Truth be told, I love my Mac, and all the free applications that go with it (well OK, I am not all that crazy about the new iMovie, but I sure did love the old one!).
It was really hard to pick just five free Apple products, and it was harder yet to figure out which ones were truly “free” and which come part of a pre-paid bundle and which ones have associated costs. Here’s what I finally ended up with.
Some folks don’t like iPhoto and think it is really annoying, and I used to be one of them. But, over time, I really have fallen in love with it. As I learned how to use it, it really became one of the most useful tools on my machine. Organizing photos is super simple, and creating simple and creative projects is snappy!
I like that iPhoto organizes by date because I often make projects that span a length of time. For example, for holidays, I used the iPhoto calendar creator to make calendars to give out to family and friends. Because the dates were included, I was able to pick a shot from each month FOR each month on the calendar.
I also love that you can train iPhoto to recognize faces. When my Mom passed away in June, I was able to go in and find all the pictures of her using the Face recognition program. Since I was pressed for time and very sad, to boot, it made the task a lot easier and manageable.
One of the best features, of course, is the ability to load straight to Facebook and other social networking sites. Since I communicate with my family and friends mostly through Facebook, the uploader saves tons of time and money.
I really could go on and on about how much I have come to love iPhoto. I truly don’t know what I would do without it!
Here are some iPhoto articles that we have previously published on MUO:
iTunes is one of Apple’s finest inventions. The music database is excellent, and the app store is just dreamy beyond words. But what makes it the best is that it is the first of its kind; it offers an amazing and seamless store integration and synchs smoothly with the iProducts.
As an iPhone junkie, I totally get lost in the App store, but, regardless of what my husband thinks, I DO actually download music and podcasts, too. The iTunes University listing is incredible, and I get daily and weekly doses of some of the best lectures in the world.
There are other podcasts that I follow as well, and iTunes makes it so easy to subscribe to them and listen on my own time. While iTunes apparently does not work as well on a PC, it really is a powerhouse of information that works seamlessly on a Mac.
The entire iRevolution started with iTunes, and, truly, it is a spectacular application.
We have published lots of iTunes articles, including a manual, but here are a selection to choose from:
QuickTime is a great product. It is smoothly integrated into the Mac platform, and provides tools to create, edit, and display movies and audio clips. There is a simple trim tool for folks without a lot of editing experience. It also allows the compression of video for use on an iPod, iPhone, and (soon!) iPad.
In addition to simple videos, you can create easy audio files and screencasts (movies of what is happening on your screen). Everything can be loaded up to iTunes or YouTube.
Safari is another great Apple invention. For me, it renders webpages faster and more efficiently than Mozilla or Internet Explorer. I use it and Chrome for different things, but it is definitely one of Apple’s best programs!
The Top Sites button is also incredibly handy for those of us who use the same sites often. And, again, Apple’s Safari created a paradigm shift on how we do things in the computing world.
Safari is just simple to use and offers all the features you want if you aren’t into all the add ons that Firefox showcases.
Time Machine is “sort of” free if you have the right hardware to go with it (a back up drive), but the program comes with the Mac. So much time and tears are saved when you need Time Machine to do its thing to save the day!
There are a lot of great Mac products out there, and it is completely impossible to pick the definitive five best. So what are your top Mac products? What would you add or delete from my list?
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