20 Incredible Mac Apps from 2017
As 2017 comes to an end, I'm looking through my applications folder and making a list of the Mac apps that I am most happy to use. My list came to 20, and I ordered them from the cheapest to the most expensive.
Take a look! Are there any apps I'm missing? Let me know what you think @timothybucksf on Twitter.
Price: Free Download Quitter
Quitter is an awesome little free tool from Marco Arment that automatically quits or hides apps after they have been inactive for a set period of time.
Price: Free Download Firefox Quantum
Firefox was a great browser. Then it wasn't anymore. In my opinion, Chrome has followed the same path. It used to be really good, but now it's a bloated RAM hog. Because of my frustrations with Chrome, I started looking for an alternative.
Firefox Quantum was completely rebuilt from scratch, and I'm really enjoying it.
Rocket brings Slack-like emoji to every other app on your Mac. Type a colon, then search for the emoji you want. If you're a developer or have specific apps that you never want Rocket to work in, you can blacklist those apps in Rocket’s preferences.
Price: $6.99 Buy Cinch
Cinch allows you to quickly resize windows to either half of your screen (by dragging the window to the left or right edge) or to your whole screen (by dragging the window to the top edge). There are a ton of other Mac apps that do this, but I've been a happy Cinch customer for years.
For more details, read my article 'Cinch Brings Windows Snap to Mac'.
Price: $9.99 Buy Sip
Sip is a quick color-picking tool that can be used in any app. It's perfect for making color palettes, and its shortcuts work seamlessly with Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, Xcode, Sublime and more.
Price: $9.99 Buy Reeder 3
Who uses RSS anymore? Well, most of you probably don't. But if you do and you're looking for a good RSS reader for Mac, Reeder 3 is a good option.
Price: $19.99 Buy iA Writer
If you're looking for a solid markdown editor, iA Writer is a great choice. But fair warning, there has been a lot of competitions in the markdown editor space, so it might be worth looking around.
Price: Free Upgrade: £19 (~$25) Download Alfred 3
Alfred is a bit of everything. It’s like Spotlight with text expansion, workflow automation, clipboard management and more, all in one tool. It's incredibly powerful, super customize-able, and I've happily used it every day for years.
Price: $49/year Download Newton
Newton is by far my favorite email app for the Mac. It has a ton of wonderful features—read receipts, snooze, send later, undo send, sender profiles, connected apps and more.
If you'd like to read more about it, you can check out my article, 'CloudMagic to Newton'.
Price: Free Download Standard Upgrade: $99 Pro Upgrade: $199 Buy OmniGraffle 7
OmniGraffle is ridiculously powerful. I don't use the vast majority of what it can do, but it's perfect for throwing together quick wire frames and workflow diagrams.