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Stuff You Might Need From The Mac App Store

Stuff You Might Need From The Mac App Store

In case you haven’t heard, there’s now an App Store function for your Mac. You know, just like on your iPhone or iTouch, except now it’s on your regular computer. Why does this matter? Well, in some cases, there are some better, cheaper, more efficient software solutions that you can get through the App Store than what has been traditionally available through regular software outlets. And, if you get it through the App store, you don’t have to worry about downloading stuff that is from some kind of shady vendor, because everything has been vetted for you. Below I’ve listed some of the Apps you might want to check out.

1. Twitter

The App Store version of Twitter is more or less the same thing as Tweetie for Mac used to be, and is a very cool interface. But, of course, it is a problem to use if you follow a ton of people, unless you are constantly updating the thing and reading it constantly, which I don’t know, maybe some of you are. Or maybe some of you are just like me, and have kind of given up on actually following the conversation on Twitter in any kind of really efficient way, and just sort of play your own Chatroulette version of Twitter, jumping in wherever you happen to land in the stream? I thought so. Or you could just get TweetDeck, I guess. But it’s so slow.

2. Mind Node

This is a free mind mapping software program that helps you organize and outline thoughts and ideas. Using mind maps can be helpful in brainstorming post ideas or topics for conference panels, ebooks, and any number of other projects. (They also have a more extensive pro version that costs $24.99.)

3. Evernote

Evernote allows you to take notes, save interesting web pages, create to do lists, and basically just turn your browser into your own notepad. But more importantly, you can then access all of those notes, lists, images, etc. from all of your computers or your phone, through the Evernote interface, so your notes are always with you.

Comments (3)

  1. Jan 10, 2011

    You should try Tweetdeck again. They fixed it and it’s not slow anymore. It runs fast on both my new MacBook Air and my old half-broken PC laptop that runs EVERYTHING slow.

    I just converted from Microsoft OneNote (which I loved) to Evernote. It’s the only part of my PC-to-Mac conversion that has gone smoothly. I love it.

  2. hannah
    Jan 10, 2011

    I love Evernote but am not convinced about getting the Twitter app, yet. For one, my Twitter iPad app never remembers what tweets I’ve already read and always makes me scroll through stuff I’ve already seen to get to new tweets. If I had to do that on my desktop as well I’d get annoyed, esp since I doubt they sync. For two, have yet to upgrade to Snow Leopard. Keep meaning to but may just hold out for Lion.

  3. Jan 11, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this. I just downloaded Mind Node. If anyone’s mind could use a map, it’s mine.

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