One of these days I’ll do an inventory of all the apps on my Mac. The total is in the triple digits for sure. Beyond the basics from Apple and Adobe, which are used regularly, I carry a few dozen mostly one-trick-pony apps, and try out even more. Here’s two free apps you’ll like.
The first is a screen utility with the clever name of Screen Utility. It has three functions, all having to do with your Mac’s screen.
There’s a Pixel Test which helps you find dead, defective of stuck pixels on your Mac’s screen. If you’ve ever had one then you know how annoying they can be. The second function is one that solves a problem every Mac user has– if you take screen shots. Desktop icons clutter the background. Screen Utility can hide all the icons until you’ve take a screen shot, then toggle them back into view again.
Finally, there’s the screen capture function. Your Mac has that built into to keystrokes or by using the Grab app in the Utilities folder. Screen Utility lets you capture the screen with the cursor, which saves a few steps.
The second app is one I’ve tried and like, and would recommend to Mac users who’ve never used a clipboard manager. CopyClip captures whatever you capture to the Mac’s clipboard, stores it in the pulldown menu in the Menubar so you can paste items again later, even after you’ve already captured something else.
This one is drop dead simple to setup and use. It copies what you copy or cut and saves it. About the only extra feature is an option to exclude specific apps to blacklist, but it does the job well.
Both CopyClip and Screen Utility are hard to beat considering the price tag. Free.