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From Windows to Mac

As one who uses both operative systems, I know first-hand that the transition from Window to Mac is never easy, especially if you never used or even tried the other o.s.; during my first days as a regular Mac user, I struggled and spent hours searching and trying the best equivalent of the Windows-only programs I used to work on my sites. This article - and its counterpart - is here to avoid you that struggle, by listing some Mac-only programs for website owners. Or, if you prefer, I've made a short list of cross-platform programs available for both o.s.

Panic's Coda 2 is an alternative to WeBuilder, Notepad++ and Dreamweaver...and hands down the best HTML, CSS and PHP editor for Mac; the UI looks minimalistic, but the program is far from it and you can easily access all the editor's feature with one right click of the mouse. It has syntax highlighting, internal preview, code-folding, code-completion, a powerful color-editing tool and all the features you find in premium editors like Dreamweaver. The price ($95) is not very cheap, but the editor is worth every single penny and more.

Pixelmator is an actual Photoshop alternative in many tasks; it has a very easy to navigate UI, but is almost as features-packed as Photoshop, and such an easier and quicker learning curve that it has become my primary editor for rendering images to make transparent pngs. Pixelmator has a "twin" called Pixelmator Pro but, because of the UI and the quite affordable (only $30 on the Apple Store, vs Px. Pro's $70) price, I recommend Pixelmator Classic over Pro as a must-have program for any macOS user.

Color Note and Color Slurp are two free color pickers for Mac; both are unobtrusive, super-easy to use and very lightweight. The best feature in both is the magnifier, that allows you to pick any color from the screen; they're very precise and a must-have for every web designer working on macOS.

AppCleaner does exactly what its name says: it gets completely rid of any program app you no longer want to have on your Mac, deleting not just the program files but all those hidden leftovers files and folders who would clutter your hard-drive; all you have to do is drag and drop the app and AppCleaner does all the work for you. You don't have to worry about anything else getting deleted by mistake, as the apps only picks and deletes the files linked to the unwanted program and nothing else. The app is completely free - there is a paid alternative, but in my opinion AppCleaner work as good as that.

The Unarchiver and B1 Free Archiver are two completely free equally good utilities to decompress both zip and rar folders; I slighly prefer B1 Archiver because it has the option to view the contents of an archive without having to unzipping it first, but if you don't need that feature, The Unarchiver is an equally excellent app. They're both super-easy to use and very light-weight, and definitely awesome Mac alternatives to Winzip and Winrar.

Paragon NTFS is a small, cheap (it only costs $20) and extremely useful app that allows you to use any external HDD on your Mac without having to reformat the hard-disk; with this installed, you can read, write, delete and just work with any hdd as if you were on Windows. There is an alternative called Tuxera NTFS but, based on reviews I read as well as my experience, Paragon is definitely the best...and an absolutely recommend program.