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5 essential downloads for Mac users

There are plenty of apps available for PC and Android users. They span everything from RPGs to photo editors and productivity tools — and there’s plenty of information out there on the ones that are worth downloading.

But what about the best apps for Mac users? Mac devices come loaded with functional, easy to use apps, but they don’t come with everything you’d want for productivity and entertainment. They are full of extra tricks and features, though. Tap or click for the best tricks you forgot your Mac could do.

So how can you figure out which Mac apps you need and which ones to pass up on? We’re here to help. From the ultimate writing app to a password manager with a ton of extra features, these are the apps Mac users need to download stat.

1. Ulysses

If you’re looking for the ultimate writing app for your Mac, look no further than Ulysses. This app is a full-fledged writing tool that can do it all. Use it to minimize distractions on-screen, store and manage your documents, sync your work, increase your productivity and a ton of other stuff, too.

Whether you’re jotting down an email or writing the next great novel, one of the hardest parts of writing is getting focused. And that’s where Ulysses comes in. This app won’t bog you down with unnecessary formatting notes or other distractions. It lets you focus on writing instead.

Of course, you can use Ulysses’ awesome formatting tools later, but that comes after the writing is done. Once you’ve got the words down, you’ll get access to the built-in proofreader and editing assistant to help clean up your work.

This app comes with a ton of other features, too. You can use it to store all of your writing, sync your projects and documents or turn your text into PDFs or even e-books. You can even use this app to export your writing to the web — which is a huge plus if you’re running a blog or website. It even comes with an iPhone app, so you can jot down your thoughts whenever they come to mind.

Ready to write your next great work with Ulysses? Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can use this library of tutorials to get started.

2. Pixelmator

The Photoshop-averse don’t have to lose hope for beautiful photos. Pixelmator is a great alternative to Adobe’s image editor platform, and it’s more intuitive, too.

You can use Pixelmator to create the coolest and most unique images possible. It lets you enhance and touch up photos quickly and easily — and you can use it to draw, sketch, paint, add text or shapes and even add some cool effects to your images.

Everything about Pixelmator is intuitive, so it’s a great fit for someone who’s struggled with Photoshop (or someone who just dislikes that platform). It’s built for Mac users, too — so you won’t have to worry about issues related to your computer with this app.

It’s not just for MacBooks and iMacs, either. You can even use it on iPhone and iPad, whether you’re a photographer, painter, graphic designer or just someone who likes to dabble with image editing.

Ready to create amazing images with Pixelmator? Once you’ve downloaded the app, these tutorials will help you become an expert at image editing in Pixelmator.

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3. Airmail

If you’re using a regular email platform, you’re missing out on some really great features offered by the Airmail app. This app is designed to be a powerful mail client that you can customize to meet your needs.

Airmail is the definition of a smart inbox. It allows you to use multiple email accounts, snooze emails, switch to privacy mode, get interactive mail notifications and a slew of other features.

It even works with your other apps, and you can create custom actions to make life easier. Whether you want to bulk edit your mail, create a unified inbox, use a few snazzy email templates or streamline your work, Airmail is a solid choice.

This app is a great fit for anyone who’s juggling two email inboxes or for those people who do a ton of work via email. It works with your iPad, iPhone and MacBook or iMac, too.


It’s tough to juggle calendar entries during normal times, but it’s really a struggle when all of the meetings are on video platforms. Scheduling meetings doesn’t have to be that hard, though — not if you’re using, anyway.

This app helps you take control of your schedule and productivity. You can use it to manage your calendar, create meetings, maximize your productivity and view or even change your meetings all right from your iPhone, iPad or Mac computer.

It’s simple to use, too. To create a meeting with this app, all you have to do is fill out a simple form and press schedule. The virtual assistant, Amy, will help negotiate times and dates with your guests and other attendees. You’ll be able to view the meetings that Amy is still negotiating on your behalf or glance at your calendar for upcoming meetings.

There’s also the option to cancel or reschedule a meeting in one click or edit attendees on the fly directly from the app. This app is a great fit for anyone who’s stuck working remotely or conducting meetings via Zoom or Skype. It will take the headache out of scheduling.

Once the app is downloaded, you can see how to navigate the app here.

5. Roboform

It would be best if you used unique passwords for all of your accounts. Reusing the same password is a dangerous game to play, even if it makes it easier to log in to your accounts. Instead, check out Roboform, an app that is both a password manager and form filler.

If you’re struggling to remember your passwords from device to device, Roboform can come to the rescue. This app lets you access your passwords on all your devices and reduce them to a single master password that only you know. It even offers secure one-tap logins for websites and apps.

It’s not just for passwords, though. You can also use Roboform for a ton of other features, including:

  • Securely store and edit credit cards, bank accounts or any other personal information.
  • Fill long checkout forms with one tap.
  • Store license keys, Wi-Fi passwords or any other important information using Safenotes.
  • Sync Bookmarks for your favorite websites.
  • Store contact information for your friends and colleagues.

Ready to get started with Roboform? Once the app is downloaded, this Roboform support center, which includes a help center and manual, will help you become an expert with the app.

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