This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

Each year I round-up my top list of applications and utilities used the most throughout the year. Without further introduction, here are all the utilities that have been especially useful in enhancing my productivity during 2013.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

1Password ($49.99): After Dropbox, 1Password is the second application I usually install on every new device. The best password manager out there. Simply perfect.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

Fantastical ($19.99): Fantastical is, without any doubts, the best calendar utility on Apple devices. Besides its natural language entry method for creating new events, and its design, its simplicity of use makes this software a must-have for everyone.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X Utilities

ClipMenu (free): Copy/Pasting can become a nightmare. ClipMenu helps you manage your clipboard history without any hassle.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X Utilities

aText ($5): A valid alternative to TextExpander. You can specify when specific groups of snippets should expand, and you have the ability to include so many variables that one little snippet could, potentially, create a unique letter or document.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

FlexiGlass ($9.99): This utility makes Windows resizing and management painless. It doesn't overwhelm users with a dozens of keyboard shortcuts, yet it offers a perfect balance between keyboard and trackpad interactivity.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

Bartender ($15): I wonder why Apple hasn't introduced a menu bar management utility by default. Once you get more than 10 or so apps running up there, your menu bar starts to look crowded, and that's when Bartender will help you sort things up.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X Utilities

RescueTime (free): One of my favorite utilities, RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

Uberlayer ($3.99): With the Uberlayer app you can put floating images on top of your computer screen.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X Utilities

Alfred (free): Best known as an application launcher, Alfred offers also the ability for users to create powerful automatic workflows that can be launched with an assigned keyboard shortcut.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X Utilities

Renamer ($19.99): Renamer allows you to batch rename multiple files and folders at once.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

CleanMyMac 2 ($39.95): To run maintenance on my iMac and MacBook Air, I use this utility. CleanMyMac cleans out user and system cache files, user logs, broken preferences, foreign language files, forgotten system log files, and other stuff that may be taking up memory space.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

Keyboard Maestro ($36): Mac automation program Keyboard Maestro will help you reach productivity Nirvana by automating redundant tasks on your Mac with ease.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

Breaktime ($4.99): You need a break. Trust me. BreakTime is a simple utility that's designed to help you remember to take breaks away from your computer.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

Evernote (free): I use Evernote to store literally everything. Business cards, phone numbers, restaurant menus, sketches, references, etc… It has become the ultimate digital Archive folder in my daily workflow.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

Skitch (free): When managing digital projects Skitch helps me manage my WIP screenshots with annotations and markings and share them with my team.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X Utilities

Droplr (free): This utility offers free Cloud file sharing for teams that need privacy & speed.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X Utilities

Google Drive (free): Does it need any introduction? While I prefer Dropbox, Google's collaboration features makes my workflow rely on it's services on a daily basis.


This Year's 20 Must-Have Mac OS X UtilitiesS

Dropbox (free): After years, Dropbox is still the first App I install on a new machine. Quick and reliable, Dropbox is a must for everyone. Dropbox has become a critical back-end component also to many of the apps I use. I Even use Dropbox to sync my 1Password database between my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. I would be lost without it…


This post was originally published on Way Out, a journal about an elaborated escape from unthoughtful technology consumption by Tommaso Nervegna, a Milan-based Interaction Designer and "Digital Solution Architect," a long title that basically means "I'll do anything you ask me to, as long as it's digital." You can follow Tom and his endeavors on Twitter here or on his Facebook Page here.