10 best free App Store apps for new Mac owners

If you've got a new Mac then these are some of best free App Store downloads. Get started with the 10 best app downloads for Mac OS X

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Every new Mac now comes with a copy of Apple’s App Store built into the Dock. One click on the App Store icon and a wealth of free downloads are available. But what are the best Mac app store downloads for a new Apple MacBook, iMac or Mac mini owner?

This guide to the best apps on the apps store for new Mac owners will help you get started. Here we list the 10 best apps to download if you've just got a new Mac.

See also: How to find the best apps on the Mac App Store

  • 1 Apple Apps iWork and iLife
  • 2 Mactracker Mactracker
  • 3 Novabench Novabench
  • 4 OneDrive OneDrive
  • 5 Kindle Amazon Kindle
  • 6 Evernote Evernote
  • 7 Caffeine Caffeine
  • 8 Bubble Bubble
  • 9 Composure Composure
  • 10 Wunderlist Wunderlist
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iWork and iLife

We suggest you start by downloading all of Apple’s free iWork and iLife software Most of Apple’s key software is now free on the Mac. So start by opening the app store and clicking on Apps made by Apple. Download iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

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Next Prev 1 Apple Apps

We suggest you start by downloading all of Apple’s free iWork and iLife software Most of Apple’s key software is now free on the Mac. So start by opening the app store and clicking on Apps made by Apple. Download iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

 

Mactracker

Get to know your new Apple Mac computer inside out by downloading the free Mactracker app. Mactracker contains detailed information about every product Apple has made, and the app can identify the Mac that it's running on. It's a neat program for new Apple owners as you get detailed information on your machine, but it will come in handy if you wan to know what ports and expansion options are available to you.

Read: Best free Mac Apps

 

Novabench

Few things in life are more satisfying for a new computer owner than running a Benchmark. Novabench is a comprehensive speed test for Mac owners. It can be used to identify bottlenecks, spot problems and help you keep your Mac in top performance. But mostly Novabench is just great fun to see how much faster your Mac is compared to other models.

 

OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud file syncing and sharing service. OneDrive places a folder on your Mac, and any files you drop into it will appear in the same OneDrive folder on any other Mac or PC you own (so it's great for syncing home and work files). You can also use the OneDrive app for iOS to access files on your computer. There are other services available, notably Dropbox and Google Drive but none as much free storage as the generous 7GB you get free with OneDrive.

 

Amazon Kindle

The Amazon Kindle app is a great way to manage your Kindle devices, and buy and read books. Apple has its own app, called iBooks, that's part of Mac OS X but the free Kindle app can be picked up from the App Store and used to read Amazon Kindle books.

 

Evernote

This is a great program for taking notes and clippings as you use your computer. Evernote is perfect for saving web pages, clippings, recipes, creating tasks lists and hundreds of other little features. While it takes a while to learn all that Evernote can do, it's a fantastic free program to own.

 

Caffeine

The Caffeine app adds a button to your Mac that when clicked prevents the Mac from going into Sleep mode. This keeps your Mac awake. It's great if you want to watch a movie on your Mac, or are watching iPlayer or Netflix. The lack of interaction between you and the keyboard means that your Mac's display will dim, and Caffeine means you don't have to delve into the Settings to adjust the sleep preferences. Just click the coffee-shapes icon in the Menu bar to keep your Mac awake.

 

Bubble

You don't get many free games with the Mac, and there are some great games on the Mac App store if you pay. We like Bubble, it's a straightforward 'match the coloured objects' game. You double click groups of coloured balls to make them disappear; the skill comes from trying to get the balls above to fall down on to similar coloured bubbles. Bubble is easy to pick up and not too taxing. It's a great way to while away a couple of minutes.

 

Composure

This Composure app is a really simple app that can be used to stitch together different photos into neat photo collages. Composure is easy to use, and you can add effects to your photographs. The finished collages can then be shared on Facebook or Twitter, or sent by email. Composure is a great app for making something quickly from a few photographs and sharing it with friends.

 

Wunderlist

If you're looking for a great GTD (Getting Things Done) style task manager, then Wunderlist is the app for you. You'll want to get this instead of the Mac's built-in Reminders app. You add new tasks to an Inbox, and then sort them by project folders. You can add due dates, alarms, notes and files to items in your To Do list. It's a great app for keeping yourself organised.

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