74 Best OS X (Mac OS) Apps You Need (2018)

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Stay informed by joining our newsletter! You can also browse through the music collections of friends, artists and celebrities, or create a radio station and just sit back. Before you do any troubleshooting Windows Troubleshooting for Dummies Windows Troubleshooting for Dummies Windows takes a lot of crap for problems outside of its control. I recommend you post your question on MakeUseOf Answers: As Apple products grow in popularity, they have become attractive targets for cybercriminals. We are skyping with our daughter in Washington state.

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How I can recover from this problem. Skype can't seem to access your webcam -- restarting your computer might help if following the instructions in the message didn't work. If you still need more help, try asking on MakeUseOf Answers, where you'll get faster replies from more people: I have installed skype, but i cant sign in, whenever I try, there is only a blue window appearing,I first thought it was my connection but my cousin can use skype very well with his computer, and we using the same connection.

I click on video call, I hear the typical tick-tock sound, but no ringing. Whe the other party tries to video call me, there is also no ringing. I run the test call and it seems to work well. What else should I try? I've just downloaded on my laptop and I get 'Skype Home unavailable please try later' but it works fine on my iphone can anyone help.

Well, you might want to try again later -- one part of Skype could not be working properly. If that doesn't help, try asking on MakeUseOf Answers, where you'll get a faster response from more people: I don't receive chats or phone calls when they occur - usually a day or two later the notification will come through that I missed a call or chats are waiting.

Sometimes I'll get a text from someone that they are trying to chat so I'll immediately check and there is nothing to be found until a day or two have passed and the time stamp will be from when they told me they sent the message. Even if I quit and re-start the chats don't appear. Not sure what the problem is? I'm not sure either, you'll get more, faster ideas by asking on MakeuseOf Answers: On my phone 4so has the skype app is loaded, however I cannot call either numbers or other skype addresses, can you help me?

I can't really answer this without more information -- even if I knew your exact phone model I'm not sure I could. I recommend you ask on MakeUseOf Answers, you'll get better, faster answers: The messages keep scrolling to the wrong place, The person I am writing to can read.

The scrolling always goes to the same place, about 10 messages back. Well after my iphone 4s received the latest update, video calls stopped working on skype on my iphone. Skype is NOT working definitely. Well it works now and then. We have skype in all house iphones, and is rare the moment it works. So If nobody gives me a solution we will remove it. My problem with skype is that I can't make a video call and when they someone calls me audio is okay but they can't see me.

What could be the problem? Whenever I checked video settings it's all fine. Thanks for the help guys. It's a bit hard for me to troubleshoot problems in the comments here -- you'll get a better and faster answer by asking on MakeUseOf Answers:.

Is there any reason you can't close the conversation and then block the user? That's what blocking them would do anyway, right? Have had Toshiba pc since Dec Skype worked fine until about a year ago. The video freezes and then disconnects saying it's a bad connection. We can go to a coffee shop and not have a problem.

Very annoying to have to do this. We are skyping with our daughter in Washington state. Have 2 small grandkids to communicate with and patience only goes so far. It's hard for me to troubleshoot problems in the comments here -- you'll get a better and faster answer by asking on MakeUseOf Answers:. I can make calls from my computer, and I can make calls from my handset to Skype ID. I can receive calls from any number both on the computer and on the handset. However I cannot make calls to either mobile or land line numbers from the handset.

I spent 3 hours both on the phone and on chat with Skype but all they did was come up with illogical causes for the problem, which I disproved to them one by one, and finally they refused to help.

They told me to call GE, although I bought the phone from Skype. They are passing the buck to GE, the company whose logo appears on the handset although GE does not make telephones, only sells them under their name. Skype not only refuses to offer me a solution but also refuses to return my money and cancel the subscription. I recommend you post your question on MakeUseOf Answers: They should really refund you your money if it doesn't work have you tried escalating to a manager?

If they won't, well, this may be one of the situations credit card chargebacks are designed for. I'm having an issue where I can be heard, but I hear nothing.

Sound checks show movement for both mic and speakers, though. Audio also works fine for everything else. If it helps, I'm on Windows 7. My problem is that, when another person and I speak simultaneously, my partner's audio is drowned out. For example, when I'm laughing in his mid-sentence, I can't hear the rest of what he has to say during my laugh. He said he could hear me fine regardless though. Hmm, drowned out -- does that mean you can hear your own sound in your headphones?

FOr example, when you speak into your microphone, can you hear everything you're saying in your headphones? Not sure what OS you're using, but if you're running into that problem, doing something like this may solve it: Everything works well with my skype except that it sounds like a toilet is constantly being flushed!!!

Get a bit irritating after a while and sometimes you cant hear anything but "flush" sounds!! Doesnt matter who I call skype,landline,mobiles its the same. I can hear other people fine but they often cant hear me: Mic n all that is set well. Problem has gotten worse since downloading the latest version! Maybe you re just having problems with your Internet connection. Your computer and its internet connection seem to be the only common thread between the problems.

Using the same PC, internet and webcam I got good sound quality, Skype to Skype When I call landlines sound quality is always definitely worse. There is no break up of conversation, it just sounds worse and less lifelike I get the same problem if I call my own landline and listen to the voicemall. I've rarely used that feature, but it sounds like it's a problem on Skype's end -- either that or a problem with the local landlines.

Since that's a feature you pay for, you may want to contact Skype customer support and get them to look into it. I downloaded skype a few days ago but I was unable to open my account.

Every time I click on "New account" i get the message after a while that "Internet Explorer cannot open the website". What could the problem be?

My explorer works fine as it opens all website. The only problem is when trying to open a new account or try to click on skype's support. That's odd -- I'd try creating an account on the Skype website at https: What about when people don't receive your messages?

I have that problem consistently. Even though it says it sent it, my friend never receives it. I did some Googling and some other people appear to have the same problem. They recommend calling the user via Skype to force the messages to go through, or using a third-party Skype client like imo. Worth a try, I suppose! If none of these work, try restarting skype. I used to have a problem where my webcam would conflict with skype if it was plugged in after skype started. Sometimes a full computer restart after the webcam was plugged in would be required.

For some reason skype listens on port 80 if it's available, which means WAMP has to be started first so it can claim the port for the intended use.

Thanks for the tips! I've never encountered those problems. I'm sure this information will help someone. Chris Hoffman May 16, 4 minutes. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Whatsapp Email. Stay informed by joining our newsletter! Read our privacy policy. It keeps saying my buddies are offline. How will I know who's on now? For days now since i updated I cant tab into my Skype on desktop Its been this way for ever I don't know how to fix it.

It keeps dropping my call for two of my friends. The rest are fine. You might try reinstalling Skype. That's odd, sounds like some sort of network issue on either end. Lots of reasons, usually a problem with the microphone configuration. Hi Chris, On my phone 4so has the skype app is loaded, however I cannot call either numbers or other skype addresses, can you help me? It's a bit hard for me to troubleshoot problems in the comments here -- you'll get a better and faster answer by asking on MakeUseOf Answers: I can't block a user once I have started a conversation.

How do I change this so I can? It's hard for me to troubleshoot problems in the comments here -- you'll get a better and faster answer by asking on MakeUseOf Answers: Has anyone else had this problem and how have they solved it?

Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them. Simply drop an application onto the AppCleaner window. It will find for the related files and you can delete them by clicking the delete button. Data Rescue is hard drive recovery software that can recover your photos, videos, documents from crashed, corrupted or non-mounting hard drives, accidentally reformatted hard drive or reinstalled OS, or previous deletion, damaged or missing files.

Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. The new OmniFocus 2 features everything you need to seriously get stuff done: From short lists to lengthy research, no matter what form your writing takes, Evernote keeps you focused on moving those ideas from inspiration to completion. Things is a delightful and easy to use task manager. You'll get started in no time, entering and organizing your to-dos.

You'll discover how Things truly makes you more productive. And soon you'll realize that achieving your goals comes more naturally — one to-do at a time. I used to use it a lot, but recently I've made the switch to using paper and pen. But I still think this app is worth a mention. With Numbers for Mac, sophisticated spreadsheets are just the start.

The whole sheet is your canvas. Just add dramatic interactive charts, tables, and images that paint a revealing picture of your data. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Excel.

Pages for Mac is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word. Keynote for Mac makes it simple to create and deliver beautiful presentations. And work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft PowerPoint. Even documents created in old and historical applications such as MacWrite and ClarisWorks.

Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac. Airmail was designed from the ground UP to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption - it's the mail client for the 21st century. Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas and more.

Your notes stay in sync with all your devices for free. The Simplenote experience is all about speed and efficiency. Open it, write some thoughts, and you're done. As your collection of notes grows, you can search them instantly and keep them organized with tags and pins.

You can also share notes and publish them for other people. The best way to learn about Simplenote is to try it. You'll be asked to create an account. This allows your notes to be backed up online and synchronized automatically. Work offline with local drafts on your Mac, preview the formatting and content of your posts, and publish when you're ready to share with the world.

Easily browse for a photo from your iPhoto, Aperture, or Lightroom libraries, and embed it for automatic upload with your blog post. Perfect for professional bloggers and casual writers who don't want to mess around with clunky web-based interfaces. If you're lucky enough to have a Mac, nothing is more powerful or more elegant than MarsEdit.

Do you blog on Tumblr? Then you should get the Tumblr app. It lets you post to Tumblr from almost anywhere on your Mac. If a window has a share button, you can share the things in that window to Tumblr.

Got a photo lying around on your desktop? Throw it right onto your blog with a couple of mouse clicks. Enhance and perfect your photography anywhere. With Lightroom, your photography goes where you go. Organize, edit and share your photos from anywhere. But with Lightroom, you have all the tools you need to bring out the best in your photography. Punch up colors, make dull-looking shots vibrant, remove distracting objects and straighten skewed shots.

Plus, the latest release includes powerful new ways to adjust atmospheric haze, create incredible HDR images and panoramas, import and edit faster and so much more. Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced compositions amazingly simple. Once your images are ready, access them anywhere with iCloud, send them to iPhoto or Aperture, email, print, share, or save them to popular image formats—all right from Pixelmator.

RawTherapee is a powerful graphics editor. Check it out - it's completely free. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything.

The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted. See something that sparks an idea? Use Skitch to snap it, mark it up, and send it on in an instant. Your bold ideas stand out even brighter with Skitch.

There is no more need for extracting frames from your movies and fiddling with Adobe Photoshop. Let GIF Brewery do all the hard work for you.

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. With a streamlined design and intuitive editing features, iMovie lets you enjoy your videos and tell stories like never before. Browse your video library, share favorite moments, and create beautiful movies that you can edit at resolutions up to 4K. You can even start editing movies on an iPhone or iPad, and finish them on a Mac.

And when your movie is ready for its big premiere, you can enjoy it on all your devices in iMovie Theater. It installs ultra-fast and will never hog your valuable system resources. Download your files as quickly and efficiently as possible without slowing down your other online activities. Transmission is a cross-platform BitTorrent client that is designed for easy, powerful use. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges.

Built-in privacy features help keep your browsing your business. Handy tools help you save, find, and share your favorites.

And Safari works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. Firefox, from Mozilla is a free web browser for all platforms including OS X. It has plenty of extensions and plugins to do so much more than just web browsing.

Chrome, from Google, is a fast browser that is very popular on OS X. It also has plenty of extensions you can install that can give a wide range of extra functionality. Everyone knows what Skype is, right? It is free to use for some features , almost everyone has it. Useful for making international fees as the prices are much cheaper than calling through your normal phone.

It is quick, doesn't hog resources and once or twice has popped up with alerts. Better safe than sorry. I'll also list a couple of alternatives. As Apple products grow in popularity, they have become attractive targets for cybercriminals. Yes, Macs can be infected by a growing number of viruses and other malware.

Sophos' free Antivirus for Mac keeps you safe from all the latest Mac threats detected by SophosLabs. Full Mac protection from viruses, Trojans and worms Stops all threats, even those designed for Windows. Not only is your computer safe—the people running PCs you send files to are safe from threats too. Removes adware and malware, Revives your Mac Is your Mac running slow? Annoying adware, like pop-ups, or malware could be the problem.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac scans for and removes code that degrades system performance or attacks your system. Making your Mac, once again, your Mac. There are millions of tracks on Spotify. Choose what you want to listen to, or let Spotify surprise you. You can also browse through the music collections of friends, artists and celebrities, or create a radio station and just sit back. Soundtrack your life with Spotify. Subscribe or listen for free.

Xee is a streamlined and convenient image viewer and browser. It also shows animation for formats which support this. It is designed to take full advantage of touch controls, allowing you to swipe through images in a folder one by one.

You can of course also zoom and rotate files using multi-touch gestures. Xee can also display huge amounts of metadata from image files. Loading images directly from archive files is also possible, and Xee works very well as a comic book reader. BTW you can find the older, open source versions on Github. A super handy tool when using Finder and you want to open a terminal window to the current directory.

Install this app, drag it to a finder window instructions on the app page , and you always have a button in your finder windows to click and open a terminal window in that directory. Say goodbye to the command line — use the full capability of Git and Mercurial in the SourceTree desktop app.

Manage all your repositories, hosted or local, through SourceTree's simple interface. Simplify DVCS for your team. SourceTree can bring everyone up to speed with Git and Mercurial.

Create, clone, commit, push, pull, merge, and more are all just a click away. Instant search and offline access to any API documentation you may need. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use. Text Wrangler is a general-purpose text editor for light-duty composition, data-file editing where the data files consist of plain [unstyled] text , and manipulation of text-oriented data. TextWrangler supports working with both plain-text and Unicode files with the exception of files written using right-to-left writing systems, such as Hebrew or Arabic.

Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. Coda is everything you need to hand-code a website, in one beautiful app.

A fast, clean, and powerful text editor. A built-in way to open and manage your local and remote files. And maybe a dash of SSH. Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance. Atom is a text editor that's modern, approachable, yet hackable to the core—a tool you can customize to do anything but also use productively without ever touching a config file.

Available for OS X, Windows and Linux, it has many cool features like a built-in package manager, smart autocompletion, support for themes and is completely customizable.

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The Unarchiver Highly Recommended! The Unarchiver is a small and easy to use program that can unarchive many different kinds of archive files. It will open common formats such as Zip, RAR, 7-zip, Tar, Gzip, and Bzip2. Got issues with Skype? These six troubleshooting steps will solve most common Skype problems. Sometimes, however, the problems aren't on your end.