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31 Awesome Mac Applications for Creative Professionals

31 Awesome Mac Applications for Creative Professionals

Mac is one of the most popular operating systems that is becoming more popular and popular among the designers and coders nowdays.

Even if it’s not as popular as Windows O.S, it’s impact is huge in the design community. In the post below, we have carefully gathered more than 30 different, modern, beautiful and usable applications for Mac OS, that can help you not only when designing, but also to set tasks, create and send invoces, edit text and much more!

Mac Text Editors

CSS Edit

Design beautiful, innovative and fast-loading web sites with a beautiful, innovative and fast app. CSSEdit’s intuitive approach to style sheets and powerful previewing features will make you deliver awesome standards-based sites in no time!


Your cup of coffee has been the thing that gets you out of bed, the smell of creativity, the taste that makes your day. Now, Espresso delivers something better than a caffeine boost: a web editor with style.


Flux is an advanced HTML5 Web design application, capable of creating stunning sites from scratch. Flux isn’t a template based solution, it’s a creative design environment.

Design and Billing Apps


Your invoices should reflect your professionalism. Billings combines powerful features with stylish designs so you can send elegant invoices right out of the box. Choose from any of the customizable templates, or create your own with the built-in WYSIWYG designer.

Kodlian Application

Hobiconer is an App for Mac OSX Snow Leopard (10.6) that lets you compose, import or export icons in many formats : Apple icns, Microsoft ico, CandyBar iContainer, bitmap (png or tiff).

Sketch Box

SketchBox is a new multifunctional yet uncluttered, Sticky Notes Manager for your Mac Desktop.You can enter text or make drawings and set individual reminders for each sticky to use them as a visual alarm clock.


Xee is a lightweight, fast and convenient image viewer and browser. It is designed to be a serious tool for image viewing and management, with a sleek and powerful interface.


Acorn lets you to add text and shapes to your digital pictures. Combine images together to create your own. Work with layers to touch up your favorites or make something new from scratch.

Color Schemer

ColorSchemer Studio 2 is a professional color-matching application that will help you build beautiful color schemes quickly and easily. Use ColorSchemer Studio to identify color harmonies for the web (RGB) or print (CMYK), create palettes from photos, search over a million existing color schemes, mix colors and create gradient blends.

App4Mac App

Sequence is a simple way to capture an image (also called screenshot) or a video (also called screencast) from your computer screen. A video or image can be emailed, uploaded on the web, or passed around however you want. Using multi-threaded code and a 64-bit enabled compression system, Sequence can capture the content of a DVD, a video from YouTube or any content from a game.


Sketch is a vector drawing app for Mac OS, that has a lot of features like: Infinite workflow, Slices, Multiple Pages, Smart Symbols, Brushes, Shapes, Vector Tools and a lot of other, useful stuff.


iBank 4 delivers a new standard for intuitive, full-featured personal finance software. Monitor account balances at a glance, track your investments, maintain budgets, and manage your credit cards, savings, checking and loans — all in an easy, powerful, familiar Mac interface.

Tasking, Mailing and Other Useful Apps

The Hit List

The Hit List is a simple, yet sophisticated application to manage the daily chaos of your modern life. Based on the simple concept of making lists, The Hit List lets you plan, forget, then act when the time is right.


iClockr is focused to show you a simple way to track your time. It is based on three columns: Projects, Tasks, Durations.

Secret Box

You can use SecretBox to store all sorts of information : Credit Card details, SSN numbers, Software Licenses, e-mail account and passwords. All are easily stored in SecretBox’s flexible database. Most people will use SecretBox for personal use, but businesses can also use SecretBox for managing their customers passwords or software licenses.

Hyper Spaces

Hyperspaces works with Apple’s Spaces to let you customize each Space so that it’s recognisably different from the others. It does this through a set of great visual decorations. If pictures aren’t your taste, you can also use colors to tint the desktop of each space. With a wide range of blending options, you can create stunning variations using a single desktop image.


Jump is a cool utility designed to quickly launch applications, open documents, or access folders. When there is not enough space in the Apple Dock, you can use Jump to store an endless number of items! It can be used in conjunction with the Apple Dock or as its replacement.


MailCue is the must have mail notifier for OSX. MailCue works with any IMAP provider, sitting in your menu bar notifying you of incoming mail. What separates MailCue from the competition, is the integration right into your Gmail or mail provider with such features as, reply, reply to all, forward, full html message previews including embedded images, account signatures, move a message, mark a message as spam and so on!


Hazel is like your personal housekeeper. It creates rules to automatically keep your files organized, never take out the trash again, work undisturbed, and it’s fully integrated with Spotlight.

Base App

BaseApp is a menubar application for Mac OS X that helps you stay on top of everything that happens in your Basecamp accounts. This app helps to prevent your inboxes from overflowing with Basecamp emails.


Coda is a modern and beautiful program for the MAC O.S that has a lot of options. Text editing, file transfering, SVN, CSS, Books and Terminals are just some of this!


Snapplr is a revolutionary tool to efficiently take and share screenshots. It completely replaces Mac OS X’s native capabilities and works in the same way as the system tool, but offers a wide range of options

Alfred App

Alfred is a productivity application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web. Whether it’s maps, Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia, you can feed your web addiction quicker than ever before.

Macro Mates

TextMate brings Apple’s approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.

Text Expander

TextExpander saves you countless keystrokes with customized abbreviations for your frequently-used text strings and images.


You need to transfer files. Maybe to an FTP or SFTP server, or the cloud via Amazon S3, or using WebDAV. You maintain a website, do backups, or upload photos. You need Transmit, the #1 Mac OS X FTP CLIENT


Yojimbo makes keeping all the small (or even large) bits of information that pour in every day organized and accessible.


Just type your problem as you’d write it on paper. You see your answer instantly. No setting up formulas, no equals button. If you make a mistake, you don’t have to start all over again, you just hit delete.

iPhoto Sync

Not sure which photos and videos are on which computer? Launch iPhotoSync on 2 Macs and you’ll see which photos and videos the other Mac has that you don’t already have


PCalc 3 is a brand new version of my veteran calculator application from 1992. It is a fully featured scientific calculator for Mac OS X with support for hexadecimal, octal and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, parentheses, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions. A Dashboard Widget is also included with the main application.


Corkboard is the future of copy and pasting on Macs. It provides a simple and elegant way to manage all the data you put in your clipboard. You can drag photos, text, links and more to the application’s menu bar, and it will be securely stored until you need to use it.

About the Author:

Stelian is a design enthusiast from Republic of Moldova. Right now he is working on his new design-related blog called Rocket Graphics. Visit RocketGraphsor follow his twitter account @rocketgraphs.

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  1. Love the round up, nice work. Two of my favorite apps are at #1 and #2, which makes me happy!

  2. KaiKaiKai says:

    love this list, thanks for putting it together !

  3. Xin says:

    This is really cool! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. lj says:

    Most excellent. again.. I sent this link to my Mac user friends.. I am sure they too will enjoy your thoughtful share~

  5. Simply a great and useful article.. thanks for sharing..!

  6. Fran says:

    Oh dammm, fucking awesome.

    Thanks a lot!!!!

  7. Rome Bell says:

    Thanks for the post. Some of these apps are very useful. Thanks again.

  8. nagib says:

    Appreciate times you used to compile and list these great apps, I like the transmit app,

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