Ready to put a little rocket fuel in your work flow? Our friends at ReadWrite have tried and tested apps for Mac OS X that you won't believe you lived without.
By Taylor Hatmaker
If you feel like your daily computer grind could use a little oomph, we've got some. A handful of these add-ons can make tasks that were previously awkward at best a breeze. Most of these tools for OS X are free, and the rest are cheap — and all of them are essentials in our book.
1. JumpcutWe’re used to copying and pasting one item at a time — that’s just the way it works. But imagine if your computer’s capacity for recall worked a little more like your brain’s working memory, scrolling through recently relevant items and surfacing the one you need.
That’s exactly what Jumpcut does. There are a few apps out there that expand your Mac’s inherent copy/paste skills, but Jumpcut is elegant, simple, and so well executed that your fingers will rely on its custom shortcuts within minutes. Conjure up Jumpcut’s menu, a transparent overlay triggered by a keyboard command (in my case, Command + S), and you’ll be able to scroll through a hundred items, like handy URLs, email addresses, and passwords that you might need, at your fingertips.
More of a platform than a single purpose add-on, Growl enables customized notifications for everything from Messages to Spotify. If you’re not content with OS X’s built-in notifications sidebar — and why should you be? — power up Growl and decide exactly how you want to be notified of the endless cascade of potential social and app data that streams your way.
Decide how each pop-up will act, where it will appear, what sounds it will make, and what exactly those should look like. If you’re a multitasker, especially on a notebook, this one is indispensable.
More must-have Mac OS X tools after the break!