The 24 best Mac App Store apps for your new MacBook or iMac

Photo editors, music apps, tools for writing, and office stuff for being all productive. This is what to install first on your new Mac

Your brand new Mac has booted up and is sitting there, expecting something to happen. What next?

You could do something boring, like setting up email (yawn) or typing a letter (bleh). Instead, have some fun, with Stuff’s pick of the Mac App Store’s finest creative apps for photos, videos, music and writing. 

And then set up your email and such anyway, because that’s quite important. But you need the right apps for those things, too.

Pixelmator Pro

Imagine a refined, modern Photoshop with some cool black threads and that’s Pixelmator Pro in a nutshell. It’s easy to use, but feature-rich, with a great combination of drawing tools, editing options, and stunning visual effects.

Want something cheaper and simpler? The original Pixelmator’s still on sale for RM130.

Buy Pixelmator Pro (RM249.90)

Affinity Designer

One for arty types, Affinity Designer is a buttery smooth app for getting your vectors on, whether you’re smashing out a logo or working hard on some cutting-edge illustration. It feels like what Illustrator could be without the flab, and is an unmissable bargain at RM170.

Buy Affinity Designer (RM167.90)

Affinity Photo

If Pixelmator Pro doesn’t quite float your boat, yet you still hanker for something Photoshopish on your new Mac, Designer’s sibling is a superb choice. Affinity Photo is packed full of high-end tools and features for creating, processing and retouching images, all housed within a sleek and usable interface. 

Buy Affinity Photo (RM167.90)

Flare 2

Flare 2’s sneaky. Load a photo and it feels like a one-click iPhone filter app, albeit one with pretty amazing filters. But access the edit section and suddenly there are loads of sliders - you can fine-tune everything, creating every kind of custom photo effect imaginable.

Buy Flare 2 (RM39.90)

Comic Life 3

ZOK! KAPOW! and BIF! your way to something a million times better than a Facebook album, by transforming pictures of family and friends into comic strips. Get your words straight in the script editor, before adding photos, comic filters, speech balloons and sound effects. VOOOOOM!

Buy Comic Life 3 (RM129.90)

Final Cut Pro

iMovie? Pfft. A mere abacus next to the supercomputer that is Final Cut Pro. Fast and powerful, this is the app you want to be using to edit your home movies, even if it’s probably overkill in the same way you don’t really need that iPhone X for playing Pokémon GO.

Buy Final Cut Pro (RM1299.90)