The Best Apps for MacBook

Snapshot of my Mac apps, arranged by name. Very basic and simple apps are currently installed on my Mac. Here are some of them (review ordered by name).

Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop is a virtual machine app that allows you to install multiple operating systems and run them side by side on one machine. You can add Windows, Chrome, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc. All in one machine. I use Parallels Desktop for my Mac and only install Windows 10 for my virtual machine. I like the interaction between Mac and Windows on one machine. Here is more info from the developer.

“With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag and drop files between Windows and Mac applications and launch Windows applications from your Mac dock. Powerful performance lets you run Windows productivity applications, even graphics intensive ones, with ease.”

“Whether you use an iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, Parallels is easy to set up. Simply download the software from our website, enter your key and you’re up and running. Then you can enjoy any of the Windows programs you need – even Microsoft Office 2010, the gold standard of productivity software – right on your Mac.”


Are you using multiple windows when working on your computer? If yes, you might want to do the same on your Mac. Unfortunately, Mac does not provide built-in utility to tile your windows. I use the TileWindows app from Carsten Mielke Media Services. TileWindows can arrange your windows just like using the built-in utility in Windows. I use its shortcuts when arranging my windows in Mac (middle picture). I tried the lite version of TileWindows before buying the full version. Here is a description of its developer.

“TileWindows is a window management tool developed to provide a quick and practical way to rearrange and resize windows as and when required. In addition to the programs preset window layout options, it includes also standard functions such as half-sizing a window to the left or right of the screen, cascading windows or switching to full screen mode. Customizable shortcuts can be used instead of the menubar.”


I bought this app for advanced text editing from IDM Computer Solutions, Inc. Powerful replacement for TextEdit standard text editor from Apple. UltraEdit is versatile and easy to use, it is ideal for text, hex, XML, HTML, PHP, Java Javascript, Perl editing. I use it most of the time for PHP editing and WordPress theme development. I really like the column mode feature, you can select columns of letters or words. I also like its ability to handle multiple documents at once, large file handling, powerful search/find/replace functionality, spell checking versatility, and much more. I’ve been using it since I used Windows as well.


I bought this app together with UltraEdit. It’s a very useful app to compare text files and folders, word documents, and even zip files and jar archives. What I like about UltraCompare is its ability to synchronize your windows vertically and horizontally when comparing files. Here is the description from its website.

“UltraCompare includes text compare, binary file compare with the capability to merge differences between compared files. Got folders? UltraCompare also supports Folder compare – including local/network directory compare, zip file compare , and FTP Compare. UltraCompare supports automatic, easy folder synchronization, and a duplicate file finder as well.”

Various Browser Apps

If you are a web developer you might want to install various internet browser apps to test your website compatibility. I use major web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari also Internet Explorer for Windows to check how my websites or client websites look in different browsers before I publish them.

If you’ve any inquiries regarding the applications, kindly approach the corresponding application’s developers.

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