The 8 Best Mac Apps of 2019

Do more with your Mac using the best Mac apps of 2019

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Have you invested in a new Mac or simply want to refresh it with new apps? From collaborating with your team to tracking life's memorable moments, there's a macOS app for that. Here are some of the best Mac apps.

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Magnet: Best Mac App for Multitasking

Screenshot of Magnet organizing four windows on Mac

What We Like

  • You can control the way your workspace looks through simply snapping windows

What We Don't Like

  • Some apps, such as Spotify, are unable to be resized under a certain width

If you use your Mac on a daily basis for work, you understand the importance of multi-tasking. For each task, you might need to open multiple windows. With the free app Magnet, you can create the workspace that works for you by arranging your windows the way you want.

There are two ways to arrange windows using Magnet. You can click the Magnet icon in your toolbar and choose how your window should appear, or you can use the "snapping" effect by bringing your window to any of the four corners of your Mac. Instantly, the window will be resized and moved accordingly.

You can break windows in half and in thirds. You can move windows to all four corners. You can also maximize and center at the touch of a button. Unfortunately, some apps are unable to be resized to a certain degree, depending on the developer.

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Evernote: One of the Best Productivity Apps for Mac

Screenshot of Evernote app on Mac

What We Like

  • Store everything in one app

  • Camera option for easy document sharing

  • Passcode lock for privacy

What We Don't Like

  • There's a limit to what you can do without Evernote Premium

You should be able to store all of your important documents, notes, photos and ideas in one place. Using Evernote on Mac, you can do just that. Some use Evernote to keep important receipts and statements for tax purposes. Others use Evernote to store ideas and collaborate with their teams. The options are endless when it comes to this app.

Evernote can be synced anywhere, meaning you can use any computer, phone, or tablet. Multiple participants can work inside Evernote at one time, making collaboration a breeze. You can create to-do lists, agendas, reminders, and more to keep you on task.

From business to education, Evernote has a use case in every industry. Although Evernote is free to download, there's a limit to what you can do without Evernote Premium, which will cost you $7.99 monthly or $69.99 annually. Evernote Premium gives you 10 GB of new uploads each month, an unlimited number of devices, and more.

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Ulysses: Best Writing App for Mac for Distraction-Free Writing

Screenshot of Ulysses app on Mac

What We Like

  • Distraction-free writing to get work done faster

  • Create eBooks, DOCX, PDFs, and HTML

  • Publish to Medium and Wordpress from the app

What We Don't Like

  • Takes some practice to get just right

With social media just a click away, a buzzing email, and a long task list, it's easy to get distracted when trying to work. If you have a critical report due or just want to focus on writing that new blog post, you need Ulysses for distraction-free writing.

Ulysses is an app that hides necessary toolbars and other distractions until you're ready for them. It's simply a window with a blinking cursor. Using Ulysses, you can create ebooks, documents, PDFs, and more. Plus, you can publish to Medium and Wordpress right from the app.

Ulysses offers a 14-day trial for new users. After that, you'll need to pay either $4.99 a month or $39.99 annually for continued use.

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Spotify: Best Music App for Mac

Screenshot of Spotify app on Mac

What We Like

  • You can create your own playlists and share them with your friends

  • Virtually endless amount of music

  • Download playlists for offline listening

What We Don't Like

  • To skip songs and play the songs you want to hear, you'll need Spotify Premium

Whether you're taking a road trip or studying, music in the background is a given. On your Mac, there's one music app that has it all: Spotify. From listening to your favorite band to creating playlists to share, it's an easy-to-use app for the music lover.

Spotify gives you the ability to find exact songs from a virtually endless library. You can easily search by artist, song, playlist, and more, or you can listen to the playlists Spotify creates for you based on your music taste. Unfortunately, for free users, there are limited skips and you can't select songs on your own.

Spotify offers a free 30-day trial of Spotify Premium, which now includes a Hulu subscription for free. After that, expect to pay $9.99 per month for all Spotify has to offer.

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Slack: Best Collaboration App

Screenshot of Slack on Mac

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What We Like

  • Easy collaboration between team members

  • Search for past messages using the search bar

  • Add GIFs, images, and emojis with simple shortcuts

What We Don't Like

  • Each group you're in will run continuously, regardless of use

Working in a team can sometimes be difficult, especially when you're all in different places. Collaboration and communication is crucial to getting work done, and Slack is the ultimate collaboration tool for teams of all shapes and sizes.

Slack resembles chatrooms of the past, with a sleek design that's easy to maneuver. You can send messages to channels you create, or send direct messages to individuals. You can add emojis and GIFs with easy shortcuts and integrations, and can integrate tools such as Asana and Trello to your Slack channel for easy project management.

Slack does allow multiple groups you're a member of to run in the background, but this can drain your Mac's battery if you're the member of several.

Slack is free to use for up to ten app integrations and with the ability to search 10,000 messages. For standard pricing, Slack charges $6.67 per active user. For Plus, Slack charges $12.50 per active user.

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Harvest: Best Time Tracking App

Screenshot of Harvest app on Mac

What We Like

  • Track time easily from your desktop screen

  • Keep track of which projects you worked on and how much time you spent on each

What We Don't Like

  • Reports are limited

  • Pricey

When you're working on multiple projects, tracking your time can help you stay productive. Instead of manually tracking your time, you can use an app to do it for you. Harvest is a time-tracking app that works directly from your desktop screen on Mac, or online.

Using Harvest, you can keep track of which projects you worked on and how much time you spent on each by creating your own projects. While limited, Harvest offers reports to show you where you spent most of your time and more.

Harvest offers a free version for one person and only two projects. From there, they offer a solo plan for $12 a month for one person and unlimited projects. For teams, Harvest offers a team plan for $12 a person per month. If you have a large team, this app can get pricey.

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Day One: Best Journal App for Mac

Screenshot of Day One app on Mac

What We Like

  • Easily add reminders, photos, and more

  • End to end encryption for strong security

  • Sync across all devices

What We Don't Like

  • Requires yearly subscription to unlock all features

Journaling is a great way to take some time for reflection, but it's also a great way to stay focused throughout the day. Instead of keeping your to-do list and journal in two separate places, combine them using Day One.

Day One allows you to keep a daily journal to secure your memories forever through photos, text entries, and more. Beyond that, Day One allows you to set reminders, view your calendar, store photos, record the weather, and so much more.

Day One is available for free with limited features. To unlock all features, including unlimited journals and photo storage, you'll need to purchase premium for $24.99 a year.

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Reeder 3: Best App for Keeping Up With Your RSS Feeds

Screenshot of Reeder 3 on Mac

What We Like

  • Get updates from all your RSS feeds in one app

  • Integrate services such as Feedly simply

What We Don't Like

  • Steep learning curve for those inexperienced in the RSS feed

How do you stay up to date on all your favorite news outlets and feeds? By using one simple app to house them all. Reeder 3 is the easy way to keep all of your RSS feeds in one place, including Feedly, Feed Wrangler, NewsBlur, and so many more.

Reeder 3 has a learning curve for those inexperienced in RSS feeds. However, for those who use RSS feeds daily, Reeder 3 is simple to integrate. Reeder 3 includes multiple themes, including dark mode for night reading and white for more contrast. You can also share your favorite stories through Reeder's integrations with Buffer, Pocket, Evernote, and more.