As far as possible As far as operating systems go, MacOS for Apple computers is stable and efficient, but sometimes it seems annoyingly incomplete. Apple often does not listen to its customers, stubbornly refusing to add simple features that will make the platform easier. Stock Apple apps often lack the expected functionality of our other programs. From what Apple has shown us Preview of Monterey, The next major MacOS update, some omissions will not disappear anytime soon.
Fortunately, there are downloadable programs that can solve these problems. I’ve collected a handful of the best Mac apps that help me almost every day. Some niches are for use, but others fix gaps in vanilla MacOS. Many of these apps are not free, but most have free trials that you can check when deciding if you want to buy. It’s also common to sync them with companion apps on your iPhone. Check out the list below and try them out. These MacOS apps can make your life easier.
October 2021 Updated: We’ve adjusted the price and added two new programs to our liking.
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For a better user experience
Yes, you can use Divided view The two apps look side by side on MacOS, but nowhere near as intuitive as it is in Microsoft Windows, where you can just drag a window into a corner. If you don’t want to bother constantly resizing window borders, this app costs 3. Magnet Another good option that costs the same.
If you’ve ever moved your finger on the trackpad while watching a movie or YouTube video, or going to sleep on the screen repeatedly (especially during long downloads), you’ll appreciate an app that will help you keep the screen on for specific tasks. It even works with external displays. Of course, you can go to your system preferences to change the screensaver and hard disk shutdown settings, but it can get tedious quickly.
The default search tool on MacOS isn’t bad, but it does go deep. Alfred is a supercharged option that lets you create custom shortcuts to programs and file folders, activate system commands by typing, create automated custom workflows starting with the push of a button or typed phrase, and more. It’s free, but you can pay 29 British pounds (about $ 40) for a single user license.
AdGuard’s standalone MacOS app lets you choose and custom-toggle from a huge array of filters to block social media extensions, pop-up ads, URL redirects, and more. It works not only on your browser but also on other apps you have installed. There is a free two-week trial, but after the trial is over you will need to pay for a license to use it. For 2.49 per month, you can access the service on three devices at once.
For a good writing experience
Tired of paying for Microsoft Office, dissatisfied with Apple’s default Office suite, and unable or unwilling to completely switch to Google’s G Suite in the cloud for everything? Download LibreOffice, a full-featured suite that includes common applications such as word processors and spreadsheet editors. It is fully compatible with all common Microsoft file types, including legacy formats such as .doc. It is open source and costs nothing to use, even commercially. Good luck, if you donate some money in the end Like it and use it a lot.
I like Ulysses’s simple text and clear interface for writing long stories, but it’s also perfect for short stories, novels, poems and scripts. It removes all unnecessary icons, buttons and settings and allows you to concentrate on your work. You can get a free trial before paying the subscription fee. (You can opt for $ 6 per month instead of the annual payment plan.) If you shell out, the iOS app is integrated with the MacOS version.
Highland Hall is a general text editor designed primarily for screenplays and stage plays, but also has templates for other things, such as writing novels. The great thing is that it will automatically configure the exported scripts in an industry-standard format, and has a new gender analysis tool that will break down how many lines are called by your character, categorized by gender. The basic version is free, but the one-time $ 50 purchase counterfeit you upgrade and more features.
Journaling is a meditative experience, but if you’re like me and your handwriting sounds like an SOS message engraved on a stone, you avoid writing on paper. The first day is a great digital journaling experience that lets you insert photos, save voice recordings, and export your logs in a variety of formats, such as PDFs. Your journal entries are end-to-end encrypted, backed up automatically, and protected with passcodes or biometrics. There’s a free version, but it’s severely limited, so it’s best to pay $ 35 per year for the full suite of features.
Working in a noisy place অথবা or a dead-quiet স্ম can be reminiscent. Dark Noise lets you custom-mix its 50 built-in sounds to create the perfect audio illusion, whether you have “perfect” raindrops falling on a tent or a box fan dropping on a window sill. Even if you are not under audio attack, a smooth layer of background noise can increase your concentration.
For a better viewing experience
If you need a heavily responsive image viewer that lets you edit and view the batch-process catalog of metadata, RAW image files, and set up an automated process for sorting and categorizing photos for you, go to Apollo. It’s a program for serious photographers – or at least people who take lots of pictures and want to organize them. The free version has limitations on what you can do, but it’s a great way to see if you want to pay 20 for the full experience. Another option is XnView MP (Free).
A lightweight image viewer, this app doesn’t come with all the options and clutter of more advanced programs, but it’s better to use it if you don’t need all these features. Xee³ is clean, similar to MacOS’s default viewer, but it lets you browse through photo folders and remove photographs more easily. For $ 4, it’s for your life. It reminds me of Windows Photo Viewer in a good way.
Older than 2001, it is a great video player that is constantly supported. It works with a ton of file formats and codecs, even allowing you to convert files from one file type to another, and it provides you with audio and video compression methods to make small files larger or larger. If you download a lot of videos, this is not an intelligent one. It’s an open source product, so stay tuned and donate some money to the creator if you use it too much.
From those who brought us Evernote, The built-in screenshot app of Sketch One-Up MacOS. Once you capture a screenshot of a program window, a part of the screen, or the entire screen, you can edit and annotate it with arrows, shapes, textual callouts, and more. You can also use pixelated (obscure) parts of an image to obscure sensitive information, or to draw focus.
For advanced organizations
Sorting folders is a slug, and sorting all your files out of place never ends because you have to do it over and over again as you continue to use your computer. That’s where Hazel enters. You say which folders you need to see – say, your downloads folder – and it will automatically move the files to the new destination folder and sort by name, date, type, where they came from, and more. Newly created or downloaded files are removed automatically. This is a one-time purchase.
Instead of signing in to individual browser tabs across all your email, workflow, and social media accounts, you can link them all in shifts. This means that only one app window is open for all your work. You can add Gmail, Slack, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Airbnb, LinkedIn, Spotify, Google Docs and much more (plus Chrome extension!). Advanced Tier opens whatever you want for $ 119 per year. Try the initial (and free) level first.
You are drowning in the package. Keeping everything straight is a nightmare, and the stress of knowing that if you miss an email or change the delivery date, a balcony package thief can take your belongings. This app gives you a clean, color-coded space (purple for FedEx, brown for UPS, etc.) to keep track of delivery status and scheduled dates for all your packages. It is all updated automatically! Delivery has recently moved to a subscription-based pricing model. You now have to pay 5 a year or 99 cents per month.
Save the recipe web pages and Paprika automatically formats them into a uniform design. All your recipes are organized in folders, and you can use the app’s interactive features to test the ingredients when cooking and scaling the ingredients needed for different cooking sizes. There is an iOS app, but you have to buy it separately for $ 5. It’s also available on Windows and Android at the same price, so you can sync recipes across multiple platforms.
Other good tools
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