Essential Yosemite Apps

Mac OS X Yosemite

Do you think it’s potentially helpful, to review lists of OS X applications that other folks are using? I do. I check out a lot of apps, but I can’t possibly test them all. I enjoy reviewing other people’s lists hoping to discover useful apps that just might become one of my Essential Yosemite Apps.

I’ve changed a number of my apps since last year’s Essential Mavericks Apps list. Having previously abandoned Adobe, Google and Microsoft applications, you won’t find any similar paradigm shifts this year. So, without any explanation as to why I’ve chosen them, here are my Essential Yosemite Apps:

Essential Yosemite Apps from an Identified Developer

I’ll be adding:

to my list when Audio Hijack Pro is updated to 64 bit.

Essential Yosemite Apps from the Mac App Store

I haven’t linked to the following applications because you can easily chase them down in the Mac App Store:

  • Affinity Designer
  • Byword
  • Caffeine
  • Calcbot
  • Chronicle
  • Deckset
  • Ember
  • Entropy
  • Fantastical
  • ForkLift
  • iThoughtsX
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Liquid
  • Logoist
  • PDFpenPro
  • Pixelmator
  • PopClip
  • Reeder
  • Sip
  • Twitter
  • TypeMetal
  • Ultra Character Map
  • WiFi Explorer
  • World Clock
  • xScope
  • Yoink

and here are my

Most Frequently Used Essential Yosemite Applications:


  1. For the first time this year, all of my apps are 64 bit
  2. I haven’t missed Google Chrome, Safari for Yosemite is excellent
  3. I’m still delighted I no longer have to deal with Microsoft Office
  4. I’ve gotten used to working without Adobe’s apps.