Since switching over to Mac OS from Windows, I can honestly say that my productivity levels have gone through the roof.
Seriously folks, for years I’ve been happily chugging along with my good old trusty Acer PC, which I will say was plenty adequate for me at the time.
Today, however, I honestly don’t think I could be running my business as smoothly if I was still stuck on a Windows platform. Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know, I haven’t used a Windows computer since 2013.
Way before I made the switch to Mac OS, I remember being told that PCs were the work horses of computers, and Macs were used mainly by creative people, web designers, graphic designers, musicians, etc.
Well, here’s the thing. Windows will always be a great office machine I think. When it comes to word processing, creating databases and spreadsheets, simple everyday tasks, sure Windows is generally great for that kind of stuff.
However, things have changed over the years, and a lot more people now work in the creative industry than ever before, and that’s why a Mac I think is the best solution for professional creative folks.
When it comes to productivity, however, there’s an abundance of apps available out there for every single job thinkable as a pro blogger using a Mac.
And talking of apps, below I’ve created a list of some truly amazing productivity apps to help you blog more efficiently, I highly recommend you check out.
My top 10 productivity Mac Apps for bloggers
#01. Byword (Writing)
Let’s start with a good old writing app.
Byword is a simple clutter-free writing app for all those bloggers looking for a distraction free app.
I personally love using this app not just because it’s simple to use, but because it truly is distraction free.
There is also a cool feature that allows you to publish to your WordPress blog. You can select tags, categories and much more.
You can download Byword here.
#02. PhotoScape X
I’ve mentioned this app quite a few times previously I know.
PhotoScape X is by far one of the best free photo editing apps that there is for the Mac.
There is also a premium version too loaded with a few more tools, filters, options, and features.
I use PhotoScape X app on a daily basis to help me create and customize all of the graphics and featured blog post images on Magnet4Blogging.
#03. Skype (Video calling, client Collaboration)
The Skype app happens to be one of the most used apps on my desktop right now.
Almost all of my video calling and client collaboration is done via Skype.
If you’re a freelancer yourself, you can’t beat the Skype App for connecting and communicating with your clients.
I use this app alongside another app called Slack, which is very useful too.
#04. Evernote (Organizer)
Another well-used app on my Desktop is the Evernote app.
I already know that this is quite a popular app and many of my blogging friends use this one, regardless whether it’s on a Mac or PC.
I use the free version myself which does the job just fine for me.
For me the Evernote app is useful for writing blog posts, jotting down post title ideas, creating email templates, writing to-do lists and for doing research where I can drop images, links, PDF’s and various other pieces of content to store for later.
I also love to use this app to draft blog comments before posting them to other blogs.
If you already use the Evernote app yourself, I’d love to know what YOU use it for. Grab the Evernote app here.
#05. Atom (Code editor)
Atom is my all-time favorite open-source code editor.
If you’re a web developer yourself, or just like to dabble around with your own pieces of code to add to your website, this app is just the perfect companion for that kind of stuff.
#06. Final Cut Pro (Video editing)
When I was on the Windows platform I was using Movie Maker.
I then started using iMovie on my first Mac in 2013.
Early on this year, I made the decision to invest in Final Cut Pro, and even though I’m not a professional video editor, it’s one app that I use quite a lot when I’m editing and polishing up my videos for my YouTube channel.
Final Cut Pro comes with all the bells and whistles for top level video editing and more. Plus, there are some truly amazing plugins available out there to make this software even more powerful.
It does come at a premium, though. It costs around $300, but in my opinion, is worth the investment if you’re going to do a lot of video blogging.
#07. Chrome (Browser)
I love, love, love using this app even better than I do Safari and FireFox put together.
Chrome is super fast, with lots of great add-ons for bloggers, web masters, and DevTools for web developers too.
I use Chrome for all my web-browsing and web development projects.
#08. Affinity Designer
For all you bloggers into graphic design, or just creating your own custom pro graphics, I recommend Affinity Designer.
Affinity Designer is a professional vector graphic design software app for the Mac. In fact, it’s the only professional graphic design app for the Mac that’s worth talking about.
I use Affinity Designer to create all custom icons, graphics, logos, eBook cover arts, social media cover arts and more both for myself and my clients.
I’ve been a long time subscriber to the premium version of Screencast-O-Matic.
This is an awesome, must-have application for bloggers that love to create screen-recording tutorial videos for their blog posts.
Now whilst this isn’t an official app available directly from the Apple app store, it can be obtained from the screencast website here.
I use Screencast, of course, to do all of my on-screen product reviews, walkthroughs, and tutorials.
I save my recordings in organized files to edit later in Final Cut Pro.
#10. Pomodoro Timer
Pomodoro Timer is a simple productivity timer app for the Mac.
I have this little timer app installed on my Macbook Pro and iMac and I absolutely love working with it running in the background.
It has really helped me to deal with procrastination too, something I suffered immensely in the past.
With Pomodoro Timer I can create different tasks and run timers alongside which ever task I’m doing at the time.
So there you have it my friend, 10 must-use blogging productivity apps for Mac users that I recommend. I hope some of these will come useful for you too if not now then in the future.
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+.