I love to read end of year lists each December. I love to make them too.
I worked on a PC exclusively for 25 years. Two years ago in retirement I tossed the PCs and bought a Macbook Pro. The consequence of having this cool new machine with an operating system that actually worked was that I had to rethink how to use current creative software to replace all of the (Microsoft) bloat on a PC.
This is my list of my favorite apps. Note that I use my Macbook for “professional” activities like writing and surfing the web and blogging and social media and my digital photographs. I do not do games nor software that looks like it was designed for five-year-olds.
You can zoom by clicking on the image.
I use the paid or pro versions because the extra features are useful to me. You might be able to get by just fine with a free or minimal features version.