Save Money and Maximize Productivity With “Alternative To” Apps on Mac

Novabench (Free)

Being a nerd, I know that benchmark programs can get expensive quick. Each one performing different tasks, all at a different price. Well, Novabench just so happened to come and save the day. Novabench, a simple, well though out app from the Mac App Store, is an all in one benchmark application. It performs tests ranging from graphics ability, to RAM transfer speed. Then, when you’re done testing your new Mac, you can submit your score to an online database which holds scores from around the world. This is not only the perfect app to make sure your computer will be “beefed up” for a while, but also a good diagnostics tool to determine what’s going wrong with your Mac if problems surface.

Tiny Expander (Free)

So, the default file unpacker for Mac isn’t enough for you. No worries, this is where Tiny Expander comes into play. Being able to unpack file formats such as .TAR .RAR and even .gz this is definitely the application for all your uncompressing needs. On top of that, it’s free in the Mac App Store! This is a brilliant application for extraction exotic formats for someone who deals with compressed formats a lot. (Not to mention it even replicates the default Mac Application file icon for the compressed file.)

MPlayerX (Free)

Being featured in several Youtube videos of mine, and also another one of my article posts, you know this application is good. It’s especially good when porting over from windows to your new, and awesome mac. In blatant terms, basically what this application does is take Quicktime Players’ spot, while keeping the eloquence of what “Looks” to be an integrated mac app. It plays almost every movie file format, and it does it well. Also, if you ever lose your spot in your favorite movie, no need to worry. MPlayerX won’t; even after quitting the application.

Time Machine Editor (Free)

So, this is the first application that I’ve picked which isn’t from the Mac App Store. That should give you some sort of hint that this application has done something that Apple has forgotten, and won’t implement. If you take backups on your Mac, and you like time machine, the first thing you might notice is that it forces it to take a backup every hour. This, for many, isn’t practical. With this little app, you can now control your backup schedule without having to compromise the use of Time Machine Backups.

Final Cut Pro X  ($299.99)

So you like making videos, and you’re no longer a novice editor. Although you’ve had past editing experience, you’re not quiet at the “pro” status yet. Well, this application gives you the perfect opportunity. It not only offers a user friendly layout, and at first glance, provides baby steps into the pro editing world. Then, as you progress into using some of the more complicated features provided, you’ll be at “Pro Status” in no time without even realizing it. Despite being slightly expensive for a Pro editing software, it’s definitely worth the price.

Screenium (29.99)

You may have heard by Word of Mouth that an app called Screenflow is great for doing screencasts. You go and check it out, and find out it’s a whopping $99.99 for a simple screen recording software with a media editor integrated into it. Well, this app called Screenium fills the gap between not spending $100, and still getting an awesome screencasting software. It includes many features that Screenflow has, other than the post recording media editor. Not only can you record audio from your computer, audio from a microphone, and video from a webcam, but it does it well. It also has its benefits of not having a post production media editor. Without having the inconvenience of needing to repetitively export and import. Just import into your preferred video editor, (Hopefully FCPX) and you’re on your way.
Here’s a video tutorial on all the Applications i just wrote about! 🙂