This is a website about Certified Macintosh Applications, with a little perspective on Apple thrown in for balance. For reviews, I write only about Mac applications that I like, apps that I think others will like, or apps that I use myself.
I can honestly certify that I like, recommend, or use the apps I review on NoodleMac. That makes them certified by me, right?
My first Mac was an original Mac II, circa 1988; the first Mac priced above $5,000. Through the years I’ve had various PCs; from DOS to Windows, from Unix and CP/M as well as various flavors of Linux PCs– but I’ve always had a Mac. Always.
Like most Mac users, I like to keep up with new versions of Mac applications. The problem is that the number of Mac apps continues to grow and the Mac user base has topped 75-million. How do you know which apps are good, which are safe to try, which are Mac-like in design and function, and which are worthy of your time, effort, and perhaps money?
Two popular Mac sites I frequent include MacUpdate, and MacSurfer. The former provides daily updates of Mac apps; sometimes dozens of apps each day. The latter displays a list of Mac and Apple oriented websites which feature reviews and news. Can Mac users be expected to try out every update or every new title published?
That’s a difficult task, often tedious, time consuming, and complex for the average Mac user. Neither of the popular update sites provide unbiased review on the apps they list. Some user reviews are of dubious quality.
Reviews and Opinions
Through the years, I have installed, tested, used, and reviewed many hundreds of Mac software titles for OS X. I know what I like. I know what’s good. I know what many average Mac owners will find useful.
What NoodleMac gives to Mac users is a resource for only the best of Mac apps, complete with links to the latest updates, reviews, how-to, and some experienced commentary. Check NoodleMac for what’s new. Check NoodleMac often because I can save you time, effort, and money. I feel privileged to carry on the tradition with NoodleMac that was started by the site’s founder, Ron McElfresh, way back in 2008.
Money & Mouth
For the most part, I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is. I buy Mac apps to test and use and my Mac has over two hundred applications and utilities from Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud, to useful and creative one-trick pony apps.
That experience pays off. My Mac app reviews are detailed enough so that you know why its good, how it’s good, and what the applications can do for you, yet the reviews are brief enough to digest easily.
Where applicable, you get images of the app in use; menu by menu, feature by feature. Most app reviews will have a Comments section for you to respond with your own experience or perspective.
Not all Mac apps are created equal. You may not agree on the specific benefits of some software features or use when compared to my reviews. If so, say so. The exchange helps to broaden my understanding of user habits and requirements.
NoodleMac has only been online since 2008, so I don’t have complete reviews on all the apps I put on my Certified Mac Software list. Check out the archive list and article list, to make it easier to find select titles. Or, simply search for apps using keywords.
As always, I look forward to your involvement. Don’t hesitate to drop me a note about the site, about the reviews, and, especially, about Mac software you use, which I haven’t reviewed yet, that you think is worthy of certification. If you notice that I haven’t reviewed or listed the latest update to your favorite Mac apps, let me know. I’ll put it on my list.