Think of Alfred as Spotlight on crystal meth. It’s an application launcher, but it can do a lot more than just that. With Alfred, you can quickly perform calculations, execute Web searches, and quickly find word definitions, among many other functions.
Better Touch Tool
BTT boosts the functionality of your trackpad or Magic Mouse by adding more gesture control options to the mix. Once installed, you can tap in corners, tap and swipe with up to 11 (11!!!) fingers, and in the case of the Magic Mouse, have pinch-to-zoom functionality.
Pathfinder is an alternative to Finder that gives you more advanced features and control than Apple’s default file manager. Replacing your computer’s file management system isn’t something that even crosses most people’s minds, but you’d be surprised how useful the added functionality is. PathFinder keeps the same familiar interface that Finder has, adding things like tabbed folder browsing and bookmarking to make it even better. Check out the link for full details. We don’t have enough space to list all of the awesome stuff it can do.
If you find yourself writing certain phrases over and over again, Text Expander is for you. There are tons of text expansion apps out there, but this one is dead simple and very straightforward. Never heard of a text expander? What they do is allow you to build pre-written snippets that will pop up when you enter a specific key combination. For example, you could type TYSM, and have it expand into “thank you so much,” or potentially even an entire thank you e-mail.
Evernote is the undisputed king of note taking apps, and for good reason. It’s simple, organized in a highly intuitive way, and syncs with just about any Web service you can imagine. Since it’s one of the most popular apps in existence, there’s a veritable boatload of browser extensions and add-ons available for it as well. Also be sure to check out Evernote’s screenshot annotation tool called Skitch.
With so many free text editors out there for Mac users, you have absolutely no reason to pay for Microsoft Word. Some lean toward minimalism and strip away advanced features, but Text Wrangler isn’t one of those. This program is the Cadillac of free text editors. It has every bell, whistle, and advanced formatting option you’ll ever need.
To-do lists are another category that’s overflowing with choices. TDL apps are a dime a dozen, but Anxiety is our favorite. It’s ultra lightweight, hides in a small spot in your menubar, and doesn’t offer anything more than bare-bones task management.
Flashcards are hands down one of the best ways to cram vocabulary words into your brain before that big Bio-Chem exam you’ve got coming up, but making them all by hand is incredibly time consuming. Smartr not only makes it easier to create flashcards, it also acts as a study buddy and makes quizzing yourself super simple.
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