Top 5 Mac Apps essential for Working from Home

Sahil Pabby
Aug 12 · 3 min read
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Since this entire Work from home started, I have been on a search for the best apps that can increase my productivity and improve my workflow.

Here are my top 5 picks.

  1. DemoPro ($1.99)

An essential part of working from home is video conferencing whether it’s on Zoom or Google Hangouts. If you are presenting your screen it’s sometimes hard to get the viewer's attention to a certain part of the screen.

Most of us just start wiggling the cursor around with half of the viewers wondering what is going on with your computer.

DemoPro solves this by making the whole screen into a canvas which lets you draw or highlight any part of the screen.

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DemoPro
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DemoPro Menu

2. CleanShot X ($29)

Sometimes it's hard to explain to your coworker what you mean via a slack message. I love taking screenshots as I know I won’t have to go back and forth explaining myself and we both are talking about the same thing.

This app is apple screenshots on steroids. Not only can you edit and style the screenshots you take. You can also record your screen as a video or as a Gif.

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CleanShot X
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CleanShot X Menu

3. Paste ($0.99/month or $9.99/year)

Imagine a clipboard that can save all your cuts and copies from the last month, that’s what Paste is. You can search through the clipboard and arrange them in different categories for easy access.

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Paste

4. Duet Display ($9.99)/SideCar — free

It never hurts to add an extra screen to be more productive. Now that’s where these two apps come in handy. Both do the same thing- Sidecar will turn your iPad into a seamless second display for your MacBook or iMac. It is free and comes in all devices compatible with iOS 13 (iPadOS) and macOS Catalina.

Duet Display is a great alternative if you have an older device not compatible with Sidecar.

I have explained how to use Duet Display in this YouTube Video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX7TVttFTdo


5. Time Out ($2.99/3 months, $4.99/6 months or $9.99/year)

Working from home made me stick to my computer for long periods of time. As a result, I have had a lot of backaches and headaches.

Time Out came to the rescue. I love the Pomodoro method to keep myself productive so I have set up the Time Out app to hide my screen for 5 minutes after every 25 minutes of work.

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There are several customizations to the screen cover you want.

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This is what I use :)

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I hope this article helped you. Stay safe, stay happy. See you in the next one.

Sahil Pabby

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Software Engineer in NYC, YouTube_simpletechman, IG_@, I write about improving productivity, tips and tricks and share everything else I am learning.

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Sahil Pabby

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Software Engineer in NYC, YouTube_simpletechman, IG_@, I write about improving productivity, tips and tricks and share everything else I am learning.

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