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Of all the RSS aggregators out there, Reeder easily ranks in the top three. Its position on the podium is up for debate, but there’s no denying that it’s one of the best. It started life as an iOS app and was later redesigned to work on OS X, which shows in the smooth and intuitive interface. It syncs easily with Google Reader and also has an auto-load function so that you can quickly switch over and read the article on the actual website if you prefer.

While we’re generally not fans of skeuomorphism in computer applications, Pulp is definitely an exception. It forgoes the traditional RSS aggregator format in favor of a more familiar newspaper-like layout – and pulls it off quite nicely. The app displays your news in a fully-customizable and easy-to-digest format that makes it easier to locate the news you’re actually interested in reading. Pulp also has a ‘Magic Reader’ function that will retrieve the entire article when only a portion of the story is displayed by the feed – an incredibly helpful  feature that’s missing in other aggregators.

If you’re a voracious consumer of music and you find yourself constantly switching between your local library and dozens of online streaming sources, then Tomahawk is just what you need. The program essentially unifies all of your music into one source – no matter if your tunes are located on YouTube, Spotify, your iTunes library, or even a friend’s library. Tomahawk works with tons of different online music services. If your favorite one isn’t supported, you can create a “resolver” to make it work. It takes a second to get the hang of it, but once you do, you’ll never use another music program again.

Audacity is a free and open-source audio editor and recorder. It’s got a bit of a learning curve, but that curve isn’t nearly as steep as you’ll find with other audio editors. Despite the fact that it’s completely free, Audacity is packed with advanced features that make it a serious contender against paid programs.

Plex is a free media manager application/UPnP media server client that we’re in love with for it’s slick interface, powerful features, and nonexistent pricetag. We highly recommend this one. 

Ever wanted to control your computer with Minority Report style gestures? With Flutter, you can finally live that dream. Once installed, the app allows you to control iTunes (and a few other programs/Web apps) just by making hand signals at your iSight camera. It’s surprisingly quick and even works well at a distance. This is definitely a fun one to impress your friends with.

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Screen capture apps are a dime a dozen, but none are as full-featured and simple to use as this one created by shinywhitebox. It allows you to capture any section of the screen, no matter how big or small it may be, while also giving you the option of recording audio coming from inside or outside your Mac – or both.  


Need to send a large file like a movie or a lossless audio file to your friend? We recommend using FTP, the File Transfer Protocol, and to use it, you’ll need a good FTP client. Cyberduck is your best option in our opinion. Don’t dig the interface? Alternatives include FireFTP, Transmit, and FileZilla 


Mac users have an incredibly vast selection of excellent photo editing programs, but even against thousands of competitors, Pixelmator stands out as one of the best. It’s got a massive list of powerful features, and is probably the fastest program of its type that we’ve ever used.


It used to be that making professional-grade HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos meant using three or four different effects programs, but thanks to brilliant software developers, those days are no more. HDRtist is an all-in-one HDR production studio, which is dead simple to use.


Bored with the simplistic fade-in/fade-out playthrough style of your iTunes playlists but don’t want to buy a set of turntables just to mix your music? Check out Mixxx. It’s definitely not as full-featured as programs like Virtual DJ Pro, but the learning curve also isn’t nearly as steep. 

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