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Five MacOS productivity utilities (apps) that should be integrated

There's a couple of system-level utilities I install on all my Mac's, all which enhances the user-experience and workflow of a Mac greatly. All these apps is what I think should had been integrated into MacOS many years ago. Several apps are already some of the best on MacAppStore.

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Magnet

AppStore - $0.99

This is a software gives your Mac the AeroSnap-feature from Windows 7 but also add tons more features and shortcuts to enhance your workflow. Ever since I started to use MacOS full-time, a tiling window snap-software has always been the first thing I've installed.

SmoothScroll

https://www.smoothscroll.net/mac/ - $19.95/yearly ($9.97 when on sale)

If you're using a regular mouse and not a trackpad, you'll notice that the scrolling hasn't been updated since the last decade and is a bit choppy because Apple believe trackpad is the best way to use MacOS. If you're like me who still prefer using a mouse, then this software will make all scrolling just as smooth as the Apple trackpad everywhere. It's especially great for a Logitech mice which you can disable the click-scrolling.

Bartender

https://www.macbartender.com/ - $15.00

Bartender lets you hide and organise your menu bar icons very easily and its useful to make a less cluttered menu bar especially on a small screen laptop such as the 12" Macbook. I use it as a secondary menu bar for software that mostly runs in the background such as SmoothScroll, Magnet, Dropbox, GoogleDrive Sync etc.

Yoink

AppStore - $7.99

This app creates a drag-n-drop area, a basket for files you want to drag and drop between software, or save for later. The workflow in MacOS is to; drag and hold files to your app-icon, wait a little, select your window, wait a little and then drop your files. This becomes a bit cumbersome after a couple of times and if you accidentally drop files during the window-select animations, you have to redo it. This app is perfecting the drag-and-drop user experience that Apple originally intended to design.

Amphetamine

AppStore - Free

MacOS has a very limited set of options for sleep/wake in system preferences. Sleep/Wake is an important function for laptops and not all software tells the computer not go to sleep when you watch a video etc. It's mostly an issue which  exist for cross-platform software. Amphetamine makes it easy to take control with a simple menu bar icon, set specific settings depending on the software you use, or even specific devices etc.

Developer, Designer and Production artist. Gamer on spare time. I started this blog to share more of my thoughts and knowledge in longer format than what Twitter offers.

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