Buying a MacBook is like getting a ticket to a land of fantastic new software. In addition to all of the free apps that Apple gives to every Mac owner, both the Mac App Store and independent developers provide tools that make using your computer easier — and a little more fun. Our must-have list includes apps that remember your passwords, organize your notes and to-dos, and follow your package deliveries.
1Password to rule them all: Given how many accounts we have, it’s getting harder to keep these username and password combos straight, let alone differentiated. (You’re using a different password for every account, right?) AgileBits’ secure app lets you keep all of your passwords in one place, so you can create a single master login password with the maximum security. The app lets you store credit card information to auto-fill forms, and it keeps track of your security questions for different sites. You get Dropbox and iCloud syncing support, and for a few extra bucks, you can get mobile apps to take your passwords on the go. 1Password offers a $5-per-month family plan that includes up to five installations on multiple devices.
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