Macs are very popular all around the world. They are the biggest competitor to Windows, which itself is one of the most widely used operating systems in the entire world. Macs have their fair share of fans, and many people will argue that Macs are perfect, and do not need any improvement. But the truth is that there is no such thing as a perfect PC or a perfect operating system. Don’t believe us? Ask TechQuarters, a company that’s been providing IT Services in London that businesses have been relying on for more than a decade. TechQuarters has worked with Windows PCs, Mac PCs, and Linux PCs. They have a lot of experience working around the limitations of different operating systems, and have compiled a list of useful apps for MacOS that help enhance and add to the capabilities of the system.
For many years now, Windows PC users have enjoyed the ability to snap windows to different sides of the screen – and in Windows 11, there is the option to arrange up to 4 windows into differente quadrants of the screen. Unfortunately, MacOS are still developing their own version of this feature. However, a third-party solution is available. HyperDock gives you the ability to automatically snap windows into any corner of the screen. The app has preferences you can adjust, as well – such as choosing whether windows maintain their position on your screen after being minimized or dismissed.
Do you happen to have an iPad as well as a Mac? If you do, Duet is a handy app that allows you to turn your iPad into a second monitor for your Mac. Many people feel that one monitor simply isn’t enough for working on – in fact, TechQuarters recommend a dual-monitor setup, and the business IT support London businesses get from them often includes the provision of monitors for their offices. But if you’re travelling, or trying to work on the go, it isn’t very practical to carry a second monitor with you. On the other hand, it is perfectly reasonable to take your Mac and your iPad out with you – so this app can allow you to work the way you want, no matter where you are.
So you have a Mac, but perhaps you also own an Xbox One. Users that own an Xbox One and a Windows PC have the option of streaming games to their PC, if they find themselves in situations where they can’t use their TV. But if you’ve got a Mac, you’ll need to use OneCast. This app allows you to stream Xbox games to your Mac, and all you need to do is connect your Xbox One and your Mac to the same Wi-Fi network, and log into your Xbox Live account on OneCast.
Disc real estate is incredibly valuable. The internal disc of your Mac is where your operating system is stored; it’s where all your applications and programs are stored; and it’s where all your files are saved. If you don’t purchase an external hard drive, or subscribe to a Cloud Storage service, then your disk will quickly fill up, and this will slow down your Mac drastically. While Mac does have its own Disk Utility, a more advanced solution is the app CleanMyMac X. This app doesn’t just declutter your hard drive, it monitors the performance of your mac, and it even performs scans for malware.
It is very true that a clean desktop helps keep a clear mind, and a cluttered desktop results in a cluttered mind. This is what the app Unclutter aims to solver for Mac users. It is a 3-in-1 productivity tool. Think of Unclutter as a draw that hides just above your desktop, that you simply pull open when you need it. It’s a great place to create and store notes, and you can even store files in it. The great thing about Unclutter, is that it is like an extension of your desktop that can be opened from any screen. Say you’re in the middle of using Photoshop, you can just open Unclutter and it will appear on top of whatever window you’re using.
It would be very surprising if you did not use social media in this day and age. In fact, most of us have multiple social media accounts that they use; which means you have notifications and messages coming from multiple places throughout the day. Franz is an app that consolidates messages from every social media account you might have into one platform. It’s basically a meta messaging app that enables you to send and view messages from Slack, WhatsApp, Facebook, Discord, and any other social media app you might use.
Digital calendars and organizers are so useful in today’s world. For your money Fantastical 3 is probably the best calendar and organizational app you can get. At just $3.33, you get an app that integrates with iCloud reminders, and it syncs across Mac, iPhone and iPad. Fantastical 3 offers weather forecasting, subscriptions to various calendars (such as the lunar calendar); the app offers automatic time zone adjustments, and it integrates with other apps such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, so you can have every event on your schedule viewable in one window.
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