Top MacBook Apps for Productivity, Creativity, and Teamwork (2023)

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This article is a summary of a YouTube video "My Favourite MacBook Apps (2023)" by Ali Abdaal
TLDR The video provides a list of various apps and tools that can be used for time-saving, organization, learning, creative work, and team management.

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    The speaker only installs apps that they genuinely need, emphasizing the importance of minimalism and intentionality in technology use.
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    Alfred is a great replacement for Mac Spotlight and can save time by quickly finding anything you need with just a few keystrokes.
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    Superhuman email client is a faster and more pleasant way of navigating email compared to the default Gmail app or doing it in a web browser window.
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    Learning within an IDE and creating real world applications through Jetbrains Academy can help beginners learn coding principles while building their own projects.
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    Day One is the best journaling app the speaker has ever found, with features like an on this day feature and the ability to have both digital and analog backups.
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    " is like superhuman for messages" - the messaging app is highly efficient and effective, making it a great tool for managing messages across multiple platforms.
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    Obsidian is a personal second brain that's great for research and writing, and is being used by the speaker for their book.
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    Screenflow is a useful app for recording high quality screen recordings, especially for live sessions and video editing.


  • What is Alfred and how does it save time?

    โ€” Alfred is a time-saving app that replaces Mac Spotlight and allows users to quickly find and open apps without using the mouse.

  • What are some useful Mac apps for resizing windows and taking screenshots?

    โ€” Moom, Amphetamine, and Clean Shot are three useful Mac apps for resizing windows, keeping the Mac on, and taking screenshots and screen recordings.

  • How can CleanShot improve the process of taking screenshots?

    โ€” CleanShot is a useful tool for taking screenshots of windows, including scrolling captures, with the option to remove the desktop and add a slight shadow for a more aesthetic look.

  • What are some recommended apps for organizing tasks and activities?

    โ€” The speaker recommends using Things, Fantastical, and natural language processing to organize daily tasks and activities.

  • What are some apps recommended for creative work and team management?

    โ€” Notion is an all-in-one app used for team management and knowledge management, while ClickUp is a more project management-focused app that is better suited for to-do lists and tasks.

Timestamped Summary

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    Alfred is a time-saving app that replaces Mac Spotlight and allows for quick opening of files and folders with just a few keystrokes.
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    CleanShot is a Mac app that simplifies taking and editing screenshots with scrolling capture and aesthetic options.
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    Use apps like Things, Fantastical, Superhuman, Dashlane, and Sigma OS to organize your life and workspaces for different tasks.
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    JetBrains Academy offers personalized project-based learning with instant feedback loops within an IDE for learning coding principles while creating real-world applications.
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    Bitcoin crashed to 6K, sold 5 Bitcoin at 6450, while feeling fulfilled after a business planning session with the executive chairman of gymshark and excited for a date on Sunday.
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    10:50 is a messaging app that combines WhatsApp, iMessage, and Twitter DMS, while ๐ŸŽต Spotify is preferred over Apple Music, and ๐Ÿ“š Obsidian and Scrivener are great apps for research and writing, with ๐Ÿ“– Zotero and Kindle apps being useful for research.
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    SurfsharkVPN, Screenflow, Final Cut, Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, Streamlabs, and Figma are essential tools for creative work.
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    Notion is for team and knowledge management, ClickUp is for project management; the team uses password manager, Slack, Loom, Zoom, and Miro; YouTuber Academy addresses problems with YouTube channels.
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