The operating system on Apple computers and laptops, macOS, is stable, efficient and aesthetically pleasing (the upcoming Big Sur update is particularly beautiful and clean). But Apple does not often listen to its customers and deliberately refuses to add simple features that would make the platform even easier to use. In addition, Apple apps often lack much of the functionality we’ve expected in other applications.
Thankfully, there are downloadable programs that can fix this problem. I have collected a handful of the best Mac apps that help me almost every day. Some are for niche use, but others fix gaps in vanilla macOS. Most of these apps are not free, but all have free tests that you can check out. It is also common for them to sync with companion apps on your iPhone. Try these. Because we̵
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BetterSnapTool ($ 3): Yes, you can use Split View on macOS to display two applications side by side, but it’s nowhere near as intuitive as it is in Microsoft Windows, where you can simply drag a window to a corner and let it stick in place. This app is worth $ 3 if you do not want to constantly change the size of window edges. Magnet is another good option that costs the same.
Amphetamine (free): If you’ve ever had to keep your finger on the trackpad during a movie or YouTube video to prevent the screen from sleeping over and over again (or perhaps during a particularly long download), you’ll appreciate an app that lets you hold the screen on for certain tasks. It also works with external screens. Sure, you can continue to go through your system settings to change the screen saver and hard drive shutdown settings, but it can get tiring quickly.
Alfred (free): The default search tool on macOS is not bad, but there is room for it to go deeper. Alfred is a preloaded option that allows you to create custom shortcuts to programs and file folders, activate system commands by typing, create automated custom workflows that begin with the push of a button or a type phrase, and, much more. It’s free, but you can pay £ 25 (about $ 32) for a single user license to access the full feature set or £ 45 (about $ 57) for a lifetime with free upgrades to subsequent versions of Alfred.
AdGuard ($ 30 per year): With AdGuard’s standalone macOS app, you can choose from and customize a large number of filters to block social media extensions, pop-up ads, URL redirects, and more. It works not only in your browser but also on other apps that you have installed. There is a two-week free trial, but you must pay for a license to use it after the trial expires. For $ 2.49 per month, you get access to the service on three devices simultaneously.
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