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To be clear, I’m not a productivity freak… but I do have a set of tools that I’ve grown accustomed to and without which I am (or feel) significantly less productive.
This post will be a subjective, up-to-date, and curated list of all the Mac tools I use on a daily basis, with some additional good finds worth trying.
- Better Spotlight? It’s a must-have, try Raycast
- A good Calendar app? Fantastical 2
- A good Email client, finally? Air Mail or MimeStream
- An open-source, cross-platform password manager? BitWarden.
Although, NordPass is also pretty neat
- Your MenuBar is too busy? You have a notch?
Hide the clutter with Hidden Bar (free) or Bartender (paid)
- Clipboard manager?
Copy Clip is a must have if you’re not using Rambox/Alfred
- All-in-one messenger? Rambox or Franz
- You miss your split-window feature from Windows?
No problem, Magnet’s got you covered
- Customizable app switcher? Command-Tab Plus (paid) or Alt-Tab (free)
- Wondering what’s next in your day? Next Meeting will let you know
Tracking your time? Clockify. It has a Mac app and it’s easy to use
NO. SAY NO TO TIME TRACKING.
- A fast, reliable, privacy-oriented VPN? Nord VPN is my choice
- Monitoring your camera and microphone? Micro Snitch. They have amazing support!
- Monitoring your Mac’s hardware? iStatMenus integrates pretty well
- Service Station allows you to extend Finder’s capabilities
(Open with…, custom scripts, etc.)
- New File Menu, if you’re missing your Windows’ “new file” menu
- Your company policy puts your Mac to sleep after 2 minutes?
Use Caffeine to keep it awake
- Saving your audio books for later? Open Audible
- Screen Copier (scrcpy) will mirror your Android devices on the desktop
- Android Tool for Mac allows you to save your Android screenshots
(and screen recordings, and GIFs)
- A professional, advanced IDE for iOS and macOS development?
Sorry, you’re stuck XCode 😬
If you know other interesting products, shoot them to my Twitter. I can add them here.