Hey there fellow Mac user! (PC people might find some of this useful too, but these recommendations are based on my experience with certain apps on my Mac, not their PC versions (if they have them)).

I have a couple of tools on my iMac and MacBook Pros that I think are indispensable, and I feel it’s my civic duty to share them with you.

Mailplane – I have half a dozen google apps and Gmail accounts for various companies and personal responsibilities. Mailplane is an application that saves my logins and lets me bounce between them seamlessly. No more logging in, logging out, using different browsers, tabs, windows, etc. All mail in one place!

Evernote – I use Evernote premium to keep track of my notes. Everything from ideas to meeting notes to blog drafts is stored there, and it syncs to my iPad and iPhone so that all of my devices have current versions. Recently, @russperry introduced me to the Livescribe pen, which syncs my handwritten notes to Evernote too!

Cloud – Search cloud or cloud app in the Mac App Store, and you’ll find an amazing little file sharing tool. It installs in your task bar. Just drag a file onto the little cloud icon, and it will upload, generate a unique URL, and copy that URL onto your clipboard to paste into an email or other message. Stop trying to attach 20MB files to an email! Use cloud app (works with zipped folder too for sending multiple files at once).

Caffeine – Drink it, AND download it! Caffeine overrides your system preferences for energy settings, and lets you keep your monitor from dimming while you read or keep your embarrassing private screen saver from turning on during a business meeting. You can choose to enable caffeine for a few different durations, or infinitely until you turn your computer off.

Dropbox – Everyone has heard of this by now, but if you haven’t, pay attention! Install Dropbox (free account for 2GB, paid up to 100GB), and store all of your documents there. I’d also store things like graphics, presentations, notes, and backups. Don’t fill your dropbox up with pictures and videos and songs, which are the only reason our hard drives ever reach capacity. Store those on your system drive, and back them up to an external drive using Time Machine or a similar program. All other files should be on your dropbox. That way, getting a new computer or dealing with a broken one isn’t more than a couple minutes of hassle.

If you have any questions about these tools or others, let me know! If you know about something worth recommending, share it below. Thanks for reading.

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