After all, the Mac is a personal computer and that means you can personalize it to get the most from it. After 20 years of being a certified Mac user and Mac watcher, and being summoned by co-workers, friends, and neighbors to help setup or fix various Macs, I’ve come to realize we all have one thing in common.
None of us setup and use a Mac the same way.
So, what I’m going to do is walk through my Mac’s setup which is mostly the same for the home desktop iMac and the traveling Mac notebook.
Bartender – Have you noticed that it’s easy to collect Menubar utilities? That means clutter. Bartender gets rid of the cluttered Menubar by giving you, well, more Menubars to use; easily organized, works well.
Drafts – One of my near requirements for new applications or utilities is that they have Mac, iPhone, and iPad versions. Apple does it with Calendar, Contacts, Messages, et al, but I like utilities that play nice-nice everywhere. That’s Drafts, my go to app for quick and easy notes– captured by audio input, if you like; syncs everywhere. Watch version is priceless.
Magnet – Mac users have plenty of apps and their windows up screen space. Magnets makes it easy to organize app windows. Magnets puts them where you want.
Paste – You Mac, iPhone, and iPad have a clipboard which stores everything you Copy or Cut. Paste does it, too, but stores each Copy or Cut, then syncs them up with iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Damn, that’s sweet.
Gladys – And speaking of copy and paste and syncing between devices, Gladys does that, too, especially for drag and drop items. This simple utility does wonders for moving graphics, photos, images, or whatever else you need from one Apple device to another using iCloud.
MacUpdater – How do you know when to update apps on your Mac? Mac App Store does it automatically. What about third party apps? Many will tell you but only when you’re using the app. MacUpdater checks every day, gives you a list of apps that need an update, and then, with a click, updates the apps to your Mac.
I could add tips on System Preference settings but everyone’s Mac is set up differently, and I don’t care what the screen Wallpaper is (it’s covered by a gazillion app windows), and I only use Column View on the Finder.
Oh, One. More. Thing.
Apple’s News app is a decent– and free– way to get to a variety of news sources without being inundated with advertising or alt-left and alt-right rubbish. Even beteter is News Explorer which lets you gather website RSS feeds, and get headlines and summaries, and even view the articles when and how you want– Mac, iPhone, and iPad.