Holiday Gift Guide: Best Mac Apps for Students

Rosa Reyes
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Still shopping for that perfect holiday gift for students in your gift buying list? What do they need to make school life a little easier and a whole lot more fun? Here, we've compiled some of the Best Mac apps for students. Check out the list below and add your favorites in the comments.


Students usually has assignments and other schedules, sometimes they might miss out the deadline at certain context. Henceforth, the first holiday Mac app gift that is necessary for students. iHomework is an app to help students manage their course workload. It’ll help students keep up-to-date with their school work, grades, to-do's, teacher's information, and almost everything else they may need during the school year. It's available on the Mac, and it is sold as auniversal app for the iPhone and iPad.

Cisdem PDFManagerUltimate

How often do you use copy and paste buttons while writing your essay? Cisdem PDFManagerUltimate is your savior here, with this app you can read, edit, annotate, convert, compress, sign, merge, split and encrypt PDF files on Mac. The app has all the basic functions you need to highlight, underline or add other annotations to a PDF.You can also convert PDF files to convert PDF to Word, Excel, Text, PPT, Keynote, Pages, HTML, EPUB, Rtfd, and image(*.bmp, *.png, *.tiff, *.jpg, *.gif) with advanced OCR function.


You spend a lot of time in college writing papers, preparing presentations, and collecting data. Apple's iWork series will let you create documents, presentations and graphs. The suite includes a document editor (Pages '09), a spreadsheet application (Numbers '09) and a presentation application (Keynote '09). You can buy the apps individually for $20 each on the Mac App Store. Also, With iCloud sync, all your papers, spreadsheets, and presentations will stay in sync no matter where you are or what device you're working on.

MindNode Pro

Brainstorming is an important part for any student, whether it’s for a research project, generating new ideas for an essay or a final year thesis. MindNode Pro is an application for creating simple and stylish mind maps. You start with an idea or anything you can think of, and from there branch off wherever your mind leads you. MindNode Pro allows you to produce these mind maps quickly and efficiently in a visually appealing style.

DataRecovery for Mac

While Mac computers are well known for being very stable, regularly backing up your hard drive is nevertheless essential for unexpected crashes and failures. Apple’s Time Machine is pretty sufficient for retrieving previously deleted documents, but a Data Recovery software is necessary for students to recover lost, deleted, formatted or inaccessible files from any Mac supported data storage media, including internal/external hard drives, USB drives, SD card, optical media, memory cards, digital cameras, mobile phone.


Pixelmator is the best inexpensive photo editing suite for Mac, providing much more bang for your buck than industry leader Adobe Photoshop. The app may not include all of your favorite Photoshop keyboard shortcuts or filters, but it includes just about everything else you could want from a photo editing app. There’s also iCloud sync for your files between computers, a variety of filters and touch-up tools, and the ability to export to your social networks. Saving and exporting files can be a bit quirky, but for $14.99, Pixelmator is a great value, and is quite elegant looking.


Flow charts are a great way to visualized info and to study info. Unfortunately, Drawing graphs on Word can be a nightmare and a particularly fiddly task. GraphSketcher is one of the programs that can help students easily draw graphs on Mac OS X. it can be used in almost every subject offered in college.

Your picks for best Mac apps for students?

Which apps did you find most useful for taking notes, keeping up with assignments, and helping you study? Which do you think is the best holiday gift for students? Make sure you let us know in the comments!

Rosa Reyes
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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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