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The Must-Have Apps for a More Productive Mac at Work


You’ve probably wondered how to increase your productivity on your Mac, whether you use it for work or for personal pursuits. There are only so many hours in a day, and only so much mental stamina you can muster.

There are a plenty of tactics you can do to boost your productivity, but if you want a more objective, all-encompassing solution, the greatest thing you can do is load your Mac with productivity tools that will help you get more done in less time.

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Alfred is without a doubt the tool I use the most on my Mac at work. I strongly advise you to take a look at it. Clipboard history (it even works with images), keyboard snippets, translating text into other cases, starting programs, rapidly seeking up contacts, and more are among my most-used functions. It’s a free download, but if you like it, you might want to consider purchasing the optional Powerpack.



For more than a decade, 1Password has been a favorite among Mac and iOS users. Aside from password management, 1Password has a number of features that make it worthwhile to pay for (in comparison to Safari’s free features). Secure notes with attachments, personal information like social security numbers, app licensing information, credit card information, passport information, and more are all supported. I also use it to store all of my two-factor authentication codes.

1Password also features robust corporate plans, making it the ideal place for a company to store all of its passwords while keeping them secure and accessible to everyone who requires access.



Things is one of the most attractive Mac task managers available. It syncs rapidly across iOS and iPadOS, and it’s simple to get started with the fundamentals before progressing to becoming a Things power user as you learn more about the program.

Things 3.14.4 adds intelligent spacing and automatic cleanup of multiple bullets from pasting to the notes you could already organize manually in bullet notes. Task notes now support Markdown formatting, which allows you to easily create headers, highlights, and bold text. The app’s only flaw is that you can’t mark off a recurring task until the day it’s due. It would be the ideal app if they included that.



Transmit 5 connects to 11 different cloud services, including Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Box, Google Drive, DreamObjects, Dropbox, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud Files, making it the greatest FTP/SFTP program on the Mac. If you use such services on a regular basis, you should try Transmit for free right now. It’s simple to understand how to use thanks to the drag and drop interface.

Parallels Desktop


Look no further than Parallels 17 if you need to run Windows or Linux software on your Mac. It’s the most efficient method for running a virtual machine on macOS for Windows 11, Linux, or even macOS Monterey. Multiple speed enhancements, increased Apple Silicon support, drag-and-drop content between Mac and PC, and much more are included in the current edition. It’s useful for macOS Monterey testing while it’s in beta, even if you don’t need to use Windows or Linux. A hands-on with Parallels can be found here.

Pixelmator Pro


Although I am not a graphic designer, I do need to resize photographs, make small edits, and perform some light design work. Pixelmator Pro is my go-to program because I don’t want to install (or pay for) the full edition of Adobe Creative Cloud. It’s optimized for Apple Silicon, and with each new iteration, it becomes better.

Final Cut Pro


You’ve transferred your iPhone photos of your road trip/stage production/cat to your Mac. Now it’s your turn to do something with them. Apple’s full-featured video editor has a lot of options, but it’s simple enough for newbies to try their hand at making movies. The magnetic timeline allows you to try new things, and built-in effects help you correct bad pictures and add ambiance layers.

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