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Mac apps that provide low cost thrills

Once I hear the phrase “low cost thrills,” I consider the very best album ever by Huge Brother and the Holding Firm (that includes Janis Joplin).

That’s not what right this moment’s column is about.

As a substitute, permit me to introduce you to not one, not two, however three superior cheap or free Mac apps I exploit day-after-day be extra productive.

I choose utilizing two displays, however doing so creates a minor subject: My twin shows measure almost 4,000 pixels throughout — 1,440 for the MacBook Professional and a couple of,540 for my fundamental 27-inch show— so the mouse pointer could be far, far-off from the menu bar…

That’s why I really like MenuMate ($4.99 within the App Retailer) by Alice Dev Staff. It’s a one-trick pony, however its one cool trick: MenuMate summons the entire menu bar of the energetic software with a keyboard shortcut, inserting it immediately beneath the mouse pointer anyplace onscreen.

And since my Logitech MX Grasp mouse gives programmable buttons, I’ve assigned one to MenuMate’s keyboard shortcut, so I can I press that button and the menu bar seems underneath my cursor immediately.

MenuMate saves me effort and time day-after-day. If prompt entry to the menu bar anyplace on the display screen(s) feels like a great factor to you, imagine me, it’s, and effectively well worth the 5 bucks.

Zonebox by Median Tech, which is free within the App Retailer, helps me do two issues I do all day, day-after-day: keep a guidelines of duties and set a timer for 25-minute work periods, often called the Pomodoro method. I find it irresistible as a result of it’s not solely a terrific Pomodoro timer, it’s also the place I hold my day by day activity record. And I particularly love the way in which it shows the time remaining in a session with each a progress bar and a numerical show. I’ve used dozens of various timers — bodily units in addition to Mac and iPhone apps — for my Pomodoro periods, and Zonebox remains to be my favourite. And, for what it is value, it wasn’t free after I obtained it. I paid both 99 cents or $4.99 for it and thought it was a cut price.

Lastly, as a result of I actually imagine within the energy of constructive thought, I prefer to learn inspiring quotes in the course of the course of the day. So, I really like Desktop Quote by South Pole Software program (99 cents within the App Retailer) and run it on all my Macs.

It’s one other nice one-trick pony: to show an inspirational quote on prime of your desktop wallpaper in your alternative of shade, fashion, font and measurement. And, after all, it might probably change the quote as incessantly or occasionally as you specify.

It consists of its personal quotes, however I’ve been clipping inspirational quotes for years, so I adopted the simple directions and made my very own that includes 50 incredible (no less than for my part) quotes that encourage me.

I name the gathering Quotable Quotes for Productive Folks; you may obtain it free of charge right here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/15ljaeqd7oxphhg/Quotable%20Quotes.txt?dl=0

bob@workingsmarter

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