After watching watching a video on using Trello for an editorial calendarI was pretty excited to start doing so for my two main blogs. Creating and editing Trello cards and lists is a tedious process on iOS and if an idea popped into my head, I wanted to be able to get it down quickly and into Trello.
So as promised, I am penning the second part to my best Mac productivity apps of 2016. So without further ado, let’s get into it.
The Best of 2016 Mac App Roundup
- Hazel – This app saves me so much time by moving files around that I’ve collected in different places across my Mac and external hard drive. You can move any type of file with a rule, from photos, disk images, and epubs, the list is endless.
- BusyCal – This is my calendar app of choice, at least for now. I use BusyCal along with BusyContacts as a CRM but the more I look at Fantastical 2 the more I am intrigued by it. Maybe a review for 2017?
- BusyContacts – My favorite way to manage my contacts on macOS. It isn’t pretty but it is full-featured and integrates well with BusyCal. None of BusyMac’s apps are very good looking, but they are powerful.
- MindNode – I don’t mind map as much as I’d like– my mind doesn’t work in such a scattered way. But the few times I used MindNode1 I was impressed by its look and robust feature set. If mind mapping is your bag, definitely check it out.
- Paws for Trello – This is a nice, elegant Trello client that has desktop notifications and a quick switcher for board management. It’s cheap– $3. I use it quite a bit as I have several boards going for different projects.
- Dropbox – If you are doing any type of collaboration with teams using files that aren’t just documents, this is the app you want. Even if you aren’tcollaborating, just having your files everywhereis a piece of mind you can’t afford to live without. The free tier is not really generous; 2gb is paltry. But it will work for small text files. I’d encourage you to upgrade to the Pro plan at $99/yr or $10/mo. 1TB of storage for that price seems steep but it is the best cloud file manager available, and the most reliable.
- Google Drive – If you need real-time document editing, file-sharing, and online presentations that are easily shareable, this is the app you want. Unlike Dropbox, it gives you 15gb of storage on the free tier and up from there to 1TB and they have plans for businesses too.
Do You Agree with My List?
Let me know of what apps you’re using in the comments. There will be another New Year’s Mac App Roundup coming early 2017.
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I know I have a BusyContacts screencast to get up and running here– I’ve recorded it but I have to go in and edit it which takes a lot of time. Getting up in running in the university as well as other projects takes a lot of that time.
So I made a brief screencast for my other blog, a blog about my journey as a new developer over at Code Newbie in Pittsburgh about Trello, a not-so-new productivity web app based on the Kanban principle for agile and lean development which is, of course, programmer speak. Kanban isn’t in itself a developer productivity principle– it was first used in manufacturing at Toyota back in the 40s.
I was, and still am, using OmniFocus for more linear tasks. I’ve spent too much on it to give it up. But with Trello and the new TextExpander I have found an enjoyable way to be productive.