The past few years I’ve created comprehensive lists of all the software programs I run on my Apple laptop computer in December and/or January. Perhaps because of holiday downtime, this has been the month when I’ve taken the time to either perform a clean installation of my operating system and reinstall all my apps, or setup a new laptop with new apps. My archived lists from Feb 2010, Dec 2010, and Dec 2011 are also available. I’ve linked all of these on the “Mac Apps” page of my professional wiki. It’s interesting to see how these app lists have changed over the years and reduced in number. In part I think that reduction is because I use more web-based applications, but it also might reflect how I tend to try out fewer client-side computer applications these days. I’m definitely using more mobile apps, quantity wise, than ever before.
I’m not doing a clean install or setting up a new Mac laptop this month, but I’ve gone ahead and created two short lists of apps. Instead of text-based, linked lists this time, however, I just made some annotated screenshots with Skitch and Seashore.
These are the software applications I have installed on my MacBook Air laptop as of 12/4/2012:
If I was to perform a “clean install” of my hard drive now (which I’m incidentally NOT planning to do) I’d just install a subset of these apps. The apps I’d exclude / not install are marked out of the screenshot below with yellow lines.
Of these apps I’d reinstall, here are the apps I consider absolutely VITAL to my personal productivity and I couldn’t live without. I use many of these every day, all of them at least once per week. I listed these in alphabetical order and linked those which are third party apps, in case you want to check them out.
- Google Chrome
- Keynote (part of iWork)
It’s interesting to note that at this point in my professional life, Microsoft Office or a MS Office variant does NOT make this list. Google Docs / Google Drive, on the other hand, DEFINITELY would if I was including web-based apps.
Which Mac apps would make your “VITAL list” that I haven’t included here?
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