iZip

Wizard takes you step by step through the archiving process, including naming, option for extra compression, password protection, level of encryption, and ability to store and share online at files.com.

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Keka

Excellent file archiver compresses 7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG, ISO. It extracts RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX, ACE (PPC). Main compression core is p7zip (7-zip port).

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Launcher

Quicksilver is still alive and kicking, but Launcher provides a slick alternative. It launches programs, sends web queries to a number of search engines, creates custom commands, looks up word definitions, gives fast access to files, folders and URLs, executes shell commands, and has a built-in advanced calculator.

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MacDropAny

Sync any folder on your Mac with a cloud service — including Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Copy, MediaFire, Hightail, hubiC, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Mega and Creative Cloud. Just two steps.

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NameChanger

Rename a list of files quickly and easily — and see the changes as you type. Options for changing names include: replace first occurrence, replace last occurrence, replace all, wildcard, prepend, append, character removal, sequence and date.

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NetSpot

Map out your wireless network and set up hotspots to ensure you’re getting good coverage. Walk around your building with a MacBook to set up points on a map, then let the app test the wifi strength in each spot.

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Permanent Eraser

When you empty the trash on your Mac, you’re simply telling the system to forget about those files. You could go a step further by Command-clicking on the Trash and using Secure Empty, which overwrites the data seven times. If that’s still not good enough, Permanent Eraser will overwrite your data 35 times, scramble the original file name, and truncate the file size to nothing.

Download site Utilities

Pester

Set a time you have to do something and Pester will remind you by bouncing in the dock, playing a system alert, speaking a message (that you create), and displaying a message and the time. Actually, you have a choice — it will do some or all of those things.

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PsyncX

PsyncX allows you to make a backup of either one part of your hard drive or the entire hard drive to another computer. In addition, it allows users to schedule backups.

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Scheduler

Schedule the automatic launching of applications, Applescript applets, documents, websites and file downloads at startup time or at a given time and date. There are many other scheduling options.

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SelfControl

Block access to distracting websites, mail servers or anything else on the Internet for any period of time you like. They stay block until the time is up — even if you restart your computer or delete the application.

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Semulov

List all mounted volumes in your menubar, categorized by type. Clicking on a volume menu will unmount/eject that volume. Supports Growl unmount and mount notifications.

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Spectacle

Organize your windows with easy-to-remember keyboard commands. Put them to the left, right, top or bottom. Put them corners. Centre them. Make them go full screen. It’s a great way to make comparisons, and it works in all apps.

Download site Utilities

SuperDuper

If you’re confused about which backup utility to use, it’s understandable — there are many to choose from, and each is good in its own way. Recently, though, SuperDuper has risen head and shoulders above the others as the best of the best. The freeware version allows you backup and clone your drive. For extra features, you have to pay.

Download site Utilities

TinkerTool

Not satisfied with the system preferences Apple gives you access to on your mac? TinkerTool lets you get at that hidden stuff too numerous to mention. If you’re the type who can’t leave well enough alone, then tinker away.

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Trash It!

For those extra pesky files that refuse to be trashed, there’s Trash It! These include files or folders with permissions set incorrectly or locked Trash items. This AppleScript-based app also allows you to securely delete a stuck item or trash items from other partitions.

Download site Utilities

Xmenu

Add one or more menus to the menu bar for accessing files and data. Pre-set menus include Applications, Developer, Home, Documents and Snippets. Or define your own. (Not a system hack.)

Download site Utilities

XtraFinder

Add new features to Finder, such as tabbed windows, dual panels, cut and paste, and global hotkeys — to name a few. Plus, you can get back colour icons in the sidebar if you miss them.

Download site Utilities

MacDropAny

Sync any folder on your Mac with a cloud service — including Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Copy, MediaFire, Hightail, hubiC, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Mega and Creative Cloud. Just two steps.

Download site Utilities

Flashlight

Make Spotlight do more than you ever dreamed possible with a set of plug-ins that covers web searches, creating notes and reminders, sending messages, plus hundreds of other things.

Download site Utilities

Itsycal

Easy access from the menu bar to a calendar for the current month and a listing of appointments and events imported from the Calendar app that comes with your Mac. Unpinning allows you to move it around the screen.

Download site Utilities

EtreCheck

Display details of your system configuration that can be copied to the clipboard. The information can be used at Apple support communities so people can help you with troubleshooting your Mac. Personal identification is automatically removed.

Download site Utilities

SelfControl

Block access to distracting websites, mail servers or anything else on the Internet for any period of time you like. They stay block until the time is up — even if you restart your computer or delete the application.

Download site Utilities

XtraFinder

Add new features to Finder, such as tabbed windows, dual panels, cut and paste, and global hotkeys — to name a few. Plus, you can get back colour icons in the sidebar if you miss them.

Download site Utilities

Keka

Excellent file archiver compresses 7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG, ISO. It extracts RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX, ACE (PPC). Main compression core is p7zip (7-zip port).

Download site Utilities

Deeper

If you can’t get enough of tweaking your Mac, then go deeper and customize the Dock, Finder, Spotlight and login screen, plus make changes to Safari, Mail, QuickTime and iTunes. A personalized login screen might just be what you’re looking for.

Download site Utilities

NameChanger

Rename a list of files quickly and easily — and see the changes as you type. Options for changing names include: replace first occurrence, replace last occurrence, replace all, wildcard, prepend, append, character removal, sequence and date.

Download site Utilities

CheatSheet

Hold down the Command key for a couple of second and get an overlay with all the shortcuts for the active program. Follow through with the shortcut of your choice or click on the one you want. One of the handiest utilities you’ll ever install.

Download site Utilities

Spectacle

Organize your windows with easy-to-remember keyboard commands. Put them to the left, right, top or bottom. Put them corners. Centre them. Make them go full screen. It’s a great way to make comparisons, and it works in all apps.

Download site Utilities

NetSpot

Map out your wireless network and set up hotspots to ensure you’re getting good coverage. Walk around your building with a MacBook to set up points on a map, then let the app test the wifi strength in each spot.

Download site Utilities

Hocus Focus

Automatically hides application windows that have been inactive for a certain period of time (you decide how long), leaving only the apps you’re using visible. Keeps your screens clutter free and your mind focused.

Download site Utilities

Launcher

Quicksilver is still alive and kicking, but Launcher provides a slick alternative. It launches programs, sends web queries to a number of search engines, creates custom commands, looks up word definitions, gives fast access to files, folders and URLs, executes shell commands, and has a built-in advanced calculator.

Download site Utilities

Trash It!

For those extra pesky files that refuse to be trashed, there’s Trash It! These include files or folders with permissions set incorrectly or locked Trash items. This AppleScript-based app also allows you to securely delete a stuck item or trash items from other partitions.

Download site Utilities

ClipMorpher

Copy, transform, paste. Menu bar app keeps track of the text you’re copying and can morph it into lowercase or uppercase, remove line breaks or multiple spaces, and extract URLs or addresses. Add your own “morphlings” in the preferences using the handy link to RegExLib.com. All in all, a clever way to get tedious tasks done automatically.

Download site Utilities

FunctionFlip

Individually controls your MacBook or MacBook Pro’s function keys, turning special keys back to regular F-keys, or vice-versa. FunctionFlip is a preference pane found in the “Other” category in System Preferences.

Download site Utilities

Isolator

Menu bar item helps you concentrate by covering up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications. Options include: hiding the dock, customizing the background, and setting the shortcut key. It’s sort of like sweeping your mess under the rug. For actual cleanup, consider a bulldozer. (Donation requested.)

Download site Utilities

Capster

Nifty app alerts you when Caps Lock is pressed with a Growl notification. An optional menu bar item also shows the status of Caps Lock. Handy for people find themselves typing in all caps by mistake.

Download site Utilities

iZip

Wizard takes you step by step through the archiving process, including naming, option for extra compression, password protection, level of encryption, and ability to store and share online at files.com.

Download site Utilities

Black Hole

Clear sensitive information from your Mac with a single click. Black Hole automatically quits applications, removes recent items from menus, empties the trash, deletes logs, clears the clipboard and more.

Download site Utilities

Permanent Eraser

When you empty the trash on your Mac, you’re simply telling the system to forget about those files. You could go a step further by Command-clicking on the Trash and using Secure Empty, which overwrites the data seven times. If that’s still not good enough, Permanent Eraser will overwrite your data 35 times, scramble the original file name, and truncate the file size to nothing.

Download site Utilities

Pester

Set a time you have to do something and Pester will remind you by bouncing in the dock, playing a system alert, speaking a message (that you create), and displaying a message and the time. Actually, you have a choice — it will do some or all of those things.

Download site Utilities

aLaunch

Application launcher operated from the menu bar features your choice of icon size, the ability to open files and folders, and categories that can be grouped between separators. Supports hot keys and folder hierarchies.

Download site Utilities

atMonitor

Display system activity in real-time. In addition to CPU, GPU, VRAM, FPS, disk and network info, atMonitor allows interaction with processes, setting up triggers, logging, purging RAM and more. Three views: menu bar, floating window and top window. Four different themes.

Download site Utilities

Xmenu

Add one or more menus to the menu bar for accessing files and data. Pre-set menus include Applications, Developer, Home, Documents and Snippets. Or define your own. (Not a system hack.)

Download site Utilities

Scheduler

Schedule the automatic launching of applications, Applescript applets, documents, websites and file downloads at startup time or at a given time and date. There are many other scheduling options.

Download site Utilities

Semulov

List all mounted volumes in your menubar, categorized by type. Clicking on a volume menu will unmount/eject that volume. Supports Growl unmount and mount notifications.

Download site Utilities

iTerm2

Imagine Terminal with a slick interface — including split panes, autocomplete, instant replay and Growl support — and you’ve got iTerm2. It is a successor to iTerm.

Download site Utilities

SuperDuper

If you’re confused about which backup utility to use, it’s understandable — there are many to choose from, and each is good in its own way. Recently, though, SuperDuper has risen head and shoulders above the others as the best of the best. The freeware version allows you backup and clone your drive. For extra features, you have to pay.

Download site Utilities

TinkerTool

Not satisfied with the system preferences Apple gives you access to on your mac? TinkerTool lets you get at that hidden stuff too numerous to mention. If you’re the type who can’t leave well enough alone, then tinker away.

Download site Utilities

PsyncX

PsyncX allows you to make a backup of either one part of your hard drive or the entire hard drive to another computer. In addition, it allows users to schedule backups.

Download site Utilities

iBackup

Yet another backup app getting good reviews is called, in the tradition of the many iApps, iBackup. It gets especially high marks in the ease-of-use department.

Download site Utilities

EasyFind

Finds files and folders by name or content using advanced Boolean operators, wildcards, and phrases. It does not require indexing, is fast, and uses very little memory. Also shows previews.

Download site Utilities

CLIX

If you get the jitters when using Terminal, then CLIX may be for you. It has all those bizarre Unix commands built in, so all you have to do is find the right one and click it. And you just might learn a few along the way.

Download site Utilities

Alerts

Capster

Nifty app alerts you when Caps Lock is pressed with a Growl notification. An optional menu bar item also shows the status of Caps Lock. Handy for people find themselves typing in all caps by mistake.

Download site Utilities

Deletion

Black Hole

Clear sensitive information from your Mac with a single click. Black Hole automatically quits applications, removes recent items from menus, empties the trash, deletes logs, clears the clipboard and more.

Download site Utilities

Permanent Eraser

When you empty the trash on your Mac, you’re simply telling the system to forget about those files. You could go a step further by Command-clicking on the Trash and using Secure Empty, which overwrites the data seven times. If that’s still not good enough, Permanent Eraser will overwrite your data 35 times, scramble the original file name, and truncate the file size to nothing.

Download site Utilities

Trash It!

For those extra pesky files that refuse to be trashed, there’s Trash It! These include files or folders with permissions set incorrectly or locked Trash items. This AppleScript-based app also allows you to securely delete a stuck item or trash items from other partitions.

Download site Utilities

Backup

iBackup

Yet another backup app getting good reviews is called, in the tradition of the many iApps, iBackup. It gets especially high marks in the ease-of-use department.

Download site Utilities

PsyncX

PsyncX allows you to make a backup of either one part of your hard drive or the entire hard drive to another computer. In addition, it allows users to schedule backups.

Download site Utilities

SuperDuper

If you’re confused about which backup utility to use, it’s understandable — there are many to choose from, and each is good in its own way. Recently, though, SuperDuper has risen head and shoulders above the others as the best of the best. The freeware version allows you backup and clone your drive. For extra features, you have to pay.

Download site Utilities

Compression

iZip

Wizard takes you step by step through the archiving process, including naming, option for extra compression, password protection, level of encryption, and ability to store and share online at files.com.

Download site Utilities

Keka

Excellent file archiver compresses 7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG, ISO. It extracts RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX, ACE (PPC). Main compression core is p7zip (7-zip port).

Download site Utilities

Lightweight PDF

Compress PDFs by up to 90 per cent with a drag-and-drop interface that promises a balance between file size and quality. Protect your privacy by avoiding websites with similar functionality.

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Functionality

CheatSheet

Hold down the Command key for a couple of second and get an overlay with all the shortcuts for the active program. Follow through with the shortcut of your choice or click on the one you want. One of the handiest utilities you’ll ever install.

Download site Utilities

DropCopy

Easily share files between Macs in a local network. Drag the file over the icon, watch a list of networked Macs appear, then drop the file on the one you want to share with.

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FunctionFlip

Individually controls your MacBook or MacBook Pro’s function keys, turning special keys back to regular F-keys, or vice-versa. FunctionFlip is a preference pane found in the “Other” category in System Preferences.

Download site Utilities

NameChanger

Rename a list of files quickly and easily — and see the changes as you type. Options for changing names include: replace first occurrence, replace last occurrence, replace all, wildcard, prepend, append, character removal, sequence and date.

Download site Utilities

SelfControl

Block access to distracting websites, mail servers or anything else on the Internet for any period of time you like. They stay block until the time is up — even if you restart your computer or delete the application.

Download site Utilities

Spectacle

Organize your windows with easy-to-remember keyboard commands. Put them to the left, right, top or bottom. Put them corners. Centre them. Make them go full screen. It’s a great way to make comparisons, and it works in all apps.

Download site Utilities

XtraFinder

Add new features to Finder, such as tabbed windows, dual panels, cut and paste, and global hotkeys — to name a few. Plus, you can get back colour icons in the sidebar if you miss them.

Download site Utilities

Launchers

aLaunch

Application launcher operated from the menu bar features your choice of icon size, the ability to open files and folders, and categories that can be grouped between separators. Supports hot keys and folder hierarchies.

Download site Utilities

Alfred

Quick-launch app saves you time when searching your computer or the web. Launch apps with shortcuts, get quick access to web searches and bookmarks.

Download site Utilities

Launcher

Quicksilver is still alive and kicking, but Launcher provides a slick alternative. It launches programs, sends web queries to a number of search engines, creates custom commands, looks up word definitions, gives fast access to files, folders and URLs, executes shell commands, and has a built-in advanced calculator.

Download site Utilities

Scheduler

Schedule the automatic launching of applications, Applescript applets, documents, websites and file downloads at startup time or at a given time and date. There are many other scheduling options.

Download site Utilities

Maintenance

EtreCheck

Display details of your system configuration that can be copied to the clipboard. The information can be used at Apple support communities so people can help you with troubleshooting your Mac. Personal identification is automatically removed.

Download site Utilities

TinkerTool

Not satisfied with the system preferences Apple gives you access to on your mac? TinkerTool lets you get at that hidden stuff too numerous to mention. If you’re the type who can’t leave well enough alone, then tinker away.

Download site Utilities

Menu bar

Amphetamine

An alternative to Caffeine, this menu bar app overrides energy saver settings to keep your Mac awake. This one has more features and is being actively developed.

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Caffeine

Set your Mac to stay awake when it’s inconvenient to have it fall asleep, for example if you’re watching a movie. A must-have here at thriftmac HQ.

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ClipMorpher

Copy, transform, paste. Menu bar app keeps track of the text you’re copying and can morph it into lowercase or uppercase, remove line breaks or multiple spaces, and extract URLs or addresses. Add your own “morphlings” in the preferences using the handy link to RegExLib.com. All in all, a clever way to get tedious tasks done automatically.

Download site Utilities

Hocus Focus

Automatically hides application windows that have been inactive for a certain period of time (you decide how long), leaving only the apps you’re using visible. Keeps your screens clutter free and your mind focused.

Download site Utilities

Isolator

Menu bar item helps you concentrate by covering up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications. Options include: hiding the dock, customizing the background, and setting the shortcut key. It’s sort of like sweeping your mess under the rug. For actual cleanup, consider a bulldozer. (Donation requested.)

Download site Utilities

Itsycal

Easy access from the menu bar to a calendar for the current month and a listing of appointments and events imported from the Calendar app that comes with your Mac. Unpinning allows you to move it around the screen.

Download site Utilities

Semulov

List all mounted volumes in your menubar, categorized by type. Clicking on a volume menu will unmount/eject that volume. Supports Growl unmount and mount notifications.

Download site Utilities

Xmenu

Add one or more menus to the menu bar for accessing files and data. Pre-set menus include Applications, Developer, Home, Documents and Snippets. Or define your own. (Not a system hack.)

Download site Utilities

Monitors

atMonitor

Display system activity in real-time. In addition to CPU, GPU, VRAM, FPS, disk and network info, atMonitor allows interaction with processes, setting up triggers, logging, purging RAM and more. Three views: menu bar, floating window and top window. Four different themes.

Download site Utilities

Search

EasyFind

Finds files and folders by name or content using advanced Boolean operators, wildcards, and phrases. It does not require indexing, is fast, and uses very little memory. Also shows previews.

Download site Utilities

Flashlight

Make Spotlight do more than you ever dreamed possible with a set of plug-ins that covers web searches, creating notes and reminders, sending messages, plus hundreds of other things.

Download site Utilities

Terminal

CLIX

If you get the jitters when using Terminal, then CLIX may be for you. It has all those bizarre Unix commands built in, so all you have to do is find the right one and click it. And you just might learn a few along the way.

Download site Utilities

iTerm2

Imagine Terminal with a slick interface — including split panes, autocomplete, instant replay and Growl support — and you’ve got iTerm2. It is a successor to iTerm.

Download site Utilities

Utilities misc

Deeper

If you can’t get enough of tweaking your Mac, then go deeper and customize the Dock, Finder, Spotlight and login screen, plus make changes to Safari, Mail, QuickTime and iTunes. A personalized login screen might just be what you’re looking for.

Download site Utilities

MacDropAny

Sync any folder on your Mac with a cloud service — including Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Copy, MediaFire, Hightail, hubiC, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Mega and Creative Cloud. Just two steps.

Download site Utilities

NetSpot

Map out your wireless network and set up hotspots to ensure you’re getting good coverage. Walk around your building with a MacBook to set up points on a map, then let the app test the wifi strength in each spot.

Download site Utilities

Pester

Set a time you have to do something and Pester will remind you by bouncing in the dock, playing a system alert, speaking a message (that you create), and displaying a message and the time. Actually, you have a choice — it will do some or all of those things.

Download site Utilities