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Mac Software for Academia

By Steven Gray / Posted on 23 February 2012

A few of my academic followers on Twitter (@frogo if your thinking of following me) asked recently what software I used on my Mac.  As recent converts from Windows they want to get going and start using there shiny new fruit based computer and so this post is for them. It lists, in no particular order the software I use every day on both my iMac at work and my MacBook Air to make me more productive. While most of the software on this list is free, or freely available through my employer, every consideration has been taken to suggest an open source option so that your not shelling out hundreds of pounds (or dollars) on premium software. Hopefully someone at some point will find this list useful.


Document Creation 

Virtualisation – Run Windows as a Virtual Machine

Cartographic Software

  • QGIS – Free GIS software
  • Till Mill  – Create Map Tiles
  • Google Earth
  • Google Notifier


  • GitHub
  • iTerm
  • Remote Desktop Connection
  • Chicken of the VNC
  • Sequel Pro
  • Versions
  • Xcode
  • Hex Fiend
  • Processing

UCL Specific 

  • Cisco VPN
  • Sophos Anti Virus




Development, Informative


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  1. Ian Johnson says,

    I would also take a look at Alfred http://www.alfredapp.com/ which is an application launcher and much more if you buy the productivity pack for £15


    on 23 February 2012 / 1:37 PM


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