Since switching from Windows to Mac OS, my productivity levels has gone through the roof. Seriously folks, for years I’ve been chugging along with my good old trusty PC, which I will say was adequate enough for me then.
However, I was always told that PCs were the work horse of computers, and Macs were used mainly by creative people, graphic designers, musicians etc.
In 2014 I decided to buy myself a new laptop as mine eventually died, and so after careful consideration I made the decision to purchase a 13″ MacBook Air (aff), going against the grain and what I’ve been told otherwise about Macs.
After working with my new Macbook for a few months, I then realised just how wrong I’d been about Macs.
Sure it took me some time to get used to, but looking back now even a year later, I really don’t know how the heck I coped without one in the first place, and I don’t say that to be all biassed towards Apple, I love my Mac and it truly is a workhorse for me, especially since I now offer custom WordPress design, and graphic design services through my blog.
Anyway I’m getting myself lost here. I love some of the apps that are available for the Mac too, a lot of them are free to download and use, and I’ve also invested in two or three really great paid apps which is really helping me with my web design and graphic design services.
So peeps, if you’ve recently invested in a Mac yourself, or you’re about to, and want to get your hands on some amazing productivity apps to help you blog more efficiently, then here’s the top 10 apps I’ve used and therefore highly recommend you check out.
My Top 10 Productivity Mac Apps For Bloggers
01. Byword – This is a super clean app for all those bloggers looking for a gimmicks free desktop writing tool. I love this app not just because it’s affordable, but because it’s real simple to use, I actually enjoy writing with it installed on my Macbook when I’m away from the desk. This app is great for WordPress bloggers as it allows you to publish to your blog, select tags and categories and much more. You can download Byword or learn more here.
02. PhotoScape X – If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will have seen that I’ve mentioned this app quite a bit previously. This is by far one of the best free photo editing apps that there is for the Mac, and the premium version has a few more goodies in store. I use PhotoScape to help me create and customise most of the featured blog post images you see here on Magnet4Blogging. Check it out here.
03. Skype – This app truly is one of the most used apps on my desktop right now, I seriously use the Skype app on a daily basis, talking to clients, conducting interviews and communicating with my audience in general. Definitely worth having on your Mac, get it here.
04. Evernote – Another well used app on my Desktop is the Evernote app, I know this is quite a popular one too. Now I use the free version myself which does the job fine for me. I use the Evernote app to write blog posts, post title ideas, create email templates, write to-do lists and more.
I also use this app to write blog comments before posting them to other blogs, write guest posts, do research for future posts, curate content, bookmark posts, copy and paste and more.
The other obvious thing that I love about this app is that I can access all of the content that I add to Evernote across all my other iOS devices, I definitely recommend you instal this app on your Mac.
05. TextWrangler – I started using TextWrangler only a few weeks ago to be really honest with you folks, but I had to add it here because it’s super useful, not just for editing simple texts, but also for writing code to add into my site, that’s what I mainly use it for. I love some of the built in functions like the Syntax colouring, like I said useful when creating source codes.
Other features include grep matching, FTP and SFTP open and save and much more. You can learn more or download here.
06. iMovie – iMovie was the very first application that I started to use on my Macbook. Previously to that I was using Windows Media Player. Learning how to use this app for the first time took some getting used to I will admit, but once I was past the learning stage, I grew to love this app even more. All of the videos I now create for my YouTube channel and other platforms are edited and finalised in iMovie.
Some of the features like themes and enhanced editing tools are really great for making your videos look pro, without having to spend a fortune on other editing software. The updated iOS version of this app is awesome as I also use my iPhone to record and edit videos on the go. Download iMovie here.
07. Chrome – Love, love love this app even better than Safari and FireFox put together, super fast, lots of great add-ons for bloggers web masters too, get it here.
08. Affinity Designer – OK so this isn’t an app for every WordPress blogger perhaps, but if you’re a web or graphic designer like myself, and you’re looking for a professional vector graphic design software app for the Mac, this is it, there’s nothing else that comes remotely close to Affinity Designer.
Affinity Designer has way too many features to list here, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using this app over the last few months myself to not only create custom graphics and logos for my clients projects and my own, but I’ve also been able to use the app to create custom featured post images, infographics, eBook cover artwork, social media cover photos and more. It really has helped me to get creative with my brand. Check out the app here.
09. Screencast-O-Matic – Another great app for WordPress bloggers that uses Macs is Screencast-O-Matic. Now whilst this isn’t an app available directly from the Apple app store, it can be obtained from the screencast website here.
I use Screencast to do all of my on-screen product reviews and tutorials. I then edit them in iMovie later on.
10. Pomodoro Time – This is simply the best productivity optimiser app if there ever was such a thing. I’ve got this timer app installed on both my Macbook and iMac and love, love, love working with it running in the background. I’ve created several tasks with allocated time for each one, and when I set the timer to start work I can see how much time I have left before it’s time to move onto the next task or even take a break. Check it out here.
So peeps those are my 10 best productivity Mac apps for bloggers that I recommend, and ones that I currently have installed on my own computer. I hope some of these will come useful for you too.
If you use any of these yourself or want to recommend any that I’ve not mentioned here, please do leave me a comment here on Google+.
Happy blogging as always, chat soon, your blogging friend.