Six essential utilities for your Mac

“A few weeks ago I spoke up for ‘5 essential utilities for any Mac user’, since then I’ve been contacted by readers who’ve suggested a few additional tools that could also improve your Mac life,” Jonny Evans reports for Computerworld. “I’ve taken a look at a few of these and given them a gentle kick around, so read on for a second small collection of utilities you need for your Mac.”

• CopyPaste Pro ($30)
• Apple Jack (free)
• 1Password ($39.95)
• Yojimbo ($39)
• Growl (free)
• iFreeMem (£10)

Full article here.


  1. There as so many useful Mac utilities (many of them free). I don’t use any of these six “essential” tools, so they are obviously not really “essential” (absolutely necessary). But I’ll have to give them a try…

  2. Growl truly deeply madly sucks…I’d like to find the developers and set them on fire..ok..that’s over the top..

    Just slap them a little…asshats. It won’t go away. That’s bad software

  3. Just to show you that all opinions on the web are equal . . . .

    I LOVE Growl. Installed it of my own volition, not at Adobe’s behest or requirement, and have had not one problem with it since. Tells me when disks have finished burning, web downloads have completed, and much more.

    Love it. So there. (Oh, and I don’t own the company.)

  4. For those of you who hate Growl, can I ask why? I love the software, especially Hardware Growler, so I’m a little confused.

    Also, 1Password is highly recommended for any Internet user.

  5. re: hating Growl – I hate extra things popping up on my screen it is just fine that the dock bounces and tells me that the disk is done burning etc. I don’t need a third party app telling me those things – the app itself tells me when it is done. All I ever see from it is that there is a new version of Growl that I need to install and you have to download the installer just to uninstall it. Not really sure what it does to help me but take up system resources with out my knowledge. I view it as an invasion.

  6. If I could permanently uninstall Growl, I could say that I have passed on all of these, but the darn thing keeps coming back! Here are a few of my favorites:

    Synchronize Plus

  7. Growl keeps coming back because Adobe snuck in into CS5 – you can download Growl and click uninstall which is what I did. Not sure if it will come back when I run an Adobe updater though – That is another story on how Adobe does their updates – Really sucks.

  8. I was going to say, “If you don’t like growl, don’t use it. No big deal.” But, if Adobe forces the install, that’s bad. However, it’s not growl’s fault, It’s Adobe being Adobe.

    For me, growl is essential. I’ve been using it for years.

    I use it to read incoming e-mails and get notified when items are added to certain folder.

    I use Hardware Growler for notifications about what my hardware is or is not doing. I use GrowlTunes to display iTunes track information.

    I use growlnotify in almost all of my AppleScripts. Instead of displaying a dialog that I have to click or wait to timeout, I use growl for notifying when a script is finished. No interaction necessary.

    I’m sure I use it for more, but that’s just off the top of my head.

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