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The Most Essential Mac Apps You Should Download While Stuck at Home

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Apple has received praise for its operating system Mac OS. It has proven to be efficient, stable, and nice to look at. Unfortunately, Apple is reluctant to change its operating system in a way that could add functionality and fun for users. Thankfully, there are apps available to do just that.

This has been beneficial, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. There are apps available that can help keep you up to date with current events and keep you entertained. The following are a few Mac OS apps that you may want to add to your favorites.

Apps to download while stuck at home

Finance Apps to Help You Boost Your Income and Manage Your Cash Flow

Coronavirus has meant that many people are working from home. This has been a learning experience for both employers and employees. If you are accustomed to using a PC at work but have a Mac at home, you may have needed to adjust even more. Thankfully, there are several apps designed to make working from home easier on Mac OS. 

In the era of apps it’s hard to find good ones without proper research - not only the good ones, but secure ones as well. As you already know you should trust the source before downloading an app. But no worries - we made a list of apps that could help you make your working from home more productive, as well as boost your income and organize your finances.

1. Robinhood

Ever since the pandemic turned the world upside down, people have been looking for ways to boost their income. That resulted in growing popularity of online trading platforms, and their app versions for both desktop and smartphone users. With a polished iOS app, Robinhood became one of the most popular stock trading apps for Apple users during quarantine months, especially among millennials. 

The main reason that contributed its popularity is the fact that you can make unlimited commission-free trades. Stock trading is a good and secure option for those who want to grow their income over time, but if you’re looking for faster and more exciting ways to invest, day trading might be just the right thing for you.

2. Magnet

Not a strictly finance related app, but a very useful one to help you with your multitasking and productivity. When you have several windows or tabs open, your workspace looks and feels cluttered. Magnet helps to fix this issue by allowing you to configure your windows in a neat arrangement.

You can lock your windows to wherever you want on your screen and focus on what is important. It offers pre-defined keyboard shortcuts, so you can easily transfer files and text from one app to another.

3. Plus500 WebTrader Platform

Online trading platforms like QuestTrade and eToro have become a very popular way of investing in the last 10 years, especially in Canada and the US. Working from home has allowed some to pursue trading online using different online trading platforms. Plus500 WebTrader Platform is an online trading platform that works on Mac OS. It allows you to quickly access the platform by logging into your account.

There are several trading instruments available. You can take advantage of indices, currencies, and commodities. This app also serves as a way for trading stocks. What’s nice about this app is that it works with your Apple watch and other devices so you can keep up with your trades no matter when you are trading and no matter where you are.

4. Freshbooks Accounting Software for Mac

During the pandemic, a lot of small businesses suffered because they’ve found it hard to adapt to a new way of doing business. Tools such as cloud-based accounting software from Freshbooks are able to help you with keeping your accounting matters well organized, as well as managing your bookkeeping needs, tracking your expenses and getting paid a lot faster. 

Apps to Keep You Entertained on Mac OS

We assume that you have the apps downloaded for your favorite streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. If you are still looking for entertainment value, there are several top game titles that you can choose from.

Apps to keep entertained on macOS

1. A Story about My Uncle

This is a game produced by Gone North Games. The Mac version of this app is available on Steam. The premise is that you are following a boy who was searching for his uncle who is an explorer and is lost.

The game begins like any adventure game. You search for clues for the missing uncle. What’s amazing is that instead of sticking you in a 2D graphics world, you find yourself thrown into 3D platforming as the uncle’s adventures take you through multiple dimensions. This is an enjoyable game that offers a fresh look at traditional adventure games. It’s a great way to introduce your kids to gaming

2. J.U.L.I.A. Among The Stars

This is a game that was released by CBE Software. In this game, you are Rachel Manners. You are an astrologer traveling through space and visiting a solar system that promises intelligent life.

As usually happens with deep space missions requiring cryogenic sleep, you will awaken before reaching your destination and see that your ship is damaged and your crew are dead. Now, you must repair the ship and figure out the mysteries of the new solar system.

We like this game because it increases the traditional scope of adventure games. You are not just using standard point-and-click control systems. Instead, you are able to interact with J.U.L.I.A., which is the system's AI, and other onboard devices to help you accomplish your goal.

3. Life Is Strange

This little gem was created by Feral Interactive. At first glance, it seems like your run-of-the-mill adventure game. You play as a teenage girl named Max. Having a bad day at school, Max skips class and goes to the restroom for a timeout.

You do the routine adventure game stuff, but you quickly realize that something is amiss when Max sees her friend Chloe murdered. Max learns she can reverse time. The story unfolds in five episodes. You can download the first episode for free and then determine if you want to continue the adventure.

Miscellaneous Apps to Consider

There are so many apps available for download that time would escape us if we tried to point out all the good ones. But here are five miscellaneous apps that should be on your radar.

More apps to consider

1. HazelHazel helps you keep your folders organized by allowing you to automatically move the newly downloaded files to predetermined destinations based on where they were downloaded from. 

2. Amphetamine - This app allows you to use your MacBook on a second screen while it is closed.

3. Duet – This app allows you to turn your iPad into a second screen using the lightning cable to connect both devices.

4. Atom - This is a program designed by coders for coders. It’s customizable and flexible, allowing you to download packages, basic plug-ins, and more.

5. Logic Pro X – Whether you like mixing beats in your spare time or you are a professional producer, Logic Pro X allows you to make music using the same tools the professionals use.

Hopefully, coronavirus and the restricted movements that accompany it will soon be a thing of the past. Until then, Mac OS users should be happy to know that there are enough work-related, productivity-related, and entertainment apps to keep them busy

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