Top 20 Best Free Mac Apps Every Designer Should Know

Macintosh(MAC) OS X is a operating system developed and marketed by Apple Inc. A Quite number of web designers using Mac for their design related work. MAC OS X with great features, fast booting time and many more incredible features that make it more reliable and lovable among users and it is suitable for Web designers also, it offers huge range of software for designing, publishing and managing.

Finding best free Mac apps was not a easy task for me, but i have been searching the free Mac apps for designers and finally i got this these best apps for web designers. This list has a great collection of free apps for designers that helps to make their web design project more attractive and beautiful.

Number of application are available on internet for Mac users but quite number of apps are free to use and effective than paid applications. If you are Mac user then you should try these free apps for your designing purpose.

Here I have listed top 20 best MAC apps for designers for free download. I hope designers will love to use these apps, no need to go for paid apps. Share your thought i our comment section below.


This is one of the most general purpose free photo editing software stands for GNU image manipulation program, GIMP has scripting interface and plugins, extensions and filters comparative to Photoshop.

2) ResizeIt

If you want to change size of multiple images simultaneously then you should check out ResizeIt it will definitely helps you and it will convert file format also according to your need. It supports multi core and processes multiple images very fast.

3) Blender

Blender is open source software for 3D animation, modelling, rendering, interactive and playback and is available for almost all major OS under the GNU General Public License.

4) Logo Design Studio Pro

If you want to design new logo with in few minutes than you should try Logo Design Studio Pro, you can choose from over 1000 pre designed logo templates, or start from scratch using over 2800 premium logo centric vector graphics, then add or change text, shapes, color and more and get your right look.

This tool allow you to scale logos to any size without compromising your logo sharpness and clarity.

5) Seashore

Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS X’s Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It support multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It based around the GIMP’s technology and uses the same native file format.

6) Goldberg

Goldberg is a freeware image and movie viewer with image editing capabilities and support for applying quick time and other effects.

By using Goldberg you can make minor adjustments like color correction, noise and other instead of firing up a whole photo editing application.

7) Image Tricks

Image tricks is a freeware application for editing your photos and images using Mac OS X Core Image Filter and Quartz compositions that unimaginably transform your photos. This program also contains a powerful random image generator for creating unique backgrounds and abstract images for business cards, web design, print materials and many more.

8) Pixam

Pixam is a one click screenshot sharing tool. By using this you can clip a full screen, a window or a custom rectangular and share any image with your friends with one click! Clip a screenshot and share it to Pix.AM. We provide you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard that you can use to share your upload with friends.

After taking screenshot, you can use some tools to highlight screenshot details. You can use Brush, Arrow, Line, Rectangle and Oval.

9) Inkscape

Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics(SVG) file format.Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features(markers, Clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving users and developers community by using open, community-oriented development.

10) Intaglio

Intaglio is a

full featured, easy to use vector* graphics editor for Mac OS X. Introduced in 2003 and refined continuously, Intaglio is a mature, reliable tool taking full advantage of the powered graphics built into the Mac to bring you high-end capabilities at an affordable price.

Intaglio is a great tool for graphic design and illustration.

11) Simple CSS

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a good way to specify the styles of fonts and other page elements on your sites. It makes it easier for you to update styles too, because when done right, you only need to make a single change to update the styles on multiple pages and elements. One more thing is that your visitor’s browser needs to load less data per page, helping you reduce your data transfer usage while serving the same information.

12) Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is use to create, modify and share 3D models. It is easy to use.

13) Filezilla

Filezilla is the free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of cost under the terms of the GNU General Public License. In addition, you will find documentation on how to compile FileZilla and nightly builds for multiple platforms in the development section.

14) MindNode

MindNode Pro and MindNode are simple-to-use mind mapping applications for the Macintosh that help ti visually: Collect and classify ideas. Mind maps can be used for many different tasks- including to-do lists, brainstorming, holiday planning, project management- and in many different environments – school, meetings, workspace.

15) SiteCapture

SiteCapture is used for creating image representation of web pages. With the click of one button SiteCapture loads a set of web pages and creates images in the format you want.

16) ColourMod

ColourMod originally made it deput as a Web based DHTML dynamic colour picker. Since the inception of OS X from Apple, ColourMod has been ported to dashboard interface and is fully functional in OS X Tiger and leopard.

17) Xcode

Xcode is the complete toolset for building Mac OS X and iOS applications- and with Xcode 4, the tools have been redesigned to be faster, easier to use, and more helpful than ever before. The Xcode IDE understands your project’s every detail, identifies mistakes in both syntax and logic, and will even fix your code for you.

18) Acorn

Everyone needs to edit images at some point, but not everyone has the time to learn super pricey wizbang image editing programs. This is why Acorn created. Add text and shapes to your digital pictures. Combine images together to create your own. Work with layers to touch up your favorites or make something new from scratch. Do all this and many more with Acorn.

19) Sequel Pro

Sequel Pro is a fast, easy-to-use Mac database management application for working with MySQL database, it gives you direct access to your MySQL database on local and remote server.

20) MAMP

MAMP stands for Macintosh, Apache, MySQL and PHP with just few clicks, you can easily and quickly install Apache, PHP and MySQL for Mac OS x!

It install a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac OS X. MAMP will not compromise any existing Apache installation already running with tour OS X. You can install Apache, PHP and MySQL without starting a script or having to change any configuration files.


5 thoughts on “Top 20 Best Free Mac Apps Every Designer Should Know

  1. surina

    Great list of tools but the grammar on this article is horrendous. Might I suggest you have someone review your post prior to publishing next time.

  2. Calin

    Nice article, unfortunately the tool that I need the most from here “Logo Design Studio Pro” is not free. You have a very limited trial for 10 days and then you have to pay 59.99$ to buy it.
    Not quite a free one, as the title says 🙂

    1. idontlikeit

      Agree. Pls check the app by yourself before writing the article.

  3. William

    Acorn is not free; the link you provide shows that it is $49.99 on the Mac App Store.

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