Aug 23 2011

25 Incredibly Useful Mac Apps Specially For Designers

Its been more than a year when I converted from a Windows PC to a MacBook Pro and I think this is the best decision I ever made. I really love it working on MacBook Pro because of its great features, fast booting time, smooth user interface and many more features that makes it one of the most reliable pro machine.

There is not only hardware that makes Mac systems apart from their competitors but its software we all known as Mac OS X that makes the difference. Even, launch of Mac OS X Lion with more than 250 great features has made it most desirable machine for home and business users.

But, before buying it – I was always in little doubt if Mac OS X is suitable for web designers or not ! But, after a small research on Internet and asking from designer friends who were already using Mac systems – I got to know that Mac offers an incredible range of software for designing, managing, publishing and anything you can think in the field of design.

Whether you want to design a brochure, leaflets, print media ads or looking for web designing – you will surely find an app to suit your needs perfectly. So, in this article, I am compiling list of all best mac apps for designers that will help you to switch from PC to Mac systems in no time.

Hit the jump and check out 25 incredibly useful Mac Apps for Designers. Download them and say bye bye to your Windows PC.

Don’t forget to Subscribe to our RSS-feed subscribe to our RSS-feed and Follow us on Twitter follow us on Twitter for recent updates.

1) Resize It

ResizeIt allows you to change the size of multiple images simultaneously. It can also convert file formats at the same time. It supports multi core and processes multiple images very fast.

2) Logo Design Studio Pro

Design a new logo in minutes using the flexible design tools of Logo Design Studio Pro. Easily choose from over 1000 pre-designed logo templates, or start from scratch using over 2800 premium logo-centric vector graphics and shapes to jumpstart your creativity. Then add or change text, shapes, color gradients and more to get your look right.

3) Goldberg

Goldberg is a freeware image and movie viewer with image editing capabilities and support for applying QuickTime and other effects.

4) Gimp

The GIMP team doesn’t provide official Mac binaries. You can, however, install GIMP 2.6 easily on the Mac using the packages provided by GIMP on OS X.

5) Panafont

PanaFont is designed to help editors, graphic artists and media creators with two of their most common and tedious processes – choosing and matching fonts. For most designers it means sorting through hundreds and even thousands of fonts – sometimes with the client right by their side – to find just the right one.

6) Pixam

You can clip a Full screen, a Window or a custom Rectangle and share any image with your friends with one click! Clip a screenshot and share it to Pix.AM. We provide you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard that you can use to share your upload with friends. After taking screenshot, you can use some tools to highlight screenshot details. You can use Brush, Arrow, Line, Rectangle and Oval.

7) Filezilla

Welcome to the homepage of FileZilla, the free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License

8 ) Inkscape

An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

9) Intaglio

Intaglio is a full featured, easy to use vector* graphics editor for Mac OS X. Introduced in 2003 and refined continuously, Intaglio is a mature, reliable tool taking full advantage of the powerful graphics built into the Mac to bring you high-end capabilities at an affordable price.

10) Image Tricks

Image Tricks is a freeware application for editing your photos and images using Mac OS X Core Image filters and Quartz Compositions that unimaginably transform your photos. This program also contains a powerful random image generator for creating unique backgrounds and abstract images for business cards, web design, print materials and more.

11) Eye Splatter Paint

“Eye Splatter Paint v3″ is a unique interactive application that lets you splatter paint with your iSight or web camera. It is both a novel family fun application, and a great texture generating tool for the professional graphics or web designer.

12) Icns Editor

icns Editor is a really easy to use tool to create an icon to your Mac application. Easily drag&drop the image or the existing icon file to the application.

13) Seashore

Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS X’s Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMP’s technology and uses the same native file format.

14) Simple CSS

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a good way to specify the styles of fonts and other page elements on your sites. It makes it easier for you to update styles too, because when done right, you only need to make a single change to update the styles on multiple pages and elements.

15) kompozer

KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing. KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

16) Mindnode

MindNode Pro and MindNode are elegant and simple-to-use mindmapping applications for the Macintosh that help to visually.

Mind maps can be used for many different tasks – including to-do lists, brainstorming, holiday planning, research, writing, project management – and in many different environments – school, meetings, workspace.

17) Skitch

18) Colour Mod

ColourMod originally made its debut as a web-based DHTML Dynamic Colour Picker. Since the inception of OS X from Apple, ColourMod has been ported to the Dashboard interface and is fully functional in OS X Tiger and Leopard.

18) Image Bucket

Image Bucket lets you resize, watermark, convert and transform images and photos quickly and easily and all in one go just by dragging and dropping files and folders onto Image Bucket or the application’s dock icon.

19) Color Schemer Studio

ColorSchemer Studio makes it fun, fast and easy to find the perfect palette for your next creative project. Whether you’re designing a web site, magazine layout, picking wedding colors, or painting your living room, get your colors right the first time with ColorSchemer Studio.

20) Strata Design 3D

For most creative designers and hobbyists, Strata Design 3D SE provides all of the 3D functionality they will ever need. Create 3D designs from scratch or utilize prebuilt scene templates, models, textures and visual effects. Using the same rendering engine found in our pro-design tool, Design 3D SE produces results that rival any 3D software out there.

21) Acorn

Everyone needs to edit images at some point, but not everyone has the time to learn super pricey wizbang image editing programs. This is why we created Acorn. Add text and shapes to your digital pictures. Combine images together to create your own. Work with layers to touch up your favorites or make something new from scratch. Do all this and more with Acorn.

22) Diagrammix

Diagrammix is a tool for building pretty looking diagrams with minimal effort.  If you are office worker, developer, manager, supervisor, student or home user you can draw about anything in extremely simple and intuitive way.

23) Live Quartz

It is based on non destructive layers and filters. The layers are at the left and the filters are at the right of the window. To edit a photo, just drag it into the window (or layers’ list) and it will be added as a new layer. LiveQuartz supports Gestures (Multi-Touch).

24) Thumbscrew For Mac

Screw it! Making thumbnails for the Web used to be painstakingly slow if you wanted to apply borders, drop shadows, transformations, alpha channels, and so on. Or if it was fast, you ended up with a boring field of rigid columns and rows. Thumbscrew allows you to quickly and easily chew through a bunch of images, applying scaling, random rotation, border, and drop shadow to each – even resizing the original, and processing the batch as a whole afterwards.

25) Paint Brush

Paintbrush is a simple paint program for Mac OS X, reminiscent of Microsoft Paint and Apple’s own now-defunct MacPaint. It provides users with a means to make simple images quickly, something that has been noticeably absent from the Mac for years.

Don’t forget to Subscribe to our RSS-feed subscribe to our RSS-feed and Follow us on Twitter follow us on Twitter for recent updates.

If you liked this article, you may also like


  • thanks for sharing. soon i’ll have my own MBP, and this will really help me alot. I’m sure i’ll refer to this article.

  • Pix.AM is awesome! It is by far the best screen capturing tool out there!

Leave a comment