Mac 30 anniversary (Mac App Store)

For the past few weeks, we have been publishing a daily column called App Recap to highlight new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from our readers about that roundup, so we are extending it to OS X with Mac App Recap. Since there is a lot less activity on the Mac App Store, this column will be posted once per weekend and cover a wide variety of apps we find useful or simply worth mentioning. Take a look… 

TidilyTidily is a useful app for web developers, automatically cleaning up and indenting HTML files that you import. The utility will fix typo mistakes and junk spaces and turn sloppy editing into a professional, clean layout. It also displays any warnings or errors in a separate logs window. The original file and formatted version are displayed side by side for a visual comparison. Tidily is free on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.7 or later.

Coda 2Coda 2 is an award-winning all-in-one editor for web coding. The app, which is the number-one grossing developer tool on the Mac App Store, has a streamlined workflow with visual tabs, a customizable sidebar, code folding, autocomplete functions, auto indenting and closing tags, Git code management, complete file management, multiple placeholders, a built-in MySQL editor and more. Coda 2 is $74.99 for OS X 10.6.6 or later.

HexMinerHexMiner is a hex editor app for OS X with several features: optimization for large files, multiple character encodings, drag and drop bytes and files, searchable hex and text, an entropy navigator and more. The app has a dark user interface that is easy on the eyes, while the text and toolbar can both be customized. HexMiner is free on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.6 or later. A 64-bit processor is needed.

BriefsBriefs is an app design tool for professionals. If you are in the prototyping stage of developing an iOS app, you can use Briefs to create a blueprint or mockup of the user interface without any coding required. The prototype can have fully functional buttons, navigation bars, menus and more. You cannot actually develop an app using this tool. Briefs is $199.99 on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.8 or later and is a 64-bit app.

XcodeXcode is Apple’s official development tool for creating apps for Mac, iPhone and iPad. The tool has a unified user interface that allows you to design, code, test and debug within a single window. The latest iOS and OS X SDKs are included, alongside an iOS simulator and dozens of other features. Xcode is free on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.8.4 or later. A subscription to Apple’s Developer Programs is also recommended.

CodeRunnerFor times when you don’t need the full capabilities of Xcode, CodeRunner is a useful app for editing and running code in virtually any programming language with just a single click. The app can edit and run code in AppleScript, C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Lua, Objective-C, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Shell or any other language that you have installed on your system. CodeRunner is $9.99 on the Mac App Store for OS X 10.6 or later.

TextMate iconTextMate is a code and markup text editor designed for both expert programmers and novice users. The app has a clean and minimalistic user interface with several features: search and replace, auto indenting, auto pairing of brackets, clipboard history, declarative customizations, foldable sections, recordable macros, syntax highlighting and more. TextMate is a free download for OS X 10.7 or later, but requires a license.

Considering that most Mac apps are significantly more expensive than iPhone and iPad apps, it is highly recommended that you thoroughly research any of the apps listed above before making a purchase. While we list apps that appear to be useful or worthwhile, we have not tested all of them and cannot guarantee they will meet your specific needs. Let us know what you think of Mac App Recap in the comments section down below. We’ll see you next week.

  • TextMate is perfect! Thank you for this post. I have been looking for a list like this one.

  • Xinan

    The price tag for Brief is funny. And btw you left out Sublime Text.

    • Xinan

      And IntelliJ, AppCoder.

  • David Villamizar

    I think the most essential app for any developer is Sublime Text, it’s the best code editor out there, it’s not in the Mac App Store.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      “…there’s more essential apps for devs that couldn’t make it to the Mac App Store”

      You can blame Apples sandboxing requirements for that…

      • David Villamizar

        I know, that sucks.