Some great apps to optimize workflows

All apps are free, unless otherwise noted.

 

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Inspiration

 

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Ember ($30)

 

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Dragdis (Web app) (Free with paid options)
Collect Images, links, videos and texts you find online easy and quick with drag & drop.

 

Pixa ($25)
Organizing your images, the easy way. Collect, design, deliver: effortlessly improve your workflow with Pixa.

 

Inboard ($20)

 

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You like Pinterest and Dribbble, but prefer a desktop-based digital scrapbook to view image files where your performance is not limited by your web browser and you don’t get distracted by millions of tabs. View your images in an awesome grid that you can take full screen.

 

Pixave ($10)

 

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Pixave provides the optimum environment to manage your images. With the user-definable ‘Collection’ feature you manage your images, using folders to categorize and suit your needs. In addition, you can organize numerous images using the highly intelligent ‘Smart Collection’ feature and search for them instantly.

 

Prototyping

 

Change the way you design with the most powerful prototyping platform on the planet. Pixate generates 100% native prototypes, so you can experience your ideas on device as if they’re completely real.

 

Principle ($100) mobile phone
Principle makes it easy to create animated and interactive user interface designs. Whether you’re designing the flow of a multi-screen app, or new interactions and animations, Principle lets you create designs that look and feel amazing.

 

Briefs ($200) mobile phone

 

thumbs up sign Marvel (Free with paid options) mobile phone personal computer
Turn sketches, mockups and designs into web, iPhone, iOS, Android and Apple Watch app prototypes.

 

grinning face Silver (Currently in beta, invite only) mobile phone personal computer
Silver is the first prototyping tool built exclusively for Sketch. It is perfect for making quick, flow-based prototypes, but it also plays nice with Framer.js to help you add micro-interactions to your flows.

Version Control

(Asset Management)

Pixelapse (Subscription)
Visual version control and collaboration workflow for open source and private design projects. Built for individuals, trusted by agencies.

 

thumbs up signFolio ($50)
Simple version control app for designers. It lets you quickly browse and restore previous versions of your design documents.

 

Use Kaleidoscope to spot the differences in text, images, and folders. Review and merge the changes in seconds with the world’s most advanced file comparison application.

 

Sketch Plugins

 

Quickly create dummy data such as avatars, names, and geo location.

 

Import rich data and duplicate design assets faster than ever before.

 

Import rich data and duplicate design assets faster than ever before.

 

A Sketch plugin that lets you save and load colors into the color picker.

 

Chrome Extensions

 

Re-size your browser’s window to emulate various resolutions.

 

Screen capture your current page in it’s entirety, reliably.

 

Simple extension to view image image width, height and file size from your browser’s context menu.

 

View image in current tab.

 

Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

 

LivePage is a developer tool which reloads website resources (such as CSS, HTML and JavaScript) as they change on the server, so you are always looking at the most up-to-date version of a web page. It can make developing websites a lot faster, by helping productivity.

 

User styles are themes for web sites. User styles empower your browsing experience by letting you customize web sites. Take out irrelevant content, change colors, or completely redesign the entire site.

 

Project Naptha (Advanced OCR-ing tool)
Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image. Live demo

 

Design Software

 

trophysparklesSketch 3 ($99)
Sketch gives you the power, flexibility and speed you always wanted in a lightweight and easy-to-use package. Finally you can focus on what you do best: Design.

 

Project Comet (Adobe XD Price Unknown)
Design and prototype websites and mobile apps faster than ever with Project Comet,
the first all-in-one solution for UX designers. Coming in early 2016 from Adobe.

 

Affinity – the fastest, smoothest, most precise professional creative software, exclusively for Mac.

 

Mischief ($25)
Mischief is an easy-to-use, intuitive freehand drawing app ideal for sketching, brainstorming and ideation.

 

Icons

 

Icon2Image (Price)
Image2icon is the easiest way to create your own mac icons and customize your folders and files.

 

Photography

 

BatchImageCropper lets you easily crop multiple images at one time.

 

Social

 

Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.

 

Music

 

Stop chasing music across the web – to services you don’t use, or sources you don’t have access to. Given the name or link to a song, album or playlist, Tomahawk will find the best available source for you and just play it.

 

Soundnode App is an Open-Source project to support Soundcloud for desktop Mac, Windows, and Linux. It’s built with NW.js, Node.js, Angular.js, and it uses the Soundcloud API.

 

iTunes-like SoundCloud client for OSX.

 

Gear ($6)

 

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The Google Music and YouTube player for Mac and iPhone

 

Yate ($20)
Yate was developed for people who want complete control over their tagging experience.  The application was designed from the ground up for Mac users. It is a 100% Cocoa written application and uses its own tagging library. Yate will tag aiff, dff, dsf, flac, m4a, mp3, mp4 and wav audio files. Yate also supports m4v and mp4 video files.

 

Mail

 

Unibox ($16)
Unibox is an email client that groups your messages by person. This way your emails are organized automatically and you always find what you are looking for.

 

 

Notes

 

Quip is the modern productivity suite that helps your team get work done faster.

 

Paragraphs is built for one thing and one thing only: writing. It gives you everything you need to create brilliant prose and does away with the rest.

 

Byword (Mac – $12 / iOS – $5.99)
Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown. All the tools you need to write effectively, with keyboard shortcuts, word counters with live update, and more.

 

News

 

With Feedly, you can easily organize all your publications, blogs, YouTube channels in one place and consume and share more efficiently. No more zig zagging. All the content comes to you in one place, in a clean and easy to read format.

 

Reeder 3 ($10)
A news reader for Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, FeedHQ, NewsBlur, The Old Reader, Inoreader, Minimal Reader, BazQux Reader, Fever, Readability and Instapaper.

 

Bookmarks

 

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thumbs up sign Raindrop.io (Free with paid options)
Stop chasing music across the web – to services you don’t use, or sources you don’t have access to. Given the name or link to a song, album or playlist, Tomahawk will find the best available source for you and just play it.

 

Git

 

Tower ($70)
Version control with Git – made easy. In a beautiful, efficient, and powerful app.

 

A free Git & Mercurial client for Windows or Mac.

 

FTP

 

Libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Azure & OpenStack Swift browser for Mac and Windows.

 

A simple app.

 

Text Editors

 

Coda 2 ($100)
You code for the web. You demand a fast, clean, and powerful text editor. Pixel-perfect preview. A built-in way to open and manage your local and remote files. And maybe a dash of SSH.

 

TextWrangler is a powerful and richly featured tool for composing, modifying, and transforming text stored in plain-text files.

 

Sublime Text (Evaluate for free / purchase for $70)
Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.

 

Web Design

 

SiteSucker is a Macintosh application that automatically downloads websites from the Internet. It does this by asynchronously copying the site’s webpages, images, PDFs, style sheets, and other files to your local hard drive, duplicating the site’s directory structure. Just enter a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), press return, and SiteSucker can download an entire website.

 

Turn any mockup into a floating guide, and visually align pixels with ease.

 

Automation

 

Keyboard Maestro is the leading software for Mac OS X automation. It will increase business productivity by using macros (or shortcuts) with simple keystrokes.

 

trophy Hazel ($30)
Hazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create.

 

Fake ($30)
Fake is a new browser for Mac OS X that makes web automation simple. Fake allows you to drag discrete browser Actions into a graphical Workflow that can be run again and again without human interaction. The Fake Workflows you create can be saved, reopened, and shared.

 

Screen Capture

 

DreamShot becomes the brains of your screenshot workflow, presenting the most relevant options for dealing with an image. You select a destination, DreamShot sends it, then gets out of the way, with nothing left on your desktop. Try it once, and you’ll never go back.

 

Voila ($15)
Screen recording or image capture, full screen or selective area – capture them all. With an intuitive interface and a powerful toolset, you get to effortlessly annotate images, export videos, organize files or simply share the way you want.

 

Screen Sharing

 

Reflector is a wireless mirroring and streaming receiver that works great with Google Cast, AirPlay and AirParrot 2. Mirror your content to the big screen without wires or complicated setups. Play games, watch movies, demo applications or present from the palm of your hand. Even send your screens directly to YouTube for others to watch live. Everything you do on your device can be wirelessly sent to Reflector!

 

AirParrot allows you to wirelessly beam your screen or media files to a variety of media receivers. AirParrot quickly discovers available receivers on your network, and uses Quick Connect to connect directly to a device running Reflector 2. Easily share your screen, videos, audio, presentations and so much more.

 

Tools & Utilities

 

trophyAlfred 2 ($30)
Alfred is an award-winning app for Mac OS X which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys and keywords. Search your Mac and the web effortlessly.

 

trophy Bartender 2 ($30)
Bartender 2 lets you organize your menu bar apps, by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to the Bartender Bar.

 

thumbs up sign CleanMyMac 3 ($40)
Clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac with the all-new CleanMyMac 3. It scans every inch of your system, removes gigabytes of junk in just two clicks, and monitors the health of your Mac.

 

MagicPrefs (Customize magic mouse preferences)
MagicPrefs Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad advanced preferences, custom clicks, gestures configuration, expose, dashboard, middle click.

 

BetterTouchTool (Customize magic mouse preferences) (Pay what you want)
BetterTouchTool is a great, feature packed app that allows you to configure many gestures for your Magic Mouse (1 & 2), Macbook Trackpad and Magic Trackpad (1 & 2) and also Mouse Gestures for normal mice.

 

A Better Finder Rename’s huge array of renaming options are organized into 15 intuitive categories that cover all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a great file renamer.

 

Type more with less effort! TextExpander saves your fingers and your keyboard, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures.

 

thumbs up sign Unclutter ($6)
A new handy place on your desktop for storing notes, files and pasteboard clips.

 

Take control of hidden files on Mac OSX.

 

thumbs up sign Hyperdock ($10)
HyperDock adds long awaited features to your Dock: Select individual application windows just by moving the mouse on a dock item, use mouse clicks to quickly open new windows and many more.

 

Can’t remember a shortcut? Just hold the ⌘ key to get a list of all active shortcuts for the current application.

 

Attach a menu bar to the active app window.

 

thumbs up sign Divvy ($14)
Managing windows can be frustrating, requiring precision control of your mouse or trackpad for clicking, dragging, pushing and pulling your windows to the size and position you desire. Even with all this work, it’s very difficult to get windows exactly where you want them, so most of the time windows are left scattered all over the screen. The solution? Divvy.

 

Magic Launch is a preference pane that lets you customize the experience of opening files on your Mac. Open your files using the original application that created them or create custom rules to decide which application should open a file.

 

A fast, easy, and free BitTorrent client.

 

Thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps. Simply drop an application onto the AppCleaner window. It will find related files and you can delete them by clicking the delete button.

 

File Management

 

Trickster ($10)
Trickster keeps track of recent files you’ve been using on your Mac and gives you super easy and lightning fast access to them.

 

thumbs up sign PathFinder (Finder replacement tool) ($40)
Take full control over your file system! Save your time and work how you want! Say goodbye to the days of weak file management. With Path Finder 7, it’s your files, your way.

 

 

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Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings.

 

Productivity

 

Trello (Free with paid options)
Infinitely flexible. Incredibly easy to use. Great mobile apps. It’s free. Trello keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details.

 

Alfred Workflows

 

Play Song is a workflow designed to make playing songs in iTunes extremely quick and convenient.

 

Convert color formats and create code notations of colors from the OS X color panel.

 

This simple workflow lets you search emoji codes and their symbols.

 

You can incremental search for Font Awesome icons and paste them into the front most app.

 

Mobile

 

Lanes ($2)
Lanes is a simple way to organize your workflow. An all-in-one task tracker, kanban board, to-do list and swimlane app.

 

Sketch Mirror lets you preview your Sketch designs on your iOS devices.

 

Alfred Remote is your personal command centre for Alfred 2 for Mac. Your iPhone or iPad now becomes a perfect day-long companion to your Mac; Whether at work or play, be more productive than ever!

 

Clear (Mac – $10 / iOS – $5)
Untangle your life with Clear – the to-do and reminders app used by more than 2.5 million people that ensures you stay focused on what matters.

 

Create simple connections between apps like Facebook, Dropbox, Instagram, Twitter, and Gmail, as well as devices like your iPhone, Nest Thermostat, Fitbit, and Philips Hue.