Five Mac Apps You Probably Don’t Know That Bring Serious Productivity

Having a macbook is like having a ticket to Disneyland, except instead of having access to rides, you have access to a lot of cool apps. There’s no shortage of useful, interesting apps for the Mac, but some of them you just can’t live without.

Today, we’re letting you in on five of the best free and paid apps that  bring serious productivity to your machine.

alfred

Alfred is like Spotlight on steroids. With the tap of a designated hot-key, Alfred is summoned to do anything you want, like Alfred himself, you know, Batman’s butler. See what I did there? Alfred can search for anything – local files, google, contacts, Wiki stuff. You can even do stuff with just one or two clicks against A LOT of clicks. Oh, have I mentioned that it’s free. Yeah, a free butler. Awesome stuff!

caffiene

Apparently, it’s not only you who needs caffeine. Caffeine keeps your machine awake and deprived of going into sleep mode, starting the screensaver or turning the display off. It’s a must have for people who love to read long documents, or any activity where you don’t touch your machine for a long time.

1pass

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately, you know that online security is important. It’s highly advisable to have lengthy and totally random passwords, but doing this doesn’t make it easy at all. 1Password is a password manager developed by AgileBits Inc. It provides a place for users to store various passwords, software licenses, and other sensitive information in a virtual vault. It’s basically having 1Password for all your passwords and other sensitive information.

f.lux

Eyestrain sucks, and you’ll definitely feel it after long hours at your Mac. f.lux hides in the corner of the menubar and changes the color temperature of your monitor depending on the time of day, so your eyes can work long hours without peeling them away from the screen. You should definitely take breaks, but f.lux definitely helps. As the sun sets, so does the color of your screen. It gives your screen a slightly orange tint, so you aren’t taking in all that blue light than can disrupt your sleep and cause eyestrain. Plus, it’s free. Give your eyes a break, try f.lux.

fantastical

Fantastical 2 is the only calendar app you’ll ever need, so long as you’re willing to shell out a cool $50 for it. The steep price grants you access to a powerful set of tools, however, as well as a full-screen calendar window that’s as beautiful as it is practical. The true hallmark of Fantastical 2 is in the way you create reminders; just type in that you have “Dinner with Alexa on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.” and watch the app schedule it with a reminder.


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