While there was not much in terms of new Mac automation applications this year, there are several productivity applications that I have found useful and that I think you should know about if you're not already using them. Some applications I have already written about or have done a video about.
In the coming year, I plan to produce a short course about the task management application, 2Do, and will write articles or produce videos about Drafts 5, Amazon Kindle, and Launch Center Pro. And I will definitely produce a course on Keyboard Maestro. It's outlined, and I just need to get started with video productions.
After you review my favorite applications for this year, I would love to hear about your picks. Please share in the comment section below.
I finally found an alternative Mail client that provides several features, including HTML signatures, template emails, quick reply posts, dark mode, and advanced email filters. Postbox also maintains all my iCloud mailboxes and smart mailboxes.
I also found an alternative to the Apple Finder. It’s the classic PathFinder. I recently wrote an article about it. Click on the icon above to read it.
I’m now using 2Do for all my blogging related tasks. I wrote about 2Do over a year ago, and I’ll be doing some more articles or videos about it. 2Do is well designed and features that I need that not found in other tasks managers. I also still use Informant because it’s the only task manager that has a built-in calendar.
I’ve been using the iOS Kindle app since it was first released over five years ago when it debuted with the original iPad. The Kindle constantly gets improved. It now has direct integration with social network site, Goodreads, and it’s advanced annotation features help me filter and review my highlights and notes. I’ll also be writing about this app next year.
I use this app to keep up with how long I’ve had major products like my iPhone, Apple Watch, etc. It reminds me of how long I’ve been married, how long ago my mother passed away, how long it takes me to use certain products so that I can know how often I need to buy them, and important milestones that I want to keep track of.
Drafts 5 had a major update this year, and it is the essential app for all my quick notes. The latest update includes tags to make it easier to organize and filter notes. I also like the sets of shortcuts you can customize, and that sit above the keyboard for quick access. I think I may eventually subscribe to a premium version of Drafts 5, because I suspect that a lot more features will be added to this app in the coming years.
CleanMyMac X, a computer maintenance application that searches and removes junk files, old applications, iTunes cache, etc..Click to watch my video review of CleanMyMac.
Since I produced my video about Amphetamine several months ago, it has been updated with even more features, including the day and time trigger feature. I use this app to keep my Mac desktop from sleeping throughout the day while I’m working. Check out my video about the earlier version of Amphetamine if you don’t know anything about it.
Launch Center Pro is another iOS app I need to write about. I’ve been using it for several years. I especially like it for location triggers, and the ability to do a long-press on the app icon and select from a set of macros, such as calling a phone number, sending a pre-written text message, or quickly dimming my iPhone.
Swarm is not really a productivity app for me, but it’s a nifty memoir type app that I especially like for keeping track of restaurants, notes, resorts, and other locations that I want to remember when I visited. This is a great app if you travel a lot, and it has been improved to automatically capture the places you visit in the event you don’t manually record the visit.