productivity apps

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Get the best price online for this top-rated productivity app


Get the best price online for this top-rated productivity app, now only $60.
Easily organize and visualize your next project with xTiles, now on sale at a steep discount.
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In nature, good things happen by accident all the time. But when it comes to business or work, that’s rarely the case. Whether you’re building a house, coding an app or writing the next Great American Novel, you need a definitive plan. And while computers can help, there comes a time in any project when your to-do list can get overwhelming.

That’s where a visual planning app like xTiles can be a lifesaver.

Get all the Mac productivity apps you need in one bundle — for life


Get more out of life with Lunatask's productivity-boosting features.
Get more out of life with Lunatask's productivity-boosting features.
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Productivity apps can definitely help you stay on top of the dizzying array of tasks in the modern world. But when you use a different app for every endeavor, you end up wasting precious time.

All-in-one productivity app Lunatask bundles a to-do list, a notebook, a habit tracker, a Pomodoro timer and a journaling app into one neat hub to keep you focused. And for a limited time, you can get a lifetime subscription for only $49 (regularly $180).

Get busy with 4 great apps on World Productivity Day


Setapp has great productivity apps for macOS and iOS.
Setapp has great productivity apps for macOS and iOS.

A subscription service might not sound like a great way to get your apps, but don’t sell it short. Many folks find subscribing to Setapp is an easy and worthwhile way to get more than 200 apps that help with a variety of tasks — and that someone else has already curated.

After all, the main alternative is diving into the vast app ocean of the App Store. Good luck finding just what you need in there before you drown.

In honor of World Productivity Day — that’s right, at least try to look busy on June 20 — we take a look at some of Setapp’s great tools.

Try these 6 great utility and productivity apps for Mac


Many apps can make using your MacBook or iMac even easier, as well as more productive.
Many apps can make using your MacBook or iMac even easier, as well as more productive.
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Want more out of your Mac? These six suggestions for solid software are presented by our friends at SaaSGenius.

Though many of us associate the wide world of apps with our iPhones and iPads, they’re crucial for making the most of your MacBook or iMac, too. The best Mac apps can help you expand on your Mac’s capabilities in fun and interesting ways.

Macs are famously easy to use, but great apps make them even easier. And the right apps can jack up your productivity, too. Sometimes the only trouble is finding the best ones.

The list below covers some of our favorite apps to install on a new Mac. Some are free in the App Store (available in your Mac’s Dock or under the Apple menu at top left of your screen). Others you can download from developers’ websites.

Lunatask is a notes/calendar/habit-tracking app that will straighten out your life


This notes app does so much more.
See how much you can plan with this discounted notes app.
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The right planner can change your life, or at least organize it. When you can keep your to-do list, calendar, notes and productivity helpers all in one place, it starts to feel like there’s nothing you can’t do.

Lunatask is an all-in-one planner that can give you the control and structure you need to get more out of the day. For a limited time, a lifetime subscription to Lunatask Premium is on sale for $49 (regularly $180).

Squeeze the most out of your day with this time-tracker app


Rize and shine with Rize intelligent time tracker for $99.
Hack your productivity with data using Rize time tracker.
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Rize helps you improve your productivity by identifying distractions, improving focus, and keeping you moving at a healthy pace. If you could use a boost in those areas, don’t hesitate to score a deal on this productivity app for Mac and Windows.

For a limited time, a three-year subscription to Rize intelligent time tracker software is on sale for $99 (regularly $539).

4 great Mac apps to boost your productivity this year


4 of the best productivity apps that will change how you use your Mac.
Pick up the pace (and stop pulling out your hair) with these top-rated productivity apps.
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With a new year comes new possibilities and the chance to achieve an exciting new set of goals. Whether yours are personal or professional, we could all use a way to maximize the time we have — and productivity apps are the best way to do that.

It’s time to get more done, in less time — and enjoy more free time as a result.

Amplify your reading comprehension with this powerful iOS app


This tool allows you to read and annotate web pages more productively
This tool allows you to read and annotate web pages more productively.
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Whether you’re a student plowing through tons of online material for school, or just constantly have massive amounts of reading for work, don’t let important information slip past you and affect your performance. Become your most productive self with this lifetime subscription to Markup iOS Pro Lite, a tool for reading and annotating web pages and PDF documents.

9 great Mac apps that will make you more productive, all on sale right now


We've rounded up 9 of the best productivity Mac Apps all on sale
Get the most out of your Mac with these heavily discounted apps.
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Your Mac is more customizable than you might think. These innovative apps will open a world of new features and control. And even better, they’re all on sale right now, with discounts of up to 93% off. There’s never been a better time to take control of your Mac.

Boost your productivity with a pair of powerhouse apps


Hyper Plan Pro
This pair of data-crunching apps will boost your productivity and streamline your workflow.
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You’re not alone. It’s extra-hard to get things done these days. Staring at data-heavy spreadsheets is especially difficult when the news feed beckons.

If you’re having trouble keeping your eye on the ball, these two great productivity-boosting Mac apps can give you an edge — even in the face of monumental distraction. (They work with Windows, too.)

Simplify electronic signing on any device with this handy app


Trusted by major companies, simplify your electronic signing process, sign documents and get signatures on any device.
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More than ever, business is conducted in the digital realm. That includes things as fundamental as signing documents, which can prove surprisingly tricky. Luckily, this handy app makes that often legally binding process as secure and simple as possible.

Apps to boost your work-from-home productivity


App icons for TickTick toggle outlook and dayone
It only takes a few key tools to make working remotely much more manageable.
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COVID-19 lockdown certainly brought a swift change from the norm for many people. We’re dealing with the added stress of different working situations, the struggle to get groceries, and in many cases, even acting as teachers or child care providers.

All of that can make it really challenging to feel accomplished and productive. Luckily, I finally found my groove in the last week or so, thanks to a couple of really useful apps (and some self-imposed rules).

Become a Google apps wizard with a mastery of scripts [Deals]


Take your business's online integration to a whole new level with 56 hours of lessons in Google scripts, apps, projects and tips -- source code included.
Take your business's online integration to a whole new level with 56 hours of lessons in Google scripts, apps and projects -- source code included.
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Google apps like Docs, Spreadsheets and Calendar are super-convenient services. But with the Google Apps Scripts platform, you can string them together so that they become the basis of powerful custom applications. This bundle of courses will teach you how to do it.

Take control of your daily and life goals with this app [Deals]


Goals App
Turn your goals into easily attainable tasks with this distraction-free habit tracker.
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Staying on task can be hard under the best of circumstances. But when you’re stuck at home due to the coronavirus lockdown (or some other stressful situation), it gets even more difficult. If you’re having trouble sticking to your goals, this handy habit-tracking can help — and a lifetime subscription is on sale now for 50% off.

Pick up deeply discounted Mac and iPhone apps for Presidents Day [Deals]


Apps Software Sale
Score massive Presidents Day discounts on awesome apps for iOS and Mac.
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This Presidents Day, instead of thinking about presidents, why not upgrade the apps in your iOS and Mac devices? We’ve rounded up some awesome deals on great software, from half off to as much as 94% off of VPNs, website builders, task managers and more.

3 productivity apps for Mac we can’t live without


Running out of time? There are many ways to boost your productivity.
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This Mac productivity apps post is presented by Dashlane.

Productivity apps for Mac are ubiquitous. There are so many of them, you can burn up a lot of productivity while you spend hours searching for the best ones. That’s why articles like this one prove so useful. They help you quickly identify a few key apps worth considering.

Mobile-first e-signature service DottedSign makes paperwork a breeze


With a focus on mobility and ease of use, this eSign platform verges on being a team task manager.
The DottedSign e-sign service boasts a friendly UI for people who rely on smart devices and travel a lot.
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This post is presented by Kdan Mobile.

Keeping everyone in a team on the same page is complicated on paper and in the cloud. For startups, small- to medium-size businesses and even individual freelancers, staying on top of contracts while on the move can prove overwhelming.

That’s why a good electronic signature service can be a powerful ally for any digital pro. A new e-sign service, DottedSign, just launched for iOS, Android and web. It’s a complete system of e-signature solutions that expedite your business flow with a legal and secure signing process.

Score 9 Mac apps, including CrossOver and CleanMyMac, at a huge discount [Deals]


The Mighty Mac Bundle
Score 10 Mac apps that will help you stay more organized, efficient and productive.
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Macs are mighty productivity machines, but they’re only as useful as the apps you install. It can be hard to know where to start, so this massively discounted bundle of top-tier productivity apps offers an easy choice for any Mac user.

Cult of Mac’s 50 Essential iOS Apps [The complete list, sorted!]


50 Essential iOS Apps
The best and most useful apps for iPhone and iPad
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With our 50 Essential iOS Apps series, the goal was to help you find some of the best apps for iPhone and iPad. Picking the finest offerings from the more than 2.2 million iOS apps in Apple’s App Store proved challenging. But we highlighted apps that offer excellent features or make life easier in various ways.

To wrap up the series, we’ve sorted the apps by category to make the list easier to browse. We’re also showcasing Cult of Mac readers’ alternatives to our picks.

(You’ll find reader faves linked at the end of this post. That’s especially helpful since one of our must-have apps is about to die an unceremonious death.)

Escape emails and get work done with Slack [50 Essential iOS Apps #45]


Slack iOS app on iPhone in front of computer
Slack helps you get work done by opening up direct lines of communication.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: Slack Email can be a total productivity bottleneck. Following conversations between multiple participants gets confusing. The unfortunate result of all this email chaos? Important tasks get lost in long email chains.

Luckily for collaborators everywhere, messaging app Slack replaces the need for internal email, allowing for real-time productivity and communication for teams. Instead of redundant threads and signatures, Slack strips away the cruft of the email inbox. It turns your communication into what it was meant to be — a conversation.