5 Best macOS Apps for a Productive Life

Apps & Tools for a productive life

Abhinav Chandoli
Feb 24 · 5 min read
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Apple’s macOS is perhaps one of the most impressive and productive operating systems around. With the new macOS 11.2 Big Sur update Apple is going big on its aesthetic game indeed. Some even say macOS is one of the most complex yet simplest operating systems.

Despite the fact that there are some incredible advantages to using macOS, there are clear drawbacks to using it as well, especially in professional and functional use cases. Sometimes these drawbacks can get in the way at some point in using it. Try out these few apps to make your work life a bit easier.


Image: uBar

macOS dock has always been a polarizing one for people coming from Windows. It was and still is nowhere near the functionality of the Windows 10 taskbar. That’s where uBar comes in. uBar gives your mac the missing taskbar functionality which is more or less similar to the taskbar on Windows. Unlike the Dock, it gives you control over your active apps, you can either preview, group, quit, or close any app window without opening it.

It’s sleek, compact, and doesn’t take up the screen like the dock. It also features utilities like a clock and calendar. The active apps will even have Badges and flashing alerts. A built-in progress bar to track download or installation. It even allows you to troubleshoot apps right from the taskbar. It even has support for multimonitor setup.


Image: ProofHub

ProofHub is an all-in-one project and team collaboration software that helps you to get your work done with ease. What makes ProofHub a better alternative to other project management tools is its simple and easy-to-use interface which requires little to no learning curve.

It allows you to plan tasks, visualize workflows in kanban boards, Gantt charts to visualize your project in a timeline view, ability to create and customize workflows and assign roles, and ability to control who gets access to what according to your organizational workflow. You can even discuss, chat, and email within the tool.

It also allows you to create project & resource reports, timesheets, progress reports, daily agenda, and many more. You can also access details about your project from the dedicated iOS app too. You can try out the app for free before buying it.

Rocket Typist

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Rocket Typist is a productivity app for people who like to takes things to an extreme level to save time. It is a text expansion app that helps you eliminate typing the same phrases and sentences over and over. It gives a database where you can save your most commonly used phrases. It helps you save the unlimited number of your most commonly used words and phrases allowing you to paste them wherever you want.

Apart from that, it allows you to assign phrases to an abbreviation which automatically expend it into the assigned phrase or sentence. It even allows you to create macros within the app which lets you create responsive snippets that keep your documents up-to-date as you’re writing them. It even has an option to sync your snippets across all your iCloud devices. It also allows you to select snippets from your Mac’s Touch Bar.

Tea Code

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Tea Code is like the rocket typist but designed specifically for developers and coders. It helps you save time where you write the same lines of code over and over again. It expands code templates into real code in whatever programming language and code editor you use. The app comes with a simple variable-based language that supports multiple variables, subexpressions, optional patterns, and filters.

It supports all kinds of data, phrases, text, numbers. It has over 80 built-in expanders, you can even create your own expanders to write your code even faster. You can export your expanders and share them with your colleagues. You can press ⌘ + ⇧ + Space to quickly access or find expander syntax. You can buy the app for about $24.99 and keep it for life. Though expensive it’ll completely justify the price tag once you start using it.

Pliim Pro

Image: Pliim Pro

Pliim Pro is a neat little which helps you hide distractions during your presentation. It disables notifications, removes clutter on desktop and active apps, and even lets your mute speakers in one click. It has a few easy toggles that can turn your mac into a presentation mode instantly or screen sharing mode instantly. Once you toggle this mode it blocks all chat heads, mail alerts.

It also helps you in muting your mic in a click, you can mute your mic with a persistent touch bar icon or a customized shortcut ⌘+⇧+m. It works with almost every meeting software like Zoom, Skype, and many more. As it is a native macOS application it works like a charm and integrates well with the OS. Also, the app is relevant now more than ever.

Other apps like Swish a missing gesture layer support for your MacBook trackpad, Start an app that lets you organize and quickly open your apps, folders. Keysmith an app that gives you information about all keyboard shortcuts of the apps on your Mac.

Some of the above apps like ProofHub, Rocket typist also work on Windows 10 natively. I hope these apps and tools will make your life productive than before. Let me know your favorite apps that you use daily. Thank you for reading.

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