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5 free MacOS Apps to Make Everyday Life Easier [Week 43/20 in Review]

natterstefan profile image Stefan Natter πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΉπŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’» Originally published at blog.natterstefan.me ・4 min read

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When I had to work with macOS for the first time in 2012 during my internship in a digital agency I was skeptical. I even had my Windows laptop next to me. Some of the tasks I completed by copying files back and forth and editing them in my familiar environment. When I got my first job after my studies I went into the macOS world again and this time I got stuck with full enthusiasm. There are a lot of tools and apps that have made my life easier since then and I want to list five of them today.

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments below or on Twitter.

5 very useful macOS utilities

Rocket

Rocket
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A few weeks ago, Telmo shared Rocket with me on Twitter. Ever since then I can add emojis faster using the Slack-style shortcuts.

Gitify

Gitify

Never miss GitHub notifications again with Gitify!

Hocus Focus

Hocus Focus

Are you like me and often have too many apps open at once? Omnifocus, Chrome, Fantastical, VS Code, Notion, and others sooner or later take up all the space on your screen. With Hocus Focus you can automatically hide applications that have become inactive and keep the focus on the task in front of you. The tool has been a loyal companion of mine for 5 years now.

Muzzle

Muzzle

At the latest since remote meetings and screen sharing have become a daily routine, embarrassing notifications can cause unpleasant situations. Or do you want everyone to see your intimate WhatsApp messages while you're presenting? With Muzzle, that's a thing of the past. As soon as the free tool detects that screen sharing is active, it switches the Do Not Disturb mode on, and off again later. Fantastic!

Karabiner Elements

Karabiner Elements

In the past, I had to struggle with wrist pain due to the daily use of non-ergonomic keyboards and mouse. When I finally took a closer look at the topic, I found out that there is a limited number of keyboards for macOS (or I looked in the wrong place). Anyway, I finally bought the Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 from Microsoft. But it had no macOS layout. Thank god there was a solution for that as well: Karabiner Elements. With this free tool, you can customize any keyboard to your needs and define the keybindings yourself. So every Windows keyboard becomes a macOS-friendly one.

I got one extra tool for you: Yoink - Simplify and improve drag and drop on your Mac
and speed up your daily workflow
. It's a paid software but worth every cent IMHO.

πŸ“— Books

Last week I finished reading Drive. It is a great book with a lot of food for thought. My next book on the list is "We are all Leaders" by Fredrik Arnander. I have already told you about it briefly, and now I am starting to read it.

β›“ Links of the Week

🐦 Tweets of the Week






See you next week - thank you. πŸ‘‹πŸ»

Stefan


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AJ Villalobos

Thank you Stefan for the mention! Here's a 25% off coupon on the yearly plan for your readers, just enter "devto" on checkout. Cheers!

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Thanks, and you're welcome. Hopefully some readers signed up. 🀟