Best Lion Apps

My heading, Best Lion Apps is a little misleading. The apps I’ve listed work best for me, but choosing applications is clearly subjective, everyone’s needs are different. That said, I’ve tested a huge pile of apps and I always enjoy discovering which apps other people are using.

In past lists, I included links to all of the application’s home pages, but with the advent of the Mac App Store, most of the apps I’ve listed are very easy to find. If you can’t find an app at the MAS, have a look at iusethis or even MacUpdate.

With each major upgrade to Mac OS X I slim down my system. You will note that I’ve eliminated Microsoft Office, Adobe Design Suite Premium and DEVONthink Pro Office. I’ve also deleted and replaced dozens of lesser known apps:

  • Sublime Text replaced both BBEdit and TextMate
  • Alfred replaced LaunchBar and Quicksilver
  • Echofon replaced Twitter
  • Reeder replaced NetNewsWire
  • SmartBackup replaced Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper!
  • Soulver replaced PCalc
  • Sound Studio replaced Amadeus Pro, AudioHijack Pro and Wiretap Studio
  • Webbla replaced WebNote

Here’s my list of Best Lion Apps

64 Bit Apps

  • 1Password
  • Alfred
  • Aperture
  • AppDelete
  • BetterZip
  • Byword
  • Caffeine
  • Contacts Cleaner
  • Default Folder X
  • DiffFork
  • Direct Mail
  • DropDMG
  • EarthDesk (activated occasionally)
  • Echofon
  • Export Address Book
  • Fantastical
  • ForkLift
  • FX Photo Studio Pro
  • Growl
  • iClipboard
  • Integrity
  • Leap
  • LicenseKeeper
  • LittleSnapper
  • Marked
  • Moom
  • OmniGraffle Pro
  • PDFpenPro
  • Picturesque
  • Pixelmator
  • PopChar X
  • Printopia
  • Reeder
  • Sketch
  • SmartBackup
  • Soulver
  • Sound Studio
  • Sublime Text
  • TaskPaper
  • Tembo
  • TextExpander
  • TextSoap
  • TinyAlarm
  • Transmit
  • VidConvert
  • VoodooPad
  • VueScan
  • Webbla
  • xScope
  • Yoink

32 Bit Applications

  • Color Schemer Studio
  • CrashPlan
  • Dragon Dictate
  • Dropbox
  • Flare
  • Google Earth
  • HoudahSpot
  • iLife
  • iWork
  • Levelator
  • OmniOutliner Pro
  • Panorama Sheets
  • PhoneView
  • ScreenFlow
  • Scrivener
  • Skype
  • Syncman
  • ToastTitanium

I suspect most of my 32 bit apps will eventually become 64 bit apps. In any event they work well with Lion today.

If you think I’ve missed an essential app, please let me know.

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Are you familiar with the Dragon Express software for Mac? I’d like to purchase it but it has many one star reviews in the App Store.