3 Free Mac Apps To Make Your MacOS Life Easier
The Mac comes well equipped by default, but even though MacOS comes with some excellent apps from Apple, there are a handful of features and tools that are missing. Maybe you’ve downloaded an archive file that you can’t open, or maybe your friend from the Windows world sent you a video you can’t watch, or maybe you tried to remove an app from the Mac but you keep running into an updater from that removed app running in the background. These common issues are exactly the kind of thing we’re looking to address here, by offering up some excellent free apps to solve those problems.
From a proper and thorough uninstaller to help you remove applications, to a broadly encompassing archive extractor utility, to an app that lets you open and watch virtually any video file format you’ll come across, these three Mac apps will make your computing life a bit easier.
1: AppCleaner – The Thorough Uninstaller MacOS Should Come With
Generally speaking, you can uninstall apps from the Mac by dragging them from the Applications folder into the Trash, and then emptying the Trash. But many modern apps also distribute tons of stuff elsewhere, from the user library folders to system library and cache folders and beyond. This is where AppCleaner comes in, which thoroughly uninstalls apps from MacOS by finding all of the related directories, folders, and files, scattered elsewhere throughout MacOS and the users home directory, and removing those too. AppCleaner is so thorough at uninstalling apps and has such useful capability, that it’s something that MacOS should include by default.
Using AppCleaner is free and simple, you just launch the app, then drag and drop the app you want to uninstall into AppCleaner, and click “Remove”.
2: The Unarchiver – Open & Extract Any Archive Format
While most users will typically only encounter .zip files when downloading things from the web and elsewhere on the internet, you can also run into tons of other archive file formats, from .rar, .tgz, .sit, .7zp, .xip, and many many more. The default Mac unzip method of double-clicking a .zip file works great with zip archives, but does not recognize many other archive file formats, and that’s where Unarchiver comes in.
3: VLC – Watch & Open Any Video File Format
Ever find a video on the web that you can’t watch? Maybe you downloaded a movie from torrents or newsgroups only to find you can’t open it? Or maybe your friend from the Windows world sent you a video file or movie, and when you go to open that video in QuickTime it does not load? This is what VLC is for, which can open just about any imaginable video file thrown at it, letting you play and enjoy whatever you stumble across out there.
What do you think of these three apps? Do you use The Unarchiver, VLC, and AppCleaner? Do you have some other apps that you consider to be essentials to your Mac workflow, and that you think other Mac users would benefit from? Share your own recommendations on handy apps, utilities, and tools, in the comments!