Apps I use to make MacOS better

MacOS is a very powerful operating system. That has been said, there are some extremely silly features missing from the Operating System (OS) which drive you crazy. This article presents some useful MacOS apps that I use on a daily basis.

I am a Mac OS user from 2009  and a Apple developer from 2014 and I use my MacBook Pro laptop on a daily basis and to this day, I still from time to time become extremely annoyed when I don’t find very silly features/tools which are available by default in many OSs. I always end up buying third party applications and extensions.

Few examples of missing useful features:  why the hell we don’t have the “New File/New MS Word/ New Any app file”  right-click context menu? Why do I have to buy a 2$ third party application for that? It is inefficient to go to MacOS terminal to “touch” or to “create” a file when I am in hurry nor anyone should have to go to file editors to do that! Those annoying silly and primitive features that you do not find easily in the operating system that is supposed to be “the most powerful and smartest OS” according to Apple. In addition, MacOS apps should be very intuitive for users of all ages to use. In a sense, Microsoft Windows and MacOS are OSs for the average non technical Joe.

Another annoying silly feature that is missing from the Apple OS is the support of Microsoft NTFS file system. By default, you can not work with NTFS drives (ex: write on NTFS flash or Hard disks) unless you buy a software (PS: all free tools at the time of writing are of low quality).

Imagine! your NTFS hard disk or flash requires a third party software to work in MacOS!  A lot of Linux distributions already support NTFS in the OS itself.

Another example I can give here is that of the “maximise feature” of a window – How silly is that?!!! I mean this feature took ages to kick in the Mac OS X/MacOS versions and users needed in the past to install third party applications such as RightZoom.

Another example: Why the hell do we need the Cafeine application to avoid screen sleep in MacOS?  Why isn’t this built into the OS itself? I could go on and on. It is like this annoying ironic dichotomy: an OS that is very efficient and smart in some aspects and very dumb in others.

This article presents a set of useful third party applications to make your MacOS less dumber when it comes to silly features that should exist by default.

1 – New File/New Word Document/New Anything! Context right click Menu

This feature is in every graphical operating system by default (MS Windows, Many Linux distributions..) or at least is enabled easily with few tweaks in others Linux distributions. On Mac OS, OF COURSE!, you need an third party application to do the task efficiently.  Maybe there is a trick or shell script I am not aware of but the gist is MacOS and MS Windows are operating systems made for the average Joe to use easily not a CS guru. I will not tell my grandma to write a shell script to do a task like that 🙂

I have found that the New File Menu (a very cheap paid version) on the App store suitable for the task. This application allows you to have all “New file types” in the right click context menu which you are used to see in Microsoft Windows (by default).

2- Stop the screen from sleeping

The lack of such a silly feature forces you to go and install a very famous third party application called Cafeine.  Ironically, why include this functionality into the operating system by default!?

3 – How to cleanly uninstall an application on Mac OS

Now a lot of people will tell you: Well!!! this is the easiest thing in MacOS, just drag the application to the bin. Wrong! Yes! you can do that with applications that are self-contained. Nevertheless, a lot of applications just scatter their files all over the place in the system. Some applications are good Samaritans in the sense that they have their own uninstall tools such as Anti-viruses (Yes, Macs get infected!).

So for all the applications that splash their trash 🙂 everywhere in the system, in other words not self contained and for the ones that do not have an uninstall tool, your only option to safely and completely remove an application is to install another third party application instead of this being a built-in tool into the Mac OS system.

The app that I advise you to install and use for this task is called AppCleaner.

4 – Support for the Microsoft NTFS file system

The software tool that I advise you to use is the Paragon software NTFS for Mac which enables you to deal with NTFS drives. It is a good and stable tool that do another silly job for Apple OSs.

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